Health and Safety Guidance on tackling work related stress


The guidance uses the familiar five step approach to risk assessment.

Author: David Combes
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The Health and Safety Executive have issued guidance entitled ‘How to Manage Work Related Stress’. 

The guidance explains the confusion by people between pressure and stress.  As is stated, we all experience pressure and it can be beneficial in motivating us to perform at our best.  Stress arises when we experience too much pressure and feel unable to cope.

The guidance uses the familiar five step approach to risk assessment.

Step 1 – Identify the Risks

There are six Management Standards with can lead to stress if not properly managed.

  • Demands
  • Control
  • Support
  • Role
  • Change
  • Relationships

Step 2 – Decide who might be harmed and how 

Gather data including sickness absence, staff turnover.

Step 3 – Evaluate the Risks

Problems to solutions.

Step 4 – Report Findings

Develop/Implement Action Plans

Step 5 – Monitor/Review

David Combes

In remeberance of David Combes 1948 – 2020

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