WGM Smash Health & Safety Climate Survey!

In WGM Health and Safety is of the highest priority. We are committed to continual improvement and engagement with our workforce. As such this is our 3rd year running the HSL Safety Climate Survey Tool.

Eddie Allan Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager says… “This annual survey designed by the HSE and operated by the Health and Safety Laboratory offers the opportunity for us to engage with the workforce and assess just how good or bad we are performing. We value the opinions of our workforce as at the end of the day these people are the experts and often have solutions allowing us as an organisation to drive down risk”

This year saw 176 persons participate in the survey and we are pleased to report that we have seen a continual improvement in each of the 8 focus areas over the last 3 years and the 2021 survey has returned a benchmarking score of 90th or 95th Percentile (Against 130 other organisations *all industry benchmark data) for 6 of the 8 focus areas. We have also gained some valuable insight that will define our Health and Safety Objectives for 2021 / 2022.

 

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Childrens Mental Health Week 2021

Yesterday marked the first day of ‘Children’s Mental Health Week 2021’. This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’. To raise awareness for the campaign and get involved, we have collated six tips from industry experts to help you to understand ways in which you can support a child’s wellbeing.

There are times when we all feel the strain. As parents and carers, there are ways we can support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy. Some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have struggled – with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends. Others may be coming to terms with family problems, loss or changes to their living situation.

It’s still uncertain what further changes we all may face. Feelings like these will gradually ease for most, but there are always steps you can take to support them emotionally and help them cope with the problems they face.

1 . BE THERE TO LISTEN

Regularly ask how they’re doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there’s always someone to listen if they want it. Find out how to create a space where they will open up.

2. SUPPORT THEM THROUGH DIFFICULTIES

Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties. It’s not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they’re feeling and why.

3. STAY INVOLVED IN THEIR LIVES

Show interest in their lives and the things important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.​​​​​​​

4. ENCOURAGE THEIR INTERESTS

Being active or creative, learning new things and being a part of a team help connect us with others and are important ways we can all help our mental health. Support and encourage them to explore their interests, whatever they are.

5. TAKE WHAT THEY SAY SERIOUSLY

Listening to and valuing what they say, without judging their feelings, in turn, makes them feel valued. Consider how to help them process and work through their emotions more constructively.

6. BUILD POSITIVE ROUTINES

We know it still may not be easy, but try to reintroduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating and exercise. A good night’s sleep is also really important – try to get them back into routines that fit with school or college.

 

USEFUL RESOURCES:

CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

NHS – SLEEP BETTER

Families Under Pressure

 

 

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WGM score 100% in Achilles Audit!

We are thrilled to announce we have obtained an incredible 100% performance score in our recent Achilles audit, an impressive 8% increase from last year.

The Achilles UVBD Verify is an independent audit of an organisation’s Safety, Health, Environment, Quality (SHEQ) management systems and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The two-day audit involves a one-day Management Systems Evaluation and a one-day Site based assessment. By challenging the robustness of our internal controls and processes, we can obtain an external perspective and valuable feedback.

Congratulations to everyone involved for their hard work and attention to detail, contributing towards this outstanding achievement.

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