The obesity problem is a tricky one. Who to blame? Parents? Fast food outlets or manufacturers? Or employers? Well, it could be the latter after some ground-breaking research. Apparently, intellectual work induces a substantial increase..
Dr Bill Wilson, SNP MSP for the West of Scotland, has launched the consultation for his Member’s Bill (Criminal Sentencing [Equity Fines] Bill) to improve the punishment of corporate crime. “I am suggesting the introduction..
Acas, the employment relations service, has released new figures showing that employment tribunals and potential employment tribunal claims passed to Acas for conciliation rose a quarter (24.9%) on last year.
Despite the statistics, Acas – in..
Brit Insurance Holdings PLC has launched Britbord PI, a comprehensive set of professional indemnity products on its delegated underwriting system, Britbord. The cover has been specifically tailored for micro SMEs with fee income of up..
The Department for Transport has published provisional statistics on accidents involving drinking and driving in Great Britain in 2007. The report,“Road casualties in Great Britain: 2007 provisional estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels”, reveals..
The Government has published the latest Quarterly Provisional Estimates on Road Casualties in Great Britain (Q1 2008). The publication includes National Statistics on road casualties in personal injury road accidents reported to the police in..
A letter was recently published in the medical journal The Lancet from a group of women belonging to the campaigning organization RAGE (Radiotherapy Action Group Exposure). This was in response to the publication of two..
Specialist professional insurances broker PYV has teamed up with Hiscox to make their Management Liability Portfolio available to Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs) and mortgage intermediaries for the first time.
Available to IFAs and mortgage brokers who..
The under-reporting of occupational accidents and occupational diseases is estimated to cost the French health insurance system between ?565mn and ?1.015bn, according to an expert report submitted to the French government in July.
For cancers, at..
Implementing behaviour-based safety (BBS) programmes within firms will discourage unsafe actions amongst staff and improve safety performance within businesses, according to Norwich Union Risk Services (NURS).
According to the Health & Safety Executive, employee behaviour, either..
The TUC has called for employers to drop ‘inappropriate’ requirements for workers to wear uncomfortable or dangerous footwear. A new TUC guide, “Working feet and footwear”, found that while many employers allow employees to wear..
A new workers survey from the TUC has found that 39% complained of increased stress levels, while 14% have been bullied in their current job.
The report, “What workers want”, found that the commonest problem that..
Less than a third of people would blow the whistle on their employer if they broke health and safety laws, according to a poll commissioned by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The..
A survey commissioned by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), has found that contrary to its widespread image, nearly two-thirds of the population don’t see health and safety as red tape bureaucracy from..
A new European Certification Standard has been introduced by ENSHPO (the European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations). EurOSHM (European Occupational Safety and Health Manager) is a voluntary European certification standard for occupational safety..
The Information Commissioner (IC) has ruled that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) must publish the names of those who have died in work related incidents. The decision follows an appeal by the Centre for..
July renewals saw virtually flat lead hull and liability premium growth, according to Aon’s Aviation & Aerospace Airline Insurance Market News (August 2008). The July renewals suggest that it is still possible to achieve modest..
Union Nautilus UK has expressed concern at new figures showing that the number of merchant seafarer deaths recorded by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has hit an all-time high.
According to the MAIB annual report, released..
While the marine insurance market remains relatively weak overall, there are some signs of hardening, with firmer rates being seen in a few very specific sectors, namely the Protection & Indemnity (P&I) and Scandinavian Hull..
An international team, led by scientists at the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has come up with a surprising finding to the disputed issue of whether air pollution increases or..
A new study in the US journal Economic Inquiry has revealed that lap-and-shoulder seat belts perform as well as child safety seats in preventing serious injury. However, safety seats tend to be better at reducing..
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has told the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament that insurers “rely entirely on the unanimous decision by the House of Lords on the basis of completely agreed medical..
The UN’s Globally Harmonised System (GHS) on the classification, labelling and packaging of hazardous substances is to be incorporated into EU law after MEPs reached an “acceptable compromise”.
The compromise agreed between representatives of the Parliament..
A study in Nature Nanotechnology has questioned whether industry, government and scientists are successfully applying lessons learned from past technologies to ensure the safe and responsible development of emerging nanotechnologies.
The study applied the 12 “late..
Unions have a key role to play in helping the long-term unemployed back into work, according to new TUC guidance. “Local Employment Partnerships” explains how union reps can work with employers and Jobcentre Plus (JCP)..
In a case-control study, the presence of measles virus RNA was no more likely in children with autism and gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances than in children with only GI disturbances. Furthermore, GI symptom and autism onset..
The American College of Chest Physicians has release a new consensus statement that offers guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of work-related asthma, a chronic respiratory condition that includes occupational asthma and work-exacerbated asthma and..
The number of reported deaths involving Clostridium difficile continued to rise between 2006 and 2007 while deaths involving MRSA fell slightly, according to new data published by the Office for National Statistics in Health Statistics..
The court was required to assess damages for personal injury caused to the claimant ex-footballer by a negligent tackle perpetrated by the first defendant footballer (S), for which the second defendant football company was vicariously..
A man diagnosed with mesothelioma has seen his case settled for £147,000. He worked for an engineering company that made car parts for Volvo and Ford. He was exposed to asbestos used in the manufacturing..
The family of a former engineer has received £228,000 in compensation after their dad died from mesothelioma. He was exposed to asbestos while working in a number of power stations for British Energy Generation, the..
The widow of a former British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) employee has received an undisclosed six figure sum in compensation after her husband died from mesothelioma. Her husband was exposed to the dust working as..
An NHS Trust is to pay a ‘substantial’ settlement in compensation to a nurse after a breast screening service failed to detect her cancer. She was called for routine screening for breast cancer, offered to..
A care assistant who was hurt whilst lifting a resident at a residential care home has won £8,000 compensation from her former employer after injuring her back and subsequently losing her job. She was required..
An Australian mesothelioma victim has received a settlement for damages of approximately £125,000. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma early in 2008 and recalled that he worked for a couple of months with an employer in..
A former Manchester United player has been awarded over £4.5mn in compensation after an injury he suffered in a tackle ended his promising playing career. The man was playing in a reserve game when, aged..
A man has been awarded £100,000 after he developed occupational asthma which resulted in a psychiatric disorder. He was working as an electrical engineer when he developed shortness of breath whilst at work. He collapsed..
A builder who was left mentally scarred by the memory of a workmate’s horrific death on the Wembley Stadium construction site has been refused compensation. The man was on the scene within minutes after a..
Small business could save up to £300mn a year with better advice and support on health and safety, according to a report published by the Better Regulation Executive which examined how health and safety regulations..
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