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Health and Safety News - 9 March 2010

09-03-2010

ICE review aims to clarify health & safety requirement

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have published a review to help designers in the construction industry better understand the legal requirement to exercise a duty ‘so far as is reasonably practical’ with regards to Health and Safety at Work. Follow the link above to read the review.

Fit note to replace sick note

From 6 April 2010, the format of medical statements - also known as medical certificates or sick notes - will change.

With the current statement, doctors describe an individual's condition and indicate whether or not they are fit to work.

With the new statement - doctors can advise that the patient either: is not fit for work or may be fit for work .

Do you have trained first aiders present?

Many employers are inadvertently breaching health and safety laws by not having enough first aid trained staff, according to St John Ambulance.‚Ä®Their research found that 79 per cent of businesses experienced periods of time where no trained first aiders were present. Follow the link above to find out what first aid cover you need.

H1N1 seen lying low, then rising again in Europe 

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said the H1N1 swine flu virus would probably spread at low levels during 2010's spring and summer, and be the dominant and threatening strain in the winter flu season.

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