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Two-thirds of employers feel a greater responsibility for the mental wellbeing of staff as a result of Covid-19

Employers feel a greater responsibility for supporting staff across the four key areas of mental, physical, social, and financial wellbeing as a result of Covid-19. That’s according to research from GRiD, the industry body for the group risk protection sector – in a study conducted from 14 – 26 January 2022 amongst 501 HR decision-makers, it found that: ·       59% of employers […]

Should employers cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff?

Companies including IKEA and Wessex Water are reportedly cutting sick pay for unvaccinated employees who are self-isolating; instead of receiving full pay, they will now only be eligible for SSP. Under current Government guidance, people in England who have received at least 2 doses of the Covid vaccine are not required to self-isolate, however, unvaccinated […]

COVID Recovery ‘could be prolonged’ if staff aren’t supported

Recovery from Long Covid symptoms could be more prolonged if employees are not supported, according to RedArc Nurses, which is encouraging employers to ensure any staff who are suffering get the right support and are not left to cope alone. As is becoming evident, Long Covid is not a static condition – it can cause a range of changing neurological, psychiatric and physical symptoms of which there are now over 50 reported. Many areas of the body can be […]

SMEs ‘must react’ to demand and support staff’s health and wellbeing remotely

The pandemic is specifically affecting SMEs in terms of health and wellbeing benefits and what employers can do to react to employees’ changing requirements, writes Brett Hill, Distribution Director at Towergate Health & Protection… SMEs are missing out    SMEs often feel more restricted when it comes to employee benefits in general and healthcare benefits […]

Coronavirus deaths by occupation revealed in ONS data

7,961 deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the working age population (those aged 20 to 64 years) of England and Wales were registered between 9 March and 28 December 2020, according to the ONS. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths were among men (5,128 deaths), with the age-standardised mortality rate of death involving COVID-19 being statistically […]

British Safety Council calls for Government COVID health campaign for employers

The necessity for suitably robust COVID-19 workplace management arrangements has intensified since the highly transmissible new variant was identified last month, with the British Safety Council now urging the government to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the risks in the workplace. While making a workplace COVID secure as far as is reasonably practicable […]

Veolia introduces new COVID-19 test kit treatment services

With new regulations now meaning any organisation that is currently COVID-19 mass testing of employees, students or the public needs to make new waste handling arrangements to meet the legal compliance, Veolia has introduced a fully compliant way of safely managing and treating this potentially contaminated  waste.  Under the regulations the waste produced from testing […]

HSE to Ensure transport services are COVID-Secure in Xmas run up

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it’s working with local authorities to inspect businesses in the transport and logistics industry to ensure they are managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). With the current lockdown restrictions, the demand for online shopping is already high and this is expected to increase over the next few weeks. […]

HSE welcomes introduction of Covid-19 research programme

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been asked to lead one of seven studies as part of a national COVID-19 research programme funded by the UK government and fronted by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. Britain’s regulator for workplace health and safety has been asked to lead a study addressing the […]