Workplace Injuries

In 2017/2018 there were 555,000 injuries that occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey. This led to around 30.7 million working days being lost – leading to a price of £15 billion to cover the cost of injuries and ill health in the workplace.

Statistics show that there is work to do to prevent and reduce common workplace injuries. For the remainder of this post, I will be asking and answering several questions such as what is the cost of an injury and what can be done to prevent injuries.

What are the most common injuries?

Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of injury in the workplace. The causes of these types of injuries can be wet/oily surfaces, poor lighting or uncovered cables. Now that you know the most common type of injury how many more could you name? In most studies, muscle strains come in at number two typically from workers not following proper lifting techniques or receiving proper and thorough training. Sitting in third place is falling objects. This injury is a lot more common than one would typically think with injuries of this nature not just occurring on building sites or warehouses. Objects falling from shelves or out of cupboards can be very dangerous, especially if the individual is not aware of the falling object.

If you are injured at work, your employer must take certain steps. Let’s say there was a accident at work, your employer would have to report this to the HSE then carry out a risk assessment to ensure that the incident will not happen again. Depending on the nature of the accident your employer may be required to pay you statutory sick pay.

So, what can be done to prevent injuries?

There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of a workplace injury. First of all, educating and training employees on the dangers of their workplace and how to avoid these risks is integral to maintaining vigilance whilst on the job. To further enforce this having a supervisor monitoring health and safety on the job as well as enforcing the rules can reduce accidents in the workplace.

On top of this having health and safety reviews can update policy and/or procedure in a positive way. Whilst doing this you can also review common injuries to make sure that there isn’t a continuous hazard in the workplace.

You can also employ Health Surveillance and Occupational Health services to prevent and care for those in your company. Health Surveillance is a system of ongoing health checks that may be lawfully required depending on certain factors that a worker’s job is around. It also helps to stop and prevent work related injuries and illnesses before they get to a worse state. Using a Occupational Health service provides the care for employees to help get them happy and healthy again.

That is why services like Metro and Virgin Money come to NPH. We understand that to a extent nobody is able to completely stop work related illnesses and injuries and this is why we strive to offer the highest quality of support and care for anyone who comes through our doors. If you would like to see what services we provide then please visit https://www.newcastlepremierhealth.com/.

Up In The Air

The Times recently posted an article stating that air pollution levels are already higher in 2019 than that of the previous year. Over the next 500 words I will talk about what air pollution is and the danger that it presents.

First of all, air pollution is when harmful or excessive quantities of substances such as gases or particles are introduced into the Earth’s atmosphere. This can cause diseases, allergies and even death to humans and also affects animals and our crops. We as a species massively contribute to air pollution by artificially exposing substances such as carbon dioxide, sulphur oxides, toxic metals and radioactive pollutants to the atmosphere.

How did it get like this?

So how did it get this bad? To start with, all living creatures emit carbon dioxide when they breathe out. The carbon dioxide then rises up and joins the other greenhouse gasses to trap heat into the atmosphere. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was all a natural process however through technology and manufacturing humans have pumped enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the last 150 years to raise levels higher than they have been for hundreds of thousands of years. Some of the more adverse health effects from air pollution are cardiovascular disease, lung disease, lung cancer, and early exposure is thought to be also linked to changes in the brain such as autism and schizophrenia.

Air pollution is not limited to outdoors but also the indoors. Carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are emitted from domestic appliances such as boilers and heaters that contain carbon-containing fuels such as coal, gas or wood. Volatile organic compounds such as cleaning products, paints and air fresheners also contribute to indoor air pollution.

Air Pollution and Occupational Health

In the UK, Kings College London found that air pollution could be linked to up to 36,000 early deaths. This has raised a lot of questions in the Occupational Health field such as, should employers be doing more to protect their workers from the polluted air?

The British Safety Council has called for air pollution to be recognised as an Occupational Health hazard. In short, they are asking for the UK to use the World Health Organisation’s exposure limits for main pollutants, for the government to make air pollution an Occupational Health hazard and for improvements to be made to pollution monitoring around the UK.

Here at NPH we already do tests such as spirometry to test lung function. This is not the only service that we provide. We do full pre-employment screenings and Health Surveillance to make sure that we can detect early signs of exposure. If you would like more information you can find it here.

The fight against work-related illness and workplace injury

work-related illness & workplace injury

The HSE has released its annual report on work-related illness and workplace injury for 2017/2018. The statistics make for an interesting read.

According to the HSE report, the industries with the highest rate of work-related illnesses are Agriculture and Health. The industry reported to bear the highest workplace injury rate is again Agriculture, closely followed by Construction.

High costs to businesses…

It is estimated that the cost of workplace injuries and work-related ill health for 2017/18 (in Great Britain) exceeded £15 billion. The HSE report highlighted that 595,000 workers were injured in workplace accidents with a further 529,000 suffering a work-related illness.

The HSE estimates that in 2017/18, more than £3.0 billion was paid by businesses in the fight against work-related illness and workplace injury. It is our belief that businesses can help prevent this by enforcing Health and Safety workplace standards. 

Demonstrable cost benefits to your business

Here at Newcastle Premier Health, we specialise in the prevention and management of work-related illness and workplace injury through our Occupational Health services.

Not only does Occupational Health bring demonstrable cost benefits to your business, but it also helps to improve health outcomes for your employees, leading to increased productivity and business growth.

The delivery of our services can be adapted to meet the unique needs of your business. If you wish to discuss our Occupational Health service and understand how it can help your company and employees, please call us on 0191 605 3140 or email us at info@newcastlepremierhealth.com.

Fight Work-Related Stress

2019 has well and truly begun and though 2018 might have brought some glorious moments of success, prosperity and growth to some of us, let’s not forget the other side of reality.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual report on statistics for work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18. The numbers are not encouraging, and this is our way of raising awareness and helping fight work-related stress, depression and anxiety.

The HSE defines work-related stress, depression or anxiety as “a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work”, and workload pressure is identified as the main cause of this condition. The report states that 595,000 workers suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety, resulting in 15.4 million working days lost due to this cause.

Certain industries seem to be more ‘susceptible’ to stress with the HSE reporting that Education, Social Working and Administration have higher than average rates of stress, depression or anxiety.

Similar to industries, there are specific roles and positions with higher rates of stress, depression or anxiety. According to the HSE, Professionals have the highest average rate of stress, depression or anxiety with Skilled Trades and Machine Operatives being the lowest.

Conclusion

The HSE report concludes that work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounts for 44% of work-related ill health and 57% of working days lost in 2017/18. The fact that workload pressure is identified as the main cause of this condition is worrying indeed, but it has its silver lining too! Employers can still change this by providing more managerial support and developing greater job clarity which will eventually foster creativity and productivity in employees.

So how can we support your business when dealing with work-related stress, depression or anxiety? Our experienced and qualified team offer a range of bespoke services, specifically tailored to meet your needs. From counselling to support with depression to health promotion sessions which are designed to educate and engage employees. Call us on 0191 605 3140 and take the first steps to improve the welfare and productivity of your employees.

Demonstrable cost benefits for your business…

Interesting statistics that have been released by the HSE.

As we edge closer-and-closer to the New Year, we thought what better time than to reflect on the year that has passed; from the Royal Wedding to the highs and heartbreak of the World Cup in Russia through to the uncertainty of Brexit – we think think that you will all agree that 2018 will remain a topic of conversion for many years to come!

Sticking closer to our sector, we thought what better time than to share some interesting statistics that have been released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

As many of you will know, the HSE publish annual statistics on health and safety in Great Britain – and the results may come as a big surprise. Most alarmingly, the HSE report that 30.7 million working days were lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2017/18.

What does all this mean? Well it is estimated that the annual cost in Britain alone for work-related injury and new cases of ill health is more than 15 billion. Here at Newcastle Premier Health we understand that businesses are under increasing pressure to maximise productivity and reduce costs, with sickness absence and work-related stress being a major obstacle.

So, how can we help? We believe that our Occupational Health service is not only a prudent option but helps to bring demonstrable cost benefits for your business and improves the health outcomes for your employees.

Working at Heights: Understanding Your Risks

Did you know that the world-famous Tyne Bridge opened over 90-years ago?

Wednesday the 10th of October 2018 marked the 90th anniversary of the iconic Tyne Bridge which as you will already know, links Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead.

As a leading provider of Occupational Health services to steel workers and manufacturing companies in the North East of England, we work closely with a host of Health & Safety Managers and Advisors who will be in a state of shock to see the conditions which the fearless workers braved.

Many thanks to North East Film; who have released some brilliant footage and imagery – including the workers manoeuvring narrow pathways 200ft above the River Tyne:

Health & Safety clearly wasn’t high on the agenda back in 1928 and we very much doubt that the workers were put through a programme to asses if they were fit to work at heights.

Fast forward to 1974; the Health & Safety at work act was introduced – followed by the Working at Heights regulations in 2005, which is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height.

It is imperative that businesses understand the relevant risks and requirements to keep compliant with Health & Safety regulations. It is the responsibility of the company to understand the risks and determine which assessments are required for employees.

Later this year we will be launching NPH Works; an online tool which will educate users on the risks relating to Fit for Work and Health Surveillance assessments. Currently under construction with one of the leading web development companies in the North East, Sleeky – once launched, users will be able to generate instant and accurate quotes within 3-simple, quick steps.

As the name suggests, NPH Works really is a solution that works!

In the meantime, if you have any questions relating to Fit for Work and Health Surveillance assessments or would like to obtain a quote, please email info@newcastlepremierhealth.com or call our friendly and helpful Support Team on 0191 605 3140.

Mental Health Awareness: Beating Workplace Stress

Stress is everywhere, and it is directly linked to mental health.

Alarmingly, 1 in 6 adults will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time – with 1 in 15 having made a suicide attempt at some point in their life.

With these figures fresh in our minds, we will be actively sharing posts to help raise the profile of Mental Health Awareness Week (14th to 20th May 2018); which this year is focusing on stress in the workplace, and what workers and employers can do to reduce it.

Here at Newcastle Premier Health, our aim is for every workplace to be a place which encourages good mental health, allowing and encouraging workers to speak up and be heard.

We all experience stress from time-to-time and it can often be associated with work; from dealing with challenging colleagues to meeting stretched targets and deadlines. We all have our own way of handling stress, and it is fair to say that some of us are better than others.

For some of us, stress can escalate into a sustained period of worry, sleeplessness, headaches and a constant feeling of dread – becoming detrimental to mental and physical health. This kind of stress can be a living nightmare and will make coming into your workplace a misery.

Over 11 million days are lost at work every year due to stress – interestingly, the Independent report that Millennials (those aged between 18 and 38) feel the pressures of work more than their elders.

There are many things that employers can do to combat stress in the workplace; a good starting point is to get people talking about their own mental health. Kerry Reay, Senior Mental Health Nurse at Newcastle Premier Health said “It is great to see that more and more people are opening up about their own mental health. For too long, mental health has been a subject that people shy from as they feared ridicule – which isn’t the case.”

“I always encourage senior figures in the workplace to talk about their own experiences with mental health, this sends a strong signal to other members of the workforce.”

Newcastle Premier Health are pleased to announce that we now offer a mental health service for self-referrals. Our experienced team host a wealth of knowledge and experience – gained from many years working in the NHS and Private Sector. The highly skilled team consists of a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Senior Mental Health Nurse.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week; the team at Newcastle Premier Health are offering FREE 15-minute phone consultations and will explain the treatment options which are available in greater detail – including medications, talking therapy, CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse) support and rTMS (repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).

We are also offering individuals the opportunity to join small groups for a meditation session – with advice and guidance on the best ways to reduce stress levels.

Call us on 0191 605 3140 to arrange your FREE consultation and to register your interest for our group meditation session.

 

Sources: mentalhealth.org.uk, independent.co.uk, huffingtonpost.co.uk and mhfaengland.org

Connecting with chemical-using companies in the North East

Newcastle Premier Health are now a part of the NEPIC supply chain.

NEPIC are an award-winning cluster who work with chemical-using companies in the North East of England. Our relationship with NEPIC allows us to connect to a wide and diverse group – including companies from petrochemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Newcastle Premier Health are well positioned in NEPIC as we are the only Occupational Health provider to offer a full suite of services. We believe our bespoke, flexible and affordable offering will be of great interest and the introduction of our innovative online resource centre, which is set to launch later in the year, and will add great value for all members.

One of the many benefits of working with NEPIC is the opportunity to present in front of a small focus group. Focus groups allow time for self-promotion as well as a Q&A session with feedback being received in a friendly and supportive environment.

Mark Philpott, Managing Director stated: “Connecting with the NEPIC cluster is an exciting opportunity for Newcastle Premier Health; allowing us to reach out and engage with a new sector, and to bring our expertise from other industries whilst learning from the needs of business in Teesside. We are excited by the prospects and look forward to working with new clients…”

As a leading provider of occupational health services; we are proud to be able to support chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries throughout the North East. To find out more about how Newcastle Premier Health can benefit your business, please call us on 0191 605 3140.

Leading Provider to the Rail Industry

Newcastle Premier Health are now verified and registered with RISQS.

Through hard work and industry knowledge, we achieved the sought-after RISQS verified status early in December 2017 – this status further demonstrates our position as a leading provider of medical services in the North East to the rail industry.

Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) is a trusted single-entry point for supplies to the rail industry. In short, they help suppliers like ourselves to sell into the GB rail industry. Their ethos of providing an open, fair and transparent way for buyers to recognise capable providers is something that appealed to Newcastle Premier Health (NPH).

Mark Philpott, Business Director expressed: “This is another milestone for NPH, which opens the door to new opportunities for helping people in the rail industry for years to come…”

As a leading provider of occupational health services, we are proud to support the rail industry and work with high profile clients including Nexus, Metro and Hitachi. To find out more about how Newcastle Premier Health can benefit your business, please call us on 0191 605 3140.

Supporting the Health & Wellbeing of Automotive Staff

As a leading provider of independent medical services we have partnered with Calsonic Kansei UK, an automotive manufacturer, to launch a new initiative which is set to improve the health and wellbeing of employees.

Newcastle Premier Health will be delivering a range of onsite occupational health services in line with the companies aim to continually support and educate staff on all aspects of physical and mental health and wellbeing. Calsonic Kansei UK employees at both the Washington and Sunderland facilities will gain access to services including ill health prevention and physiotherapy.

We will also provide Calsonic Kansei UK with an absence management service which aims to reduce absence due to ill health. Individuals who are referred to the occupational health service will receive expert advice and intervention to facilitate a return to work – and if required will receive further support or phased rehabilitation.

Emma McCullagh, recently appointed as occupational health adviser, will be responsible for delivering the health care package onsite at Calsonic Kansei UK. With an extensive medical background, Emma’s experience includes disability analysis at the Centre for Health and Disability, and multiple positions of responsibility across staff nursing roles.

Calsonic Kansei UK is a supplier of heat exchange, air conditioning, exhaust, interior and electronic automotive components and currently employs approximately 1,200 people throughout the North East.

Victoria Manghan, HR section leader at Calsonic Kansei UK, said: “When choosing an occupational health provider, the key trait we were looking for was a supplier with the ability to form an effective partnership approach in managing the health of our employees. We believe that this matches perfectly with Newcastle Premier Health’s values and we will continue to build this partnership for years to come, focusing on the long-term health and wellbeing of our employees.”

Mark Philpott, business director at Newcastle Premier Health, said: “It is fantastic to see the team at Calsonic Kansei embrace this collaborative approach to occupational health and wellbeing, and provide an exceptional level of duty of care to its staff – this will have long lasting benefits for both the company and its employees.

“At Newcastle Premier Health we pride ourselves on being able to work closely with a business to understand its requirements and objectives, as well as that of its staff. Our extensive expertise across occupational health will bring measurable benefits to Calsonic Kansei UK, and I look forward to enhancing and contributing towards what will no doubt be a successful partnership for years to come.”

Emma McCullagh, occupational health adviser at Newcastle Premier Health, commented: “I am thrilled to not only be joining Newcastle Premier Health, a prestigious organisation that has witnessed exceptional growth over the last year, but also to be working closely with Calsonic Kansei to ensure we are taking an aligned approach to maintaining and improving the health and wellbeing of its employees.

“We place great emphasis on building and developing relationships with our clients and I am looking forward to utilising my healthcare expertise – and knowledge of industry – to play a vital role in this partnership and improve the wellbeing of Calsonic Kansei UK’s staff to enhance growth and success opportunities within the organisation.”

We are also partnered with fellow healthcare experts regionally and nationally and work with a wide range of high profile clients including Virgin Money and Karbon. To find out more about how Newcastle Premier Health can benefit your business, call us on 0191 605 3140.