Essential points

  • Employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their work activities and must do whatever is reasonably practical to achieve this. 
  • Employees also have responsibility for their own health, safety and wellbeing. 
  • Organisations must carry out a risk assessment to identify potential hazards at work and control risks to prevent an injury, including carrying out an assessment of work-related stress.  
  • Organisations should be alert to signs of stress in their workforce, such as high turnover, increased sickness absence and decreased performance, and take action to prevent it. 
  • A holistic wellbeing approach would include looking at employees’ physical and mental health, the working environment, work demands, line manager effectiveness, and the organisation’s values, and opportunities for personal growth within it.

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