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Workplace health and safety

Workplace health and safety

We campaign for improvements to members working environments. We have been influential in improving workplace safety on issues such as:

  • prevention of sharps injuries 
  • protecting lone workers.

Our campaign ‘Healthy workplace, healthy you’ supports organisations and members in creating healthy workplaces. 

We work in partnership with employers and regulatory bodies, to improve the working environment of our members.

Read our range of best practice publications on workplace health and safety.

4 October

Personal safety when working alone: guidance for members working in health and social care

This short guide has been developed for members who work alone. It also contains a checklist for RCN safety representatives who work on negotiating improvements to workplace safety for members and nurse managers who manage lone working staff. For those wanting more in-depth information on lone working, there is a list of sources of further information in the back of the guide

22 February

The menopause and work: guidance for RCN representatives.

Sitting within the Healthy Workplaces campaign, this publication provides guidance to RCN Reps when working with colleagues going through the menopause. The document discusses symptoms, workplace policies, and recommendations for changes to both work patterns and the work environment

1 September

Stress and you: A guide for nursing staff

This booklet provides advice on how you can reduce stress and manage your responses more effectively, and what to expect from your employer in terms of support.

1 September

Stress and you: A short guide

This guide helps readers understand the nature of pressures and stress and suggests strategies for starting to build resilience.

1 September

Bullying and harassment at work

This leaflet provides guidance on how to recognise bullying and harassment at work, and what you can do about it. There is also advice about what to do if you are the one accused of bullying or harassing behaviour.

1 September

Working with care – improving working relationships in health and social care

This set of tools is designed to encourage health and social care staff to examine their interactions with colleagues, to enhance the positive interactions and to increase awareness of negative interactions, some of which can amount to bullying and harassment.

1 September

Bullying and harassment

This guidance outlines the moral and legal case for tackling bullying and harassment and provides guidance for health and social care managers and RCN representatives on good practice in dealing with workplace bullying and harassment.

1 September

Spinning plates – working flexibly to support a healthy work-life balance

This publication supports the RCN’s Healthy Workplace campaign by providing guidance to RCN representatives and other interested parties on one of the main issues affecting work-life balance today: flexible working. The aim is to ensure that representatives can work with employers and policy-makers in their workplaces, and provide appropriate representation to RCN members who may need support to gain access to flexible working.

12 December

Sharps safety

Updated guidance covering the law on sharps injuries, including The Health and Safety (Sharps Instruments in Healthcare Regulations 2013) and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers.

1 April

Beyond breaking point?

Survey results examining the factors influencing health, wellbeing and stress, including management and peer support, sickness absence policies, bullying and harassment and occupational health service provision.

5 October

A shift in the right direction

Publication primarily aimed at RCN safety reps to assist them in their work with employers to protect members and patients from the negative impacts of shift working.

21 May

Tools of the trade

Guidance focusing on contact dermatitis, the main work-related skin condition affecting health professionals hands, glove use, infection prevention and control practice as well as the importance of considering glove use. Short reference guide.

28 April

Guidance on safe nurse staffing levels in the UK

Report setting out the range of different factors that influence the total demand for staff and highlights the variety of methods for planning or reviewing staffing levels.

8 October

Work-related stress

Guidance detailing how RCN safety representatives can get involved in each stage of the risk assessment process, with a number of case studies highlighting how representatives have implemented the HSE standards in their own workplaces.

23 October

Work-related violence

Guidance detailing how RCN safety representatives can get involved in each stage of the risk assessment process, with a number of case studies highlighting how representatives have implemented the HSE standards in their own workplaces.

If you are a member concerned about your working environment you can find advice by: