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Equalities Watchdog Highlights Employers’ Legal Obligations in New Menopause in the Workplace Guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new guidance on menopause in the workplace to help employers understand their legal obligations relating to women who are going through the menopause as well as details on the support they should provide affected employees. This includes advice on making reasonable adjustments for women who are experiencing the menopause so they can continue to contribute to work and encouraging positive conversations about this personal issue to help create a safe and supportive work environment.…

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Only 1 in 3 Cancer Sufferers Satisfied with Employer Support

Just a third of workers who have had cancer feel satisfied that their employer made ‘reasonable adjustments’ to their job to help them manage their long-term health condition, new research has revealed. The Opinium Research study, undertaken for back-to-work rehabilitation specialist Working To Wellbeing, found that only 36% of respondents were satisfied with the adjustments made. …

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Investigating the impact of behaviour change techniques on break taking at work

IntroductionMusculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) remain a major health problem, with insufficientpostural change at work implicated in their prevalence. Self-report data suggest thatoffice workers sit for long periods without getting up1.The Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) outlines a number of factors thought toimpact on intention to behave in a certain way, highlighting (though not addressing) agap between intention and behaviour.…

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Workers are feeling the heat – so, what are we doing to help?

While the media rages with reports of the devastation caused by wildfires, storms, droughts and crop failures, IOSH’s Dr Karen Michell considers the impact of extreme weather events and excessive heat on workers – and what employers and OSH professionals can do to help protect them. Dramatic headlines and film footage of the climate crisis shout at us on almost a daily basis.…

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Construction tops fatal workplace injuries but…

More workers died in construction than any other sector according to the Health and Safety Executive’s provisional figures for workplaces in Great Britain in 2022/23 and released on 6 July.  However, although the number of workers killed in construction was more than double that in agriculture, forestry and fishing, the sector’s fatal injury rate for the past five years is considerably less.…

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Long covid case… potential landmark decision

From IOSH Magazine. A preliminary hearing at an employment tribunal in Scotland has ruled that a charity caretaker’s long Covid symptoms amount to a disability under section 6 of the Equality Act 2010.  The potentially landmark decision comes after the Turning Point Scotland employee brought a case against his former employer claiming the social care developer and provider had unfairly dismissed and discriminated against him because of the ‘protected characteristics of disability and age’.…

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Telescopic ladders, are they safe?

By Nick Warburton IOSH Magazine A product surveillance study of telescopic leaning ladders sold online and in-store has found that 80% of the work at height equipment tested failed the required safety tests designed to keep users safe. The Ladder Association report, which has been produced in partnership with the East of England Trading Standards Association (EETSA) and Suffolk Trading Standards Imports Team, also reveals that more than half of the failed ladders were certified and sold as ‘compliant’ to standards such as CE marking. …

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How liable are employers for homeworker accidents?

After a German man who fell down the stairs on the ‘commute’ to his home office was allowed to claim insurance, Louise Bland, partner in the corporate claims team at Eversheds Sutherland, asks what this means for UK employers’ duty of care to their workforce. ‘A man’s home is his castle’ – and sometimes, it seems, it is his federally approved place of work too.…

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