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Once an organisation has completed the First Steps Award they can then progress to working towards the Advanced Award, if they wish, with the full support of the Up & Active Workplaces Team. Progression on the Avanced Awards will be achieved following assessment against the progressive criteria as set out in each level.

Targets reflect the expected level of health activities relevant to the business, thus making it possible for the very small or the very large to participate.


Information around Safe handling and lifting from the HSE and NICE websites.

Managers/supervisors are instructed to make sure all staff takes meal breaks away from their workstation.

Nominate a workplace ‘MSK’ champion who will lead on all things MSK within the workplace and take responsibility for communications.

Use your intranet page to hold permanent signpost details of support services (physiotherapy etc) for employees to access in their own time.


Help to source relevant organisations to provide this training.

Host a back and joint awareness session in your workplace.

To be made part of working procedure. Guidelines available from HSE website.


Policies and procedures. Records of staff involvement. Copy of action/implementation plan

Staff survey to indicate knowledge of the policy. Evidence of how policy/information is cascaded to employees.