Document Title: Stress at Work Policy
Document Number: BEC3
Author: Vonley Joseph
Change Authority: The Board of Directors
|Version||Date||Reason for change||Change by|
|0.1||1st June 2016||First draft||Vonley Joseph|
|0.2||1st June 2018||Updated||Vonley Joseph|
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We are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare ofour employees. Werecognize that workplace stressisahealthandsafetyissueandacknowledgethe importanceof identifying and reducing workplace stressors.
Thispolicywill apply to everyonein the company. Managers areresponsibleforimplementation andthe company isresponsibleforprovidingthenecessaryresources.
Definition of stress
TheHealthandSafety Executive define stress as “the adverse reaction people have toexcessive pressure orother types of demand placed on them”. This makes an importantdistinctionbetweenpressure, which can be a positive state if managed correctly, and stresswhich can bedetrimental to health.
- The company will identify all workplace stressors and conduct riskassessments to eliminate stress or control the risks from stress. Theserisk assessments will be regularly reviewed.
- The company will consult with Trade Union Safety Representativesproposed
- The company will provide training for all managers andsupervisorystaffingoodmanagement
- The company will provideconfidentialcounsellingforstaff affected by stresscaused by either work or external factors.
- The company will provide adequate resources toenable managers to implement thecompany’s agreedstress management
Responsibilities - Managers
- Conduct and implementrecommendationsassessments within theirjurisdiction.
- Ensure good communicationbetween management andstaff,particularlywherethereare and procedural changes.
- Ensure staff are fullytrained to
- Ensure staff are provided with meaningfuldevelopmental
- Monitor working hours and to ensure
- Monitor holidays to ensure that staff are taking their full
- Attendtrainingasrequestedingood management
- Ensurethatbullyingand harassment isnottolerated within
- Be vigilantandofferadditionalsupport to a member staff who is experiencingstress outside work e.g. bereavement
Occupational health and safety staff
- Providespecialistadviceand awareness training on stress.
- Trainandsupport managers in implementing stressrisk
- Supportindividualswhohavebeenoffsickwithstressandadvise them and their management
- Refer to workplace counsellorsspecialistagencies as
- Monitorand review the effectivenessmeasures to reduce stress.
- Inform the employer and the health and safetycommitteeofanychangesanddevelopments in the field of stress at work.
- Give guidance to managers
- Help monitor the effectiveness measures to address stress bycollatingsicknessabsence
- Advise managers andindividualson training
- Provide continuing support to managersand individualsinachanging environmentand encourage referral to occupational workplace counsellors where appropriate.
- Raiseissuesofconcern with your Safety Representative, line manager
- SafetyRepresentativesmustbe meaningfully consultedonanychangestoworkpracticesorworkdesignthatcould precipitate stress.
- Safety Representatives mustbeable to consultwith members
- SafetyRepresentativesmustbe meaningfully involvedin the risk assessment
- Safety Representatives should be allowed access to collective and anonymous datafrom HR.
- Safety Representatives should be provided with paid time away from normal dutiesto attend any Trade Union training relating to workplace
- Safety Representatives should conductjointinspectionsmonths to ensure that environmentalstressors are
- The joint SafetyCommittee will perform a pivotal role in ensuring that this policy is
- The Safety Committee will efficacy measures toreduce stress and promote workplace health and safety.