Headlines: April 14th, 1999

The Health and Safety Commission has responded to pressure to take action about the growing problem of stress in the workplace. Before deciding how to take the issue forward the Commission is seeking the views of a wide audience. It has published a document to stimulate discussion and particularly to foster debate about whether stress at work should be regulated under health and safety law. There will also be a programme of meetings across the country.

The Commission is confronted with a wide range of opinions. Work can
contribute to, and perhaps at times cause stress, but it is not the only cause. A balanced view is needed before developing a policy for health and safety at work. The consultation document will inform discussion about the causes of stress and ways in which it can be managed. It will also stimulate debate on partnership working between interested organisations as a way forward.

Copies of the consultation document ‘Managing Stress at Work’, DDE10 are available free from: HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 6FS,

Comments on the ideas in the discussion document should be sent to Stuart Bristow, HSE, Health Directorate, Division A, 7th Floor, North Wing, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS,