Category Archives: 2015

UK: SAFETY TIPS FOR CYCLISTS IN LONDON

UK: NEW FALLS INFORMATION ZONE TO SUPPORT OLDER PEOPLE AT RISK OF A FALL

A new information zone to support older people at risk of a fall has been launched on NHS inform.  The Falls Information Zone has been developed by Scottish Government’s Falls Programme team in association with NHS 24 Health Information Services.

Falls amongst older people are extremely common and are often associated with injury, hospitalisation and loss of confidence and independence. However, falls are not an inevitable consequence of getting older. Simple steps can be taken by older people, their families and carers to reduce their risk of falling and the risk of harming themselves if they do fall.  The new Falls Information Zone provides quality assured information for people at risk of falling, their carer’s and families to help reduce the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by falls.

As well as providing information on the causes of falls, when to seek help and support, and what to do in the event of a fall, detailed advice and information is offered on ‘Keeping Well’ and ‘Safety at Home’.  The Zone also features short films demonstrating strength and balance exercises, information on falls and dementia, and a comprehensive section on fear and anxiety about falling. Visit: nhsinform.co.uk/falls.

WORLD: HARD-HITTING VIDEO COULD SAVE TODDLERS’ LIVES

Footage showing how easy it is for a toddler to be killed by household furniture has been released by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In it, a dummy is crushed by a falling chest of drawers and television.

Further Information: http://www.anchorit.gov/

WALES: UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN CHILDREN AGED 0-4 IN WALES (2010 – 2013)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for unintentional injuries in children aged 0-4 years living in Wales.  Percentage of children admitted to hospital and average length of stay are also presented.

Emergency department figures have also been stratified by year, age, gender, mechanism of injury, Local Authority and area-level deprivation.

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Unintentional Injuries in Children aged 0-4 years living in Wales

WALES: HEAD INJURIES IN CHILDREN AGED 0-18 IN WALES (2010 – 2013)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department attendance figures for head injuries in children aged 0-18 years living in Wales.  Percentage of children admitted to hospital and average length of stay are also presented.

Emergency department figures for head injuries have also been stratified by year, age, gender, and area-level deprivation.

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Head Injuries in Children aged 0-18 in Wales

UK: PUBLICATION OF JOINT INSPECTION OF THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC INCIDENTS

An assessment of how police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) investigate and prosecute road death cases, was published in February 2015.
The report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) found that overall the police’s investigation of fatal road traffic incidents (FRTI) was professional and thorough. However the recommendations reflect the conclusion that there is room for improvements in the way police and prosecutors deal with fatal crashes.

 

UK: ROSPA’S 2ND FAMILY SAFETY WEEK

Monday, March 2 marked the beginning of RoSPA’s second national Family Safety Week

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW POWERS TO TACKLE DRUG DRIVING

A new law to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers took effect 2nd March 2015 in England and Wales.

ENGLAND & WALES: VIOLENCE AT WORK: FINDINGS FROM THE 2013/14 CRIME SURVEY

The number and incidence rate of violent incidents at work has declined over the last decade.

Findings from the 2013/14 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) show that:

  • the risk of being a victim of actual or threatened violence at work is similar to the last five years with an estimated 1.1% of working adults the victims of one or more violent incidents at work (CSEW)
  • in 2013/14, the survey estimated 257 000 adults of working age in employment experienced work related violence including threats and physical assault
  • there were an estimated 583 000 incidents of violence at work according to the 2013/14 CSEW, comprising 269 000 assaults and 314 000 threats. This was lower than the estimated 656 000 incidents in the 2012/13 survey but this change is not statistically significant.
  • the 2013/14 CSEW estimated that 1.0% of women and 1.2% of men were victims of violence at work once or more during the year prior to their interview

FURTHER INFORMATION: www.gov.uk/government/statistics/violence-at-work-findings-from-201415-crime-survey-for-england-and-wales

ENGLAND: SUICIDE PREVENTION: SECOND ANNUAL REPORT

This report summarises the latest trends, research and developments on suicide prevention in England

The report:

  • calls on services to be more ambitious about suicide prevention, and challenge the assumption that suicide is inevitable
  • highlights 3 areas in England that have already adopted a zero suicide ambition
  • outlines how services can improve by adopting this new attitude and effective interventions

The annual report has been prepared with the input of leading experts in the field of suicide prevention, including the members of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.

FURTHER INFORMATION: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-second-annual-report

ENGLAND: DFT CYCLING DELIVERY PLAN

The Department of Transport has outlined a10 year strategy on plans to increase cycling and walking across England.

The cycling delivery plan includes an ambition to double cycling levels by 2025 and increase the percentage of school children aged 5 to 10 years walking to school to 55% by 2025.

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW PROPOSED SENTENCING FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFENCES

New guidelines proposed for courts could mean fines of up to £10 million for the most serious health and safety offences and of more than £20 million for organisations convicted of corporate manslaughter.

WORLD: NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO SCALE UP VIOLENCE PREVENTION EFFORTS GLOBALLY

The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence.

UK: CHILD SAFETY WEEK IS COMING EARLY THIS YEAR

This year Child Safety Week comes early, running from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 June

WALES: NEW GUIDANCE ON MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SUBSTANCE MISUSE PROBLEMS

Having both a mental health problem and a substance misuse problem – whether severe or moderate – can cause people and their families’ significant distress. The new guildlines will ensure services deliver: Prevention and early intervention; A holistic, person centred approach; Good communication; Co-production and Prudent healthcare

The Welsh Government is investing more than £580m in mental health services in 2015-16, with some £50m being invested in programmes to tackle drug and alcohol misuse over the same period

 

WORLD: WHO: INJURIES AND VIOLENCE: THE FACTS 2014

A new document by WHO highlights that more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, resulting from acts of violence against oneself or others, road traffic crashes, burns, drowning, falls, and poisonings, among other causes.

 

EUROPE: CHILD MALTREATMENT: ACTION PLAN FOR WHO– EUROPE

On 17 September 2014 the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopted a resolution to implement the European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015–2020.

 

ENGLAND: FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION PREVALENCE DATASET

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has developed a new ‘Female Genital Mutilation Prevalence Dataset’. This is a monthly return of aggregated patient data generated by acute hospital providers in England.

Data is now being reported online monthly at regional level.

 

ENGLAND: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TOOLKITS

Public Health England has supported two initiatives to raise awareness and tackle the problem of domestic violence:

  • the ‘Intervention Initiative toolkit’ – an educational toolkit and programme to encourage students to stand up against and prevent sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings. The programme is to be used by universities, ideally as part of their curriculum.
  • the ‘violence toolkit for business’ – a guide and toolkit aimed at businesses that lack an infrastructure to deal with domestic violence. This provides resources for businesses to take part in the ‘16 Days of Action’ campaign (25 November to 10 December) and to raise awareness of an issue that impacts health, wellbeing, absence and turn over in the workplace.

INTERVENTION INITIATIVE TOOLKIT: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/research/interventioninitiative/thetoolkit.aspx

VIOLENCE TOOLKIT FOR BUSINESS: http://16daysofaction.co.uk/

 

WORLD: SOCIAL MEDIA SUICIDE PREVENTION TOOL

Facebook have launched a new tool in the US to help users who are worried about a friends risk of suicide.  If an individual sees a concerning post they can report it to facebook.  Facebook then reviews the post  and if the person is thought to be in distress then suggestions for getting help will display when they next log on.

SCOTLAND: NEW WATER SAFETY INITIATIVE

A new water safety group has been established by RoSPA Scotland to prevent drowning and water–related deaths across Scotland. One of the first actions of ‘Scotland’s Water Safety Reference Group’ has been to issue a new document the ‘Water Safety Policy in Scotland – A Guide’. This guide  sets out key information to enable local authorities to create a localised water safety policy.

 

 

WORLD: WHO GLOBAL REPORT ON DROWNING AND EUROPEAN COMMENTARY

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published  the ‘Global report on drowning – preventing a leading killer’.

Drowning claims the lives of 372 000 people a year worldwide, with over 90% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. In the WHO European Region, drowning causes the loss of 37 000 lives every year. It is the second leading cause of death in children aged 5–14 years and the fourth leading cause among young people aged 15–29 years.

WORLD: BURN AWARENESS WEEK 2015

Burn Awareness Week, observed during the first full week of February, is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities. The Burn Prevention Network joined with the America Burn Association on focusing on getting the word out about scald prevention.

 

 

UK: HEALTH & SAFETY FAILINGS: THE DEVASTATING COSTS IN NUMBERS

When an organisation has a strong health and safety record, a serious accident seems like a distant possibility. However, nobody is immune – just one slip-up could realise your worst fears. The following infographic is a reminder that the financial and personal cost of failure is high. Whilst prevention is the best cure, it’s essential that even the best health and safety management systems include contingency plans to be followed in the event of a major accident or incident.

 

UK: THE ABC OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH (OSH)

As every safety and health professional knows, there’s a near endless list of issues which need to be considered if we are going to ensure every employee returns safely home to their families each night. In the short posts below, RoSPA look at the first 12 letters of the alphabet and what they mean for the OSH professional…

PART 1: http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2015/01/15/the-abc-of-osh-part-1-2/

PART 2: http://rospaworkplacesafety.com/2015/02/03/the-abc-of-osh-part-2/

 

UK: AN INSPECTOR CALLS – WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN A H & S INSPECTOR VISITS

If you’ve never been visited by a health and safety inspector – and, depending on the nature and level of risk of your workplace, many of you won’t have been – there is perhaps a tendency to worry or be nervous about what might happen during a visit, but if you’ve been managing your health and safety in the right way, there’s no need to be concerned.

 

 

 

SCOTLAND: CHILD LIQUITAB INJURIES ‘PLUMMET’ IN GLASGOW AREA AFTER CAMPAIGN

Children can mistake liquitabs for sweets, due to their bright colours and jelly-like texture.

NHS GCC launched “Not for play – keep them away” together with the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents (RoSPA).  As part of the campaign, families were given free cupboard catchers and information packs, containing instructions on how to keep all household cleaning products securely stored away from children.

 

UK: GAS SAFETY WEEK 2014 REPORT

Gas Safety Week, coordinated by Gas Safe Register, took place from 15th– 21st September 2014.  The aim was to raise awareness of gas safety in the home.

“New research, carried out among registered engineers, revealed that at least 68,000 homes escaped from deadly gas incidents, such as gas leaks, fires, explosions and deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, in the last year. Around half of these dangerous appliances were attributed to the fact that people had failed to get their gas appliance regularly serviced and it had been left in a poor state” Taken from the Gas Safety Week 2014 Report.

UK: ‘KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME’ PROGRAMME

Every year in the UK, over a quarter of a million children under the age or 5 have to go to hospital because of a fall, scald or swallowing something that may be harmful. Most of these accidents happen in the home or garden.

Not much is known about the best ways of stopping accidents at home, which is why University of Nottingham are doing this study. The aim is to develop guidelines (“Injury Prevention Briefings”) for organisations who work with children about important home safety advice for families, and the best way in which to provide this.

 

 

SCOTLAND: SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT DEBATE ON HOME SAFETY EQUIPMENT SCHEMES

In November 2014, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) acknowledged the importance of home safety equipment fitting schemes in a parliamentary debate.  The debate recognised that young children are at risk of serious accidents in the home and can be protected with vital information and the use of some simple equipment.  d

 

UK: NEW INVENTION PROVIDES PROTECTION AGAINST HAIR STRAIGHTENER BURNS AND HOUSE FIRES

CAPT has teamed up with AOK-Design to raise awareness of the high number of accidental burns from hair straighteners and the risk of house fires from hair appliances left switched on.

AOK-Design have created the DAIO™ (pictured), a stylish but safe way of storing hair straighteners, curling tongs and styling wands

 

WALES: PUBLIC HEALTH WALES SUPPORTS ‘GAS SAFETY ROADSHOW’ FOR SCHOOLS IN SOUTH WALES

The Gas Safety Charity is running a programme which aims to teach school-age children in South Wales the importance of gas safety.  The charity are using a theatre roadshow to deliver the important messages of gas safety.

SCOTLAND: KEEPING SCOTLAND’S OLDER PEOPLE SAFE FROM FIRE IN 2015

Scotland’s Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have released adverts on how to protect yourself and older people in the community from preventable house fires. The SFRS has urged the pubic to arrange Home Fire Safety Visits  where local firefighters will come out to the property to check for fire hazards and to provide advice

 

ENGLAND: FALLS AND FRAGILITY FRACTURES POPULATION HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME LAUNCH

Public Health England launched the Falls and Fragility Fractures (FFF) Population Healthcare Programme at an event held 4 December in London.

The Programme, involving partnership work between Public Health England, the ‘Better Value Healthcare’s FFF Population Healthcare Programme’ and local stakeholders, aims to support service improvement through the collection and sharing of evidence based outcome data.

 

UK : ‘GOT YA BACK’ CAMPAIGN

Students from the City of Bath College have launched a campaign aimed at ensuring young people get home safe after a night out. The campaign hopes to encourage students to carry ICE (in case of emergency) cards as well as working with taxi operators, pub and club owners to help young people get home safely.