World Health Day, which takes place on Thursday 7 April, serves as a reminder to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the future of our workforce.
Led by the World Health Organization, the 2022 version of the annual awareness day is based on the theme ‘Our planet, our health’, with a focus on clean air, water and food. It asks people to consider ‘what can you do to protect our planet and our health’?
For OSH professionals, there are many ways they can achieve this in their work, as well as everyday life.
For many OSH professionals, managing the risks of legionella is a crucial aspect of their day-to-day duties.
If workplaces have a cooling tower or evaporative condenser, dry or wet cooling systems, hot and cold water systems then there may be a risk of exposure to legionella.
There is more information on the UK Health and Safety Executive’s website about general legionella management while IOSH has a CPD course which trains delegates on how to manage the risks, from carrying out risk assessments to designing maintenance schedules to support control systems.
There of course is still the very real risk of Covid-19 transmission in workplaces, so it remains important for organisations to consider how they manage these.
Since the very start of the pandemic, IOSH has provided guidance for members and businesses on how to manage these risks, and this is still available on the website now.
From tips on making workplaces Covid-secure to looking after people’s health and wellbeing, it’s a one-stop-shop for Covid guidance. Take a look here.
Occupational health toolkit
Our newly-refreshed occupational health toolkit has guidance on managing many varying health risks.
Whether you want information about noise and hearing risks, details about preventing musculoskeletal problems or guidance on chemical hazards, it’s the place to look. You can view the guidance here.
Spread the word
You can find our more on the World Health Day website and don’t forget to keep an eye out on our social media channels for our posts, which you can share with your own audiences. The hashtag this year is #healthiertomorrow