November 2018 Newsletter

Mental Health First Aid Training

“The course was very informative and showed me how and when my HR hat should be removed and that it is about signposting someone to the help they need. The course included a variety of really useful activities and short videos which allowed me to broaden my understanding of the subject.”

Are you interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aider? Learn about Mental Health, spotting the early warning signs and how to provide help and support to someone with a mental health issue.

To find out more or book a place on our next course please call 01449 766913 or email

Latest HSE Headline Statistics on Work-related Illness & Injury

  • 1.4 million Work-related ill health cases (new or long-standing) in 2017/18
  • 0.6 million Work-related stress, depression or anxiety cases (new or longstanding) in 2017/18
  • 12,000 Lung disease deaths each year estimated to be linked to past exposures at work
  • 0.5 million Work-related musculoskeletal disorder cases (new or longstanding)2017/18
  • 0.6 million Non-fatal injuries to workers in 2017 /18
  • £9.7 billion Annual costs of new cases of work-related ill health in 2016/17, excluding long latency illness such as cancer


Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)

This is a term used to describe the signs and symptoms of the disorder caused by vibration exposure. HAVS is serious, disabling and costly but is a preventable disease. Many different types of jobs and industries will involve work using vibrating equipment, these include; Construction, Heavy engineering and fabrication, Ship building and repair, Foundries, Stone working, Ground and Estates maintenance and many more.


Why is working with vibration tools so harmful to physical health?

Vibration is transmitted into workers hands and arms when they use vibrating tools. With regular and frequent exposure workers can develop Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and or Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Symptoms and effects of HAVS include tingling and numbness in the fingers (nerve damage) which can result in difficulty in carrying out fine work such as assembling small components and simple tasks such as doing up buttons. In severe case even picking up a pencil can prove difficult due to loss of sensitivity. The law requires employers to control the risks to health and safety from Hand-Arm Vibration. The regulations that apply to the control of vibration came into force in July 2005, Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005


Health Assessments and Health Surveillance

Health surveillance is required when a risk assessment shows there is a risk to an employee’s health and forms part of the vibration regulations. Health surveillance for HAVS follows a tiered approach from Tier 1 to Tier 5. The main objective of health surveillance is to identify vulnerability, to detect in the early stages and prevent the progression to a HAVS condition. Many mild cases of HAVS can be managed successfully in the workplace with reduced exposure to vibration and improving training and education on the use of vibrating tools. If a HAVS condition is formally diagnosed it becomes a reportable disease to the HSE under the RIDDOR regulations. Read more on HAVS by visiting our website and the Topics & Tips page.