Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. No escape for the practitionerOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Who would have thought that human rights could apply to health and safety?But it does, and firmly so since 1 October last year. From that date theEuropean Convention on Human Rights has been legally enforceable in UK courts.Although UK citizens have been able to use the Convention since 1950, this waspreviously only possible by making a costly legal trip to the continent to theEuropean Court of Human Rights. Those in Scotland have been able to enforce the Act for longer as it wasintroduced into Scottish law over a year earlier, meaning that developments inthe Scottish courts have been watched with keen interest south of the border. Now that it is easier to use the Convention, lawyers are applying it morevigorously across many areas of the law and health and safety will be noexception. One scenario, recently highlighted, suggested that if an employerrequired a Sikh employee to shave off his beard so that he could wear closefitting facial respiratory equipment it would be breaching the Convention.There are, of course, other means that could be used to protect beardedemployees which would get round the problem, but it still raises an interestingpoint. The introduction of the Convention into UK law means that it would now befar easier for the individuals to take their case to court on human rightsgrounds. Practitioners need to have full knowledge of the impact this change inthe law will have, which is why the IOSH conference next month is concentratingon this issue. The first successful safety case in this area is eagerly awaited, butpractitioners would be advised to take this opportunity to acquire first handknowledge of this important legal development, so they don’t get caught out.
Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Paluma Showcases Hydro Capability HMAS Paluma Showcases Hydro Capability View post tag: Paluma View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Defense Training & Education May 7, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: capability Share this article On an overcast northern tropical day, the crew of HMAS Paluma got their first taste of stardom when the production company, Great Southern Film and Television embarked to film ‘Coast – Australia’.The long-running BBC series explores how and why coasts are mapped and presented a unique opportunity for Paluma’s crew to illustrate the important role Navy plays in surveying uncharted sections of the Australian coastline.Paluma’s Commanding Officer, LCDR Geoffrey Walker welcomed presenter Neil Oliver and his film crew onboard before setting sail to conduct surveys around Green Island and Mission Bay, just approximately 15 nautical miles off Cairns.Throughout the day the production crew observed the day to day operations of a Survey Motor Launch vessel. Presenter Neil Oliver was particularly impressed when shown the Moving Vessel Profiler and data recording systems demonstrated during a survey of the 50 year old un-named barge wreck submerged 35 meters beneath the ocean off Green Island, commenting on how clear the image was.Later in the day the film crew were educated on the surveying techniques used in the days of the Early European explorers, showing Neil Oliver how to survey the position of Paluma as she entered into Mission Bay using a sextant and the Hand Lead Line.Petty Officer Hydrographic Systems Manager, Russell Hinze, said it was a good illustration for the crew on just how far survey technology has progressed.“It’s easy these days to forget just how challenging this may have been and it’s incredible to see how accurate the observations of our forbears were, said PO Hinze.“The visit by the BBC crew was a great chance to show the important work of the HSO branch. Hopefully this show can create interest and a better understanding of the important service we provide to not only the Navy, but to the safety of all mariners,” said PO Hinze.[mappress]Press Release, May 7, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Showcases View post tag: Hydro