Tags: Occupational health

Almost one in three European workers (29%) would prefer their government not to raise the national retirement age, and would be happy to have less income in retirement. This is according to a new survey carried out by Aon Consulting, an employee risk and benefits management firm. This research is part of the Aon Consulting…

People off work sick will get the support they need to get back to work earlier, as new guidance is launched this week. The introduction of the fit note, in place of the traditional sick note, is set to cut the cost of sick leave for employers. It is expected to benefit the British economy…

An Early Day Motion (EDM) backing the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) manifesto has been tabled by an MP. Bob Russell, Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester, tabled the motion in support of IOSH’s ‘Creating a healthier UK plc’ and 25 MPs have been keen to sign up already. The EDM (602) says: “That…

Time is running out for organisations to enter the 2010 RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, with less than four weeks left until the entry cut-off point. The closing date for entries into this year’s celebration of commitment to occupational safety and health is February 12. Hundreds of applications have already been received, and RoSPA…

Worries over the credit crunch, job security, childcare and the late shopping rush could all mount up during the Festive season, so employers are being warned to watch out for symptoms of seasonal stress in their staff. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Europe’s largest professional health and safety body, said that those…

The government has announced its plans to increase well-being among the UK workforce by offering support designed to help Britons with mental health conditions either secure or maintain employment. Under the new support strategy, a network of mental health coordinators will be launched in every Jobcentre Plus district to help speed up the coordination of…

A board member of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has noted that back pain is one of the most common forms of occupational health, but that returning to work could be a useful part of the recovery process. Professor Sayeed Khan recently spoke at the National Back Exchange Conference in Leicester and said that…

Mediation is becoming more and more important to HR professionals as a method of resolving workplace disputes and restoring working relationships. Although it has previously been viewed as a soft option, mediation is now fast becoming the preferred method for resolving workplace conflict. Why? Because it really gets results.

An employee of the Tate Modern art gallery in London is to sue the institution for compensation over occupational health claims. Elizabeth Andrews, who was a gallery supervisor, has alleged that she was moved to a cold area to carry out her duties, which exasperated a back problem and Crohn’s disease. At an employment tribunal,…

Almost two-thirds of businesses say they have no plans to change their current sickness and absence benefits practices, despite new government initiatives, new research has found. The government has encouraged employers to promote and report on wellness and health in the workplace to prevent people leaving employment. It also wants to ensure only the genuinely…

The Welsh Assembly has this week unveiled its plans to ensure a healthy workforce in the country in order to overcome the high costs of employee absenteeism by introducing a national occupational health scheme. It is claimed that work-related ill health costs the Welsh economy around £500 million every year and that occupational health services…

Between 2007 and 2008, 13.5 million working days in the UK were missed by employees due to work-related stress, depression and anxiety, it has been claimed. Speaking on behalf of Aviva, James Draper, principal consultant for ARMS, said that 59 per cent of employers did not associate longer hours with productivity, while 46 per cent…

The Trades Union Council (TUC) has sounded a note of caution about the latest proposals regarding the sick note. General secretary Brendan Barber agrees that more needs to be done to help people off sick return to employment – and in a number of cases a supported or phased return may quicken the process. His…