This month's news
Stressed out and overworked
Nine out of 10 workers are stressed out from work, two- thirds work longer than a standard 35-hour week and just under half regularly work unpaid overtime, according to a study by online travel agent Opodo. It also found 58 per cent of UK workers never take a proper lunch break.
Hearing tests should be made much more widely available, the TUC, the Royal National Institute for Deaf People and the European Federation for the Hard of Hearing have said. A million workers in Britain are exposed to potentially damaging noise levels. More testing would encourage early detection and help prevent hearing loss.
Stress awareness campaign
An awareness campaign on preventing work-related stress has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive. Media advertising, leaflets, a helpline and guidelines are all being offered to UK companies, with the campaign initially aimed at public sector workers.
Shortlisted teams announced
The shortlisted teams for this year's Aon Health Solutions' award for managing health at work have been announced.
Health and safety conference
A conference on psychosocial risks and stress at work will be held on 17 October at London's Regent's College as part of this year's European Health and Safety week. It is being organised by the UK Professional Organisations in Occupational Safety and Health group.
Details available by e-mail: [email protected] or by phone: 0116 257 3183.
Families bereaved or injured from work-related deaths and disasters called on the Government at a TUC conference in July for tougher enforcement of health and safety laws, a new law on corporate killing, and the imposition of safety duties on company directors.
The Health and Safety Executive has published a series of case studies showing how taking simple steps to tackle work-related violence can help small and medium-sized businesses reduce risks and improve efficiency and profitability. Work-related Violence: Managing the Risk in Smaller Businesses can be ordered online at www.hsebooks.co.uk
Guidance for metal workers
New guidance on good pra