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    It’s time to up our game on preventing occupational diseases

    “What gets measured gets managed.” So said Peter Drucker, the well-known management thinker. And it’s generally true. Unfortunately, when it comes to protecting the physical health of our workers from exposures that cause disease and death, we tend to count the corpses rather than focus on controlling the exposures that produce them.

    By Steve Perkins, Steve Perkins Associates on 16 August 2022

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    Artificial intelligence: the benefits and dangers of data

    AI is already being widely used to protect people’s health and safety at work, but there’s a danger the data being harvested could be used in negative ways, such as pervasive monitoring of employees’ work rates and performance.

    By David Sharp, International Workplace on 12 August 2022

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    Heat stress ‘not part of the job’ urges video

    Breaking guidelines for working in the heat is the same as breaking the highway code, says a video produced by GMB union to help workers know their rights for working in extreme heat.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 09 August 2022

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    Sit-stand desks: avoid the pitfalls

    Sit-stand desks are a useful way of reducing sedentary behaviour at work, but it’s essential workers are trained to use them properly.

    By Guy Osmond, Osmond Ergonomics on 08 August 2022

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    Leaseholders and social housing providers on the hook for significant costs

    Government plans to fix the building safety crisis leave leaseholders and social housing providers on the hook for significant costs, writes Clive Betts, the MP and Chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee.

    By Clive Betts MP on 08 August 2022

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    What a scorcher! How well did we respond to the heatwave?

    So, how was the recent heatwave for you? That is not a flippant question. I ask it in the knowledge that, almost without exception, every person in the UK and a lot in Europe, will have experienced it in one way or another this summer.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 08 August 2022

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    Successful hybrid and flexible working: the right culture is key

    With the explosion in home working and dispersed workforces operating without a fixed workplace, it is more important than ever to support the mental wellbeing, engagement and performance of staff.

    By Chris Preston, The Culture Builders on 29 July 2022

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    Beating the bullies

    Bullying can have a detrimental effect on an employee’s mental wellbeing, but there are ways of preventing it – such as creating a culture that prioritises staff wellbeing over performance.

    By Dr Sam Farley, Leeds University Business School on 01 August 2022

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    It’s time to move

    Home and office workers can be tempted to become less physically active, with major implications for their health, but simple steps like regular strength exercises can combat problems like muscle loss and a reduction in cardiovascular capacity.

    By Dr RS Bridger on 03 August 2022

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    Danger at the desk

    Exploring how employers can help manage musculoskeletal pain caused by sedentary desk working.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 02 August 2022