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HSE Update: Employers now responsible to take account of employees’ mental health in their first-aid needs assessment

HPC have an upcoming 2-day Mental Wellbeing First Aid online course that is packed with practical advice, teaching attendees to spot signs of declining mental health and be able to appropriately offer someone help both in an emergency and longer-term situation.

In huge, yet welcomed news, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have made a significant update to their Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 concerning mental health in the workplace. The update includes an emphasis on employers’ responsibilities to take account of employees’ mental health in their first-aid needs assessment. Mental Wellbeing First Aid Trainer and H&S Consultant at HPC, Adam Williams is delighted about this update and says “This is such a positive step in the right direction for the provision of mental health support in the workplace. It is both refreshing and relieving to know that update will encourage employers to treat employees’ mental health with the same level of care as their physical health”.

This update emphasises the importance of having first aiders who are also trained in mental health and wellbeing, instead of just physical health. HPC have an upcoming 2-day Mental Wellbeing First Aid online course that is packed with practical advice, teaching attendees to spot signs of declining mental health and be able to appropriately offer someone help both in an emergency and longer-term situation.

HPC is offering a 10% discount on this course to DIB members. For more information and to enquire about this course please click here.

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