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A newly-revised toolkit for businesses has been made available to help advise on workplace health and safety issues.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has produced an expanded version of its occupational health toolkit, which now covers skin and respiratory conditions as well as musculoskeletal disorders and stress.

The occupational health toolkit provides a wide range of information for non-medical staff affected by these issues or dealing with risks from a management perspective – ranging from rehabilitation for sick employees through to ensuring the proper use of personal protective equipment.

The resource is free, and it brings together guidance, factsheets, training materials and advice on best practice in a single online source.

Richard Jones, IOSH’s policy and technical director, said: 'Skin and respiratory disorders are serious conditions that affect many members of the workforce, so it's important that the information available to help organisations protect their staff can be easily access.'

He added: ' It is hoped that by using the occupational health toolkit, all those that have a part to play can take the opportunity to help prevent illnesses, or respond early to signs and symptoms before they become severe and cost time, money and possibly, a person’s life.'

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