Breathing difficulties

first_imgTheincidence of occupational asthma could be cut at a stroke if only employerswould substitute asthma-causing substances for safer alternatives. The TUC’srecent report highlights this and other issues that occupational health staffneed to consider, by Jacqueline Paige Nowadays people wouldn’t dream of building a new house and putting anasbestos roof on it – the dangers have been too well documented. Yet when itcomes to asthma-causing substances, where knowledge of their detrimental effecthas developed very rapidly, some people still face daily exposure – despite theavailability of substitutes that could, in some cases, cut incidences of asthmaat a stroke. This abrogation of duty on the part of some employers, and other recentdevelopments in the area of occupational asthma – the withdrawal of Cidex, anapproved code of practice – are issues that occupational health professionalsneed to be aware of. Many of them are highlighted in a recent report by the TUCentitled No substitute for asthma. Occupational asthma is the most frequently diagnosed respiratory disease inGreat Britain according to the Health and Safety Executive. The regulatory bodyestimates that each year 1,500 to 3,000 people in Britain develop thecondition. The TUC puts the figure at around 7,000 cases a year – which is more in linewith recent Canadian research suggesting that one-third of all cases ofadult-onset asthma are caused by workplace exposures. Latex Yet, incidences of occupational asthma could be cut at a stroke in someinstances. Take the case of latex, a substance that has only recently beenunderstood to cause occupational asthma. “By abolishing the import or sale of powdered latex or high proteingloves, exposure to the latex that causes occupational asthma would beeffectively eliminated,” the TUC report says. Unfortunately, some hospital trusts are still using latex, when saferalternative low-allergen and vinyl gloves are available. Powdered latex gloves,the main problem, are still available in the NHS supplies catalogue. Some yearsago, the Audit Commission found that hospital trusts could cut their glovebudgets by £25,000 a year by switching from low-allergen gloves to cheapergloves. But “such savings could be swiftly dwarfed by one single compensationclaim,” the TUC report notes. Glutaraldehyde Many nurses have also had careers blighted by Cidex, a commonly useddisinfectant in the NHS. From 1 May, the product is being taken off the UKmarket by the manufacturers, Johnson and Johnson, following safety concerns.Hospital staff reported suffering skin problems and asthma following exposureto the substance. Cidex is one of the brand names for glutaraldehyde and is themost commonly used disinfectant in endoscopy departments. There are a number of substitutes for glutaraldehyde being used in the NHS.However, there is debate over their relative safety and efficiency. The onlyone that does not present a risk is Sterilox, the trade name for super-oxidisedwater. Other substances The HSE has put together a ‘hit list’ of the top eight asthma-causingsubstances. As well as latex and glutaraldehyde, other substances making anappearance are glues and resins, wood dust, isocyanates, solder/colophony,flour/grain, and laboratory animals. Isocyanates are used in spray paints and are “some of the most potentasthmagens known and account for many new and successful industrialclaims,” the TUC report states. Outside the motor vehicle sector, inshipbuilding for instance, epoxy paints may be substituted, although somecompanies still specify isocyanates for quality reasons. There are nowdevelopments away from isocyanate-based paints. Interestingly, when British Airways changed the logos on their planes in the1980s, a great number of cases of occupational asthma resulted because theyused isocyanate paints. Lessons were learned, and when they resprayed avoidingthis type of paint, no cases of asthma were reported. Some substances have no obvious substitute, for example flour and graindust, wood dust, resins and glues. In such cases, exposure levels should bereduced by the use of ventilated spray booths, or some other enclosed unit. Finally, the HSE has announced steps to cut occupational asthma by 30 percent over the next nine years. It has also agreed an approved Code of Practiceto be published this year to bring home to employers that the law requires themto control the substances that cause occupational asthma. Case studiesCompensation for latex allergyForty-year-old Pip Wheatcroft had worked as a radiographer atGood Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, for 17 years, specialising in nuclearmedicine. In February 2002 she was awarded a six-figure sum for loss ofearnings having developed an extreme allergic reaction to latex.She first developed the allergy to powdered latex gloves in1996. And although she and others in the nuclear medicine department switchedto using the safer alternative vinyl gloves, latex was still being usedthroughout the hospital and in the rest of the department.Pip continued to receive low-level exposure to latex and wasreferred for allergy testing when it was confirmed that she had developed asevere allergy. What exacerbated her condition though was the hospitalmanagement’s decision in May 1998 to lay a new flooring in her department thatcontained latex.An immunologist concluded that this caused Ms Wheatcroft tobecome highly sensitised to latex and she was diagnosed with occupationalasthma in August 1998. During a severe asthma attack, she is in danger ofsuffering from anaphylactic shock, a potentially fatal reaction that causes thepatient’s airways to close. Ms Wheatcroft was suspended from her job becausethe hospital could not ensure she would not be at risk from latex exposure.”I wasn’t just risking a rash, I was risking mylife,” said Ms Wheatcroft. “I was told the best thing for me to dowould be to take early retirement on grounds of ill-health. It was only when Itried to sort out my pension and compensation for loss of earnings thatproblems began to arise.”For almost three years Pip, with the help of her union, theSociety of Radiographers, fought two cases – one for compensation for loss ofearnings, and one against the NHS Pensions Agency. It finally resulted in therecord out-of-court settlement to compensate for loss of earnings. A few dayslater the NHS Pensions Agency agreed to pay a 75 per cent pension. Ms Wheatcroft now works as a gardener and is studying for anadvanced certificate in horticulture.Glutaraldehyde allergyFostina Brobbey worked as a theatre nurse for 25 years,originally at Ancoats Hospital and then, from March 1994, at North ManchesterGeneral Hospital. Her work brought her into contact with Cidex, a chemical usedin many hospitals up and down the country to sterilise equipment such asendoscopes. Cidex contains glutaraldehyde, and it is well known that it canirritate the skin, eyes, throat and lungs.In 1995, she was diagnosed with occupational asthma and wasforced to retire in September 1996 due to ill health.With the help of her union, Unison, Mrs Brobbey made a claimagainst North Manchester NHS Trust and was awarded £157,000, one of the largestsums ever paid out for asthma, including damages for pain and suffering, pastand future loss of earnings, loss of pension and loss of congenial employment.”Nursing was the only job I’ve ever done and I reallyloved it,” said Mrs Brobbey. “If I could go back to the job tomorrowI would, but I couldn’t keep working because of the asthma. It has been a realstrain going through the court case and the stress has made my symptoms worse.I still wake up coughing at night, unable to breathe.” Breathing difficultiesOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. 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Century Stables is On The Market

first_imgBy James RomanoCOLTS NECK – Century Stables, one of the declining number of thoroughbred breeding farms in Monmouth County, is for sale. Located on County Road 537, the estate home possesses 50-plus acres of gated land.Once the front gate opens, a long, tree lined driveway lies ahead. Light posts enliven the asphalt path as a pond, with an immaculate fountain, is situated directly to the right.Not only does the home have a great view of the surge the fountain produces in the front of the property, but also sites of rolling grassy fields with paddocks, a 20-stall barn, a caretaker’s cottage, a gazebo, and a children’s play house are visible.The naturally-lit home includes living spaces that hold high ceilings on both levels. The Cinderella staircase accompanied by a banquet-sized dining room, great room with wet bar, wood-burning fireplace, and 40-foot long kitchen would catch any real estate connoisseur’s eye.Judith Kent Sessa, 82, is the owner of Century Stables. She and her late husband bred countless thoroughbreds over the 35-year-span since they have owned the property. “I can no longer keep it. I used to have 50 horses here and now I am down to five,” Sessa said. “I am 82 years old and I don’t need all this expense now.”Sessa would love to still be involved in the horse breeding business. Once the remaining five are sold, no more horses will be kept at Century Stables unless the new owner keeps it a breeding farm. Sessa has six children who live in Florida, but they do not wish to continue their parents’ work, as five of them are not involved in the horseracing world.“Many nice horses have come through here,” Sessa said. “At one time, we had 25 mares having babies.” The property is certainly able to house numerous horses and their offspring.Elden Klayman, DVM, an equine veterinarian and owner of Colts Head Veterinary Services, has been taking care of Century Stables bred horses since 1985. “It’s just another farm that we may never get back,” Klayman said. “When you lose a farm, the value is in the property. It is real estate that can be developed.”Judith Kent Sessa, 82, is the owner of Centur y Stables. She and her late husband bred countless thorough- breds over the 35-year-span since they have owned the property. Photo: James Romano“The thoroughbred breeding industry has not been at its highest level for awhile now,” Karyn Malinowski, Ph.D., professor and director at Rutgers University Equine Science Center, said. “The Thoroughbred Breeder’s Association and breeding incentive awards have almost become nonexistent.”New Jersey horse racing farms, owners, breeders, and trainers simply cannot compete with surrounding states, such as Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania, that have casino gaming income. In these neighboring states, slots at the racetrack fund the purses for the racing industry in that state. As a result, owners and trainers are racing their horses more often in those states.“There’s only racing 2 or 3 days a week here,” Sessa said. “Jersey-bred horses don’t race enough. The tracks even encourage trainers and horses from other states to come race.”Racehorses in New Jersey, other than Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah who is running in the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Sunday, do not have the greatest track records.“If racing isn’t coming back, people won’t be breeding,” Sessa said.“It would be a dream come true if another horse breeder came here, but there are so few nowadays,” Sessa said. “It’s been wonderful and I loved every minute of it. It’s time to move on.”Sessa has lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since she was 10 years-old. She would venture north to Century Stables in the summer when racing was affluent. The acreage has been strictly used for summer stays and breeding only.last_img read more

Linden commercial business vehicles to pay biennial cost

first_imgReturn of Kara Kara toll boothVehicles carrying commercial goods attached to businesses registered in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) may have to pay an agreed biennial cost to the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) when the Kara Kara toll booth at Mackenzie becomes operational again. This was discussed during deliberations at an extraordinary meeting of the Council which was recently held.The extraordinary meeting that was recently heldWhile a cost has not yet been set, a majority of Councillors at the meeting voted in favour of the decision to have the necessary vehicles, such as those carrying lumber, pay twice a year at a reduced cost.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland indicated that a cost is expected to be arrived at following consultations with the Linden Chamber of Industry Commerce and Development (LCICD) and businesses within the community. Some categories of vehicles subjected to toll are timber trucks, haulers with machinery, trailers with logs and vehicles with goods for sale, among others.Another aspect which was discussed by the Council recently was the penalties for assaulting a toll collector which carries a $10,000 fine or an alternative of three months in prison.The Kara Kara toll booth had been the centre of controversy in the past due to the Council’s by-laws which were govern it, not being in force. A move to have it up and running again by the previous Council, after years, resulted in its abrupt closure by the previous Government in 2013. However, recently, the present Council succeeded in having the toll booth gazetted, with a claims and objections period being put in place for citizens.Just last week, the Mayor sought to clear up some misconceptions being peddled around the community, where some residents were reportedly of the belief that all vehicles traversing the route would be subjected to pay tolls. He noted that businesses which are coming from out of town would be subjected to the toll, while stating that it creates for a level playing field. Holland said however that there’s no cost for private vehicles and taxis.He added that there has been some changes, however, as it relates to costs as he outlined that the previous costs were age old. This, he said, had been discussed during a meeting with the LCICD and was agreed to by the parties involved.last_img read more

Aerial Video Toolkit

first_imgHigh-Flying Footage, Music, and Video ElementsWhether it’s soaring above New York City or flying over a vast forest, aerial shots can be striking additions to any video project. As establishing shots, they’re ideal — they effortlessly introduce location, and they look great doing it. They’re also a superb way to add a cinematic, big-budget look to your work.If you’ve always wanted to add an aerial shot into one of your projects but lack the resources to do so, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up all the elements you need to build your own eye-catching aerial sequence without ever leaving the ground.So dive on in to our latest toolkit and pick up professionally shot stock footage, soaring royalty free music, and high-flying video elements to match. Customizable After Effects TemplatesPut the finishing touches on your aerial shot with these After Effects templates made by our friends over at RocketStock.Introduce the location of your aerial with Venue, a striking pack of lower thirds. Or incorporate aerial footage into a title sequence with Keyworks. Or to make your shot really stand out, check out video slideshow, Waypoint.Have a look at our recommendations, then head to RocketStock to see their full collection. They even have a huge range of freebies available too!Get After Effects Templates. Breathtaking Aerial FootageUsing stock aerial footage comes with huge benefits. For starters, to get the right shot, you won’t need to pay for permits or for helicopter rental. Plus, if you’re not actually shooting on-location, it saves on travel costs.The team at Shutterstock have kindly hand-picked over 100 of their finest aerial shots. This striking set features everything from footage of major world city skylines to a huge variety of landscapes and more. It’s a great, diverse selection that we recommend you keep in mind whenever you need aerial footage.Get Aerial Footagecenter_img High-flying MusicAt PremiumBeat, we believe that pairing the right track with the right aerial shot is magic. That’s why our music team has compiled a playlist of royalty free tracks that are ideal for aerial footage.Ranging from majestic orchestral cues to inspiring, playful instrumentals, these tracks effortlessly evoke the joy and wonder of flight. Take a listen and find the perfect track for your project.last_img read more

Injured Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez to miss final La Liga game

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Lucas Vazquez has sustained an injury to his left knee and will miss the final La Liga game against Deportivo La Caruna on Saturday.Real Madrid medical staff explained on Monday that the 24-year-old “has been diagnosed with a medial collateral sprain in his left knee”, according to the Spanish club’s official website.Staff added that Vazquez’s recovery will “continue to be assessed”, reports Efe.The midfielder was injured during Sunday’s La Liga game against Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu and though he completed the match he was unable to train on Monday.Vazquez will miss the last La Liga match against Deportivo, so that he can appear in the UEFA Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on May 28 in Milan’s San Siro Stadium.last_img read more

10 months agoAtletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Simeone has job as long as he wants it

first_imgAtletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Simeone has job as long as he wants itby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin says coach Diego Simeone has the job for as long as he wants it.Gil Marin is confident the Argentine is happy in Madrid, despite an admission that he sees a future with Inter Milan in Italy.The Atleti director stated: “I think the answer is simple, he has the job for as long as he wants to.”And I am convinced that he will continue to love it here as long as he believes that the club can continue to help him achieve his goals, which continue to produce results. That would mean that Atlético continues competing with the biggest.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoChelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monaco

first_imgChelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monacoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud has no doubts former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas will be a success with AS Monaco.Cesc left Chelsea last week for ASM and made his debut in last night’s 1-1 draw at Olympique Marseille.Giroud told Telefoot: “Cesc is a great player, he has this quality of vision of the game, of intelligence of passes. “He’s one of the best players I’ve played with. “This is a great opportunity for Monaco.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoChelsea midfielder Barkley admits Lampard inspired him as a youngster

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Barkley admits Lampard inspired him as a youngsterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley admits manager Frank Lampard inspired him as a youngster.Nobody else can say they have grown up watching Lampard on television, then played alongside him in an England shirt, and now continue to learn off him in his role as Chelsea boss.”As a young lad I would watch Match of the Day on a Sunday morning and then go off to my games for Everton,” he told”I’d see the likes of Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard banging the goals in every week. Lampard was one of my idols, because as a young midfielder I would see the goals he was scoring or creating every week and look up to him.”I played with the manager later on in his career with England and you could see how motivated he was. It was hard work all the time, running after training, non-stop movement to receive the ball, scoring goals. As a young player seeing that it affects you. You want to do the same things.”He’s taken that into his management. We work really hard and then on the right days we ease off and feel really good for the games.” last_img read more

NZ Union Urges Ports to Stop Emitting Toxic Gas

first_imgzoom The Maritime Union of New Zealand has welcomed the Ports of Auckland’s decision to stop releasing methyl bromide emissions into the air, and called for other ports to follow their example.The move to fully recapture the toxic gas after fumigation, used to kill insects in logs before export, sets a new benchmark for industry best practice, according to the Union.“We will continue the campaign to stop rogue employers exposing people to methyl bromide for another decade if need be,” Joe Fleetwood, MUNZ National Secretary, said.After fumigation is complete the gas can be recaptured and turned into a disposable salt. However, some ports instead release the toxic fumes into the air, endangering workers and nearby communities.“The Government must not allow best practice in some ports to be undermined elsewhere,” Fleetwood said, adding that “if Wellington and Auckland can do the right thing, all ports must.”The Maritime Union continues to call for a total ban on the use of methyl bromide.As part of Ports of Auckland’s ambition to be the most sustainable port in New Zealand, the company earlier said that it will require the total recapture of methyl bromide gas used for container fumigation by September 1, 2017, and for all cargoes by the end of the year.“The intention to move to a full ‘recapture’ system by the end of the year, instead of the current practice of simply venting the gas into the atmosphere, shows leadership and responsibility by Ports management,” Damien O’Connor, Labour’s Spokesperson for Biosecurity, said.“Ports of Auckland’s decision will surely put pressure on the remaining ports around New Zealand which still release methyl bromide,” Damien O’Connor informed.last_img read more