The Health & Safety Executive website informs us that in preparation for BREXIT the H&SE have removed references to the word ‘EU’; apart from that change the following statement is made ‘After Brexit you should continue to manage your business and employees in a proportionate way to reduce risk and to protect people and the environment. Your obligations to protect people’s health and safety will not change with Brexit.’
As a country we voted to leave the EU; the trouble seems to be that few people know ‘how’ – 31 March came and went and now we are aiming at Halloween. When business owners or journalists ask politicians, ‘what is going to happen to businesses in the event of a hard Brexit?’ the answer tends to be that ‘we will be fine’. What people seem to have forgotten is that this uncertainty could be significantly affecting stress levels amongst a range of people; ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Wellbeing’ thankfully are subjects that have come to the forefront of health discussions with all employees over the last few years with those at work now often being able to benefit from knowing that there is a safe place to go to raise issues and not to be afraid to open up if they have worries.
If, for example your take-home pay relates to sales commissions and you perceive that this element of your remuneration has slowed down or stalled because of Brexit, personal stress levels could rise. Difficult discussions could take place at home with family finances coming under pressure; you might even that your job is seriously at risk.
We must all make sure that we are aware as to how our families, staff and colleagues are being affected by Brexit. Conversations, discussions and arguments relating to this difficult subject are so polarised that our people and how they are feeling may get lost in the confusion.
If you would like advice on how to manage your H&S risks, including how we can help you undertake risk assessments and understand what you need to do to ensure that you are complying with your obligations and duty of care when it comes to mental health issues in the workplace, contact Miles Vartan or Steve Eley on 01394 671756 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.