Previous Article Next Article This month’s Occupational Health newsHeart attack response service The Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester has become one of thefirst museums in the country to provide a rapid response service to heartattack sufferers. The museum, in partnership with Greater Manchester AmbulanceService, has set up a training scheme for staff to learn how to operateautomatic external defibrillators. Noise risk Owners of pubs and clubs need to be better educated about the dangers ofexposing employees to too much noise, according to research for the HSE. Therewas a definite potential effect of noise, but it was not possible to establishthe number of individuals whose hearing may be impaired as a result. Guide for stress The CIPD launched a new guide to managing occupational stress to coincidewith October’s European Week for Safety and Health at Work. It looks at ways ofsolving problems so that individuals feel supported. Online advice An online resource on workplace health matters has been set up by the HealthDevelopment Agency. Called Workplace Health and Wellbeing, it was launched inOctober. www.hda-online.org.uk/workplacehealthDriver safety Ministers are being urged to encourage employers to take more responsibilityfor accidents involving employees killed while driving for work. The TUC saidsuch action would help reduce the 1,000 employees fatally injured every year onthe roads. It called on the HSE to investigate the safety management practicesof all employers whose staff drive at work. Fine for rail firm A railway maintenance firm has been fined £17,500 for breaching health andsafety rules, following an investigation into electrical burns sustained by atrack worker. GT Railway Maintenance was investigated by the HSE after trackworker Simon Rosier received burns while loosening nuts on a track adjacent toa live 650-volt conductor rail. Oestrogen protects against stress Female nurses are less susceptible to stress and serious stress-relatedillnesses than their male colleagues because of the protective properties ofoestrogen, a study by doctors at Greenwich University has concluded. The urineof 315 male and female nurses was studied and stress hormones were found to besignificantly greater in younger males. Heat stress Large parts of UK industry have difficulty in managing and assessing heatstress, a study by the HSE has concluded. The Human Thermal EnvironmentsLaboratory, Loughborough University, which carried out the research, has nowdeveloped a checklist risk-assessment method. Fall arrest equipment The HSE has published guidance on using fall arrest equipment when workingat height. Inspecting fall arrest equipment made from webbing and rope advisesemployers on effective inspection regimes, including the frequency and type ofinspections, the types of defects and damage to look out for. Transport accidents The results of a discussion document on preventing workplace transportaccidents have been published by the HSE. Around 70 people are killed and 1,200seriously injured each year in workplace transport accidents. Responses to thedocument, Preventing workplace transport accidents, concluded that moreguidance was needed. Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
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