New guidance written specifically to help health and safety representatives deal with stress-related issues has been published by the RCN.
Guidance on work related stress for representatives has been designed to help safety representatives and other RCN members work with their employers to reduce stress and its causes in the workplace. It is hoped the new guidance, which includes useful case studies, will also help when members return to work following a stress-related illness.
The guidance is based on management standards devised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which have been recognised as best practice across Europe and are supported by the RCN.
RCN Senior Employment Relations Adviser Kim Sunley says the guidance should help safety representatives and other members to encourage their employers to think seriously about stress and its impact.
“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.”