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New qualification focuses on workplace stress

12 October 2022

NEBOSH AND the Health and Safety Executive collaborate on new qualification.

Half of all work-related ill health in Great Britain is caused by stress, depression or anxiety (HSE Labour Force Survey (LFS)). Similar statistics reverberate around the world; 68% of UAE workers report work-related stress (Cigna), there is an estimated $50bn economic cost to Canada from poor mental health in the workplace (Deloitte) and 55% of professionals in India (Times of India) feel stressed at work.

NEBOSH and Great Britain’s health and safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), have collaborated to develop a new qualification that gives people the tools to manage and prevent stress in the workplace.

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Managing Stress at Work has been developed with the expertise of HSE’s organisational psychologists. The syllabus covers six key areas of work design – demands, control, support, relationships, role and change – to help learners proactively assess and manage work-related stress.

Chris Austin, HSE’s head of training and events says, “Tackling work-related stress is a strategic priority for HSE. We’re delighted to have worked with NEBOSH on this new certificate to equip employers and managers with a greater understanding of the challenges and requirements associated with workplace stress and to give them the confidence to proactively support the wellbeing of their employees. It’s a great addition to the range of tools and support from HSE that helps businesses and workers understand the best ways to prevent work-related stress and encourage good mental health, as part of our Working Minds campaign”.

2019-20 Labour Force Survey data from Great Britain showed that stress, depression or anxiety results in an average of 21.6 days off work, longer than any other reason for absence. By developing this new qualification, NEBOSH and the HSE want to help organisations adopt strategic interventions that address the root causes of stress, supporting employees to remain healthy, happy and productive at work.

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Managing Stress at Work is available to study via NEBOSH’s global network of Learning Partners.