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Wellbeing and Stress Risk Assessment

Occupational Health

Wellbeing and Stress Risk Assessment

“The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work.”

There is a difference between pressure and stress. Pressure can be a good thing that motivates people and is a key part of a person’s job. However, if the pressure becomes excessive, then a person will begin to develop signs of stress. Stress is a natural reaction to too much pressure.

We are all different and have different tolerances and thresholds to the amount of pressure we can cope with and how we respond when we get stressed. What is important is recognising that when a person becomes stressed they are reaching or have overreached their ability to cope with the demands placed on them. Whatever level in a company, the inability to cope can result in mental and ill health issues. Stress can also result from having too few demands, as people will become bored, feel undervalued and lack recognition. If they feel they have little or no say over the work they do or how they do it, this may cause them stress.

As a company, you have a duty under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations to assess the risks associated with work demands and pressure in your organisation and have arrangements and strategies in place to safeguard your employees’ health.

How can Safewell Help Manage Workplace Wellbeing / Stress?

There are a number of options, which might be relevant depending on the size and complexity of the company, but these could include:

  • A stress/wellbeing risk assessment of the workplace
  • A wellbeing survey of staff
  • Stress & wellbeing awareness and coping training for staff
  • Stress management for supervisors and managers

If this is relevant to your workplace and you think you might have a duty to manage the wellbeing of your staff, give the office a call or use the contact form on the right or below to find out more or set up a meeting with one of the team.

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Ray Hurst
October 16, 2018

President of IOSH 2008, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

I am pleased that you are helping dispel some of the dafter myths that surround OH&S (a passion you and I clearly have in common) and the item clearly indicates that as with so many of our professional colleagues you are not about stopping fun on the pretext of H&S. It is only with the help of people such as yourself that we will eventually get the message across that OH&S is about bringing (as you so aptly put it) purpose and value to peoples lives

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