Each year, an average of 250 workers are killed in workplace incidents in the UK and Ireland, with a further 1.2 million being non-fatally injured. Research shows that in many cases, accidents occur due to a lack of employee training
Of course, the workplace is not solely responsible for creating such high levels of mental ill health but the workplace can be a perfect breeding ground for triggers, which instigate or compound mental health difficulties.
You can never control how new staff are going to work out within your organisation but one thing you can do is give them the best possible start by creating a great induction programme.
Due to the reactionary nature of lagging indicators, they don’t make for a strong gauge for measuring overall safety and prevention. Unfortunately, they can lead managers and employees to become complacent, just because they see a low injury rate.
In recent times there has been the emergence of a new philosophy in safety which has at its heart the concept that all accidents are preventable. To promote this, schemes and programmes have been developed that use the word zero in their title.
Being the champion of EHS within your organisation, does not mean you are the boss or have sole responsibility in this area. You are in fact, part of a team, an EHS team, as is everyone else in the company and it’s your job to communicate the very important role to them.
Going back to work for the first time after maternity leave can be different for everyone. Some women will be looking forward to it and some will be dreading it, most will be a mix of the two.
For some employees, living the reality of work life balance comes more naturally. For others, it seems far out of their reach. It probably has a lot to do with personality type and how people view their lives and what is really important to them.
It is true to say that most SME’s may not have the resources to manage Health and Safety, in the same way that large companies and corporations do. In saying that, this is no excuse for having a poor level of Health and Safety in your workplace.
Generating corrective and preventative actions (CAPA’s) and recording them in a plan is one thing, closing them out to a satisfactory standard, verifying that that has been done and monitoring ongoing compliance is another.
EazySAFE staff recently attended Ireland’s only health, fitness and wellness festival – WellFest. Through this event, EazySAFE hoped to inspire staff to keep fit, to take care of their health through good nutrition and to highlight the link between a strong body and a strong mind.
Governments, businesses and private citizens are coming together in an effort to leave behind a better world for future generations. Businesses can do their bit to help in this global effort while also benefiting the local environment in which they operate.