Summary

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) views stress-related ill health as a significant problem in businesses of all sizes. Employers are required by law to treat stress like any other health hazard, assessing the risks of stress-related ill health arising from their work activities and taking reasonable action to control any risks identified.

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

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