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Mental health is a key issue in the construction industry with the risk of suicide among some site-based workers being three times the national average. A May 2020 Chartered Institute of Building report found that 26% of construction workers who responded to their survey had experienced suicidal thoughts; 97% had experienced stress over the past year.

Here at SGS United Kingdom Ltd we aim to support organisations with products which will help them achieve business success. Our internationally recognised certification services will enable you to demonstrate that your products, processes, systems or services are compliant with national and worldwide regulations and standards.

Supporting the mental wellbeing of your employees is crucial to avoid severe impacts on an individual, and the effects on your organisation, such as staff turnover, decreased productivity and high sickness absence.

We live in unprecedented times and it’s more important than ever before to protect and support construction workers’ mental health.

Join our complimentary webinar on 22 November at 10.00am to find out how the standard for occupational health and safety will help you reduce construction’s grim suicide rate.


  • What is meant by mental health?
  • The impact of mental health on an organisation
  • Why an organisation needs to address staff wellbeing
  • How to create a well organisation
  • What is ISO 45001?
  • What are the benefits of ISO 45001?
  • How can ISO 45001 help you improve wellbeing in the workplace?


Kate Breslin - UK Product Manager OHSMS at SGS United Kingdom Ltd

Kate joined SGS United Kingdom Ltd in 2012 as a Lead Integrated Management Systems (IMS) Auditor bringing with her a wealth of experience from her previous employment as a Management Systems Manager.

In that role Kate worked across a variety of industries including construction, facilities management, civil engineering, transportation and public administration, dealing with environment, quality, and health and safety management systems. During this time, she carried out internal and supplier audits, designed, implemented and managed all procedures and processes and carried out training, risk assessments, monitoring and measurement.

As Product Manager for the UK Kate is a member of several committees such as the HS/001 committee for occupational health and safety management, BSI committee, which involves the development of standards including the ISO 45000 series and full forum committee for Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP).

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