Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Steps employers can take to ensure the mental health of staff - REAL BUSINESS

Originally published: June 19, 2017
Publisher: Real Business.com

Mental health is an issue which has garnered considerable recent media interest. So what are employers' responsibilities around the mental health of their employees?

All employers, irrespective of their size, have a duty to ensure the mental health, safety and welfare of staff. There are further duties to carry out risk assessments, apply principles of prevention and provide information to employees.

These health and safety duties clearly apply to issues around employees’ mental health as well as physical health. For example, employers are responsible for effectively managing and controlling the risks from work related stress. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has devised management standards to assist and encourage employers to comply with their legal obligations in managing work-related stress.