Campaign resources

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Download information and resources on how to manage an ageing workforce.

EU-OSHA's 'Healthy workplaces for all ages' campaign resources

A green cogThe ‘Healthy workplaces for all ages' campaign includes e-guides for occupational safety and health professionals, employers, human resource managers and workers; and provides materials including leaflets, posters, presentations and case studies. The agency has also produced a campaign toolkit, which provides a step-by-step guide to planning and running effective campaigns.

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The 'Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards publication' contains a range of case studies across all sectors of interventions and initiatives that were awarded or commended. Each case study helpfully outlines the issues faced and the actions it took to tackle them, as well as the results achieved.

As part of its support for the European Week for Safety and Health at Work (23-27 October 2017), IOSH held a webinar looking into the challenges of ageing workforces and how employers can overcome them.

The webinar covered:

  • implementing a diversity-sensitive risk assessment
  • adapting the workplace to benefit all ages
  • disability prevention, rehabilitation and returning to work
  • educating and training workers of all ages

Listen back to the webinar (speaker - Judith McNulty-Green, Technical Information Manager at IOSH).

IOSH's guidance

Occupational health management in the workplace’ is our new free guide to the key issues of occupational health provision.

A hand on a handrailA healthy return’ provides information and good practice on how to rehabilitate people at work.

Our ‘Occupational health toolkit’ brings together information, guidance, factsheets, case studies, training materials, presentations and more to help you tackle occupational health problems that can affect older workers.

Guidance available from other organisations

A green cogThe Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) guide ‘Managing a healthy ageing workforce: a national business imperative’ provides practical guidance and checklists designed to help employers respond to the talent management challenges and opportunities brought by an ageing workforce.

A green cogAge UK’s work policies include resources in relation to age management, such as ‘Age opportunity – a best practice guide for recruiters’, ‘Older workers and job blocking’ and ‘A means to many ends: older workers’ experience of flexible working’.

A green cogThe Trades Union Congress (TUC) has produced ‘The health and safety of older workers: a guide for workplace representatives’, aimed at providing representatives with an understanding of the issues, what the law requires, and how they can support union members.

A green cogThe CIPD and TUC’s guide ‘Managing age’ outlines the human resource approaches that are consistent with equality and employment legislation following the removal of the default retirement age in the UK in 2011.

A green cogThe Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service’s (ACAS) have produced two papers ‘The employment relations challenges of an ageing workforce’ explores the issues around an ageing workforce and the implications for employer–employee relations; and age and the workplace – putting the Equality Act 2010 and the removal of the default retirement age into practice.

A green cogOn the NHS Employers website, the ‘Working Longer Group’– which includes representatives from NHS trade unions, NHS employers and health departments – provides tools, resources and a library of research for the healthcare sector and beyond.

A green cogAge Action Alliance have produced two sets of guidance: managing the health and productivity of an ageing workforce an employer resource: solutions to employer questions which provides simple tools and checklists and suggests sources of advice; and employer toolkit: guidance for managers of older workers which provides a range of interactive resources.

A green cogThe Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives and the CIPD’s ‘Managing healthy ageing workforces: a small and medium sized enterprise business imperative’ provides advice for small businesses.

A green cogThe Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Health and safety for older workers’ webpage includes links to guidance for employers and employees, as well as a section on ‘dispelling the myths’.

A green cogIreland’s Health and Safety Authority has supported the development of the ‘Older, wiser, safer – farm safety for older farmers’ videos, specifically for the agricultural sector, which include interviews with Irish Farming Association farmers.

A green cogThe Department for Work and Pensions produces a range of guidance under the ‘Management of an ageing workforce’ initiative. Fuller working lives – a framework for action includes the business case for fuller working lives, as well as information on what the government is doing in England. Employing older workers: a guide to today’s multi-generational workforce includes links to case studies that provide useful guidance on maintaining occupational safety and health for staff into later life and checklists for recruiting older workers.

Read the research on an ageing workforce