Workplace stress is widely recognised as a serious health and safety issue, and one that all schools and early years providers must address if they are to comply with health and safety legislation. Employers must treat stress like any other health hazard.

In the education sector, there is a growing appreciation of the high levels of stress that can impact on staff and the need to offer them adequate protection and support.

This topic explains the benefits of taking proactive action and highlights the factors associated with stress that can be very costly to education and early years employers. It also considers how employers can risk assess for stress as well as looking at actions employers can take to address the causes of workplace stress.

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