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April is Stress Awareness Month – five steps in five weeks

Make Stress Awareness Month the month you make it routine to prevent stress and support mental health at work – and encourage others too. We’re inviting employers and managers to complete the 5 steps of Working Minds over the 5 weeks of April – whether that’s learning how, or actually getting stuck in. Over the […]

HSE builds construction support to protect workers’ mental health

The Working Minds campaign welcomes six new partners in the construction industry to help reach trades and offer free support. March sees the Contract Flooring Association (CFA) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA), the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC), the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and […]

Blog: pillars that support a mentally healthy workplace

By Rachel Suff, lead on health and wellbeing in the CIPD’s public policy team. Prevention is the key to supporting good mental wellbeing Poor mental wellbeing has been a growing concern for organisations over the past few years, further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. CIPD research shows mental ill health is by far the main […]

Quiz: managing metalworking fluids

Exposure to metalworking fluids can cause harm to lungs and skin. Are you confident on how to protect workers?  There are 8 questions to complete and all answers are anonymous.      Did you know?   HSE’s latest statistics (2022 to 2023) show an estimated:  12,000 people died from lung diseases linked to exposure to hazardous […]

Webinar: managing metalworking fluid hazards

HSE is inspecting manufacturing businesses that use metalworking fluids in their machining processes until March.  Watch this short webinar to help you manage the health hazards from metalworking fluids. Hear from HM Inspector of Health and Safety, Fiona McGarry, about a case study of an HSE investigation, the control measures required to protect the health […]

A day in the life of an asbestos surveyor

Asbestos can be found in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000. Join Paul on site as he points out some possible asbestos containing materials that tradespeople should watch for before and during construction work. 5000 people a year die from past exposure to asbestos, HSE’s Asbestos & You campaign aims to make […]

Celebrating Working Minds campaign second birthday

Today marks two years since the launch of HSE’s Working Minds campaign. Launched in 2021, the campaign aims to help employers prevent stress and support good mental health in the workplace by focusing on the principles of risk assessment and five steps: reach out, recognise, respond, reflect, make it routine. The campaign now has 26 […]

Five prominent organisations call on industries using metalworking fluids

In an open letter to industry, five organisations are calling for employers to act on metalworking fluid controls to benefit workshops, machining performance, employees and reduce costs for businesses. The United Kingdom Lubricants Association Metalworking Fluid Product Stewardship Group is working with British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), Make UK, Manufacturing Technologies Association and Safety & […]

Protecting woodworkers’ health

Supported by HSE’s Dust Kills campaign, which provides free advice to businesses and workers on the control measures required to prevent exposure to dust, HSE inspectors across Great Britain will be visiting businesses within woodworking industries such as sawmilling, manufacture of composite boards, and carpentry, focusing on the dangers of respiratory risks from wood dust. […]