February 2012


Schmallenberg virus (SBV) identified in UK livestock

Tests by the Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) have confirmed the presence of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in livestock samples submitted since January 2012 from a number of farms in the south and east of England. Positive cases have been identified on the Isle of Wight, West Berkshire, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Previously, cases have been identified across the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, East and West Sussex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Cornwall and Wiltshire.   To date, the majority of the cases of SBV infection have been... Read More

Proper approach to real Health & Safety…

Safety chief uses high-hazard visit to distinguish real health and safety from the nonsense The Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has used a visit to a Cheshire oil refinery to highlight a shining example of a proper approach to health and safety. Judith Hackitt visited the Stanlow Oil Refinery in Ellesmere Port on Tuesday 31 January, where she met apprentices taking part in training to work in the chemical and oil industries.   Ms Hackitt, who herself worked in the chemical industry for more than 30 years,... Read More

Changes to accident reporting…

From 6 April 2012, subject to Parliamentary approval, RIDDOR’s over three day injury reporting requirement will change. From then the trigger point will increase from over three days’ to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened). Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work. Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over three day injuries – if the... Read More

Newport Salmonella Outbreak – Potential Link to Watermellons

One person has died and at least 50 more have fallen ill from salmonella poisoning which may be linked to watermelons imported from Brazil. The outbreak, which began in December, is believed to involve packs of ready-to-eat sliced watermelon. Health chiefs say the public can protect themselves by washing all types of fruit and vegetables. The one British fatality was suffering from a number of other underlying health problems. Details of the outbreak – involving the Salmonella Newport form of the bug – were revealed by the Health Protection Agency,... Read More