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Tea-breaker poll: a healthier tomorrow?
It is 10 years since the publication of Dame Carol Black’s seminal review, Working for a healthier tomorrow, in which she made recommendations to help achieve a ‘new vision for health and work’. Her three principal objectives were: the prevention of illness and promotion of health and wellbeing; early intervention for those who develop a health condition; and an improvement in the health of those out of work – so that everyone with the potential to work has the support they need to do so.
Do you believe that progress has been made to achieve these objectives in the decade since 2008?  To take part in the poll, please click here
Fighting flu in the NHS
NHS chiefs have issued their sternest recommendations yet on ensuring, as near as possible, 100% annual vaccination against influenza for frontline healthcare staff. In a joint letter, senior NHS leaders call on the chief executives of NHS trusts and foundation trusts to aim for 100% of all frontline healthcare workers to be vaccinated against influenza in 2018/19. The 2017/18 national ‘flu-fighter’ target was 75%, which resulted in a vaccination rate of 68.7%. Meanwhile, the healthcare effectiveness agency NICE has issued a guideline on increasing influenza vaccine uptake among eligible groups, which includes healthcare staff.

Physician burnout threatens patient safety
Physician burnout can jeopardise patient care, a systematic review and meta-analysis finds. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine concludes that healthcare employers should invest in efforts to improve physician wellness, particularly for practitioners early in their medical career. The meta-analysis included 47 studies that together involved more than 42,000 doctors.

Burned out Europe
Although there is a growing body of evidence regarding occupational burnout, research tends to be patchy and the way the condition is measured is inconsistent. These are two of the conclusions of a pan-EU review by the Dublin-based European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. Burnout is currently recognised as an occupational disease in only two EU member states – Italy and Latvia – although there have been discussions in Belgium, the Netherlands and Bulgaria as to whether or not burnout should be regarded as a work-related disease.

Solvent exposure at work has impact on semen
Occupational exposure to solvents is associated with a ‘significant impairment of ejaculate volume and sperm concentration’, according to a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Sperm motility, morphology and viability were unaffected, however. The authors identified seven studies that had investigated occupational exposure to solvents and the measurement of semen parameters. The paper is believed to be the first meta-analysis of its kind.

Asbestos warning for schools
The HSE has warned that some schools and colleges have been supplied with gauzes for use with Bunsen burner tripods despite the equipment containing asbestos centres. It has issued advice on what to do if a school or college is concerned that they have gauzes that may contain asbestos.

Leave for bereaved parents
The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 became law in September and will provide a right to two weeks’ leave for employees who have lost a child under the age of 18 or where a child is stillborn (from 24 weeks of pregnancy). The right to parental bereavement leave will apply from day one of a person’s employment; the leave will be paid if the employee has been employed for a sufficient qualifying period. The legislation is expected to come into force in 2020.

Stress in schools
The HSE has launched a ‘Preventing work-related stress’ toolkit for schools, which can be used as a framework to encourage conversations about work-related stress.

Health and care workers
The Department of Health and Social Care has created an ‘online space’ where people working in health and social care can voice their concerns and ideas on working in these sectors. The department says it is using the online platform to help provide better support for health and care staff. It covers five ‘challenges’: feeling empowered; bullying, violence and discrimination; training and development; inclusion; and ‘getting the basics right’.

Disability rights
A Right to Participate website has been launched by the charity Disability Rights UK and aims to increase awareness of the Equality Act 2010, especially the ways it can protect disabled people from discrimination in everyday situations. There is  advice on employment-related issues, including a template for employees on raising a complaint at work about a failure to make reasonable adjustments. Another template is designed for job applicants who feel there was a lack of reasonable adjustments during a recruitment process.

FOM ethics guidance
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) is expected to publish the eighth edition of its Ethics guidance for occupational health practice by the end of November, The At Work Partnership understands. It was first published in 1980; the seventh edition was published in December 2012.

Aircraft engine maintenance and repair company Nordam Europe has been fined £400,000 after 100 of its employees developed hand–arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Cardiff Crown Court heard how the workers were exposed to vibration over a period of 22 years. At least 30 employees were at risk of significant harm, an HSE investigation revealed.

Occupational Health [at Work] FREE articles and information:

The following articles are currently free to read:
Asthma at work, part 1 Published Aug/Sept 2018
Current practices in noise health surveillance Published 2017
The state of OH nursing: a national survey of occupational health nurses (2016) Published 2016
Plus, Research Plus articles are available free of charge.

Occupational Health [at Work] subscriber information
The latest issue of Occupational Health [at Work] was mailed out on 1 October 2018.

CPD Personal Learning Zone
Subscribers can now log CPD hours online, by reading and reflecting on featured articles and other signposted content. For doctors and nurses, the documented learning can be used as part of the evidence for revalidation; and for other workplace health professionals, hours can be logged in learning portfolios.
The featured CPD article in the October/November issue is the first part of a series about managing quality in occupational health. This article looks at why quality management is an essential part of modern occupational health practice.
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Conference and training news from The At Work Partnership

How to manage back pain at work
Tuesday 16 October 2018
Central Birmingham

Managing long-term sickness absence: a biopsychosocial approach
Monday 10 December 2018
Central London

A one-day, evidence-based seminar designed to enable OH and HR
professionals to successfully manage long-term sickness absence.

Book and pay by 31/10/2018 and save £70 + VAT!

OH report writing 2019
Friday 25 January 2019    
Central London
How to prepare concise, well-written OH reports that will provide quality information for managers, be understood by employees, and be defensible if the information contained in them is ever required in legal proceedings.
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Certificate in Managing OH Services
25 - 27 March 2019     
This three-day course is designed to equip you with the essential management tools to deliver a successful occupational health service.
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OH jobs listing
Occupational Health Clinical Services Manager
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Closing date: 14 October 2018

Occupational Health Nurse
Corporate health Ireland
Closing date: 19 October 2018

Occupational Health Advisor
Pease Pottage, Essex
Company Health Services Ltd
Closing date: 31 October 2018

Occupational Health Advisors
Team Prevent
Closing date: 31 October 2018

OH Physician
& OH nurse/technician
All Health Matters Limited
Closing date: 20 November 2018

Occupational Health Adviser
South Yorkshire
An in-house opportunity from Key People

Occupational Health Advisors
Team Prevent
Closing date: 9 November 2018

A variety of other OH vacancies nationwide from: Key People
To see the full list, please click here.

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