Exposure to diesel engine exhaust emissions at work

27 November 2019

Exposure to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEEs) is an increasing workplace health and safety issue. Gordon Tranter describes the health effects of exposure to DEEEs and the steps that should be taken to reduce the risks from exposure.

Plugging the skills gap — areas of capability

27 November 2019

Following on from Plugging the skills gap, this article looks at the steps organisations can take in four key areas of capability in order to plug skills gaps. If skills gaps are not plugged organisations will cease being successful, so it is vital that any useful advice is taken on board. Here, Judith Christian-Carter takes a look at what can be done in this regard.

A stickler for safety

27 November 2019

Dave Renshaw was crowned the Health and Safety Champion in the 2019 International Safety Awards, reports Anna Ryland.

Ladder safety group issues warning

27 November 2019

The Ladder Association has issued a reminder to firms to inspect their ladders after a worker was left with serious injuries when he fell from a faulty ladder at a chemical plant on 6 June 2018.

TfL drivers cut speed on “noisy” tracks

27 November 2019

London tube drivers are to drive more slowly on the Jubilee, Central, Northern and Victoria London Underground lines in an ongoing dispute with TfL and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RTM) over the “barrage of noise” on the lines.

Time for mental health

27 November 2019

Apps that provide real-time data on the general mental wellbeing of employees could help to identify the causes of stress at work, says Mike Robinson.

9 tips to help primary care providers cope with winter

27 November 2019

Winter is a busy time for healthcare services in the UK, including primary care. Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older or vulnerable people, and is responsible for many deaths and illnesses. Heart attacks, strokes and respiratory illnesses all increase in the winter, and an increase in flu also puts pressure on services. In addition, severe snow fall and floods can also bring disruption to both patients and staff in many parts of the country. What should primary care providers do to ensure the safety of their staff and patients when the cold and wet weather starts? Here are 9 key winter planning tips.

How to complete the CQC’s new annual Provider Information Return (PIR)

26 November 2019

In this article, which is divided into two parts, Chris Payne looks at the new arrangements for completing the CQC’s Provider Information Return, providing discussion on the new forms and guidance on how to address some of the more challenging sections and questions.

Mental health at work and suicide prevention

26 November 2019

By destigmatising the harsh realities of mental stress, October’s World Mental Health Day broke taboos around discussing why many people take their own lives. It is part of a wider drive to reassure those under duress, firstly, that they are not alone and, secondly, that help is not far away, writes Jon Herbert.