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April 28, 2009

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Well done- Retail giant in good form for national health surveillance programme

A mid-way report from Constructing Better Health (CBH) has identified impressive results, says the company. More than two thirds of safety-critical workers were identified as being fully fit to carry out their tasks without any restrictions. For those that did have additional needs, Sainsbury’s says it quickly provided the appropriate support, with guidance from CBH and its accredited occupational-health providers, to enable those individuals to continue working safely. Sainsbury’s is a major client in the procurement of the construction supply chain and says it is committed to the long-term improvement of the health and safety of both its own employees and those associated with the Sainsbury’s brand.Richard Rust, Sainsbury’s head of construction and delivery, said: “This programme from CBH is just one element of our continuous drive to make improvements in health and safety, and the working environment of our construction supply chain workforce. We are pleased to have undertaken this particular initiative, as it has proved to be very helpful for our contractors; and the report’s findings have given us the opportunity to further focus on specific areas of work-related health issues.”More than a thousand employees have taken part in the programme, which examines work-related issues such as hand-arm vibration syndrome, noise-induced hearing loss, and musculoskeletal disorders.Michelle Aldous, chief executive officer at CBH, said: “Clearly, the results of the programme are very positive and it is encouraging that Sainsbury’s and its construction supply chain are working towards the longer-term improvement of the management of occupational health and safety risks. Our role is to continue to provide practical short- and long-term recommendations to help them achieve this.”To find out more, visit

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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