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Legal requirement

This is a brief summary of some of the law in this area, however, this is a complex and fast moving topic, so you should not rely on this information as a comprehensive statement of the law. Individuals should always seek legal advice relevant to the particular circumstances they are experiencing.

All employers have legal responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to ensure the health safety and welfare at work of their employees. This includes minimising the risk of stress-related illness or injury to employees.

At board level

Directors need to consider how they will:

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Human Resources and Health and Safety managers

HR and Health and Safety Managers have an important role in assisting employers to proactively address work related stress, and in doing so reduce the likelihood of employees suffering from work related stress.

Depending on the structure of the organisation, HR and Health and Safety managers may wish to consider how they will:

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Line managers

From a line manager's perspective, legal responsibility rests primarily with the ‘employer’ who is responsible not only for action or lack of action at board level but also for all those employed by him.

Line managers have an important role in assisting employers to proactively address work related stress, and in doing so reduce the likelihood of employees suffering from work related stress.

Examples of issues line managers may wish to consider include:

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Employees

Employees also have a duty to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and of others who may be affected by their actions.

Employees should:

HSE has developed Management Standards which detail good practice in addressing work related stress.

Updated 2011-01-04