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Mental Health & Wellbeing in Construction

 

Harmony Timber Solutions are proud to announce we are official partners of Construction Safety Week 2019 (21st – 25th October) organised by the Construction Industry Federation.

Read our CSW post here for an overview

Monday 21st October marks the first day of the Construction Safety Week and the focus of this day is on Mental Health & Wellbeing in Construction.

As discussed at the CIF’s inaugural health and safety summit in November 2018, workplace stress and the consequential negative effects on a worker’s mental health is increasingly of serious concern for employers. In accordance with EU legislation, employers are obliged to protect workers from psychosocial risks and shall ensure such risks are considered in workplace risk assessments. 

Construction Industry Federation

We consider the Mental Health of our employees with the upmost importance and as such have a Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy with the purpose of promoting and maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of all staff through workplace practices which encourages staff to take responsibility for their own mental health and well being.

The main goals of this policy are:

  • To build and maintain a workplace environment and culture that supports mental health and wellbeing and prevents discrimination (including bullying and harassment).
  • To increase employee knowledge and awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues and behaviours.
  • To reduce stigma around depression and anxiety in the workplace.
  • To facilitate employee’s active participation in a range of initiatives that support mental health and wellbeing.

The policy is one way in which we are striving to help aid and maintain mental health and hopefully through creating a safe-space for our staff from 9-5 we can improve their overall livelihood and positively effect their mental health.

For those looking to also improve their own work environment, see below a five step approach, shared by the CIF which is taken from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s (EU-OSHA) published guidance document entitled ‘Healthy workers, thriving companies – a practical guide to wellbeing at work’:

 

Be sure to check back during the week and also check our social media accounts for #CIFSafety19 updates!

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