Health risks associated with construction work
Nov11

Health risks associated with construction work

The UK construction industry employs more than 2 million people who have a high rate of occupational ill health because of the nature of their jobs. The effects of these illnesses can be devastating for the individuals and their families as there is often a long-term impact on quality of life and financial security. Managing occupational health should not only focus on providing health checks before someone starts work; first aid,...

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Hairdressers: Is your job affecting your health?
Sep14

Hairdressers: Is your job affecting your health?

Are you a hairdresser? Is your job affecting your health? Then read this article I recently spent some time with a close friend who happens to be my hairdresser. It was only when she complained about pain in her fingers and wrists that it suddenly clicked that the tasks involved in hairdressing especially the African hairstyles, can result in musculoskeletal disorders such as RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) and back pain and injuries....

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Manual handling techniques – even at the gym
May29

Manual handling techniques – even at the gym

One of my favourite gym classes is Body Pump. A little about Body Pump – Body Pump is a set of choreographed exercises aimed at sculpting, toning and strengthening your body. It involves using different weights and lots of repetitive movements. Whenever I attend Body Pump, all I can think of is manual handling. My movements and squats are usually thoughtfully and “painfully” planned out. I can’t help it. I am a...

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