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June 16, 2015

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Workplace stress a common cause of long-term sickness absence

Workplace stress now competes with musculoskeletal disorders as the most common cause of long-term sickness absence in almost every sector of employment.

Dr Sayeed Khan, chief medical adviser at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, will share some personal insights on stress in the workplace from his 25 years in occupation health at the IOSH conference today at ExCel London.

Dr Khan says he has seen the evolution of stress in the workplace from a minor issue – as a GP in the 1980s, he and all the GPs he knew never wrote a sick note for stress – to the situation today.

During his presentation at the conference, Dr Khan plans to look at how to recognise, manage and prevent or reduce stress at a personal level, in employees, and at an organisational level.

He will also present some of his top tips, including: do you have a ‘stability zone’? What are the six main stressors for employees? Have your line managers read The Games People Play? What are the best sources of information for organisations to use apart from the HSE?

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Dr Sayeed Khan will be presenting in track D in the IOSH conference from 15.10.


Sleep and Fatigue: Director’s Briefing

Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.

This free director’s briefing contains:

  • Key points;
  • Recommendations for employers;
  • Case law;
  • Legal duties.
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