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Managing Fire Risk in the Workplace
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Managing Fire Risk in the Workplace

How Should I Manage the Risk of Fire in My Workplace? Yesterday there was a devastating fire in a London residential building, Grenfell Tower, which has claimed 17 lives*. That death toll will rise in the coming days. (Update: over 80 deaths now confirmed) In the cold hard light of day, a lot of organisations will...

Mental Health and Wellbeing – What’s the Real Story?
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Mental Health and Wellbeing – What’s the Real Story?

Mental Health and Wellbeing – what’s the real story?  In 2015/16 stress, anxiety and depression resulted in 11.7 million working days lost, at an estimated social and economic cost of £5.2 billion. Not only are stress and mental health issues damaging to people’s health and wellbeing, but they also impact profitability in many ways, including...

G4S Fined £1.8m for Legionella Failings
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G4S Fined £1.8m for Legionella Failings

G4S Cash Solutions have been prosecuted after failing to reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease from its water systems. They have been fined £1.8 million + £34k costs. This is one of the highest fines we have seen applied since the inception of the Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines, which came into force in February 2016,...

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Actions for Law Enforcement and Fire Departments
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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Actions for Law Enforcement and Fire Departments

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Actions for Law Enforcement and Fire Departments  Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement and Fire Departments Part 2 of 3 – How Law Enforcement and Fire Departments can help prevent further illnesses and suicides In Part 1, we discussed how Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) and firefighters are affected...

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Mental Health Matters
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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Mental Health Matters

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention – Mental Health Matters Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Law Enforcement and Fire Departments Part 1 of 3 – Mental Health Matters Last Sunday I went to my first American baseball game with some friends. We were at Fenway. It was a beautiful spring day, the sun was shining...

An Open Letter to Police Officers – Coping With Trauma
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An Open Letter to Police Officers – Coping With Trauma

An Open Letter to Police Officers – Coping With Trauma After Brian Moore’s Death  One weekend in early May, Brian Moore, a New York police officer, was shot. He passed away a couple of days later. He was only 25. Over the past few days I’ve felt an overwhelming sadness. I can’t get this poor...

Stress – Q&A for employers (video)
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Stress – Q&A for employers (video)

Stress – Q&A for Employers  Here Sarah explains what stress is, what employers can do to help protect their people, and how to prevent stress becoming an issue. Get management commitment * Ensure that your managers understand that the physical and physiological effects that people suffering from stress experience do have an adverse effect on...

How to Manage Stress (video)
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How to Manage Stress (video)

How to Manage Stress Here Sarah explains some of the best ways that we can combat stress.   Exercise * Exercise is great for reducing stress as it elevates production of the powerful neurotransmitter, dopamine Breathe! * A few deep breaths will help your brain settle * The Limbic System needs time to calm down....