If you think safety is expensive, try having an accident...
Sheila Pantry OBE
'If you think safety is expensive, try having an accident...' is the title of a seminar that takes place in the UK on 13 October 2004 and has been organised by the IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) Midland Branch's North District (see Diary of Events for details).
Complementing the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, this half-day seminar is intended to raise awareness of occupational accident issues, their potential effects and how to manage them. The seminar will be of particular interest to managers, directors and health and safety professionals or anyone with responsibility for post-accident management in the workplace. The topics at the seminar could be used anywhere in the world and include
- the authority body - in this case the UK's Health and Safety Executive's role in preventing and investigating accidents and ill health at work
- Who pays the price?
- Psychiatric injury
- Insurance requirements
Nanomaterials - A Risk to Health at Work? First International Symposium on Occupational Health Implications of Nanomaterials to be held on 12-14 October 2004, Palace Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK is being organised by the UK Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) in collaboration with the UK Health and Safety Executive and the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Key themes will include:
- Current and future developments in the nanotechnology industry;
- Health effects of existing nanomaterials and potential health effects of new materials;
- Exposure assessment and control of nanoparticles;
- Workshop on identifying gaps in knowledge of health effects, assessment and control;
- Workshop on regulatory implications of nanomaterials.
There will also be a poster exhibition for those with relevant new work to report. See Diary of Events for further details. It is good to see events such as these taking place - reminding people at work, and those responsible for people at work that there are great improvements yet to be made and warning at the same time that new technologies, new materials present new challenges that need urgent attention.
Reminder ..... 2004 European Week takes place in October 2004
For further information about the European Agency's 2004 European Week of Health and Safety which takes place in October 2004, visit: https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/european-week-safety-and-health-work. The web site also provides information on how to improve safety and health standards, including good practice examples and related links.
For other events around the World click onto the Diary of Events and you will see plans have been made already worldwide up to, and including 2005 to have training courses, symposiums and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects. OSHWORLD is always pleased to receive news of your seminars, conferences and training courses.
Don't forget that on 10 and 11 November 2004 there will be a major conference EUROHSE 2004 held in London. Already bookings have been made. So do not wait until it is too late to get into this important event. The 2003 conference was deemed to be a great success by those attending. On 9 November 2004 the Food Safety in Europe 2004 www.fse2004.com conference will be held.
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