Team building and Employee Wellbeing

There are too many employers who take a narrow-minded approach to their employees’ health. They may follow all of the statutory health and safety laws and try to create a pleasant atmosphere in which to work for the benefit of the welfare of their workforce. Nevertheless, employers can still often be left frustrated with a […]

Safety and Fume Management

A number of industries use processes that generate fumes. At best, these fumes may be irritating; at worst, they can cause serious and even fatal diseases. Employers must therefore manage fumes safely. They should be aware of the Hazardous Nature of Fumes, and have systems in place to ensure any risks to health are minimal. […]

Returning to Work After an Accident or Injury

If you are returning to work after a long lay-off due to an accident or injury you have suffered it can be a daunting experience. Your confidence may have taken a knock which might lead you to start worrying about whether or not you can still do the job, if your desk or space might […]

Practical Measures for Disabled Workers

There are many practical measures that help disabled workers do their jobs effectively. Employers must take these measures to comply with the law. Occupational health experts can give employers guidance on how to proceed. A government agency also supplies advice and money. The Law There are three laws that apply to employers and their disabled […]

How to Reduce Absenteeism

Whilst most workers are only absent from work for genuine reasons such as injury or sickness, every company has problems with people who take time off work for no particular valid reason, although they’ll almost always come up with a legitimate ‘valid excuse’ (even if they’re lying). A high level of absenteeism is not only […]

Workplace Ergonomics

Ergonomics is an approach to promoting occupational health which has also has benefits in terms of employee satisfaction and efficiency. In designing work systems, the emphasis is on designing tools, equipment and workplaces so that the job fits the person rather than the reverse. Approaches to prevention may be based on work design or organisational […]

Carrying Out a Risk Assessment

It is compulsory for all businesses to carry out a risk assessment on their premises to ensure that their premises, and the activities they carry out on those premises, are safe. A risk assessment considers what might cause harm and assesses how to protect both customers and employees from the identified risk occurring. Different industries […]

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) […]

Smoking Ban and the Workplace

From July 1 2007, it is now illegal to smoke in the workplace in England, as part of new government legislation which was passed in the Health Act 2006. The ban applies to all workplaces and public places, public transport, work vehicles, restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, shopping centres and offices. It is therefore imperative to […]

Dealing With a Male Dominated Environment

When we think about working women taking up jobs in a male-dominated environment we tend to conjure up images of women working in construction or as plumbers or electricians and whilst many women have gone on to forge good careers in these typically male oriented roles, even many white collar professions are still classed more […]