Absence Management

We provide a comprehensive service to help businesses
manage absence effectively. With the aim of reducing
absence costs, staff turnover and recruitment costs
and improving productivity.

Working with Human Resource departments, Safety
Professionals and Line Management to understand the
business needs and culture, contributing towards creating
a proactive and preventative culture within the workplace.

Our Absence Management service includes:

Management referrals
Return to work assessments
Case management
Advice & Guidance

Managing people in a manner that is fair, caring & legal
can both challenging & rewarding. The impact of health,
safety and wellbeing in relation to work and employment
can be complex. We have extensive experience of
managing health issues in a wide variety of situations.

We are here to help you manage your business needs.

Our Advice & Guidance includes:

Employment law
Equality act
Health & safety advice
HR advice
Fit note
Fitness For Work Assessments

To understand "fit for work" requires knowledge and
understanding about the job role and environment
as well as an individual's personal health.

We offer objective and relevant advice about
fitness to work based on a thorough health
assessment recommending adjustments that are
reasonable and practical.

Our Fit For Work services includes:

Fit for job health screening
Baseline assessments
Return to work assessments
Health Surveillance

Linked to legislation and the recognised hazards
and risks within your organisation, we offer a variety
of services, which can identify early changes in health
due to work.

This includes assessing lung function, skin,
hearing and musculoskeletal health including the
effects of vibration.

Our Health Surveillance service includes:

Legislation
Specialist testing
Health monitoring
Health & Wellbeing

Good health & wellbeing is key to successful living, having
a proactive culture within the workplace to encourage
healthy living benefits both the employer and employee.

From physical health to mental wellbeing, we have a
wide variety of workshops and programmes to educate
and promote healthy living enabling people to get the
most out of life.

Our Health & Wellbeing service includes:

Bespoke health & wellbeing programmes
Themed health & wellbeing workshops
Health promotion & awareness
One to One coaching
Stress Management

Life is full of pressure, how we deal with
it is what matters.

From stress management workshops to one to one
coaching and counselling services, we can assist
managers and individuals to manage stress
more effectively.

Our Stress Management service includes:

Stress management workshops & training
Employee assisted programmes (EAP's)
Confidential coaching & counselling

News

Articles in the news

October 2016

Young women are the highest risk group in England for mental health problems, according to new data from NHS Digital

One in five women reported a common mental disorder such as anxiety and depression in 2014, compared with one in eight men, according to the study of mental health and wellbeing.
Young women also have high rates of self-harm, and post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorders.
Mental health charities said the figures showed "nothing had improved".
Read article in full

A bakery company based in Hertfordshire has been fined for safety failings

HSE found the electrical network was not operated or maintained in a safe condition, guarding to machinery was not up to standard, and there was no health surveillance for exposure to flour dust.

Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery Limited, of Stephenson Close, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to contravening the requirements imposed by the Improvement Notices, to breaching Regulation11(1) of the Provision(and Use) of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and Regulation 11 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. They were fined £36,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1912.80.

For further information on controlling substances which can be hazardous to health visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/harmful/coshh.htm
Read article in full

A manufacturing company based in Somerset has been fined for safety failings

Somerset Magistrates’ Court heard how employees at LJH Group Limited were identified as being at increased risk from working with vibrating tools following a fitness for work assessment.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to complete a suitable and sufficient assessment of risk from the use of vibrating tools and the failure to implement a suitable programme of health surveillance for their employees
identified at risk.

LJH Group Limited of Leigh Road, Frome, Somerset, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,490 and a £250 victim surcharge.

For further information on Hand Arm Vibration visit: www.hse.gov.uk/vibration/hav/advicetoemployers/responsibilities.htmRead article in full

December 2015

An accident repair company has been fined after it failed to comply with an improvement notice.

Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard DM Accident Repair Centre Limited of Neath had a routine inspection by an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive from which an improvement notice was served. The company had been using a spray booth to spray isocyanate paints, and the spray booth had not been inspected by a competent person.

The court heard that the owner, who had been uncooperative, failed to comply with the notice, despite several efforts by HSE staff to explain the need for compliance and how to comply.

DM Accident Repair Centre Limited, of Old Road, Skewen, Neath, was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,666 after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 9(2) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH), and Section 33 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Source HSE News

September 2015

NHS workers to be offered health checks and yoga classes

NHS staff are to be offered health checks, yoga and Zumba classes while at work as part of a major drive to improve the wellbeing of the country’s biggest workforce. Health professionals will also be given the option of having a session of physiotherapy or a talking therapy for psychological problems.

The initiative is designed to cut the £2.4bn annual cost of sickness absence among the 1.3 million NHS staff in England who care for patients.

It is being unveiled on Wednesday by Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, who said health professionals needed better support to look after their own health, given the increasing demands being put on them.

“NHS staff have some of the most critical but demanding jobs in the country. When it comes to supporting the health of our own workforce, frankly the NHS needs to put its own house in order,” he said
source The Guardian

Company fined after worker suffers HAV (Hand Arm Vibration)

A facilities management company has been fined for safety failings that contributed to a worker sustaining Hand Arm Vibration.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 2007 and 2012, an employee of UPP (Broadgate Park) Limited operated mowers, strimmers, and a leaf blower as part of his work for the company, and was regularly exposed to levels of vibration which were above the Exposure Limit Value and Exposure Action Value. He reported ill health symptoms to his line manager but no action was taken. source HSE

July 2015

Healthy workplaces make for happy and effective employees

"Promoting a culture that improves the health and wellbeing of employees is good management and leads to healthy and productive workplaces, says NICE.
The advice comes from latest public health guidance from NICE which calls for employers and managers to do more to address the effect that poor working environments on people’s lives.

Workplace health is a significant public health issue. Each year more than a million working people in the UK experience a work-related illness. This leads to around 27 million lost working days costing the economy an estimated £13.4 billion.

The reasons for poor workplace health are widespread and include long irregular hours, lack of control over work and discriminatory practices.

To address this, new guidance on workplace policy and management provides advice on how to develop the culture of an organisation to create a positive environment.

The guidance is aimed at employers, managers and employees and covers a range of areas from organisational commitment to the leadership style of line managers.

Respect work-life balance, encourage creativity

Mental wellbeing at work is among the topics highlighted. The guidance says that all those with a remit for workplace health should develop policies that support workplace culture such as ensuring respect for work-life balance.

The guidance recommends that line managers if possible and within the needs of the organisation, should be flexible about work scheduling, giving employees control and flexibility over their own time.

Senior leaders should act as role models for leadership, and proactively challenge behaviour and actions that may adversely affect employee health and wellbeing. Line managers should receive training to improve their awareness of health and wellbeing issues.

The guidance also calls for managers to adopt a positive style of management encouraging workers to be creative and explore new opportunities that may come their way.

Potential for “most significant” impact on workplace efficiency

Dame Carol Black, the Department of Health’s Expert Advisor on improving the welfare of working people, said: “When its influence eventually comes to be measured - in terms of the quality of service and product, workplace efficiency and productivity, and staff morale - this new guidance from NICE might well prove to be the most significant ever.

“There is abundant evidence that the health, especially the mental health, and overall wellbeing of employees depends greatly on their relationships at work. That means their relationships with each other but particularly their relationships with employers, from line manager to the most senior executive and board member. These relationships are encapsulated in the concept and practice of engagement – a concept that reflects the culture of an organisation.

“The precepts contained in this guidance are simple and plainly put. They are already observed in exemplary organisations. It should not be difficult to translate them into practice in all.”

Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, said: "Health-promoting workplaces are obviously good for millions of employees and ultimately for taxpayers too, so the time is right for all employers - including the NHS - to raise our game."

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Health and Social Care Director said: “Every workplace is different and the relationship between management and employee wellbeing is a complex one, dependent on numerous factors including occupation, sector and so on. However, there are some basic principles that should be applied by all employers, directors and line managers – these include ensuring the right policies and managements practices are in place.

“Recommendations include encouraging new ideas and exploring new ways of doing things and opportunities to learn, recognising the contribution of each employee and if possible a flexible approach to work scheduling, giving employees more control and flexibility over their own time.” source Nice

HSE releases annual workplace fatalities

"Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces shows small change from previous years, sustaining a long term trend that has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the last 20 years.

Provisional annual data released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveals 142 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2014 and March 2015 (a rate of 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers). This compares to last year’s all-time low of 136 (0.45 fatalities per 100,000 workers). Fatal injuries at work are thankfully rare events and as a consequence, the annual figures are subject to chance variation.

The statistics again confirm the UK to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, having one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers in leading industrial nations.

However, HSE’s Chair points out that every death is a tragedy. Judith Hackitt said: “It is disappointing last year’s performance on fatal injuries has not been matched, but the trend continues to be one of improvement. Our systems and our framework remain strong as demonstrated by our performance in comparison to other countries.

“Every fatality is a tragic event and our commitment to preventing loss of life in the workplace remains unaltered. All workplace fatalities drive HSE to develop even more effective interventions to reduce death, injury and ill health.”

The new figures show the rate of fatal injuries in several key industrial sectors:

35 fatal injuries to construction workers were recorded – a rate of 1.62 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to an average of 45 deaths in the past five years and a decrease from the 44 deaths recorded in 2013/14.
33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers were recorded – a rate 9.12 deaths per 100,000 workers, the same as the average of 33 deaths in the past five years and an increase from the 27 deaths recorded in 2013/14.
Five fatal injuries to waste and recycling workers were recorded – a rate of 4.31 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to an average of six deaths in the past five years and an increase from the four deaths recorded in 2013/14.
The published statistics also include a breakdown by country and region. These are strongly influenced by variations in the mix of industries and occupations. For example in Scotland and Wales compared to England, there are noticeably fewer employees in lower-risk occupational groups, with relatively more in higher-risk ones. In addition, the number of fatalities in some regions is relatively small, hence susceptible to considerable variation.

HSE has also released the latest available figures on deaths from asbestos-related cancer. Mesothelioma, one of the few work related diseases where deaths can be counted directly, contracted through past exposure to asbestos killed 2,538 in Great Britain in 2013 compared to 2,548 in 2012.

A more detailed assessment of the data will be provided as part of the annual Health and Safety Statistics release at the end of October. As this draws on HSE’s full range of sources, including changes in non-fatal injuries and health trends, and will provide a richer picture on trends." source HSE