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‘Moment of stupidity’ earns corner-cutting scaffolder suspended sentence
An experienced scaffolder has been given a suspended prison sentence and community service after he was spotted working 18 m above the ground without edge protection and in a safety harness that was not attached to an anchor point.
Psychological effects of balding
Baldness can have a significant traumatising effect on our lives. People experiencing hair loss sometimes exhibit certain psychological and emotional symptoms, which are related to how they perceive themselves and how they think other people perceive them. Many people are able to reconcile themselves to a life of hair loss or baldness, but others may develop serious psychological conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
Bathing your baby with hot water is dangerous, says Expert
A Community Health Technician, Mrs. Hellen Bulu, has advised Nigerian mothers against bathing their newborn babies with hot water and stretching their hands in an attempt to massage them.
‘Diet can influence spread of breast cancer’
A single protein building block commonly found in food may hold a key to preventing the spread of an often-deadly type of breast cancer, according to a new multicenter study published today in the medical journal Nature.
Study Reveals Low-Fat, Low-Carb Diets Offer Same Results
Common dieting advice urges people to either eat fewer carbohydrates or less fat in order to shed weight. But a study Tuesday found neither approach is better than the other.
IFSEC Global has confirmed the judging panel for its ‘Top influencers in security and fire 2018’.
As with last year, nominations only count if accompanied by a reason for the nomination. There is a word limit of roughly 400 words. The three most persuasive nominations will each win a £100 Amazon voucher. Our panel of judges, barred from featuring in the list themselves, will then draw up final rankings based on the nominations and their own judgement.
You can network with some of the influencers during a meet-and-greet session during IFSEC International, 19-21 June 2018, ExCeL London – details to be confirmed.
Good OSH practice linked to high levels of worker representation
Organisations with high levels of worker representation and management commitment to occupational safety and health (OSH) are five times more likely to manage stress and psychosocial risks well than those without. This is one of the findings of a new analysis of European workplace OSH management data by the European Risk Observatory.
High-rise residents denying access for fire-safety improvements might be taken to court
High-rise residents in an Aberdeen apartment block have denied access to council workers seeking entry in order to make fire safety improvements.
And Aberdeen City Council has suggested that legal action could be launched if residents continue to block access.
Report calls for employers to understand health and safety risks of modern work
A new report by the British Safety Council (BSC) has examined the health and safety risks of the future workplace, urging employers to assess and improve their and their employees’ understanding of the dangers of new technologies and the future skills required for work.
Bill C-65: health and safety committees must be involved when violence happens in the workplace
While aspects of Bill C-65 take positive steps towards the prevention of violence in the workplace, CUPE strongly believes that harassment and violence incidents should not be handled by the employer alone.
CQC briefing – Increasing prosecution of directors for health and safety offences
Many company directors may not be aware that they have potential personal liability for health and safety breaches.
Section 37 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 provides that where a body corporate commits an offence with the consent or convinced of, or is attributable to the neglect of a director, manager, secretary or similar officer, that person can face personal liability.
Flood Waters in Indiana Carry Health and Safety Dangers
Flood waters can contain contaminants, and the water also may carry electrical currents from downed power lines or appliances. As flood waters begin to recede, area residents need to keep up their guard to protect against health and safety hazards.
Raising health and safety standards in UK construction
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and The Contractors’ Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) have announced a new partnership to raise health and safety standards in the UK and make the world of work safer.
The NFB represents small to medium-sized builders, regional contractors and housebuilders across England and Wales. As one of the UK’s longest standing trade bodies, it was created to represent the building profession and to promote conditions its members need to thrive and contribute to the economic success of the UK.
Children’s Museum to hold Health & Safety Fair March 3
This will be the focus of the Children’s Health and Safety Fair held at the Children’s Museum on March 3 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sponsors for the event include Wal-Mart, Hunt Regional Healthcare, Atmos and Pediatric Center of Greenville. Free admission to the museum will be offered during the time of the Health and Safety Fair.
CPSC Will Continue to Use Agency Collaborations to Focus on the Environmental Health and Safety of Nanomaterials
On February 12, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posted its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Performance Report. According to the Report, in fiscal year (FY) 2017, CPSC exceeded its target of five collaborations by establishing seven research collaborations on the environmental health and safety of nanomaterials.
New PAS standard for safety data-sharing in construction BIM models
The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1192-6, a detailed guide on how construction project teams should integrate and share health and safety information when using collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques.
Robots and weak “psychological contracts” raise new work risks
Stress from working alongside uncommunicative, untiring robots, weakening ties between employers and employees and the need to coach young workers in personal resilience are just some of the changes coming down the line in the world of work, according to a new report from the British Safety Council.
UK to lead race to the top in international standards post-EU, Davis asserts
Brexit secretary David Davis this week moved to rebut fears of a post-Brexit weakening of safety standards and workplace protections in what he sarcastically called “a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction”.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has sent a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seeking to alter current hours-of-service regulations, the association announced Feb. 14.
OOIDA is requesting that drivers operating under HOS regulations be allowed one rest break during a 14-hour on-duty period – for up to three straight hours, if the driver is off duty the whole time.
NIOSH’s latest research agenda for manufacturing sector looks at new technology
NIOSH has published its National Occupational Research Agenda for Manufacturing, intended to spotlight the industry’s most important occupational safety and health research needs for the next decade.
The agenda, released in January, was written by the NORA Manufacturing Sector Council, one of 10 industry sector-based councils that advise NIOSH on NORA, a partnership program created “to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices.”