This month's news
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.
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.
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
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.