NewsOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today This month’s newsOH symposium The annual symposium of the Association of Occupational Health NursePractitioners is to be held on Thursday 16 May at the Regent’s CollegeConference Centre in London. It is entitled Occupational Health – PlainSpeaking. Further details can beobtained by calling 0116 2813720. Investigation of workplace accidents A policy setting out clear standards for investigating and prosecutingworkplace accidents has been published by the Health and Safety Commission. Itis the first time the commission has set out specific criteria for decidingwhether to investigate and prosecute a breach of health and safety law. HSC15can be ordered online at www.hsebooks.co.ukInfection control A new National Infection Control and Health Protection Agency has beenproposed by the Government to help co-ordinate the management of infectiousdiseases. Chief Medical Officer for England Sir Liam Donaldson said it wouldprovide an integrated approach to all aspects of health protection, including chemicaland radiological hazards, as well as infectious disease control. New OH unit An occupational health unit has been opened at London’s St Charles’Hospital, part of Parkside Health NHS Trust. Services include lifetimescreening programmes, environmental health testing, a fitness andrehabilitation room and a therapy area. Mobile phone safety The Government and industry are jointly to spend £7.4m on projects to lookat the health effects of mobile phones. The first 15 projects will look at theeffect of mobiles on blood pressure and hearing, risks of contracting cancerand how radio signals interact with the body. Details on the website. www.mthr.org.ukFees for expert opinions increase Rates for report writing and court appearances for expert witnesses haveincreased far above the rate of inflation since 1999, according to the publisherof the UK Register of Expert Witnesses. On average, fees have gone up by 8.5per cent a year for report writing and by 5.6 per cent for court appearances, saidJS Publications. For medical experts, the average rate for writing reports isnow £149 per hour and for court appearances £927 a day, it added. We’re all human A research report addressing the need to recognise human factors in planninghealth and safety in the application of electrical, electronic and programmableelectronic safety-related systems has been published by the HSE. The report onIEC 61508, is available from HSE Books 01787 881165. Risks to foetus Exposure to some radioactive substances can be more harmful to an unbornchild than the mother, research for the HSE has found. The study assessedradiation doses that could be received by foetuses of women at risk of inhalingor ingesting radioactive substances. www.hsebooks.co.ukMobile equipment Employers have just under a year to ensure all mobile equipment being usedin the workplace before December 1998 is brought within the latest health andsafety regulations. The Health and Safety Executive has set 5 December thisyear as the deadline for compliance with Part III of the Provision and Use ofWork Equipment Regulations 1998. These cover equipment such fork-lift trucks,dumpers and tractors. Guidance on planning for emergencies involving the release of radiation hasbeen published by the Health and Safety Executive. It supports the Radiation(Emergency Preparedness and Public Information Regulations), which came intoforce in September and is available from HSE Books, tel: 01787 881165. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.