This month's news
Standard Chartered bank has won a European award for its employee HIV education programme. It won recognition from the European Aids and Enterprise Network in its inaugural awards for good practice in addressing HIV. Other winners included Lego of Denmark; IBM France and BEHF of Austria.
Independent OH specialist Cheviot Artus has launched an occupational health "MOT" service for small and medium-sized companies. It will provide a needs assessment, an advisory service and pre-employment health screening. [email protected]
Travel health advice
More than two-thirds of people travelling do not seek health advice, and more than half of those visiting countries with risks of hepatitis A and typhoid do so unprotected, according to an awareness campaign spearheaded by the Association of British Travel Agents. www.who.int www.phls.co.uk
Electricity generator PowerGen has won top prize from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the Sir George Earle Trophy. The company reduced the number of lost-time injuries by 30 per cent.
The Government wants the fullest possible input from the OH profession as it seeks to improve health in the workplace, Department of Health nursing officer Nola Ishmael told the conference. "Far be it from me to do prescriptive work; the objective is to get from you what is happening." www.doh.gov.uk
Poor track record
There is a weak track record of clinical supervision on occupational health, despite its established presence in other health professions, delegates heard. A workshop discussed the merits of the practice,