Every year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducts a health and safety at work survey for Great Britain. Here are the results for 2022:
While the number of new work-related ill-health cases has decreased, the number of work-related stress, depression and anxiety cases has increased between 2021 and 2022. Stress, depression and anxiety account for 51% of work-related ill-health cases, while musculoskeletal disorders account for 27%. 55% of working days lost were due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. The overall rate of self-reported work-related ill-health and the total number of working days lost are both higher than pre-pandemic rates.
Non-fatal injuries have also increased between 2021 and 2022. However, this figure decreased between 2020 and 2021, likely due to the number of people not in work or working remotely. This year’s increase can be explained by workers returning to the workplace.
The HSE reports the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is a major factor contributing to the increased rates of stress, depression and anxiety. However, this is only a contributing factor and not the only cause of the stress, depression and anxiety experienced.
These statistics show a need for employers to address stress, depression and anxiety. This is important in helping individual members of staff in order to benefit their health and, in turn, their performance at work. Addressing these concerns will also reduce the number of working days lost, helping the business financially. We provide learning materials for our approved training centres on:
- Managing Personal Stress
- Managing Stress in the Workplace
Lung diseases continue to account for the majority of deaths resulting from work, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and non-asbestos related lung cancer. It is absolutely essential that business meet requirements for health and safety, including reducing levels of dust and harmful substances. We provide learning materials for our approved training centres on:
- Managing and Supervising Safely
- Handling Hazardous Substances (COSHH)
Musculoskeletal disorders are the second most prevalent work-related causes of ill-health. 41% of cases affect the back, while 37% affect the upper limbs and neck, and 21% affect the lower limbs. All workers should be informed on the best working practices to prevent injury in the workplace. We provide learning materials for our approved training centres on:
- Assessing Competency in Moving and Assisting
We offer accredited training materials in a range of health and safety topics. These are available to our approved training centres. Find out more here: Advantage Accredited Learning Materials.