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PROTECTING YOUR EMPLOYEES FROM COMMON OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES

Keeping employees safe should be a top priority for any business owner, team leader or another person in a position of seniority, but diseases are one of the few factors that can appear and spread at a moment’s notice. They disrupt the working environment, cause productivity to tank and could even lead to certain employees quitting their positions for good, with the situation only escalating if it spreads to your customers and associates.

Protecting your employees from common occupational diseases is incredibly important, so understanding the causes of these sicknesses makes a notable difference to their level of safety in the workplace.

Asbestos

While not a disease itself, Asbestos is responsible for an increasing number of deaths each year. Inhaling asbestos can cause a variety of different diseases, many of which directly affect an individuals’ internal organs, as well as frequent cases of lung cancer. Many of these diseases can only be avoided with preventative measures, and are some of most common in the construction industry.

 

The best way to prevent asbestos-related diseases is to use proper ventilation and respirators to keep the air safe to breathe. Allowing employees to wash their hands before eating and drinking will also prevent them from accidentally getting it into their respiratory system.

 

Legionella

Legionnaire’s disease can come from your building’s water system if it’s given the right conditions to grow, with significant symptoms and dangers including constant headaches, pneumonia and ‘mental confusion’. This can severely impact your employees’ abilities to keep working without putting themselves at risk and may require proper treatment before they can return to work.

 

Since Legionnaire’s disease comes from bacteria-filled water, you might not be able to tell when it’s present until it starts affecting an employee. However, there are specific preventative measures you can take to significantly reduce the chance of the disease spreading or growing beyond a few harmless spots of bacteria.

 

Various Legionella management techniques have been proven to work: make sure you properly maintain and clean all of your building’s water systems, including storage tanks, and perform a water test after every significant change to the said system. Make sure employees are aware of the symptoms – advanced states of the disease can be fatal if specific symptoms show, so make sure that they don’t try to “power through” the headaches and muscle pains.

 

Flu

The common Flu can be enough to prevent an employee from working, potentially spreading through hundreds of employees in a matter of hours. The Flu generally spreads through sneezes, coughs and physical contact with an infected person.

 

Flu can be difficult to prevent since it often doesn’t show symptoms until a day after it has already infected a person. However, making sure that employees are able to leave work (or work from home) when they realise they’re affected can prevent their peers from catching the disease too. Transmission can be avoided by making sure there are enough hygiene products to disinfect and clean any surfaces that might be infected, including employees’ hands before eating food.

 

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MOBEY FORUM: BANKS’ BIG OPPORTUNITY IN DIGITAL ID WON’T LAST FOREVER

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New report offers strategic insights for banks following in-depth review of seven prominent digital ID schemes across Europe and North America

 

Despite banks playing a fundamental enabling role in the development of national digital ID schemes to date, their uniquely strong position in the field is under increasing threat from web giants and other globally networked firms. This is the view expressed by Mobey Forum’s Digital ID Expert Group in a new research report launched today.

 

The report, entitled How to Make Digital Identity a Success: Insights and Learnings from Seven Digital ID Schemes, is the product of an in-depth, collaborative study conducted in 2019 with seven digital ID schemes across Europe and North America. The report presents a comparative overview of the different models being applied around the world and provides insights, and comments for banks and financial institutions on their evolution, together with a range of other factors such as their varying models and management, technical underpinnings and services they provide to users.

 

“As our collective reliance on technology continues to grow so too does our need to establish robust, secure and user-friendly ways of verifying our individual identities, digitally,” comments Jukka Yliuntinen, co-chair of the Digital ID Expert Group, Mobey Forum. Banks have mastered the ability to operate at scale in highly regulated environments, under conditions that require rigorous and stringent security and identity verification procedures. This has enabled them to play a key role in the evolution of national digital ID schemes and also makes them prime candidates to be future guardians of digital identities, supporting services that stretch far beyond banking and generating new revenues as a result. This advantageous position could change quickly, however, as other powerful networked stakeholders move into the space. Banks must be aware that the window of opportunity to adopt these critical roles may be closing, perhaps faster than they think.”

 

Launched in a new interactive, all-digital format, the How to Make Digital Identity a Success report gives banks and other stakeholders a chance to refer to a detailed comparison of Alastria, e-Estonia, Itsme, NemID, BankID, Verimi and Verified.Me.

 

“Like in so many other industries, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Alibaba/Alipay and other hugely powerful digital players have serious potential to upend the global market for digital ID,” adds Elina Mattila, Executive Director, Mobey Forum. “That said, the success of a digital ID scheme is rooted in trust and collaboration – between users, governments and regulators, telcos, banks and other key service providers. While they can move quickly and at scale, the ‘GAFAs’ are unlikely to be afforded bank-beating collaborative relationships with all of these stakeholders any time soon.”

 

“This collaborative model is here to stay,” adds Mattila. “It’s only through close collaboration that banks can both address the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by digital identity.”

 

The report also charts the opportunities and challenges posed by cross-border integration of digital ID schemes and examines the role that regulation can play to assist. It contends that, as digital ID schemes continue to mature, the issue of cross-border interoperability will gather momentum and, while regulation can provide the framework for interoperability, much work remains before the schemes can be harmonised to enable a seamless flow of digital identity usage over the borders.

 

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HALO TRUST USES ADAPTIVE INSIGHTS FOR STRATEGIC BUSINESS PLANNING

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Cloud-based financial planning helps HALO Trust deliver greater benefit to communities affected by war

 

Adaptive Insights, a Workday company, today announced The HALO Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation, employing more than 8,700 employees across 25 countries, uses Adaptive Insights Business Planning Cloud to support the charity’s continued growth with a modern business planning process. The HALO Trust joins more than 750 non-profit customers that trust Adaptive Insights for business planning, benefiting a variety of communities and causes worldwide.

 

The organisation relied on the development of financial plans utilising complex spreadsheets, which were difficult to integrate into the global planning process and inefficient when producing multiple scenarios for effective option appraisal.

 

“Being able to holistically manage real-time changes is critical to our success. With a single, powerful system in the cloud, we’ve eliminated the headache of working with siloed spreadsheets and have significantly reduced the time taken to produce high-quality financial models,” says Mick Darby, finance director at The HALO Trust.

 

For more than 30 years, The HALO Trust has kept people safe and helped communities to rebuild by clearing landmines, destroying weapons, managing stockpiles, and educating communities how to stay safe until the dangerous debris of war can be removed for good. By moving HALO’s planning and analysis process entirely to the cloud, the finance team provides the guidance necessary to support the rapid growth of the organisation, which has doubled in just the last three years. Providing globally distributed team members with an easier, faster, and standardised approach ensures that the charity’s budgets and forecasts reflect current local conditions and currencies, all rolled up into a single platform.

 

“We’re proud to provide organisations like HALO with more time to focus on the important humanitarian work they do by simplifying and modernising their business planning process,” said Robert Douglas, Europe planning director at Adaptive Insights. “By streamlining budgeting and forecasting, we’re helping to make every pound and every volunteer hour count, which in turn helps HALO maximise the impact on its mission to save and protect lives.”  

 

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