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Work related stress - Stress risk assessment
Work related stress (WRS) or stress at work accounts for 37% of all ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health. The total number of working days lost in 2015/16 was 11.7 million, with an average of 23.9 days per case. The overall economic cost to Great Britain was estimated to be over £5 billion.
While the highest incidence rates are recorded in the public services - education, health and social care, prisons, emergency services, and local and central government - there is increasing evidence that it is becoming a significant problem in other sectors.
When it is prolonged, WRS can lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as physical conditions. The key stressors most often identified are high workloads, high demands and insufficient support from managers.
The guidance below will help you to make sure that you are managing stress in the workplace and recognising the signs and symptoms of stress at work.
HSE Training and Conferences available:
HSE offers a series of health and safety training courses on the topic of Stress. Courses such as 'A Masterclass for Senior Leaders' and 'A Workshop for those who Line Manage'. For more information and a full list of what training is available, visit the Health and Safety Laboratory
Also available from the HSE:
The new online Stress Indicator Tool (SIT) provides a quick and easy way to determine the extent to which work-related stress is a problem in your organisation, and the likely root causes. The results can be used to inform your risk assessment.
Managing WRS as part of a prevention culture Stress in the workplace is an issue HSE takes very seriously. Work-related stress is one of HSE's three strategic health priorities, alongside musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung diseases.