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Podcast highlights: Season 2, Episode 4

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Our latest podcast episode features Tracy Orlandi, Head of Wellbeing and Occupational Health. Tracy also chairs the Occupational Health and Hygiene Advisory Group (OHAG). The group dedicated to safeguarding rail employee health and wellbeing.

She and host Greg Morse discuss the current state of rail employee health and wellbeing, highlighting the higher incidence of mental health and musculoskeletal conditions in the industry. They also talk about the efforts to address these. Mentioned are initiatives like the Railway Mental Health Charter and consolidated Rail Wellbeing Alliance.

Tracy also highlights the OHAG’s four key workstreams for the year, with a particular focus on two:

  • the Exposure of Risk at Work Group
  • the development of medical standards.

She emphasises the importance of preventing work-related health conditions, like hearing loss and skin conditions. Tracy also outlines the group’s efforts in this area.

 

Key takeaways:

  • Rates of mental health and musculoskeletal conditions among rail employees are significantly higher than the national average.
  • The Railway Mental Health Charter is aimed at addressing these and similar health concerns. So is the Rail Wellbeing Alliance’s recent restructuring.
  • Tracy emphasises the importance of industry data in taking targeted actions. This includes insights from the RSSB Health Data Hub project and the RSSB mental health survey.
  • The Fatigue Working Group is working on practical training and guidance to manage fatigue risks. That includes reviewing rosters and embedding fatigue awareness.
  • The OHAG focuses on early intervention for work-related health risks. It’s developing industry risk matrix profiles and a digital risk assessment tool.
  • The group is also reviewing medical standards to keep people productive in work. The focus on is conditions like diabetes and sleep apnoea.
  • Tracy highlights the need for industry-wide engagement and collaboration. That will help improve health standards to the same level as safety standards.
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