SGS announces exclusive sponsorship of the Mental Health in the Workplace Conference
SGS is excited to announce its exclusive sponsorship of this year’s Mental Health in the Workplace conference, which takes place on 14 June at London’s Cavendish Conference Centre, W1G 9DT.
This unique event will bring together human resources and health and safety professionals, who will gain insight and practical advice from a range of experts on the strategies, policies, law, employer responsibilities and methodologies relating to this important issue.
- 69% of UK line managers say that supporting employee wellbeing is a core skill, but only 13% have received mental health training
- 35% of line managers reported a wish for basic training in common mental health conditions
- The Centre for Mental Health states the financial cost to British business of mental ill-health is an estimated £34.9bn per annum, with 72 million working days lost annually
As part of the conference Kate Breslin, Product Specialist at SGS United Kingdom Ltd, will present a session on how to incorporate a mental health strategy within an ISO 45001 management system. She stated, “Human resources and health and safety professionals must proactively address work related stress and, in doing so, reduce the likelihood of employees suffering from it. I firmly believe that one of the most effective ways to achieve this is via certification to ISO 45001.”
ISO 45001 defines the requirements for an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) and sets out a framework that all employers can implement to address any issues. It is designed to integrate with other ISO management systems standards to create an all-encompassing certification that not only protects workers from workplace related injury and ill health but also helps ensure provision of tailored in-house mental health support.
Kate Breslin concluded, "The challenge of understanding and managing psychological risk factors as part of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) can be a daunting prospect, which is why the Mental Health in the Workplace conference really is a “must attend” event for all human resources and health and safety professionals, who will come away with a range of must-have tools, information and strategies on this crucial subject."
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