Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This month’s newsWhitty drive Lord Whitty, the minister responsible for health and safety at work, hashinted at stricter measures on occupational health. He told a major Londonconference attended by employers, industry bodies and trade unions that”those who make decisions based on risk know they cannot expect an easyride”. Resin research Research giant TWI is to investigate the possible harmful effects of epoxyresins used in adhesives, coatings and sealants. Reported effects includephoto-sensitisation, and skin, eye, nose and throat sensitisation. [email protected] [email protected] guide TUC guidance on working with chemicals sets out six “essentialrights” for safety reps. The rights are to: be trained; be informed; beconsulted; be involved in decisions; investigate and inspect, and representwork colleagues. www.tuc.org.ukOH intranet Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, has set up an occupational health intranet sitefor its 8000 UK staff. Employees will be able to book appointments with companyphysiotherapists, chiropodists and opticians, as well as download healthinformation. Keep it internal Employers should give preference to internal staff for advice on health andsafety, government guidance has confirmed. The advice comes in the new ApprovedCode of Practice to accompany the revised Management of Health and Safety atWork Regulations 1999. www.hse.gov.uk; copies from 01787 881165 Hand-held advice Hand-arm vibration syndrome comes under the spotlight in a new publicationfrom independent company Scriptographic. It offers training guidance on how touse hand-held tools. [email protected] Downs chair OH consultant Peter Mattison has been appointed chair of the Mid Downs Groupof OH Nurses. Mattison has experience with construction giant Costain, and inthe public sector at Guy’s Hospital and in local government. Welsh health plan The Welsh Assembly has launched a health promotion strategy after a reviewof public health highlighted problems. Promoting Health and Well Being isavailable from the Health Promotion Division, National Assembly for Wales,Ffynnon-las, Cardiff CF14 5DZ Hazards bus tour A promotional HSC bus toured construction sites in Scotland and the north ofEngland last month showing how to avoid hazards at work. The mobile exhibitionwas put together by the HSC’s Construction Industry Advisory Committee as partof the Working Well Together campaign. www.wwt.uk.comWoodwork guide The HSE has produced guidance for the woodworking industry on how to reduceinjuries caused by manual handling. Nearly a third of injuries reported to theHSE are caused by poor handling practices. www.open.gov.uk/hse/press/press.htmClaims aid dries up Legal aid for compensation claims arising from workplace accidents is toend, the Government has said. Claimants with limited resources will have torely on solicitors with “no win, no fee” deals. Schools safety risk Devolved budgets for schools increase the risk of injury to staff andpupils, Bill Walker of Zurich Municipal told the conference of the RegionalEducation Safety Officers Group last month. He said the Fair Funding scheme createsuncertainty over whether the school or the LEA is responsible for health andsafety. Prep pilot One in 10 nurses will have their post-registration education and practiceaudited from April next year – 60,000 nurses on the UKCC register. Glasgow CaledonianUniversity lecturer Helen Gough said the 10 per cent will need to give evidenceof their learning and relevance of this to their work on specially developedforms. Summer survey OH nurses in Scotland were urged to complete a survey of their work when itis sent out this summer. Dr Bernice West, director at Robert Gordon University,said that the survey would help to give a voice to the scope of the OH nurses’professional practice. Public health Chief nursing officer of the Scottish health executive Anne Jarvie tolddelegates that nurses would have to change their way of working in publichealth. She said the OH strategy was aimed at supporting and promoting healthin the NHS in Scotland. National service The motion: “Should there be a national OH service in the newmillennium?”, was won by a clear majority at the close of the conference.Speakers for the motion argued that it should be different from the NHS modeland could be funded through the national insurance contributions.