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HSE launches new stress qualification in collaboration with NEBOSH

11 October 2022

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Today HSE launches a new qualification that it has developed in collaboration with NEBOSH to help employers take action on preventing the biggest cause of occupational ill-health in the UK: work-related stress.

Statistics published by HSE covering the 2020/21 period, show of the 1.7 million workers suffering from a work-related illness, 822,000 were due to stress, depression or anxiety and a report by the global management consultancy firm Deloitte estimates that the total annual cost of poor mental health to employers has increased by 25% since 2019, costing UK employers up to £56 billion a year.

The moral and financial case to take action to reduce cases of work-related stress has never been so compelling, but employers also have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it.

However many who are tasked with managing work-related stress do not understand their legal obligations, know what to do or where to start.

Recognising this issue, HSE has collaborated with NEBOSH to develop a new one-day qualification to give organisations a solid foundation from which to work.

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Managing Stress at Work will help learners to understand the factors which can cause stress and help them to establish a framework to manage and address stress in their workplace. It will also teach them to identify early warning signs and how to provide support to individuals. By understanding the strategic interventions organisations can make to address the root causes of stress, learners will be equipped with the knowledge to create a positive workplace and significantly reduce the causes and effects of workplace stress.

The course has been developed with the expertise of HSE's organisational psychologists. Commenting why it makes sense to invest in training those responsible for managing work-related stress, Jen Webster, Occupational Psychologist at HSE said:

"Organisations that take action to reduce work-related stress before it becomes a problem have reported improvements in productivity, staff retention and a reduction in sickness absence. It's more than that though. It's about creating the right work environment for people to thrive and if you don't look at what you are doing at the organisational level, everything else is just a sticking plaster."


In addition to developing the course content, as a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner, HSE will be delivering this course direct to delegates either as an open course or as an in-company solution.

Organisations choosing to learn with HSE will benefit from access to the experts who developed the course content, fully understand the issues of work-related stress and have experience in all stages of implementing the Management Standards approach. Delegates will therefore have confidence that when they put their learning into action, they will do so in a way that is consistent with HSE's current thinking.

Visit HSE's Training and Events page to find out more, including current dates for open courses and to enquire about HSE delivering this course in-company.

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