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    Microbiological contamination: time to act

    Microorganisms like bacteria, viruses and mould can pose a significant risk to the health of workers and the public, so it’s essential that duty holders take appropriate steps to prevent their spread, such as good ventilation and regular testing and analysis to identify and monitor their presence.

    By David R Flower, Institute of Occupational Medicine on 20 September 2023

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    A healthy office: how design can boost wellbeing

    Environmental factors such as noise, air quality, temperature and ventilation can all impact on the health, wellbeing and productivity of office workers, so it makes sense to address them when designing and running office buildings.

    By Bex Moorhouse, Invigorate Spaces Ltd on 20 September 2023

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    Home but not alone

    The post-pandemic shift to home and hybrid working poses challenges for ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of workers, but the starting point should always be the careful assessment, discussion and management of risks like home workstations, electrical dangers and mental wellbeing.

    By Phil Pinnington, British Safety Council on 20 September 2023

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    Made to move

    Could active sitting provide a solution to our sedentary-related health problems? We visit a unique shop to find out.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 September 2023

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    Neurodiversity: the new frontier of workplace ergonomics

    For neurodivergent workers, loud and brightly lit offices can cause sensory overload, anxiety and fatigue, so it’s essential to consider approaches such as providing adjustable workspaces, quiet zones and flexible working so they can perform at their best.

    By Guy Osmond, Osmond Ergonomics on 01 September 2023

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    Why line managers play a vital role in workplace wellbeing

    The behaviours of line managers can have a positive or negative impact on employee health, wellbeing and engagement, so it’s vital managers get staff feedback on whether their management style is supportive or negative and have regular check-ins so workers can raise concerns about their wellbeing.

    By Marcus Herbert, British Safety Council on 01 September 2023

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    Migraine at work: a real pain

    Migraine can have a detrimental impact on people’s working lives, but employers can significantly reduce the impact through approaches like allowing staff to work flexible hours to cope with the symptoms and providing quiet areas where workers can recover from a migraine attack.

    By Steph Weatherley, the Migraine Trust on 01 September 2023

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    Harnessing technology to enhance fire safety in construction

    Although fire can be a significant hazard during construction work, leading construction company Avondale Construction is deploying a range of innovative technology to minimise the risk of a blaze.

    By Nick Curran, Avondale Construction on 15 August 2023

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    Building a safer future

    A new charter and benchmarking scheme aims to encourage all stakeholders in the built environment industry to develop the necessary leadership and culture to put people’s safety first in how we design, build and maintain the built environment.

    By Gary Townsend Vila, Building a Safer Future on 15 August 2023

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    The science of wearer comfort and PPE

    Working in hot, cold and wet conditions can have a negative impact on a worker’s performance and comfort levels, so it’s vital to ensure that any protective clothing provides adequate insulation, weather protection and breathability.

    By Anna West, GORE-TEX on 09 August 2023