20/02/2006

New health guide launched

A new guide on workplace health, that the British Institution of Occupational
Safety and Health (IOSH) has supported, has been launched.

'Creating a healthy workplace' was launched at Rolls-Royce in Derby in January
and has been produced by the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and Faculty of
Occupational Medicine (FOM). IOSH contributed to the final document and ensured
health and safety practitioners' views were incorporated in its advice.



The guide makes a convincing argument that a healthy workplace makes good
business sense and lists resources available that can offer further information
and advice.

FPH president, Prof Rod Griffiths, said:

"Work-related ill health is preventable and we need to ensure that people are
protected. 'Creating a healthy workplace' is for busy managers and employees in
organisations of all sizes who need a reliable guide to practical steps they
can take."

FOM president, Dr David Snashall, added:

"Employers need to be aware not only of their legal responsibilities, but also
how much they could improve the running of their business by having an
effective sickness absence policy and by focusing on common workplace problems
such as back pain and stress. These issues can seem daunting but this guide
will point employers in the right direction."

IOSH President Neil Budworth has backed the guide. He said:

"We fully support this initiative to help create safe and healthy workplaces.
Employers, employees and health and safety professionals working together can
achieve great improvements here."

Copies of the leaflet are available to download free of charge at the Faculty
of Public health website. An on-line supplementary guide has also been produced
for occupational safety and health professionals and employers.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health