Participating in a health and safety campaign is great for raising awareness of important issues in your organisation. We have selected two campaigns for employers to focus on during April 2022, raising awareness of the key topics of stress and occupational health.
As outlined in this month’s HSE update, reducing stress continues to be a key focal point for spot checks and inspections, meaning employers should be doing everything they can to support wellbeing.
Stress Awareness Month – 1st April to 30th April
Feeling stressed inside or outside of the workplace? While we try not to bring our personal lives to work, and vice versa, it is inevitable that one may affect the other.
If you, your colleagues, or your employees are facing stress, there are an array of tools out there to help. These tools are the focus of Stress Awareness Month, which is a campaign led by the Stress Management Society.
As revealed in the HSE’s annual statistics for 2020/21, a total of 822,000 workers are suffering from work-related stress, depression, or anxiety. With the help of this month-long campaign, employers can review their approach to stress management and begin implementing steps to improve it.
Key considerations include:
- Have you considered employee wellbeing in your risk assessments?
- Do you have a wellbeing strategy in place?
- How many Mental Health First Aiders do you have in your organisation?
World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28th April
Generally, a positive safety culture will mean that employees feel able to discuss risks and concerns openly in the workplace, with management then responding by providing solutions.
Managers should also be proactive in anticipating potential health and safety issues, while also providing compliant policies, risk assessments, and training sessions.
For this year’s campaign, the ILO is releasing a report on how to develop a strong safety management culture, which is yet to be released on their website. They will also be holding a global webinar on the topic, so keep an eye on the campaign’s page for more information.