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Agency fell through HSE net

THE HSE this week admitted the Environment Agency had slipped through its monitoring net after the Agency was established in 1995.

It confirmed that it had only just begun to monitor the Agency's health and safety policies nationally for the first time.

'For whatever reason the Agency slipped through the net when it was formed in 1995 but there will now be two officers in Bristol monitoring them nationally, ' a spokesman said The HSE assigns inspectors to monitor all large employers, but initially failed to do so for the Environment Agency.

The HSE is expected to launch its own long awaited guidelines for dealing with stress at work next month after a wide consultation.

The guidelines are aimed at HSE inspectors and managers alike to 'bridge the gap in uncertainty with how to deal with work related stress'.

The guidelines will include a new HSE definition of work related stress as: 'The imposition of stresses on the individual that are beyond his or her capacity to cope.'

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