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Findings from a new TUC survey of health and safety representatives show that stress is top of the list of concerns in UK workplaces.

More than two-thirds of respondents say that stress, and the effect it is having on their colleagues, is one of the main concerns they have to deal with at work.

Sixty-seven per cent of health and safety professionals across all sectors cite stress as a top concern.

This spikes at 87 per cent for central government workers, 84 per cent for education, 78 per cent for health service and 77 per cent for local government.

“We may sometimes joke about health and safety culture, but it’s no joke when you become the person lying awake at night from stress, made ill through long hours, a lack of control over your work or bullying in the office,” says TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.

“Employers and managers need to do more to identify and reduce risks and to provide support to employees struggling to cope.”

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