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HAE EHA launches new hire industry training event to promote wellbeing at work

SHOCKING statistics reveal that male workers in construction have a suicide risk that is three times higher than the average for England and even those in skilled construction jobs also have an increased suicide risk.

To address this unacceptable statistic, Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA), along with their training partner HAE Business Guard, are organising the first of a series of courses aimed to improve the ability of the hire industry to support the mental wellbeing of its workforce.

The two-day training event, which will be delivered by St John Ambulance and is endorsed by Mental Health First Aid England, will take place on 21 and 22 May at the association’s headquarters in Birmingham. The course is available to all members and non-members wishing to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace. This new training programme is designed to raise awareness of common mental health issues that affect the workforce and that can lead to a negative impact on an individual’s wellbeing at work.

The course will give employers practical ways to open up a helpful conversation on this topic and then be able to provide their workers with the care and support they need at the most appropriate time. Ultimately, the aim is to change business cultures so that mental health issues are taken as seriously as other health and safety matters.

Mental health problems in the construction sector are often due to the innate characteristics of the industry; it is a highly mobile industry with lots of casual workers, uncertain contracts, exacting timelines and is quite macho in culture. Often people don’t feel comfortable in raising personal issues and then muddle along until they can cope no longer.

HAE EHA has made it a priority to educate the industry to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression before they get out of hand as well as giving businesses the tools and knowledge to assist employees with recovery. Being able to spot the signs of mental illness and offering help and support rather than judgement, should allow employees to thrive at work with the positive and significant knock-on effects that brings to the industry.

HAE EHA’s Commercial Manager, Paul Gaze added: “Our main aim is to raise awareness and help support employers to tackle this issue in an informed and positive manner. We want to help the industry and society in general. Everyone has mental health. Some days it’s good and some days it’s bad. It is just a question of making sure that employers are sensitive to this and can support people in the correct way.

“As an industry, we have a great opportunity to come together and help our workforce now and in the future. If we all work together to address this issue, then some real progress will be made. None of us is as strong as all of us.”

HAE EHA believes in leading by example and has already signed up to the Building Mental Health (BMH) charter to support its own staff by embedding a wellbeing strategy for its workforce and is encouraging members to do the same. Training staff to become mental health first aiders is a way to provide discreet support for individuals and encourages them to achieve a healthy work-life balance to minimise work-related stress levels.

For pricing and further details about the May course and other courses to be rolled out later in the year, contact HAE on 44 (0)121 380 4617 or visit the website www.hae.org.uk/courses

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Surface preparation expert offers free bespoke training

Surface preparation expert National Flooring Equipment is pleased to offer free personalised training for distribution partners and potential customers across Europe. The company has recently announced its European expansion and now offers in-person training sessions for all of its products including floor strippers, grinders and shot blasters. The training explains how to set up, use and maintain surface preparation equipment to ensure operators get the maximum return on investment.

In the UK, training is available for the range of surface preparation products that National Flooring Equipment offers. The hands-on training allows end users to get to grips with its surface preparation machines and use the equipment until they are confident they can perform jobs quickly and efficiently.

National Flooring Equipment’s industry expert Dave Bigham has coordinated the company’s training for the last five years. Bigham developed the workshop-based training programme using his extensive flooring industry experience in combination with customer feedback. “There are some common misconceptions when it comes to surface preparation equipment. Customers often purchase large, heavy-duty machines without realising that small, compact machines are up to the job,” he explained. “The training programme explains to customers how they can really achieve return on investment, by using the right equipment for the right application, in the right way.”

“The descriptions and specifications provided in the training session were extremely useful for getting to grips with how the equipment works in a warehouse application,” explained Calum Newell, depot manager at Mark One Hire. “We’ve been able to pass on this knowledge to our customers so that they can lessen the chance of mistakes and be more efficient with the equipment.”

National Flooring Equipment also boasts an extensive online video training library, which can be accessed on its website free of charge. This includes tutorials on grinding, scraping, shotblasting and scarifying.

To get in touch with National Flooring Equipment to arrange a tailored training session visit: http://nationalequipment.com/about/contact

 

UKATA promotes free asbestos safety training for small businesses in new campaign

Thousands of tradespeople and DIY enthusiasts are still at risk, says training association

DIY enthusiasts and tradespeople running small businesses are to be offered free asbestos safety training that could save their lives, thanks to a new exclusive national campaign being launched by UKATA, the UK Asbestos Training Association.

Entitled ‘Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe’, the campaign will see UKATA members offering free asbestos training during September and October this year as means of highlighting the dangers of asbestos and the need for essential training for those who may encounter the substance.

Every week in the UK, 20 tradespeople die from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos fibres as long ago as the 1950s through to 1983, when strict safety guidelines on the use and removal of asbestos were introduced. The weekly toll includes eight joiners, six electricians and four plumbers, with experts predicting the UK’s annual death rate of 5,000 will soar in the next five years.

The legacy of more than half a century of exposure to asbestos at work is about to be seen in thousands of former ship-builders, boilermakers, builders, plumbers, teachers, nurses and their families. Mesothelioma alone is thought to be silently afflicting one in every 100 men born in the 1940s in the UK and Guy’s Hospital in London has predicted that 100,000 people in the developing world who are alive now will die from the condition.

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