Participating in a health and safety campaign is great for raising awareness of important issues in your organisation. Multiple campaigns are running throughout November, including a focus on health and wellbeing, fire safety, and road safety.
We have provided a summary of each campaign below to help you get started.
Movember – 1st November to 30th November
This well-established campaign is led by the Movember Foundation, encouraging millions each year to grow their facial hair and raise funds for men’s health.
Since 2003, Movember has funded over 1000 men’s health projects on a global scale, helping to raise awareness of crucial issues which have traditionally been rarely spoken about by men.
These issues cover both physical and mental health, including depression, suicide, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.
Overall, the Movember Foundation is targeting a 25% reduction in premature male deaths by 2030.
Taking part in the campaign is easy, thanks to the extensive selection of resources available on the Movember website. Here you can find unique and exciting ways to raise funds, whether individually or as a team or organisation.
Team AHR are proud to participate in Movember, with Will White (Head of Operations – Health and Safety) and Rob Elliott (Senior HR Consultant, Solicitor, and Trainer) both signed up to take part.
Will has been a ‘Mo Bro’ for the past 8 years, and you can see his impressive effort for this year below!
Road Safety Week – 16th November to 21st November
This week-long campaign, organised by the road safety charity Brake, is an annual event and the biggest road safety awareness campaign in the UK.
The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Road Safety Heroes’, showing appreciation to the road safety professionals who help to save lives across the nation each day.
During Road Safety Week, thousands of organisations, schools, and communities get involved, with road safety demonstrations, events, awareness video screenings, talks, and more.
Below are some effective ways to share road safety messages with your employees and customers during Road Safety Week:
- Launch a new road safety programme to promote safe driving and risk management
- Include an article about road safety in your company newsletter or on social media
- Display the free Road Safety Week posters in your organisation
- Run a road safety quiz for staff or customers using the Road Safety Week action pack
Overall, the event has great potential to reach many people across the nation and remind them of the importance of road safety, especially as we approach the winter period.
For more information on how to get involved, visit the campaign’s website here.
Electrical Fire Safety Week – 22nd November to 28th November
This year, Electrical Safety First will campaign on two key issues relating to the prevention of electrical fires. Their primary focus will be on counterfeit electrical products, with attention also directed to electrical product recalls and registration.
To help practice electrical fire safety in your organisation, check out the tips below:
- Visual checks – Assess appliances including the wire, plug and sockets for damage or wear and tear
- Turning off appliances – At the close of business ensure all electrical appliances are turned off (unless it is designed to be left switched on)
- British and EU standards – When purchasing appliances, check they carry the relevant safety marks e.g., CE mark
- Staff training – Incorporate electrical safety in your staff training, make sure they are aware of how to use electrical equipment safely
- PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing) – This must be carried out by a competent person annually or as dictated by a risk assessment
- Housekeeping – Make sure appliances are kept clean, especially those which may accumulate dust from the work environment
To ensure compliance, you must cover electrical safety in your organisation’s fire risk assessment, alongside the need for visual checks and PAT testing.
Furthermore, it is essential to have a fixed electrical wiring report for your premises, with this being completed by a competent person. If the premises is rented, look through your contract to see who is responsible for the examination of the fixed electrical wiring installation.
You can find full details on this year’s Electrical Fire Safety Week here.
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