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:

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
Topics & Tips

Route to effective management workplace health

We have created a process map that illustrates how we work with businesses to provide occupational health & wellbeing services that help to keep employees at work & healthy



Working In Hot Weather

KEEP CALM & CARRY ON WORKING

Working when the weather is hot is unavoidable for most of us and sometimes the normal working environment can feel hard to bear due to a heatwave.  Planning and making some reasonable adjustments may help minimise the risk of disruption to the normal working day.  Whether working outdoors in the sun and heat or in a hot office, our tips for staying cool at work may help keep your employees happy and working safely and effectively.

Forecast
If a heatwave is forecast, if possible, plan the work schedule accordingly, try and avoid the most physical work at the hottest part of the day.
If work involves being outdoors, wear appropriate protection against the sun, eg. A hat and sunscreen.

Thirsty work
Enable employees to stay hydrated, for example more frequent short breaks.
Encourage employees to drink regularly, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Water and fruit juice are the best.
Eat light meals, containing high water content, such as fruit and salads.

Dress The Part
Relax the formal dress code accordingly and if appropriate.

Manage and monitor the risk
Whilst no legal upper limit workplace temperature is in place the HSE has defined the guidance for thermal comfort in the workplace as:

'An acceptable zone of thermal comfort for most people in the UK lies roughly between 13°C (56°F) and 30°C (86°F), with acceptable temperatures for more strenuous work activities concentrated towards the bottom end of the range, and more sedentary activities towards the higher end.' (source HSE Temperature)

Don’t ignore comments and at worse complaints from your employees, monitor the situation as necessary.

If an employee feels unwell seek advice from a First Aider or Health Practitioner
For more information about health in a heatwave and reasonable working temperatures please follow the links below:
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx
http://www.hse.gov.uk/temperature/faq.htm#reasonable-working-temperature

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england

Lift Truck Driver Medical

Forklift trucks play an important part in all types of industry, moving materials and goods; their extensive use also means that they frequently feature in workplace accidents. Where forklift trucks
operate it is good practice for employers to follow the HSE guidelines, which include guidance on Lift Truck Driver Medicals.

Gipping OH carry out Lift Truck Driver Health Assessments in
accordance with the HSE guidelines and these include:

Face to face consultations, to establish a person’s fitness and ability
to operate a lift truck on a case by case basis, taking into
consideration the requirements of the driving task.
This typically involves:

Answering questions about health, lifestyle and job role

The measurement and assessment of:
Height & weight
Musculoskeletal function
Blood pressure
Eyesight
Lung function
How often should this be done?

It is recommended that all existing and potential lift truck operators
are screened at the start of employment, or upon commencement of
the job role and then at five-yearly intervals from the age of 45 years.
Lift truck operators who are 65 years and older screening should be
carried out on an annual basis.

When short and long-term absence has occurred

It is recommended that a driver of a lift truck has a health assessment
following sickness absence of more than one month, this will establish
that the driver is fit to resume operation of a lift truck. In addition, where the cause of short-term absence may affect an employee’s fitness to operate a lift truck an assessment is also recommended

Following the completion of an assessment we provide a matrix to enable the employer to identify and establish a recall programme
of future assessments, which can form part of a wider Health Surveillance and Monitoring programme within an organisation.

Noise at Work

According to HSE over 1 million employees in the UK are exposed to
levels of noise that puts their hearing at risk.

Employers have a responsibility, under the Control of Noise at Work
regulations 2005, to prevent or reduce the risk to health & safety,
this involves the following:

-Taking action to reduce noise exposure
-Provide hearing protection to employees who are exposed to
noise exposure
-Don't exceed the legal limits on noise exposure
-Provide employees with information, instruction and training
-Carry out health surveillance where a risk to exposure has
been identified
For more information about Noise at Work visit the HSE website
by clicking here

Hand-arm Vibration (HAVS)

What is it & how it can affect health?

Hand-arm vibration injury can occur as a result of operating hand-held
power tools, such as road breakers, hand guided equipment, for
example powered lawnmowers, or holding materials whilst being
processed through machinery such as grinders.

Regular and frequent exposure to hand-arm vibration can impact on
health and can cause a range of conditions known collectively as
hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), which include Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome. Common symptoms we see through Occupational Health
Surveillance are reduced muscle strength and grip, and or circulation
problems in the hands.

Employer Responsibility

-Assess the vibration risk to your employees to identify if there is a
problem
-Put in place appropriate control measures to counter the risks,
including purchasing low vibration equipment
-Provide health surveillance where risk remains
-Provide information and training to employees on health risks and
the actions being taken to control those risks
For more information about Hand-arm Vibration visit the HSE website
by clicking here

Biological Monitoring for 2-Pack Isocyanates Paints

The HSE will expect employers to carry out biological monitoring as
part of their control measures for demonstrating that workers have
not been exposed.  Along with carrying out routine health surveillance,
which includes skin/respiratory checks and a history of work activities,
safety controls and ill health signs and symptoms, there is a requirement to carry out periodic urine tests.

Isocyanates are widely used in the manufacture of flexible and rigid
foams, fibre coatings such as paints and varnishes, and elastomers,
and are widely used in the automobile industry, auto-body repair,
and some building insulation materials. Spray-on polyurethane
productscontaining Isocyanates have been developed for a wide range
of retail,commercial, and industrial uses to protect cement, wood,
fibre glass,steel and aluminium, including protective coatings for
truck beds,trailers, boats, foundations, and decks.
For more information about Isocyanates visit the HSE website by
clicking here