OSHA updates guidance on avian flu

first_imgNov 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Labor yesterday released revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance to help employers protect their workers from job-related exposure to H5N1 avian influenza.In a press release yesterday, OSHA Administrator Ed Foulke encouraged employees and employers who are most likely to be exposed to avian flu to take appropriate precautions. “This guidance offers them practical tips, such as hand washing and the use of proper protective equipment, for preventing illness,” he said.The OSHA guidance, last updated in 2004, gives separate recommendations for several specific employee groups that may be most likely to encounter animals or people infected with the H5N1 virus. The groups include poultry workers, animal handlers, laboratory personnel, healthcare workers, food handlers, travelers, and Americans living abroad. The main thrust is on proper hygiene techniques, such as use of gloves and handwashing, along with respiratory protection.For many of these groups, OSHA’s guidance incorporates interim recommendations from other agencies and groups. For example, the poultry worker guidance includes from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The OSHA recommendations also incorporate CDC recommendations for lab workers, healthcare personnel, and airline workers who have contact with passengers.The longest set of recommendations is the one for poultry workers. It instructs employees on signs of possible avian flu in poultry, reviews basic infection control measures, and gives a protocol for proper protective equipment use. It includes the CDC recommendation that all unvaccinated employees receive seasonal influenza vaccine and that all workers who have direct contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces receive a prophylactic dose of antiviral medication on each day of exposure and for 1 week following their last exposure.In the food-handler recommendations, the OSHA guidance says that the two groups most at risk are restaurant cooks and those grocery store employees who handle raw chicken.Also included in the OSHA recommendations are several appendices that provide detailed information on the history of the H5N1 virus, the biology of flu viruses, the symptoms of H5N1 infection in humans, import restrictions on birds from certain countries, pandemics, and additional resources.See also:Updated OSHA guidance on protecting employees from avian fluhttp://www.osha.gov/dsg/guidance/avian-flu.htmlNov 14 US Department of Labor press release on OSHA guidancehttp://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=13018last_img read more

Pirelli agrees £600m longevity swap deal with Zurich

first_imgThe hedges, one for each of the two schemes*, were structured as “whole of life” insurance policies and are “named life”, which means that they cover named pensioners and contingent dependants. This is in contrast to index-based swaps that track a general UK population.The deals agreed with Zurich cover £600m of pensioner liabilities. Zurich retained 25% of the longevity risk, with the remainder reinsured with Pacific Life Re. A spokesperson for Zurich told IPE that the deals with Pirelli are the first time that Zurich has retained part of the longevity risk. “In the first transaction we completed in December, we passed on all the longevity risk to Pacific Life Re,” he said. According to those involved in the transactions, the transactions are noteworthy because they show that managing longevity risk via longevity swaps is also an option for smaller and medium-sized pension schemes.Andy Stewart, head of client solutions at Cardano and adviser to the Pirelli schemes, said: “Historically, named-life longevity swaps were only available to very large pension schemes but recent product development by providers such as Zurich means that small to medium sized schemes can now also access these solutions.”In 2015, Zurich and Mercer developed a pre-negotiated standard longevity contract, with a panel of reinsurers providing pricing. Those involved in the transaction said this “streamlines” the de-risking process for smaller and medium-sized UK DB pension schemes.Simon Foster, global head of Zurich International Corporate Solutions, said: “This transaction shows how two pension schemes can be grouped together to provide scale and therefore obtain more attractive pricing terms.”Tony Goddard, pensions manager at Pirelli, said that the longevity swaps add to steps the schemes have been taking to manage other risks within the pension funds.“We are pleased to continue this process with these transactions and to seize the early opportunity to hedge longevity risk,” he said.“The streamlined features of this longevity swap make this a cost-effective solution for the funds, with features such as no collateral requirements and transparent insurer and reinsurer pricing being particularly attractive,” he added.The Pirelli swaps are the second and third named-life longevity hedges to have been completed for smaller UK DB schemes using the approach developed by Mercer and Zurich.As at 30 June 2016 the present value of Pirelli’s funded UK pension liabilties were €1.26bn, according to Pirelli’s half-year report. In December 2015, Zurich carried out a £90m streamlined longevity swap with an undisclosed UK pension plan.The Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (EPSP), a £32bn industry-wide pension scheme, recently reported having hedged part of its longevity risk, with one of its sponsors agreeing a £1bn deal with Abbey Life.*Pirelli General Pension and Life Assurance Fund, and Pirelli Tyres Limited 1988 Pension and Life Assurance Fund The main UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes of the Italian tyre company Pirelli Group have completed longevity swaps worth £600m (€707m), insuring the risk with Zurich Assurance Limited.The transactions are seen as a sign that the longevity swap market for smaller UK pension schemes is opening up, having previously been the preserve of bigger schemes.The transactions are understood to have been finalised in early August.Cardano and Mercer were investment and transaction advisors to the trustees of the pension schemes, respectively.last_img read more

Total: All Culzean topside modules installed. HUC work to start in August

first_imgTotal-operated Culzean development in the UK North Sea has reached an important breakthrough this week. Namely, all topsides modules were installed by the Heerema Marine Contractors’ heavy lift vessel, SSCV Thialf.“Close to 30,000mT of topsides facilities were installed by Heerema Marine Contractors ahead of schedule,” said Culzean Project Director, Claus Vissing-Jørgensen. “This is a fantastic achievement and it marks a very important milestone for Total E&P UK towards first gas from Culzean.”Work on the topsides facilities began in 2015 and took around 33 months to complete, including design and fabrication.The facilities were built by Sembcorp Marine Offshore Platforms in Singapore and UK yards on behalf of Total E&P UK, the field operator and joint venture owners BP and JX Nippon, and comprises a Well-head Platform (WHP), Central Processing Facility (CPF), Utilities and Living Quarters (ULQ), flare stack, gas compression module, power generation module and bridge links.Total took operatorship of the Culzean field through the acquisition of the Danish oil company Maersk Oil earlier this year.Having installed the topside modules, Total is now getting ready for the hook-up and commisioning work.Vissing-Jørgensen said: “We still have a couple of days of ancillary completion works prior to the arrival of the Flotel Victory later this month which will mark the commencement of the offshore hook-up (HUC) activities.”According to Total, approximately 650 people will be working in the field during HUC activities and as the project moves into the final phase towards first gas.Vissing-Jørgensen said: “That is a lot of people; and continuation of the excellent project safety performance to date is at the top of our agenda while we strive towards the ultimate milestone for the project,”First gas from the Culzean Field is expected in summer 2019 and the field is projected to deliver up to 5% of the total UK gas consumption when production is at plateau in 2020.UK North Sea saleWorth noting, while invested in Culzean, working to bring it online next year, Total has been reported of contemplating a sale of several UK North Sea assets hoping to get $1.5 billion.This is according to Reuters, which on Monday cited unnamed banking and industry sources, who said Total was eyeing a sale of a 20 percent interest in the Laggan-Tomrore field, as well as some assets it got hold of through the recent acquisition of Maersk Oil.The Laggan Tormore gas project is located to the west of the Shetland Islands some 600 meters underwater in the North Sea.Total holds a 60 percent stake there, with the other partners being Ineos and SSE with a 20 percent each. The field has a production capacity of 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.According to the news agency, other fields Total is looking to sell its ownership in are Golden Eagle, Dumbarton, Bruce, and Keith.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

East Anglian offshore wind supply chain eyeing US market

first_imgNorfolk & Suffolk Unlimited is looking to export its supply chain expertise to the U.S. offshore wind market. According to Pease, the format exceeded all expectations and the next steps are to facilitate a series of online meet the buyer sessions to support Norfolk and Suffolk businesses in exporting their expertise to a global offshore wind market. At the sessions, OrbisEnergy, East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) and Opergy gave presentations, while Avangrid Renewables presented its plans for the 2.5 GW Kitty Hawk wind farm offshore North Carolina. “But rather than postpone, we decided to take the event online and were able to introduce 20 businesses from the region to some of the key players from the emerging US offshore wind market.” “Our original plan was to showcase Norfolk and Suffolk’s offshore wind supply chain during a visit to the UK by our Virginia Beach colleagues,” said Ian Pease, Business Development Manager – All Energy at OrbisEnergy.center_img A preliminary online event organized with the City of Virginia Beach saw 20 local businesses meet with operators and developers involved in the 2.6 GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project. Dominion Energy and Ørsted are also developing the 12 MW CVOW pilot project, which will provide the operational, weather, and environmental experience needed for the large-scale development. The 2.6 GW CVOW project will comprise Siemens Gamesa turbines, with construction expected to begin in 2024.last_img read more

Army accuses Reds of violating ceasefire deal

first_img MANILA – The Philippine Army slammed the New People’s Army (NPA) after a soldier was killed while six others were wounded following an attack in Camarines Norte, saying the incident was a violation of the holiday ceasefire. Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay, Army commanding general, said the incident – coupled by an ambush in Iloilo province earlier this week – should put President Rodrigo Duterte’s localize peace talks into consideration. According to the commanding Army general, troops of the 92nd Division Reconnaissance Company were returning to their base due to the suspension of military operations when they were attacked by the NPA. Philippine Army’s commanding general Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay says the atrocities of communist rebels in Camarines Norte and Iloilo province should put President Rodrigo Duterte’s localize peace talks into consideration. EAGLE EDGE/ LEAN DAVAL JR. “In light of this development, other means of peaceful resolution such as localized peace talks need to be considered,” Gapay said in a statement.center_img Gapay also condemned the use of a landmine in the ambush as it was a violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. President Duterte has earlier directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to talk with self-exiled Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair Jose Maria Sison over the possible resumption of peace negotiations./PN “We just hope that the CPP-NPA will not miss this opportunity by staging these senseless attacks, especially during a time when the nation celebrates the season of love, peace and unity,” Gapay said.last_img read more

Office of the President assures funding for COVID-19 test kits

first_imgMANILA – There are sufficient funds toprovide for the production of test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)as this will be provided for by the Office of the President (OP), Malacañangsaid Sunday. According to Presidential SpokespersonSalvador Panelo, the OP will provide the funds needed by the Departments ofHealth (DOH), Science and Technology (DOST) and University of the PhilippinesManila. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says there is no need yet to place Visayas and Mindanao under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) unlike Luzon. Still, people there are always required to observe physical and social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. “We wish to assure our countrymenthat the Office of the President is providing the needed funds of the DOH, DOSTand UP Manila’s National Institutes of Health in the production of thediagnostic kits for the COVID 19 tests,” he said.center_img For the meantime, Malacañang said ManilaHealthtek is prepared to produce more to respond to the “present crisis.” The OP, under the 2020 general appropriationsact, was allocated a budget of P8.201 billion this year, of which over 80percent will go to maintenance and other operating expenses. (GMA News)last_img read more

Earline McConnell

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 12 noon until time of service at 2 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Earline’s son-in-law, Brother Paul Brown will officiate the services at 2 p.m.  Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery.  Memorial contributions can be directed to the family.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Earline McConnell. Earline McConnell, of Milan, was born on March 23, 1932 in Scottsburg, Indiana, the daughter of Roy, Sr. and Mamie Johnson Brunner.  She married Jess McConnell on September 15, 1951 and he preceded her in death on January 10, 2001.  Earline was a homemaker who loved her children and enjoyed painting, gardening and crocheting.  She was a faithful Christian and member of Negangard’s Corner Freewill Baptist Church.  Earline also loved her companion dog, Daisy.  On Friday, June 23, 2017, at the age of 85, she passed away at her residence.  center_img Those surviving who will cherish Earline’s memory include her children, Darline (Denver) Smith of Ocala, FL, Diane (John) Probst of Milan, Delores (John) Hoffmann of Milan, Angie (Craig) Harmer of Tipp City, OH, Rose (Paul) Brown of Milan, David (Mellissa) McConnell of Dillsboro, Charlene (Kip) Nordmeyer of Batesville, and Chris (Wadeen) McConnell of Milan; 19 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 1 great, great grandchild; 5 sisters and 1 brother.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, a great grandson, a brother and a sister.  last_img read more

Mourinho tells Tottenham to get ready for empty feeling

first_img Loading… “The points are there to fight for, and with or without fans, the points are there on the pitch and ourselves and United will have to fight for them.” Spurs will have to win the majority of their nine remaining league games if they are to qualify for the Champions League. But in an encouraging sign for the north London club, the likes of Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn all featured against Norwich after recovering from injury during lockdown. Mourinho, a former Chelsea and Manchester United manager, added: “We decided to mix them and to give almost the same amount of minutes to everyone. “We didn’t want any players to be into the limits of fatigue and of course nobody played the four periods… Read Also: Out of contract pair to leave PSG“What we work on tactically we do in the training ground but the match was much more about competing, getting minutes, intensity and it’s very important to do it and to have this last week without any injuries.“We all know that in these first matches, and in the friendlies, there’s also the risk of getting some injuries.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Jose Mourinho believes his Tottenham Hotspur side must adapt quickly to the “new reality” of playing matches without any fans when they resume their Premier League campaign against Manchester United on June 19. Quiet time – Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho Spurs faced Norwich City in a friendly with no spectators at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday of this week, with all remaining Premier League matches set to be played behind closed doors as a health measure in response to the coronavirus pandemic that led the English top flight to shut down for several months. “It was a good training session,” Mourinho told the club’s website following a match divided into four periods of 30 minutes to give more players the chance of meaningful game time. “We needed minutes, we needed to know the feeling of playing here without our supporters and to have this training session with another Premier League team is the best thing,” the Portuguese boss explained. “We have to adapt to this new reality, which is what we tried to do, to have a feeling of playing with an empty stadium.Advertisementlast_img read more

UCL: Batshuayi winner gives Blues sixth straight win

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Lampard: Tomori won’t leave Chelsea Anjorin: I’ll fight for shirt in Chelsea except there’s a tempting loan offer Substitute Michy Batshuayi hit an 86th-minute winner as Chelsea beat Ajax 1-0 in Amsterdam to come alive in Group H in the Champions League on Wednesday.Batshuayi struck from 10 yards after a centre from fellow sub Christian Pulisic to give Chelsea a vital win, and their sixth on the trot in all competitions under Frank Lampard.In a goalless first half, Ajax had a goal disallowed by VAR for a tight offside on Quincy Promes (35), before hitting the post through a Edson Alvarez header after the break.Chelsea’s best chance had fallen to substitute Batshuayi, who lashed over in space just moments after being introduced, but he more than made amends with four minutes remaining.The result puts Chelsea top of Group H, level on points with Ajax and three ahead of Valencia, but that could change with the Spaniards taking on Lille in the 8pm kick-off on Wednesday.After a false start to their campaign, Chelsea were looking to take control of Group H against last season’s semi-finalists.In a frenetic first half, Ajax did have the ball in the net through Promes’ back-post tap in, but he was found to be inches offside by VAR from Hakim Ziyech’s deflected cross from the right flank.Tags: Frank LampardQuicy Promeslast_img read more