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H & S UPDATE JANUARY 2004 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Royal Lifesaving Society has issued guidance on “How to survive a heart attack alone”. Their Chief Medical Adviser states that heart attack victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough and the cough must be deep and prolonged. Coughs must be repeated about every 2 seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain a normal rhythm. In this way it is possible to perform a DIY CPR until help arrives. Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives.

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From 1st January, we will be using a new course booking system, which will require those being booked onto courses to be registered with CiCS, in order that we can streamline confirmations onto courses using e-mails rather than letters. This will become particularly relevant at the beginning of new academic terms when registration of some individuals can be delayed for various reasons. Also, make a New Year’s resolution to attend courses promptly. Short courses in particular are very intense and latecomers will not be granted entry to the course because there is no time available during the course for them to catch up on what they miss. We are still finding that attendance is around 90% of those who have booked. If you can’t attend, let us know as soon as possible so that we can contact others waiting for places.

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Norwich Union Risk Services have a range of online risk management fact sheets for those involved in managing health and safety risks. A series of 120 fact sheets have been added to the company’s web site www.nu-riskservices.co.uk covering a range of health, safety, fire and environmental topics. Each is downloadable in PDF format and identifies legislation, describes the implications for businesses and outlines key actions that can be taken for a specific risk.

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HSE has launched a website to raise awareness about reactions to natural rubber in a bid to combat this serious cause of occupational asthma. The HSE estimate 7,000 cases of asthma are caused or made worse by work each year, and allergy to the proteins in natural rubber latex is the fifth largest occupational cause of asthma. Raising awareness is important because for many people, once sensitised, their lives are a misery and they have to give up work.

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The NRPB has recently updated its colour poster “Lasers at Work” to take account of the changes to the laser classification scheme. Single copies of the broadsheet are available free of charge from NRPB Information Office, Tel 01235 822742, e-mail information@nrpb.org

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The HSE has recently revised and updated its guidance on “Safe working and the prevention of infection in clinical laboratories and similar facilities”, ISBN 0 7176 2513 3, obtainable from HSE Books. The revised guidance includes a section on health and safety management and for monitoring and reviewing performance. The guidance makes the link between risk assessments and safe operating procedures and gives pointers to look out for when carrying out inspections. The guidance should be used in conjunction with another HSE document, “The management, design & operation of microbiological containment laboratories.

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When reporting accidents in the Accident Book, don’t forget to remove both copies of the report, send the blue copy to safety Services as before, but file all white copies safely to avoid the possibility for others to see confidential information.

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The PAT testers are coming across many instances of extension cables being plugged into other extension cables to increase the number of electrical sockets. This is not a safe practice and you should arrange for additional sockets to be installed through Estates Services.


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