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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH - 10.04.2024

Link to type 2 diabetes and night shift working

Study of medical staff. A recent study of 28,000 nurses in Sweden aimed to evaluate whether long-term night and shift work patterns had an impact on type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Conclusion. Frequent spells of more than three night shifts in a row and the cumulative effects of permanent nightwork were associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, but not necessarily hypertension. ...
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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH - 10.04.2024

Lyme disease in the workplace

Lyme disease is a ‘flu-like illness caused by bacteria and transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. It poses a significant health risk, especially for those working outdoors. What can you do to protect your workers?
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MENTAL HEALTH - 26.03.2024

Do workers with poor mental health take more risks?

Whilst it is well documented that poor mental health raises absenteeism in the workplace, it is becoming recognised that it may be having another negative impact - a rise in workplace injuries. Why is this, and can you do anything to reduce the risk?
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SAFE SYSTEMS OF WORK - 26.03.2024

Employee fall leads to severe chemical burns

A company has been fined £400,000 after an employee was seriously injured while carrying out a routine task at its chemicals site in Scotland. What were the circumstances of the event, could it have been prevented or the severity of the injury reduced?
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MENTAL HEALTH - 12.03.2024

Protecting your helpers

Who is there to support the supporters? If you provide a mental health first aider (MHFA) you may find that taking on people’s problems day after day can leave them drained and burnt-out. Confidentiality. An MHFA may feel that they are bound by confidentiality and cannot discuss how they feel. But holding very serious and in-depth discussions with staff will eventually have an impact. Tip. If you employ more than one MFHA, train them to talk to each other (keeping the details of the individuals involved anonymous). Tip. Encourage MHFAs to set aside a monthly date and time in their diary to use an employee assistance programme (if you have one) to talk to a trained expert. If not, allow your MHFA time to process their experiences. Tip. A normal first aider may also need this level of support, especially if they have dealt with a traumatic accident in the workplace. ...
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MENOPAUSE - 12.03.2024

New menopause guidance suggestions

Guidance has been published regarding the management of workers who are suffering extreme menopause symptoms. What’s included and what should you have in place?
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MENOPAUSE - 12.03.2024

New menopause guidance suggestions

Guidance has been published regarding the management of workers who are suffering extreme menopause symptoms. What’s included and what should you have in place?
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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH - 27.02.2024

Why are so many Brits on long-term sick?

Long-Covid, depression from lockdowns and even back problems from homeworking are among the factors blamed for a record 2.8m workers being off sick. What can you do to lessen the impact on your business?
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HAVS - 14.02.2024

HAVS guidance updated

Vibration. Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) caused by exposure to vibration at work is preventable, but once the damage is done it is permanent. Reported in 2022 there were 300 new cases of HAVS, 150 of carpal tunnel syndrome and 200 of Dupuytren’s contracture (starting with lumps, dimples or ridges on your palm this is when one or more fingers bend in towards it). But this is probably just the tip of the iceberg, as many cases go undisclosed. ...
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