Stress management qualification launched by NEBOSH and HSE in joint initiative !

Is your organisation prioritising work-related stress?

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, “It gives a great opportunity for employers and managers to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and requirements associated with workplace stress, and the confidence to proactively support the wellbeing of their employees.”

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 present.

Matt Powell-Howard, NEBOSH Head of Product Development, says: “Stress, anxiety and depression are not left in the workplace – they go home with workers every day, affecting their quality of life in all areas.

 “Employers are in a powerful position to positively influence the mental wellbeing of their employees and the benefits of doing that are numerous, at both the individual and organisational level. Research from Deloitte earlier this year revealed that the UK employer cost of poor mental health is increasing. Yet, for those that are proactive and invest in interventions there is an average return of £5.30 for every £1 spent.”

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Managing Stress at Work is now available to study. For further information please visit: