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Work related stress

Requested on
Monday, 26 September 2011
Reference
2011 September 01
Resolution
Information provided

Question

1. How many staff have been absent due to work related stress? Please answer for each of the following years: 2006 - 2010 inclusive.

Answer

2006 Nil
2007 Nil
2008 Nil
2009 1
2010 6

Question

2. How many staff have been formally assessed for work-related stress (under HSE definition) and what jobs did they do? Please answer for each of the following years: 2006 - 2010 inclusive.

Answer

2006 NIL
2007 NIL
2008 NIL
2009 NIL
2010 NIL

The Council acknowledges its general duty of care for its employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and accepts the need to consider the risk of stress-related ill health when meetings its obligations under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The Council accepts the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) definition of work-related stress and have recently had approved a Stress Management Policy which plans to meet the six contributing factors for work related stress through a process of identifying the risk, planning interventions and monitoring the outcomes.

Question

3. What has been your average sickness absence rate in days per employee. Please answer for each of the following years: 2006 - 2010 inclusive.

Answer

2006 10.34
2007 9.67
2008 8.84
2009 9.52
2010 12.62

Question

4. How many staff have been dismissed under (a) ill health capability procedures; (b) competency/capability procedures and (c) redundancy for the years 2006 - 2010 inclusive.

Answer

2006 a NIL b NIL c NIL
2007 a NIL b NIL c NIL
2008 a NIL b NIL c NIL
2009 a NIL b NIL c NIL
2010 a NIL b NIL c NIL

Question

5. How many of your staff mentioned in your answers to Question 4, were suffering from work-related stress? Please answer for each of the following years: 2006 - 2010 inclusive.

Answer

Not applicable

Question

6. What training do you give managers on Health and Safety issues and in particular work-related stress issues?

Answer

Managers have been trained on the Attendance Management Policy and will shortly receive training on the newly adopted Stress Management Policy.

HR also gives advice, guidance and support to Managers on how to manage work-related stress in their sections and make confidential referrals to Occupational Health Counsellors.

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