Top UK companies have their say

Leaders of the UK’s top 350 companies were canvassed over the summer for their views on the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) stress management standards.

Bill Callaghan, chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, wrote to the captains of industry in July for their views on how to prevent sickness absence caused by work-related stress.

He wanted their opinions as part of a consultation on the management standards that ran until 27 August.

“We’re not about eliminating all stress or pressure in the workplace. We want to help employers recognise and manage the risks sensibly,” he said.

“We believe the standards can help employers tackle work-related stress at its source and reduce the sickness absence it causes. The standards have been well-received so far but we need to gather more views.”

The leaders of the UK’s trade unions were also sounded out for their opinions on the standards.


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