Wellbeing and Health & Safety

  • The terms wellbeing and that of health and safety often go hand-in-hand and whilst commonly used together, sometimes interchangeably, they are in fact two very different things.

    Health and safety refers to the protection of a worker or member of the public, keeping them from coming to harm through being killed, suffering an injury or falling ill. This can be brought about either through their own doing e.g. cutting themselves with a sharp saw for example or falling from height, or it can be as a result of the actions (or inactions) of another person. This is why health and safety training and a high level of knowledge is so important not only for safeguarding your own health and safety, but also of your fellow colleagues and innocent members of the public who may be caught up and have their safety and wellbeing jeopardised by something you have or have not done.

    Similar but also in slight contrast, wellbeing when applied to safety usually describes the satisfying of personal needs which both contribute to the health and safety of a person as well as keeping them happy. Examples of this include the provision of facilities such as toilets and clean drinking water, and putting practices in place which relieve mental and physical pressure, boredom, human error, stress and fatigue. By doing so, the health of an individual is also likely to be positively affected, which is why the two terms are used together so much.

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