Talking Toolkit - preventing work-related stress
HSENI's Mental Well-being at Work Advisory Service have produced an excellent booklet designed to help line managers hold initial conversations with employees as one part of an employer’s journey towards preventing work-related stress. Download it from the link below:
WISHNI Student Ambassador 2021
This year, WISHNI presented their annual Student Ambassador Awards virtually on Wednesday 28 April 2021. Click on the link below for more details:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – WISHNI advice
- High temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- New continuous cough - this means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough it may be worse than usual).
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Most people with Coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
If your symptoms are mild, you should self-isolate and are advised not to leave your home for at least 10 days. Anyone you live with should also self-isolate and not leave home for at least 10 days.
At this time in Northern Ireland, government advice is to stay at home and, if possible, work from home. If you attend your workplace, you must ensure you follow good hygiene practice.
Employers must follow best practice within the workplace by ensuring social distancing is observed wherever possible and by meeting all of the relevant guidance.
Hierarchy of Control
If at all possible you should work from home.
Substitute the task. Can the task be carried out in a different location or can the person carry out an alternative task in order to reduce crowding within certain areas?
Introduction of physical barriers at workstations. Provide additional welfare facilities and hand washing stations throughout the site. Regular cleaning of touch points.
Appropriate supervision to ensure compliance. Displaying of signage including marking of 2 metres as a guide. Regular reviewing of risk assessments and procedures to ensure they remain valid.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Ensure adequate PPE is provided to employees as required or detailed within the company's risk assessments. Ensure employees have been trained to wear the PPE correctly and can remove and dispose of it safely.
WISHNI have produced advisory documents to assist employers. It details appropriate measures that should be taken during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Click on the links below to view:
- WISHNI COVID-19 Advice
- Advice on what to do if an employee is showing symptoms of COVID-19
- COVID-19 and Waste Management Activities - examples of good practice
Please use this information in conjunction to advice outlined from the below recognised government sources:
- Covid-19: What is the situation in Northern Ireland - Public Health Agency (www.hscni.net)
- Working safely during Coronavirus (Covid-19) - www.gov.uk
- HSENI Advice and guidance to places of work during Covid
- HSENI Covid-19 Example Risk Assessment Template