first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This month’s newsSafety study Occupational accident investigations need to be led by line managers ratherthan safety professionals if they are to be effective, says RoSPA. A study ofpractices by investigation expert Dr John Kingston found that emphasis needs tobe put on identifying underlying weaknesses in health and safety managementsystems rather than on apportioning blame. Mobiles risk alert Mobile phones may cause kidney damage, research by the European ResearchInstitute for Electronic Components has found. The research indicates thatexposure to low-level radiation from the phones can cause red blood cells toleak haemoglobin, a build-up of which can lead to heart disease and kidneystones. The Department of Health says the study will be examined by a committeedue to report on phone safety next year. Hospital aggro ban Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, is to refuse to treat violent patientsafter staff said they can no longer cope with soaring levels of alcohol- anddrug-induced aggression and harassment. But legal experts have warned that thehospital may face lawsuits if there is an error of judgement in choosing who totreat on this basis. Mental health alert The Mental Health Foundation has produced a new booklet aimed at increasingawareness of stress at work. Mental Health in the Workplace advises on reducingthe causes of stress at work. Mental health problems lead to the loss of 91million working days a year. Musculoskeletal aid HSE-funded research into the risk of musculoskeletal disorders in theworkplace has resulted in a prototype assessment tool. The developers believe itcould lead to improvements in work environments and equipment. Call centre probe The HSE will conduct research into call centres, which it defines as “awork environment in which the main business is conducted via the telephone whilesimultaneously using DSE”. The research will take the form of aquestionnaire to be discussed with managers, call handlers, unionrepresentatives and occupational health professionals. Hepatitis precaution Care workers, prison officers, paediatric nurses and overseas employees areamong those most at risk from contracting hepatitis A or B, according to arecent report. Hepatitis A and B: a Guide to the Occupational Risks recommendsthese “at risk groups” should be vaccinated. Asbestos ban is law The Asbestos (Prohibitions) (Amendments) Regulations 1999 came into force inGreat Britain on 24 November. It is now illegal to import, supply or usechrysotile (white asbestos.) The ban comes five years ahead of the Europeandirective deadline banning the marketing and use of the substance in memberstates. Hazards directives The HSE has announced the formation of a new Hazardous InstallationsDirective (HID) which incorporates the Chemical and Hazardous InstallationsDivision (CHID), the Offshore Safety Division (OSD) and HM Mines Inspectorate. Semiconductor study The HSE is asking former and current employees of National SemiconductorUK’s Greenock factory to take part in a study to investigate concerns overcancer in the semiconductor industry. The study will compare the number ofcases of cancer in the workforce since 1970 with a similar-sized Scottishworkforce in a different industry. Researchers expect the investigation to becompleted in about a year. Risks of MDFreport The HSE has published a Hazard Assessment Document for medium densityfibreboard (MDF), following the announcement in October 1997 that it would beinvestigating its effects on the health of workers. The report includesscientific evidence on the effects of MDF exposure. Next Article Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Jan 2000 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Todaylast_img

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