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Understanding and Preventing Work-Related Stress

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18 February 2020

Other available dates: email us to book


It is generally accepted that work is good for our mental and physical health. Apart from the financial benefits, work can also give us meaning and purpose but it is only good when it is well managed. We will all experience pressure in our jobs, but when we experience too much pressure and feel unable to cope, it can result in stress. It is important to remember that it is not an employer's or a line manager's job to diagnose or treat stress, whatever its cause. However, employers do have a legal duty to assess the risk of work-related stress and put steps in place to tackle those risks, yet only half of all organisations actually do something. Those that do find they have improved employee commitment, higher productivity, fewer sickness absence days, lower accident rates and increased morale.

This interactive course is designed around HSE's approach for preventing stress at work that helps identify and manage the six areas of work design which can affect stress levels - demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.

This course will enable you to:

  • Gain an overview of the different theories about work-related stress;
  • Learn how to spot some of the warning signs when people are under too much pressure;
  • Become familiar with the six areas of work design that can affect stress levels;
  • Learn how to successfully implement HSE's step-by-step approach for preventing stress at work;
  • Explore the types and variety of organisational level interventions that others have put in place.
  • Have an opportunity to share good practice.


The delivery of this workshop is through discussion, facilitated exercises and case studies.

Who should attend?

The workshop will be of interest to anyone who wishes to reduce their organisation's exposure to risk from work-related stress and / or need to understand the steps they need to take to meet their legal requirements. Suitable for managers, HR, H&S, Risk Managers, or anyone with an interest in organisational level stress management. No prior knowledge is needed.

This workshop is not designed to equip delegates with the knowledge and skills to diagnose or treat stress at an individual level and does not provide mental health awareness.


The workshop will be run at the Health & Safety Laboratory in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of this workshop is £515 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

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Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

For further dates and additional information email: or contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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