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  • Past incidents must be “catalyst” for rail safety improvements

    Mega phone 26 November 2018
    181126 Rail Conference

    Serious safety incidents like the Sandilands tram crash must be “the catalyst for positive change” in the future, a leading rail industry conference heard.

    While major strides have been made in reducing fatalities and injuries on the UK’s railways in recent years – making it a comparatively safe means of travel – the November 2016 crash in London showed there is still room for improvement.

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  • Research exposes 'significant issues' with workplace Mental Health First Aid implementation

    Mega phone 23 November 2018

    Days after a plea was issued to Government for ‘mental health first aid’ (MHFA) to become mandatory, new research highlights “significant issues around the lack of clarity with boundaries and potential safety concerns”.

    A feasibility study, published today by the professional body for occupational safety and health, sheds fresh light on widespread use by companies of employee training to address workplace mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, self-harm and substance misuse.

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  • How poor mental health could be harming your skin and causing sleepless nights

    Mega phone 20 November 2018

    Links between skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema and poor mental health will be among the topics discussed at an upcoming conference organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

    Taking place on Monday 3 December, the conference, ‘Mental wellbeing – the next step’, has been organised by IOSH’s Thames Valley and South Coast branches and will provide delegates with the necessary tools to identify issues with mental wellbeing in the workplace and help individuals who need support.

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  • Black Friday: a timely reminder nothing we do is worth being harmed for

    Mega phone 19 November 2018
    Andrew Downie

    Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, takes place on 23 November. Andrew Downie, Advice and Practice Business Partner at IOSH, has reflected on his time working as a retail manager and how events such as Black Friday can put employees - and customers - at risk.

    While my time as a retail manager is recently behind me, the safety training that I received for the role still holds fast. The phrase ‘nothing we do is worth being harmed for…’ has resonated with me and even now occasionally pops into my head at the strangest of times. I don’t think there is a statement that more succinctly sums up what it feels like for employees to be on the retailing ‘front line’.

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  • Five things employers need to know about an ageing workforce

    Mega phone 16 November 2018
    Older worker

    Keeping people over the age of 50 at work is becoming increasingly important. Those aged 50 and over already represent one in five of the workforce - and soon this proportion will rise to one in four as people continue to live, and work, longer.

    The HSE suggests that today’s workforce is likely to contain a higher proportion of older workers because of factors such as increased life expectancy, removal of the default retirement age and raising of the State Pension Age, which means that many people will need and want to continue working.

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