February 18, 2020

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Women in Health & Safety event: Women’s Health at Work

While organisations are focusing on improving conversations on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, we know that some health taboos still exist. Menopause, menstruation and fertility are topics that can be considered difficult to discuss, yet impact both genders in the workplace.

This event has been postponed, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Given the uncertainty currently being caused by COVID-19 we have decided to postpone the Women in Health and Safety meeting that was originally scheduled for Thursday 12 March at 240 Blackfriars Road, London.

Please accept our apologies for any disruption this causes, we will be in contact with alternative dates when we feel it is appropriate to do so. 

Kind regards,

Women in Health & Safety Committee

Inspired by a recent Reward and Employee Benefits Association (REBA) event on women’s health, Women in Health and Safety is pleased to continue the conversation with the support of Dr Judith Grant at Mace.

Judith will be joined by Sally King from Menstrual Matters, who will debunk some of the common myths for us and share her tips for employers to create more inclusive workplaces. Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director from BITC, will then share some of the findings from BITC’s most recent report ‘Mental Health at Work 2019: Time To Take Ownership’ from a gender lens and highlight some of the areas that workplaces can focus on to improve holistic wellbeing.

The event is open to all, members and non-members, male and female.

The details:

Date: tbc

Venue: Informa, 240 Blackfriars Road, London, SE18BF

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

The agenda:

15:00 – Welcome – Dr Judith Grant, Director of Health and Wellbeing Mace Group and Chair of Women in Health and Safety

15.10 – Sally King, Director of Menstrual Matters

15.40 – Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director at Business in the Community

16.00 – Questions for the speakers

16.10 – Summary and close

16.10 – 5pm – drinks and networking

The speakers:

Sally King, Director of Menstrual Matters

Sally KingSally King is the founder and research director of Menstrual Matters, a non-profit evidence-based website about the role of the female reproductive system in health and wellbeing. Her popular blog looks at how menstrual taboos and gender myths directly contribute to ‘bad science’ and social inequalities.

Before specialising in menstrual health research, Sally spent nearly a decade reviewing and evaluating human rights interventions and policies, for Oxfam GB, Care International and Amnesty International. She is currently completing a PhD in Medical Sociology at King’s College London.

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community

Louise AstonLouise started her career as a fashion buyer at Marks & Spencer and transitioned into campaigning by taking health into fashion to support the government’s national skin cancer prevention programme. As Creative Director at COI, she has led national campaigns including World Mental Health Day, 5 A DAY and FRANK.

At Business in the Community, Louise has campaigned to establish employee health and wellbeing as strategic boardroom issues.

In the context of responsible business, the aim of BITC’s wellbeing campaign is to create environments where individuals and organisations can be at their best by taking a preventative, whole person approach to physical, mental, financial and social health.

The success of the campaign has been built on taking a collaborative approach, working in partnership with business, government and third sector partners.

In September 2019, Louise was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Society of Occupational Medicine in recognition of her leadership in workplace health.

Dr Judith Grant, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Mace Group

Judith GrantDr Judith Grant has over 15 years of experience in public, community and corporate health roles working with organisations and individuals to understand both personal and organisational health and wellbeing. As Director of Health and Wellbeing at Mace Group Judith is responsible for strategic delivery of wellbeing, occupational hygiene and occupational health across the international construction and consultancy organisation.

Prior to joining Mace Judith managed Occupational Health and Wellbeing across Royal Mail Group’s 140,000 employees. With a PhD in Occupational Health Psychology and Management, Judith is focused on combining health research with business outcomes to create sustainable organisational wellbeing programmes that not only support employees but deliver organisational results.

Judith is a trustee of the Men’s Health Forum, a charity focused on addressing inequalities in men’s health, in addition to being a trustee of the Mace Foundation. Judith is Chair of Women in Health and Safety a UK group of nearly 2000 female, and male, H&S professionals aiming to support women progress their careers in a typically male dominated occupation.

About Women in Health and Safety

The Women in Health and Safety network is run by an independent committee, Chaired by Dr Judith Grant, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Mace. The network hosts free-to-attend events, for all health and safety practitioners, which take place throughout the year around the UK.

All past and upcoming events are listed on the SHP Women in Health and Safety hub and advertised in the Women in Health and Safety LinkedIn group.

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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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