Stress risk assessment
Completing a stress risk assessment involves looking at current practice in relation to the HSE Management Standards and determining whether enough has been done to manage the risk or whether more needs to be done. It can be done with an individual or team and can be formal process using a risk assessment form (such as the one below), or an informal discussion using the standards as a guide. If you do an informal assessment, you should still make a record of the outcomes.
To support you with completing the Stress Risk Assessment, you can ask the individual or team to complete the following:
- Perceived Stress Assessment tool – This is designed to measure individual stress levels by looking at how different situations affect feelings and thinking.
- Stressor Assessment Tool – This questionnaire helps to identify the areas under the HSE Management Standards where support may be required
Occupational Health Advisors may recommend stress risk assessment for individuals who have been suffering stress. It is also a useful to carry out assessments for teams where there are stress related issues or are undergoing significant change.
If you need help with carrying out stress risk assessment, contact your Department's link Human Resources Manager/Officer.