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first_imgNewsOn 1 Aug 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Thismonth’s news in briefMancunianstake the most sick leaveMancunianstake the most days off sick, with an average of 11 days a year, according tolaw firm Peninsula. In its survey of 4,300 workers, Edinburgh and Dublin camesecond and third, with Londoners, on seven days, taking the least number ofdays off. Food poisoning, back problems, colds and flu were the most commonreasons given for absence.Recurringback painLowerback pain is a persistent, recurrent problem among nurses, a study in thejournal Occupational and Environmental Medicine has concluded. The Swiss studyof 269 nurses over eight years found the annual prevalence of lower back painwas between 73 to 76 per cent. Thirty-eight per cent reported the sameintensity of pain throughout the year.  (Ref:OEM 2003;60:497-503)HSEwebsite for mumsAwebsite to help protect new and expectant mothers’ health and safety at workhas been launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A variety ofguidance, including A guide for new and expectant mothers who work, isavailable on the website.   www.hse.gov.uk/mothersHandwashing pilotAintreeHospitals NHS Trust in Liverpool has been chosen as one of six pilot sites fora new hand cleaning campaign by the National Patient Safety Agency. The trustwill test a new toolkit designed to encourage more hand washing by staff,patients and visitors on two wards.Fallfactors published Researchon the underlying factors for falls from height in the workplace has beenpublished by the Health and Safety Executive. Falls from height – preventionand risk control effectiveness gives employers a baseline for measuringimprovements, a model of influences and a toolkit for taking action. Prisonstaff stressed Chronicovercrowding in UK prisons has led to a huge rise in stress and sicknessabsence among prison officers. Figures from the Liberal Democrats show therising prison population has led to a 34 per cent increase in warders’ sicknessabsence, with 115,000 days a year being lost to ill health On-sitedeaths rise Therewere 26 deaths in the construction industry between 1 April and 30 June, whenthe death toll prompted Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott to call a ‘safetysummit’, according to construction workers’ union UCATT. Twelve fatalities werefalls from height, four people were struck by moving vehicles, four were killedby collapsing or overturning objects, and six died from other causes. Possiblelink to cancer Thepossibility that shift work can increase the potential for women to contractbreast cancer needs further study, according to a report by the Health andSafety Executive. A study by Professor Anthony Swerd-low, of the Institute ofCancer Research, found evidence for an association was “appreciable, butnot definitive”. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Press release: UK pledges protection for corals

first_imgThe UK has joined a global battle to safeguard the world’s coral reefs from climate change and rising sea temperatures, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey announced today.International work to protect these vital marine habitats is gathering momentum as coral reefs come under increasing pressure from climate change and human activity – and today the UK officially joined the Coral Reef Life Declaration, committing to safeguard coral reefs and bolster scientific research into the threats they face.The announcement comes just one week ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where member states will gather in London to agree further global measures to protect our oceans.From Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, to 8,000 year-old cold-waters corals off the coast of the UK, the countries of the Commonwealth account for nearly half the world’s coral reefs – and over 250 million people across the Commonwealth depend directly on coral reefs for food and income.Speaking from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, where High Commissioners and members of the UK’s science community gathered today to celebrate marine science across the Commonwealth, the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: Few people know the waters around the UK contain riches to rival the tropics – with our waters home to a vast array of cold water coral reefs that protect important marine life. Through tapping into the UK’s world-leading marine science and working with our partners across the Commonwealth, we will help to safeguard this vital habitat and protect our oceans for future generations. The Coral Reef Life Declaration was launched by Prince Albert II of Monaco at the Our Ocean conference in Malta in October last year to encourage countries to come together to protect coral reefs. So far 12 countries have signed the declaration, including Australia, Fiji and the Seychelles.The UK’s waters are home to cold-water corals over 8,000 years old, with the only known coral reef in English waters protected as a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).The Canyons MCZ, located off the Cornish coast, covers an area of more than 650 km2 and was designated in 2013 to protect the cold-water corals found there. There are also extensive reefs off the west coast of Scotland where there are seven Marine Protected Areas safeguarding this fragile habitat from damage.The UK’s Overseas Territories also hold a huge array of tropical and cold water coral reefs. Through our Blue Belt programme we are currently on track to protect over four million square kilometres of ocean across the Overseas Territories by 2020, working with local communities to protect the coral species within.This year has also been made the International Year of the Reef by the International Coral Reef Initiative – the leading organisation dedicated to protecting these habitats.last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Squadron Helps with Patient Transportation

first_imgBy Dialogo January 31, 2013 I was Soldier and Corporal Dragonite, the armed forces have to work together with the state and national police forces, we are human beings with different technical training so that we can all perform our functions, what happens is that soldiers are prepared for war, but in those cases, since you ask for the public opinion, they are people with huge social responsibility and they are performing very well, with skills and technical courage because this starts from the moment one steps into the headquarters, already defending the country, police is at a provincial level, more concerned with civil life. greetings. Since January 27, the Brazilian Air Force’s Onça (Jaguar) Squadron (1°/15° GAV) has provided support to victims of the fire at the night club in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul state. To date, the unit that operates the C-105 Amazonas airplanes performed four flights in the Santa Maria-Porto Alegre-Santa Maria route, and helped with the transfer of 25 high risk patients to the hospital in the capital. The Onça Squadron has two crews, including two doctors, and it transports patients around the clock. Seven advanced aerial support units were assembled in the airplane, composed of one doctor, one nurse, and one assistant. According to Captain José Ricardo Schwarz, commander of the airplane, this kind of mission requires certain precautions. “The airplane is prepared to fuel oxygen tanks, and test medical equipment so it is kept sterile. Therefore, we remain ready, until the last patient arrives. As soon as they are onboard we need to start the engines and the taxing process carefully and with agility”, he said. last_img read more

PostNL reduces equity carbon footprint through shift to best-in-class

first_imgPostNL, the €8.4bn Dutch sector scheme for postal staff, said it had reduced the carbon footprint of its equity holdings by 22% after re-investing €1bn in the 25% best scoring sustainable companies.As a result, its increased and passively managed stake in the so-called best-in-class companies had raised the overall return of the equity portfolio by 1 percentage point, it said in its annual report for 2018.It added that it had also improved its GRESB score  for non-listed property by 4.6 percentage points to 80.6%, outperforming the benchmark by 13.6 percentage points. The score is an environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) performance measure. The pension fund said that its current ESG policy focused on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of health and wellbeing, affordable and sustainable energy as well as climate. As a consequence, it had already abandoned investments in tobacco, extended its exclusion policy for thermal coal and decided to increase its stake in green bonds.“If this works out well, we will consider filling in our entire credit allocation with green bonds in a next stage”René van de Kieft, PostNL chairmanRené van de Kieft, PostNL’s chairman, told IPE that the pension fund initially wanted to raise its stake in green bonds to 2% of the total portfolio.“If this works out well, we will consider filling in our entire credit allocation with green bonds in a next stage,” he said, adding that this would amount to an investment of “hundreds of millions”.As at the end of 2018, the scheme had invested 10.6% in total in three credit funds with its asset manager, TKP Investments (TKPI). PostNL has also established a long-term investment portfolio with thematic ESG goals of technology, innovation and sustainability.0.6% loss, custodian negotiations updateThe pension fund posted a loss on investments of 0.6% over 2018, which it largely attributed to falling equity markets.Its 28% worldwide equity portfolio fell by 6.7%, whereas its 8.5% property holdings of predominantly non-listed property gained 7.7%.PostNL’s fixed income allocation (65%) of mostly euro-denominated government bonds and mortgages gained 2.1%.The scheme further indicated that its dynamic hedge of the interest risk on its liabilities, which stood at 55% at 2018-end, had contributed 0.5 percentage point to its overall result.In contrast, it had lost 1.2 percentage point on its 50% currency cover of its equity investments in US dollar, British pound and Japanese yen.Over the past 10 years PostNL’s returns have been 8% on average, it said.PostNL tendered for a new custodian last year, and van de Kieft told IPE that negotiations were at an advanced stage. It currently uses CitiBank for its holdings with TKPI.TKPI also used to be PostNL’s fiduciary manager until the scheme appointed Kempen Capital Management to this role to split asset management and advisory services. In January, PostNL granted an inflation compensation of 0.72%, based on a funding of 116% at year-end. At the end of May, its coverage ratio had dropped to 114.7%.PostNL reported administration costs of €155 per participant and said it spent 0.34% and 0.16% on asset management and transactions, respectively.The pension fund has 18,590 active members, 46,000 deferred participants and 30,815 pensioners.last_img read more

TPR orders former owner of retailer BHS to pay £9.5m into schemes

first_imgIn January 2018, the panel ruled that two contribution notices for a total of £9.5m be issued against Chappell. He appealed the decision but following a lengthy legal process his referral was struck out by the upper tribunal. The contribution notices against him were subsequently issued in August 2019.Nicola Parish, TPR’s executive director of frontline regulation, said: “We are pleased that the decision to issue two contribution notices to pay money into the BHS pension schemes stands.“This case illustrates how TPR is willing to pursue a case through the courts to seek redress for pension savers. It illustrates the situations our anti-avoidance powers were designed to meet and which allow us to protect the retirement incomes that savers deserve.”The Pension Protection Fund is responsible for obtaining the money from Chappell for the benefit of the pension schemes. Sir Philip Green, whose retail group sold BHS to Chappell in 2015, reached a settlement with TPR in 2017 to pay £363m to the BHS pension schemes. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published a determination notice detailing its decision to issue contribution notices for £9.5m (€11m) against Dominic Chappell regarding two pension schemes connected to the collapsed high street chain BHS.The issuing of the two contribution notices marks the end of TPR’s anti-avoidance enforcement against Chappell, which started in 2016. Retail Acquisitions Limited, of which he was a majority shareholder, bought BHS for the nominal sum of £1 in 2015 and the retailer fell into administration a year later.According to the information released by the regulator this week, the Determinations Panel decided that a series of acts were materially detrimental to the pension schemes, which included the acquisition of BHS, management decisions of the company, the appointment of inexperienced board members, the implementation of an inadequate business plan and the way money was extracted and distributed to Chappell, advisers, company directors and family members.last_img read more