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IOSH receives high praise for course designed to create more productive workplaces

by Brian Sims

IOSH’s new ‘Managing Occupational Health and Well-Being’ course, which is specifically designed to create healthier and more productive workplaces, has received high praise from business leaders. The course was developed by IOSH and provides practical advice and tools for managers, helping them to understand why it’s important to manage fluctuations in people’s health, what the causes of ill-health can be and how to recognise when employees may be unwell.

In the UK alone, workplace injury and illness costs businesses in the region of £15 billion every year. In addition, reports estimate that, for every Euro invested in occupational safety and health, there’s a return of €2.20.

Earlier this year, a survey conducted on behalf of IOSH by market research consultancy Opinium revealed that four in every ten leaders of medium-sized businesses said sickness absence had exerted a significant and detrimental impact on their organisations’ productivity in the last five years. The survey also discovered that only 38% of business leaders used training as a tactic for managing absence through injury or ill-health, in turn highlighting the need for greater integration of safety and health strategies.

The IOSH course provides important benefits to businesses, including improving health and well-being awareness across organisations, affording internationally-recognised certification for managers and supervisors and improving efficiency by reducing presenteeism. Presenteeism, whereby workers who are unwell continue to come into work, can cause productivity loss, poor health and exhaustion in workplaces.

Duty of Care

Jonathan Nobbs, head of product at IOSH, said: “Managers have a Duty of Care to look after the health of their employees. IOSH’s ‘Managing Occupational Health and Well-Being’ course helps to articulate why it’s important to manage fluctuations in people’s health, how to recognise if an employee is unwell and how to access tools and develop techniques that will improve health and well-being across an organisation. The course demonstrates that the preventative measures managers can take to mitigate well-being issues can pay dividends. One of the main outcomes of the course is that it gives managers the confidence to start the discussion in the right way.”

Dina Alkhalidi, head of customer engagement at IOSH, observed: “I’m delighted to see that IOSH’s new course has been well-received in the market. Delegate feedback has been extremely positive, with organisations understanding the importance of a healthy workforce and how this benefits both the employee and the employer. We hope that many more companies will consider taking the training and learning more about how to modernise approaches for protecting workforce health.”

The Ouch Training Team delivered this new training during a session in Wimborne, Dorset on 8 November. Delegates spoke enthusiastically of the benefits of the course and learned about health management and why it makes good business sense to manage occupational health and well-being in the workplace. They also learned what a Health Needs Assessment is and the key considerations that should be taken into account during the process.

Successful delegates were awarded an IOSH ‘Managing Occupational Health and Well-Being’ certificate.

Excellent starting point

Simon Cassin CMIOSH from the Ouch Training Team said: “The old methods of ensuring worker Health and Safety are inadequate for the ever-changing workplaces of today. IOSH’s new course is an excellent starting point for those wishing to bridge the gap between Health and Safety and Human Resources functions. It enables an organisation to proactively support and protect the health and well-being of its employees while at the same time reaping the benefits of an engaged and healthy workforce.”

Delegates who attended the course gave positive insights. One said: “The IOSH ‘Managing Occupational Health and Well-Being’ course covers a range of topics and is particularly helpful at showing you practical examples of how to add health into your risk assessments. It also equips you with the skills needed to do this.”

Another delegate explained: “The subject itself was a new angle on regular Health and Safety provision, with the focus being on longer term health and well-being. It did offer different discussion and ideas to develop in the workplace, which is something I found very refreshing indeed. I would have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending this course. In fact, I’ve already done so on several occasions.”

*More information about IOSH’s ‘Managing Occupational Health and Well-Being’ course is available online

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