Bullying at Work

For most people bullying is something that should end when they leave the school playground, but sadly for a growing number of British workers it’s something that will come to define their daily lives. Workplace bullying is becoming such a big problem that the UK government has sponsored a major investigation into the issue, while […]

Stress Almost Ruined My Career: A Case Study

Poppy Castle had a secure job and what she thought was a happy home life. Her husband then suddenly divorced her and moved to Australia, leaving Poppy with a young child and a house with a large mortgage. First Reaction “”When John (my husband) left me with a child and the house to pay for, […]

Stress Free Transition to Self Employment: A Case Study

Craig Sorabji worked in the UK wine business for many years. He then decided to go out on his own and set up a specialised wine importing business. The business proved successful but Craig is all too aware of the pitfalls of self-employment, particularly stress. Eyes Open “I wanted to be self-employed from the moment […]

Safe Working Loads for Rope

The safe working loads of rope vary. They change according to the rope’s material and diameter. Employers and workers should never assume that all rope is more or less the same. This point becomes critical when a business uses rope for securing and lifting. Knowledge of safe working loads is essential. And even then, there […]

Job Design and Mental Health

Stress at work can lead directly to mental health problems. But many organisations don’t have structures that help workers manage their stress levels. A lot of employers might argue, however, that they do provide the means to Reduce Stress and improve staff well-being. They offer gyms and exercise facilities. They have counselling services. They run […]

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 […]

What if Work Makes You Ill?

Nobody should let their job adversely affect their health, but it’s a sad fact that in Britain many people are still becoming ill because of their work. Work-related illnesses like stress, Back Pain, depression and RSI are all too common nowadays, adding to the more serious long-term conditions like asbestosis which can cause death. According […]

Working Safely In A Confined Space

The safety legislation which covers working in confined spaces can be found in the Confined Spaces Regulations of 1997. Every year, workers are killed or seriously injured in a wide range of occupations and industries as the result of working in confined spaces. Deaths and injuries are not just limited to the workers themselves either […]