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

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Respond to the FOHN survey!
The Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing (FOHN) Development Group is carrying out a nationwide survey of OH nurses. It has three objectives: to find out what OH nurses want and expect from a future FOHN; to establish what they think about OH nurse education; and to better understand the demographic characteristics of nurses working in the OH setting. Nurses and student nurses working in OH are encouraged to complete the 15-minute survey, which closes on 31 May 2016. Results will be reported on the FOHN website and in the At Work Partnership journal Occupational Health [at Work].
https://www.FOHNSurvey2016


Healthy workplaces across Europe
An EU-wide Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign has been launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. It is claimed to be the world’s largest campaign to promote sustainable work and workplace safety and health in the context of an ageing workforce. Funded by the European Commission the campaign already has more than 50 official campaign partners. It runs until November 2017 and incorporates the next two European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work (in October 2016 and 2017).
https://healthy-workplaces.eu/en


Occupational Zika guidance
Interim guidance on the occupational risks of the Zika virus has been published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (1). The CDC’s Zika website gives updated advice on areas with active mosquito-born transmission (2), while its travel health website provides guidance for travellers and healthcare providers (3).
(1) http://www.cdc.gov/niosh
(2) http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
(3) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/


PSA tests
Guidance for GPs and other healthcare professionals on the facts around the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer has been issued by Public Health England. It is designed to help healthcare professionals give clear and balanced guidance to asymptomatic men on the potential benefits and risks of having the test. The PSA test is not accurate enough to serve as the basis of a national screening programme but is available free on the NHS to any well man over 50 who requests it.
https://www.gov.uk/
Guidance on PSA testing for well men aged over 50 is also available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads


Older drivers
Research from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows that older drivers are more likely than their younger counterparts to adopt safe behaviours, such as wearing a seat belt and complying with speed limits. However, those aged 55 and older have twice the risk of dying in a work-related crash than younger workers do – possibly because older people are more likely to be injured if they are in a crash, and more likely to die if they are injured. A fact sheet gives employers and workers information on age-related physical and mental changes that may affect older workers’ driving.
http://www.cdc.gov/


Police stress
Cases of long-term sickness absence for psychological reasons among police officers and staff in the UK have risen by 35% over the past five year, figures obtained by the BBC reveal. The statistics were obtained following a freedom-of-information request made by BBC Radio 5. Long-term absence cases recorded as being due to psychological reasons rose from 4,544 in 2010–11 to 6,129 in 2014–15, despite the total number of officers and staff falling, says the BBC. The number of staff or officers off sick for more than 28 or 29 days also rose, from 19,825 cases in 2010–11 to 22,547 in 2014–15.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35965223


NICE project on reducing sickness absence
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is working on new workplace guidance on improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing, and lowering sickness absence. Publication is expected in January 2017.
https://www.nice.org.uk/


£200,000 Paraquat prosecution
Agrochemical company Syngenta Ltd has been fined £200,000, with £13,041 costs, for breaching health and safety legislation when about 3.5 tonnes of the highly toxic weedkiller paraquat was ejected under pressure from a tanker at the company’s Huddersfield plant in December 2014. A company maintenance engineer had unintentionally opened a tanker valve. It took half an hour before staff could safely enter the area to shut it down.
 
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 http://www.atworkpartnership.co.uk/researchplus to search all of the articles in Research Plus free of charge from 2007 to the present day.
 
The April/May 2016 issue looked at some of the latest research in the following areas:
  • Pre-employment examinations
     
  • Reducing sedentary behaviour
     
  • Reproductive risks for hairdressers and cosmetologists
     
  • Does poor mental health predict absence?
     
  • Social capital protects against sickness absence
     
  • Carpal tunnel post-operative rehab
To read all of the articles in the latest issue of Research Plus, please visit our website.


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OH jobs
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We are looking for experienced Occupational Health Professionals (both Physicians and Advisors).  We have roles based in various locations around the country.

We offer professional indemnity, professional membership reimbursement, CPD support, PMI and a health cash plan.  We provide ongoing training and development to ensure our people offer the highest level of clinical expertise.

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Other OH jobs
Occupational Health Nurse
Birmingham
University of Birmingham

Closing date  for applications:
23 May 2016


A variety of other vacancies from
Key People

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


Conference and training news
from The At Work Partnership



OH Report Writing
24 June 2016
Edinburgh

Certificate in OH Case Management
7-9 June 2016
London


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Tuesday 5 July 2016
London
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Workplace Health 2016
Our annual two day conference and exhibition.
13-14 October 2016
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Postgraduate Courses in Occupational Health
University of Birmingham


We offer the Masters in Occupational Health over one or two years. You can also opt for a Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate. Our modules are designed in line with the syllabus recommended by Faculties of Occupational Medicine (Ireland and London) and most are one week in duration.

For those with limited experience in the field we recommend the PGCert programme which includes modules on the principle and practice of occupational health, effects of work on health, fitness for work and risk management and occupational health services.

The majority of the taught modules are assessed through a written assignment which helps individuals to develop their practical portfolio demonstrating practical skills to employers and professional bodies as well instilling confidence to practice.  

Each module includes a practical component e.g. workplace inspection in a foundry, case discussions, ergonomic risk assessments in a garage, audiometry and spirometry practicals, developing an OH services for a company.

For more information, please visit:
www.birmingham.ac.uk/occhealth


New service from  The At Work Partnership:
OH Law Online


This unique online OH law subscription service provides an in depth explanation of the key areas of the law – and how they affect your work.

Expertly edited
The site is edited by Allan Tyrer, a well-respected writer on equality law. One of the UK’s most eminent authorities on occupational health law, Professor Diana Kloss is the consultant editor.


Find out more at
www.ohlaw.uk

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