Under the skin

first_img Previous Article Next Article Under the skinOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Occupational skin disease may be even more prevalent than previouslybelieved, according to new research from the HSE, and many employers arefailing to take adequate measures to protect their staff, by Eliza O’Driscoll About four million working days are lost in the UK each year because of skindisease, with an annual cost to industry of hundreds of millions of pounds,according to the Health and Safety Executive.1 And a recent piece of researchcommissioned by the HSE on occupational dermatitis in the printing industryshowed that nearly half of all printers had suffered from dermatitis at onestage or other.2 The main aims of the study were to investigate the prevalence of dermatitisin a sample of people working in the printing industry and to assess how muchcurrent dermatitis might be occupationally related. The findings are very muchhigher than current UK surveillance schemes which monitor occupational healthdisease. A total of 58 per cent of the skin problems diagnosed were thought tobe occupationally related, and three-quarters of those reporting a problem saidthat it cleared up when they were away from work. The findings of the report have serious implications for other industrysectors which are known to be at a greater- than-average risk of occupationalskin disease. Industries and occupational groups identified by the HSE as beingat particular risk of work-related skin diseases are: catering and foodprocessing, engineering, agriculture, hairdressing, cleaning, printing, healthcare, construction, rubber manufacturing/processing and offshore industries.3 The duties of employers to safeguard the health of employees are clearly setout in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988 . COSHH Regulations Regulation 7(1) states: Every employer shall ensure that the exposure of his employees tosubstances hazardous to health is either prevented or, where this is notpracticable, adequately controlled. Regulation 7(2) states: So far as is reasonably practicable, the prevention or adequate control ofexposure of employees to a substance hazardous to health shall be prevented bymeans other than the provision of personal protective equipment. So the employer is required to ensure that the exposure of employees tohazardous substances is either prevented or adequately controlled. If it is reasonably practicable, exposure must be prevented by changing theprocess or activity so that the hazardous substance is not required or generated;or replacing it with a safer alternative; or using it in a safer form – forexample, pellets instead of powder. If prevention is not reasonablypracticable, exposure should be adequately controlled by one or more of themeasures (such as total enclosure of the process) outlined in the Regulations. But as Chris Packham, occupational skincare expert and managing director ofskincare consultancy Enviroderm Services, points out: “reasonablypracticable” only applies to prevention not to “adequate control”.Thus legally if the employer cannot adequately control exposure then legally hecannot carry out that operation. However, the meaning of “adequatelycontrolled” is legally unclear. Occupational exposure standards do notapply to skin exposure, only to respiratory exposure. Personal protective equipment However, in many industries, even after taking all the steps to remove orcontrol the hazard that are reasonably practicable, further precautions toprevent occupational skin disease are still going to be necessary. In this casetraining and instruction for both employees and managers, and healthsurveillance, in the form of visual inspections, are the next line of defence.And this is also the point where personal protective equipment comes into play.”Risk management requires that we control the exposure by methods otherthan the use of personal protective equipment,” says Packham. “Gloves must be a last resort. This is for a number of reasons, notleast because we then rely upon the worker and thus have less control andbecause gloves are always in danger of being damaged.” The findings of the HSE’s report into the printing industry bears this out.”The research has demonstrated that all too often there is a mistakenbelief that sufficient protection will be achieved by using gloves alone.However, gloves need to be carefully selected to give protection against theproduct in use, they need to be maintained and replaced when damaged, andpeople using them need to be aware of good hygiene practice to avoidcontamination within the glove,” says Andrew Porter, chairman of thePrinting Industry Advisory Committee. Barrier creams And if gloves are not the answer, barrier creams are even less likely tohave a protective effect. In fact a recent HSE publication declares,”Pre-work creams cannot be relied upon for primary protection of the skinas there is no information on the rate of penetration of chemicals throughcreams. “Also, people habitually miss areas of their exposed skin when applyingcreams and so complete skin cover cannot be guaranteed. It is not alwaysobvious if the barrier has been removed, damaged or thinned. Because of this,pre-work creams should not be regarded as personal protective equipment. Theycannot give the same level of protection as gloves and should not be used as analternative to properly selected protective equipment.” 3 In his most recent skincare bulletin Enviroderm’s Chris Packham reinforcesthis point.4 “The performance of personal protective equipment such as gloves can bequantified by tests carried out by the manufacturer. The manufacturer will thenpublish these data, usually showing the performance of each product against arange of chemicals. I have yet to find a manufacturer of the creams able toproduce similar data for the performance of their product as protection. Alltoo often vague claims are made, hedged with ‘let-out’ clauses, such as ‘helpsprotect’, the meaning of which is impossible to determine. “What is required is a series of double blind studies under strictlycontrolled conditions of actual work to demonstrate whether or not a cream iseffective. As far as I am aware no such experiment has ever been carried outunder actual working conditions,” says Packham. References 1 Health and Safety Executive (1996) Skin creams and skin protection in theengineering sector, EIS14 C25. 2 Livesley E, Rushton L (2000) The prevalence of occupational dermatitisamongst printers in the Midlands. (Contract research report 307/2000) ISBN0717619001. 3 Health and Safety Executive (2001) Assessing and managing risks at workfrom skin exposure to chemical agents, ISBN 0-7176-1826-9. 4 Enviroderm Services. Barrier creams, Technical Bulletin No 10, www.enviroderm.co.uk. HSE advice on pre-work creamsPre-work creams are not liquid gloves. There is no such thing. They will notgive the same level of protection as properly selected gloves. Never use acream if a glove will do the job because: – When washing their hands most people regularly miss certain areas. Equallythe same tends to be true when applying a cream. Areas of the skin may be leftunprotected – the equivalent of wearing gloves with holes.– When selecting gloves it is necessary to take into account how quickly thehazardous substance will penetrate the glove material. Data is available forgoves but is not yet available for creams. – Personal protective equipment is subject to wear and tear. With glovesthis can easily be checked.– Creams begin to wear off as soon as work commences, but the loss ofprotection is unlikely to be so apparent. last_img read more

Peer pressure

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City target five trophies in five years

first_img That is the ambition underlined this week by chief executive Ferran Soriano, who is overseeing an overhaul of City’s structure as well as the appointment of Roberto Mancini’s replacement. Soriano has made little of the club’s intentions public since his appointment last August but the former Barcelona executive met media in New York this week to discuss a wide range of topics. He said: “I think that next season is going to be much better, I am convinced about that. It doesn’t mean we are going to win one or two titles, but in the grand scheme of things, if we look at the next five years and I could plan now, I would say I want to win five trophies in the next five years.” Press Association Manchester City’s new manager will join a club expecting to win five trophies in the next five years – a period that could represent his shelf-life in the job.center_img He added: “That may mean we win no trophies one year and two in another, but on average, I want one trophy or title a year. That is the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup. “If next year we don’t win, but progress our football and get to the semi-finals of the Champions League, finish second in the Premier League and lose the FA Cup final again, that will be fine.” The club are aiming very high – evidenced in the recent decision to sack Mancini after finishing second in the Barclays Premier League – and want stability to achieve that. But interestingly they see that stability coming through the framework, headed up by the director of football, within which the team operates, rather than in finding a coach who can last long term. Mancini lasted three and a half years at the Etihad Stadium and his successor – widely expected to be Malaga’s outgoing boss Manuel Pellegrini – may not get any longer. Soriano said: “Three years in football is a long time. In football, teams have cycles and you can have managers who go through several cycles and managers who go through one cycle. “It will depend. Obviously, we want the next manager to stay for a number of years, but I think it would not be wise to speculate on the next manager being there for 26 years.” last_img read more

FL teacher writes ‘WTF is this’ on student’s homework

first_imgA Florida mother wants her son’s teacher reprimanded the way the high school student’s paper was graded.The Panama City teacher reportedly wrote “WTF is this, absolutely no credit” on the boy’s science homework instead of simply giving him an F.Melinda Smith told a local news station that she found the teacher’s choice of words “inappropriate” and “unacceptable.”Rutherford High School principal Coy Pilson says administrators “are taking the necessary steps to deal with the incident.”Pilson also said the teacher has since apologized.It is unclear at this time whether the unidentified teacher will face any disciplinary action.last_img


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, BE MINE, SECOND: “It’s tough to get beat by a head, but I couldn’t change anything. When she changed leads, she really took off and finished great.”             MIKE SMITH, CHEEKABOO, WINNER: “Wasn’t that awesome? I don’t know what it looked like, but it was fun as hell to ride. I kind of feel like, ‘ok, now people can see I can ride a little bit. I can do more than just hang on to Songbird.’“I knew I got up past the wire, but I was worried about at the wire. I was so busy, down riding but I knew I was in front when I stood up. I just didn’t know if I got it right on the wire.“I followed Pete’s instructions, almost to a ‘T.’ I saved all the ground that I could and I cut every corner and he told me to ‘go for broke’ and to see if we could get lucky, get through, or in between. He said I should ride it that way, so I did. I have to give him the credit.“I thought I had a shot to run well. At the sixteenth pole I thought, ‘if I can squeeze in between these two, I think I can get it.’ Then I wasn’t sure if I got it until I saw ol’ Gilligan (Quick Official for Stewards) over on the backside. He’s an eagle eye and he tells you right away. He told me I got it and I was excited.” PETER EURTON, CHEEKABOO, WINNER: “It was Joe’s push to run her in here. I have to give a lot of credit to Larry Zap for finding her. This distance was to her advantage because she seems to run all day.”JOE CIAGLIA, PART OWNER, CHEEKABOO, WINNER: “Watching the race, it looked like we could be third, then second and then we had a chance to win! This is the last race on this turf course and I said ‘If she wins, I’m gonna go out there and take a piece of grass off the course and plant it in my backyard. This is just a great Father’s Day gift, it’s really special.” ALEX SOLIS, STAYS IN VEGAS, THIRD: “She ran hard, I can’t complain. She gave her best to the end. Just didn’t get the win today.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Joe Ciaglia, who races as Ciaglia Racing, LLC of Upland, CA, Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad, CA and Mike Burns of Rancho Mirage, CA.last_img read more

RPV home catches fire this morning

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champLos Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said damage was extensive, though not a total loss. Los Angeles County Fire officials are investigating the cause of house fire that broke out early this morning in Rancho Palos Verdes. Nobody was injured in the blaze that started around 3:45 a.m. in the attic of a two-story home in the 6800 block of Verde Ridge Road, Inspector Frank Garrido said. Firefighters knocked down the flames in about 45 minutes, he added. The fire’s cause and extent of the destruction are not yet known, Garrido said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

49ers 2019 schedule: Game-by-game scouting report

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is how this season’s 49ers schedule looks:All dates are Sundays, unless otherwise notedSept. 8, 1:25 p.m. (PT) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This trip can’t go much worse than last November’s 27-9 debacle, preceded by Marquise Goodwin’s absence for a family emergency and Reuben Foster’s release after a domestic-violence arrest. Then again, things did go worse last time the 49ers opened in Tampa — 1997, Jerry Rice torn ACL, Steve Young concussion, 13-6 loss in Steve Mariucci’s …last_img

Harvest delays, tariffs and China all influencing markets

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileThe last half of November continued the weather trend of summer: wet. As I write this there are still many producers across Ohio who want to be done harvesting corn and soybeans. Unfortunately, it is not going according to plan for those producers. As I talk with customers along with other Ohio producers, many have hundreds of acres of corn or soybeans still remaining in the fields. Rains in central Ohio the weekend following Thanksgiving reached one-half inch or more in many locations. Some of our customers went on to report that one-half looked like three inches in many areas. On the lighter side, one customer who farms with his brother jokingly relayed that he could still be harvesting in May with his brother following immediately behind planting 2019 crops. He went on to say he needed a head start in the combine as the planter covered twice the footprint compared to the combine.Much has been written about the U.S./China trades issues which have plagued producers since June. Soybean prices have no doubt taken the biggest hit with a price decline of double digits making a big dent in the bank accounts of producers throughout the Midwest. The last six months have seen a plethora of double digit price movements, both up and down, reflecting the mood of traders that particular day. Often those price changes, exceeding 10 cents, would reverse the previous day’s activity. In one example, the week following Thanksgiving, soybean crushers in China were expecting a trade agreement would not be reached in Argentina during trade talks between U.S. President Trump and China President Xi. With that news, soybean sellers were extremely active as open interest rose over 9,000 contracts pushing prices 18 cents lower, then rebounding to close over 10 cents higher the next day.U.S. trade negotiators have long insisted intellectual property rights (IP) language be included in any trade agreement with China. The trouble is, China does not even acknowledge intellectual property rights even exist. It would be a major coup to see IP rights included in a U.S. and China trade agreement. Months ago, Steve Freed of ADM Investor Services indicated no one wins in a trade war, as they can last much longer than anyone expects.Not only did the rains this fall cause havoc harvesting corn and soybeans, fall tillage, fertilizer applications, and chemical applications suffered as well. Fertilizer outlets throughout Ohio had to be severely disappointed at the number of tons leaving their facilities. First, that means the dollar amount of product billed to producers is severely reduced. Second, it means fertilizer outlets were not able to have the typical storage room needed to get ready for the fertilizers to be used next spring. Third, with fertilizer products somewhat out of position, some Ohio producers report having great difficulty obtaining firm values for both fertilizer and chemicals. That reality will cough up severe amounts of consternation as the month of December is rapidly drawing to a close. Producers are scrambling to get budgets finalized as they determine their mix of corn and soybean acres for 2019. A huge amount of dollars are spent by producers during December as they pay for inputs to be used next spring.Producers are in extremely close contact with tax advisors during December, seeking two goals: to be smart in their spring input buying decisions while keeping tax payments to Uncle Sam as low as possible.The next Farm Bill looked to be a reality the last week of November. Its progress has been a long, drawn out affair, and very similar to the current Farm Bill. It quickly moved to the Congressional Budget Office to be scored on its cost.last_img read more

With IoT data, sometimes less is more

first_imgConnected devices may be the biggest security challenge we face over the next several years. Companies are keen to analyze user IoT data to better understand consumer behavior and are sometimes gathering more data than they need for their service. But what are the potential consequences to your customers, and your company, if this personal info is stolen or accidentally released? What happens when a criminal uses this information to stalk someone online?Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, IntelWith so many IoT devices, apps, and services coming to market, more and more personal info is being captured, transmitted, and stored, yet much of this data is unnecessary to support the functionality of the device or service. You may think this is not a big deal, but the more personal data you have, the more resources your company will have to devote to protecting it. If there is a breach, the bad guys can extract a large amount of personal information about customers. The potential consequences range from identity theft and fraud of your customers to significant financial damage to your company’s brand.Once a month I get an email from my thermostat service, telling me how I compared to the previous month, to my neighborhood, and what external factors may have caused my energy use to change. This is valuable info that does not violate my privacy, and if I want to share it there are Facebook and Twitter buttons on the infographic. Even if I choose to share it publicly, there is no info that would give away my location, or when I am away from home.Compare this to my fitness wearable, which wants to post to Facebook for every workout. While this is probably done for good reasons to help encourage and reinforce my exercise regime, it releases potential info on when I am at the gym and not at home.When developing a new device or service, make it better by collecting less data. Instead of gathering everything you can possibly think of, determine what minimum data is required to deliver your service. Pay special attention to items that constitute personally identifiable info, and ask why they are needed. These include:Full name and addressDocument numbers, such as social security, passport, or driver’s licenseCredit card or bank account infoDate of birthBiometric data, including photographs of the faceIP address or other session identification detailsOne of the most common ways of identifying an individual is via a username and password. It’s been around since almost the inception of the digital age and is a constant source of concern as we see an increasing number of high-profile breaches exposing usernames and passwords. An emerging authentication alternative is using multiple factors such as your fingerprint and your device location to create a one-time token to authenticate a specific transaction like a banking or retail purchase online. For IoT data, tokens improve securityThis would be used instead of relying on usernames and passwords. These tokens only exist for the time to complete your specific transaction and are not vulnerable to a brute force attack, and cannot be reused even if they are stolen. Moving to single-use tokens greatly improves the security of your interactions. Tokens can be validated more easily than a complicated password encryption, reducing login time, and the password is not stored anywhere else and does not travel outside of your most secure systems. In the event of a breach, any stolen tokens are useless for authentication and do not enable the attacker to calculate the next valid token. In the spirit of doing more with less, think about embracing authentication tokens instead of usernames and passwords. With so many new devices and services coming to market, it is necessary to safeguard your business and your customers. Connected devices should not collect, keep, or transmit more data than they need to operate the service, especially personally identifiable information. There are multiple companies doing this right, which delivers value to me as a consumer while also gathering useful data for their own use, without revealing personal info. Gary Davis What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#consumer technology#customer data#data security#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#tokens#top center_img How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Get My Parking launches smart city pilot in India

first_imgStudies of traffic congestion regularly point much blame at cars circling for parking. To tackle this perennial problem, Get My Parking is joining a smart city initiative to launch a smart parking pilot in India.As reported in Firstpost, the Delhi-based startup’s technology is being tested in government smart city initiatives.“We are getting a lot of traction from various municipal corporations,” said Get My Parking CEO Chirag Jain. “We have started a pilot project in Jaipur.”See also: Greek startup Sammy guides boats to shore — and parkingJain describes his company as providing a technological solution that allows the smart location of free parking spots through a smartphone app. The technology was the brainchild of alumni from IIT Madras and FMS Delhi.He explained that the need for his company’s solution came from examination of how chaotic parking systems lead to many vehicles driving slower than the normal flow of traffic as they seek a spot to leave their cars.“Just imagine when hundreds of cars are doing that at the same time,” said Jain.Get My Parking received recent kudos from senior government figures including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The praise came from the successful use of the startup’s technology that helped ease traffic chaos during Kumbh Mela, the mass Hindu pilgrimage where members of the faith travel to bathe in a sacred river.Get My Parking attracting investor interestThe company is also attracting the attention of investors. Recently the startup drew a first funding round from Chennai Angles and is hoping to close its second round of financing soon.One of the areas that Jain says is of key importance is ensuring the parking technology integrates into smart city infrastructure in a secure way to keep citizens safe.“Security is of prime concern as we work with a lot of consumer data,” he said. “The security is taken care of accordance to utmost privacy for our consumers.”The interest in developing such smart city technology comes as India is expanding its internet infrastructure to facilitate growth in Internet of Things technology. Tags:#India#IoT#parking#Smart Cities#smart city#transport IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Donal Power How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citieslast_img read more