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    What’s holding us back from managing stress?

    Have you ever told a colleague or manager that you feel stressed? Has a colleague ever told you that they feel stressed? If so, how do you feel it was handled?

    By Emma Slaven, Acas on 03 October 2023

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    Righting wrongs: tackling construction’s suicide epidemic

    Male construction workers in the UK are three times more likely to die by suicide than the national average, but creating an environment where workers feel comfortable talking about mental health and better project planning at the pre-construction stage to reduce time pressures on the workforce can help protect workers’ mental wellbeing.

    By Nicola Hodkinson, Seddon Construction on 02 October 2023

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    Are you walking the talk with worker wellbeing?

    A significant percentage of employees feel that their employer’s efforts to support their wellbeing are either misdirected or little more than a ‘tick-box’ exercise, so it’s vital to take a strategic approach to worker wellbeing, starting with asking staff exactly why, where and how they need support.

    By Dr Audrey Fleming, British Safety Council on 02 October 2023

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    Beating the bullies: why a risk management approach is vital

    Workplace bullying and harassment can have a devastating effect on an employee’s mental and physical wellbeing, but many employers make the mistake of simply reacting to complaints as they arise, rather than focusing on cultural and organisational changes that will prevent bullying in the first place.

    By Nicki Eyre, Conduct Change on 02 October 2023

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    Jacqueline O’Donovan: leading the way in waste and recycling

    Made an OBE this year in recognition for her services to Recycling, Safety and Industry, Jacqueline O’Donovan has been managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd since the age of 19. Safety Management meets her to learn the secrets of her success.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 02 October 2023

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    Microbiological contamination: time to act

    Microorganisms like bacteria, viruses and mould can pose a significant risk to the health of workers and the public, so it’s essential that duty holders take appropriate steps to prevent their spread, such as good ventilation and regular testing and analysis to identify and monitor their presence.

    By David R Flower, Institute of Occupational Medicine on 20 September 2023

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    A healthy office: how design can boost wellbeing

    Environmental factors such as noise, air quality, temperature and ventilation can all impact on the health, wellbeing and productivity of office workers, so it makes sense to address them when designing and running office buildings.

    By Bex Moorhouse, Invigorate Spaces Ltd on 20 September 2023

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    Home but not alone

    The post-pandemic shift to home and hybrid working poses challenges for ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of workers, but the starting point should always be the careful assessment, discussion and management of risks like home workstations, electrical dangers and mental wellbeing.

    By Phil Pinnington, British Safety Council on 20 September 2023

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    Made to move

    Could active sitting provide a solution to our sedentary-related health problems? We visit a unique shop to find out.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 September 2023

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    Neurodiversity: the new frontier of workplace ergonomics

    For neurodivergent workers, loud and brightly lit offices can cause sensory overload, anxiety and fatigue, so it’s essential to consider approaches such as providing adjustable workspaces, quiet zones and flexible working so they can perform at their best.

    By Guy Osmond, Osmond Ergonomics on 01 September 2023