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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article This month’s news in briefOnline stress advice The Engineering Employers’ Federation is offering its members free guidanceon how to manage stress at work.  Theonline guidance is available from its website, www.eef.org.ukHelp for migraine sufferers Leeds Metropolitan University and charity The Migraine Trust have joinedforces to launch a new professional diploma on the treatment of headaches andmigraine. It is the first of its kind in the UK and is being aimed at nursesand other health professionals. New health minister A new health minister has taken over responsibility for occupational healthat the Department of Health. David Lammy, MP for Tottenham in London, hasreplaced Hazel Blears, who is now public health minister at the DoH. Seefeature on p14. NHS Trust fined University College London Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined £3,000 andordered to pay £923 in costs following a successful prosecution by the HSE forbreaching health and safety legislation. The trust’s Elizabeth Garrett AndersonHospital was charged with leaving a sharps bin where it could be accessed bythe public. Asbestos advice A new ‘presenters pack’ to better manage the risk from asbestos has beenlaunched by the HSE. The pack, which is free to HSE members, contains a rangeof training material aimed at those affected by the proposed asbestosregulation due to be introduced during August. Aggressive patients Violent patients who make repeated attacks on NHS staff in hospitals inScotland could be refused treatment, draft guidance before the ScottishParliament has suggested. Aggressive patients will now face a ‘three strikesand you’re out’ policy. Abusive patients will first have the guidelines fullyexplained to them and if they persist, will be issued with a written warning. Disaster planning Psychological debriefing following a traumatic event is only successful ifit is undertaken by competent practitioners within an appropriate setting andwith adequate supervision and support, a working party of the BritishPsychological Society has reported. Farming accidents at 10-year low Deaths in the agriculture industry in Scotland were at their lowest levelfor more than a decade last year, with just two people killed says the HSE. Insurance changes Changes in company insurance arrangements could promote better health andsafety, HSE research has found. The two main systems of financial compensationfor workplace injuries and illness, Employers’ Liability insurance and IndustrialInjuries Disablement Benefit, do not offer much incentive for companies toimprove their safety record. Pesticide contamination Agricultural engineers and farm workers should wash their hands thoroughlyto minimise exposure arising from residues of pesticides on spraying equipment,according to a study by the HSE. Gas safety advice A leaflet designed to curb accidents involving gas cylinders has beenpublished by the HSE. The safe use of gas cylinders is particularly aimed atthose who own or manage a small business. Order online at www.hsebooks.co.ukor by phoning 01787-881165. Aims of the OHMF In her opening address to the conference, Bernie Jackson, (pictured) chiefcivilian nursing officer at the MoD, reminded delegates that the purpose of theOHMF, which now boasts more than 800 members in the UK and Northern Ireland, isto support existing OH managers, and nurses who want to be the managers of thefuture, by publishing guidance, providing advice and organising conferences andtraining. Rehabilitation versus reintegration Chronic pain is not always due to physical damage, argued Tim Martin, acognitive behavioural psychotherapist with Human Focus, which helps reintegratethose on long-term sick leave back into the workplace. Martin’s talk centred onthe treatment of those with conditions such as musculoskeletal, cardiovascularand stress-related disorders who, he said, can be helped to resume work. [email protected] stress A thought-provoking talk on the history, nature and legal context of the riskmanagement approach to work-related stress was given by Tom Cox, Professor ofOrganisation Psychology at the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations. Hesaid by getting in the services of a counsellor, employers are looking for the‘quick fix’ approach rather than prevention. Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Aug 2002 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Todaylast_img read more