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COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Causes

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It covers a range of lung diseases that include emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive airways disease. Symptoms A common symptom of COPD is what many people call “smoker’s cough”. Such a cough is persistent and becomes worse. The primary symptom, however, is Breathing Problems. Doctors refer to […]

Hazardous Substances at Work – Risk & Handling Guide

Almost all of us will face some sort of hazardous substances at work or during our daily life. It’s important that we understand how to deal with the risks of potentially dangerous chemicals. The idea of dangerous substances can conjure up pictures of science laboratories and radioactive waste. However, the bulk of them are more […]

What is Occupational Health?

In addition to statutory health and safety procedures all employers must put in place, ‘occupational health’ focuses on the relationship between health and work. It can vary from workplace to workplace. For example, a chemical manufacturer’s employees will be exposed to some different health related issues than, say, the employees of a call centre so […]

Identifying Mental Health Problems at Work

Identifying mental health problems at work may seem an area full of difficulty – and it is. But to ignore the signs of mental ill health is to treat people who suffer from such problems less favourably than others. This is unfair and may infringe the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). DDA The DDA opposes discrimination […]

How To Get Your Work/ Life Balance Right

The issue of finding and attaining a good balance between work commitments and a personal life has become even more of a key factor than money or job prospects in recent years when considering a new job or Career Change. There are a number of different categories of people who are keener on seeking a […]

Health Assessments

If truth be told, most employees are often too busy worrying about work to worry about their health. The irony is that you need to be healthy to work effectively in the first place. The longer term consequences of ignoring employees’ health can be very costly to business. Many illnesses develop so slowly that you […]

Heat Stress

Heat stress usually occurs in the workplace because the workplace itself is too hot, the employee is over-exerting themselves or a combination of the two. Excessive humidity and the type of clothing worn to carry out a particular job can also be contributory factors. How Does Heat Stress Occur? When your body overheats, it reacts […]

Managing Back Pain in the WorkPlace

Back problems and disorders are the most common form of ill health at work. Tackling the problem involves a partnership approach between employers, workers and health and safety representatives, all of whom have a role to play. The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has made the tackling of back pain and related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) […]

Health and Fitness at Work

Employee wellbeing is fast becoming the next big thing in employment relations, with many companies drawing a link between low productivity and the unhealthy lifestyles of staff. Rising obesity, Stress Levels and sickness absence have all been blamed on things like bad diet, a lack of exercise and poor lifestyle choices. The growing Long Working […]