Previous Article Next Article This month’s newsStressed out and overworked Nine out of 10 workers are stressed out from work, two- thirds work longerthan a standard 35-hour week and just under half regularly work unpaidovertime, according to a study by online travel agent Opodo. It also found 58per cent of UK workers never take a proper lunch break. Hearing tests Hearing tests should be made much more widely available, the TUC, the RoyalNational Institute for Deaf People and the European Federation for the Hard ofHearing have said. A million workers in Britain are exposed to potentiallydamaging noise levels. More testing would encourage early detection and helpprevent hearing loss. Stress awareness campaign An awareness campaign on preventing work-related stress has been launched bythe Health and Safety Executive. Media advertising, leaflets, a helpline andguidelines are all being offered to UK companies, with the campaign initiallyaimed at public sector workers. Shortlisted teams announced The shortlisted teams for this year’s Aon Health Solutions’ award formanaging health at work have been announced. Health and safety conference A conference on psychosocial risks and stress at work will be held on 17October at London’s Regent’s College as part of this year’s European Health andSafety week. It is being organised by the UK Professional Organisations inOccupational Safety and Health group. Details available by e-mail: [email protected] by phone: 0116 257 3183. Corporate killing Families bereaved or injured from work-related deaths and disasters calledon the Government at a TUC conference in July for tougher enforcement of healthand safety laws, a new law on corporate killing, and the imposition of safetyduties on company directors. Tackling violence The Health and Safety Executive has published a series of case studiesshowing how taking simple steps to tackle work-related violence can help smalland medium-sized businesses reduce risks and improve efficiency andprofitability. Work-related Violence: Managing the Risk in Smaller Businessescan be ordered online at www.hsebooks.co.ukGuidance for metal workers New guidance on good practice standards for reducing health risks to workersexposed to metalworking fluids will be launched at a series of workshops by theHealth and Safety Executive and the Engineering Employers’ Federation duringOctober. Exposure to such fluids can lead to dermatitis, with around 200 casesreported each year. Details are available from the federation or bye-mailing [email protected] mill safety improves A safety initiative conducted by the paper industry between April 1998 andMarch 2001 cut deaths and serious injuries by more than a quarter and led to amarked improvement in health and safety in the UK’s paper mills, research bythe Health and Safety Executive has shown. The study showed a 27 per centreduction in the rate of fatal and major accidents. Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.