When it comes to emergency situations on the road, should coach drivers be expected to know and perform effective first aid? Although health and safety law requires employers to ensure adequate numbers of suitable persons can administer first aid, what are the rules for drivers operating in isolation from the workplace? Despite the plethora of regulations surrounding health and safety at work, the issue of first aid for coach drivers remains unclear and potentially problematic.
The independent review into workplace mental health, commissioned by the Prime Minister in January, has recently published its report and has found that the UK faces a "significant mental health challenge at work". The report makes for stark reading and estimates that the economic bill for poor workplace mental health to employers costs somewhere in the region of £33-42bn. While work-related stress and mental illness appears to be a principal concern to employers and employees, with 0.5 million workers suffering from work-related stress, anxiety and depression, the report is calling for employers to make significant adjustments and improvements to ensure they provide adequate support for employees dealing with mental health problems.