Welcome to our latest newsletter where we reflect on Safeguarding week and the latest Health and Safety Executive statistics for work-related incidence.
2020 continues to be a strange year, with Wales just coming out of fire break while England goes into a national lockdown. Whatever we think of the year, it is unbelievable Christmas is just around the corner. But however close it may be, we still have spaces on our scheduled virtual First Aid for Mental Health courses, so please let anyone know who is looking to learn how to support someone in crisis.
We hope you find this latest additional useful. Stay stafe,
15 - 20 November 2020 is Safeguarding Week
Every year during Safeguarding Week, organisations work to promote the protection of children and adults at risk of harm. We all have a responsibility to keep one another safe and to report concerns.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, we have all moved to do more online and to communicate via video conferencing. But have we stopped to consider the risks and the safeguards we should have in place. In our latest bulletin, we take a look at the considerations we should make.
Some times changes we make give unexpected feedback
We have invested in additional equipment to ensure candidates feel safe on their first aid courses. Candidates have their own equipment and model arms allowing them to practise different skills while reducing the need for a partner. Once the individual skills have been learnt, we can put on PPE for a short period of time, for scenarios with a partner that allow us to bring all the skills together.
The feedback has been great with individuals saying they have felt safe on the courses. However, we have received additional feedback regarding the model arms, as candidates have said they felt more comfortable than initially working with someone. Candidates have highlighted they can practice skills multiple times without the embarrassment of asking to borrow their partner again and feel they can have another go until they feel confident in the skill without the partner watching.
Sometimes from a solution to a problem, you get an added benefit.
Every year the Health and Safety Executive release statistics based on reports through RIDDOR or by estimates from the Labour Force Survey. This provides a picture to businesses of the current Health and Safety concerns and the cost to the economy.
Previously concerns were 'slip, trips and falls' and 'Manual Handling', but we are consistently seeing an increase in work-related ill-health.
Between 2018 and 2019, the incidence of 'stress, depression and anxiety' went up by 0.2 million cases to 0.8 million. It caused 3 times the number of days off work (17.9 million days) compared to accidents.
We have improved the workplace by introducing manual handling training along with workstation assessments. We now need to focus on the welfare of our staff by reducing the impact of work-related stress. We can support you with wellbeing at work initiatives and First Aid for Mental Health training.
On the 5th November, I presented to ION Open Doors on mental health. We looked at what is mental health and tips for managing our mental wellbeing during this time, as well as tips to spot concerns in others face to face or over social media.
After the presentation, there were great discussions on the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health and how we can watch out for one another.
If you would like to have a short awareness presentation to your team to generate conversation on mental health in your workplace, please get in touch.
If you would like to know more about ION's excellent fully funded management training or visit their networking events, visit their website.