Since 1996, the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled; one person is diagnosed every two minutes. According to Diabetes UK’s latest estimates, almost 3.5 million adults have been diagnosed with the condition, while it remains undiagnosed in more than one million others.
If you didn’t know what Dr Michael Hastings does for a living, his desk at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge (MRC) provides some clues. Academic papers plus a plastic model of the human brain suggest that he’s a neuroscientist. But the mimosa sapling is the real give away, because Hastings studies the body clock and mimosa has a seminal place in our understanding of circadian rhythms.
Dust and fumes are a problem with which we are all familiar in our homes, but it can be a much more serious problem in the workplace. Paul Riddick, co-founder and technical director at fume and dust extraction specialists VODEX Ltd explores how contaminates being produced on a daily basis in the workplace can damage your health and could even prove fatal.
Auditing is considered an essential part of a safety management system. It appears as the “check” in the plan, do, check, act (PCDA) model used in BS OHSAS 18001:2007 and in the draft standard ISO 45001, and as the “A” in the Health and Safety Executive’s HSG65 POPIMAR (policy, organising, planning, implementing, monitoring, auditing and review) schema.
Anti-bullying training and disciplining individuals is not enough to stop ill-treatment in the workplace. This is the message from researchers who carried out a study funded by IOSH which found more than two workers in five in the Republic of Ireland have experience of ill-treatment at work.