Health and Safety

SMEs can play a significant role in tackling cancer and supporting employees

10th February 2020

With one in two people expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, a fact highlighted on World Cancer Day on 4 February, SMEs can play a crucial role in supporting employees from diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation – according to Towergate Health & Protection. SMEs employ over 16 million people in the UK,… Read more »

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Cheshire is the nation’s 2nd safest place to open a business new fire survey reveals

12th April 2019

Over 5,000 fires were attended in offices, warehouses and factories across England and Wales over the past 3 years Bedfordshire is the nation’s most dangerous spot with the highest chance of a workplace fire at 0.65% West Sussex found to be the safest region in England and Wales with only 0.04% of its businesses requiring… Read more »

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Employers must help alleviate the stress of cancer for staff

1st February 2019

With the theme of World Cancer Day (4 February 2019), this year being “I am, I will” – encouraging everyone to make a personal commitment to reduce the impact cancer has – The Health Insurance Group urges employers, in particular, to stand up for the cause by vowing to reduce stress where possible. • Understand… Read more »

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RedArc: 29% more referrals in January due to mental health

21st January 2019

Blue Monday (on 21 January this year) may have become somewhat trivialised, but it is true to say that the start of the new year remains a struggle for many employees: RedArc’s latest figures show a 29% average increase in the number of new patient/employee referrals for mental health conditions like Anxiety in January vs.… Read more »

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Majority of employees still provided with over-goggles

9th January 2019

The latest research from Specsavers Corporate Eyecare reveals that the majority of staff who wear prescription glasses are still being provided with safety over-goggles, and that employers are vastly overestimating costs. Just under half, 49%, of the 500 plus industry leaders surveyed said they have staff who need safety eyewear as part of their working… Read more »

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In 2019 SMEs need to engage their staff earlier to engage them in health and wellbeing

5th December 2018

Looking after the health and wellbeing of staff is now widely recognised as integral to fulfilling business objectives. We now have more knowledge of what staff really need, but for health and wellbeing policies to be effective we need to ensure they’re what staff really want. Brett Hill, managing director for The Health Insurance Group… Read more »

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Companies under-prepared for disasters overseas

28th November 2018

Some employers may believe that a political or natural disasters overseas are only likely to occur in traditionally high-risk regions, but this is not the case. The change in political dynamics means that volatility can happen anywhere in the world. And this year alone we’ve seen evacuations recommended in Indonesia and Florida due to severe… Read more »

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Looking after staff and families, main reason SMEs offer Group Income Protection

14th November 2018

An obligation to look after staff and families is the main reason SMEs offer group income protection (GIP) to their employees, shows research from industry body GRiD, which represents the group risk protection sector (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness cover). This is closely followed by using the benefit to help differentiate them… Read more »

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Employers’ role in supporting mental health

22nd October 2018

On 17 October 2018 the financial effect of absence from work due to mental health problems was debated in Westminster Hall. Rising up the workplace agenda, the role employers (and particularly SMEs) need to play is becoming increasingly central, and Group Income Protection in particular has been recognised as being a fundamental tool for employers… Read more »

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Construction companies fined after worker injured

21st September 2018

Two construction companies fined after a worker’s foot was trapped in a rotating screw.  Liverpool Crown Court heard how, on 5 March 2015, Costain Limited and Galliford Try Building Limited were upgrading Water Treatment Works in Cheshire. During commissioning work, a worker’s foot became trapped in a large rotating screw which led to the amputation of… Read more »