Health and Safety Week 2016

Health and Safety Week 2016

Posted on 22nd Jul, 2016 | By Lorretta Tatham

Health and Safety Week 2016 was another success, seeing many UK businesses look at and improve their workplace standards. From assessing occupational health issues to taking time out to attend safety training courses, 1000s of employers made sure to put health and safety first. Even though Britain has one of the best health and safety records in the world, it doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. While fatal injuries are at their lowest in 20 years, occupational health issues are still on the rise.

What’s Health and Safety Week All About?

workers in red hardhats

Health and Safety Week is aimed at companies and organisations of all sizes. Whether you work as a sole trader or as part of a large company, the same guidelines and advice apply. The aim of Health and Safety week is to raise awareness of the key issues and to encourage businesses to make sure safety standards are up to scratch.

Current concerns in the workplace

workers in orange high vis vests

Over recent years, initiatives like Health and Safety Week have contributed to a decline in the number of fatal accidents and injuries at work. Occupational health issues still appear to be an issue though. These include:

  • Cancer- from asbestos, silica exposure
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Stress
  • Mental health
  • Hand arm vibration

If you haven’t already audited your business’ health, why not take some time out to do so today? The Business Health Calculator, available on the Health and Safety Week website, will help you to assess if there are any gaps in your company’s policy. You can find the calculator here.

If you’re looking to improve health and safety at work, it’s well worth booking on to one of the HSE events too. The full listings for this year’s events can be found on the HSE events page.

Improve workplace health and safety with Browns

If you haven’t already booked onto one of our courses, why not book your place today? We offer a range of fantastic safety training courses from Working at Height to Manual Handling and Abrasive Wheels Training – many of which can be run on-site.

The majority of our courses run for half a day or one whole day, ensuring minimal disruption to your business. You can also team up two half day courses and reap the benefits of two safety training courses in just one day!

At Browns Ladders, we also offer another service to improve workplace health and safety. Our Ladder Inspections are designed to ensure that all of your ladders are in good, working order. We can assess all your products on-site and carry out any essential repairs for you. To find out more or to book your next inspection, visit the webpage.

What did you do to celebrate Health and Safety Week? Perhaps you ran a special workshop in the workplace or organised a group booking on one of our courses? Whatever you got up to, we’d love to know. Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @BrownsLadders

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