17 May 2022

Mental health and stress risk assessment

Jeremy Bedford from DWP talks about mental health and gives advice on how to conduct a stress risk assessment.

One of the main illnesses affecting staff today and especially Black members is stress. It comes under the Health and Safety Act but if it becomes a long-term condition which you are taking medication for and it effects your normal day to day activity, it becomes protected under the Equality Act 2010.

There are actions that you can take to make sure you are safe at work and not experiencing stress related issues. You can ask your line manager to undertake a stress risk assessment. The assessment does not have to be completed by your line manager, you may want it done independently, which is highly recommended. The assessment is a living document that is reviewed while you are experiencing stress issues at work and ends when you decide.

The document is your protection, and it is for you.

If you have a meeting planned with your line manager regarding your risk assessment it is important for you to speak with your local rep or with an equality rep if there is one in your workplace. Discuss any adjustments necessary which would make things easier for you and reduce your stress levels. If you do not know how to contact your workplace rep, send an email to the equality team in PCS on equality@pcs.org.uk.

Jeremy Bedford, DWP Equality Officer