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first_imgThis month’s newsLandfill risks The world’s most extensive study into the potential health risks of livingclose to landfill sites has been published by the Government. It looked at ratesof birth defects, low birth weight, stillbirths and cancer within these areasand found no increase in rates of cancer. But birth defects were found to be 1per cent higher than expected, and 7 per cent higher if the site containedhazardous waste. The number of low birth weight babies was around 5 per centhigher near to landfill sites, but no difference was found in the rate ofstillbirths. Scaffolders’ back pain Scaffolders are at high risk of developing serious back pain, according to astudy by doctors in the Netherlands. The study of 229 scaffolders and 59supervisors found low back pain was consistently associated with physical load.Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2001;58:597-603 Corporate manslaughter A construction company has been convicted of corporate manslaughter over thedeath of one of its employees, in a case brought by the HSE. Wisbech firmEnglish Brothers was convicted in August of causing the death of gang foremanBill Larkman, who fell eight metres through fragile insulation material. It wasfined £30,000 and £12,500 costs. Stroke awareness OH professionals have been urged to take part in this year’s StrokeAwareness Week, which runs from 30 September to 6 October. The week isorganised by the charity The Stroke Association and this year will focus on theimportance of increasing physical activity to help reduce the risk of a stroke.The information pack is available by calling 020 7566 0319 or e-mailing [email protected] seminar A one-day seminar on investigating and preventing workplace injury and illhealth will take place on October 17 at Cardiff’s Hanover Hotel, organised bythe Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Those interested in attending should call Cynthia Hovord at the Health andSafety Executive on 02920 263000 or e-mail [email protected] safety A safety warning on lorry loader cranes has been issued by the Health andSafety Executive. New cranes must be fitted with an interlocking system, orequivalent engineering solution, to prevent the crane operating withoutstabilisers being deployed. The warning follows 12 incidents over the past fiveyears, including one fatality. Guidelines for zoos The Health and Safety Commission has launched a consultation on proposals towithdraw an approved code of practice on health and safety standards for zoosand replace it with new guidance. It runs until 5 November.  www.hse.gov.ukHealth information for waiting staff A free information sheet to help reduce injuries to waiters has beenpublished by the HSE. The catering information sheet No 20 sets out what typesof injuries commonly occur while waiting. www.hsebooks.co.ukAsbestos safety Guidance on how to survey workplaces for materials containing asbestos andhow to record the results has been published by the HSE. Surveying, samplingand assessment of asbestos-containing materials is part of the HSE’s Methodsfor the Determination of Hazardous Substances series. www.hsebooks.co.uk Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img