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On the lookout for occupational asthma

11-04-2017

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People who develop asthma because of the type of work they do have what's known as occupational asthma. It's actually referred to as adult-onset asthma and accounts for up to 15% of asthma cases in adults. What's more, it's believed that in certain industries, as many as 10% of workers develop occupational asthma.

That's a lot of people being struck down by a condition that can be distressing and debilitating for them, and costly for their employers. Already, the UK has one of the worst instances of worker absence in the world due to illness. A study by accountancy firm PwC found that employees in the UK take as much as four times more absence annually because of sickness, compared to other countries. That’s an average absence of 9.1 days and it costs companies £29 billion a year.

Clearly, employers are not only legally and duty bound to provide a safe working environment for their personnel, but they also want to reduce the possibility of any kind of illness that may lead to days off and loss of productivity. With occupational asthma, some sectors are inherently more hazardous than others, such as the chemical and paint industries, where workers are exposed to dangero…

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Benefits of ergonomics in the workplace

26-07-2016

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How much money does your company invest annually in office furniture? The chairs and desks your employees use could be costing you unnecessary money — especially if they do not promote proper posture or do not allow users to adjust the headrest, armrest and back. In a survey of 250 companies,…

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Why health and safety are essentials in the workplace

20-06-2016

The phrase ‘health and safety’ often brings to mind the image of a school inspector examining corridors meticulously for trip hazards. But there’s more to it than that; health and safety is there to protect workers from unsafe environments, such as the Sport’s Direct centre which required mo…

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Workplace fitness

03-08-2015

Photo shows office workers using the stairsFor many modern professionals, there’s a frustrating irony to their hard work--their fast- paced, high energy jobs actually prevent them from being active and healthy. While one might think high stress would equal high energy output--and thus, a fine-tuned physique--the World Health Organization s…

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Five ways to beat the workplace summer blues

09-05-2013

picture of  jet leaving with holiday makersThe summer season is fast approaching. The nation's sun-seeking employees are already eager to wrap up their tasks and handover over to colleagues for anything up to three weeks. 

For those left behind, these departures signal additional workloads. Staff who remain in the office or on site will be…

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Health screening company failed its duty to workers

29-03-2012

A Cornish company has been prosecuted after using unqualified staff to screen the health of workers from dozens of other organisations.

Audio Medical Services Ltd. (AMS) carried out tests inadequately for 59 companies over a period of at least four years across the UK. The company failed to provi…

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