Investing in good workplace health and wellbeing policies can boost an organisation’s efficiency, cut the number of hours of lost time, boost staff morale and make a business more productive overall, a local safety group said yesterday (Wednesday 23 October 2013).
The advice from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Isle of Man Branch, comes before an event taking place on the Island next week.
Tony Quayle, chair of the IOSH Isle of Man Branch, said: “The importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace should never be underestimated by employers and employees.
“Business and local government need to work together to raise awareness and support good health and safety management across the Isle of Man, not only to improve employee health and wellbeing, but to ensure the Island’s workforce remains efficient and effective.”
Two people were killed on the Isle of Man last year (2012/13), 95 people suffered major injuries and 112 people were absent from work as a result of work-related injuries. These statistics are too high and the Government and local employers must do more to prevent further failure, says IOSH’s Isle of Man Branch.
To improve wellbeing in the workplace and to celebrate the Branch’s 10th anniversary, IOSH’s Isle of Man Branch will be host ‘The Management of Wellbeing in the Workplace’ on Monday 28 October, at Keyll Darree Noble’s Hospital.
Speakers at the event include Michelle Poyzer, senior health improvement officer at the Department of Health, Caron Palmer, principal health and safety advisor for the Isle of Man Government, and Dr Carol Astbury, consultant occupational physician at Noble’s Hospital.