As a business, you’re responsible for your employee’s health and wellbeing. This includes workplace health and safety.
While most health and safety at work legislation is based around a physical injury, mental wellness comes under the umbrella.
One of the most common mental health issues employees will face at work is stress. While some workplace pressure can be a motivator, overly stressed employees will be more likely to take sick leave.
Carrying out a well-planned stress risk assessment is crucial for preventing burnout, presenteeism, and even long-term mental health issues.
Let’s explore what these risk assessments are and how to use them.
What is a workplace stress assessment?
A risk assessment generally involves:
- Identifying hazards.
- Determining who may be harmed and how.
- Evaluating risks and deciding on controls.
- Recording findings.
- Regularly reviewing and updating it.
HSE defines stress in the workplace as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’.
There are six main areas of work design which can affect stress levels. You should manage these properly. They are:
A stress risk assessment will help you see the issues in the above work design and help you manage them more effectively.
Is a stress at work risk assessment a legal requirement?
You have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing an employee stress risk assessment and acting on it.
If you have fewer than five employees, you don’t have to write anything down. But it’s useful to do this, so you can review it later.
If you have five or more employees, the law requires you to write the risk assessment down, either as a workplace risk assessment form or internal notes.
A straightforward way to record your findings is by using our risk assessment template that may help employers in small businesses.
How to use a workplace stress risk assessment form
Carrying out the work related stress risk assessment is quick and simple.
Using the stress working risk assessment template, follow the steps below:
- Step 1 – Identify the hazards.
- Step 2 – Decide who might be harmed and how.
- Step 3 – Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions.
- Step 4 – Record your findings and implement them.
- Step 5 – Employee completes the Individual Stress Risk Assessment
- Step 6 – Review your assessment and update if necessary.
These are the basics of a stress working risk assessment. To carry out your own, simply download the individual stress risk assessment example using the button below.
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It’s your responsibility to look after your employee’s wellbeing at work. If you don’t, you will face legal consequences, see your best employees leave, and experience decreased productivity.