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13 April 2006

Help for safety reps in tackling stress at work
Stress continues to be the main occupational hazard affecting all types of workers, and research shows that employers are not doing enough to prevent workplace stress.

The Labour Research Department's (LRD) new guide explains what union representives can do to tackle the problem. Stress at work examines extensive research into workplace stress and details the numerous ways reps can help their members and deal with the causes and consequences of workplace stress.

Stress at work also includes a chapter on the recently introduced HSE management standards. These outline a risk assessment process, and are being backed by many unions as a way of taking up workers' stress issues with employers. Additionally there is advice on using the TUC's "Stress MOT", plus a handy copy of the MOT.

Along with information on carrying out surveys, doing a risk assessment and drawing up and negotiating an effective policy - illustrated by examples from union safety reps who have addressed stress issues themselves - the booklet sets out the legal framework around stress, highlighting the results of important court cases on stress at work.

Essential reading for all safety reps, Stress at work is another invaluable health and safety guide from the LRD.

Notes to editors

1. Stress at work is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.70 or ?11.40 for employers and commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?34.45 (?79.65 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 90 years ago. Around 1,600 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet, contact Paul Hampton on 020 7902 9826. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.

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