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The UK's default retirement age was removed in 2011. Yet, although age discrimination in employment has been banned in the UK since 2006 and all anti-discrimination laws were combined under the Equality Act 2010, an inquiry by parliament's Women and Equalities Committee has found widespread failings in enforcement.
It seems unconscious biases, "casual ageism" and inflexible recruitment and employment practices are limiting job options for older people, especially women over 40. Government, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, recruiters and employers are all criticised by the committee.
The report of the inquiry into older people and employment, published on 17 July (bit.ly/2uEuJIo), concludes: "Ageism [-¦] is affecting the ability of people to continue working into later life, despite longstanding laws against age discrimination." Britain "is wasting the talents of more than one million people aged over 50 who are out of work but would be willing to work if the right opportunity arose".
OSH professionals have a vital role to play supporting the management of an older workforce
Employers surveyed by the DWP in 2015 reported workers over 50 are "experienced, reliable, punctual and good at mentoring new workers". To grow as the working-age population declines, businesses must retain their older staff. IOSH, too, believes good working conditions throughout our working lives benefit individuals' health, society and business.
An ageing workforce raises employment challenges and opportunities. "Older people are not a homogeneous group", the parliamentary report cautions, recognising the "varied needs and aspirations of the ageing population". IOSH has long called on employers to deliver proactive age management, including better-designed work and workplace adjustment, training, retraining and redeployment, flexible working and phased retirement.
Through our research and development and the expertise of our members in Britain and abroad, IOSH has contributed to improving safety and health for older workers. UK employers can access free advice, presentations, training materials and case studies about the support and flexibility older workers might need in our Occupational Health Toolkit (bit.ly/2zPihv6).
Societies worldwide gain a lot through managing older workers effectively. IOSH recognised this dimension as Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign partner with the European Union safety agency EU-OSHA in 2016.
OSH professionals have a vital role to play supporting the management of an older workforce through diversity-sensitive risk assessment and helping to banish unhelpful stereotypes. Effective OSH management can also help to ensure all workers fulfil their potential, enabling organisations to become more resilient and successful.
An executive can be any knowledge worker whose contribution affects the organisation’s performance. To become effective, workers must learn five habits: to manage time, focus on their contribution, build on their strengths, set priorities and make good decisions.Everything requires time, so it is the key resource to be managed. In largely self-directed roles, the key is knowing what work to do and using time efficiently.
The book is taught in business schools around the world. In the mid-1970s, Kahneman changed the way we thought about thinking. With his friend Amos Tversky, Kahneman explained that the brain creates cognitive shortcuts to resolve problems. He defined these “heuristics” as simple procedures that help to “find adequate, though often imperfect, answers to difficult questions”.Kahneman outlines the System 1 (fast) and System 2 (slow) thinking modes of the human brain and explains how we use heuristics to aid decision-making.
One legal firm estimates that only around 5% of workplace fatality prosecutions involve a manslaughter charge against an individual. But convictions are not unknown; this magazine has reported on four in the past 12 months.
Kier had been appointed principal contractor on a Network Rail project, which involved replacing two bridges in South Wales as part of the Great Western electrification programme. The two bridges – Maerdy Bridge and Cuckoo Road Bridge – had to be replaced to create additional clearance to accommodate overhead line equipment. The new bridges were made of precast concrete units, each weighing around 6.93 tonnes.
The Eastern Daily Pressreported that 56-year-old Barry Joy and 28-year-old Daniel Timbers had been working at Harford Attachments’ new factory on Spar Road in Norwich when the paint booth they were working in exploded and turned into a fireball.