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Mental health trust prosecuted after nurses attacked
The Health and Safety Executive is prosecuting a  mental health trust after two nurses were attacked by a patient, it has been confirmed to HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 26, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Southern Health prosecuted for second time over patient death
England ’s largest community and mental health provider will be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the death of a patient. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON calls for action to tackle stress endemic in public services
UNISON is stepping up its campaign on stress after a survey of 10,000 members showed that it is the top health and safety concern for union members. Some three-quarters of members said they had never been surveyed by their employer on stress – and 61% said their employer had never spoken to them the issue at all. The biggest cause of stress, say UNISON members, is excessive demands placed on them by staff shortages, cuts and constant change. And 87% of the almost 10,000 who answered said that increasing pressure on staff, and the stress that brings, means that services to the public suffer. UNISON is calling on its b...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health and safety health and safety reps hns Stress stress survey Source Type: news

UNISON calls for action to tackle stress epidemic in public services
UNISON is stepping up its campaign on stress after a survey of 10,000 members showed that it is the top health and safety concern for union members. Some three-quarters of members said they had never been surveyed by their employer on stress – and 61% said their employer had never spoken to them the issue at all. The biggest cause of stress, say UNISON members, is excessive demands placed on them by staff shortages, cuts and constant change. And 87% of the almost 10,000 who answered said that increasing pressure on staff, and the stress that brings, means that services to the public suffer. UNISON is calling on its b...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - March 30, 2017 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News health and safety health and safety reps hns Stress stress survey Source Type: news

Exclusive: Trust prosecuted after 'high profile' patient death
A trust is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive over the death of a mentally ill patient, who fell to his death on hospital premises. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - December 20, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes HSE report on needlesticks
UNISON has welcomed a report from the Health and Safety Executive on its inspection campaign on the prevention and management of injuries from sharps (needlesticks) in NHS organisations. UNISON and the Safer Needles Network has been pushing for this as a way of re-enforcing the sharps regulations that UNISON had successfully campaigned for. The chief findings of the report were that: health and safety breaches were identified in 90% of organisations visited; 83% failed to fully comply with the sharps regulations; improvement notices were issued to 45% of the organisations that were visited. UNISON ass...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - May 19, 2016 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article health and safety needlesticks NHS sharps Source Type: news

10 ways to DE-STRESS your hectic life
STRESS accounts for 35 percent of all work related complaints, the Health and Safety Executive has found. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

♡ UNISON: it’s a life saver
Health and safety saves lives, and UNISON reps are at the forefront of that work. That was the clear message from the union’s first Safety Rep of the Year awards held in London this week. Tom McWilliams from Scotland got involved in health and safety after a friend died in an explosion at work. Recently, he and colleagues noticed an increase in illness at work. As a UNISON safety rep, he organised an inspection which led to the discovery of carbon monoxide leaking into a work area and slowly poisoning staff. Carbon monoxide is a colourless and odourless gas. Exposure leads to hundreds of hospital admissions and up to...
Source: UNISON Health care news - February 5, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: tonyb Tags: Article News health and safety health and safety reps heart unions heart unions week Heart UNISON heart UNSION week Stress Source Type: news

Mid Staffs charged over four criminal deaths
Health and Safety Executive brings criminal charges over deaths of four patients between 2005 and 2014Related items from OnMedicaFrancis calls for culture of care in NHS Government needs to listen to doctors’ concerns over NHSScandal-hit Mid Staffs trust is to be dissolvedDoctors could be prosecuted for ‘wilful neglect’ of patients under government proposalsUnify and simplify complaints process for all public sector services, demand MPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 15, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Liz Snape is the next TUC president
Liz Snape, assistant general secretary of UNISON, has today (Wednesday) been elected as the next president of the TUC. She was elected at this morning’s General Council on the final day of the 147thCongress and takes over from Leslie Manasseh. She will serve in the role for a year, until the 148th Congress in Brighton in 2016. Ms Snape was born and grew up in Liverpool and is proud of her working class background, which she says continues to shape her values. Her trade union activism began in 1989, firstly as a student union president in Liverpool and an NUS activist. She joined the National Associatio...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 16, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: HarrisonDi Tags: News liz snape TUC tuc president Source Type: news

Night shifts 'linked to increased breast cancer risk'
Conclusion This study in mice appears to support previous research suggesting a link between night-shift work and breast cancer. It looked at an inverted pattern of light and dark to assess whether this is linked to greater risk. The researchers found mice exposed to weekly light-dark inversions saw a larger increase in body weight and quicker tumour development. One limitation with this study is it is an animal study, which reduces the generalisability of findings. However, as there are a number of studies that have drawn similar conclusions – some in humans – these findings do add to the research in this ar...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Cancer Source Type: news

HSE criticised for ‘arbitrary’ decision not to intervene at Morecambe Bay
The Health and Safety Executive has been criticised for not intervening over the deaths of mothers and babies at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 29, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

ALARP and CBA all in the same game - Ale BJM, Hartford DND, Slater D.
The concept of reducing risk As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) as presented by the UK Health and Safety Executive for the purpose of discharging its decision-taking responsibilities and the principle of balancing cost and benefits through monetary C... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Joint investigation launched into deaths at Berkshire nursing home
Thames Valley Police has launched a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive, the Care Quality Commission and Bracknell Forest Council following two unexplained deaths. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - February 23, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Shift workers more likely to report poor health
"Higher rates of obesity and ill-health have been found in shift workers than the general population," BBC News reports. These are the key findings of a survey into health trends among shift workers; defined as any working pattern outside of the normal fixed eight-hour working day (though start and finish times may vary). According to the survey (The Health Survey for England 2013), shift workers were more likely to report general ill-health, have a higher body mass index (BMI) and increased incidence of chronic diseases such as diabetes. The Health Survey for England 2013 also monitored other trends in the nati...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Food/diet Obesity Special reports Source Type: news

Health and Safety Figures released
Statistics highlighting key dangers in the workplace have been released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - December 5, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Lucinda Borrell Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured HR Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

Case studies of hydrogen sulphide occupational exposure incidents in the UK - Jones K.
The UK Health and Safety Executive has investigated several incidents of workplace accidents involving hydrogen sulphide exposure in recent years. Biological monitoring has been used in some incidents to determine the cause of unconsciousness resulting fro... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 14, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Cannabis and sunshine may damage sperm quality
ConclusionThis study has found that the shape of sperm is less likely to be normal when samples are provided in summer and if cannabis has been consumed in the previous three months. It has also found that normal-shaped sperm are more likely to be produced after six days of abstinence. It did not find any other links between lifestyle factors and sperm shape.The results of this study alone do not show that lifestyle factors other than cannabis are harmless. Male fertility is not just determined by the shape of the sperm; it is also dependent on the concentration, motility and viability of the sperm, as well as the quality ...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Lifestyle/exercise Cancer Source Type: news

Are energy efficient homes making us ILL? Toxic mould caused by poor air circulation could trigger 'sick building syndrome'
The problem, according to the Health and Safety Executive, affects between 30 and 50 per cent of new or refurbished buildings. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mid Staffs faces prosecution over patient death
Health and Safety Executive alleges poor management meant patient's diabetes was overlookedRelated items from OnMedicaFrancis calls for culture of care in NHS Hospitals ‘on the edge’ of collapseMDU objects to duty of candour for GPsHistoric NHS Mandate published todayCulture of ‘Zero Harm’ to be set-out for NHS (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 30, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mid Staffs faces prosecution over patient death
Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust is to be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive, following the death of a patient in April 2007. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - August 29, 2013 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

HSJ Live 29.08.2013: Health and Safety Executive to prosecute Mid Staffs
Watchdog to act over the death of a patient in 2007. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 29, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Red Arrows death may have been caused by two different faults
Review hears that design flaw in firing handle or in parachute may have been responsible for death of Sean CunninghamTwo separate faults could have led to the death of a Red Arrows pilot who was thrown 60 metres into the air from his plane and then fell to the ground still strapped to his seat without his parachute opening, a pre-inquest review has heard.A design fault with the firing handle may have caused Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham's seat to eject while his Hawk T1 plane was sitting on the runway at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, the review heard. His parachute would have saved his life but another fault meant the ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 22, 2013 Category: Science Authors: David Batty Tags: The Guardian Military Aeronautics News Royal Air Force UK news Science Source Type: news

What Ambient Temperature is Appropriate?
Discussion Ambient comfort levels depend on many factors including the temperature, humidity, airflow, radiant heat, and clothing of the individual among others. In the United States Department of Labor’s, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) states As a general rule, office temperature and humidity are matters of human comfort. OSHA has no regulations specifically addressing temperature and humidity in an office setting…. OSHA recommends temperature control in the range of 68-76° F [20-24.4° C] and humidity control in the range of 20%-60%.” In the United Kingdom, the temperature...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 3, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Radioactive materials lost in more than 30 incidents over past decade
Health and safety watchdog admits firms and hospitals have mislaid dangerous substances that could be used by terroristsRadioactive materials have gone missing from businesses, hospitals and even schools more than 30 times over the last decade, a freedom of information request to the UK's health and safety authorities has revealed.Nuclear experts have warned that some of the lost material could be used by terrorists and said there should be a crackdown by the regulators to ensure such "carelessness" is brought to a speedy halt.Among the big names that have lost potentially dangerous materials are Rolls-Royce at a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 5, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Terry Macalister Tags: Nuclear power The Guardian World news Society Nuclear waste UK news Hospitals Environment Science Source Type: news

Justice delayed
Telegraph View: The Health and Safety Executive is assessing the case of a victim of the Mid Staffs debacle for criminal prosecution. Is this the best the justice system can offer?     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - April 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HSE launches criminal probe into Mid Staffs patient death
A criminal investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive into the death of a woman at Stafford Hospital in 2007. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - April 11, 2013 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

HSE launches criminal probe into Mid Staffs patient death
A criminal investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive into the death of a woman at Stafford Hospital in 2007. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - April 11, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Criminal probe into hospital death
A criminal investigation is launched into the death of a diabetic woman at Stafford Hospital in 2007, the Health and Safety Executive says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 11, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mid Staffs: health and safety charges considered
Health and Safety Executive considers launching a full investigation into the death of Gillian Astbury, a 66-year-old woman who died at the Stafford Hospital in 2007. (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rock salt mine's fight against nearby gas storage project nears the 11th hour
Winsford mine, which also houses National Archive treasures, fears a 'disastrous' leak if underground bunker gets green lightBritain's biggest and oldest salt mine, where lorries queue up for grit whenever snow and ice are forecast for Britain, is fighting a last-ditch battle against plans to store pressurised gas in caves less than a mile away.The owners of the 160-mile warren of tunnels at Winsford rock salt mine in Cheshire – which house priceless items from the National Archives as well as turning out grit – have failed in their legal efforts to acquire detailed geological information relating to an undergr...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 5, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Martin Wainwright Tags: The Guardian Geology Commodities Features Politics UK news Planning policy Energy industry Mining Freedom of information Business Science Gas Source Type: news

Cleaning jobs linked to adult asthma
Conclusion The results of this large study offer evidence of an association between occupational exposures and onset of asthma as a child. Importantly, it quantifies the proportion of asthma that is likely to be due to exposure to occupational agents. There are several imitations to this study: Despite the authors’ efforts to adjust their results for confounders, it is always possible that other factors such as a family history of asthma influenced the results. Asthma confirmed with lung function testing was less prevalent than self-reported asthma or wheezy bronchitis. This suggests that some of the self-repor...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 22, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Heart/lungs Source Type: news

Asbestos in Schools 'A National Scandal' in United Kingdom
Asbestos contamination in schools throughout the United Kingdom is "a national scandal,'' according to one Member of Parliament who has asked for swift action to correct the growing health concern. More than 140 teachers at British state schools died over the past decade from mesothelioma, which is caused almost exclusively by an exposure to asbestos fibers. "Asbestos does not just harm, it kills, which makes it quite unbelievable that as a country we allow children and staff in schools to be exposed to it," said Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, in a news release issued ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 2, 2012 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tim Povtak Tags: Asbestos Exposure & Bans Source Type: news