Brokers must raise stress as a risk with their clients

Allianz’s health and safety manager Banu Gajendran called for broker to warn their clients that Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures estimate that stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 237,000 new cases of work-related illness in 2007/08.

Gajendran said: "In the insurance industry, brokers can play a crucial role in helping to ensure that clients comply with the regulations, improve safety and reduce risks in the workplace."

The Labour Force Survey shows that an estimated 442,000 people believed that they were suffering from stress, depression or anxiety caused or made worse by their current or past work.

Gajendran said: "A total of 13.5 million working days were lost to work-related stress, depression and anxiety in 2007/08. It is a major cause of occupational ill health resulting in sickness absence, high staff turnover and poor performance for organisations."