Alteo Limited ( 2016 Abridged Report

first_imgAlteo Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Energy sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Alteo Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Alteo Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Alteo Limited (  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileAlteo Limited is a holding company, which deals in cane farming, sugar milling, sugar refining, energy production, real estate and hospitality in Mauritius and regionally. The company was established in September 2017 and is headquartered in San Pierre, Mauritius. Alteo Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

George Ford and Owen Farrell: The story so far

first_imgEngland U18 coach John Fletcher brought George Ford and Owen Farrell through the age-groups, and now he believes they can thrive alongside one another… Midfield mates: Owen Farrell and George Ford during their England Under 18 days in South Africa LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Regardless of five Test defeats in a row and whatever has appeared in this week’s newspapers, English rugby is in rude health. An exacting talent identification system and a cohesive, connected representative ladder mean that will not change anytime soon. Consecutive Junior World Championship victories have not come by accident.Valuable: John Fletcher oversees England U18In that respect, John Fletcher is one of Twickenham’s most valuable assets. For six years he has overseen England U18 sides that play with pace, structure and eye-catching innovation. His list of alumni is already long and illustrious and each graduate raves about the contribution of ‘Fletch’ to their burgeoning careers.But when the chirpy, cheerful Geordie left the director of rugby position at Newcastle Falcons back in 2008, the first assignment of his current post was picking a squad for a tricky July tour to Argentina.Alongside more established players in their late teens such as Joe Marler and Freddie Burns, two northern lads had impressed over a successful spring with the U16 set-up.George Ford was 15 and Owen Farrell was 16. One was a diminutive fly half with exemplary distribution skills and enough vision to jump three years out of his age group. The other was a strapping centre whose prickly tenacity and measured maturity made him capable of playing two years up.Fletcher did not need a second thought and his inkling was immediately vindicated. He observed the strikingly assertive manner of two tyros as their close friendship translated into an exceptional on-field partnership.“They were dominating International U16 games,” he remembers. “They were head and shoulders above anything else on the pitch.Ruling the school: a midfield wrap-around sets up a try for England U16 v Millfield in 2008“What stood out with them was not just their skills but their attitude. They were far beyond their years from an emotional and cognitive point of view. Mentally, they were both so strong.“They spent a lot of time together socially, so they were confident in one another and understood each other – what they liked, what they didn’t like, what motivated them and what annoyed them. That’s a massive part of playing together.”Following an assured showing together against Uruguay on that trip, Farrell and Ford were mainstays of the next season for England U18 and cut a swathe through opponents while commanding a backline including Manu Tuilagi, Christian Wade and current sevens star Marcus Watson.Fletcher is an affable character who is enthusiastic without ever straying over the border into hyperbole. Even so, he does not bother trying single out one moment that sticks in his memory. By his reckoning,  Ford and Farrell would create danger “pretty much every time they touched the ball.”Original combo: Wade crosses for England Under 18 during the 63-0 defeat of Scotland in 2009A decade and a half guiding glittering talent will leave you with fairly accurate instincts in terms of gauging potential. Fletcher worked with Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood before joining the RFU, and admits that he often weighs up the respective qualities of past and present charges – including Henry Slade and prodigious Gloucester 17-year-old Mathew Protheroe. TAGS: Highlight Reunited: Ford and Farrell will start v SamoaInterestingly, given what Stuart Lancaster has decided to do this weekend, Ford and Farrell’s complementary combination stands out among Fletcher’s graduates. Both fine players in their own right, they always added up to more than the considerable sum of their parts.“As a pair, their collective awareness was outstanding,” Fletcher continues. “That was anticipation, decision-making and everything that is vital for a team to perform. People wrap those things up in the concept of ‘experience’.“I’ve reviewed games with George and Faz – they see and called things at the same time. They’re not telepathic, but they’re getting that way. It’s about reading body language and knowing what people think, and it’s massively important because it creates time on the ball and creates opportunities.Double trouble: Farrell & Ford combine again in the same game v Scotland“That can take time to develop, but those two just have it. It’s an absolute joy to coach. In fact, you’re not really coaching when those two are charging around – you’re just a facilitator.”Rob Hunter’s England U20 travelled to Italy for the 2011 Junior World Championship saturated with ability, from brawny, athletic forwards such as skipper Matt Kvesic and Joe Launchbury to an electric back division featuring Elliot Daly and Marland Yarde.Kick clever: Farrell sets up another try for Wade in the 2011 JWC semi-final victory over FranceEventually they were beaten 33-22 in the final by the Baby Blacks, who numbered Charles Piutau, Brodie Retallick and Beauden Barrett among an awesome crop. Throughout the tournament, Ford and Farrell directed proceedings. Fletcher watched on, and is now “incredibly excited” to see what a first senior start against Samoa will bring.Despite Farrell’s rather off-colour outing during the 31-28 loss to South Africa on Saturday, he is clearly confident of the pair posing problems in attack as well.“Owen will get in at first receiver a lot of times during the game, which allows George to go somewhere else. Something that people didn’t realise about Jonny Wilkinson was that his timing as a runner was as good as I’ve ever coached. A lot of times he’d get into scoring positions and nobody would be good enough to pass him the ball.“What you will see when these two are together is both of them threatening. They both recognise things as runners – lazy defenders, players not moving very well, guys shooting out of the system.“There was an inevitability about this happening, really. I know for a fact that Stuart has thought about the possibility of this combination for some time. It’s a good decision.” How do you think Ford & Farrell will get on v Samoa? Tell us by tweeting @Rugbyworldmag or posting on our Facebook wall – Rugby World Magazine.last_img read more

Web accessibility expert joins Fortune Cookie

first_img Howard Lake | 9 October 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  34 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Web accessibility expert joins Fortune Cookie The Royal National Institute of the Blind’s (RNIB) accessibility champion Julie Howell has joined web design agency Fortune Cookie.Howell has worked for 12 years at the RNIB and is respected as a champion for and authority on web accessibility and the rights of disabled customers to use websites. She is Technical Author of the Disability Rights Commission and British Standards Institution’s recently published ./guidance on commissioning accessible websites (PAS 78).She will take up her new position of Director of Public Relations at Fortune Cookie on 6 November. Advertisementcenter_img Fortune Cookie’s Managing Director, Justin Cooke, said: “This appointment is one of the most exciting we have made in Fortune Cookie’s nine year history. To date we have worked hard to prove that gorgeous-looking, usable, accessible websites deliver a return on investment. Now we must broaden the issue of accessibility so that it appeals and is relevant to the biggest brands in the world. There is no-one in the UK more capable of achieving this than Julie Howell.” Tagged with: Digital Recruitment / people About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Tajik journalist spared punishment in partial court victory

first_img Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president TajikistanEurope – Central Asia —–01.12.2011 – BBC correspondent’s conviction upheld on appeal despite pardonReporters Without Borders deplores yesterday’s decision by the Tajikistan Supreme Court to uphold the conviction of the BBC journalist Urinboy Usmonov (Урунбой Усмонов) for contacts with a banned Islamist organization.“By persisting in this absurd verdict, the legal system has once again proved its lack of impartiality,” the press freedom organization said.”The main effect of this decision is to intimidate journalists who hope to cover the activities of Hizb-ut Tahrir and the anti-religious activities of the Tajik government.“However, they will not get rid of the problem by imposing a black-out. We urge the judicial authorities to take this final opportunity to acknowledge the innocence of the BBC correspondent and to allow the press to do its work.”The Supreme Court confirmed a three-year sentence imposed on Usmonov by a lower court on 14 October for having contacts with the Islamist party Hizb-ut Tahrir (see below). He was immediately pardoned and released after his case led to international protests and he decided to appeal against his conviction.He had been covering the trials of Hizb-ut Tahrir members at the request of his editors.His lawyer, Fayziniso Vohidova, told Reporters Without Borders further recourse might still be available at home.“As soon as we receive (yesterday’s) decision, we shall lodge an appeal with the presidium of the Supreme Court. This is composed of the highest judicial authorities, such as the president of the court and the attorney general. It has oversight powers which can be used to overturn the verdicts of Supreme Court bench.“However, that can take time since there is no legal deadline specified. If the presidium again upholds the conviction, we are resolved to take the case to international law.Another journalist convicted at the same time by another court, Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov (Махмадюсуф Исмоилов), a correspondent for the newspapers Nuri Zindagi and Istiklol who has also lodged an appeal, has been remanded in custody for almost a year because of his investigations into corruption among local officials.He was released on 14 October, but was fined 35,000 somoni (5,400 euros) and banned from practising his profession for three years on charges of libel, insult and inciting hatred (see below).Reporters Without Borders asks the provincial court to acknowledge his innocence as soon as possible.———–14.10.2011 – Two journalists convicted but free men after trialsTwo journalists were free men today at the end of separate trials in the northwestern city of Khujand which Reporters Without Borders had been following closely, but both were convicted on charges directly related to their work.“We are relieved that the authorities have finally released Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov, who had been held in solitary confinement for nearly a year without a thought for his state of health,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But his sentence, like Urinboy Usmonov’s, is unacceptable. These two journalists have already paid too high a price for their independence. They should have been acquitted and even compensated. We fully support their decision to appeal to Tajikistan’s supreme court.”A correspondent for the newspapers Nuri Zindagi and Istiklol, Ismoilov had been detained since November 2010 in connection with his coverage of alleged corruption by local officials. He was acquitted of embezzlement but was sentenced to a fine of 35,000 somoni (5,400 euros) and a three-year ban on working as a journalist on charges of libel, insult and inciting hatred.Usmonov, a reporter for the BBC’s Uzbek-language service, was arrested for being in contact with the outlawed Islamist party Hizb-ut-Tahrir in June after covering the trials of several of its members at the BBC’s request. Detained and tortured for a month, he was released conditionally under international pressure. He was sentenced today to three years in prison but was granted an immediate “pardon.”“Pressure from media freedom organizations in Tajikistan and abroad have had an effect,” Reporters Without Borders added. “But the sentences passed on Ismoilov and Usmonov were harsh and were intended to intimidate all of Tajikistan’s journalists. The judicial system has just saved face. These hypocritical trials have failed to demonstrate its independence.”Tajikistan is ranked 115th out of 178 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Respect for media freedom is deteriorating rapidly amid an economic crisis and a government “war on terror.” November 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News —–Read our previous press releases on these cases :- Provincial reporter held for past five weeks for covering corruption- BBC World Service reporter held in northwestern city- Worldwide call for BBC correspondent’s release- After being held for one month, BBC reporter must be freed without delay- Authorities free BBC correspondent but put him under judicial control- BBC correspondent tells court he was tortured while detained – President asked to intercede in detained journalist’s case- Prosecutor requests 14 years for reporter who criticized local officials to go further Receive email alerts Organisation TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is relieved that the journalist Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov (Махмадюсуф Исмоилов) has been spared any penalty in the case brought against him over his investigation of alleged corruption by local officials, but calls again for a review of the verdict and full recognition of his innocence.The regional court in the northern province of Sughd yesterday upheld a decision by a lower court in the north-western city of Taboshar which found him guilty of defamation, insult and inciting hatred (see below). However, in view of a recent amnesty he was spared the penalties originally imposed by the lower court, consisting of a fine of 35,000 somoni (approximately 5,400 euros) and a ban on practising his profession for three years.“We are pleased that the pressure on Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov has at last eased to some extent, but we deplore once again the hypocrisy of the legal system in this matter,” the press freedom organization said.“As in the case of BBC journalist Urinboy Usmonov (see below), it is trying to save face. However, it must not be forgotten that the journalist spent 11 months in custody as a result of the investigation. We fully support the action of his lawyers who are preparing to appeal to a higher jurisdiction to seek the acknowledgment of their client’s innocence.”center_img News December 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tajik journalist spared punishment in partial court victory #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic May 14, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Tajikistan Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media News News August 25, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Emergency services rescue man from Shannon River

first_imgwoman rescued from Shannon RiverA MAN in his 30s was rescued from the River Shannon after an alert was raised during Tuesday morning’s rush hour traffic.Just minutes before 9am, the man was seen entering the water at Shannon Bridge.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Calls made to the Munster Regional Fire Control Centre on Mulgrave Street led to four units from the Limerick City Fire and Rescue being dispatched including FireSwift – the service’s rescue boat docked at Steamboat Quay.Swiftwater Rescue Technician swimmers (SRTs), from the fire service, rescued the man from the water at the Dock Gates as he was being taken down river by strong currents.Awaiting paramedics from the National Ambulance Service, as well as firefighters, treated the man at St Michael’s slipway on O’Callaghan’s Strand before he was brought to University Hospital Limerick.With a drop in air and water temperatures overnight, the man’s condition is understood to be life-threatening.If you have been effected by any of the contents of this story, helplines include;* Samaritans 116 123 or email [email protected]* Console 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)* Aware 1890 303 302 (depression, anxiety)* Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email [email protected] – (suicide, self-harm)* Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)* Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) Print Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Facebook Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Email Previous articleTen thousand names expected to go up on remembrance tree this yearNext articleNewly discovered papers shed light on Limerick during Tudor times Staff Reporter Limerick on Covid watch list NewsBreaking newsEmergency services rescue man from Shannon RiverBy Staff Reporter – December 4, 2018 1833 center_img Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat WhatsApp TAGSbreaking newsemergencyNewsrescue Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possiblelast_img read more

‘Can’t Proceed On One News Report’ : SC Dismisses PIL Complaining Of Ineffective Medical Services To Critical Patients Amid Lockdown

first_imgTop Stories’Can’t Proceed On One News Report’ : SC Dismisses PIL Complaining Of Ineffective Medical Services To Critical Patients Amid Lockdown Radhika Roy15 April 2020 12:31 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court of India dismissed a Public Interest Litigation which complained of ineffective implementation of government guidelines as a result of which citizens who require immediate/consistent medical attention (such as cancer patients and pregnant women) are suffering. A Bench comprising of Justices NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai, observed that notice could not be…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court of India dismissed a Public Interest Litigation which complained of ineffective implementation of government guidelines as a result of which citizens who require immediate/consistent medical attention (such as cancer patients and pregnant women) are suffering. A Bench comprising of Justices NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai, observed that notice could not be issued on the basis of one news report, and therefore, proceeded to dismiss the PIL. Senior Advocate Sonia Mathur represented the Petitioner. The petition, filed by Advocate-on-Record Charu Mathur and Advocate Puneet Pathak on behalf of Advocate Noor Rampal, sought for “issuance of directions to the government authorities/hospitals to ensure effective implementation of ‘essential’ exceptions, in terms of medical emergencies, to the nationwide lockdown declared during the times of the Coronavirus pandemic, also knowns as COVID-19”. The issue highlighted in the plea is regarding the fact that the entire healthcare set-up has been completely dedicated to fighting COVID-19, which has inadvertently led to patients suffering from diseases such as cancer, HIV and renal diseases being unable to access immediate medical facilities. “It is essential to consider that such patients are immuno-compromised and in the current situation are facing immense hardships with most OPDs and operation theatres across the country being closed down”. The plea goes on to state that despite the national lockdown being subject to “essential” exceptions such as the provision of “emergency/lifesaving medical needs”, the same is not being implemented and therefore, lives of various patients are at stake. AIIMS New Delhi had also issued a circular regarding emergency/lifesaving surgeries to be taken up with immediate effect. “..the continuance of emergency/lifesaving surgeries in terms of the aforesaid circular is not being implemented at the ground level thereby exposing cancer, HIV patients etc. to a considerable threat to their lives”. Reference has been made to a lady named Maitri, who is in the middle of treatment for oral cancer at AIIMS and has not been able to receive treatment for ulcers on her tongue, and therefore, she has been left in severe pain. Therefore, the plea seeks to bring to attention that lives of various citizens who are in the midst of irreversible stages of their illnesses/diseases cannot be overlooked in the endeavor to fight the catastrophe. Furthermore, it has also been stated that several states have curtailed outreach services for immunization and maternal health services such as ante-natal checkups. “It is pertinent that public health experts have warned that such a move could lead to an increase in maternal mortality and lower the already low immunization levels in most States.” The plea asserts that “an effective mechanism needs to be devised to make sure that the essential means of survival for any citizen are not compromised with”. In light of the same, the strict implementation of the directions regarding the need to address urgent medical exigencies of all citizens during the lockdown as they fall under the category of “essential” exceptions to the lockdown, must be ensured by government authorities/hospitals.  Next Storylast_img read more

Dusty answer

first_imgDusty answerOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Aneffective health surveillance programme led by the occupational health serviceis the key to the detection and management of bakers’ asthma.  By Olivia WalpoleDesigninga health surveillance programme to meet the needs of a multi-sitedorganisation, with a peripatetic occupational health service, some 5,000individuals with “bakery” as part of their job title and in afast-moving retail environment with a high staff turnover, was never going tobe easy! Aconsiderable amount of research and benchmarking was used in the design of themodel described on these pages, and I am indebted to the Occupational andEnvironmental Medicine Department at the Royal Brompton Hospital for all theirhelp and advice. Thisproject was undertaken against a background of increasing pressure from theHealth and Safety Executive and the National Federation of Bakers to monitorand control the risks to health of handling flour and other ingredients inbakeries, where individuals remain close to the process. Thereis an accepted link between exposure to ingredient dust and development ofrespiratory symptoms, which normally fall into one of two distinct patterns1:–Non-specific irritant symptoms in the presence of high inhalable dust levels orrelated to the chemical nature of ingredients–Acquired allergy to substances within the dust.Incidenceof asthma in bakersTheincidence of occupational asthma among bakers is second only to that amongthose who work with isocyanates. It is most common in bakers in the 45-65 agerange who have worked in bakeries for more than seven years and onset is oftenlate. Bakers with occupational asthma are usually antigen positive to wheat,flour and/or flour improver.Thereis a direct correlation between exposure and risk, and the interval betweenfirst symptoms and removal from exposure determines the degree of recovery. Theprognosis for occupational asthma is generally poor. However, the outcome ismore favourable the earlier the individual is removed from the exposure. Theview taken by many health professionals in the field is that asthmatics shouldbe excluded by pre-employment health assessment. Theeffect of sensitisers may be made more potent by the presence of irritants, asthese are thought to act as carriers across lung epithelium. Generalpractitioners are apt to diagnose “bakers’ asthma” on the basis oftheir patient reporting respiratory symptoms and working in a bakery. Thereneeds to be an effective health surveillance programme led by the occupational healthservice to coordinate the management of this issue, as this has been shown toimprove management and detection.Clinicalaspects Work-relatedasthma occurs where there is a sensitivity to dust. The individual is usuallysensitive to other substances such as pollen, house dust, furs and feathers. Inthe case of bakers, flour dust and/or moulds and fungi can trigger chestsymptoms such as tightness and wheeze. These symptoms occur in the upper andlower respiratory tract, and are generally transient and intermittent innature. There is no evidence that non-specific irritant symptoms result inlong-term health problems and individuals may carry on working. Continuousmonitoring should take place as part of a yearly surveillance programme. Occupationalrhinitis, that is. runny/ blocked nose, itchy eyes and so on, can also occurindependently of chest symptoms in susceptible individuals. There is noevidence that occupational rhinitis leads to occupational asthma, and theseindividuals are also able to carry on working. The process of surveillance on alarge and changeable population will need some parameters in order to make theworkload manageable and pinpoint the individuals most at risk. Consequently,the initial survey may aim to identify as a benchmark those who use inhalers.Occupationalasthma is almost always accompanied by occupational rhinitis. Individualscomplaining of both wheeze and chest tightness, together with runny/blockednose will generally need to be referred for further investigation. Sensitivitygenerally takes some time to develop, and while the latency period may be someyears, the peak risk time is six to 18 months after starting in the bakery.ClinicalinvestigationWhentaking the history from a presenting individual, there are three main areas toinvestigate:–When did symptoms start? If symptoms were noticed within the first six monthsof starting work, they are  more likelyto be due to work-related asthma or occupational rhinitis. It is important tonote whether symptoms started prior to working for the current employer–What is the timing and pattern of symptoms? Generally, individuals withwork-related asthma do not have symptoms when away from the work environment.If the symptoms are taking longer and longer to go away, and if the chestsymptoms are relieved more quickly than the rhinitis when away from work, theindividual may need further investigation–What happens during sleep? Another feature of occupational asthma is that theindividual wakes up at night with chest symptoms. If the individual has becomesensitised, there is generally an immediate response in the nose/eyes, andfurther respiratory reaction some hours laterOccupationalasthma must be suspected if the individual complains of always having a blockedor runny nose (even when not at work); having symptoms that developed somemonths or years after starting work in bakeries and has a wheeze (although thismay not yet have developed noticeably if in the early stages).Apast history of childhood asthma and atopic disease may pose a higher risk tocertain individuals. Smoking appears to be irrelevant.LegislationTheControl of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994 sets out the legalrequirements for protecting the health of employees exposed to substances thatmay be harmful to their health, including respiratory sensitisers. Employersmust inform staff of the risk and the control measures that exist to safeguardtheir health. Failure to comply with COSHH is an offence subject to penaltiesunder the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.Respiratorysensitisers, that is substances known to cause occupational asthma, includethose routinely used in the baking process (flour, barley, wheat, oats, rye andflour improvers). TheHealth and Safety Executive has identified risks to health from exposure toflour dust through skin/eye contact, ingestion and inhalation2. Under COSHH,health surveillance (or regular monitoring/screening of health) is required forall employees who may be exposed to known causative agents of work-relateddisease. HSEguidance suggests companies should instigate initial pre-employment/placementscreening using a pre-exposure questionnaire, followed by periodic assessmentthroughout the duration of employment (via self-report questionnaire, lungfunction testing or both). Healthsurveillance is required in addition to the application of good standards ofcontrol because for many sensitisers “safe” levels of exposure arenot known. Maximum Exposure Limits  forrespiratory sensitisers are set out in schedule 1 of the COSHH Regulations.These are revised and published annually and are designed to help employersdecide what standards of controls are required. Currently, the HSC isconsidering introducing a MEL for flour dust3. In the meantime, a ChemicalHazard Alert Notice was issued in November 19984. Studies in organisations witha recognised risk of sensitisation revealed that up to 30 per cent of workersmay have occupational asthma. SWORD (Surveillance of Work-related andOccupational Respiratory Disease) statistics indicate that for 1:1,000employees with asthma the condition is made worse by work.TheHSE perspectiveTheHSE has emphasised that training in safe handling procedures is fundamental tothe reduction of ill-health attributed to flour dust and bread improvers. Itadvises taking a broad approach to the control of exposure to flour dust, whichmay include air monitoring, risk assessment; engineering controls; and trainingand health surveillance programmes. Under COSHH regulations, recommendationsfor controlling dust in bakeries fall into four stages (see box).Enforcementwill be based on compliance in the following areas:–Industry agreed standard of <10mg/m3 airborne dust.–Provision of PPE and clothing–Health surveillance procedures are in place.SurveillanceThetwo main tenets for protecting the health of individuals working with flour andenzymes are control of exposure and surveillance of the working population.Thus the approach has to be multi-disciplinary.UnderRegulation 11 of COSHH regulations, where there is evidence of specifiedrespiratory sensitisers, employers are obliged to introduce a positive systemof enquiry seeking evidence of symptoms amongst employees. These specifiedsubstances include flour and grains, and proteolytic enzymes such as amylase. ThestudyAsimple questionnaire was administered by a trained responsible person inaccordance with the instructions of the occupational health service. Thedesignated person was part of a multi-disciplinary team and was trained tooversee the administration of the health surveillance programme, including  pre-employment assessment, induction,training, use of PPE and environmental hygiene. Thisperson could be from management, the bakery or human resources, but must besufficiently empowered to manage his or her responsibilities within theprogramme. Thequestionnaire sought information by means of a "yes/no" response onthe following symptomatology: wheezing, chest tightness, bouts of coughing,recurrent blocked or runny nose, and recurrent soreness or watering of eyes.The questionnaire was also used to ascertain whether the individual was usingany prescribed medication such as an inhaler, and contained a declaration thatdetails supplied were accurate.                                                                                          Comments are closed. ConclusionsManyphysicians do not routinely refer their patients for testing for IgE to fungalamylase or wheat flour, but diagnose occupational asthma on the basis ofhistory alone. Itcame as a surprise to the occupational health department just how many bakerswere using inhalers prescribed by their GPs, where there had been noinvestigation of the working environment or substances handled. If there is tobe a truly integrated public health policy, occupational health must ensurethat opportunities are taken for the education of the primary health team aswell as the client.AcknowledgmentsIncompiling this report, advice has been sought from Dr Trevor Smith, the CMA atRank Hovis McDougal; Dr Paul Cullinan, Senior Lecturer in Occupational andEnvironmental Medicine;  Dr David Ross,at the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit, at the Brompton Hospital; Dr DennisBrennan, Company Medical Adviser at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets;  and Colin Davey, Occupational Hygiene Unitat the HSE.References1.Smith TA, Lumley KPS, Hui EHK. (1997) Allergy to flour and fungal amylase inbakery workers. Occupational Medicine, 47: 21-4.2.Health and Safety Executive (2000) EH72/11 Flour dust risk assessment document.11/99 HSE 3. Health and Safety Executive. EH40/2000  Occupational Exposure Limits 2000. 2/2000 HSE.  4.Health and Safety Executive (1998) Chemical hazard alert notice. Flour Dust.11/98 HSE.FurtherReading1.Cannon J, Cullinan P, Newman Taylor A. (1995) Consequences of occupationalasthma. BMJ, 311: 602-3. 2.CullinanP, Lowson D, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, et al. (1994) Work-related symptoms,sensitisation and estimated exposure in workers not previously exposed toflour. Occupational Environmental Medicine, 51:579-83.3.Health and Safety Executive (1991) Guidance Note MS25: Medical Aspects of Occupational Asthma.(pp 5-6)  HMSO.4.Smith TA, Patton J. (1999) Health surveillance in milling, baking and otherfood manufacturing operations – five years’ experience. Occupational Medicine,49: 147-53.OliviaWalpole, RGN DOHN is occupational health manager at Addenbrookes NHS TrustRecommendationsfor controlling dust in bakeries Stage1Reduce dust exposure to < 10mg/m3 where practicable usingengineering controls and safe working practices.Stage2Control high exposure activities such as hand throwing, cleaning up ofspillages, tipping and mixing through training individuals to handle dustyingredients correctly and safely.Stage3Provision and use of respiratory protective equipment and protectiveclothing, especially during high exposure activities such as general cleaningand clearing up of spillages.Stage4Health surveillance to ensure control measures are effective. Whereindicated, that is following one or more "yes" responses, a moredetailed history was taken by an OHA, who completed a respiratory assessmentquestionnaire. In order to ensure commonality of standards, the OHAs carriedout a structured interview using agreed clinical criteria, including details ofpast medical and employment history, nature of symptoms, and relationship ofsymptoms to work. Clientswere referred for specific IgE diagnosis through skin prick/blood testing tothe Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Royal Bromptonand Harefield NHS Trust. This ensured continuity and accurate diagnosis ofsensitivity to particular allergens. Ifthere is a potential for permanent redeployment or retirement on the grounds ofill-health, an accurate diagnosis is essential.Respiratorymeasurement by means of peak flow testing is of arguable value in theoccupational health situation, as there are a number of variables that mayaffect the accuracy of the information gained. Recruitmenthealth questionnaires should include a section on respiratory conditions thatmay predispose an individual to developing problems when working withinbakeries. This should include asking individuals to declare if they have asthmaor use prescribed inhalers.                                                                         Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Oxford to target “white British” working class areas for admissions

first_imgIn the academic years 2010/11 and 2011/12 around 33 per cent of white British school students enrolled in university, compared to 57 per cent of black African students and 67 per cent of Indian students. The IFS report further revealed that girls are eight per cent more likely to attend university than boys.In her first statement as Prime Minister, Theresa May railed against this, calling for more to be done to “make Britain a country that works for everyone”.Black and Asian applicants are however less likely to receive an offer from Oxford. According to Ucas data released in January, 26.3 per cent of white applicants are made offers, compared to 16.8 per cent of Asian applicants and 16.7 per cent of black applicants. The spokesperson confirmed that it will be the only summer school targeting a specific demographic group this year.Dr Samina Khan, Oxford University’s director of undergraduate admissions and outreach told the Telegraph: “By working intensively with one of the most under-represented groups in higher education, I hope that we can help students realise their potential and encourage high-achieving students from white British socio-economically disadvantaged areas to aim for top universities such as Oxford.”“Less well of” white boys are the demographic group least likely to go to university in the UK, according to research conducted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) based on data from 2012. Oxford University is set to launch a summer school targeting prospective applicants from “white British socio-economically disadvantaged areas”.The summer school programme, run in partnership with the Sutton Trust, an education charity that works to increase social mobility, will seek students from disadvantaged rural and coastal areas.In a statement to Cherwell, the Sutton Trust said that the scheme would specifically focus on “boys from disadvantaged backgrounds”.An Oxford spokesman told Cherwell: “We are targeting all students from rural and coastal communities (and particular postcode classifications) because we’re keen to attract engagement from those areas given their past under-representation in outreach activities. That will likely include a lot of white working-class students, but it doesn’t exclude students from other nationalities and ethnicities.”center_img Femi Nylander, a prominent Rhodes Must Fall activist, said if it were the case that Oxford was specifically seeking to improve access for the white working class “it is a particularly strange development”He said: “[it] plays into traditional tropes of ‘white working class people’ and ‘white working class men’ in particular solely constituting the working class.“What is wrong with just working class outreach? Oxford’s issues with class cut across racial lines and such programs which solicit applications for specifically “white British socio- economically disadvantaged areas” come side by side with a complete lack of willingness to admit the university even has a problem with race.”last_img read more

National Court Leaders Gather In Indy To Discuss Opioid Crisis

first_imgKatie Stancombe for www.theindianalawyer.comCourt leaders from across the country met in Indianapolis on Tuesday to brainstorm how the judiciary can best respond to the nation’s opioid epidemic.The National Judicial Opioid Task Force met for two days to discuss solutions on how the courts can effectively serve families, individuals, and communities impacted by the crisis.Task force co-chairs Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush and director of the Administrative Office of the Tennessee Courts Deborah Taylor Tate discussed the epidemic’s impact on the courts and best practices and resources to address the challenges.Formed in September 2017, the task force aims to work alongside state, local, and federal agencies to tackle the opioid epidemic’s ongoing impact on the justice system.“The issue that comes before us with the opioid epidemic is unlike anything I’ve seen,” Rush said. “There’s really no docket that’s not affected by it. Setting up a framework from a national perspective for the judges to take back to their states is urgent.”The 29-member task force consists of chief justices, state court administrators and other court leaders from across the country focused on three key categories of the issue — children and families, civil and criminal justice, and collaboration and education.One main point Rush discussed is the current need to provide resources and tools that best fit different communities in each state. She said she thinks communities are the starting point for finding solutions.“There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to this,” she said. “Communities are just struggling right now in regards to meeting the needs of response.”Members also discussed training the judiciary using best practices informed by prevention and treatment. Rush said that sums up the content of an upcoming statewide opioid summit to be presented by the Indiana judicial branch in July.The summit will include training on the science of addiction, evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders including medication-assisted treatment, available resources, and an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the crisis in their communities.“I’ve never seen another issue come up in my life as a judge that was more important to work together to find answers than this one,” Rush said. “There’s a lot of work to do.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgBelcolade, the Belgian chocolate from Puratos (Buckingham, Bucks), has re-launched its website, [], making it more user-friendly and interactive. As part of the redesign, product information has been made quicker and simpler to access, while a database of recipes has also been added. “The aim of the site is to make it easy for customers to find the right Belcolade chocolate to meet their needs,” explains Matt Crumpton, marketing director of Puratos UK. “There are over a dozen applications on the site.”last_img read more