Occupational Health News & Alerts


Healthwork Alert 43 - Free ergonomic / DSE training

Workstation assessments – is meeting the HSE legal requirements enough to keep your workforce healthy and Productive? Take advantage of a free service!

DSE (Display Screen Equipment) Workstation Risk Assessments are required to meet the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992/2002. A basic tick list is sometimes provided for employees to complete themselves, however, there are inherent problems with this. Often employees will simply tick all boxes and rush through the form but continue to experience pain in the back, neck or wrists. Sometimes the assessments are carried out by non-medical personnel so although the equipment may all be set up correctly the user may very well continue to work in potentially harmful postures. Sometimes an inadequate assessment can lead to unnecessary equipment being provided by the employer which could have been avoided by correcting the posture of the user. It is possible to work in very poor postures even when provided with the very best equipment and it is also possible to adopt  great working posture with poor equipment. The posture adopted will always be more important than the equipment provided.

Healthwork and our partners Metro Physio want to help you for free!

Healthwork works closely with our partners Metro Physio who have been providing ergonomic services and occupational physiotherapy since 1992 to a wide variety of organisations. Metro Physio have therefore for many years been treating the conditions that employees develop when working with poor posture and incorrect joint positions. They are keen to educate a wider audience of the benefits of occupational health and ergonomics and how to prevent these conditions developing. They are therefore offering to provide a free of charge short talk of approximately 45 minutes to your employees. This will cover how to set up a workstation but more importantly the correct position of every joint, good posture and good working practices. They will also explain the potential problems or conditions that can develop when working with poor postures which results in the employee being much more compliant with the advice provided.
This service will act as further education and a refresher for employees who have already received an assessment though it is important to note that this service alone does not fulfil the HSE legal requirements as each employee should receive an individual assessment.   
If you would like further details on how access this free service then please email us at admin@healthworkltd.com or contact us on 0161 831 9701.


Manchester Arena Bombing - free support

Manchester Arena Bombing - free support

Everybody at Healthwork was deeply saddened, shocked, horrified and moved following the Manchester bombing.  

As a Manchester based company, we take pride in our great city, and we are proud of the part that we play in the health and wellbeing of working people in the city.  

In order to help any employees that may have been affected directly by the incident, we will for the next six weeks be offering free counselling and support sessions which we will be funding ourselves. This is a free offer to any employee within your organisation who may have been affected by the bombing.  

We would like to offer free support for any of your employees who may have been directly affected by the incident.  We employ fully accredited and trained doctors, nurses, and counsellors.  We would be happy for one of our trained counsellors to speak to any employee who has been affected directly by the terror incident.  

It can often help employees to speak to somebody independent about their feelings as a form of debriefing. We would then follow this up with a contact again in about four weeks, time to ensure that the individual is progressing satisfactorily and has all the support in place that they may need. 

Accessing Support

We hope that this offer of help will be useful and if any of your employees wish to speak confidentially to one of our counsellors, they can either telephone us on 0161 831 9701 or email us at admin@healthworkltd.com , and we can then arrange a time for them to speak to one of our counsellors.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week will run from 8-14 May 2017.  The theme is ‘Surviving or Thriving’, and the focus will be to ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, rather than thriving with good mental health.

New research released by the Mental Health Foundation and employee benefits provider, Unum, reveals that people with mental health problems delivered a significant contribution (£226 billion) to the UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year, working in a wide range of industries from construction to entertainment.

However, the research highlights a high level of stress experienced in the workplace and also suggested strategies for protecting and improving mental health at work. The survey found

86% of respondents believe that their job and being at work was important to their mental health

88% of those who had been diagnosed with a mental health problem in the last 5 years reported times where they had felt stressed, over whelmed at work.

39% of line managers who had no history of mental health problems indicated they had experienced significant distress, with 5% having been in work whilst experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings.

A crucial factor in protecting mental health at work is the support they receive. The survey highlighted that:

58% of respondents had chosen to disclose their mental health condition and 54% had a mainly positive experience.

half of respondents who had disclosed a mental health condition had felt well supported by their manager.

We understand that it can be difficult for employers and managers to identify when an employee is experiencing common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and feelings associated with stress. We understand that it can be even harder to know how to support that person. 

At Healthwork, our aim is to work collaboratively with our customers to support and promote the health and well being of their employee’s. 

We offer a wide range of health and wellbeing services/packages which include: 

Group work (including promoting self-help groups) A distinct advantage to this type of intervention is that it helps to shift the focus away from individuals to incorporate interpersonal and group processes and set the scene for exploring wider social and organisational concerns.  

Healthwork are delighted to be launching a facilitated group based workshop in September on responding and managing stress. It will run over 5 weeks and we are offering 8 free places to individuals. 

Individualised one to one therapy sessions

If you would like further details on the workshops or on any of the health promotion programmes that Healthwork have to offer please contact us on 0161 831 9701 or alternately visit our website www.healthworkltd.com


Healthwork nominated for Business award

We are delighted to announce that Healthwork has been shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Business of the year award.  The awards evening will be in May 2017, and we are all very excited that we have been nominated and shortlisted for this prestigious award.  

For more details please click here

Wish us luck!!


Managing Menopause in the Workplace

Managing Menopause in the Workplace

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has released guidance on menopause in the workplace. This guidance is aimed at women going through menopause and experiencing the impact it has on their working lives. It also offers employers practical guidance on how to improve workplace environments for menopausal women.

Menopause is often a hidden health concern for working women. So, it is important that workers of all ages are better informed about how to confidently manage health issues such as this in their workplaces. The guidance provides straightforward suggestions about what employers and line managers can do to help, as well as tips for women themselves in how to cope.

The menopause is increasingly being widely recognised as a potential problem and is no longer ‘taboo’. Serious problems only affect a minority of menopausal women, and even then only temporarily. But for those affected it can be very unpleasant. More awareness and some simple changes, many that women themselves have recommended, could make their working lives during this time much easier.

Find out more at: http://www.fom.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/Guidance-on-menopause-and-the-workplace-v6.pdf

Healthwork Advice and Discussion

The symptoms of menopause can adversely affect the quality of both personal and working life of women. At work, they can cause embarrassment, diminish confidence and can be stressful to deal with. The menopause may be compounded by the development of other health conditions, as well as coinciding with caring responsibilities for ageing parents and relatives. 

Employers have responsibilities for the health and safety of all their employees, but there are also clear business reasons for proactively managing an age-diverse workforce. Some employers have been slow to recognise that women of menopausal age may need specific considerations and many employers do not yet have clear processes to support women coping with menopausal symptoms.

These practical guidelines aim to help women experiencing troublesome menopausal symptoms, and to support them and their colleagues and managers in tackling the occupational aspects of menopausal symptoms.

The management of gender-specific health issues other than pregnancy are rarely discussed in the workplace. Employers can recognise that some women may be reluctant to have discussions about their experience of the menopause with their manager and the impartial input of an occupational health professional can be very useful.

Healthwork clinicians are well-versed with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine's guidance. We routinely provide advice on measures to support women with such symptoms to manage at work. Our clinicians can perform assessments of working women dealing with symptoms of the menopause. 

If you would like further details on how Healthwork could assist you in this area, visit our website www.healthworkltd,com or alternatively contact us on 01618319701.