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Health and Wellbeing Week set for October launch

The first Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week will take place on 17-21 October.

GB Health and Wellbeing Week 2016
GB Health and Wellbeing Week 2016

Major employers including Costain, Heathrow, the Metropolitan Police, Thames Water and Transport for London (TfL) have signed up to provide information to help other organisations promote workforce health and wellbeing. The founder members are encouraging employers to organise activities and events during the five days, focusing on improving occupational health and employee fitness. 

The week will focus on four areas: worker – the impacts of ill health in the workplace and supporting those with health conditions or who are returning to work after absence; workplace – how to avoid ill health at work, from removing hazards to training staff; wellbeing – promoting a healthy lifestyle; and wider community – encouraging wellbeing in the wider community.

An online “resources” page is under construction and already offers free, downloadable material from some of the week’s founding members. Information about musculoskeletal disorders includes a TfL document on low back pain and the importance of good posture, while a Skanska poster shows how the company categorises various job roles in order to keep its staff safe. 

Health and wellbeing strategies from Thames Water, Skanska and TfL are also online, along with leaflets on cancer risks, mental clarity and healthy eating. 

Other member organisations of GB Health and Wellbeing Week include British Occupational Hygiene Society, IOSH and the Health and Safety Laboratory.

To find out how to get involved in the week’s activities, and for more information, visit: www.health-and-wellbeing-week.co.uk

 

Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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