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Equivalence checklist: Is my risk assessment approach suitable and sufficient?

If you can answer 'yes' to all the questions, then your current approach is likely to be considered a suitable and sufficient equivalent risk assessment for work related stress.

Does your current approach

  • Include all the steps in the risk assessment process?
  • Focus on prevention and organisational level solutions?
  • Include provision for dealing with other issues, e.g. individual issues?
  • Ensure commitment from all parties (senior management, employees and their representatives)?
  • Have arrangements to identify those aspects of the work, work organisation or environment that are known to be risk factors for work related stress?
  • Highlight the extent and nature of the gap, if any, between the current situation, and what is seen as good practice, e.g. ‘the states to be achieved’ in the Management Standards, for each of the identified stress risk areas?
  • Involve the workforce by:
    • Asking about their views regarding good and bad features of workplace conditions?
    • Seeking their suggestions, advice and comments on potential solutions to problems (e.g. improvements to working conditions, changes in the way work is organised, etc)?
    • Ensuring that people are empowered to contribute and feel that their views are listened to and acted on?
    • Communicating outcomes (e.g. action plans)?
  • Seek to develop and adopt solutions that are 'reasonably practicable'?
  • Provide documentation to show what you have done at each stage of the process and that you are implementing the recommended actions?

It is important that you document whether you intend to follow the Management Standards approach, or an alternative approach, to carrying out a risk assessment for work related stress. Documenting the process you have followed, provides an audit trail to help you demonstrate, to the relevant inspection authorities, that what you have done and the process that was used, represents a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.

Download a PDF version of the checklist

Updated 2012-12-04