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Stress is generally defined as a feeling of being overwhelmed by a situation or series of events. Numerous factors at work can lead to potential stress and diminish our emotional and physical well-being if they go unsupported or unchecked. Examples of Workplace Stressors The HSE defines stress in the context of work as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other...

Due to continued expansion we have some exciting opportunities to join our ever growing team. We are looking for Occupational Health Advisors and a Service Administrator. Read full job descriptions below:   Service Administrator We have an exciting opportunity for a new recruit to join our team as a Service Administrator, based in our Newry premises. It is vital that any individuals applying have excellent...

The HSE recently released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19, along with the number of people known to have died from asbestos-related cancer, mesothelimoa, in 2017. Mesothelimoa is a type of lung cancer that is usually linked to past asbestos exposure. More than 2,500 people died from this in 2017. Another type of lung disease on the rise...

Employers need to be aware that asthma is not just caused by dust, house mites or genetic inheritance, but the workplace can cause asthma and make symptoms worse for existing asthmatics. Occupational factors account for about 1 in 6 cases of asthma in adults of working age with almost 90% of those cases being attributed to an allergic response to something...

Management referrals and Pre-placement health assessments just got easier! We are delighted to now be able to offer you a quick and convenient way to start the management referral and pre-placement process, with the introduction of online submission forms . These are quick and straightforward forms that can be completed at any time by management, making it an extremely easy, efficient...

Last week, Health Matters had the pleasure of completing a successful programme of Health Checks for the employees of the Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI). The HSENI governs, promotes and sets the standards for the principles that form the basis of many of the services that Health Matters as an organisation deliver upon. It was therefore a great privilege...

We are thrilled to announce we will be partnering with the Society of Occupational Medicine to host the 'Key Issues in Occupational Health' conference on Friday 17th May. This will be a multidisciplinary day for doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and health and safety professionals throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland, who are involved in or have an interest in occupational health. The one...

What is health surveillance? Health surveillance is a programme of systematic and regular health checks that enable early identification of work-related ill health and allows corrective action to be taken when needed. The health checks may be required by law for employees who are exposed to certain elements at work that can harm their health. These can include: Noise Vibration ...

HSE have now released their Health and Safety at Work Summary Statistics for GB in 2018. January is a great time to take stock of your workplace, so if your New Year’s Resolution at work is to improve the health of your employees, it might be useful to learn some of the key statistics and how to ensure your workplace...

  What is the menopause? The menopause is a natural part of ageing for a woman. It is a biological stage that occurs when menstruation stops and signifies the end of a womans’ natural reproductive life. Usually, it is defined as having occurred when a woman has not had a period for twelve consecutive months. The average age for menopause is 51 in the...