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Practical Ways to Beat Stress

 

Stress can be defined as a state of mental strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.  Almost all people encounter stress through a variety of means – family conflict, work deadlines, exams and lots of other circumstances. The body is designed to respond to short bursts of stress but when it is prolonged or repetitive, it can start to cause health problems.

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DSE Assessments: How often should they be completed?

Back Pain At Work - SureteamThe move by businesses to more flexible working patterns facilitated by advancements in technology means that the risks to employees from prolonged use of Display Screen Equipment are increasing.

However, whilst the risks are becoming greater, in our experience there hasn’t been a corresponding increase in the number, or frequency, of Display Screen Assessments being completed by businesses.

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What is Occupational Health?

Occupational Health is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health, and welfare of people at work.  The goals of occupational health programs are to foster a safe and healthy work environment.

There are several situations where Occupational Health could be involved with an individual’s employment:

  • To establish that candidates are able to meet the physical requirements of the job prior to assignment (i.e. if the job is deemed to be physically demanding)
  • To monitor employee’s health status at periodic intervals when the job involves exposure to potential health hazards (health screening may be necessary)
  • To establish that employees are able to return to work after a prolonged absence due to illness or injury
  • To suggest conditions under which employees with illnesses, injuries or disabilities are able to continue working
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How is Stress Affecting your body?

In 2015/16, stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health and 45% of all working days lost due as shown by HSE. Simply defined, stress is the bodies’ way of responding to any kind of demand which switches us into ‘fight or flight’ mode. This state releases chemicals into your blood stream that causes the physical symptoms of stress. It is often confused as a feeling rather than a physical problem which is why such symptoms are regularly missed or, physical steps aren’t taken to reduce the risk.

The infographic below demonstrates how stress can affect your body.

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