Safetyline 41

H & S UPDATE MAY 2004

The overall risk of being a victim of violence at work is low and continuing to fall, according to the latest statistics from the British Crime Survey. There has been a 35% drop in incidents of physical assaults and threats of violence from the 1995 peak of 1.31 million. Those working in protective services, nurses, medical and dental practitioners were at greatest risk while science and technology professionals were at least risk.

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A list of useful health and safety web sites has been added to the Safety Services website in the “Useful Links” section. Click on “Other useful web sites” for a 2-page list of web sites for a variety of safety related organisations. The safety Services site can be found by clicking the following address http://www.shef.ac.uk/safety/usefullinks.html

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The on-line Fire Training package has recently been relocated onto a new server but this does not affect the link from the University web site to the training package, and the module can be accessed either from the “Training” information provided for staff or from the Safety Service site. However, it is apparent that not all those doing the assessment identify their department from the drop-down menu and “Academic Division” are collecting a lot of new members, but it also means Departments are unable to see all their staff that have completed the assessment. Please do ensure you pick the correct department when completing the assessment. We hope to incorporate the two training records shortly.

PS. Don’t forget, the Login for the training is “Sheffieldun” and the password is “fire”.

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A brief, readable summary of Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) & the proposed EU Directive can be found in February’s issue of ROSPA’s “Occupational Safety & Health Journal”. If you would like a copy contact Safety Services by e-mail at safety@sheffield

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If you are considering producing a risk assessment for slips, trips and falls in your workplace, contact Safety Services on Ext. 26198 or by e-mailing safety@sheffield for a copy of an article describing a typical risk assessment.

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Departments frequently tell us that staff view the “out of hours” training as a chore and an obstruction to their work. The rationale behind this course is to provide those of you who want / need, to work when normal management and first aid arrangements aren’t available, with the minimum information on what to do should a crisis occur, whether that be an injury to you or a colleague, a fire, a break-in, etc. The University must have confidence that staff and students know what to do in a crisis. 

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According to a recent report in the New Scientist, the first of a series of US studies has indicated that using mobile phones does not increase the risk of brain cancer. The research looked at several hundred individuals over 10 years of mobile phone use.

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ASET is advertising a one-day seminar in London (23/6/04) on “Health & Safety for Placement Students” addressing questions such as: - Will they know how to take reasonable steps to protect themselves? Could we be placing them in a situation that causes their health to suffer? Do they know their responsibilities to other workers and the public? Do you realise the extent of the University’s or your legal liability? Contact Safety Services for more information.

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Recently we have received several white accident report forms. Departments should retain the white copy in their own files and send only the blue copies to Safety Services.

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WARNING - Some start-up companies at Manchester University have received bogus invoices from aHealth & Safety Compliance Agency” (HSCA) of Deansgate, Manchester, mentioning fines for non-compliance with H&S Regulations. HSE’s advice (and ours) is to ignore any correspondence from HSCA – certainly do NOT send any money!


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