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NEWSFLASH BRITAIN’S HEALTHIEST COMPANIES NAMED


The search for this year’s Britain’s Healthiest Company is now over, as clinical research company, Quintiles, won the title in the large-sized category, while Adidas (UK) Ltd. walked away with the accolade in the mid-sized category.


Britain’s Healthiest Company was launched by PruHealth and Mercer; and is the biggest survey of workplace wellness in the UK. Britain’s Healthiest Company surveys employers and


employees at organisations around the country with over 100 employees, and is designed to give companies a better understanding of the health and lifestyle of their staff.


The overall Britain’s Healthiest Company took into account 12 factors, looking at a combination of the healthiest workplace facilities and the healthiest staff members. The actual health of employees was judged on a wide range of clinical and lifestyle


factors. Further awards were also given for Most Active, Healthiest Diet, Most Smoke-Free and Most Healthy Workplace across the large and mid- sized categories.


Neville Koopowitz, CEO at PruHealth, said: “This is the first index of its kind which celebrates the country’s most outstanding organisations who demonstrate best practice and innovative approaches to look after the health and wellbeing of


their staff. Organisations are starting to recognise the link between a healthy workforce and a healthy bottom line, as those that encourage health and wellness within the workplace see lower sickness absence, lower presenteeism and greater productivity. Quintiles and Adidas (UK) Ltd. are two of those organisations, and we congratulate them on these well-deserved awards.”


www.britainshealthiest company.co.uk


OFFSHORE HYDROCARBON RELEASES REACH RECORD LOW


The number of offshore hydrocarbon releases reached a record low last year, new provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed. There were 97 incidents reported to HSE in 2012/3, falling from 133 the previous year, and continuing a long-term downward trend.


Although the combined total of major and significant releases – those most likely


to lead to a major incident – fell to a new low of 46, the number of major releases rose from three in 2011/12 to nine, the highest in the last 14 years. The number of minor gas or oil leaks fell to 49, the lowest level since HSE started recording the data in 1996. Two remained unclassified.


Speaking ahead of the Oil and Gas UK conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster,


the HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt, said: “Hydrocarbon releases are a valuable indicator of how well the offshore industry is managing its major accident risks. The fact that the figures we are releasing show the lowest number of leaks since we began this system of recording in 1996, is to be welcomed. However, while they show how much has been achieved in offshore safety, they also confirm


there is still more to be done. The rise in the number of major releases show that there is a need for constant vigilance and attention as assets continue to age.”


The figures revealed a 48% reduction in the number of hydrocarbon releases over the last three years – just short of the target the industry set itself in 2010 to halve releases.


www.hse.gov.uk POLYCO JOINS ‘IT’S IN YOUR HANDS’


In 2006 the 'It's In Your Hands” campaign was launched, aiming to promote improved skin care in industrial and commercial organisations. In 2013, the campaign has been updated and expanded to include up-to-date statistics on incidence of skin disease, advice on avoiding the risk of skin cancer and work related dermatitis, as well as skin care considerations by work area.


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To help raise the awareness of the risks of skin disease at work, hand protection supplier, Polyco, has joined the campaign to particularly focus on ensuring workers are equipped with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE).


To make it easier when selecting hand protection, Polyco offers their Hand Protection Assessment Survey (HPAS) to ensure the correct hand protection


is used for your workplace. The survey navigates the sea of choice and bypasses counterfeit and unregulated products, making sure that the right protection is being selected within organisations, ensuring they are fit for purpose.


Commenting on Polyco’s involvement in the campaign, Mark Mastrangelo, Marketing Manager at Polyco, said: “Polyco is pleased to


be able to partner with what is a very worthwhile campaign, which is ultimately ensuring the safety of all workers. With the use of Polyco’s HPAS, organisations will have professional advice by hand protection specialists, to help and guide them and ensure they provide their workforce with the most appropriate hand protection.”


www.polyco.co.uk/hpas www.tomorrowshs.com


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