Workplace stress is the physical or emotional reaction someone may have to unrelieved and intense pressures in the workplace environment. It creates a risk to personal and workplace health and safety.
Employers/managers must ensure that workers are safe at work and free from risks to their health and safety. This means that employers/managers take reasonable and practical steps to ensure that factors in the workplaces under their control don’t cause or contribute to stress.
Workers also have a responsibility to take reasonable care for their own health and safety. This means that if they recognise they are stressed, they ask their employer/manager for workplace solutions and support, and take care of their own wellbeing.
Preventing workplace stress
(Your business name) will identify all workplace factors that allow stress to occur, and use the hazard management process to eliminate stress or control the risks from stress.
(Your business name) will consult with workers, employees’ safety representatives and/or the OHS committee on this issue.
(Outline the specific actions you will take to address any factors in your workplace that could allow stress to occur.)
Information and support
(Your business name) will provide regular training and information about the effects of stress on personal and workplace health and safety, and on the components of this policy.
(Include any support, whether internal or external, that you can provide workers experiencing stress.)
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Date to be reviewed:
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