This month’s news

Caring award

TSL Group, based in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, has won a Caring about the
Carers award for supporting an employee who is a carer of a multiple sclerosis
sufferer. The company won the workplace category in a national award run by
carers’ organisations.

Mars man talks

OH physician at confectionery firm Mars Dr Stephen Deacon will focus on the
management of occupational health and safety in a European business at the IOSH
annual conference, which will look at the challenges ahead for health and the
environment next week.

Audio stress pack

A team of Royal College of Psychiatry doctors, psychologists and counsellors
have joined forces with broadcaster and psychiatrist Professor Anthony Clare to
produce an audio pack of tips to help workers cope with stress.  Tel: 0151-632 0662

Safety seminars

The British Chambers of Commerce and the TUC are running 24 seminars across
the UK promoting health and safety in the workplace as part of the the HSE’s
Good Health is Good Business campaign.  Tel:
020-7565 2020

Stress probe

The RCN is calling for an investigation into the impact of post-traumatic
stress on nurses at its annual congress next week in Bournemouth. Over 2,500
nurses from across the UK will attend.

Research funds

The Mid Downs OH Group will award the Peter O’Malley research scholarship,
worth £5,000, for research in OH nursing practice in the UK and Europe. Closing
date is 30 June. Contact Judy Baker-Rogers at Tesco, Delamare Road, Cheshunt,
Herts EN8 9SL

Resource site

Occupational physician Rupert Hall-Smith has set up a comprehensive
non-commercial medical web site with links to occupational health related sites
on the Internet.

Road task force

A task group drawn from health and safety organisations, the police and road
transport policymakers is to be set up to look at ways of preventing
work-related road traffic incidents and casualties. The group will make
recommendations to the Health and Safety Commission and the DETR.

Manual revision

The HSE has issued a revised version of its free leaflet, Getting to Grips
with Manual Handling. The updated publication is designed to complement the
Government’s Back in Work initiative, launched in May 1999. Copies are
available from HSE Books, tel: 01787 881165, fax: 01787 313995.

Hearing test move

Earlier tests for noise induced hearing loss are being proposed by the HSE
following the publication of a research report about measurement of otoacoustic
emissions (OAEs) by the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the
University of Southampton.

Roving reps

The TUC has called on the HSC to adopt a system of roving safety
representatives to extend the benefits of union involvement in workplace health
and safety to small firms and mobile workforces. Such a system is already in
operation in Sweden.

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