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May 18, 2019

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Safety & Health Expo 2019

SGS puts occupational mental health top of mind at Safety & Health Expo 2019

SGS, a verification, testing and certification organisation, will be attending Safety & Health Expo, at ExCeL London, from 18-20 June 2019, to demonstrate how its services can create safer working environments and protect employees against the possibility of injury and mental ill-health.

event safetyThe focus for SGS at Safety & Health Expo will be occupational mental health and wellbeing. In 2017 the Thriving at Work report made 40 recommendations for businesses, regulators, the government and the public sector, after it found one in six workers suffer from a mental illness, and 300 thousand people with long-term mental health problems lose their jobs every year. Furthermore, according to Mental Health First Aid England, depression, stress and anxiety are the most common causes of sickness absence, costing UK businesses around £35 billion every year.

Kate Breslin, Product Manager, explained that “when we think of health and safety it is usually physical protection that spring to mind. While this is obviously important, so too is the psychological wellbeing of employees. At Safety & Health Expo, we will be able to demonstrate how ISO 45001:2018 sets out a framework that all UK employers, no matter what size or vertical sector, can implement to quickly address any issues in this area”.

ISO 45001:2018 defines a set of requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OH&SMS) and builds on the established foundations of OHSAS 18001. It is designed to integrate with other ISO management systems standards to create an all-encompassing certification that not only protects workers from workplace related injury and ill health, but also helps ensure provision of tailored in-house mental health support.

Visitors attending the Expo, can also find out more about a new portfolio of courses that the SGS Academy has developed in conjunction with Cognoscenti Business

Psychologists Ltd, a business psychology-based service. The courses focus on three key levels which includes:

  • Corporate.
  • Management.
  • Individuals.

To help organisations be psychologically safer and create more productive environments.

Visitors can go to stand SH2082 to find out more information. Click link below to register for a free place.

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