|Tarmac North West has focussed on three main areas in the drive to improve occupational health standards: task auditing; health screening; and on-the-job coaching.
The five principles are:
• observe and contact
• comment on safe behaviour
• discuss consequences of unsafe act, and safer ways to do the job
• achieve agreement to work safely
• discuss other safety issues.
Pre-employment medicals and health screening programmes are carried out by Private Health Care. The latter tests hearing; vision; lung function, etc. A general summary is provided to managers to help them determine the general heath of the workforce and any trends that may have cause for concern.
As well as regular meetings and toolbox talks, help and advice is offered through mail shots distributed via pay slips and induction packs. The employee assistance programme employs a third-party confidential hotline to provide independent advice on matters such as safety, stress and work-related health issues.