This week’s Occupational Health news

H&S website for SMEs

Trade union Unison has launched a health and safety website for small and
medium-sized employers (SMEs) in the community and voluntary sectors. The site,,
aims to give free, simple and practical information, and provides links to
Unison and Health and Safety Executive publications and guidance.

Sun damage warning

With more people than ever heading to the sun this winter, the charity
Cancer Research UK has warned the public to beware of the dangers of the sun.
It warns that exposing skin that has been under wraps all autumn to a sudden
burst of binge-sunbathing can be a major risk factor for malignant melanoma,
the most deadly form of the disease.

Health observatory

The University of York is to provide one of the Government’s nine regional
public health ‘observatories’, designed to help improve the health of the
population. The observatories are being established in each NHS region to
provide a clearer picture of health and its inequalities. The university will
play host to the York-shire and Humber Public Health Observatory.

Line managers’ guide

Practitioners wanting a copy of Mind Out for Mental Health’s Line Managers’
Resource, can call 0870 443 0930. Alternatively, e-mail [email protected] or download
it from the website,


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