Health and safety issues for office employees

Health and safety issues for office employees

Workplace health and safety is an issue that has received a lot of attention over the last years and many steps have been taken globally to raise awareness and promote best practices. Although many of these efforts are directed towards work environments that present the highest risk of workplace injuries and illnesses, such as factories, working with dangerous substances, operating heavy equipment and others as such. However, offices are not exempted from workplace safety issues and individuals who spend their entire day on a chair at a desk, working with a computer are prone to workplace illnesses and injuries as well. Take for instance medical negligence solicitors who deal with tens of cases a day and spend all of their time sitting down, taking notes or depositions and typing at the computer. They can develop sitting disease, carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injuries, which is why steps need to be taken to avoid such occurrences. There is plenty of information online about office health and safety and you can find important details at http://www.hse.gov.uk/office/.

The first step in addressing workplace health and safety issues for office employees is to conduct a risk assessment and there are several tools that allow people who manage low risk office based work environments to complete their risk assessments easily and quickly, by selecting relevant hazards and deciding upon the strategies to control them. A safe place doesn’t just mean lack of immediate hazards, but also comfortable conditions.

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For example, a medical negligence solicitor who spends more than 8 hours a day in front of a computer screen should have access to display screen equipment, an ergonomic chair or regular breaks to stretch his or her legs. By correctly identifying all the work related hazards and stresses that may appear, one will be able to also properly identify the right course to address them, which means better practices for office health and safety. From slips and trips to work related stress and office related illnesses, such as sitting disease or repetitive strain injuries, there are many issues that employers need to address even if their work environment is an office, which represent a low risk environment.

All things considered, workplace health and safety has become a very important issues and many organizations and summits have been set at international level to address this global issue, reward employers that have effectively implemented safety methods into their workplaces and that have designed globally replicable practices. Several of these companies represent office based work environments, which are not excluded from the risks involved in workplaces and working environments around the world. However, the fact that a great deal of awareness has been raised on the issue and important steps have been taken to address it internationally is very important and represents a significant advancement in the field.

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Occupational Health and Safety – International Conference and Exhibition

Occupational Health and Safety – International Conference and Exhibition

As both governments and organizations around the world have become increasingly aware about the importance of reducing workplace or work related accidents and of promoting a safe and healthy work environment, there are many international conferences and summits in 2014 addressing these issues. The Global Health Workplace Awards and Summit takes place in April, in Shanghai, and the 27th Annual Symposium on Organizational Safety is being held in Denver, Colorado at the end of September. Europe does not let itself outdone and Spain hosts the 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Health & Safety. June 24 to 25, in Valencia, the conference has as theme Responsibilities and Modern Input Methods to Reduce Accidents at Workplace. The event is organized by OMICS Group, which registered great success with the Occupational Health 2012 and 2013 conferences. This year’s event will debate topics that are of worldwide concern, having as main goal the provision of safety awareness and the demonstration of advanced safety equipment.

All meetings and programs within the Conference will be coordinated and scheduled with international experts on Safety and Research, including NIH, WHO, NIOSH and agricultural and mining professional from across the world. The scientific program is meant to put forward effective and innovative strategies on Occupational Health and Safety. Renowned speakers will be attending this event, including the Director of Clinical Cardiovascular Research at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Giora Weisz, the Chairman of ICOH Scientific Committee “Work & Vision” Brazil, Professor Ruddy Facci, and Liying Wang from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, USA. The highlights of the International Conference will include Women and Occupational Health, Child Labor, Occupational Medicine, Occupational Disease and Hazards, Impacts of Nanotechnology and Agricultural Health and Environmental Health & Safety. The event will take place at the Valencia Conference Center and abstract submissions for speakers are still opened for those interested in participating at this great event.

With an inspiring and well worked out agenda, the 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Health and Safety promises to be an excellent stepping stone in promoting workplace safety awareness and designing effective strategies for occupational health. Reducing accidents at work is a courageous theme for this conference and a greatly expected one, taking into account the increasing number of incident reports and victims of work related injuries and disease. Furthermore, with governments across the world tightening workplace safety and environment safety regulations, the promotion and insurance of organizational health and safety has become a top priority for employers around the globe. These conferences and global summits are an excellent opportunity to share experiences and promote provocative thoughts towards modern methods of reducing workplace accidents, methods that can be replicated at a global level. Furthermore, these strategies can help reduce the enormous costs and financial liabilities associated with work related injuries and diseases.

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Getting ready for the Shanghai Summit on Global Healthy Workplace

Getting ready for the Shanghai Summit on Global Healthy Workplace

The Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit is an international program focusing on healthy workplaces and recognizing companies that provide them through a series of awards allocated yearly. Last year, the summit was hosted in London and the winners were Alexandra Health for large employer, competing against the finalist Johnson & Johnson, Toyal America for SME, competing against Technica International and Royal Dutch Shell for specialized program, in front of American Express. The 2013 London summit was the inaugural Global Healthy Workplace Awards and was held at the Waldorf Hotel. It was a real success in raising awareness on this important issue and presenting employer programs and companies that are real examples of how healthy workplaces can actually improve global wellness and health.

After the resonating success of the summit in London, the Global Healthy Workplace also broke barriers by organizing the very first Latin American summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil in October 2013. Both events has a range of interesting case studies and deliberations that had as key goal the sharing of better practices. However fruitful these audacious summits had been, people are looking forward to this year’s event in Shanghai. Hosted at the Andaz Hotel on the 9th and 10th of April, 2014, the Shanghai Summit will bring together multi national employers from around the globe, health professional who collaborate with local enterprises, human resource managers and policy makers.

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The main sponsor of the event is the Cigna Foundation, having as partners The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism, the Unilab Foundation and the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion. The applications for the Shanghai Awards 2014 close on February 7 and the finalists will be announced in March. This year’s summit is focused on the importance of employer health programs in the three categories, SME, large and multi-national employers, emerging better practices, as well as innovations and the opportunity to replicate these practices around the world. Both companies that have applied for the award and participants at the event are greatly excited about the Shanghai event, which promises to be an even bigger success than its predecessor in London. Employers around the world are getting ready to showcase their work and programs at the summit.

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Benefits of Global Healthy Workplace Summits

Benefits of Global Healthy Workplace Summits

The Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit, also known as the GHWAwards is the first global program to recognize healthy workplaces, being closely aligned with the WHO Healthy Workplace Framework. There are three international partners behind this program, GKEN, which stands for Global Knowledge and Exchange Network, i-genius and Wolf Kirsten International Health Consulting. The summits and awards are opened for all employer organizations, comprised in three different categories, small and medium sized enterprises, large enterprises and multi-national enterprises. Companies and employers that participate in GHWAwards and summits can gain several benefits, from significant visibility for the company to other leading corporations, some of which can be key business partners, to a great variety of professional development and learning experiences, which advance employee leadership skills and diversity inclusion.

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The summits are focusing on the WHO Healthy Workplace Model for Action, which is a very extensive pattern of thinking and acting, addressing both work related physical and psychosocial risks and the promotion and support of healthy behaviors. So far, these summits and awards are the only global and regional program dedicated to the awareness and acknowledgement of practices within the global workplace. Promoting the health and well being of all workers in a company or any type of workplace is based on the continual improvement on processes that target the physical work environment, the workplace culture and organization, which influence the psychosocial environment, the personal health resources and the methods of participating in the improvement of the community’s health. The GHWAwards represent the first attempt to recognize and acknowledge the merits of employers who run exemplary programs, addressing the components of the WHO model and framework and applicants must demonstrate success in minimum one of the four main segments of the framework, but also outline progress plans for addressing the other issues.

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In the globalized world that we live in, having an organization and program that recognizes the importance of global healthy workplaces and work environments has become essential and The Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit is an important first step taken in that direction. Employers from around the world have the opportunity to attend a global, yearly event that addresses key components of the healthy, well being and safety of employees in all types of enterprises. It is also a great chance to share and discuss best practices that can be replicated at a global level and that support the both physical and psychosocial health of employees. The next Global Healthy workplace Summit will take place in Shanghai, on 9th-10th April, 2014 and many employers from around the world have already applied for the GHWAwards, which is a distinguished merit and a prestigious award.

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Steps to take when you sustain a work injury

Steps to take when you sustain a work injury

Over the last years, there has been an increased concern with the workplace health and safety and there have been numerous international conferences and summits that addressed issues like occupational safety, global healthy work environments and methods to reduce work accidents. Because of the alarming number of work related incidents, injuries and disease, occupational health and safety has become a top priority for employers around the world and global organizations have seen an opportunity raise awareness, share experiences and introduce new and effective models for thinking and acting through these international conferences and exhibitions. However productive these summits may be, there is still a great number of accidents that take place at work and people that sustain work related injuries or even diseases, which is why it is important for employees to know their rights and know what steps to take when such an occurrence takes place. Here are the main steps that an employee should take towards resolving the issue in a favorable manner.

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Guidelines to workplace accidents

Guidelines to workplace accidents

Workplace accidents are not as rare as we would want them to be and when a person sustains an injury because of a work related incident, this can have severe effects on his life and that of his family. Some jobs are overtly dangerous, while others pose risks that aren’t so easily identifiable, but regardless of this aspect, it is important for employers to take all necessary steps to protect their employees and ensure the safety and health of the workplace. The laws referring to workplace injuries and hazards differ from country to country, but they are designed on the same basic principle, that of protecting employees from incidents at work and provide them with proper assistance in the event they are injured during work. The set of Occupational Health and Safety laws focuses on the responsibilities of employers with regard to providing a safe workplace, both in terms of facilities and in terms of work systems.

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The International Symposium on Organizational Safety

The International Symposium on Organizational Safety

The Global Healthy Workplace Summit is not the only event of its kind that addresses the importance of workplace safety and health, as the fall of 2014 hosts the 27th Annual World Safety Organization International Conference. The symposium will be held in Denver, Colorado and its theme is Safety Across Multi-Disciplined Organizations with Global Lessons to Inspire Local Actions. This means that the 2014 symposium will concentrate on the cooperation between several organization on a multi disciplined level, as well as on cross-disciplinary research with a focus on safety promotion and injury prevention. The conference is held at international level in an attempt to raise awareness on the importance of learning from others’ experiences not just at organizational level, but also from different countries.

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Finding a good lawyer for work accident injuries

Finding a good lawyer for work accident injuries

Work accidents happen all the time, more often than desired and while some people don’t even mention them, as the consequences are minimal, many employees have begun to acknowledge their rights and report the incidents, requesting financial compensation. This behavior is highly beneficial because it led to an increased awareness on the importance of workplace health and safety and of the implementation of new methods to provide and ensure such a working environment. However, when you are the victim of a workplace accident and you want to file a compensation claim, it is important to find and retain the best possible legal advice in your jurisdiction. This is not a difficult task, as there are plenty of law firms that specialize in personal injury claims and work related incidents, but it might require some time to carefully analyze your options and make a decision.

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Knowing your rights as an employee

Knowing your rights as an employee

The safety and well being of employees are a matter of great concern for companies and employers around the world, regardless of the type of enterprise, especially on the new workplace map that has started to focus more and more on the WHO Healthy Workplace framework. However, every year, there are more than a million people who suffer from work related injuries and illnesses, which is why it is important for employees to have a clear and thorough understanding of their rights. While many enterprises worldwide have joined the initiative behind the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit, there are still employers who fail to stand up to their legal duty to protect their employees and inform them with regard to the health and safety issues that may affect them. The HSE figures for the last years are greatly concerning, showing increasing numbers of individuals suffering from work accidents or even being killed at work.

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Reasons to report a work accident

Reasons to report a work accident

Few people truly acknowledge the real risks they face in the workplace and even fewer completely understand their rights as employees. All employers, regardless of the size or type of business they’re running have the legal duty to protect their employees and provide them with a healthy and safe workplace. If you are involved in any kind of accident at work, not by your fault in any way, then it is very important to report the accident and there are several reasons to do so. There are many types of work accidents and work related injuries and disease and although most of them are noticeable instantly, requiring immediate assistance, there might be the case where the injuries sustained don’t show their effects right away. For this reason, work related personal injury claims have the time limit of three years, during which you, as an employee, have the legal right to file the claim anytime. In this case, having a complete and clear report that notes what happened will come very in handy.

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