What are the major disorders and health issues that are facing workers?
Amongst our predictions for this year we touched on the problem of how the HSE could live up to its promise to focus on health, whilst facing ever tighter budgets. HSE and local authority inspectors will not have the time to check your risk assessments to make sure you have considered health impacts, or to read your management plans or to review your health surveillance records.
Budgets for inspections are more likely to be cut than increased. So how is the HSE proposing to improve workplace health? The HSE outline an approach which starts by “leading and engaging those who undertake or influence health and safety. We will seek to change behaviour through guidance, raising awareness and leadership.”
More and more often, people who are suffering from an illness, from both old and new cases, believe that it was caused or at least made worse by work. This is why it is so important to make sure your employees know how to work safely and are continuously aware of any risks or hazards they could face on a day-to-day basis.
Together, stress and musculoskeletal disorders account for around 80% of all working time lost due to illness, and hence these two topics are the starting point for HSE guidance and leadership. In the longer term, many workers have their health damaged and their retirements shortened by occupational lung diseases.
We have taken some of the HSE information on these three health topics and present it below as our contribution towards raising awareness.
1. MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS (MSD)
2. OCCUPATIONAL STRESS AND RELATED MENTAL HEALTH (OR WORK-RELATED STRESS – WRS)
3. OCCUPATIONAL LUNG DISEASE
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