Health and safety: key issues

Here you can find out more about the key health and safety issues that we campaign on.

Aches, pains and strains or musculoskeletal disorders

Work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), whether they occur because of standing or sitting for too long, carrying/lifting/doing too much or too often, usually are caused by a failure to adapt work to the needs of the worker.

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Workplace bullying and harassment

We are calling for an end to bullying and harassment at work.  Not only does it have adverse effect on the individual but it affects morale and performance of the workforce as a whole.

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Sickness absence

UNISON is calling for fair sickness absence policies that help staff get well, and not punish them for being sick, and for action to tackle some of the underlying causes of sickness.

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Stress at work

In UNISON’s 2017 Stress Survey 67% of members said their employers had never spoken to them about Stress. Employers should risk assess stress in the same way that they would any other hazard. 

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Violence in the workplace

Violence at work involves any incident in which an employee is abused, threatened or assaulted (either physically or verbally) in circumstances relating to their work.

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