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first_img Previous Article Next Article NewsOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today This month’s newsScots to reduce sick leave Businesses in Scotland have been challenged to reduce the number of workingdays lost through ill health by 750,000. Health and Safety Commission chairmanBill Callaghan told a conference in March, “We need to reduce the figure of174,000 people reporting work-related problems to 140,000, and reduce thenumber of working days lost from 2.2 million to 1.5 million.” Safety software An easy-to-use computer software package to help small businesses improvetheir health and safety awareness has been launched by the Health and SafetyExecutive and insurer Royal & Sun Alliance. The Essentials of Health and Safety Routemap is available from HSE Books,tel 01787 881165, and at high-street bookshops, price £95. Rehabilitation seminar The Engineering Employers’ Federation is organising a one-day seminar todescribe good practice for the rehabilitation of employees injured or made illby their work. The seminar will be held on May 15 at the Royal College ofPhysicians of London. For details, contact the events co-ordinator, Abigail Ferris, on 020 72227777, or e-mail [email protected] rights A campaign to raise awareness of the rights of disabled people among healthprofessionals had been launched by the Disability Rights Commission. Thecampaign is being backed by a series of leaflets. European Safety Week Activities surrounding this year’s European Safety Week will be extended toa fortnight, running from October 15, the Health and Safety Executive has said.This year the theme will be workplace accidents. An action pack will be madeavailable by the HSE during the summer. Buildings risk A report into the health and safety risks associated with various hazards inbuildings has been published by the BRE. Building Regulation, Health and Safetyis available from the BRE, at www.bre.co.ukComplaints up More people are complaining about misconduct by nurses, midwives and healthvisitors, the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and HealthVisiting has revealed. More cases are also being processed and morepractitioners are being removed from the register, its latest statistics show. Offshore safety Bill Callaghan, chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, has challengedthe offshore oil and gas industry to improve its occupational healthperformance. The next five years have to see a “significantreduction” in the number of people who become ill as a result of workingoffshore, he said. PPE seminar British industry spends £500m a year on personal protective equipment, theHealth and Safety Executive has said. But much of this investment is wastedbecause of poor selection or misuse. The HSE will be holding a seminar on May31 in Aberdeen to address this issue.  08701545500. Maximum exposure limit Proposals for the introduction of a maximum exposure limit for the chemicalspiperazine and piperazine dihydrochloride have been published by the Health andSafety Executive. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more