Essential points

  • Employers have a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who might be affected by their work activities.
  • Employers must do whatever is reasonably practical to achieve this protection.  
  • Employees have responsibility for their own health, safety and wellbeing.  
  • Organisations must carry out risk assessments to identify potential hazards at work. This includes carrying out an assessment of work-related stress.   
  • High turnover, increased sickness absence and decreased performance can be signs of stress. Employers should take action to prevent such stress.  

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