Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ordinary CD players to monitor our health?


Ordinary CD players to monitor our health?: "Many of us, at least in developed countries, have CD players rusting in our homes. So why not turning them into something useful? A very short note by the American Chemical Society (ACS) says that Spanish researchers have adapted this now venerable technology into home health monitoring systems. This means that CD technology could be used for tests ranging from the measurement of environmental toxins to at-home disease diagnosis and even laboratory-based testing."

"The set of servo systems (spindle and stepper motors) of the CD drive keeps the laser beam focused on the spiral track, allowing disc rotation and laser scanning. The transmitted light through the disc is transformed by the photodiode into an analog electrical signal. At the same time, the photosensor detects the trigger footprints, starting the data collection on disc. [...] The CD drive is controlled by software and connected to the computer by USB2.0 interface." You also can see a picture of the CD player used in this work (B). (Credit: Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain)

Law Weblog » Don’t fall out with your relatives….

Law Weblog » Don’t fall out with your relatives….: "Sunday 30 September 2007 at 9:17 am | In News | The Mental Capacity Act 2005 comes into force on 1 October. It allows the ending of life of a patient by medical intervention. Bluntly, whilst euthanasia remains illegal it will be possible to kill patients by starving them to death or ceasing medical treatment."

Safety last

"Safety-first" a accident-prevention slogan first used in Britain in 1873
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Saturday, September 29, 2007

'Footing' the ladder


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Let's Get Drunk And Monkey Around On That Crane


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Friday, September 28, 2007

Cue the ‘saying sorry’ slot - Times Online

Cue the ‘saying sorry’ slot - Times Online: "Adam Sherwin The Blue Peter apology has become a feature of the show that appears as regularly as charity appeals and sticky-backed plastic."

Compensation claims after incidents at county schools have cost Neath Port Talbot Council more than £70,000 over the past five years.The local educati

Compensation claims after incidents at county schools have cost Neath Port Talbot Council more than £70,000 over the past five years.The local education authority received 76 such claims between 2002...: "Compensation claims after incidents at county schools have cost Neath Port Talbot Council more than £70,000 over the past five years.The local education authority received 76 such claims between 2002 and last year, new figures reveal. Some came as a result of people slipping on wet floors, while others were made after pupils had clothing or equipment lost or stolen."

Will they come home from Work Today?


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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Nut allergy sees schoolboy barred from lessons - Yorkshire Post

Nut allergy sees schoolboy barred from lessons - Yorkshire Post: "A SCHOOLBOY who suffers from a nut allergy has been excluded from classes because his East Yorkshire school regards him as a health and safety hazard."


East Riding of Yorkshire Council say when the school became aware of George's nut allergy it was agreed he should be sent home until a support system was put in place to ensure his health and safety
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East London and West Essex Guardian Series

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: "By jonathan moyes BORIS Johnson has been chosen as the Conservative candidate for London's mayoral elections next May. The Henley MP polled 15,661 votes while his rivals managed to muster 4,152 votes collectively."

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Emergency services 'do anything to avoid putting themselves at risk' | the Daily Mail

Emergency services 'do anything to avoid putting themselves at risk' | the Daily Mail: "Did you happen to assume, by any strange chance, that the purpose of the emergency services was to rescue people in an emergency from the prospect of death or injury? Indeed. So did we all. Well, more fool us! It turns out that their purpose is to avoid anything that puts themselves at risk - and they've got a health and safety rule book that says so."
Melanie Phillips

Albert Einstein

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. [Albert Einstein]
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Monday, September 24, 2007

One Wish


One Wish

A Safety Officer was walking along the beach when he stumbled upon an unusual old lamp. He picked it up and cleaned it off, and suddenly a Genie appeared. The amazed Safety Officer asked if he was going to receive the usual three wishes.

The Genie said, "Nope...due to inflation, constant downsizing, low wages in third-world countries, and fierce global competition, I can only grant you one wish. So...what'll it be?"

The Safety Officer didn't hesitate. He said, "I want peace in the Middle East. See this map? I want these countries to stop fighting with each other."

The Genie looked at the map and exclaimed, "Cor blimey, mister! These countries have been at war for thousands of years. I'm good, but not THAT good! I don't think it can be done. Make another wish."

The Safety Officer thought for a minute and said, "Well, I've never been able to find the right job. You know, any employer that's considerate to its workers, likes to implement safety and provide adequate resources, is sensible at risk management, , doesn't make excuses for not doing something all the time, and has a zero accidents. That's what I wish for...a good employer."

The Genie let out a long sigh and said, "Let me see that map!"
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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Workin' on the crane gang

625 MPH

This sign and advisory plate (625 MPH, a test engineer's joke) penetrated the windshield and roof of a car in a side-impact test crash. A safer sign would have stiffer uprights, no advisory plate and the flashing light would be moved to the point of the sign to spread the impact force.
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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Construction industry continues to fail

Norwich Union Risk Services: "A recent blitz by health and safety inspectors on construction refurbishment sites showed that one in three were putting workers lives at risk, it emerged today."

I've been told they need support, but not if you are from Bromley

Basingstoke Town Football Club
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Fresh bid to beat the conker killjoys - Northants ET

Fresh bid to beat the conker killjoys - Northants ET: "Do you think playing conkers are dangerous? Let us know your views by signing in and posting your comments at the bottom of the page
NO DANGER – James Ingamells, eight, Jack Stafford, eight, Sophie Stafford, 10, Aaron Finnigan, five, and Lauren Finnigan, seven, with their conker necklaces at last year’s world conker championships
By Neil Pickford"

Hard Hat


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Message to Affco: don’t try and load your accident costs onto workers | NZCTU

Message to Affco: don’t try and load your accident costs onto workers | NZCTU: "“Affco should explain why workers should have to pay $1 million for the cost of a serious accident at work it has now decided it doesn’t want to pay,” CTU secretary Carol Beaumont said today."

Friday, September 21, 2007

French roofer at work


French HSE at work, originally uploaded by M Sweatman.

Work safety in Bucharest


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Lavoro in sicurezza - Work safety


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Mattel sorry for 'design flaws'

BBC NEWS | Business | Mattel sorry for 'design flaws': "Mattel has admitted that most of the toys recalled in recent safety scares had 'design flaws' and that Chinese manufacturers were not to blame."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ear plugs


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Trestles


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ES - Call for papers for a Safety and Health Conference in the construction sector - OSHA - Your network to a safer and healthier working environment

ES - Call for papers for a Safety and Health Conference in the construction sector - OSHA - Your network to a safer and healthier working environment: "The organisers of the Conference “Health and Safety Coordination in the construction Industry” organised on 21-22 February 2008, are inviting interested people in presenting a report to submit their papers."

Kerching - Severn Trent Refuse Compensation For Floods

Kerching: "You have to hand it to the nation’s water companies. While torrents of water burst out of their broken pipes they tell us to stop watering our lawns and when customers are left without mains water for over a week, they refuse to payout any compensation."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Men only

In London, there is a rather seizable factory that hires only married men. Concerned about this, a woman called on the manager and asked him, "Why is it you limit your employees to married men? Is it because you think women are weak, dumb, cantankerous...or what?"

"Not at all, Madam," the manager replied. "It is because our employees are used to obeying orders, are accustomed to being shoved around, know how to keep their mouths shut and don't pout when I yell at them."
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A neutron walks into a bar ...

A neutron walks into a bar, sits down and asks for a drink. Finishing, the neutron asks "How much?"

The bartender says, "For you, no charge."
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FR - New report addresses financial incentives for OSH prevention and the drawbacks of OSH statistics - OSHA - Your network to a safer and healthier w

FR - New report addresses financial incentives for OSH prevention and the drawbacks of OSH statistics - OSHA - Your network to a safer and healthier working environment

Monday, September 17, 2007

Knitty Nora update - The Hazards of Knitting


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Safety police outlaw NHS knitters over fears of accidents with needles | the Daily Mail


Safety police outlaw NHS knitters over fears of accidents with needles | the Daily Mail: "For three years it has been a simple way for hospital visitors to make a difference while they wait. Patients and relatives - indeed anyone handy with a pair of needles - have been asked to knit a small square to be turned into blankets for local charities. But that was until the health and safety brigade heard what was going on."

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Housebuilder's Update: Eco Bollocks Award: Wales

Housebuilder's Update: Eco Bollocks Award: Wales: "It must be a sign of the increasingly frantic times, but I am handing out my 4th Eco Bollocks award barely two weeks after Ken Livingstone got No 3. This time the recipient is an entire country, Wales,"

In whose court does comp claim fall? : Unknown : Knoxville News Sentinel

In whose court does comp claim fall? : Unknown : Knoxville News Sentinel: "Anxious UT fans are waiting for basketball season to start to see if Bruce Pearl’s magic continues. Meanwhile, employers across the state are more anxious about a recent decision from the Tennessee Supreme Court holding that the widow of an employee who died as a result of a basketball game was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The employee worked for Coors Technical Ceramic Co. The employee was playing basketball on a court purchased by a group of employees and installed on the company’s premises. There was no question that the employer knew that employees played basketball three to four times a week during their break. Supervisors even joined in the games occasionally."
Pamela Reeves
Sunday, September 16, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - Performance-based pay for teachers - Sunday | September 16, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - Performance-based pay for teachers - Sunday | September 16, 2007: "The Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) recently called for a 'pay-for-performance scheme' to improve the quality of teaching in Jamaica and, ultimately, the quality of employees entering the workforce."

Saturday, September 15, 2007

northern rock - Low Rate Loans, Mortgages, Savings & Insurance

northern rock - Low Rate Loans, Mortgages, Savings & Insurance: "You may find logon times for your online accounts are longer than usual. We apologise for this but please be patient, we can assure you that we will be able to deal with your transaction"
Not according to the BBC and Sky news!

Adam Applegarth: the man under the spotlight - Telegraph

Adam Applegarth: the man under the spotlight - Telegraph: "By Richard Fletcher and Philip Aldrick Last Updated: 9:25pm BST 14/09/2007 At the top of Northern Rock is Applegarth who might just as well be managing a sandwich factory. The bank has one market, the UK, and one product, mortgages"

Rivals often joke that Northern Rock is more of a production line than a bank, churning out cheaper deals by making the system as efficient as humanely possible.

CEN News : City Edition : Man's lone stand in compensation fight

CEN News : City Edition : Man's lone stand in compensation fight: "A MAN awarded £500,000 compensation after an alleged council blunder stood alone in court against its lawyers who are appealing against the payout. Colin Burl, of Reed Cottages in Cambourne, is now on income support because of what he claims was a planning application bungle."

The Wesleyan Argus - Fire drill leads to Nicolson pot bust and student arrest

The Wesleyan Argus - Fire drill leads to Nicolson pot bust and student arrest:
By StarRose Keyes-Lebergott
Contributing Writer
"At a university that has been dubbed number twelve on Princeton Review's 2008 'Reefer Madness' College Ranking list, one sophomore's arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia and less than two grams of marijuana after a Tuesday night Nicolson fire drill may come as a shock to some. 'The system totally messed around with me,' said the student, who wishes to remain anonymous."

TheStar.com | columnists | Judge slams Chubb for refusing to pay fire claim

TheStar.com | columnists | Judge slams Chubb for refusing to pay fire claim: "An Oakville divorcee has been awarded roughly $8.4 million a decade after fire destroyed her former Mississauga home. Bridgette Sagl's house on Doulton Dr. was stuffed with antique furniture, paintings, china and jewellery. A former husband she is still battling over a 1997 family-court award had made millions manufacturing satellite-reception dishes."

Petition to: set up legislation to allow the Health and Safety Executive to encourage the installation of exercise bikes in offices.


Petition to: set up legislation to allow the Health and Safety Executive to encourage the installation of exercise bikes in offices.: "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to set up legislation to allow the Health and Safety Executive to encourage the installation of exercise bikes in offices."

Friday, September 14, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Roll back the lead-free initiative: 12 ROHS myths - 9/13/2007 - EDN

Roll back the lead-free initiative: 12 ROHS myths - 9/13/2007 - EDN: "I'm all for environmental legislation when it actually helps. When it doesn't help, and it harms something else, I question the result. By Howard Johnson, PhD -- EDN, 9/13/2007"

The art of sacking

The Age Blogs: Management Line: "Right, enough! He's finished. It happens to workers everyday. But sacking someone is not easy for bosses either. Delivering someone the terrible news is hard work and it can be draining."

The Gen Y workplace: four myths

The Age Blogs: Management Line: "The consensus from a lot of managers and HR people I talk to is that the Gen Y employees - generally defined as those born from 1979 - are, to put it kindly, the most challenging to manage"

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Jamaica Gleaner News - Communicating for successin the workplace: Listening - Wednesday | September 12, 2007


Jamaica Gleaner News - Communicating for successin the workplace: Listening - Wednesday | September 12, 2007: "Rosemaire Voordouw, Contributor The act of listening plays an important role in human relationships, both on the personal and professional level. At the workplace, listening failures can and do cause countless problems every day. The problem with poor listening is that it is a habit. And like all habits you must first break it and then put a new habit in its place. It is, therefore, very important to master the techniques of active listening, and how to use your body language to show that you are really listening to a speaker."

PARDON

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Official Scottish Government Bulletin: The Wardman Wire » Britblog Roundup #131 Audio Podcast

Official Scottish Government Bulletin: The Wardman Wire » Britblog Roundup #131 Audio Podcast

NewsWatch - What's the point?

NewsWatch: "Nearly every week, someone calls or writes to ask why NewsWatch exists. They say it appears to be little more than a platform for the BBC to defend its actions and to ignore the comments and complaints of the licence fee payers. This e-mail sums it up. 'Isn't it amazing that no matter how blatantly wrong the BBC may be in something it has done, nobody will ever put their hand up and say they got it wrong?' wrote Michael Ginn. ''Sorry' is not in the BBC's vocabulary.'"


"The worst thing you can have is that we listen but we don't do anything about it"
Mark Byford
Deputy Director-General

No change then Mark!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Hard hat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hard hat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Management professor Peter Drucker credits writer Franz Kafka with developing the first civilian hard hat when he was employed at the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute for the Kingdom of Bohemia (1912).[1] Whether or not Kafka actually invented the hard hat is open to debate, but he apparently was the first bureaucrat and insurer to demand its use by civilians"

All About Hard-hat saves dam worker's life

All About Head Protection And Hard Hat Safety: "Hard-hats are as common in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the castle image. For most people, those plastic helmets are probably just part of the scenery. But for one powerplant mechanic who fell more than 20 feet from an unprotected ledge at the Dardanelle Powerhouse, a hard-hat made a difference. Although hard-hats are not designed to protect against lateral blows, this one did and prevented serious injury or death."

WORKPLACE ACCIDENT - ACCIDENT AT WORK - INJURED AT WORK

WORKPLACE ACCIDENT - ACCIDENT AT WORK - INJURED AT WORK: "His compensation award was reduced as he had chosen not to wear a hard hat at the time of his accident."

The Porcine Semen (Fees) (England) Regulations 2007

The Porcine Semen (Fees) (England) Regulations 2007: "Statutory Instrument 2007 No. 2586 The Porcine Semen (Fees) (England) Regulations 2007"

The Sea Fishing (Prohibition on the Removal of Shark Fins) Order 2007

The Sea Fishing (Prohibition on the Removal of Shark Fins) Order 2007: "Statutory Instrument 2007 No. 2554 The Sea Fishing (Prohibition on the Removal of Shark Fins) Order 2007"

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Safety Professional

The Safety Professional: "
As a visitor to this site, it's a fair bet that you've had dealings with a safety professional or two. If so, you will certainly appreciate the real-world vision of these dynamic and courageous leaders. They're great guys!"

Sack Barrow Driving Test


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HSE buries its towels slip « Oxford Agenda

HSE buries its towels slip « Oxford Agenda: "Despite its famously frank Chairman, the Health and Safety Executive seems very coy about its widely-derided research into bathroom slippages. We investigate the missing web site entry."

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Myth of the month - September 2007


The Myth: Kids must wear goggles to play conkers;

This is one of the oldest chestnuts around, a truly classic myth. A well-meaning head teacher decided children should wear safety goggles to play conkers. Subsequently some schools appear to have banned conkers on ‘health & safety’ grounds or made children wear goggles, or even padded gloves!

Realistically the risk from playing conkers is incredibly low and just not worth bothering about. If kids deliberately hit each other over the head with conkers, that’s a discipline issue, not health and safety.


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Safety Officer Joke

Two safety officers, one old male the other young female, and a donkey were travelling. The female safety office rode the donkey while the old man walked.

In the first town they went to, the people all said; "How hard for that old man who has to walk!"

The two travelling safety officers heard this and decided that the female safety officer should walk and the old man should ride.

In the next town, people whispered, "What a shame, he makes the young lady walk!"

So the pair decided that they should both ride.

In the third town, people all muttered about how cruel it was to make the donkey work so hard.

So they both decided to carry the donkey.

On the way to the next town, they had to go across a bridge. As they walked across it, they slipped and the donkey fell in to the river and drowned.

The moral of the story is - If you try to please everyone, you will eventually end up losing your ass.

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County's 'compensation culture' revealed

Leamington News, Sport, Entertainment, Comment - Leamington Observer from Observer Standard Newspapers: "Exclusive by Kevin Unitt 06 September 2007 COMPENSATION culture looks alive and well across Warwickshire with a startling selection of bizarre claims. In the two years up to June 2007, Warwickshire County Council was inundated with over 1,100 claims. The information - obtained by us under the Freedom of Information Act - shows that compensation paid for personal injuries and damaged vehicles totalled more than £150,000. These ranged from to trip and falls on uneven pavements to pot holes in roads."

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Knife Receptacle


Knife Receptacle, originally uploaded by Safety Inspector.

This is how I learned about electricity

Daily Express: The World's Greatest Newspaper :: News / Showbiz :: Civil servants in lunchtime drinking ban

Daily Express: The World's Greatest Newspaper :: News / Showbiz :: Civil servants in lunchtime drinking ban: "HEALTH and safety zealots want to ban thousands of civil servants from having even a quick half or a glass of wine with their lunch."

By Tom Price

Humaniform » Health and Safety Month: Bonkers Conkers stories, Public Relations and The Profession (20 articles)

Humaniform » Health and Safety Month: Bonkers Conkers stories, Public Relations and The Profession (20 articles): "During August and September 2007, we have a series of around 20 articles looking at questions around Health and Safety scare stories, how they come about, and how we can get to a point where reporting is accurate."

Reinventing a sense of fun with conkers - Northampton Chronicle and Echo

Reinventing a sense of fun with conkers - Northampton Chronicle and Echo: "Lily Canter reports on the risks as the World Conker Championships head for Northamptonshire. Health and safety officers are often associated with an increasing killjoy cotton wool culture but this breed of unpopular advisor's are now reinventing themselves as fun-loving individuals with a 'can do' attitude."

Bad weather will not crack conker event - Peterborough Today

Bad weather will not crack conker event - Peterborough Today: "By Tara Dundon PEOPLE who are bonkers about conkers will still be able to take part in the annual World Conker Championships despite the miserable British weather. The championships have been running in Ashton, near Oundle, for the past 41 years and this year will be no different, according to event organisers."

Monday, September 03, 2007

United Press International - Man sues for $5M in alleged cat attack

United Press International - NewsTrack - Quirks - Man sues for $5M in alleged cat attack: "Published: Sept. 2, 2007 at 9:41 PM NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A Long Island, N.Y., man is suing the owner of a Manhattan deli for $5 million, claiming he was attacked by a cat inside the deli and had to be hospitalized."

Sunday, September 02, 2007

The good old days 9


When Chris Baker, an electronics engineer was asked by the RSPB to install a TV camera to watch a pair of golden eagles he was watched by various officials, one asked if he had a Certificate of Competence in tree-climbing. When he said no, a fully-certificated tree-climber had to be brought from far away. In order to qualify for such a certificate an "EU standard tree" has to be used. (Sunday Telegraph 10/6/01)
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Together we can reclaim the streets

Boris Johnson MP: "Never mind Spiderman. Forget Harry Potter and his struggle against Voldemort. I'll tell you my hero of the hour. He's a 68-year-old Liberal Democrat peer called Lord Phillips of Sudbury in the County of Suffolk, and last week he struck such a blow for freedom and common sense that, if there were any justice, the people of Sudbury would now be organising a subscription to erect his statue in the market place. Because it was in that very market place that Lord Phillips of Sudbury faced a moral dilemma, of a kind that many of us face - without acknowledging it - every day."

icNewcastle - Hurt by compensation claims

icNewcastle - Hurt by compensation claims: "Sep 2 2007 by Phil Doherty, Sunday Sun NORTH schools have had to fork out more than £660,000 in compensation from over-stretched education budgets due to accidents.

One of the biggest genuine claims was for £46,000 after a secondary school pupil injured his arm using a drill in a technology lesson.

The biggest claim came to £11,480, including costs, for a child whose fingers were caught in a toilet cubicle.

Smaller claims have included . . .

  • £3500 for a pupil who sustained a head injury due to an open window.
  • £550 for a pupil hurt by a bookcase falling over.
  • £330 for a pupil injured by a protruding screw while playing football.
  • Sunderland City Council has paid out £101,816 in compensation and legal fees in the last two years. The biggest claim was for £10,671 after a wall fell on a pupil.

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    Saturday, September 01, 2007

    Department takes furniture store to CCMA for unfair dismissal

    BuaNews Online homepage: "By Edwin Tshivhidzo, tel: (012) 314-2454 Limpopo - The Department of Labour has taken a popular furniture store in Thabazimbi, Limpopo, to the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) for unfair dismissal of its employees. This action comes after the Department's inspectors had rescued furniture store employees who were locked inside a warehouse on Tuesday."

    Classic Practical Joke Gets Student Suspended

    Classic Practical Joke Gets Student Suspended