Minutes

Stress – John Richardson – 10th October 2018

The presenter, John Richardson of John Richardson Training identifies stress as both an employers’ and an employees’ issue.  This seminar discusses organisational responsibilities and options whilst considering the significant upside in addressing stress in your workplace.  John is an experienced, thorough, motivational speaker (some of you may remember his tiredness/sleep seminar a couple of years ago) and is willing to discuss issues that may have cropped up in your organisation.  Well worth coming along … and a free cold buffet to start with!

*This seminar is all the more relevant following the publication of a Mind report on stress in the workplace which reveals that half of all employees (and that includes senior managers) have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.  To tackle the issue, The Duke of Cambridge has teamed up with several mental health organisations to launch a free resource aimed at improving staff wellbeing – check out the Mental Health at Work ‘gateway’.  The resource is much-needed, it would seem. As many as 300,000 people lose their job each year due to a mental health problem. Furthermore poor mental health at work costs the UK economy between £72bn and £99bn.

*Separate research by Mind found one in three employers do not know where to look for information and guidance, and Heads Together research shows that just 2% of people were prepared to talk to HR about mental health.  But being a supportive manager can make a huge difference.  Managers who felt their employer supported their mental health, or actively learnt about supporting team members with mental health problems, were far more likely to feel confident in promoting staff wellbeing.

This follows on from an earlier survey that 38% of NHS staff feel unwell due to work-related stress – more info here    The NHS is not alone – stress is one of the most commonly reported cause of occupational health in Britain, accounting for 40% of all work-related ill-health causes, and 49% of all working days lost due to ill-health in 2016/17.

*Acknowledgement – paragraphs taken directly, more or less, from the Mind website.

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ALL WELCOME BUT PLEASE CONTACT THE SECRETARY IF YOU INTEND TO ATTEND (to ensure adequate food supplies or special requirements, thinking vegetarian or gluten-free).  Secretary’s email address:  csmith@csmith.karoo.co.uk

Report on the last HOHSG meeting – 2nd May – AGM & Group Meeting – Topic: Fire Protection Post-Grenfell

Report on the last meeting 2nd May – AGM & Group Meeting – Topic:  Fire Protection Post-Grenfell

19 members attended with Tony Bolder giving an overview of fire safety legislation and possible reasons why the Grenfell situation was allowed to occur.   Tony is an authority on fire safety and is very familiar with high-rise dwellings (check out his CV – very impressive).  He is also involved in the Hackitt review and is providing feedback on the final report which should be published in mid-May.  HOHSG members can now view Tony’s presentation as a pdf through the Members’ Menu – if it doesn’t appear to start with, check your Downloads icon (any problems, contact membership@hohsg.org.uk).

Following the AGM, we are pleased to announce that Denis Fowler from York University has joined the Committee.  Unfortunately due to work commitments  Mandy Masters (Rix Shipping) and Dale Robinson (safety consultant) have resigned along with Graham Kettlewell (retired, Hull College) who wants to spend more time with his family.

Note from the Editor:  The Hackitt Review was published on Thursday 17th May and perhaps surprisingly did not recommend the banning of combustible cladding.  According to the i newspaper it has drawn considerable criticism, not least from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) which said:  “This review should have been a defining moment.  We are extremely concerned that it has failed to act on the urgent need to immediately protect life safety.”   And the MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, considered it unthinkable that flammable [sic] cladding has not been banned.   The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has put out a statement urging the Government to act swiftly on the Hackitt fire safety recommendations – more details from IOSH through this link.  However, the media had already reported that Prime Minister, Theresa May, has pledged £400m to remove and replace dangerous cladding from tower blocks – 11 months after the Grenfell disaster.  Her spokesman said it would take two years.