Make 2019 your organisation’s safest year yet!

Make 2019 your organisation’s safest year yet!

HSE have released their Health and Safety at Work Summary Statistics for GB in 2018. January is a great time to take stock of your workplace, so if your New Year’s Resolution at work is to improve your employees’ safety, it might be useful to be aware of some of the common health and safety risks, and ensure your workplace avoids becoming another statistic!

Workplace injuries

The good news is the figures for workplace injury have gradually been decreasing, however there was still 71,062 non-fatal employee injuries reported by employers in 2017/2018. 3.9 million days were lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries and frighteningly, 144 workers were killed at work in 2017/2018. The most common injury was caused by slips, trips or falls, closely followed by handling, lifting or carrying objects incorrectly.

In order to help improve the health and safety of all employees, it’s important to implement a thorough health and safety policy, ensuring training is provided for staff where necessary and risk assessments are completed. Health Matters staff specialise in all aspects of Health and Safety. We provide a confidential, professional and high-quality service in order to assist our clients. This will meet legislative requirements, optimise productivity and ensure a happy, healthy an efficient workforce.

Our consultancy services can be tailored to meet the specific needs of each work sector. Our service includes provision of the following:

  • Assisting clients prepare for accreditation standards such as Safe T Cert / CHAS / Safe Contractor / Construction Line / ISO 9001, 14001 & 18001
  • On site visits – Daily, Monthly to suit your requirements (Audits & Inspections)
  • Construction Phase Health & Safety Plans
  • Health & Safety Policy Development (including policy review and update)
  • Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS)
  • Active and Reactive Monitoring
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Environmental Management and Studies
  • Disability Audits
  • Accident Investigation and Loss Event Analysis
  • Fire Management – Including Fire Risk Assessment
  • Pre – Qualification Questionnaire Assistance
  • Environmental Consultancy

Construction, Manufacturing, Wholesale and retail trade and Agriculture had statistically significantly higher injury rates than all other industries.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders

6.6 million Working days lost due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders in 2017/18. Manual handling, awkward or tiring positions and keyboard work or repetitive action are estimated to be the main causes of work-related musculoskeletal disorders

We provide training to ensure staff can correctly carry out manual handling activities without additional risk of injury. Our IOSH Train the Trainer Manual Handling is perfect for senior staff who want to learn the skills, theory and practical aspects of manual handling and can then go on to train their own staff members at work.  Click here to read more about this course. 

Work-related stress, depression or anxiety

The rate of work-related stress, depression or anxiety has increased over the last number of years, with 595,000 employees suffering from this in 2017/2018. The largest contributing cause to workplace stress, depression or anxiety was due to employee workload. Total working days lost due to stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 57% of all working days lost due to ill health. It’s vital that all workplaces recognise the significance of looking after their employees’ mental health.

We offer a number of services that can help manage workplace mental health. Our 2-day Mental Health First Aid course (approved by Public Health Agency) has been devised to increase the knowledge and confidence of participants, enabling them to provide first aid and support for people experiencing mental health problems at home and at work. It encourages participants to recognise signs and symptoms of mental ill health and respond appropriately.

In addition to Mental Health First Aid, we also offer stress awareness sessions for employees of all levels. These sessions provide practical guidance as to how employees can recognise stressors in their lives and assist to improve their own mental wellbeing and that of others. Click here to read more.


The arrival of the New Year provides a great opportunity for managers to ‘start fresh’ by introducing and enforcing new safety initiatives. We encourage you to take the challenge to make 2019 your safest year yet!