Insurance 10 January 2018

Eight tips to help workers go home healthy in 2018

The right workplace culture can help achieve healthier staff
The right workplace culture can help achieve healthier staff
In January, it’s possible that greater workloads, longer hours and wintery conditions can increase the risks workers get exposed to. Here, deputy director at the Health and Safety Executive, Peter Brown, offers eight health tips for workers in 2018.

The New Year can be a quiet time for some. With depleted funds, the start of new diets and the end of the office party season, for many, January is an uneventful month.

However, the extraordinary popularity of January sales means that, on shop floors and in warehouses and delivery depots across the country, it can be one of the busiest times of year for small business owners.

January can therefore lead to a rise in the number of hazards and risks workers are exposed to.

Read more:?Our new guide reveals how you can keep staff happy and healthy

Staying healthy this year

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most commonly reported causes of occupational ill health in the UK, and 11m working days are lost each year due to work-related stress.

With up to 159, 000 new cases of workers suffering from MSDs each year, and over half a million of workers suffering from work-related stress in 2016 to 2017, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has collated its top tips, aimed at those industries most affected by the busy period, to ensure workers can go home healthy in 2018.

(1) Listen to your staff and encourage them to speak up if they feel like they’re beginning to struggle, or feeling under pressure to deliver, as this could be the early warning signs of work-related stress.

(2) To avoid the need for heavy-lifting work activities, promote the use of lifting aids and trolleys to help reduce the risk of injury when moving goods or delivering parcels. it’s important to note that parcels of awkward sizes and shapes present greater risks.

(3) Engage your workforce during this busy period. Promoting the right culture can help achieve healthier and safer working.

(4) Repetitive tasks can lead to neck, back and arm strain rotate jobs between staff to avoid fatigue and injury.

(5) Make sure your workers get the opportunity to rest and destress during the busy period.

(6) don’t re-invent the wheel – use tried and tested ways to minimise pressure.

(7) Encourage workers to do anti-fatigue stretches these can reduce the chance of injury when making lots of deliveries.

(8) don’t use the busy season as an excuse to stop tackling work-related hazards including stress. Injuries and ill health are still a risk.


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