Is stress a reportable industrial injury (e.g. under RIDDOR)?

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No, neither work related stress nor stress-related illnesses are reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). This is because the causes of stress-related ill health are usually extremely complex and linking conditions to specific types of work activity would be very difficult. The question of whether to include occupational stress as a RIDDOR reportable disease was considered during the development of the current Regulations. On the advice of HSC’s Occupational Health Advisory Committee, it was not included. This does not mean that stress cannot be raised with the enforcing authorities nor does it mean that a complaint cannot be made which could result in an investigation. While work related stress is not reportable, employers have duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to assess and manage the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities, and under the Health and Safety ... more
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