Diabetes is a hidden epidemic and the fastest-growing health threat facing our nation. 4.6 million people have the condition in the UK, 700 people are diagnosed a day with type 2 diabetes (one every two minutes).
Diabetes can cause people to black out or act as if drunk when they are not correctly managing their condition. Those on insulin are required by the DVLA to test two hours before driving and every two hours whilst driving to keep themselves and other road users safe. This is not, as yet, a legal requirement on sites, on unadopted roads or on rail tracks.
The Tackling Diabetes Safety Charter has been developed to support companies to protect their staff from diabetes risk. Diabetes risk in the workplace is rarely highlighted, this charter intends to do just that and provide people with the knowledge of what to have in place.
By signing up to the Charter companies can make a commitment to increase its staffs understanding of diabetes, the associated risks and help remove the stigma. It also helps companies get the correct diabetes specific policies, risk assessments and diabetes first aid kits in place.
Does your company have, diabetes risk assessments, diabetes policies, diabetes friendly first aid kits? Are all staff following DVLA regulations and where required to, testing blood sugars before working on plant or machinery? If you answer no to any of these, you are leaving your staff open to the risk of a site fatality and your company exposed to criminal and civil liability.
Sign up to the Tacking Diabetes Charter and let’s make sure everyone gets home at night.
If you would like to know more or sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0121 227 8638.
This is to certify that
Will abide by the principles of the Tackling Diabetes Safety Charter, a Charter developed to increase awareness, remove stigma and create greater safety around diabetes in all places of work.
Our company is signing this charter and pledging to:
Provide diabetes awareness training to our staff to ensure they understand;
The risks diabetes brings to their own health
The risks diabetes brings to others on site and in the workplace
Practical steps to help themselves and others stay safe and healthy
Promote glucose testing according to DVLA regulations
Ensure we have in place specific diabetes safety policies
Provide access to clean suitable places for those with diabetes who need to test their blood sugar levels and take injectable medication
Ensure we have in place specific diabetes safety risk assessments and safe systems of work.
As a company we will ensure we support our staff by making the workplace safer from diabetes risk. We commit to follow the principles of the Tackling Diabetes Safety Charter and together help turn the tide on the growing type 2 diabetes epidemic and its associated risks.