Work-related stress

Preventing and managing work-related stress

Work-related stress

Work-related stress is defined by the HSE as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them'.

At the University, work related stress is managed by:

  • Schools and services completing a preventative risk assessment for stress at work (using the partially completed template provided below).
  • Providing support to individuals where work-related stress is confirmed or likely (managers and staff may wish to use the framework provided below).

This approach is based on the HSE’s management standards model, where work-related stress is managed by focusing on six key areas: demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.

If you would like to discuss managing work-related stress in your school or service, please contact

Examples of support Safety and Health Services can provide to both individuals and teams include:

  • Help with understanding work related stress.
  • Signposting to other useful resources both within the University and externally.
  • Getting started with the preventative risk assessment template.
  • Advice on adding local control measures to the risk assessment template.
  • Next steps after completing the preventive risk assessment and producing an action plan.

Following HSE standards

University of Bristol guidance follows the HSE’s management standards for work-related stress and gives practical advice on meeting the requirements of the University’s work-related stress policy.

University policy

Read the policy on work-related stress.

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