A message to members

  • The Newsletter for August, reviewing HSE activities in July, is now available to Members.
  • Gentle reminder – the criteria and entry forms for the HOHSG Awards for 2019 can be found in the Members’ Section. 

Query – Sports-related injuries – to report to the HSE/LA or not

Views sought from anyone, especially HSE and LA Inspectors.  The consensus so far is NO.  For the full story click here.

Next meeting – Wednesday 5th September – Group Meeting + Topic:  Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is a serious permanent and disabling condition arising from poor control of work involving hand-held vibrating power tools.  According to the HSE nearly 2 million people are at risk while the Medical Research Council estimates that 300,000 people are suffering advanced stages of the condition.  Symptoms include loss of hand dexterity (inability to do fine work) and painful finger blanching attacks.  50% of all reported Occupational Industrial Diseases were HAVS related in 2012.   Worryingly, you can develop HAVS within 6 months.  Could you be affected? – check this out.

Emily Mellor, Technical Sales & Support Manager, from Reactec (click here for company resumé) will present an overview of HAVS and how to reduce the risk using their Analytics “Platform” (it’s not really a platform but a system of wearable & online technology to automate the monitoring and reporting of vibration exposure!)

Time & Place:  1:00 for refreshments and meeting other members.  The meeting starts at 1:30 at The Sewell Studio, Geneva Way, off Leads Road, Hull  HU7 0DG.     ALL WELCOME

You may also be interested in

HSE guidance on hot weather working.  HOHSG Newsletter editor Barry Clinch has reviewed the guidance and written the following article – click here to view.

Safety Groups E Newsletter Preliminary issue.  Check out the links – you may find them useful.

… the British Science Festival, Hull & Humber, from the 11th to 14th September.  Not H&S but many H&S people have a background in science and technology so the programme may be of interest to some of you.  This is Europe’s longest standing Science Festival featuring a diverse programme of over a hundred talks, debates, performances and activities with events happening across the University campus and Hull city.  Go to What’s On to browse the full programme and book your tickets.

… the next Humber IOSH meeting at the Hallmark Hotel, North Ferriby, on the 3rd October.  Following refreshments from 10:00 the meeting starts at 10:30 and concludes with a talk on Occupational Hygiene – more detail here.

…  the Health & Safety North exhibition at EventCity, Manchester, on the 9th & 10th October.  To register click here.

 … HOHSG’s Seminar on STRESS on Wednesday 10th October in the light of the HSE’s recent findings that 38% of NHS staff feel unwell due to work-related stress – more info here    The NHS is not alone – stress is one of the most commonly reported cause of occupational health in Britain, accounting for 40% of all work-related ill-health causes, and 49% of all working days lost due to ill-health in 2016/17.

Interested in joining HOHSG?

Why not come along to our next meeting on Wednesday 5th September from 1:00pm, talk to other members and listen to the speakers before making up your mind.