Top HSE News Headlines – 05/07/2018

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Top HSE News Headlines – 05/07/2018

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ACT Work Health and Safety law changes for major construction projects

On 7 June 2018, an amendment to the ACT Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT)(the WHS Act) was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly. If the amendment passes the Assembly, it will come into force on 1 January 2019 and impose new Work Health and Safety (WHS) obligations for Canberra construction companies running projects worth more than $5 million.

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Driverless cars really do have health and safety benefits, if only people knew

Driverless cars promise many benefits, including an improvement in safety, but new research shows many people are still not aware of this.

A paper, co-authored by me and published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, reports that almost two thirds (63%) of the 1,624 people surveyed had neutral or negative attitudes towards driverless cars.

 

‘Health and safety’ rules end distraught organist’s 20 years playing at church

“I would get paid £40 for a special service such as a wedding, and around £10 for a normal Sunday service.

“But what really upset me when I stopped playing was that I didn’t hear a thing from the church, I didn’t even get a thank you card for all my efforts over the last 20 years.”

 

Lynn-based Chalcroft secures eighth RoSPA Gold Medal for health and safety best practice

Chalcroft Construction, which has offices at Campbell’s Business Park in Lynn, has earned a prestigious gold award for the eighth consecutive year.

The award has been given in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping maintain high standards of health and safety.

 

HIQA finds serious breaches at HSE-run facility for people with disabilities

The Health Information and Quality Authority has found that a Health Service Executive-run facility for people with disabilities could provide no written evidence that residents or their families had been consulted before it decided not to medically resuscitate three residents.

 

HSE urges caution following increase in E.coli infections

The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has advised the public to take extra care when handling and preparing food, following an increase in the number of E.coli infections in recent weeks.

 

HSE reports yearly rise in emergency department attendances

The Health Service Executive has said the total number of emergency department attendances has increased each year, while bed capacity has remained largely unchanged.

 

Time to regulate HSE managers

Sir, – Ruary Martin (July 2nd) finds it “rather worrying” that “hospital management and the HSE do not appear to play any role whatsoever in dealing with sub-performing medics in Ireland” because there are so few complaints from them to the Medical Council about “sub-performing medics in Ireland.”

 

Learning from HSE successes key to industry recovery, Verum Solutions says

With the 30th anniversary of Piper Alpha upon us, the oil and gas industry deserves credit for its response to the tragedy and the way health and safety measures have been improved to protect the workforce.

 

HSE needs to send appointment texts

The HSE should text patients to remind them of appointments after almost half a million people failed to show up for a consultation last year, a senior executive at the service has said.

 

HSE accused of gross negligence over ambulance cover on big match day in Thurles

Tipperary TD, Michael Lowry has accused the Health Service Executive (HSE) of ‘gross negligence’ after it emerged this week that no additional ambulance cover is provided in Thurles on big match days, despite the influx of up to 50,000 additional people to the town.

 

HSE investigating Bridgnorth engineer’s death at Carlsberg factory

David Chandler, 45, died after an ammonia leak while he was working to remove a compressor at the Northampton factory.

An inquest recorded a conclusion of accidental death and now the HSE has confirmed it is looking at the circumstances of Mr Chandler’s death.

 

Occupational Health & Safety Onboard e-Learning Course

Seafarers can now undergo training on Occupational Health and Safety on board their respective vessels using a new on board course.

 

 

 

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