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July 2022

Extreme heatwave safety advice issued by RoSPA

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has issued precautionary advice to the UK public in a bid to lower the rate of accidents most commonly associated with extremely hot weather.

In a first for RoSPA, leading policy spokespeople from across the charity’s focuses, such as road, leisure and home safety, have collaborated to produce essential safety advice in response to the current warm weather and incoming heatwave anticipated in the coming days. Heatwaves can often have catastrophic implications for the vulnerable, as well as those that don’t use caution when encountering extreme temperatures. A government monitoring report from 2020 revealed that were 2,500 heatwave-related deaths in the UK, a year that saw temperatures rise as hot as 37 degrees in some areas of southeast east of England.

The Met Office has released a statement to alert the public of the imminent Red weather warning that a large part of the British Isles will see, with the peak of heat arriving on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

As a result, RoSPA has responded with this advice and guidance.

Latest OSH UPDATE + FIRE Newsletter published

The latest OSH UPDATE + FIRE Newsletter celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Robens Report which revolutionised the approach to health and safety in the United Kingdom and many other countries.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Robens Report published in 1972 in the UK

July 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of The Robens Report, The Safety and health at work: report of the committee 1970-1972 (Robens et al, 1972) that outlined a series of recommendations aimed at overhauling the nation’s fragmented and overly prescriptive OSH regime.

It established the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA). Occupational safety, health and fire information has appeared in various formats over the centuries. You will find many examples of good practices, information, guidance and advice, research reports, leaflets, and BOOKS and much more that has been brought together in OSH UPDATE + FIRE – THE key tool to all your health, safety and fire information requirements!


Review your health and safety goals for the rest of 2022

This time of the year is a good time for all organisations worldwide to review their health and safety goals for the rest of 2022 and decide on the training or re-training that is needed for all levels of staff whether they are working from home or actually in the workplace and update their information resources.

Check out the successful efforts that are included in OSH UPDATE + FIRE and OSHWORLD and introduce them into your workplace!

It is always good to keep researching and finding out if there are services and other ways of keeping up to date in this fast-changing world of ours.

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IWMC goes Madrid: Programme for the 21st International Water Mist Conference

The 21st International Water Mist Conference will take place in Madrid, Spain, on 9th and 10th November 2022. The conference hotel will be the Elba Madrid Alcalá Hotel. An exhibition will run alongside the conference.

As of today, the programme, which features a manifoldness of topics, can be viewed on the IWMA webpage as well as on the official conference webpage (which is accessible via the IWMA webpage).

The presentations that deal with systems in practice will be held on day one. The second day of the conference will mainly be dedicated to research and testing.

In all, the programme includes 22 presentations. The speakers come from countries such as Spain, Germany, Israel, the USA and the UK. The abstracts are available on the IWMA webpage.

The early bird period will end on 15th September 2022. The registration period will end on 4th November 2022. Special prices for residents of Spain are available throughout the registration period.

You may download the press release (as well as all other IWMA press releases) here:

The direct link to this press release:

Hong Kong: 35 years after the handover basic rights are under unprecedented attack

The ITUC has made a submission to the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) outlining the decline of respect for civil and political liberties and trade union rights in Hong Kong, as the 35th anniversary of the territory’s handover is marked on 1 July.

The week of 4 July 2022, the UNHRC is due to review if the authorities in Hong Kong are maintaining their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which continues to apply to Hong Kong after the handover to China in 1997.

In 2020, the UNHRC questioned the compatibility of the ICCPR and the PRC National Security Law in Hong Kong, the absence of universal suffrage in political election, as well as the suppression of the right to peaceful assembly and trade union registration.

Basic rights are under sustained attack as the Chinese Communist Party continues its political takeover of Hong Kong. The ITUC’s dossier includes:

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “This report is damning. The scale of the attacks on human, labour and political rights in Hong Kong is staggering.

“It is clear that rights enshrined in the ICCPR are being trampled on by systematic criminalisation of trade unionists and international solidarity, oppressive laws and widespread intimidation of civil society activities.

“We call on governments who care about freedom and democracy to mark this 35th anniversary by putting pressure on the governments in Hong Kong and Beijing to take action to respect, protect and fulfil its obligations under international human rights law.

“We are in complete solidarity with the trade unionists, human rights campaigners and democracy defenders in Hong Kong who are keeping the light of freedom shining in the face of this repression.”

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) represents 200 million members of 332 affiliates in 163 countries and territories.

For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on +32 2 224 02 53 or by e-mail:

New Book: SFPE Engineering Guide on Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings

What’s New with the 2nd Edition?

In the first quarter of 2022 SFPE published the 2nd Edition of its Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. The 2nd edition was published by SFPE’s publishing partner Springer.

The Guide is intended to provoke thought in designing very tall buildings. It provides background, some code information, and engineering approaches that can be considered in the design of a very tall building.

More information:

New Book: The Construction Environmental Manual has been updated

The latest amendment includes the following updates.

A summary of the Environment Act 2021 and an update on the current position relevant to the construction industry.

To purchase a copy of the Manual including all the latest updates:

If you have a copy of the Manual but don’t subscribe to the updates email to find out how to sign up to the Automatic Amendment Subscription Service.

The Manual is also available as an online service at

FREE one month trials available.

Scand J Work Environ Health, July 2022, Volume 48, number 5


Supporting workers with mental health problems at work: challenges and avenues


Precarious employment and migrant workers’ mental health: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies

Original articles

Low-quality employment trajectories and the risk of common mental health disorders among individuals with Swedish and foreign background – a register-based cohort study

Integrating vocational rehabilitation and mental healthcare to improve the return-to-work process for people on sick leave with stress-related disorders: results from a randomized trial

Interaction of night shift work with polymorphism in melatonin receptor 1B gene on incident stroke

Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and its longitudinal association with physical activity and sedentary behaviour

The influence of chronic diseases and poor working conditions in working life expectancy across educational levels among older employees in The Netherlands

Cost and cost-effectiveness of the ‘Stand and Move at Work’ multicomponent intervention to reduce workplace sedentary time and cardiometabolic risk

Short-term exposure to stone minerals used in asphalt affect lung function and promote pulmonary inflammation among healthy adults

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Training from Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

HSE Inspectors’ Guide to Risk Management: Risk Assessment and Control

Discover how HSE examines and uses employers’ risk assessments, the common errors that HSE finds in the risk assessment process and how to use this information to manage risks more effectively and avoid enforcement action.

6 September 2022 – HSE Science and Research Centre, Buxton

18 to 19 October 2022 – Live online

30 November 2022 — London

£525 per person

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HSE Inspectors’ Guide to Electrical Safety

This workshop provides a practical understanding of what HSE inspectors are looking for in the control of electrical safety risks, including reviewing known high-risk electrical safety issues.

25 August 2022 – HSE Science and Research Centre, Buxton

27 to 28 September 2022 – Live online

12 October 2022 — London

5 to 6 December 2022 – Live online

£525 per person

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HSE Inspectors’ Guide to Improvement and Prohibition Notices

Learn why and when HSE takes formal enforcement action, how to influence formal HSE decisions and how to respond to receipt of a notice.

10 November 2022 – Live online

£525 per person

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