Standards for good practice for human resources (HR) managers, employers and managers

Managing psychosocial risk in the workplace

PAS 1010 can help employers identify the risks associated with psychosocial risks, work-related stress, violence and harassment. It provides a code of practice to help manage workplace health.

The Health & Safety Executive defines stress as "the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them." Stress can lead to many problems, including:

  • Physical ill-health such as severe headaches, musculoskeletal disorders, heart conditions, gastrointestinal problems, fatigue and 'burnout'
  • Mental ill-health such as poor concentration, depression and/or anxiety
  • Behavioural changes such as increased smoking, drinking, short temper, withdrawal or other sudden changes in behaviour.

PAS 1010
PAS 1010
Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace

Read more about PAS 1010 and managing stress risks at work


BS 8877
Online recruitment. Code of practice
Read more about a new British Standard for online recruiting

BS ISO 26000:2010
BS ISO 26000:2010
Guidance on social responsibility

An organization’s attitude to social responsibility can affect its ability to attract and retain staff. It can also impact on maintenance of employees' morale, commitment and productivity.
Read more and buy BS ISO 26000

If you're an HR manager buying in corporate training or overseeing in-house training, BS ISO 2990 could be of interest:

BS ISO 29990:2010
Learning services for non-formal education and training. Basic requirements for service providers

BS 8406:2009
Event stewarding and crowd safety. Code of practice

BS 7858:2006+A2:2009
Security screening of individuals employed in a security environment. Code of practice

BS 8507-1:2008
Code of practice for close protection services. Services within the United Kingdom

BS 8507-2:2009
Code of practice for close protection services. Services outside the United Kingdom

BS 8549:2006
Security consultancy. Code of practice

BS 8484:2009
Code of practice for the provision of lone worker device (LWD) services

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Online recruitment code of practice - BS 8877