Category Archives: Wellbeing

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By tuning in to your feelings, looking for what’s good and sharing kindness you can nurture yourself and help make things better day by day.

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Is workplace noise contributing to employee burn out?


Is workplace noise contributing to employee burn out?

The HSE have recently highlighted how workplace noise could be contributing to stress levels in employees working in the hospitality industry. Businesses in this industry are being urged by the HSE to reassess noise levels as they fear this could be contributing to workplace stress. This comes after a recent survey which exposed restaurants in London as having the highest workplace noise levels in Europe.

Assessing for workplace noise

According to a recent article, over half of the restaurants tested had noise levels over 76 decibels, which is around the same loudness as a lawn mower. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the noise levels during peak times often exceeded 80dBA.

Workplace noise is regulated by the HSE and the ‘Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005’. This states that employers must assess risk to employee health when noise reaches a level of 80dBA. At these noise levels, information and training should be provided to staff. However, if these noise levels reach 85dBA, employers are legally required to provide hearing protection and specialist hearing protection zones.

The HSE is now working alongside ‘The Burnt chef Project’ to raise awareness of the signs of stress within hospitality workers. This looks to specifically address when noise levels reach a dangerous level so that employers can respond to and reduce any risk to workplace health.

Adding to unsociable hours and tough working conditions, the hospitality sector needs to now be aware that they face legal obligations to protect their employees from noise. A combination of these conditions could lead to rising levels of stress and employee burnout.

The HSE remains committed to looking after employee mental health and wellbeing as much as physical health and safety, commenting that “We need to make looking after our mental health just as routine as managing safety at work. The first thing for employers to be aware of is that the law requires employers to assess the potential risk from work related stress and act on it.” (cite)

Workplace noise is a hazard, not just a nuisance

As part of our range of occupational hygiene services, we regularly visit our customers’ sites to measure workplace and environmental noise. From an overall perspective, workplace noise can contribute to many health problems that can make working hazardous. Employers have a legal duty to ensure their employees have a safe working environment to both reduce worker health problems, and also to protect their business.

Many businesses fall into the trap of thinking that something will never happen on their premises. However, last year alone the HSE has fined UK businesses £26.9 million (cite) for breaches of health and safety.

Businesses in the hospitality industry that haven’t yet had a workplace noise assessment, really need to be planning for one ASAP.

Contact us to book a call to discuss your workplace noise requirements.

Guest blog Safety First Group Ltd

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Toolbox Talk – First Aid

Why have this talk? First aid is emergency aid. It aims to minimise injury and illness until qualified medical help arrives. It can save lives.

What will this talk cover? How first aid is provided by the organisation and what to do if someone falls ill or is injured.

Make sure everyone knows
  • Where the first aid kit is kept in the workplace, plus any mobile kits, eyewash stations, defibrillators, etc.
  • Who is an appointed first aider and where to find them. If on a construction site they should be easy to identify, eg certain hi-vis jacket or helmet.
  • The fact that first aiders may not dispense medication, including paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Procedures when working in a small group away from the main workplace or when using potentially dangerous tools or machinery, etc.
  • Know where to access phones and understand the procedure for calling the emergency services.
  • How first aid procedures have changed in view of the pandemic due to COVID.
What to do if someone is ill or injured
  • Make sure the area is safe before approaching the injured or ill person.
  • Remove any hazard from the vicinity of the casualty, if safe to do so.
  • Call for help, eg first aider.
  • Send someone to phone for an ambulance if necessary.
  • Do not move the casualty unless they are in immediate danger.
  • Remain with the casualty and give reassurance.
  • Make the casualty as comfortable as possible.
  • Do not give drinks or food to the casualty, moisten lips with water only if requested.
  • Do not allow the casualty to smoke.
Questions for employees
  • When are you or your team likely to need a first aid kit of your own?
  • Where is the nearest phone?
  • Who is a first aider?
  • Where is the first-aid kit/defibrillator/eye wash station?
  • What are the first things you should do on finding a casualty?
  • What should you do until a first aider or the emergency services arrive?
Do you have any questions for me?

Past blogs of interest

First Aid Cover During Reduced Staffing as a Result of Covid-19 (

What Should be in a First Aid Box | Health and safety blog (

Do you have first aid training? | Health and Safety Blog (

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How to improve the wellbeing of employees.

How to improve the wellbeing of employees

How to improve the wellbeing of employees

When managing health and safety at work, it’s easy to focus on just the physical hazards of the workplace. This is where most of the legislation lies, with the biggest penalties being dealt out for non-compliance.

However, employee wellbeing addresses both the physical and emotional health of employees. Aiming to prevent problems arising or, if they do, helping employees to cope with them. This allows the issues to have a minimal impact on their work.

Why improve wellbeing?

Research shows that having positive wellbeing in the workplace leads to an increase in motivation and productivity, whilst reducing absenteeism and staff turnover. Therefore, creating a workplace culture which supports employee wellbeing should be the goal of any business.

While the benefits are obvious, the negatives of not looking after employee wellbeing speak loudly. With the Centre for Mental Health suggesting that UK companies lose £34.9 billion in productivity because of mental health issues alone.

Don’t limit your business to just health and risk assessments, ensure you improve wellbeing for your employees outside of the legal requirements. Let’s look at some ways you can below.

Improve physical wellbeing

You can set aside funds to encourage the activeness of employees or improve workplace facilities. Whether that be through infrastructure or through education, there are a few key areas you can focus on.

Physical activities

This is the most simple way to improve physical wellbeing, make your employees more physically active. To improve physical wellbeing, an employee doesn’t need to spend hours in the gym but simply move around the office more.

This can be encouraged by implementing an initiative in the workplace where you educate employees on the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and encourage them to stand up and move throughout the day.

Though it is important to note this “policy” idea is intended to provide permission to employees to get up and moving; it is not meant to be policed.

Funds can also be spent on equipment such as standing desks or a foot peddler to improve their health. Or for those employees who are interested in working out at a local gym, you could look for a group discount to provide them with.

• Educational workshops
• Policy/initiatives in the workplace with group walks
• Discounted/free gym memberships
• Weekly/monthly exercise classes at the workplace
• Equipment such as standing desks

Healthy eating

Diet is an important factor in an employee’s physical wellbeing. Over a long working day, it’s inevitable they’ll want a snack at some point. As an employer, you can encourage wellbeing with healthy and nutritional snacks around the workplace.

You can go a step further and ensure there are healthy options when holding workplace functions or events. Always opt for a healthier set of dishes for your employees.

Allowing for an adequate space where employees can store and prepare food also promotes healthy eating. Many convenient lunch meal deals from supermarkets or corner shops are either very calorific or offer little nutritional value. This allows employees to bring in healthier options.

• Healthy snacks at work
• Healthy food at work events
• Adequate food storage and preparation equipment at work


Sleep deprivation plays a big part in an employee’s wellbeing. If you lack sleep every night, there are some serious ramifications for your long-term health. Research shows that as a result of less sleep, individuals “move slower, have trouble concentrating, become forgetful, make bad decisions, are more irritable, and show visible signs of sleeplessness.”

How can you promote better sleep habits? Encourage employees to take regular breaks and ensure there are reasonable work schedules in place. Promote or provide tips for good sleep at home such as limiting screen time and avoiding stimulants like caffeine too close to bedtime.

• Education
• Reasonable work schedules

Improve mental wellbeing

Mental wellbeing in the workplace is something that is incredibly important towards a productive business but is often last on the list of priority.

As mental health is almost invisible compared to physical health, it can often go by the wayside even to those suffering. This leads to an inevitable crash at work if you do not encourage positive mental health wellbeing.

Here are some ways you can encourage mental wellbeing in your workforce.

  • Provide wellbeing support and perks
  • Offering employee benefits aiming at improving wellbeing is a great idea to keeping your employees’ mental health up. This can be achieved in a number of ways, which allow the employee to have a confidential support network.
  • One way of doing this is by investing in an employee assistance programme (EAP) to improve wellbeing. This provides employees with a wellness programme as well as access to counsellors to talk through workplace issues.
  • Providing resources and programmes can also be an invaluable way of supporting mental wellbeing. This allows employees to tackle these issues and at their own pace, sometimes it is difficult to talk to someone else so reading can be a good alternative.

• Invest in an EAP
• Provide mental health resources and programmes

Engage with employees

Providing employees with external support measures, such as EAPs, are a great option. However, if you engage with employees, this is a great way to encourage wellbeing alongside this.

If you show you care in the workplace, it can help foster positive wellbeing and bring a workforce closer together.

Whether that be through more one-on-one meetings and recognition, or with events paid for by the company. When talking to an employee, show you care about them as a person, ask about their life, talk about their career and goals rather than just job performance and just engage with them.

  • One on one time with employees
  • Asking about the employee’s life rather than work
  • Talk about their career and goals
  • Company events

We hope this has been useful. Remember to share this information with others in the company.

Contact us if you require further information.

Guest Blog with David Price from Health Assured Thank you!