Want a handbook for implementing a health and safety management system (OHSAS18001)?

June 12, 2015

Dr Dan Gallagher recently released an Ebook on entitled “Health and Safety Management System Implementation- A Practitioners Guide and Approach“. This book provides the necessary tools and know how to implement an effective health and safety management system. Numerous templates and practical examples are provided, and a step by step approach is outlined to make the process as easy as possible. The book was just reviewed in the Health and Safety Review, a leading journal for health, safety and environmental practitioners, legal experts and business owners.

Please click on the following link to see the review article:  HSR June 2015 Article HSS

For more information about the author please visit and LinkIn via https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dan-gallagher/1/20b/71a

 

 


Flu Update – Week 09, 2015

March 10, 2015

Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):

Influenza activity in Ireland remained elevated in community and hospital settings during the week ending 1st March 2015 (week 9 2015), with some indicators of influenza activity decreasing.

The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 53.4 per 100,000 population in week 9 2015, a decrease compared to the updated rate of 60.0 per 100,000 population during week 8 2015.  ILI rates have remained above the Irish baseline threshold (21.0/100,000 population) for eight consecutive weeks. ILI rates were highest in 5-14 year olds during week 9 2015.  The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services decreased during week 9 2015.

Influenza positivity remained elevated during week 9 2015. Influenza A(H3) is the predominant circulating influenza virus this season. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity has continued to decrease since the peak of activity during the last two weeks in December.  The latest complete data on respiratory admissions reported from a network of sentinel hospitals were elevated. 86 confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were notified to HPSC during the week ending 1st March 2015, a decrease from 116 cases reported during the previous week. The median age of confirmed influenza hospitalised cases to date this season is 58 years.  Fifteen influenza-associated deaths have been reported to HPSC this season, with a median age of 81 years.

Ten acute respiratory general outbreaks were reported to HPSC during the week ending 1st March 2015: five of these outbreaks were associated with influenza and five acute respiratory outbreaks had no pathogens identified. The majority of confirmed influenza outbreaks this season have been associated with influenza A(H3) in residential care facilities for the elderly.

In Europe, increased influenza activity has continued, in particular in western and central European countries.  The number and percentage of influenza virus detections in sentinel specimens showed a slight reduction in what might be described as a high plateau phase of the influenza season.


Flu Update – Week 08, 2015

February 27, 2015

Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):

Influenza activity in Ireland remained elevated in community and hospital settings during the week ending 22nd February 2015 (week 8 2015). 

 The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 59.5 per 100,000 population in week 8 2015, a decrease compared to the updated rate of 70.4 per 100,000 population during week 7 2015.  ILI rates have remained above the Irish baseline threshold (21.0/100,000 population) for seven consecutive weeks. ILI rates were highest in 5-14 and 15-64 year olds during week 8 2015.  The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services remained elevated during week 8 2015.

Influenza positivity remained high during week 8 2015, with 179 (35.7%) influenza positive specimens reported from the NVRL: 136 A(H3), 13 A(H1)pdm09, 12 A (not subtyped) and 18 B. Influenza A(H3) is the predominant circulating influenza virus this season.  11 associated with A(H3), two with A(H1)pdm09, 11 with A (not subtyped) and three with B.  Fifteen influenza-associated deaths have been reported to HPSC this season, with a median age of 81 years. Twelve acute respiratory general outbreaks were reported to HPSC during the week ending 22nd February 2015: eight of these outbreaks were associated with influenza and four acute respiratory outbreaks had no pathogens identified.

The majority of confirmed influenza outbreaks this season have been associated with influenza A(H3) in residential care facilities for the elderly. In Europe, influenza activity continued, in particular in western and central European countries. The overall proportion of influenza positive specimens and the total number of sentinel influenza virus detections decreased slightly which may be indicative of several countries having passed the peak of influenza activity.


Flu Update – Week 07, 2015

February 24, 2015

Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):

Influenza activity in Ireland increased in community and hospital settings during the week ending 15th February 2015 (week 7 2015). 

The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 67.5 per 100,000 population in week 7 2015, a significant increase compared to the updated rate of 36.9 per 100,000 population during week 6 2015.  ILI rates have remained above the Irish baseline threshold (21.0/100,000 population) for six consecutive weeks. ILI rates increased in 5-14 and 15-64 year olds and in those aged 65 years or older during week 7 2015.  The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services remained elevated during week 7 2015.

Influenza positivity increased during week 7 2015, with 162 (31.0%) influenza positive specimens reported from the NVRL: 117 A(H3), 19 A(H1)pdm09, 12 A (not subtyped) and 14 B. Influenza A(H3) is the predominant circulating influenza virus this season. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity has continued to decrease since the peak of activity during the last two weeks in December.  The latest complete data on respiratory admissions reported from a network of sentinel hospitals were elevated. 58 confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were notified to HPSC during the week ending 15th February 2015, an increase compared to the previous week.

Ten influenza-associated deaths have been reported to HPSC this season, with a median age of 83 years. Sixteen acute respiratory general outbreaks were reported to HPSC during the week ending 15th February 2015: 12 of these outbreaks were associated with influenza, one outbreak was associated with human metapneumovirus (hMPV) and three acute respiratory outbreaks had no pathogens identified. The majority of confirmed influenza outbreaks this season have been associated with influenza A(H3) in residential care facilities for the elderly. Globally, influenza activity remained high in the northern hemisphere with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating this season.

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Flu Update – Week 04, 2015

January 29, 2015

Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):

Influenza activity in Ireland is slowly increasing; with an increase in influenza positivity and confirmed influenza outbreaks reported during week 4 2015.

The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 31.3 per 100,000 population in week 4 2015, remaining low, and stable compared to the updated rate of 30.4 per 100,000 population during week 3 2015. ILI rates remained above the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population). ILI rates increased in the 0-4 and 5-14 year age groups during week 4 2015.  The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services increased slightly during week 4 2015.

Influenza positivity increased during week 4 2015, with 81 (23.5%) influenza positive specimens reported from the NVRL: 73 A(H3), 1 A(H1)pdm09, 4 A (not subtyped) and 3 B. Influenza A(H3) is the predominant circulating influenza virus this season. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) positivity has decreased significantly in recent weeks. Respiratory admissions:  The latest complete data on respiratory admissions reported from a network of sentinel hospitals were elevated. 18 confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were notified to HPSC during the week ending January 25th 2015: 15 associated with influenza A(H3), one with influenza A(H1)pdm09 and two with influenza A (not subtyped).  Six influenza A-associated deaths have been reported to HPSC this season, five associated with influenza A(H3) and one with influenza A (not subtyped). Eight acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC during the week ending January 25th 2015: six associated with influenza A(H3), one with RSV and one with no pathogen identified.

The majority of confirmed influenza outbreaks this season have been associated with influenza A(H3) in community hospitals/residential care facilities for the elderly. Globally, influenza activity was high in the northern hemisphere with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating this season. Antigenic characterisation of most recent A(H3N2) viruses this season indicated differences from the A(H3N2) virus used in the influenza vaccines for the northern hemisphere 2014/2015. As a consequence of the mismatch between vaccine and circulating strains, reduced vaccine effectiveness is expected. Vaccination of the elderly and other risk groups is still recommended, as the A(H3N2) component is expected to reduce the likelihood of severe outcomes due to cross-protection, and both the A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B components are expected to be effective.

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Flu Update – Week 03, 2015

January 23, 2015

Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):

Influenza activity stabilised in Ireland during week 3 2015, remaining at relatively low levels.   

 The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 30.4 per 100,000 population in week 3 2015, remaining low, and stable compared to the updated rate of 30.1 per 100,000 population during week 2 2015.  ILI rates remained above the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population). ILI rates increased in the 0-4 and 5-14 year age groups during week 3 2015.  The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services decreased slightly during week 3 2015.

Influenza positivity decreased slightly during week 3 2015, with 36 (13.2%) influenza positive specimens reported from the NVRL: 28 A(H3), 1 A(H1)pdm09, 4 A (not subtyped) and 3 B. Influenza A(H3) has been the predominant circulating influenza virus this season.  Four influenza A(H3)-associated deaths have been reported to HPSC this season. Two acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC during the week ending January 18th 2015: one associated with influenza A(H3) and one with no pathogen identified.

Globally, influenza activity continued to increase in the northern hemisphere with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating this season. Antigenic characterisation of most recent A(H3N2) viruses this season indicated differences from the A(H3N2) virus used in the influenza vaccines for the northern hemisphere 2014/2015. Vaccination remains the most effective means of preventing infection by seasonal influenza viruses.

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Flu Update – Week 02, 2015

January 15, 2015

Update by Dr J Gallagher, Employment Health Advisors (EHA):

Influenza-like illness GP consultation rates increased above baseline levels for the first time this season, during week 2 2015.   

Influenza activity remained at low levels in Ireland during week 2 2015; however most indicators of influenza activity are increasing. The sentinel GP influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rate was 29.0 per 100,000 population in week 2 2015, remaining low, however increasing above baseline levels for the first time this season. ILI rates are above the Irish baseline threshold (21.0 per 100,000 population). ILI rates increased in the 5-14 and 15-64 year age groups during week 2 2015.

The proportion of influenza–related calls to GP Out-of-Hours services remained stable during week 2 2015. Influenza positivity increased during week 2 2015, with 48 influenza positive specimens reported from the NVRL: 45 influenza A(H3), 1 A(H1)pdm09 and 2 influenza A (not subtyped). 15 confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were notified to HPSC during the week ending January 10th 2015: 12 associated with influenza A(H3) and three associated with influenza A (not subtyped). To date this season, two confirmed influenza cases were admitted to critical care and reported to HPSC, one associated with influenza A(H3) and one associated with influenza A(H1)pdm09. Three influenza A(H3)-associated deaths have been reported to HPSC this season.

Eight acute respiratory outbreaks were reported to HPSC during the week ending January 10th 2015: four associated with influenza A, two with RSV, and two with unknown pathogens.  Globally, influenza activity continued to increase in the northern hemisphere with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating so far this season.

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