Exposure of expectant moms to pesticide ups autism risk of kids

Exposure of expectant moms to pesticide ups autism risk of kids
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Health and safety success for incinerator operator MES Environmental

Health and safety success for incinerator operator MES Environmental
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OSHA Regulatory Agency Holds Surprise

OSHA Regulatory Agency Holds Surprise
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Guidelines to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations, HSA2013 set down obligations on employers regarding the determination and assessment of risk with respect to biological agents:

  • the prevention and control of exposure to hazardous biological agents;
  • specific protection and preventive measures;
  • arrangements to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies;
  • information, training and consultation;
  • health surveillance; record-keeping;
  • notification requirements to the Authority; and
  • duties for employees. Download guide

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Cuts to health and safety checks make the role of CSP safety reps ‘more important than ever’

workers-memorial-day-2014The document “Toxic, Corrosive and Hazardous: The government’s record on health and safety”, says that in the last four years the government has cut Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspections and reduced its funding by about 40%.

The government has blocked new regulations and removed existing protections and prevented improved European regulation on health and safety. Support for employers and health and safety representatives has been cut.

Donna Steele, CSP Health and Safety officer, said: ‘Having CSP safety reps elected in our members’ workplaces is more important than ever, as they become effectively the only protection against employers who undermine or fail to value staff’s health and wellbeing.

The report says that far more people die as a result of a disease that they get from work than are killed in an ‘accident’. They are also far more likely to be made ill than injured. More than 70% of sickness absence caused by work is due to either stress or musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain or RSI.

This report comprehensively shows the actions of a callous government that is vastly reducing the HSE’s abilities to bring rogue employers to account’, said Ms Steele.

Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, said: ‘The government says that the UK is a safe place to work and that we don’t need any more regulation. If only this were the case. With the UK ranked just 20th in the health and safety risk index of 34 developed nations, we’ve hardly got a record to be proud of’.

The report was published to coincide with Workers’ Memorial Day, held on 28 April every year. A CSP advice sheet for members on safety at work is available on the society’s website. It outlines the role of health and safety reps and encourages members to speak with their reps about their concerns.

Source: http://www.csp.org.uk/news/2014/04/29/cuts-health-safety-checks-make-role-csp-safety-reps-%E2%80%98more-important-ever%E2%80%99