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New occupational health service for Welsh Water As part of our commitment to improving occupational health and safety within Welsh Water we have secured the services of Connaught (formerly National Britannia) to provide both a proactive and comprehensive occupational health service to all our employees.

In addition to preparing for potential injuries, rst-aiders are working with employees with known medical conditions to create personal care plans. If a particular condition is known about, the rst aiders can receive additional training so that they are prepared and can recognise the early stages of the onset of an illness, and have the knowledge and skill to help the individuals concerned.

The aim of the service is to: Implement comprehensive occupational health programmes that, as a minimum, meet the requirements of appropriate legislation and recognised best practice. Increase awareness of all employees in general health issues, which in turn will encourage employees to make informed choices about their lifestyles and working practices. Emphasise the fact that Welsh Water care about its employees’ health, safety and welfare. Assist Welsh Water in helping employees return to work following illness, accidents or general sickness absence.

Health and wellbeing campaigns within Welsh Water As, generally, Welsh Water employees operate in a relatively low risk environment, it was decided to introduce proactive health and wellbeing campaigns to educate, inform and help maintain sta health.

This commenced with a ‘healthy heart’campaign, which focused on the benet or the risk of: Physical activity Smoking Blood pressure Reducing cholesterol, and Eating for a healthy heart

New occupational health handbook To introduce the new occupational health service, a handbook has been issued to all managers, outlining the role of occupational health together with details of the services provided, arrangements for accessing the service and guidelines regarding the condentiality of medical information.

The results of this health screening was covered by a condentiality agreement and each participant was provided with an individual risk prole, together with information that would help them make better lifestyle choices that would reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

In addition, a leaet has been issued to all sta outlining the scope and role of the new occupational health service. The leaet provided information on what occupational health can provide for individuals, details of the occupational health team, condentiality and what to expect when the occupational health team contacts them.

Occupational health across the AMA Within the AMA, service partners have access to occupational health service provisions, based on the assessment of occupational risk by each employer. Occupational activities undertaken within the AMA include: Risk based health surveillance Health promotion activities such as skin cancer,

Occupational health & wellbeing

Welsh Water rst aid group To maximise the eectiveness of the rst aiders, a best practice group has been set up to discuss treatment scenarios and practice treatment process to ensure skills are kept refreshed.

Well man and well woman campaigns

  • Employee assistance programmes

Each service partner provides details of both their organisations general and work related illnesses. This information is recorded and monitored in the Welsh Water incident tracker (described previously).

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