What are the Duties of Employers and Employees?
Stress becomes an occupational hazard if it adversely impacts on safety and health in the workplace.
Often a number of factors from the workplace and home combine to increase stress to the point where a person may put their own or another person’s safety at risk. As a result, both employers and employees have a special duty of care role to play in making sure risks that are caused by stress from all sources are minimized and staff are fit for work.
Duties of Employees and Employers are as follows:
- Employers have a duty to provide a workplace where, so far as practicable, employees protected from hazards in their workplace.
- This includes providing safe systems of work, information, instruction, training and supervision.
- There is also a requirement for employers to consult and cooperate with safety and health representatives and other employees.
- Employees must take reasonable care for their own safety and health and avoid adversely affecting the safety and health of others in the workplace.
- They must also cooperate with employers in safety and health matters so that employers can act responsibly.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 require employers, where practicable; to adopt a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and controlling hazards at work.
- Employers should identify factors in the workplace that cause stress (a number of which are have already been listed).
- They should then assess the likelihood of stress causing injury or disease.
- If the risks are significant, they should put in place controls to minimize them.