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The At Work Partnership and the Occupational Health [at Work]  journal are delighted to send you our March 2016 occupational health e-mail newsletter, highlighting key OH news.

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HSE five-year plan
The HSE has published its five-year strategy, Helping Great Britain work well. It has six themes, covering: broader ownership of health and safety; highlighting and tackling the costs of work-related ill health; simplifying risk management; supporting small employers; anticipating and tackling new health and safety challenges; and promoting the benefits of Britain’s health and safety system.

Vicarious liability
An employer can be vicariously liable for the acts or omissions of its employees, if they take place in the course of employment rather than in a personal capacity. Two judgments of the Supreme Court have now clarified what kind of relationship there has to be between the individual at fault and an employer, and how the conduct of the individual has to be related to that relationship, in order for there to be vicarious liability. A detailed analysis of Cox v Ministry of Justice and Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc will be published in the April/May issue of Occupational Health [at Work].

Increase in compensation rates at tribunal
New limits on compensation payments awarded by employment tribunals for unfair dismissals, and certain other detriments, come into force on 6 April. Unfair dismissal compensation will now be capped at  £78,962 or a year’s salary, whichever is the lower. There is no limit on compensation for discrimination claims brought under the Equality Act 2010.

Active lunch breaks
The County Sports Partnership (CSP) Network has issued a 10-point ‘manifesto for a flexible lunch break’, to encourage employers in England to create opportunities for employees to undertake physical activity during the working day.

Mohawk round 8
The latest MoHaWK (‘Management of health at work knowledge’) national benchmarking audit included a new indicator on mental health. It required participants to submit audit data on the percentage of employees off sick for four weeks or more who had been assessed for depression. Data from the ‘round 8’ audit reveal that just over half (57%) of services achieved or exceeded the target score of 90%.

Construction health survey
Three building services trade bodies, the Electrical Contractors’ Association, the Building Engineering Services Association and Constructing Better Health, have launched an initiative to improve employee health across the sector. The first stage is a sector-wide survey, designed to provide baseline data that will lead to practical occupational health information and support for contractors. Chair of Constructing Better Health, Bob Blackman, said: ‘Our collaborative survey will help us to further demystify the cloudy perceptions about occupational health and target those areas where our members and industry colleagues aren’t making the most of the resources at hand.’ The survey closes on 13 April.

Support for employees with disabilities
NICE has issued a call for evidence to establish what workplace interventions are effective in supporting employees with disabilities or long-term conditions. Evidence must be submitted by 1 April 2016.

SEQOHS chair
The Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) has appointed Dr Robert Hardman as its chair. Hardman is a consultant occupational physician and is deputy lead of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Quality Improvement Working Group.

Research Plus
The latest Research Plus is available free of charge on our website

Research Plus, funded by a grant from the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, is freely available to all OH professionals. It is published as part of the Occupational Health [at Work] journal. It highlights original research and systematic reviews from a wide range of current publications meeting evidence quality criteria. 

Please visit to search all of the articles in Research Plus free of charge from 2007 to the present day.
The February/March 2016 issue looked at some of the latest research in the following areas:
  • Preventing upper-limb disorder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Obesity linked to poor future work ability
  • Presenteeism linked to weight gain
  • Doctors in training at risk of depression
  • Hepatitis B and C treatment
  • Exercise benefits people with respiratory disease
  • Anaesthetic gases

To read all of the articles in the latest issue of Research Plus, please visit our website.

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Conference news
from The At Work Partnership

OH Report Writing
19 April 2016 - Manchester
24 June 2016 - Edinburgh
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Certificate in Occupational Health Law
Part one: 27-29 April 2016
Part two: 19 -20 May 2016


The OH Nurse
13 May 2016 

Certificate in OH Case Management
7-9 June 2016

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Advance notice
Workplace Health 2016
Our annual two day conference and exhibition.
13-14 October 2016

Conference news
from other providers

Training on Drug & Alcohol Misuse in the Workplace
from Helen Vangikar

14-16 June 2016

Workplace drug and alcohol issues are becoming an increasing demand on Occupational Health Teams.  

Within health and safety it is best practise for every company to have a Drug and Alcohol Policy however they vary considerably between industry and organisations.  Procedures associated with the policy need to be practical and balanced in approach, enabling implementation and compliance.

Helen Vangikar runs four courses to help delegates understand the facts about drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace including how to compile a substance misuse policy, choice of biological sample, choice of service provider and interpretation of reports generated by the laboratory.

CPD Attendance Certificates will be issued to delegates. Courses 2 and 3 have CPD approval from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

For further information please visit:
Or call Helen on +44 (0)7856 979961

OH jobs

Senior Occupational Health Advisor
Roodlane Medical

Closing date  for applications:
18 March 2016

A variety of other vacancies from
Key People

To see the full list of OH vacancies, please click here.

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