HSE and the National Tyre Distribution Association host the last Tyre Handling Workshop at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester on 23 September 09, starting at 12.30 with a buffet. These workshops have been well received by local authority enforcement officers and by the industry and there are only limited places left. In Manchester, Andrew Lake, from HSE's Manufacturing Sector, will talk about the new guidance on Motor Vehicle Repair, HSG 261. This brings together everything you need to know about health and safety in the sector and his talk is a "must attend" event.
The Oldham health fair takes place on 19 and 20 September 07 , between 11am and 7pm, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham.
It is aimed at employers and employees of small businesses.
The main thrust of this free event is the better backs campaign, although it will incorporate health promotion generally.
As well as presentations by HSE staff on both days to do with avoiding back injuries, there will be seminars about stress, homeopathy and nutritional therapy amongst others, accompanied by practical sessions on yoga, tai chi, relaxation and reflexology.
HSE will also have a stand with leaflets to distribute and staff available to answer any questions.
A competition was run in all the schools in Oldham to encourage the children to design a poster to promote the event, after they had first had an awareness session on how important it is to look after your back; not to carry a bag which is too heavy or sit on a chair which does not have the correct support.
The winning poster designs will be displayed at the health fair.
In 2005, the HSE and TUC jointly commissioned the Health and Safety Laboratory to carry out research into the workplace role in the prevention and control of musculoskeletal disorders of Safety Representatives. Questionnaires were distributed to students on the TUC health and safety course. This meant the respondents were usually new representatives, with about a half being in the job for less than a year. Safety Representatives were consulted by management, but the frequency varied according to industry sector and the representative's length of service. About 75% of reps felt able to contribute meaningfully to a general H&S assessment but 40% were confident about a specific MSD assessment. One recommendation is for representatives to receive more training specifically about MSDs. The data has been analysed by industry, size of company, age, gender and comparisons made with the TUC's survey of 2004. There is a lot of useful detail in the report and can be found on the HSE website: HSL/2006/20 - MSD: Safety Reps Survey.
Rehabilitation and Return to Work was the theme of the annual Manufacturing Sector Stakeholder Conference. It proved to be a very successful event empowering delegates to take the key rehabilitation messages back to their organisations direct from the industry spearheads. Speakers were excellent and diverse, entertaining delegates to accounts of their own personal experiences from shipbuilding to quarries to local authority. The syndicate groups were especially lively and thought provoking, producing some novel solutions to the challenging issues placed before them.
Following on from the launch of the new ambitious 'Health, work and wellbeing - Caring for our future' strategy on 19 October HSE, supported by the TUC, hosted a free seminar on 5 December at Congress House for stakeholders to attend and discuss (amongst other issues including HSE's plans for Backs! 2006) what the strategy means for them.
The latest agenda for research on musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) is now available.