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Archive No. 10

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Prize-winning pupils’ OSH films available

Workplace Safety BC, a Canadian industrial safety and health organisation, is currently featuring on its website awareness-raising videos devised and created by young people for young people.

The featured shorts have been uploaded as the organisation invites contributions for its annual high school video contest for 2008, and all are previous years’ winners.

To view the clips, click here

University agrees £1.4m safety deal

Unions at the University of Leeds have signed a landmark deal to protect the health and safety of staff and students. A declaration identifies health and safety as the university's highest priority - and is backed by a two-year £1.4m budget, an awareness-raising campaign and a package of improvements.

Lecturers' union UCU said the agreement is the first of its kind in higher education. Improvements include the first ever appointment of a director of well-being, health and safety in a UK university, supported by a professional team of 18 staff.

See the Leeds University news release here

Body artists safety blog

A ‘Science blog’ from US public body the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is currently featuring advice for body artists.

The blog outlines the risks for tattoo and piercings artists, such as exposure to bloodborne pathogens, and offers guidance on staying safe.

Visit the blog at the NIOSH site

Work experience website coming soon

A new website focusing on keeping students in work placements safe and well-informed is due to launch in September 2008.

The site is run by Trident, which is part of UK examining and awarding body Edexcel. Some features of the site are already live, such as a ‘Placement Survival Guide’ for pupils.

Visit the Trident Edexcel Website

Or have a look at the Placement Survival Guide


Launch of charity for young people’s health

The Association for Young People's Health was launched by Minister for Public Health Dawn Primarolo in early February. It is a major new charity and membership organisation creating a focus for all professionals and organisations working in the field of young people's health.

The Society intends to play a key role in raising the profile of adolescent health and in providing much needed additional support for professionals (both medical and non-medical) in this area.

More information is available at website of The Association for Young People’s Health


Government promises new child employment guidance

A wide-reaching safety report released by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in early February features a section on child employment, wherein the government pledges to publish new guidance.

The ‘Staying Safe’ Action Plan covers child and young person safety, and aims to make safety easier for the young and their carers.

The guidance is available to download at

Work hangovers can lead to accidents, study shows

Around a quarter of accidents in the workplace are alcohol-related and 12 per cent of under 30-year-olds have been off sick due to excess alcohol, according a recent survey of 1,500 firms by insurer Royal & Sun Alliance.

Separate figures from the HSE suggest that 23 per cent of women aged between 16 and 24 drink over 21 units a week; the advised limit is 14.

Read more here


Click here to go to the top of the page.Law in action

The information on accidents and prosecutions featured in this section comes from a number of different sources including the Health and Safety Executive and regional and national newspapers.

Click here to go to the top of the page.Young Worker quotes

"All industries, especially the construction sector, rely on keen young people. However, employment opportunities must not come at the expense of young workers' safety.”

Stephen Williams, HSE Chief Inspector of Construction

“We need to help parents and teachers strike the right balance between protecting our children and allowing them the freedom to develop and enjoy childhood."

Ed Balls, Children’s Minister


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