It follows the results of an HSE survey, Self-reported Work-related
Illness in 1995, which found that half a million people suffer from
stress-related ill-health which they believe is caused, or made
work-related condition after musculoskeletal disorders.
It involved employers' organisations, the TUC and leading academics
in producing 'Help on work-related stress - A short guide'. There
is demand from small firms (and others) for clearly set out and
easily accessible advice. The booklet has a user-friendly question
and answer format and has won a Clear English Standard award from the
Plain Language Commission.
Minister Alan Meale, launching the booklet at SAPA
Limited, an aluminium extrusion firm in North Derbyshire, said: 'The
Government is rightly concerned about the level of work-related
stress and is determined to do something about it. But we also
recognise that it is a complex issue and that there are no
'quick-fix' solutions. This booklet is a valuable contribution to
tackling the problem. We will continue to encourage employers to see
that the way work is organised and management attitudes can cause
stress, and that there are measures they can take to deal with the
The booklet lists the main factors that can contribute to
work-related stress and emphasises that plain good management is the
best way to deal with the issue. It outlines employers' legal duties
but also offers practical advice and explains how to conduct a risk
Peter Graham, head of HSE's health directorate, said: 'We hope
that this guidance will help employers in small firms deal with any
difficult situations and pinpoint potential problems. It also shows
that dealing with the issue is all about good management, that it
need not be difficult or costly and that it can save firms money by
making sure their employers are happy, healthy and here.'
Milton, finance director at SAPA Limited, said: 'This guidance is
quick and easy to read and offers sensible, practical advice. It is
based on common sense and good management, so, although it is aimed
mainly at small firms, I would recommend it to all employers.'
copies of Help on work-related stress - A short guide, (ref.
INDG281) are available free and packs of 10, costing£5, are
available from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 6FS,
tel: 01787-881165 or fax: 01787-313995.
HSE publications on work-related stress available from HSE
Books include - research and stress management: Putting theory to work
Contract Research Report No 61/1993£25.00
at Work: A Guide for Employers 1995 HS(G)116 ISBN
well-being in the workplace: A resource pack for
management training and development 1998 ISBN 0-7176-1524-3
work-related stress: A guide for managers and teachers
in schools 1998 ISBN 0-7176-1292-9£6.95