Workers in fishing industry get access to new free health service –

Workers in fishing industry get access to new free health service Published:  17 September, 2013

A free online service to help people working in small businesses who suffer from work-related ill health is launched today to support organisations in higher-risk sectors.

The UK is one of the main fishing countries in the world, and fishing is one of its most dangerous occupations. Long hours, extreme weather and working with heavy machinery contribute to the high mortality rate in fishermen. There is also a risk of asthma and allergies due to modern fish filleting machines and high pressure hoses that throw high levels of fish protein into the air, which can be inhaled causing health problems in workers.

Looking after the health of employees and creating a healthy working culture makes sound commercial sense in terms of business performance, productivity and staff morale. The Government-funded Health for Work Adviceline offers free, tailored occupational health (OH) advice and support to managers or employees in organisations in England who are experiencing problems with physical or mental ill health.

To find out more, see the attached press release or contact Jeremy Greaves by email or on 07980 165668.

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