Shutting Down Old Oil Rigs Is Harder —and More Expensive—Than it Sounds
As workers continue to comb beaches for tar balls in California’s Orange County after an underwater pipeline ruptured on Oct. 2, another massive fossil fuel cleanup operation is just getting underway on a 55-year-old rig anchored 120 miles up the coast. It’s a taxpayer-funded, $60 million debacle that reveals just how difficult and costly it may be to shut down aging oil rigs in the Pacific Ocean and decarbonize the country’s energy supply. Anchored two miles off Santa Barbara, the rig in question, known as Platform Holly, was built by ARCO in 1966, sold to Mobil in 1993, then sold again to a small Colora...
Source: TIME: Science - October 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Alejandro de la Garza Tags: Uncategorized climate change TIME 2030 Source Type: news

Winter weather-related crashes during the commute to work: an opportunity for Total Worker Health( ®) - Davis J, Rohlman DS.
BACKGROUND: The ways workers interface with their workplace and work are changing. These changes provide challenges and opportunities for health and safety professionals attempting to improve worker wellbeing for the future of work. For many workers, the m... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Council and school staff deserve increased pay offer, say unions
Unions representing council and school support staff have ​today (Friday) urged employers to return to pay talks with an improved offer as they prepare for industrial action over “inadequate” pay proposals. Months of disruption to local government services could lie ahead​, but the unions say councils have it within their gift to prevent community services being badly affected if they give workers the proper pay rise they deserve. UNISON, Unite and GMB – between them representing 1.4m council and school staff ​in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – have written to ​the local gove...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: News Press release NJC pay 2021 Source Type: news

Being "pro-immune system" and "pro-informed consent" does not mean someone is "anti-vaccine," as clarified by Full House star on Instagram post that's gone viral
(Natural News) There is nothing the executive producers in Hollywood hate more than an actress or actor stepping up to the plate and challenging a false-narrative about health and safety. We see shows, series (think Netflix) and movies all the time that promote Leftist ideologies and advertise processed food and toxic medicine as if they... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Big Businesses in Texas Are Ignoring Gov. Abbott ’s Vaccine Mandate Ban
Mandates have proven to be an effective but controversial method for compelling vaccine-shy Americans to receive their shots. But as the Biden Administration has doubled down on requiring COVID-19 vaccination—including proposing a rule that businesses with more than 100 employees mandate vaccination—for some Republicans, opposition to mandates is proving to be an essential credential for showcasing leaders’ conservative bonafides. On Oct. 11, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott—who has opposed masking but came under fire from a Republican political rival recently for allegedly failing to push back hard enough o...
Source: TIME: Health - October 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara Law Tags: Uncategorized biztech2030 Source Type: news

Integrating safety and health promotion in workplaces: a scoping review of facilitators, barriers, and recommendations - Biswas A, Begum M, Van Eerd D, Johnston H, Smith PM, Gignac MAM.
BACKGROUND: Growing evidence supports the integration and coordination of occupational health and safety and workplace health promotion activities instead of these coexisting as siloed efforts. Identifying implementation challenges and how these can be ove... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Field visits by phone, locked-up PPE flagged by nursing home staff in 1st wave, documents show
Health and safety documents obtained by CBC News illustrate key issues at several nursing homes in eastern Ontario as the pandemic began in early 2020, including complaints about a lack of PPE, poor communication with staff, fear of reprisals for speaking out about issues and concerns about staffing shortages. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

UNISON urges MPs to act amid surging school COVID-19 cases
As COVID-19 cases among school-age children are surging, UNISON – along with other unions – has today sent an urgent letter to all English MPs urging them to call on the government to reintroduce additional measures in schools. The letter, which was also signed by GMB, UNITE, NEU & NASUWT, says that, according to the government’s own data, coronavirus cases in schools have surged and that over 100,000 children were absent from school on 16 September due to confirmed or suspected cases of the virus – the highest level seen during the pandemic. This comes alongside a recent ONS infection survey th...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - October 1, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Simon Jackson Tags: Article coronavirus schools Source Type: news

exocad Highlights New Releases, Strategic Partnerships And Special Offers At The International Dental Show In Cologne
 exocad Highlights New Releases, Strategic Partnerships And Special Offers At The International Dental Show In CologneInnovation and integration define exocad's newest software releasesDARMSTADT, Germany, Sept. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- exocad GmbH (exocad), an Align Technology, Inc. company and a leading dental CAD software provider, detailed the company's achievements over the past year and recent productivity-boosting software innovations at its International Dental Show (IDS) press event. Under the new slogan " Imagine the CADabilities, " exocad executives highlighted new product launches, recently formed...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - October 1, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Safety climate and risk perception of forestry workers: a case study of motor-manual tree felling in Indonesia - Yovi EY, Abbas D, Takahashi T.
Timber harvesting processes, especially motor-manual felling, are hazardous to forestry workers' health and safety. The purpose of this study is to examine forestry workers' mental safety models (at the supervisor and operator levels) using the Nordic Safe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Occupational health and safety in agriculture - a brief report on organization, legislation and support in selected European countries - Jakob MC, Santa D, Holte KA, Sikkeland IJ, Hilt B, Lundqvist P.
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Agriculture and forestry are among the most dangerous professions in Europe, with a high level of accidents affecting the sustainability and viability of the sector. International conventions, EU directives and national legislat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Enhancing public health and safety by diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea in the transportation industry: an American Academy of Sleep Medicine position statement - Das AM, Chang JL, Berneking M, Hartenbaum NP, Rosekind M, Ramar K, Malhotra RK, Carden KA, Martin JL, Abbasi-Feinberg F, Aurora RN, Kapur VK, Olson EJ, Rosen CL, Rowley JA, Shelgikar AV, Trotti LM, Gurubhagavatula I.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may lead to serious health, safety, and financial implications - including sleepiness-related crashes and incidents - in workers who perform safety-sensitive functions in the transportation industry. Evidence and expert consen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

‘Exhausted and demoralised staff are walking away from healthcare’
UNISON’s virtual health conference opened this morning with a succession of motions aimed at ensuring members’ health and wellbeing as the UK moves forward from the pandemic. Ros Norman (pictured above), chair of the health service group executive (HSGE) said: “The consequences of the virus for health care staff was devastating. Everyone of the health care workers who died have left families bereaved, teams in tears and branches who will never ever forget the toll that this virus has taken.” UNISON senior vice president Andrea Egan talked of the “unprecedented challenges” on members&rsqu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 20, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Source Type: news

‘Exhausted and demoralised staff are walking away from health care’
UNISON’s virtual health conference opened this morning with a succession of motions aimed at ensuring members’ health and wellbeing as the UK moves forward from the pandemic. Ros Norman (pictured above), chair of the health service group executive (HSGE) said: “The consequences of the virus for health care staff was devastating. Every one of the health care workers who died have left families bereaved, teams in tears and branches who will never ever forget the toll that this virus has taken.” UNISON senior vice president Andrea Egan talked of the “unprecedented challenges” on members&rsq...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 20, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News 2021 Virtual Health Conference Source Type: news

Older drivers' experience with automated vehicle technology - Classen S, Mason J, Hwangbo SW, Wersal J, Rogers J, Sisiopiku V.
(236 words) Introduction Adults 65 years of age and older make up a fifth of the US population, prefer driving as their primary mode of transportation, and may derive health and safety benefits from using automated vehicles (AVs), assuming they accept an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

OSHA likely to struggle to enforce Biden vaccine mandate
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is likely to face difficulty enforcing President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BlackBerry QNX Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities May Affect Drug Manufacturing Equipment
To protect public health and safety, the FDA provides guidance to drug manufacturers on staying cyber secure. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - September 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Reducing policing in mental health crises: a vision for university campuses - Lanser I, Freimer NB, Craske MG.
University campuses could become leaders in developing alternatives to policing for managing public health and safety, yet, nearly all campuses rely on campus or local police to respond to mental health emergencies. Herein, we present the available evidenc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

A champagne tower of influence: an interview study of how corporate boards enact occupational health and safety - Lornudd C, Frykman M, Stenfors T, Ebbevi D, Hasson H, Sundberg CJ, von Thiele Schwarz U.
In this study, we explored how boar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Machinery safety and ergonomics: a case study research to augment agricultural tracklaying tractors' safety and usability - Gattamelata D, Vita L, Fargnoli M.
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in agricultural activities is an issue of major concern worldwide notwithstanding the ever stricter regulations issued in this sector. In particular, most accidents are related to the use of tractors and the main causes... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

‘ COVICANE ’ – How One Caribbean Country is Coping with the Hurricane Season during COVID-19
Dominican Farmer and Vendor Ayma Louis has COVID restrictions and the hurrricane season to contend with. Credit: Alison Kentish (IPS)By Alison KentishDOMINICA, Aug 31 2021 (IPS) Around 2:00 pm on August 18, 89-year-old farmer Whitnel Louis and his wife Ayma began packing up their unsold produce, hoping to leave the capital of Roseau and get home way ahead of the 6 pm curfew recently put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Their pickup was among dozens that lined the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard, known by locals simply as ‘the Bayfront,’ a wide street near the ocean with a cruise ship bert...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alison Kentish Tags: Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Environment Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations COVID-19 vaccines Source Type: news

Parents Had Dreamed of a Smooth Return to School This Fall. This Is the Nightmare We ’re Facing Instead
Across the U.S. children are heading back to school, despite spiking COVID-19 cases. The emergence of the more contagious Delta variant as the most prominent virus strain in the country is causing concern for parents. Not only are they worried about the health and safety of their kids, they have been dealing with a childcare crisis for the past year and a half and now that seems unlikely to end anytime soon. This will be the third school year affected by the pandemic, but despite the fact that children under 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination, many schools are not putting mitigation efforts into effect and several gov...
Source: TIME: Health - August 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aubrey Hirsch Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Education nationpod Source Type: news

Implementation of participatory organizational change in long term care to improve safety - Van Eerd D, D'Elia T, Ferron EM, Robson L, Amick B.
INTRODUCTION: Long Term Care (LTC) facilities are fast-paced, demanding environments placing workers at significant risk for injuries. Health and safety interventions to address hazards in LTC are challenging to implement. The study assessed a participator... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

State-level implementation of health and safety policies to prevent sudden death and catastrophic injuries within high schools: an update - Scarneo-Miller SE, Eason CM, Adams WM, Stearns RL, Casa DJ.
BACKGROUND: Mandated sports safety policies that incorporate evidence-based best practices have been shown to mitigate the risk of mortality and morbidity in sports. In 2017, a review of the state-level implementation of health and safety policies within h... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

BlackBerry QNX Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities May Affect Drug Manufacturing Equipment
To protect public health and safety, the FDA provides guidance to drug manufacturers on staying cyber secure. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - August 17, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Environment Agency unions seek meeting on ‘indefensible’ pay offer
UNISON and the other trade unions representing Environment Agency staff are seeking an urgent meeting with environment secretary George Eustice, to discuss the ‘indefensible’ pay offer to their members. In a strongly-worded letter today, the unions assert that: “It will be a source of national embarrassment that, with the UK government hosting world leaders at COP26 in Glasgow later this year, you are failing to invest in the very staff who will play a key role in delivering UK government policies to tackle climate change.” Donna Rowe-Merriman, UNISON’s national secretary for business, communi...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 13, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News environment agency WET Source Type: news

As Some Governors Forbid Mask Mandates, Schools Are Pushing Back
The start of the school year has revived polarization over masking, as students head back into classrooms while the Delta variant spreads and children under 12 remain unvaccinated. School districts in states where Republican governors have prohibited mask mandates are beginning to defy those orders, arguing it’s a necessary measure in the face of an “urgent crisis.” Dallas Independent School District and Austin Independent School District (ISD), two of the largest districts in Texas, announced Monday that all students and staff would be required to wear masks beginning this week, even though Texas Gov. Gr...
Source: TIME: Health - August 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Reilly Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 nationpod News Source Type: news

Mobile applications for road traffic health and safety in the mirror of the Haddon's matrix - Aghayari H, Kalankesh LR, Sadeghi-Bazargani H, Feizi-Derakhshi MR.
BACKGROUND: Road traffic accidents have been one of the leading causes of death. Despite the increasing trend of road traffic apps, there is no comprehensive analysis of their features and no taxonomy for the apps based on traffic safety theories. This stu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Price Transparency of Hospital Standard Charges; Radiation Oncology Model; Request for Information on Rural Emergency Hospitals
Notice of proposed rule revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2022, updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, update Hospital Price Transparency requirements, and update and refine the design of the Radiation Oncology Model. This proposed rule also includes a request for information on the health and safety standards, quality measures and reporting requirements, and payment policies for Rural Emergency Hospi...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

1 in 3 people say return-to-office negatively impacted their mental health
Workers are most concerned for their physical health and safety when returning to the office, as well as losing a sense of autonomy. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - August 4, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

UNISON campaign to protect East Midlands NHS jobs pays off
A UNISON campaign to protect the jobs of over 10,000 NHS staff has been backed by the new University Hospitals of Northamptonshire (UHN) NHS Group. A signed agreement which lasts until the end of 2024 recognises the contribution made by NHS workers during the pandemic and aims to ensure job security under the merger of Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital trusts. Mark Smith, chief people officer for UHN, signed UNISON’s job protection agreement to show his commitment to safeguard the employment of staff and offer reassurances as the new group model moves forward. UNISON is u...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - August 2, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News East Midlands NHS Source Type: news

Hajj 2021: Successful and safe hajj season during the COVID-19 pandemic
Cairo/Riyadh, 29 July 2021 – As the hajj season for 2021 concludes, WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean  acknowledges the efforts of Saudi Arabia in successfully implementating health and safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic resullting in no cases of COVID-19 or other illnesses reported among pilgrims. “This year’s hajj came at a critical time in which cases are increasing across the Region and globally, calling for stricter procedures to prevent spread. We welcome all mitigation measures put in place by Saudi Arabia to ensure a safe hajj season without COVID-19 infection...
Source: WHO EMRO News - July 29, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Nxesi to Launch National OHS Report
[SAnews.gov.za] Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi will on Friday launch a report on the state of the South African Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 28, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Water regulation needs to be properly resourced, says UNISON
UNISON is calling on the government to introduce regulation that will help it deliver on its promise to “build back greener” following the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to last week’s government announcement on water policy reforms to deliver an ambitious environmental agenda, the union said that Westminster must ensure suitably funded, resourced and independent regulation is in place to deliver on those challenges. The government announcement followed a recent judgement and record fine of Southern Water for regularly and deliberately pouring untreated sewage into protected waters on the south coast of...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 27, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News WET Source Type: news

Anywhere pharma advertises, expect to be LIED TO about health and safety
(Natural News) America was built on advertising. Nearly every popular product today is promoted on television, in magazines, on billboards or on the internet by companies and corporations that pay millions of dollars for marketing ads. The people who own and run those lavishly rich companies and corporations make a fortune off customers in two... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees, DHSC and Health and Safety Executive (updated 20th July 2021)
Advice for pregnant employees on risk assessments in the workplace and occupational health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 20 July 2021 Updated to reflect the lifting of restrictions as part of the step 4 of the roadmap. 21 June 2021 Updated to remove reference to pregnant woman being considered'clinically extremely vulnerable'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; etc.
Pre-publication notice of proposed rule revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ACS) payment system for calendar year 2022, updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program, update Hospital Price Transparency requirements, and update and refine the design of the Radiation Oncology Model. This proposed rule also includes a request for information on the health and safety standards, quality measures and reporting requirements, and payment policies for Rural...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 20, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

It ’s #NotTooMuchToMask
As the final coronavirus restrictions across England are lifted and the legal requirements to wear a face mask and social distance come to an end, leading healthcare organisations, charities, unions and medical professionals have joined forces to support the public to make sensible choices that can keep themselves and others safe from infection. Launching a new campaign #NotTooMuchToMask, the group, led by the NHS Confederation, alongside a host of other organisations are encouraging everyone to keep protecting themselves and each other from catching or passing on coronavirus at a time when cases are soaring, and hosp...
Source: UNISON Health and safety news - July 19, 2021 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea Covid-19 face masks Source Type: news

Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19), DfE (updated 19th July 2021)
What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 19 July 2021 This guidance has been updated to mirror wording in recently published guidance for CEV people, remove pre-Step 4 wording and redirected information on risk assessment to health and safety guidance. It has also been republished in HTML. 14 July 2021 We have clarified that " From 19 July, the Government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you d...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak, DfE (updated 19th July 2021)
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 19 July 2021 We have updated the schools COVID-19 operational guidance to reflect that we moved to Step 4 on 19 July. This includes removing the section on'contact tracing until Step 4', the'Schools COVID-19 operational guidance (applies until Step 4)'and'Annex A: health and safety risk assessment'. We have also updated sections on clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) children and CEV staff. 14 July 2021 Updated to clarify that, from 19 July, government is removing the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and re...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NBA Finals: Bucks' Thanasis Antetokounmpo enters health and safety protocols before Game 5
Not what you want to see. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON praises police decision to retain COVID protections
UNISON has welcomed yesterday’s decision by the National Police Chiefs Council for England and Wales to keep all existing COVID-19 protections in place for the police workforce after 19 July. Together with the other police staff unions and the staff associations, UNISON met with senior police leaders earlier this week and a consensus emerged that existing police COVID health and safety protections should stay in place for the protection of our members, and of the general public following the lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions by the Westminster government from Monday in England. National officer for police and prob...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 15, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News Covid-19 police and justice Source Type: news

Pharmacy owners' ongoing responsibilities for COVID-19 safety measures after 19 July, General Pharmaceutical Council
The GPhC reminds pharmacy owners to carefully consider the relevant guidance from governments, health and safety requirements and the GPhC's standards for registered pharmacies, to help them ensure they continue to provide COVID-safe environments as the pandemic continues. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blog: Wilfully sowing the seeds of masked confusion
We all want a return to our normal pre-COVID-19 lives, but only a government led by Boris Johnson could think they can just wish it, and it will happen. They appear to have tired of governing the country out of this pandemic and would rather let the people do it themselves. But responsibility goes hand in hand with leadership. It is not an optional extra. We are now back to incredibly confusing, constantly changing mixed messages – and it is left to the public to do what they think is right and our members to deal with the fallout. So, mandatory masks for care home and hospital visitors, but not on crowded buses or t...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Christina McAnea Tags: General secretary's blog Christina McAnea Covid-19 health and safety Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes record fine for Southern Water ’s polluting actions
UNISON has today welcomed the record £90 million fine for Southern Water, after it dumped untreated sewage into seas off the southern coast of England, but warned that the issues were not limited to a single company. Southern Water has been found to have discharged between 16 and 21 billion litres of raw sewage into some of the most delicate environments in the UK over a period of seven years. This was done to avoid financial penalties and the cost of upgrading the company’s infrastructure. As reported in The Guardian, nearly all of the waters where the raw sewage was dumped are covered by domestic and internat...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - July 13, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Janey Starling Tags: Article WET Source Type: news

South Africa: Employers Not Complying With Health and Safety Measures
[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Employment and Labour has bemoaned the low levels of compliance with health and safety measures by employers, as the country battles the third wave of COVID-19 infections. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 12, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A public health approach to protecting workers from opioid use disorder and overdose related to occupational exposure, injury, and stress: APHA Policy Statement Number 202012, issued October 24, 2020 - American Public Health Association.
Opioid overdose mortality, in combination with increased deaths from alcohol and suicide, is having a profound impact on American workplaces, compromising occupational health and safety and increasing workers' compensation and health insurance costs, absen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Tanzania: Steel Industries Meet Health, Safety Standards
[Daily News] THE government has been satisfied with improvements of infrastructures for health and safety in steel industries in the Coast Region. The improvements were in the wake of directives that the government issued last May after an accident occurred in one of the steel industries, Fujian Hexiangwang, killing two people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Too many people across the UK face serious health risks
Commenting on the latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures on work-related fatalities, UNISON national health and safety officer Kim Sunley said: “The pandemic has highlighted how many people across the UK face serious health risks just by doing their daily jobs. “Employers must do more to keep staff safe and that includes properly recording exposure to Covid-19. Ministers must also invest in the underfunded Health and Safety Executive so it can ensure regulations are enforced. “Asbestos remains a problem in some workplaces including many schools. Funding has to be found to make su...
Source: UNISON Health care news - July 7, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: News Press release covid deaths at work health and safety Kim Sunley Source Type: news

A regulatory perspective on safety in design practices in New Zealand - Guo BHW, Weston R, Jianphinitnan P, Liu W, Scheepbouwer E, van der Walt D, Goh YM.
Previous research regarding safety in design (SiD) primarily focused on legal aspects of integrating health and safety into the design, identifying causal links between flawed designs and accidents, safe design tools and methods, and multi-stakeholder coll... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news