Public health news in brief

Workers not taking breaks

 

Almost one in four UK workers never take a break at work and 7% do not even take a holiday, according to research from insurer Legal & General. The survey of more than 2,000 people found more than one in five was unhappy with their work-life balance, and one-fifth felt they were working too many extra hours.

 

Ozone link to strokes

 

Ozone may prove the key to the link between high temperature and increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke, according to research in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The US National Mortality and Air Pollution Study showed that the higher the ozone level, the higher was the risk of cardiovascular death attributable to high temperatures.

 

Office staff skip breakfast

 

Many office workers skip breakfast before coming to work, a survey by caterer BaxterStorey has found. Nearly a fifth of workers polled never had breakfast during the working week, while a further 17% had it between just one and three times. And 8% of workers polled regularly skipped lunch, it said.

 

Managing transport risks

 

A one-day conference on ‘Managing Workplace Transport Risks’ is being held by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Health and Safety Executive on 14 May at Birmingham’s NEC.

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