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Men's Health Week, 10-16 June, 2024: The Importance of Providing Men’s Welfare Facilities in the Workplace

As this week is Men’s Health Week, it provides a great opportunity to address a crucial issue that affects countless men in the workplace: the provision of appropriate welfare facilities. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently updated their guidance to ensure that men have the appropriate welfare facilities available in the workplace, following a report by Prostate Cancer UK and phs Group that shed light on significant challenges related to urinary incontinence (UI).

Urinary incontinence is a common but often overlooked issue among men. The report revealed that over half of all men surveyed had experienced symptoms associated with urinary incontinence. 78% of those who identified as suffering from UI expressed anxiety about going to work due to the lack of places to dispose of sanitary pads. Furthermore, 44% of men reported feeling anxious about using public toilets, which exacerbates their anxiety and discomfort in professional settings.

One of the most straightforward yet impactful solutions to address this issue is the provision of male sanitary bins in workplace restrooms. Currently, many workplaces are not equipped with these facilities, leaving men without a discreet and hygienic way to dispose of incontinence products. This gap in amenities can affect the physical health of men and their psychological wellbeing. Providing male sanitary bins can significantly alleviate the anxiety that men with UI experience, creating more inclusive and supportive workplace environment.

By implementing these essential changes, we can make significant strides in supporting men’s health in the workplace. As we observe Men’s Health Week, let’s prioritise these necessary improvements and raise awareness about the importance of proper welfare facilities to support men’s health.

For advice and support for men's health, including issues related to urinary incontinence and workplace welfare facilities read more here.

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