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    Drug and alcohol testing at work: getting started

    Drug and alcohol testing can play a vital role in ensuring the safety of everyone at work, but it’s crucial the reasons for testing are properly explained to staff, and the correct testing equipment is used.

    By Connor Deith, AlcoDigital on 06 October 2023

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    Time for testing: drugs and alcohol

    Recent research shows the majority of employees support workplace testing for drugs and alcohol as part of wider measures to keep everyone safe at work, and developments in testing technology mean the process is now simpler, faster and less invasive for all concerned.

    By Dave Head, Draeger Safety UK on 13 October 2023

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    Why employers need to rethink the workplace alcohol culture

    Employers have a crucial role to play in reducing alcohol harm among their staff, through approaches such as education, confidential support and ending the stigma about seeking help for a problem with alcohol.

    By Janet Hadley, Choose Sunrise on 16 October 2023

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    What’s holding us back from managing stress?

    Have you ever told a colleague or manager that you feel stressed? Has a colleague ever told you that they feel stressed? If so, how do you feel it was handled?

    By Emma Slaven, Acas on 03 October 2023

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    Are you walking the talk with worker wellbeing?

    A significant percentage of employees feel that their employer’s efforts to support their wellbeing are either misdirected or little more than a ‘tick-box’ exercise, so it’s vital to take a strategic approach to worker wellbeing, starting with asking staff exactly why, where and how they need support.

    By Dr Audrey Fleming, British Safety Council on 02 October 2023

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    Jacqueline O’Donovan: leading the way in waste and recycling

    Made an OBE this year in recognition for her services to Recycling, Safety and Industry, Jacqueline O’Donovan has been managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd since the age of 19. Safety Management meets her to learn the secrets of her success.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 20 October 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


    Getting arc rated PPE procurement right

    Arc rated PPE provides vital protection against electrical arcing for people such as engineers working on electrical installations, but it’s crucial to consider factors like comfort, durability and weather protection when selecting it.

    By Jonas Andersson, GORE-TEX on 15 August 2023

    Neuroscience: how it can support employee health, safety and wellbeing

    Cognitive neuroscientist Javid Farahani will be speaking at the SHW Live exhibition in Farnborough in September on how simple technology can assess the cognitive health and fitness of employees – and provide them and their employers with simple ideas for improving their performance and resilience to stress.

    By Javid Farahani, CogMap on 15 August 2023