Stress at Work. Tom Mellish, TUC Health and Safety Policy Officer. Stress at Work. The TUC’s Vision No one should leave work at the end of the day less healthy than they were when they started. Stress at Work. Topics to be covered Stress – what it is and what a policy could look like
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Tom Mellish, TUC
Health and Safety Policy Officer
The TUC’s Vision
No one should leave work at the end of the day less healthy than they were when they started
Topics to be covered
- and alcohol/drugs
Definition of stress
“the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them.”
HSE research indicates that:
TUC SURVEY OF TRADE UNION SAFETY
1998, 2000 & 2002
Cuts in staff 64%
Long hours 55%
Shift work 22%
27%Stress at Work
In 2004 survey, 4 out of every 5 safety reps (79%) consider that workloads are a problem.
Compared to private sector (73%), problem of workloads is greater in public sector (83%) and voluntary sector (77%).
Staff cuts up from third to second place as main stress related problem. Staff cuts identified by half the safety reps (49%) in the 2004 survey, show similar results to 2002 and 2000 surveys. They are identified more often in the private sector (53%) than in the public.
For individual sectors, as in 2000, cuts in staff a particular problem:
Staff cuts more concern to safety reps in:
For individual sectors, workloads are a particular problem identified by safety reps in:
Bullying still significant problem.
Number of safety reps identifying it is just over one in four (27%).
More often in the public sector (30%) and voluntary sector (29%) than in the private (20%).
Bullying is seen as an increasing problem since 2002 by safety reps in:
speaking too loud/fast
personal appearanceObservational:Workers may act differently when stressed
In an organisation stress may
manifest itself as:
Aches and pains
Nausea or dizziness
Indigestion and heart burn
Low self esteem
Loss of libido
Depression or anxiety
Anger - irritability
Panic attacksStress at WorkSelf-reportedphysical and emotional symptoms of stress
An effective policy on stress should:
The objectives of a policy should be:
Key to a stress policy is good risk
assessment. This should include:
Physical environ Equipment
Job content Working time
Service conditions Support systems
Court of Appeal Judgement, February 2002
(Hatton, Barber, Bishop and Jones)
Stress at Work
Provision of occupational health