About MESH

Established in 1996 MESH provides a self help mechanism for member companies. Our group is non-profit making run by businesses for businesses, presenting a friendly face to a serious subject. An elected committee is supported by the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authority Environmental Health Officers. MESH is affiliated to RoSPA and a Member of Safety Groups UK and has received two gold a silver and a bronze Alan Butler awards in the last four years for services to Health and Safety.

Join MESH Today

Membership is open to all types of businesses and organisations covering self employed through to major employers - for anyone who has an accountability to manage Health and Safety and Environmental issues. Membership is available to all businesses located across East Anglia.

MESH provides a monthly face to face opportunity to network and learn from other professional's and a diverse selection of businesses by sharing problems and expertise. A discussion forum is available on the website to engage in a professional interaction with other members.

Electrical Safety First

This Electrical Fire Safety Week, which runs from 20th November to 26th November, we’re calling on the Government to act now to ensure that people can live safely in their homes.

You can sign up and support our campaign here: http://www.supportsaferhomes.com

For advice on staying safe in the home, visit electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/saferhomes

Join the conversation on social media – we’re posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #SaferHomes!

New EU acrylamide legislation

Food businesses in the UK will be required to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems under new EU legislation which will apply from April 2018.

The legislation describes practical measures based upon best practice guidance developed by the food industry to mitigate acrylamide formation in a range of foods. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland are working with the British Hospitality Association and other key stakeholders to develop simple guidance which will help the catering and foodservice sectors comply with new rules. Guidelines to aid understanding of the enforcement of the legislation will also be available in the New Year.

Acrylamide forms naturally during high temperature cooking and processing, such as frying, roasting and baking, particularly in potato-based products and cereal-based products. It is not possible to eliminate acrylamide from foods, but actions can be taken to try and ensure that acrylamide levels are as low as reasonably achievable.

The FSA has been undertaking surveillance on acrylamide levels in food products since 2007. The latest surveillance report can be found on the Survey of acrylamide and furan in UK retail products page.

HSE Stress Update

Latest HSE Statistics

New statistics published 1 November

Last Wednesday, HSE published its annual ill-health and injury statistics for Great Britain. The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show:

• The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17 was 526,000, a prevalence rate of 1,610 per 100,000 workers.

• The number of new cases was 236,000, an incidence rate of 720 per 100,000 workers.

• The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2016/17 was 12.5 million days. This equated to an average of 23.8 days lost per case.

• In 2016/17 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 40% of all work-related ill health cases and 49% of all working days lost due to ill health.

• Stress is more prevalent in public service industries, such as education; human health and social care work activities; and public administration and defence.

• By occupation, jobs that are common across public service industries (such as healthcare workers; teaching professionals; business and public service professionals) show higher levels of stress.

• The main work factors cited as causing work-related stress, depression or anxiety were workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support .

• Work-related ill health, injuries and what is now an estimated £14.9 bn cost to the economy have generally followed downward trends over time. The new data confirms the picture seen in recent years that, even if Great Britain continues to have one of the best health and safety records in Europe, most of the indicators are now broadly flat.

The importance of our increasing emphasis on health is reflected by an estimated 1.3 million workers suffering from a work-related illness (new or long standing) in 2016/17. Around 80% of these were musculoskeletal disorders or stress, depression or anxiety, with an estimated 0.5 million cases each. With 12,000 deaths, occupational lung diseases accounted for 90% of the estimated 13,000 deaths linked to past exposures at work (often decades ago). This is why our plans prioritise tackling these areas. Join the Go home healthy campaign, help us spread the word and share your ideas.

More details of these statistics can be found in our stress specific statistics leaflet


Get a free ticket for Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Forum 2017!

Apply for 1 of 10 free tickets to attend.

HSE is one of those presenting at the Forum, taking place at the Park Plaza, Waterloo on 23rd November. This key conference will offer HR, OH and Wellbeing professionals the opportunity to uncover the strategic and practical elements of developing and implementing wellness programmes, building resilience and tackling stress amongst employees. Attend this conference to hear thought leadership from Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist at HSE as well as Vodafone, Jaguar Land Rover, Google, and many others sharing insights on:

• How to create a ‘great place to work’.

• How to support, train and engage with your staff around stress and mental health .

• How to overcome mental health stigmas in the workplace.

• Financial wellbeing and a work/life balance.

To celebrate Peter Kelly’s involvement, Symposium Events are delighted to offer ten complimentary tickets to HSE readers.

Go to http://www.symposium.co.uk/hse-wellbeing-2017 to apply - hurry there are only 10 tickets available!

ROSPA Health and Safety Awards 2018


RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards

The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar and offer organisations a prime opportunity to prove their ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards.

The longevity and undisputed reputation of RoSPA and the Awards scheme is just one of the key reasons it has been recognising and celebrating excellence in safety performance longer than any other in the industry.

The scheme has continued to evolve and the 2018 Awards are set to be bigger and better than ever!

Why Apply?

• Contribute to your CPD

• Get inspired to drive change

• Give team morale a boost

• Win tenders and new clients

• Keep safety standards high

• Get noticed in the press


Next MESH Talk8th February 2018

Occupational Health
Pippa Stanford( Health 1st)