Risks from smoking workmates

first_img Previous Article Next Article Any exposure to passive smoking reduces lung function but sharing an officewith a smoker presents the greatest riskBeing exposed to colleagues smoking in the workplace can be more damaging tolung function than exposure to passive smoking in the home or public places,according to a study. Research by doctors at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital and Medical School inScotland found while exposure by non-smokers to passive smoking at home, in public places and the workplace all reduced lung function, exposure at work hadthe greatest effect. The health records were examined of more than 300 men and women from Glasgowwho had never smoked and they were questioned about their exposure toenvironmental tobacco smoke. Passive smoking resulted in a serious reduction in lung function, withpassive smoking at work causing more damage, primarily because people generallyspent a longer period exposed. The research was published in September’s edition of Occupational andEnvironmental Medicine. “Passive smoking has been a public concern for awhile, because it is a major indoor pollutant. “Our findings suggest that as well as its effects on the smoker,smoking at work may contribute to deterioration of lung function in non-smokingworkmates,” the study, led by Dr Ruoling Chen, senior lecturer in medicalstatistics and epidemiology at the hospital, concluded. It showed the need forstrictly limiting smoking in shared areas, particularly in workingenvironments, he added. The British Lung Foundation said it showed making workplaces smoke freeneeded to be higher up the Government’s agenda. After pressure from the pub and restaurant trade, the Government rejectedadvice in the summer from the Health and Safety Commission for a code to forceemployers either to ban smoking or take stringent measures to protect stafffrom smoke. – More companies are introducing non-smoking policies in their offices,finds a survey by management consultants William M Mercer. The study of UKprivate health plans and policies found 95 per cent of the 527 employers polledprohibited smoking on company premises or restricted it to designated areas, and58 per cent had introduced a policy in the past five years. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2001;58:563-568 Comments are closed. Risks from smoking workmatesOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Langer to coach Australia for T20s against Sri Lanka

first_imgJUSTIN Langer will take charge of coaching Australia for three Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in February, while Darren Lehmann is with the Test squad in India.Langer, the coach of Western Australia, has previously stood in for Lehmann, guiding Australia to victory in the one-day international tri-series against South Africa and West Indies in June while Lehmann took a break.The scheduling of the three T20s against Sri Lanka – in Melbourne on February 17, Geelong on February 19, and Adelaide on February 22 – so close to the first Test against India, which begins in Pune on February 23, means entirely different squads will be required.“We are delighted that Justin has agreed to undertake the role of acting head coach for the Twenty20 international series against Sri Lanka,” Pat Howard, Cricket Australia’s executive general manager of team performance, said. “We would also like to thank WACA for their support in releasing Justin.“He did a terrific job in the Caribbean in June when he stepped in for Darren Lehmann during the successful tri-series and so is already familiar with the working environment around the Australia team.“He brings a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach and his record in helping the Perth Scorchers to a sustained level of success in the KFC Big Bash League means he fits the bill in all ways.”Justin Langer said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with the national side in the Caribbean earlier this year and so I am excited and very grateful to get this opportunity to do it again, this time with the Twenty20 International squad against Sri Lanka.“Twenty20 international cricket is the one format in which Australia is yet to win a global tournament so every chance we get to play it and develop our skills is very significant. That means these three matches will be hugely important.“The advantage myself and the players will have is that the series will come just over two weeks after the KFC Big Bash League wraps up so we should all still be in Twenty20 mode.“And with several senior players set to be in India ahead of the Test series, it really will give players an added incentive to perform in the upcoming KFC BBL to put their names forward for selection in the Sri Lanka series.”(ESPN CRICINFO)last_img read more

Dictionary to Change Definition of “Racism”

first_imgRecent graduate, 22-year-old, Kennedy Mitchum who studied law, has successfully argued that Merriam-Webster should change its definition of “racism.”So she was surprised when an editor responded to her email and even more surprised that the company agreed to update the entry.Mitchum has gotten into a lot conversations about racism and injustice where people have pointed to the dictionary to prove that they’re not racist. It’s happened a lot more lately as the world reacts to the death of George Floyd while in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers.“I kept having to tell them that definition is not representative of what is actually happening in the world,” she told CNN. “The way that racism occurs in real life is not just prejudice it’s the systemic racism that is happening for a lot of black Americans.”Merriam-Webster’s first definition of racism is “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”Mitchum said many people she’s talked to use that to dismiss her concerns about racism and overlook broader issues of racial inequality because they don’t personally feel that way about people of color.Mitchum said she sent her email on a Thursday night and got a reply from editor Alex Chambers the next morning.After a few emails, Chambers agreed that the entry should be updated and said a new definition is being drafted.“This revision would not have been made without your persistence in contacting us about this problem,” Chambers said in the email, which was provided to CNN. “We sincerely thank you for repeatedly writing in and apologize for the harm and offense we have caused in failing to address this issue sooner.”Mitchum said she hopes the vocabulary change helps people have more productive conversations about race. She said she appreciated them taking her concerns seriously and talking through the issue.“I was super happy because I really felt like that was a step in a good direction for a lot of positive change for a lot of different positive conversations that can really help change the world and helps change how people view things,” she said.last_img read more

Turner and Broadhurst top the Brabazon Trophy qualifiers

first_img16 May 2017 Turner and Broadhurst top the Brabazon Trophy qualifiers Somerset’s Matt Turner won the southern qualifier for the Brabazon Trophy with 66 at Littlestone, Kent – which included a stunning front nine of eight-under par 28. In the north, Warwickshire’s Sam Broadhurst – son of Senior Open Champion Paul Broadhurst – topped the leaderboard on five-under par at Sandiway, Cheshire. They each led 31 players into next week’s English men’s open amateur stroke play championship at Woodhall Spa, the home of England Golf. The 62 qualifiers will join over 80 exempt players to challenge for one of amateur golf’s great titles on the famed Hotchkin course. Turner (pictured top), from Burnham and Berrow, was five-under for the round and won the south event by a shot from Todd Clements (Braintree, Essex). He commented on his remarkable front nine: “I’ve never had nine holes like that before, everything went in. It was some of the best golf I’ve ever played.” He started with three consecutive birdies, holing out from 3ft, 10ft and 15ft, before parring the fourth. A ‘standard’ birdie followed on the par five fifth, where his second shot finished on the front edge. He holed out from 15ft for another birdie on the sixth, then chipped in for eagle three on the seventh. The eighth provided yet another birdie where he holed from about 8ft, before he reached the turn with a par at nine. “I was thinking ‘don’t mess up!’” said Turner. “I knew the back nine was going to be a lot tougher because it was straight back into the wind.” He had two bogeys and a double on the way home before signing off with a birdie on 18th. His score sees him into the Brabazon Trophy field for the second year in a row. At Sandiway, Broadhurst, pictured right (Atherstone) booked his second appearance in the Brabazon when he carded 65 to win by two shots from Kieron Harman of Wales and Thomas Hamson (Notts). He had just one bogey on his card, alongside four birdies and an eagle on the fourth, where he hit his second to within a foot of the hole. “I’m really happy with the score. I felt I struggled for the first few holes but after that I struck it really nicely and holed some clutch putts,” he said. Broadhurst is at college in the USA and hoping to follow his father into professional ranks. “That’s the dream and if I keep shooting rounds like today and holing putts you never know.” Meanwhile, he caddied for his father in last year’s Senior Open and will be back on the bag this summer in both The Open and the Senior Open. “It should be a good two weeks,” he said. “I know his game quite well and he trusts me, I like to think.” Click here for full scores from the southern qualifier Click here for full scores from the northern qualiferlast_img read more