Dogs Are Good for Our Health and Wellbeing

This morning Elizabeth Sinclair Director of Epica Health, Safety & Wellbeing told the office a story about picking up her dog from No More Kennels on Friday evening.  To be honest a couple of us began to yawn, it’s always about Elsie the Westie, but this time it wasn’t! We sat hypnotically waiting for this treat (sorry) of a story. … Read More

Manageable Monday – Monday Madness

Do you start the week full of dread? Knowing that you have lots to do and don’t know where to start? Why not take a moment to sit and think about your list of jobs. Start with the most pressing issue and then follow on with your other tasks in order of priority Stick a time and date next to … Read More

Fruity Friday – Feeling Fantastic

Looking after your body is very important. That’s why we should give our bodies the best chance, by eating the right foods with the best nutrients. For those who are traditional, why not try: Oranges – Oranges are low in calories and full of nutrients, they promote clear, healthy, skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases, … Read More

Workout Wednesday – Let’s get physical!

Whether you are in an office job or work on a factory floor. It is important to keep mobile whilst on the job. If you are office based why not try some or all of the stretches below to help improve circulation and bring you out of that post lunch slump! Chest Stretch Upper Body Twist Hip Marching Ankle Stretch … Read More

HSE Construction Health Inspection Initiative

Starting on 17 June 2019, HSE will be carrying out its latest construction inspection initiative. This initiative will continue the focus on health, in particular the measures in place to protect workers from occupational lung disease caused by asbestos, silica, wood and other dusts when carrying out common construction tasks. HSE inspectors will be looking to ensure those involved with … Read More

Work in Stressful Job for 15yrs Increases Risk of Five Forms of Cancer

Working in a stressful job can put more than just an individual’s blood pressure at risk. An employee’s overall mental wellbeing will impact an organisation’s culture, environment and productivity in a drastic manner. A recent study by Preventative Medicine reports that significant links were found to stomach, lung, colon, rectal and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, researchers from Quebec University measured the link of this … Read More

43% of Sites Visited Fail HSE Construction Blitz

HSE Construction site ‘blitz’ finds breaches at 43% of site visits.  The HSE Board received a report on 12th December 2018 on the immediate findings from the four-week National Construction Inspection Initiative during October 2018. The initiative focused on health with an emphasis on lung disease and respiratory risks caused by asbestos and dust. The HSE Board was told that: “This was a collaborative … Read More

Firms Back Mandatory Mental Health First Aid

Fifty employers have backed an open letter to the prime minister calling for the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations to be amended to make “mental health first aid” a legal requirement with the same statutory footing in workplaces as first aid. The letter has been signed by dozens of representatives of UK employers, including Universities UK, PwC, Royal Mail, … Read More

Agreement on Workplace Exposure to Diesel Engine Emissions

The three parts of the EU legislature – the EU Commission, EU Council of Ministers and European parliament – have now reached agreement on including workplace exposure to diesel engine emissions (DEEE) in the updated Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD). The agreement, announced in a press release on 11 October, follows a vote by MEPs on the employment and social … Read More

HSE & Brexit Planning

As with all sectors and government departments HSE need to plan for deal or no deal when it comes to Brexit.  At the recent HSE board meeting a topic put forward for discussion in the board report was HSE’s Brexit communications strategy. A discussion was held of how the HSE intends to communicate legislative changes flowing form the Brexit process, … Read More

The Wellbeing Impact of Lone Working

Millions of UK workers work alone, for all or part of the working week. We explain how some home workers can be more at risk of stress than office based employees. How do HSE describer lone working? “Those that work by themselves without close or direct supervision”.  However, the range on types of lone working is not so clear.  Employers … Read More

How GDPR Applies to Accident Reporting?

Under the new GDPR rules, I’ve heard that consent is required to process personal data. How does this affect the collection of information for the accident book? Under GDPR, the first principle is to process all personal data lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner. Processing (including collection, recording, organisation, structuring and storage) must have a “lawful basis”. At least … Read More

Is it Too Hot to Work? Temperatures in the Workplace

Is it too hot to work?  In offices or similar environments, the temperature in workplaces must be reasonable. There’s no law for maximum working temperature, or when it’s too hot to work.  Employers must stick to health and safety at work law, including: keeping the temperature at a comfortable level, sometimes known as thermal comfort providing clean and fresh air … Read More

SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMERTIME!

Epica Health & Safety have launched its Sun Safe campaign this month. As temperatures are soaring across the UK, the risk of skin cancers become more of a threat. As skin cancer is now the most common cancer, Epica Health & Safety launched their summer campaign predominantly with clients working outside. The campaign includes the delivery of useful information regards … Read More

Pollen Free Work Environment

Whilst we all long for those beautiful long summer days and the smell of freshly cut grass, hay fever sufferers dread the high pollen counts, and the itchy, sneezy, wheezy symptoms that are associated with it. A 2013 study showed that anywhere between 10-30% of adults suffer with hay fever, and research from the Met Office suggested that UK employees who … Read More

Court Dismisses Office Prank Injury Claim

An NHS trust will not have to pay compensation to a hospital worker who sustained a fractured lower spine when a colleague pulled her chair from beneath her in an office prank. Meeta Patel attempted to sue Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for £58,000, claiming that it was “vicariously liable” for the actions of her co-worker. But on 13 … Read More

World Mental Health Day – Work-related stress and how to tackle it

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The day provides an opportunity “for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide”. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is mental health in … Read More

Silica Dust : A Widespread Hazard

The inhalation of Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust (RCS) is a widespread hazard and significant cause of ill-health in the construction sector. The effective elimination or control of RCS dust is one of three top priorities for HSE now, and in the coming years. Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as … Read More

Men’s Health Week 12-18 June  

Highlighting specifically in this blog, four types of Men’s Health that are highlighted in this awareness week including; Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Penile Cancer and Male Breast Cancer.  Let’s look at these cancers. Prostate Cancer Prostate Cancer is a walnut-sized gland which is located behind the man’s penis, in front of the rectum and below the bladder. The main function of … Read More

Diabetes Week 2017

Do you or anyone you know need help managing diabetes? While there are a lot of people who have a wider understanding on diabetes than others, we can all learn on how it should be managed. Many people are not getting the right support needed to look after their diabetes. We can help employers raise awareness in the workplace and … Read More