occupational health


WHO releases COVID-19 occupational health and safety guidance for health workers

The document provides guidance on occupational health and safety measures for health workers and occupational health services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also updates the rights and responsibilities for health and safety at work for health workers according to the standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Read More

National Eye Health Week: Increased risk of falls and health issues due to missed eye tests, warns charity

Eye Health UK has warned that missed sight tests and low public awareness of the symptoms of eye disease, risks leading to a surge in avoidable sight loss as well as increases in mental health issues and falls. Read More

Controlling the risk of legionella in water systems during COVID-19

Paul Sear, National Technical Manager for SOCOTEC’s Water Hygiene team, outlines why the current focus on preventing another surge of COVID-19 infections should not compromise the control measures designed to prevent Legionnaires’ disease. Read More

‘Watch out for burnout!’, ex-Olympian Rebecca Adlington draws parallels between business and elite sport

Former swimmer and double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington OBE compares burnout in the workplace to the experience of elite athletes. Read More

COVID-19 hygiene safeguards: What do SMEs need to do?

Businesses have had to adapt considerably in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, not least in terms of how they maintain a hygienic space. Regardless of the industry, hygiene is now of paramount importance to protect both staff and customers alike. But what is required in order to safeguard a commercial space and how can SMEs protect their premises from the risk of bacteria? Read More

Diabetes in the workplace

Kate Walker, director at Diabetes Safety, discusses the risks associated with diabetes in the workplace. Read More

Hand hygiene best practice and skin health

Advice for employers and health & safety professionals on how to adhere to government guidance on hand hygiene best practice. Read More

Re-focussing on accidents that don’t need to happen

As the return to work continues and businesses focus on being COVID Secure, Dr Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland, reminds us that none of the risks inherent in construction have vanished and should not be forgotten about. Read More

Environmental swabbing method for COVID-19 detection introduced

SOCOTEC says it has introduced a new environmental swabbing procedure to determine the presence of coronavirus on surfaces across a range of workplace environments. Read More

Coronavirus: Which key workers are most at risk?

Workers in occupations with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths – such as care workers, taxi and cab drivers, security guards, and sales and retail assistants – are more likely to come from a BAME background, be women, and have lower than average rates of pay. Read More



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