We can help to make assessments on the work environment of staff to suggest ways to improve and adapt procedure or equipment to allow a healthier working environment to improve staff wellbeing.
We can provide a thorough, professional, occupational health risk assessment so that you can decide what actions you need to take to prevent occupational illness. Our assessment will:
• Identify any hazards and any employees who may be affected
• Evaluate the risk
• Identify and prioritise appropriate interventions and controls
CUH has designed risk assessment tools that help assist with the assessment of all the different types of risks that exist in all types of work environments. Further information on the risk assessment process can be found in the Trust’s Risk Assessment Policy and Procedure available on Connect.
What is stress?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines stress as: “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them”.
This makes an important distinction between pressure – which can be motivating and challenging and improve performance – and stress, which can be detrimental to health.
Stress itself is not a disease but if it is excessive and goes on for some time, it can lead to mental and physical ill health, especially for staff working in a stressful work environment.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires employers to assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities and take measures to control that risk.
For information on how to deal with stress click here.
What is our procedure?
We are committed to promoting a culture in which stress is not seen as a sign of weakness or a reflection of capability, and in which staff should feel able to speak freely about stress and seek appropriate help. Well-designed, organised and managed work is good for us but insufficient attention to job design, work organisation and management can result in work related stress.
There are two approaches in which to manage stress at work. The first approach is the departmental stress risk assessment approach. Managers proactively assess the risk of stress amongst their staff and put in place practicable measures to reduce work-related stress.
The second approach is to complete the individual stress identification tool on members of staff experiencing work-related stress. This tool allows stressors to be identified and for actions to be taken to address them. Support for those affected by stress is provided by; oh Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Care first, employee relations, the individual’s general practitioner, union representatives and chaplaincy.
To download the stress risk assessment procedure click here.
We follow the CUH Risk assessment procedure and tools to produce high quality assessment and support for those deemed to be in stressful environments and personally show systems of stress. We are responsible for providing advice and support to individuals who have referred themselves or have been referred by their manager to occupational health. We provide advice to managers on the effect of stress on health and make recommendations.