ABTT Launches 2nd Guidance Note on Mental Health & Well-being

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The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) has launched Guidance Note W2: Mental health and well-being in the workplace – A practical guide to conducting Stress Risk Assessments and creating well-being policies.

This is the second in the ABTT’s “W” series of Guidance Notes which deal with legal duties and best practice for ensuring the welfare of all workers.

This Guidance Note is launched to coincide with International Stress Awareness Week 7-11 Nov 2022.
It provides guidance for risk assessing stress in the workplace and is closely aligned with the HSE’s current advice provided as part of the Working Minds campaign2.

The guidance note offers concise guidance and a step-by-step methodology by which to begin risk assessing work related stress.

Guidance Note W2 is part of the Code of Practice for the Theatre Industry in the UK which is produced by the ABTT with the support of the national Theatre Safety Committee and which is recognised by the HSE as an Established Standard.

Work-related stress is a major cause of occupational ill health and can cause severe physical and psychological conditions in workers. It can also lead to poor productivity and human error, increased sickness absence, increases in accidents, high staff turnover and poor performance.