HR@W DVD

Health Risks at Work – do you know yours?

The Health Risks at Work initiative provides simple, concise information to help small businesses manage five key health at work risk areas:

  • Breathing
  • Skin
  • Muscles, bones and joints
  • Hearing and touch
  • Well-being

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Description

  • Help for an employer is available in the form of Rapid reference Cards (RRC) which address the five key health at work risk areas. The cards highlight areas companies should be considering, such as hazardous substances, signs and symptoms and where to get further help
  • Introduction to Health Risks at Work DVD has been developed for use in:
    • training sessions
    • company meetings
    • other similar settings in the community

This DVD is available in five languages (English, Polish, Chinese, Urdu and Punjabi) to ensure that key health risks messages get across to as many workers as possible

Background to HR@W

  • Following a successful campaign in Scotland the ‘Health Risks at Work’ initiative was launched in May 2012 for England, Wales & N Ireland by SGUK to raise awareness of workplace occupational health issues and changing behaviour among small firms
  • The initiative began with a discussion by the Scottish Chamber of Safety (SCoS), the coordinating body for safety groups throughout Scotland, about what could be done to raise awareness of health issues among small firms. As a result, a working group was formed consisting of representatives from HSE, RoSPA, SCoS and the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, and from this was born the Health Risks at Work – Do you know yours? (HRAW) initiative
  • The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL) has been running HRAW in Scotland since it’s launch in 2009 and SGUK, working with its partners, sponsors and supporters and with the agreement of SCHWL, has taken the initiative to SMEs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Health Risks at Work is based on strong evidence that SMEs struggle with health and safety because they:
    • find goal-based health and safety legislation and risk assessment difficult to apply
    • believe – or are led to believe by unhelpful sources – that risk assessment is a complex and time-consuming process, and
    • sometimes therefore pay for expensive advice that is over the top or that they simply don’t need

We also know that, in general, SMEs are not very aware of the occupational health risks faced by their employees (as opposed to safety risks), and that SMEs prefer advice tailored to their workplace rather than complex guidance documents

The initiative aims to provide simple, concise information to help small businesses manage common health risks and provides tools to help them do this

The benefits for employers are the improved health of their workforce, both in the medium and long-term, which is increasingly important with an ageing workforce, and the improved morale that comes from a workforce that feels valued and protected by their employer

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