Supporting workers following exposure to workplace trauma explored at upcoming conference

Solutions for how to effectively manage and support workers following exposure to workplace trauma, and advice on how organisations can help to rehabilitate workers after periods of leave, will be provided at an upcoming Conference in Ireland.

Taking place 20-21 November, the conference is organised by the Workplace Health Leadership Group NI (WHLGNI) and will take place at the La Mon Hotel in Belfast.

The conference will explore a range of leading topics in occupational health, including: how work can cause cancer; how to support workers following traumatic incidents; ways of introducing a positive workplace culture within your organisation; how investing in safety and health is good for business, enhancing profitability and productivity; and more.

Bringing together over 30 experts in the workplace health field the event will inform employers of the latest trends in the sector, as well as showcase case studies where local organisations have successfully integrated occupational health into their businesses.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is a leading partner in the WHLGNI steering committee, playing a key role in supporting the group and its objectives.

Richard McIvor CFIOSH, a co-founding WHLGNI member, a member of IOSH's Council and IOSH's Northern Ireland Branch Committee, said: "It’s crucial we continue the momentum to influence employers, employees, safety and health practitioners and industry leaders on the importance of developing robust, practical risk assessments for physical and mental health in the workplace.”

“By creating a positive, safe and healthy environment for employees, you can increase morale, improve your employees’ work‐life balance and, in turn, positively impact your business,” said Wilson Lambe, Chair of WHLGNI. “There is a lack of understanding of the benefits of tackling workplace health and hence the need to bring in experts to help our local businesses.”

The event will also signpost employers to sources of information, links and the latest news in fields as diverse as occupational cancers, respiratory health surveillance, musculoskeletal disorders, welding fumes, mental health, employee wellbeing and other areas faced by employers on a daily basis.

Additional resources are also available on the WHLGNI website.

The conference takes place at La Mon Hotel, 41 Gransha Road, Castlereagh, Belfast, Ireland.

To find out more about the event download the conference brochure.

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