EW June – mental health in the trades

Research from the annual Mental Health in the Trades report from IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect revealed that more than four in five UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work, and 84% don’t feel comfortable discussing their mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week took place at the end of last month, and it was great to see so many projects, initiatives and conversations taking place across the electrical industry. However, more must be done to remove the stigma around mental illness and to give mental health the urgency and care it needs.

The Electrical Industry Charity runs a number of mental health courses delivered by accredited trainers for both employers and employees, including mental health first aider training. Why not look into signing up to one of the sessions this Mental Health Month? www.electricalcharity.org/training

If you need help, you can contact someone at the charity directly by emailing support@electricalcharity.org or calling the helpline on 0800 652 1618. Open: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-8:00 PM, Sat 8:00AM-1:00PM.

In this issue, you can read about the upcoming RoHS Directive banning the production of fluorescent lamps in the UK from August this year. What exactly are the issues surrounding fluorescent lighting, and what alternative options will be available? Turn to page 28 to find out.

Plus, as always, our usual news, views, products and installations from market-leading businesses across the sector, including features on cable management, surge protection devices and the recent Corrigendum to Wiring Regulations BS 7671:2018.


Enjoy the issue!

Bryony Andrews , Editor


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