HSE has been warning of a growing crisis in stress and poor mental health related to work. The workplace regulator launched a major campaign last year to remind employers of their responsibilities to their employees’ mental health.
HSE’s Chief Executive, Sarah Albon, said: “Stress and poor mental health is the number one cause of work-related ill health. The effects of stress, depression, and anxiety can have a significant impact on an employee’s life and on their ability to perform their best at work.”
HSE’s annual statistics release shows the impact work-related ill health is having on Great Britain’s economic performance, with other headline figures showing:
1.8 million working people suffering from a work-related illness, of which
914,000 workers suffering work-related stress, depression or anxiety
477,000 workers suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder
123,000 workers suffering from COVID-19 which they believe may have been from exposure to coronavirus at work
2,544 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2020)
123 workers killed in work-related accidents
565,000 working people sustained an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey
61,713 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
36.8million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
£18.8billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2019/20
36.8 million working days were lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2021/22.
The annual economic cost of work-related injury and new cases of ill health (excluding long latency illnesses such as cancer) was £18.8 billion in 2019/20.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact on the workplace. Of the 1.8 million suffering a work-related illness, an estimated 585,000 reported it was caused or made worse by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Around a quarter of these workers were in human health and social work. In addition, 123,000 workers suffering with COVID-19 believed they were exposed to the virus at work.