first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article NewsOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today This month’s newsBuildings risk index BRE has put together a risk index for health and safety in buildings. Compiledfrom an extensive inspection of buildings, it ranks radon, cold homes, stairs,house dust mites, fire and security as some of the highest priorityhazards.  Copies available, priced £35,from CRC Customer Services tel 020-7505 6622, fax 020-7505 6606 Counselling helpline St John’s Ambulance has launched a telephone counselling service for itsmembers, which provides free support and advice 365 days a year through themental health charity Sane. Research shows that around 30 per cent of emergencyservice workers experience serious psychological problems following exposure totraumatic events.  www.sja.org.ukDataflow research The Government’s Performance and Innovation Unit is looking at privacy anddata-sharing issues, with the aim of publishing a report by spring next year.The project will analyse a broad range of issues, including current government,private sector and international practices; structural and technologicalissues, public concerns and the current legal parameters.  www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/innovationFairground deaths The HSE is carrying out a review of safety on fairground and amusement parkrides following five deaths to members of the public over the summer period. Thereview should be completed by spring 2001. For information contact reviewmanager Paul Roberts, HSE, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS. [email protected] acetylene Two new safety leaflets covering fire and explosion hazards for workersusing oil tanks, petrol drums and similar containers and for workers usingacetylene have been published by the HSE. The leaflets provide information onhazards and risks reduction. Hot Work on Small Tanks and Drums, and Take Carewith Acetylene are available free from HSE Books.  Tel 01787 881165, or see www.hsebooks.co.ukOH Norwegian style Elfrid Bruaset of the Norwegian Nurses Association gave a presentation ofThe Good Occupational Health Service Project which is attempting to improve thequality of OH services by evaluating the communication process between theoccupational health service and its customers. It concluded that the serviceneeded to be more customer-focused and that it needed to focus on quality. Audit as a tool Margaret Mercer, senior occupational health nursing adviser at Unilever talkedabout audit as an essential tool for assuring and improving the quality of theoccupational health service. Audit is a systematic critical analysis of thequality of the services provided within an OH department. It is not a processundertaken in isolation, but an essential part of a quality management system.Following an audit, strengths and weakness of practice can be identified, thusenabling commendations for improvement to be agreed and implemented. It is apowerful tool to enhance your practice and your reputation in the organisationshe concluded. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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