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Fatigue Index

A "fatigue
index" has been developed by the HSE following research by the Defence
Evaluation and Research Agency. The index gives a method for determining the
likelihood of tiredness arising from key factors present in the workplace.
Copies of Validation and Development of a Method for Assessing the Risks
Arising From Mental Fatigue are available priced £10 from HSE Books.   Tel
01787 881165, fax 01787 313995

Injuries
in decline

The HSC’s latest
workplace safety statistics show a fall in worker injuries in the year from 1
April 1999 to 31 March 2000. The death rate fell from 253 to 218, while major
injuries fell from 29,053 to 28,939. However, construction fatalities rose
again after reaching the lowest level ever recorded in 1998/99.

BA
profile correction

In our team profile on
British Airways last month the number of cabin crew should have been given as
14,500. The caption on the team photograph on p16 should have read: Standing
from left: Zoe Spencer, Judy Cook, Dr Michael Bagshaw. Seated from left:  Dr Sandra Mooney, Samina Awan, Heather
Tinker.

Quarrying
safety

Tough new targets
which aim to cut the number of injuries in the quarrying industry by 2005 have
been announced as the first sector-specific goal in the Government’s
Revitalising Health and Safety strategy launched in June. Quarrying has 20
times the fatal injury rate of British industry as a whole and the strategy has
industry-wide backing.

Policy
guidance

The
HSE has launched free guidance to help small firms set up their own health and
safety policy. Stating your Business describes how employers can organise and
manage health and safety.  Tel 01787
881165, fax 01787 313995

HSE
appointment

Customs
and Excise deputy chairman Timothy Walker has been appointed new
director-general of the HSE, succeeding Jenny Bacon. He takes up his post on 1
October.

Code
comments

The
HSC is seeking views on proposed changes to the approved code on the
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994. Comments to Penny Tate,
Health and Safety Executive, SPDC, 4SW, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bride, London
SE1 9HS.  Telephone 020-7717 6594 or
e-mail penny.tate@hse.gsi.gov.uk

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