This month's occupational health news
Textiles firm fined
A textiles firm has been fined £4,000 after an accident in which an employee got his hand trapped in a carding machine. Westwood Yarns of Huddersfield was also ordered to pay £799 costs. The employee had gone into the pit of a carding machine while it was still in operation.
The British Safety Council has introduced a new health and safety certificate for UK police forces. It is available in two five-day modules.
Details are available from the BSC, on 020-8600 5604 or www.britishsafetycouncil.org
New chief executive at NMC
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has appointed Sarah Thewlis as chief executive. Thewlis was previously general manager at the Royal College of General Practitioners, deputy secretary at the Royal College of Physicians and divisional personnel controller for Marks & Spencer.
A guide on health and safety issues for pregnant nurses and midwives has been published by the RCN. Your Rights and Safety outlines potential health and safety hazards in the workplace for both new mothers and unborn babies.
A leaflet on how to deal with the effects of post-natal depression at work has been published by the Maternity Alliance. Post Natal Depression and Work: deciding about work and benefits when you have PND gives advice on issues such as sick leave, resigning, benefits and what to do if you get sacked.
It is available by phoning 020-7588 8583 or through the website www.maternityalliance.org.uk
Covering for colleagues while they are away on holiday can send stress levels soaring, according to a survey by recruitment consultancy Office Angels. The poll of 1,500 staff finds that 86 per cent of workers claim colleagues' holidays lead to a dramatic increase in weekly workload and stress, with 67 per cent working an extra six hours.
A training programme in men's health aimed at health professionals has been set up by the Men's Health Forum. The one-day courses start from November and tackle issues such as sexual and mental health and suicide among young men.
Details are available on the we