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October 15, 2009

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Guidance- Safety reps guide to workplace stress

This guidance takes RCN representatives through the HSE’s Stress Management Standards and the process of conducting a stress risk assessment. The guidance covers how RCN safety representatives can get involved in each stage of the risk assessment process, with a number of case studies highlighting how representatives have implemented the HSE standards in their own workplaces. The standards can help in addressing issues such as workload, work patterns, and organisational change.It is hoped the new guidance, which includes useful case studies, will also help when members return to work following a stress-related illness.RCN senior employment relations advisor, Kim Sunley, said: “If you are a safety rep, find out if there is a stress policy where you work which is linked to the HSE Management Standards. If there is not, then set up a steering group and talk to HR about implementing it.”Work-related stress. A good practice guide for RCN representatives can be found at www.rcn.org.uk/development/publications

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