A group of local safety and health professionals celebrated 10 years of working towards making workplaces in the Isle of Man safe and healthy, at an event held on the Island yesterday (Monday 28 October).
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Isle of Man Branch marked the milestone with an event to educate local businesses on the benefits of wellbeing at work.
Tony Quayle, chair of the IOSH Isle of Man Branch, said: “Investing in good health and wellbeing policies in the workplace boosts efficiency, cuts the number of lost time hours, lifts staff morale and makes business more productive.”
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.
Mr Quayle added: “We remember to look after our workers. Just one death is one death too many. We need to work together to prevent further failure.
“For the past 10 years the Isle of Man Branch has worked alongside local businesses to raise occupational health and safety to the top of the agenda and we look forward to continuing our progress into the future.”
Michelle Poyzer, senior health improvement officer at the Department of Health, said: “Public health is involved with many initiatives to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing across the community. But there is always more that can be done in this area.
“Today gave me a fantastic opportunity to share the good work we are already doing with regard to referral schemes and to network with like-minded professionals, who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of their employees on the Island.”
More than 50 people from local businesses attended ‘The Management of Wellbeing in the Workplace’ at Keyll Darree Noble’s Hospital. Speakers at the event included Caron Palmer, principal health and safety advisor for the Isle of Man Government and Dr Carol Astbury, consultant occupational physician at Noble’s Hospital.