This month's news
A new Internet-based mail list has been created for occupational health nurses and others interested in teaching, learning and research into occupational health. The list will enable members to communicate instantly with other members in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Subscription is free through the following web site: http://www.mailbase.ac.uk/lists/occ-health/
Business Link Sandwell and Sandwell Health Authority are to begin an initiative to reduce the incidence of accident and ill-health in the workplace. The Workwell initiative will also use the workplace as an opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles with the ultimate aim of establishing a borough-wide occupational health and safety service. Health at work coordinator Barry Wilkes said, "Through the Workwell campaign we aim to work in partnership with local companies to reduce the number of days taken off sick and reduce health and safety risks."
The British Institute of Occupational Hygienists has published its new directory. It has been restructured to be more user friendly. It is available on the BIOH web site at www.bioh.org/consult/ For further information telephone 01332 298087
Rospa OH award
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) has added an excellence in the management of occupational health category to this year's safety awards. The Astor Trophy will look at how well a company's health and safety management system works. Closing date for entries is 3 March. Contact: David Walker or Jackie Bradley on 0121-248 2000.
Skills for the ill
Uxbridge College is pioneering training to offer new skills to people with long-term illness or those faced with lengthy periods of recuperation or rehabilitation. The college has just completed its first training course for clients of Aids charity Body Positive. College principal Rachel Davies said, "We have put together a programme that includes computer literacy, NVQs, courses in management and starting a business." Tel 01895 853300.
Sector accident fall
The latest Chemical Industries Association Responsible Care Survey on health and safety shows