As 2017 kicks off, let's look at how we can all reduce work-related illness this year
Around 1.3 million people suffered from a work-related illness between 2015 and 2016.
That's 4.1% of the total UK workforce.
Musculoskeletal disorders accounted for half a million of those cases, with the use of computer keyboards cited as one of the top causes.
A further 500,000 people suffer from work-related stress, depression and anxiety, while 144 people died as a direct result of work.
Overall workplace illness in 2015-16 cost businesses an eye-watering £14.1 billion.
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Our mission at Posturite in 2017 is to continue making workplaces across Britain and beyond healthier, happier and more productive. As employers we all have a legal and moral responsibility to lower the numbers of injuries, illnesses and deaths caused by work.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple change to dramatically lower the risk factors. Here are 5 ideas to get you started:
Ergonomic computer accessories
Computer keyboards were cited by HSE as one of the greatest risk factors when it comes to developing MSDs. If you type all day with your hands in the wrong position then over time you may develop pain and long-term injury. Invest in good ergonomic keyboards to reduce this risk significantly. Book a DSE assessment for hands-on support and expert product recommendations.
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Half a million people were reported to suffer work-related stress, anxiety, or depression last year. Over the last five years that figure has failed to drop. With mental health impacting all areas of life - physical health, personal relationships, general wellbeing and professional development, it's vital that we offer greater support in the workplace.
FeelRite is an e-learning course that defines stress and encourages employees to identify where theirs may be coming from. This can help both employees and employers development management and support programmes.
Improved work-life balance
Overworking is not only a cause of stress, but it may be contributing to workplace injuries - especially musculoskeletal disorders. If an employee spends too much time sitting at their desks then they are increasing their risk of problems including:
- Upper and lower limb disorders
- Heart problems
- Premature death
- Some cancers.
One way to reduce work-related illness is to introduce more flexibility into your policies. Ideas include work from home initiatives, flexi-time and incentives with rewards that promote a better work-life balance
Health and safety training
Training your staff in various aspects of health and safety can significantly reduce risks in the workplace - and control the impact if something does happen. Our e-learning courses are engaging and memorable, so your staff can learn skills in everything from manual handling to fire safety without having to take costly away-days.
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