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first_imgNewsOn 1 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today This month’s newsReproductive health A booklet targeting general managers and non-specialist personnel on how toprotect employees from risks to their reproductive health has been published bythe Chemical Industries Association.  www.cia.org.ukWoodworking safety Health and safety training on machinery across all the woodworkingindustries is in “a grim state”, according to the HSE. While thereare more than 1,000 woodworking training providers in the country, only 139offered wood machining training, and about half of these are dormant, it said. Mental health Middlesex University and the Tavistock Clinic have launched a new Centre forMental Health Nursing in London. It plans to provide courses for mental healthnurses, health visitors, district nurses, school nurses, practice nurses andnurse practitioners. Scottish OH award Lothian Occupational Health Service, based at Edinburgh’s Astley AinslieHospital, has been awarded the Government quality standard BS EN ISO 9001. Theservice works with all NHS employees in the Lothian region as well ascommercial organisations throughout Scotland. It also has a 24-hour on-callservice for needlestick incidents. UKCC increases fees The UKCC is planning to nearly double its registration fee for nurses,midwives and health visitors, from £36 to £60 every three years. But it willscrap the £10 fee when people first qualify. It is seeking agreement fromHealth Secretary Alan Milburn for the move. It is eight years since it was lastincreased.  www.ukcc.org.ukHoliday danger Health and safety professionals are being warned to watch out for the safetyof children coming into contact with their operations during the schoolholidays. Each year, said the HSE, one child dies and 100 major injuries arereported by the construction industry; five die and 45 suffer major injuries inthe agriculture sector and last year 10 died and 13 were injured on therailways. Compensation payment A former winner of the British Safety Council’s National Safety Award hasbeen ordered to pay compensation after one of its workers slipped a disc whileon lifting duties. The decision by Devon-based gas turbine generator companyCentrax to move the worker to heavy lifting duties was “whollycausative” of her prolapsed disc, a judge at Plymouth County Court ruled. Disinfectant safety New guidance on controlling exposure to disinfectants used in the food anddrinks industry has been published by the Health and Safety Executive. The FoodInformation Sheet No 29 advises employers on how to select disinfectantssafely, without compromising food hygiene. It also advises on actions andprecautions needed to ensure employees’ exposure to disinfectants is adequatelycontrolled. Change of hazard classification The hazard classification for trichloroethylene, or “trike”, is inthe process of being changed, the Health and Safety Executive has warned. Thesubstance is commonly used as a powerful solvent for removing grease andcleaning metal parts. Currently in the lowest category of human health hazardclassification (category 3), it is being upgraded to a category 2 carcinogen, achange that will come into effect from next spring. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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