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Special offer: World Day for Health and Safety at Work discounts available.
With World Day for Health and Safety at Work taking place later this week, on 28 April, there’s no better time to invest a little effort and money in ensuring that your employees are adequately protected. In 2016/17, work-related ill health and injury cost businesses in the UK £14.9 billion and 31.2 million lost working days. Disturbingly, during the same period, 137 people were killed at work and, according to the Labour Force Survey, 609,000 people were injured.
By investing just a little time and money, you could save your business a lot in the long-run, as well as giving yourself and your employees' peace of mind.
Figures from 2016/17 indicate that 1.3 million people in the UK suffer from a work-related illness, with stress, depression and anxiety (40%) and musculoskeletal disorders (39%) cited as the main causes. Thankfully, there are simple steps that you can take to minimise the risk of you employees being affected by these and other common causes of work-related illness and injury. It may be as easy as dusting off your health and safety policies to review and refresh them, or investing in some user-friendly, low cost training for your employees.
To give you a helping hand, this week we’re offering a ten per cent discount on two of our most popular training courses - Health and Safety Essentials and Health and Safety for Managers.
To get your discount, visit the product pages for either of our online courses below and enter discount code H&S10 at the checkout!
Health and Safety for Managers can be found HERE
Health and Safety Essentials can be found HERE
To mark Stress Awareness Month we are offering a 30% discount on our online Stress Awareness course. Click HERE to book and use BWEGDAOB code at the checkout.
Stress Awareness Month: Know how to spot the signs
Stress is an issue that can affect all of us and contribute to a wide range of illnesses. In fact, more working days are lost due to stress than for any other single reason.
Of the 31.2 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2016/17, 12.5 million of these were related to stress, depression and anxiety. However, the toll that stress takes on your employees, not to mention your company’s finances, can be reduced by investing a little time and effort in identifying the causes and learning how to manage or minimise them.
As April is Stress Awareness Month, there’s no better time to rethink your approach to stress in the workplace. For example, did you know that our simple, user-friendly, online Stress Awareness course can be completed in just 30 minutes and is recommended by The Stress Management Society?
The course is suitable for everyone, from employers and safety representatives to individual employees, and has been designed to take help you take positive steps to identify the causes of stress in the workplace, and learn how to minimise them. It looks at how to stay in control when the pressure is mounting, as well as highlighting the tell-tale signs of stress to help you recognise a problem before it becomes serious. It also provides you with practical strategies to put in place to stop work-related pressures getting out of control, such as simple changes to you daily routine and ways to create a more productive working life for yourself.
We can also work with you to provide bespoke advice and solutions to specific issues relating to stress in your individual workplace or sector. For an informal chat about your requirements, call us today on 01405 752440.
Managing the risks in the brave, new world of work
The type of health and safety risks that we face in the workplace is changing at breakneck speed as new technology revolutionises the way we carry out our jobs and we continue to shift away from traditional working practices.
According to a new report by the British Safety Council (BSC), employers must assess the risks posed by new technology and familiarise themselves, and their employees, with the dangers, as well as thinking about what sort of skills people will need to do their jobs in the future. Entitled the Future Risk Report, it highlights the need for greater awareness of the risks that we will face in our workplaces in the future as employees and hi-tech machinery, such as intelligent machines and robots, work together more closely than ever before. The report suggests that legislation should be updated to reflect these changes, as well as posing timely questions about where responsibility lies when things go wrong in automated working environments.
It’s estimated that 250,000 public sector jobs will be replaced by automation during the next 15 years alone. This, together with the growth of the ‘gig’ economy - which is when workers are paid for each job or ‘gig’ that they do, rather than receiving a regular wage – has prompted the BSC to highlight the increased risk of employee stress and mental ill-health. It’s thought that ‘up-skilling’ employees by offering them specialist training to build their resilience against the rise of new technologies could be part of the solution.
Responding to the report, Robyn Newman of MNA Group Ltd, said: “In so many sectors, the way people work is changing rapidly and this latest report by the BSC highlights the urgent need for employers to take a more strategic view of the future health and safety risks that they and their employees could face.”
Know the risks: Musculoskeletal disorders
If your employees work on computers or carry out manual handling and repetitive tasks for long periods of time, they could be at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders. Here’s our guide to the risks and how you can minimise them:
What is musculoskeletal disorder?
It’s a term that refers to and covers any injury, damage or disorder to the body’s joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. Upper Limb Disorders (ULDs) affect the top part of the body – mainly the neck, shoulders, arms and fingers - and can include Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Cumulative Trauma Disorder and Occupational Overuse Syndrome. ULDs can be linked to the poor use of display screen equipment and prolonged use of powered hand tools. Lower Limb Disorders (LLDs) affect the lower part of the body, including the legs, hips and toes, and can be caused by repetitive activities, such as squatting, standing for long periods of time without a break and frequent jumping from height. Although ULDs and LLDs can be caused by activities outside the workplace, a high percentage are caused, or made worse, within the work environment. Other Musculoskeletal Disorders include:
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome - the result of regular use of hand-held power tools.
Vibration White Finger - the result of prolonged use of vibrating hand tools.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome - a common condition causing pain, numbing and burning/tingling sensations as a result of the prolonged use of a keyboards, work involving manual labour and assembly packing.
What are the main symptoms of musculoskeletal disorder?
How can you help to prevent musculoskeletal disorders?
1). Carry out a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessment: Display screen equipment refers to any device with an alphanumeric or graphic display screen, including PCs, laptops and tablets. A DSE assessment should be carried out if you have been allocated a new workstation; new hardware or furniture has been introduced; or changes have been made to the lighting. Assessments should then be made at regular intervals – at least annually. This should be carried out by a competent advisor, who will look at the user’s working environment, job role, equipment and furniture. The advisor will also carry out a workstation assessment, setting the user up in the correct ergonomic position.
2). Rest your eyes and take regular tests: If you are a DSE user, you should take regular breaks from your screen to give your eyes a rest from the constant glare. As an employee, if you’re a habitual user of display screen equipment, you have the right to ask your employer to provide an eyesight test.
Here at MNA Group Limited, we can offer display screen equipment and workstation assessments to organisations and individuals. Telephone us on 01405 752440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
Tinnitus Awareness Week
As this week (5 to 11 February) is Tinnitus Awareness Week, we wanted to issue a timely reminder about the dangers posed by excessive noise in the workplace.
Whatever industry you work in, excessive noise can cause long-term hearing issues and lead to permanent hearing loss. Even short-term exposure can cause temporary changes in your hearing, such as tinnitus
But what is tinnitus? Although it’s thought that the condition is slightly different for everyone, most sufferers describe a ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring or humming sound in their ears. There may be one or more sounds, and the noise may be there all the time or come and go.
Employers have a responsibility to assess the risks posed by noise in the workplace to ensure employees are not subjected to harmful levels. So what can you do to avoid protect yourself and your work force from tinnitus and other hearing issues?
For more information or advice on minimising the dangers posed by excessive noise in the workplace, telephone us on 01405 752440 or email email@example.com.
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