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Breathe Easy This May with Healthscreen’s Special Offer on Lung Function Testing

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May marks National Clean Air Month, a time to raise awareness about air quality and its impact on our health. In line with this important observance, Healthscreen is dedicated to enhancing lung health in workplaces across all industries. This coming month, we’re pleased to announce a special promotion: 15% off all new group bookings for […]

April Special Offer: 15% OFF All New Safety Critical Medical Bookings!

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As World Health Day (April 7th) approaches, Healthscreen is thrilled to announce a special offer designed to encourage a healthier and safer workplace. Understanding the paramount importance of occupational health, especially in environments demanding safety-critical roles, we are dedicated to promoting wellness and preventive healthcare measures across all industries. This April, in honour of World […]

Introducing Walk-in Drug and Alcohol Testing at Our Hinckley Clinic

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At Healthscreen, we continually strive to offer our clients comprehensive occupational health services tailored to meet the diverse needs of the modern workplace. Understanding the critical importance of maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, we are thrilled to announce the expansion of our services with the introduction of walk-in Drug and Alcohol testing at […]

HSE Relaunches Its ‘Your Farm, Your Future’ Campaign

The Health and Safety Executive has once again taken a step to safeguard the wellbeing of those who toil on Britain’s farms. With the relaunch of its ‘Your Farm, Your Future’ campaign, the spotlight this year turns to the hazards associated with working with livestock. This initiative comes in the wake of alarming statistics that […]

The Crucial Role of Leadership in Mental Wellbeing at the Workplace

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In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing work environment, mental wellbeing is becoming further and further recognised as a critical component of overall health. The impact of workplace culture and leadership on employee mental health cannot be overstated. In this blog post, we dive into the vital role that leaders play in nurturing a mentally healthy workplace […]

February Availability: Secure Your Appointment Today!

February is here, and at Healthscreen, we’re excited to help you prioritize the health and safety of your workforce throughout the month. We want to let you know that we still have some appointments available, making it the perfect time to take action. Let’s make your workplace healthier, safer, and more productive together. Our wide-ranging […]

Kickstart a Healthy New Year at the Workplace

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As the New Year unfolds, it brings a fresh opportunity for businesses to prioritise the health of their most valuable asset: their employees. At Healthscreen, we recognise the importance of starting the year with a firm commitment to workplace health. Implementing health surveillance is more than a check box exercise; it’s a proactive way to […]

Guiding Teams Through Work on Christmas and New Year’s

The holiday season, with its festive spirit, often brings a unique set of challenges for those working through these special days. At Healthscreen, we recognise the dedication of employees and the complexities faced by managers during this period. Balancing business needs with the wellbeing and morale of teams working on holidays like Christmas and New […]

Healthscreen’s Holiday Schedule

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Hello and warm seasonal greetings to all our valued Healthscreen clients! As the festive season approaches, bringing with it a time of joy, reflection, and togetherness, we at Healthscreen are excited to share not only our holiday spirit but also important information to ensure your health and well-being during this special time of the year. […]

Celebrate Health This December With Exclusive Offers From Healthscreen

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As we bid farewell to another year, the season of reflection and celebration is upon us. It’s a period where we pause to appreciate our achievements and set goals for the future. Amidst this festive spirit, there’s one aspect that remains paramount – our health. Recognising the vital role health plays in our lives and […]

The Importance of Regular Health Screenings for Employees

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In today’s fast-paced business world, the health of employees often determines the health of the company. A robust workforce is not just about numbers; it’s about the vitality and wellbeing of each individual contributing to the collective success of the organisation. As we navigate through an era where health concerns are more pronounced than ever, […]

The Rising Tide of Work-Related Health Issues: Insights From HSE’s Latest Report

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The Health and Safety Executive’s latest report for the 2022/23 period has shed light on some concerning trends in workplace health that merit serious attention. These trends not only reflect the state of occupational health currently but also underscore the growing challenges faced by employees and organisations alike. To preserve the health of their workforces, […]

Overcoming the Holiday Productivity Dip: A Balanced Approach for Employers

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As the holiday season approaches, a familiar scenario unfolds in workplaces around the globe. There’s a subtle but noticeable shift in the air – a mix of festive anticipation and a gradual decline in work focus. This phenomenon, often referred to as ‘the holiday productivity dip,’ is not just a myth but a reality faced […]

How to Effectively Manage Winter Hazards at the Workplace

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As the mercury dips and the landscape is painted with frost, the challenges within the workplace evolve, particularly in outdoor environments. In this blog post, we underscore the significance of addressing winter hazards to maintain a safe and productive work environment. Identification of Winter Hazards Winter’s arrival transforms the workplace landscape, bringing with it hazards […]

Ensuring Safety on Farms: HSE Inspection Campaign Targets Agricultural Sector

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The agricultural sector is a vital part of our economy, providing food, raw materials, and employment to millions. However, it is also an industry fraught with risks, as evidenced by the alarming rate of workplace accidents and fatalities. In a concerted effort to change the culture within the farming community and ensure compliance with legal […]

Unexpected Factors Impacting Employee Wellbeing

In today’s fast-paced corporate world, maintaining a healthy work environment is not just a perk but a necessity. While employers may address obvious stressors like workload and deadlines, various unexpected factors can also significantly impact an employee’s mental and physical health. Being cognisant of these overlooked aspects can help foster a more supportive work atmosphere […]

Workplace Ergonomics: Tips for Creating a Comfortable and Injury-Free Work Environment

In today’s fast-paced business world, the health and well-being of employees are sometimes overlooked. Yet, it’s a well-known fact that a healthy employee is more productive, happier, and more likely to remain loyal to a company. One of the most critical aspects of ensuring employee health is to pay attention to workplace ergonomics. What is […]

Are Risks Effectively Managed at Your Organisation?

In today’s dynamic work environment, focusing on occupational health is more than just adhering to regulations – it’s about building an ecosystem where employees feel safe and valued. But how do we measure this? How certain are we that our organisation’s risks are effectively managed? Understanding Occupational Health Risks Every workplace, regardless of its industry, […]

Effective Strategies for Managing Employee Attendance Issues

Employee attendance issues can pose significant challenges for both employers and employees alike. Frequent absenteeism can lead to decreased productivity, increased workload on other team members, and ultimately, financial losses for the organisation. However, addressing these issues with sensitivity and effective strategies can improve attendance and create a more engaged and satisfied workforce. In this […]

Understanding Occupational Noise Exposure and Hearing Protection

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As an employer, your workforce’s well-being is a top priority. One often-overlooked aspect of workplace safety is protecting your workforce from the risks associated with occupational noise exposure. Understanding the impact of noise and taking steps to safeguard your employees’ hearing health is not just a legal obligation but also a commitment to their long-term […]

HSE’s Latest Safety Campaign to Target Moving and Handling

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In the dynamic world of construction, the health and safety of workers stand as paramount concerns. Acknowledging this imperative, the HSE have launched a new inspection campaign that underscores the significance of moving and handling materials safely. To ensure that your workforce is informed and protected, here’s an overview of this campaign and why it […]

Recognising the Signs: When to Refer an Employee for Occupational Health Support

In today’s fast-paced and demanding work environment, ensuring the well-being of your employees is paramount. One essential aspect of this is recognising when an employee may need the specialised care and support provided by occupational health services. Occupational health plays a crucial role in promoting a safe and healthy workplace, and knowing when to refer […]

How Prioritising Occupational Health Boosts Employee Retention

In the dynamic landscape of today’s workforce, attracting and retaining talented employees is a challenge that businesses across industries face. While competitive salaries and engaging work environments play their part, one often underestimated factor in employee retention is occupational health. A workforce that feels valued, supported, and healthy is more likely to stay committed to […]

The Critical Importance of HAVS Compliance

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In today’s fast-paced business landscape, ensuring the well-being of your employees is not just a moral obligation, but a legal and financial imperative. Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) remains a significant occupational health concern, and recent events have emphasised the dire consequences of neglecting HAVS compliance. In this blog post, we shed light on two real-world […]

Cultivating a Comprehensive Occupational Health Culture: A Pathway to Organisational Success

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, fostering a safety culture within an organisation is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity. A safety culture not only ensures the well-being of employees but also drives productivity, boosts morale, and enhances overall business performance. In this article, we’ll explore the significance of creating a safety culture and […]

Prioritising Safety in the Construction Industry

According to the HSE’s 2023 occupational fatality figures report, the construction industry remains a critical focal point for occupational health and safety. The report reveals that construction had the highest number of occupational deaths, recording 45 fatalities during the 2022/23 period. This stark reality underscores the urgent need to prioritise safety within the construction sector. […]

Understanding Occupational Psoriasis

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about psoriasis and its impact on individuals worldwide. While most people are familiar with psoriasis as a skin condition, there is a lesser-known form called ‘occupational psoriasis.’ This variant occurs specifically in the workplace, and its identification and early intervention are crucial for the […]

Avail 10% Off on Group Bookings for Health Surveillance and Safety Critical Medicals!

As a leading provider of comprehensive occupational health services, we take pride in ensuring the well-being of countless employees across various industries. Today, we are excited to share some fantastic news with you. With workplace health and safety taking centre stage in every responsible organisation, Healthscreen is thrilled to announce an exclusive limited-time promotion for […]

Reducing Work-Related Fatalities in Agriculture

The recent release of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) work-related fatality figures for 2022/23 has once again highlighted the alarming truth about the most dangerous industry in the UK – agriculture. The report reveals that despite a slight decrease in fatalities compared to the previous year, agriculture remains the sector with the highest rate […]

HSE Launches Inspection Operation Targeting Silica Materials in Manufacturing Businesses

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As part of the Dust Kills Campaign, an initiative dedicated to preventing lung diseases resulting from dust exposure in the construction industry, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently initiated a comprehensive inspection operation with a primary focus on manufacturing companies that employ materials containing silica. With a zero-tolerance policy towards health and safety […]

Beat the Heat: Essential Tips for a Healthy Summer in the Workplace

With summer in full swing, it’s crucial to address the potential health risks associated with increased temperatures in the workplace. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of occupational health during the summer season and provide practical tips to help employees stay healthy and productive while working in the heat. Understanding the Impact of […]

The Power of Social Interactions: Enhancing Employee Mental Health

In today’s fast-paced and digitally connected world, fostering a positive work environment goes beyond the traditional focus on physical health. The importance of employee mental health is gaining recognition as organisations strive to create a supportive and engaging workplace. One effective approach to enhancing employee wellbeing is by encouraging social interactions within the workplace. In […]

Confined Space Hazards: Identifying Risks and Ensuring Worker Safety

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Confined spaces present unique challenges and potential dangers that can compromise worker safety if not properly managed. It is crucial for employers and employees alike to understand the hazards associated with confined spaces and implement effective safety measures. In this blog post, we will explore the common confined space hazards, discuss risk assessment strategies, and […]

The Importance of Vision Screening for a Healthy Workforce

Good vision is essential for performing various tasks at work efficiently and safely. As an employer, ensuring the well-being of your employees should be a top priority, and one crucial aspect of their health is their vision. Vision screening plays a vital role in identifying potential vision problems early on, promoting eye health, and maintaining […]

HSE Launches Dust Inspection Campaign Targeting Construction Sites

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently initiated a comprehensive inspection campaign focused on the management of dust on construction sites. Starting today, May 15th, this campaign aims to raise awareness about the dangers of dust exposure and ensure that employers fulfil their legal duty of protecting workers’ lung health. In this blog post, […]

Managing Chronic Health Conditions in the Workplace

Chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease, are increasingly common in the UK workforce. According to the Health and Safety Executive, an estimated 36.8 million working days were lost in 2021/22 due to work-related ill health, with many of these cases involving chronic health conditions. As an employer, it’s important to understand […]

How to Protect the Wellbeing of Night Workers

As an employer, you have a duty of care to protect the health and safety of all your employees, including those who work night shifts. Nightwork can disrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythm, leading to a range of health problems if not managed properly. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some practical steps you can […]

Understanding the Dangers of Working at Height

Working at height is a common task in various industries, ranging from construction and maintenance to telecommunications and transportation. While it may seem like a routine part of the job, working at height comes with inherent risks that can pose serious threats to workers’ health and safety. As a leading occupational health service provider, we […]

The Top 5 Most Dangerous Industries for Occupational Skin Diseases

Occupational skin diseases are a significant concern for employers and workers across various industries. Exposure to hazardous substances, harsh environments, and other work-related factors can lead to skin conditions that can be debilitating and costly to treat. In this blog post, we will explore the top 5 most dangerous industries for occupational skin diseases, shedding […]

The Growing Necessity for Tackling Substance Abuse at the Workplace

In previous blog posts, we have emphasised the gravity of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace. It is widely recognised that the use of these substances during work hours can pose significant risks to employees’ well-being, safety, and job performance. In this post, we will delve into the current state of drug and alcohol […]

HSE Urging Employers to Take Action During Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month, an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness about the impact of stress on mental health and wellbeing. In support of this effort, the HSE’s Working Minds campaign is highlighting the importance of promoting positive mental health in the workplace throughout the year. According to Liz Goodwill, head of the work-related […]

5 Myths About Audiometry Testing Debunked

Despite its importance, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding audiometry testing that can lead to confusion and even non-compliance. In this blog post, we debunk five common myths about audiometry testing and provide the facts you need to know. Myth 1: Audiometry testing is only necessary for employees who work in loud environments. It’s […]

What You Need to Know About Forklift Medicals

Forklifts are an essential piece of machinery for many industries, from warehousing to construction. However, operating a forklift can be a dangerous task if not performed safely. Employers have a duty to provide a safe work environment for their employees, and this includes ensuring that their workers are physically and mentally fit to operate a […]

HSE Launches New Farm Safety Campaign

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently launched a new safety campaign aimed at reducing farm vehicle deaths. Farming is one of the most hazardous industries in the UK, with a disproportionate number of fatal accidents involving vehicles such as tractors and ATVs. In fact, between 2010 and 2020, there were over 400 deaths […]

Creating an Effective Health and Safety Strategy for Your Workplace

Let’s face it – workplace safety isn’t always the most exciting topic. But it’s an important one, and having an effective health and safety strategy can make a huge difference in keeping your employees safe and your business running smoothly. So how do you create a comprehensive health and safety strategy that actually works? Here […]

Celebrate Women in Construction Week

Each year, Women in Construction Week shines a spotlight on the important contributions of women to the construction industry. The event, which began on March 5th this year, is an opportunity to recognise the achievements of women in construction and to promote greater gender inclusivity in the field. In this blog post, we’ll explore the […]

How to Handle Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Research conducted by the global safety charity Lloyd’s Register Foundation has found that more than a fifth of all people across the world have experienced violence and/or harassment at the workplace. Sadly, in many professions, employees are subjected to various forms of hostile behaviour, which can lead to decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and even have […]

Increased Monitoring of Silica Dust Exposure Considered a ‘Matter of Urgency’

The latest report addressing the impact of silicosis on the health of workers in silica-related industries published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) calls for silica dust exposure monitoring to be looked at as a ‘matter of urgency’. The report includes a number of recommendations for action that include both clinical and regulatory improvements. How […]

World Cancer Day: the Importance of Occupational Lung Function Testing

About World Cancer Day On February 4th last week, we observed World Cancer Day: an annual event that aims to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The day’s purpose is to unite people around the world in the fight against the disease and to motivate individuals, communities, and governments […]

Time to Talk Day 2023

Tomorrow, February 2nd, is Time to Talk Day 2023. The campaign is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, in partnership with the Co-op and supported by Time To Change Wales, See Me and Change Your Mind/ Inspire. What Is Time to Talk Day? Time to Talk Day is a campaign that happens annually and […]

Recognising and Preventing Cold Stress

Thousands of employees across the UK are exposed to long hours outside in the cold every year. Employees who work in industries such as construction, policing, oil and gas, and utility repair are at a higher risk of suffering from cold stress. The risks, however, are not only for outdoor workers. Those working in places […]

HSE Reveals Early Findings from ‘Work Right Construction’ Campaign

In an attempt to combat the growing number of cases of construction workers suffering from musculoskeletal disorders, the HSE began targeting construction sites from October 2022 as part of the ‘Work Right Construction: Your Health, Your Future’ initiative. This comes as a response to new research data showing that 40,000 workers in the UK are […]

Sharp Increase in Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome Cases Raises Concerns

What Do Statistics Show? Indicating a worrying 375% rise in new hand-arm vibration cases, the most recent HSE statistics show over 300 new cases of HAVS reported in 2021, as well as 165 new cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and 255 new cases of Dupuytren’s Contracture. These new data are particularly concerning since the conditions […]

Top Reported Health and Safety Issues to Avoid in 2023

We all know health and safety should be prioritized by all businesses, everywhere. It is also important to understand, however, that health and safety management involves much more than simply ticking the correct boxes and meeting the minimum requirements. It is about effectively and thoroughly assessing and preventing the risks, thus protecting the mental and […]

New HSE Guidance on Working in Cold Weather

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The UK has been suffering the grip of unusually cold weather during the past couple of weeks: snow, ice and fog warnings have been put in place all over the country, and the freezing temperatures have left large areas blanketed in snow, making it difficult for millions of people to reach their workplaces. With temperatures […]

HSE Statistics 2022: What Have We Learned?

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HSE have released their latest statistics which include data on work-related ill health, as well as workplace injury. While they do indicate improvement in some areas, they certainly show concerning tendencies in others. Work-Related Illnesses 1.8 million workers are currently suffering from occupational illnesses, as opposed to 1.7 million from the previous year. Over half […]

Disability History Month

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About the Campaign: Observed annually from the 16th of November until the 16th of December, Disability History Month aims to raise awareness about the struggles for equality and inclusivity that people with disabilities have endured throughout history. Widely celebrated across the NHS, the campaign provides an opportunity to: Cherish the achievements of staff with disabilities […]

HSE Celebrates One Year of Working Minds

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How Prevalent Is Work-Related Stress in the UK? If you ever doubted the severity of work-related stress in the UK, the statistics published by the HSE covering the 2020/21 period are sure to help you make up your mind: they show that out of all 1.7 million workers who currently have a work-related illness, 822,000 […]

Is the RPE You’re Providing Keeping Your Employees Safe?

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What Is RPE? Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is special equipment designed to protect employees who perform work activities which may involve harmful substances contaminating the air. These substances could have various forms such as dust, mist, gas, or fume. Examples of such activities include: Cutting materials like concrete, stone, or wood Handling volatile solvents (liquids […]

Managing Display Screen Equipment Risks at the Workplace

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What Regulations Are in Place for Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Usage at Work? According to the Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992, employers must protect workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE) such as PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The regulations apply to those workers who continuously use DSE on a […]

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Yesterday, November 1st, marked the beginning of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose of this campaign is to remind individuals of the significance that prevention and early intervention have to survival rates. Lung cancer is considered to be the most prevalent occupational related cancer. Even though it is difficult to estimate the exact percentage of […]

Making an Occupational Health Referral

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What Is the Purpose of an Occupational Health Referral? Whenever there are concerns that work might be adversely affecting an employee’s health, or that a health condition might be affecting their ability to perform their work duties, a referral must be made to an occupational health provider to receive advice as to how to handle […]

Supporting Employees With Seasonal Affective Disorder

The cold, dark and wet winter months are hardly pleasant for any of us. However, for people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), they can be almost unmanageable. SAD, also known as ‘the winter blues’, affects around 2 million people in the UK, with men being twice as likely to have been diagnosed in comparison […]

Clinics-on-Wheels Coming to You Soon!

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You may have known that we have clinics all over the UK where we provide our full range of occupational health surveillance services. But did you know that we can also provide them within our fully equipped mobile units? Thanks to this, we will very soon be able to deliver our services from various industrial […]

HSE’s ‘WorkRight Construction: Your Health. Your Future’ Campaign Begins Today!

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According to data from the HSE, last year there were 40,000 workers who reported suffering from a new or long-standing musculoskeletal disorder, including pain and discomfort in their joints, muscles and bones. The report states that this rate is statistically significantly higher than that for workers across all other industries. The ‘WorkRight Construction: Your Health. […]

Managing Employee Absenteeism in Winter

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With October on its way and lower temperatures already settling in, we are reminded that winter is indeed coming, and with it- higher employee absence rates. Not only the common cold, but also a possible increase in COVID-19 cases may cause staff to take a higher number of sick days. Add the gloom of colder […]

International Week of Happiness at Work

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The International Week of Happiness at Work begins today! Observed during the final week of September, this movement’s purpose is to promote employee mental well-being and prioritise the facilitation of positive emotions as part of the working experience of all individuals. Benefits of Observing This Week There are many advantages of actively observing International Week […]

Occupational Hearing Loss and Custom-Made Hearing Protection

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Noise-induced hearing loss as a result of occupational exposure is a very common cause of work-related ill-health. According to the Labour Force Survey (2017/2018), 63 per 100,000 employees report hearing issues which have either been caused or made worse by their job roles. Occupational hearing loss, although preventable, cannot be reversed. Since the ear is […]

The Importance of Effective Occupational Road Safety Management

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Prevalence Work-related vehicle accidents in the UK still seem to be a rather big cause for concern: according to the HSE, every year there are over 5000 incidents which involve transport in the workplace with about 50 of those resulting in people being killed. As stated by their report, up to one-third of all road […]

Anxiety at the Workplace: Symptoms, Causes and Management

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According to the latest HSE report, there are currently about 822,000 employees in the UK suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety, accounting for 50% of all work-related ill health cases. The respondents have stated that the main factors causing these mental health issues are workload pressures, including tight deadlines, too much responsibility and a […]

What Is a Confined Space Medical?

Does your business involve working in enclosed spaces? If the answer is yes, then it might be worth it to consider having a confined space medical performed. Confined space medicals ensure that your employees are fit to work in such environments and are able to safely escape in case they need to. What classifies as […]

Remote Work and Insomnia: Is There a Connection?

Ever since the COVID pandemic struck in 2020, remote work has become increasingly popular, and it seems that it is here to stay. Not only have lots of employees got used to this type of work, but many have come to prefer it. Indeed, working from home comes with many advantages: commuting is no longer […]

Occupational Skin Conditions: What You Need to Know

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Occupational skin diseases are amongst the most commonly reported work-related health issues. According to data from the HSE, an estimation of 16,000 people working within the last year are suffering from skin issues that they claim have been caused or worsened by work. Such diseases not only have the capability to end impacted employees’ careers, […]

Night Work: What Are the Risks?

According to most recent data, more than 3 million people currently work nights in the UK. This means that night workers make up 11,5% of Britain’s workforce, or one in nine employees. As night shifts can often be slower paced in comparison to daytime work, they are sometimes preferred by individuals who enjoy the solitude […]

Workplace Fatalities and the Importance of Prioritising Occupational Safety

According to the most recent data released by the HSE, 123 workers were killed in work-related accidents in 2021/22. Approximately a quarter of those deaths occurred in the Construction industry, and a further 18% each were attributed to the Agriculture, forestry and fishing sector and the Manufacturing sector, amounting to 22 deaths in each of […]

How Does Physiotherapy Benefit Occupational Health?

Physiotherapy is a practice which helps to restore mobility and function when a person is suffering from an injury or condition. It is also used to reduce the risk of trauma or illness occurring in future. This is done through a series of services that include general advice, exercise designed specifically for each individual and […]

How You Can Manage Employee Mental Health in the Post-COVID Era

The re-introduction of social contact into people’s lives brought about by the lifting of restrictions has been a change long awaited by many. However, it is not one that has come without its challenges. The transition has proven difficult for many people experiencing what some psychologists call ‘cave syndrome’. The anxieties around having to come […]

Business Accolade for CEO of Healthscreen UK

Samantha Bennett, CEO of Healthscreen UK, has reached the finals of this year’s Business Woman of the Year Awards. Healthscreen UK is part of the umbrella company, Hear4U and Healthscreen Ltd which is made up of six business divisions. The company name is made up of Healthscreen UK, and Hear4U, a hearing clinic with three […]

Healthscreen’s New Clinic – Park House, Birmingham

Healthscreen has expanded its services once again, and this time into Birmingham – the second largest city and metropolitan area in the UK. The new clinic will be based inside Park House, a premium business centre just down the road from Longbridge town centre. As part of the Regus group, this establishment is prized for […]

Healthscreen UK & Meduc8ion Launch All-New Online Shop!

Alongside sister company, and professional training course provider Meduc8ion, Healthscreen UK are pleased to announce the launch of their online shop for all your occupational health and wellbeing needs. When it comes to occupational health, it is important to make sure that you are adequately equipped. Different facets of occupational health can require more tools […]

Mental Health Awareness Week

Today marks the beginning of mental health awareness week, a crucial week to discuss the ongoing impact that mental health can have in the workplace – and beyond. Back in 2017, the Stevenson-Farmer ‘Thriving at Work’ report found that up to 300,000 people per year with long-term mental health problems lose their job, and it […]

Hearing Aid Accessories Launch All-New App!

Healthscreen UK are pleased to announce that our sister business division, Hearing Aid Accessories, have now launched their all-new, one-of-a-kind mobile app! With the amount of people in the UK subject to dangerous noise levels at work – the HSE estimates that up to 2 million people are at risk – managing sound exposure is […]

Isocyanates – What They Are and Why You Should Look Out For Them

Isocyanates Monitoring – What It Is and Why It’s So Crucial To Look Out For   What are Isocyanates? Isocyanates are a family of highly reactive chemicals with a low molecular weight. They are powerful irritants to the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts as well as the mucous membranes of the eyes, and can also cause […]

Healthscreen’s New Clinic – The Harrogate Road Clinic in Moortown, Leeds

Healthscreen UK have once more branched out to another clinic, this time in the bustling streets of Moortown in Leeds. The Harrogate Road clinic is a charming building situated just down the road from the scenic Moortown and approximately 15 minutes’ drive away from Leeds city centre. In addition to this easy access, the building […]

New App Underway for those with Noise-Induced Hearing Loss!

Healthscreen UK is in partnership with the online retailer, Hearing Aid Accessories, and we are pleased to announce that they are launching their very own app, which will be live on all app stores come Deaf Awareness Week! It has been estimated by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that 2 million people in the UK […]

Healthscreen’s New Clinic – Nightingale House, in Fulham, London

We are pleased to announce that we have expanded our services into Nightingale House; a fully equipped clinic located in Fulham, London. Nightingale House is situated in the heart of West London, just across from Putney Bridge, right by the M4, and around the corner from Putney tube station. As part of The Hospital Group, […]

Occupational Hearing Loss in the U.S

Hearing loss is the third most common disability in the U.S, after high blood pressure and arthritis. It is more common than diabetes, vision issues, and cancer, and is among the most common work-related illnesses. Within every industry sector, there are workers at risk for occupational hearing loss. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and […]

Healthscreen’s New Clinic – Tolherst Court in Maidstone, Kent

The latest in Healthscreen UK’s series of expansions is the clinic at Tolherst Court, a sleek, ultramodern complex situated just outside the town centre of historic, picturesque Maidstone. Not only does this new location boast fantastic access from the town itself – only 2 minutes by bus and less than five by car – but […]

World Hearing Day

Today marks the beginning of World Hearing Day, a time to reflect upon the things that those of us with hearing loss go through each and every day. Despite being far more common than you might otherwise think, hearing loss is a condition that can have a serious impact on your day to day life […]

Clinics-on-Wheels: Have You Checked Out Healthscreen’s Mobile Units?

It is celebrated news that we have recently expanded our clinics and are now operating from The Pines Hospital in Manchester and Tolherst Court in Kent alongside our clinic in Hinckley, Leicestershire. Our clientele now has three locations to choose from if they wish to visit us – but it doesn’t stop there! Healthscreen are […]

Healthscreen’s New Clinic – The Pines Hospital, Manchester

This pristine, almost palatial hospital is easily found just outside the city centre in the luscious green of South Manchester and sits conveniently close to the airport and with excellent access to the nearby motorway and rail links. The Pines boasts incredible facilities within, and benefits from two state-of-the-art theatres; one fitted with lamina flow […]

Solvent Screening

What is a solvent? A solvent is a substance that can dissolve to form a solution. What is solvent screening? It is a type of screening used to test for multiple solvents to make you are aware of what needs monitoring. Why are solvents monitored? The main reasons for solvent monitoring are to comply with […]

Xylene Monitoring

Xylene remained unidentified and innominate until 1850, when a distinguished French scientist made its discovery… His name was Auguste Andre Thomas Cahours, and his contribution to organic chemistry was among the greatest in history… Auguste Cahours discovered the processes of synthesis in various chemical molecules including toluene, several organo-magnesium’s and in derivatives of phosphine and […]

Styrene Monitoring – All You Need To Know

Let’s start with a tale… On one ordinary day in 1839, a German apothecary named Eduard Simon accidentally discovered polystyrene. He isolated a strange liquid from the resin of American Sweetgum tree which he termed “styrol”. Several days later, he noticed that when “styrol” was exposed to air, light, and heat, it transformed into a […]

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) Monitoring – The Need to Knows

What is MEK? Methyl Ethyl Ketone, otherwise known as MIBK or butanone is a colourless liquid with an acetone-like odour. It is mostly used in the application of protective coatings and adhesives, reflecting its fine characteristics as a solvent. Other uses include pesticide application, or in factories that produce paint, rubber and machinery. Whilst MEK […]

Nickel Monitoring – Why You Might Need It

What is it? Nickel is a silvery-white lustrous metal that carries a slight golden tinge and is a chemical element with the symbol Ni and atomic number 28. It has been used for millennia but was first formally classified in 1751 by Axel Fredrik Cronstedt. Pure native nickel is found in the Earth’s crust in […]

Perchloroethylene Monitoring

What is Perchloroethylene? Also known as tetrachloroethylene, tetrachloroethene, perc/PERC and PCE, perchloroethylene is a chlorocarbon that takes the form of a colourless, sweet-smelling liquid. Celebrated self-taught English physicist and chemist Michael Faraday first managed to synthesize it in 1821 by the thermal decomposition of hexachloroethane. What is it used for? Since that initial breakthrough, PCE […]

Methylene Chloride Monitoring – What Should I Watch Out For?

What is it? Methylene Chloride, also known as dichloromethane (DCM), is a colourless, highly volatile liquid with a sweet aroma much like chloroform. This organochloride compound can occur naturally, and is found in wetlands, macroalgae and even volcanoes; however, the vast majority of it is made as a result of industrial emissions. What is it […]

Mercury Monitoring – Why Might I Need It?

What is Mercury? Also known as ‘quicksilver’, Mercury takes its name from the Roman messenger god known for his speed and agility, analogous to the Ancient Greek Apollo. Interestingly, it is also associated with the planet of the same name, and the astrological symbol for said planet is also one of chief alchemical symbols for […]

Cyclohexanone Screening – More Necessary Than You Might Think

Cyclohexanone is an organic compound that resembles a colourless oil and smells much like acetone. It is one of the most common factors in the production of nylon, and roughly half of the world’s supply is converted into adipic acid, one of the two requisite precursors for creating nylon 6.6. Moreover, it can also be […]

The Ongoing Importance of Chromium (Chrome) Monitoring

What is Chromium (Chrome)? Chromium is a chemical element, much like titanium, iron or copper. In its unpolished form, it’s a hard, grey, brittle transition metal; when polished, it reflects up to 70% of the visible spectrum and 90% of infrared light. It is from this that it derives its name, from the Greek χρῶμα, […]

Benzene Screening – Why It’s So Crucial

Among Healthscreen UK’s extensive range of services is that of Benzene monitoring. So, what exactly is this strange substance and why should you look out for it? What is Benzene? Benzene is a colourless or light yellowish chemical compound that is a liquid at room temperature. It originates partly from southwest Asia, where a resin […]

World Mental Health Day

Yesterday marks World Mental Health Day 2021, and it has never been a more pertinent year to discuss it: the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many of us is still being felt even as we reach the latter stages of it. Aside from the risk of becoming infected, the psychological effect of […]

Mental Health Charity Lobbies Government for New Future of Work Commission

Mental Health Foundation in Scotland (MHF) has called on the Scottish and UK governments to set up a future of work commission to improve workplace wellbeing and post-pandemic labour practices. The charity argues that benefits such as shorter working hours, reduced job insecurity and a joint public and private sector commission would be integral in […]

Lung Function Testing

Who is a Lung Function Test for? Lung function is a vastly important and often overlooked test to have, especially if you work in any workplace environment outside an office. Indeed, there are many industries wherein it should be an absolute necessity but oftentimes, employers and employees alike are not fully aware of the at-risk […]

Occupational Mental Health in the time of COVID-19

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Mental health is one of the primary issues of our age; from celebrities like Prince Harry to frontline workers of the NHS, the last 18 months have highlighted a need for greater transparency and proactive planning when it comes to people’s sense of wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on many of us. […]

The importance of post offer medicals

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Did you know post-offer medicals are a great way to ensure safety in the workplace? You’ll be able to spot issues before they even arise! Post offer medicals are an assessment that identifies any potential health problems early. They are done after a job offer has been made so that you’ll be able to provide […]

How Alcohol and Drug training can benefit your workplace

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If there’s alcohol or drug misuse at work, your employees could be at risk as it could potentially cause an accident if your workers are not fit to perform their job safely. As a result of misuse, there would be a loss of productivity and your employee would perform poorly at their job, which could […]

How to create a safer environment during Covid-19

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With lockdown coming to an end and people returning back to work there’s a lot of stress about Covid-19 still as it’s remains a threat. Many workers are worried about returning to work as they think it could increase their chances of catching the virus. By having stressed employees, work could be done less effectively […]

What you need to know about Safety Critical Medicals

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As employers you have the responsibility to ensure the care of your employees, which means making sure your company takes all measures needed to reduce potential risks to health. Failure to do so can result in legal action being taken against you. This is because your business would be failing to comply with The Health […]

When is it time to review risks?

Why is it important to review risks? As a business owner or manager, it’s your duty to ensure the safety of all your employees as Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) states that employers have a general duty of care to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the […]

What you should know about Physiotherapy in the workplace

Physiotherapist

What is Physiotherapy treatment? Physiotherapy is a treatment done by highly trained Physiotherapists, who are experts that specialise in assessing movement, so that they can advise on physical activities to do to help improve movement or apply pressure to certain areas to help ease it and increase mobility.  The aim of it is to restore […]

Lets talk about well-being

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As an employer you always prioritise physical well-being, so why not mental well-being? This is something that’s equally as important and bad mental health could have a really damaging effect on work life. Did you know one in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point? This is a […]

Musculoskeletal

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What is Musculoskeletal? Musculoskeletal (MSK) health is essential to a full working life. It supports us with functional mobility and dexterity, balance and coordination. It also contributes to muscular strength and endurance and is essential to nearly all forms of work. They can be episodic or chronic in duration and can also result from injury […]

RIDDOR Regulations

work place hazzards

What are the RIDDOR Regulations? RIDDOR stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations and its latest update was in 2013. It’s put in place to regulate the legal responsibility to report deaths, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences that occur at work or in connection with work. This law requires employers to […]

HAVS Regulations

power tools, vibration exposure

What is it? HAVS is short for hand-arm vibration syndrome which is an issue that’s mainly caused when there’s exposure to vibration in the workplace. HAVS can occur in as little as 6 months if there’s been a transfer of vibrations through workers hands or arms repeatedly. Workers affected by HAVS often have whitened fingers […]

Who needs management referral?

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A management referral is for any employee regardless of their status within the company. An employee could be in a safety critical / physical role or an office-based role and both may need a management referral. An employer could also refer a new starter – if the employee has any medical conditions or there be […]

What is management referral?

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A management referral (also known as a case management referral) or sickness absence referral, is when an employee needs to have an occupational health consultation with an Occupational Health Physician or Nurse. This will stem from the employer having concerns about the employee’s ability or safety to carry out their job role. The employer may […]

Who needs audiometry in the workplace?

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As an employer, it’s your duty to provide health surveillance (hearing checks) for all your employees who are likely to be regularly exposed above the high levels of noise exposure. Audiometry tests are done to prevent long term hearing damage as the test detects any early damage to hearing from exposure to noise. If your […]

Types of Drug and Alcohol Tests

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Due to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, as employers you have the duty to ensure a safe work place and safe system of work. Drug and alcohol misuse comes into this as there should be a clear set of rules set on the use of alcohol and drugs whilst working. Most […]

Reduce risks in retail during COVID-19

retail shop during covid

  How you can protect your employees   Social distancing for customers– We know it’s hard to maintain social distancing especially when customers are being difficult, but it’s essential to apply distancing measures. You can do so by having clear guidelines placed around the store, showing the amount of space needed between each customer. As […]

Process of Audiometry Testing

Audiometry Test

Audiometry is a form of test that measures the range and sensitivity of your workers hearing. It is essential when working in noisy work environments or when there has been a change in the workplace that effects noise exposure as it could help prevent long term hearing damage as it can detect early damage to […]

Spirometry and COVID19 – What is the process?

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We have had a lot of enquiries for workplace Spirometry tests throughout the pandemic but due to COVID19 this is classed as a high risk medical as Spirometry is a high risk aerosol. This is due to the breath being released in a sharp exhale that can be considered as a “Jet Like” airflow. As […]

How to make your workplace Covid Secure and protect your workers – Part 3

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As I’m sure we all aware, Coronavirus can spread through touching surfaces which is why it is paramount that hand washing, cleaning and general hygiene is maintained throughout to help stop the spread of the virus and ensure your business is Covid Secure. Hand Sanitisers and Handwashing One of the main ways to help stop […]

How To Make Your Workplace Covid-Secure and Protect Your Workers – Part 2

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What do we mean by social distancing? Social distancing is ensuring people are 2 metres apart in the workplace (where possible). This can greatly reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Where it is not possible to maintain the 2-metre distance then you should look at additional control measures i.e. Creating a barrier between people using screens, […]

How To Make Your Workplace Covid Secure and Protect Your Workers

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The main 5 changes are: – • Completing an up to date Risk assessment • Maintaining Social distancing • Ensuring Cleaning, hygiene and handwashing • Talking to your employees and providing up to date information • Allowing your employees to work from home where possible • Understanding the risks to Vulnerable workers Over the next […]

In-Clinic Appointments for Occupational Health

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Our in-house clinic appointments for Occupational Health services such as safety critical medicals can be performed in either our Hinckley or Leicester centres. As well as this we offer UK-Wide coverage for all Occupational Health appointments using our mobile units. Making sure to bring your appointments local to you. Services Currently Available for In-Clinic Appointments […]

Referalls following a Health Surveillance

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Following routine Health Surveillance, some employees require referrals. This means that the employee did not meet the criteria given by the HSE (https://www.hse.gov.uk/) to pass the job-specific assessments and needs further investigation from an Occupational Health Physician or an Occupational Health Advisor. The employee may have not passed one area of Health Surveillance or they […]

Forklift Truck Medical

Forklift Truck Medical

“A Chorley company has been fined after a forklift truck (FLT) overturned on a slope trapping the driver. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that on 1 December 2018 an employee of Staveley’s Eggs Ltd had been driving the FLT at the company’s premises at Goosnargh Near Preston, when the truck overturned, trapping the driver between the […]

Why choose Healthscreen Uk Ltd for your Occupational Health Surveillance?

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Healthscreen Uk Ltd began in 1992 as a Nationwide Occupational Health Provider based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, covering England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Working with Healthscreen Uk Ltd has many benefits, such as our easy and fast-paced turnaround times.  Healthscreen Uk Ltd provides high quality, flexible and cost-effective occupational health solutions. SEQOHS Accredited We are a […]

When Should A Noise Assessment Be Conducted

Noise Assessment

Covering all industries; the legislation requires any employer who intends to perform work that will likely expose the workforce to excessive noise, to complete a risk assessment that outlines how this will affect health and safety. It must also identify the necessary measures that will be taken to ensure noise levels meet the requirements of […]

Post-offer Medical

Post offer medical

What is a Post-Offer Medical? A post-offer medical is used to assess your suitability for the position and the physical work environment for which you are being considered. This ensures you are not at increased risk of injury to yourself or other employees in this position. A post-employment medical can either be paper-based or face […]

Occupational Health Provider

Occupational Health Provider

A day in the life of an Occupational Health Provider. All employees are a key business asset and essential to productivity and profitability, this is where a Occupational Health Provider comes in. Occupational Health Providers keep people well at work – physically and mentally. Occupational Health Providers will help keep employees healthy and safe whilst […]

SEQOHS

SEQOHS

SEQOHS is often explained using the following analogy – Imagine buying a second-hand car from an ad in the paper, you call up, it all sounds amazing, you go to view it, the car is gleaming inside and out, you knock them down on the price a bit and BAM, you have bagged yourself a […]

Healthy Worker Medical

Healthy workers

More and more employers are concerned with keeping their staff healthy by providing general healthy worker assessments and health promotion information. Promoting a culture that improves the health and wellbeing of employees is good management and leads to healthy and productive workplaces. Many employers consider such provision good business sense, ensuring they protect their most […]

Working At Height

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The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to state that all employees who work at height should undergo a medical assessment, to reduce the risk of falls, injury and death, caused by a fall from height. If you are still unsure whether this medicine is for you, please contact our lovely office ladies on 01455 243700 and they will advise you accordingly. 

Drug and Alcohol Testing Issues

Drugs

Drug and Alcohol Testing is essential for any modern company and can be the difference between a healthy and happy workforce and possible injuries if not deaths. Read More Inside:

Audiometry

Audiometry

Why do I need an Audiometry Test? “Exposure to noise at work can cause irreversible hearing damage. It is one of the commonest health problems and can be difficult to detect as the effects build up gradually over time. Throughout all industry, industrial hearing loss remains the occupational disease with the highest number of civil […]

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs)

HAVs

Prepare and Prevent, don’t repair and repent! “A company based across the UK have been fined £500,000 for hundreds of their employees that have been diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, over a 9-year period! Even though the employers had the knowledge of importance, they did not take on board any advice once having their […]

Lung Function Test

COSHH Lung Function Test

Lung Function Tests can be the difference between a hefty fine for your business and it running at peak efficiency, Read More Here

What is Health Surveillance

Health Surveillance

Health surveillance is a system of ongoing health checks. These health checks may be required by law for employees who are exposed to noise or vibration, ionising radiation, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health, or work in compressed air. What can occupational health surveillance do? Health surveillance can lead to […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) In The Workplace

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Try to avoid any activity that may cause CTS to become worse. Carpal tunnel syndrome can often be relieved by shaking the wrist,however, this does not always help relieve symptoms. Other treatments include: Wearing a wrist splint. Physical therapy such as exercises or stretching. An occupational therapist may be able to advise on suitable activities. […]

Returning To Work Following Surgery

Safety Critical

Providing the best answer to the surgery question isn’t always clear cut, and there is little evidence and often a lot of misunderstanding among patients and clinicians. There is a high level of variability between the time it takes different people to return to work after surgery and in addition to issues which are clearly medical there are often confounding issues such as non-scientific advice and inappropriate beliefs.

Why You Need Hearing Screening At Your Business

Hearing Screening

Hearing Screening is an essential part of any business that deals with even moderate levels of noise on a daily basis, learn how to book your appointment today & how it can drastically improve your business:

Occupational Respiratory Disease

Occupational Respiratory Disease

Respiratory disease is a serious problem for the industry. It is imperative that this issue is included in your occupational health strategy. For the industries we have detailed here it is also imperative that they undertake occupational health surveillance of employees where necessary.

RIDDOR : The Basics

Riddor

RIDDOR stands for Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, learn the basics through this helpful article:

Silica? It’s not just dust!

Lungs

If your staff work with silica dust, you should consider lung function testing as part of a health surveillance strategy, read about it and Silica exposure here:

Avoiding Hand Injuries In The Workplace

x-ray of hand

From chemicals to cuts, there are many workplace dangers that pose serious threats to your hands. Wearing gloves is essential in preventing potentially serious injuries.

Eye injuries in the workplace 

Eye injury

Understand your responsibilities & how you can prevent injuries when it comes to your employee’s eyes in this Healthscreen UK article:

Mental Health In The Workplace

Mental Health

Do you need to understand more about Mental Health? Healthscreen UK has created this article to give you all the information you need to give you the ease of mind:

Dealing With Anxiety and Depression In The Workplace

Anxiety and depression

Anxiety and depression have now hit a record high amongst workers in the UK with 1 in 6 people currently experiencing some form of mental health problem, discover how to deal with this issue in Healthscreen UK’s article:

Are You Providing The Correct Risk Assessments?

Healthscreen UK Risk Assessment

Whether you employ just 10 employees or a thousand you need to be sure they are kept safe & healthy, Healthscreen UK offers a number of Risk Assessments that will both improve their productivity & make sure they are safe, Read more here:

Night Worker

Night Worker

Keep your Night Workers in the best of health to not only increase their happiness but also their productivity, read more here:

Hazards in the Office?

office hazards

Offices are full of hidden hazards and as an employer, you need to understand how you can deal with each one in a safe and cost-effective manner, Read our blog to find out more: