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HARMATTAN SAFETY

WHAT IS HARMATTAN?   The Harmattan is a cold-dry and dusty trade wind, blowing over the West African subcontinent.   This northeasterly wind blows from the Sahara Desert into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March.   It consists of fine dust particles between 0.5 and 10 micrometres.   In a nutshell, harmattan is a Natural Hazard which induces desert-like weather conditions: it lowers the humidity, dissipates cloud cover, prevents rainfall formation and sometimes creates big clouds of dust or sand which can even result in violent dust-storms or sandstorms   RISKS ASSOCIATED…

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Reducing the TB burden in Nigeria

Presently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks Nigeria as having the highest tuberculosis (TB) prevalence rate in Africa and 11th among the 22 high burden countries in the world that account for 80 per cent of global TB burden with a total of 180,000 cases occurring annually in Nigeria. The burden of the disease in Nigeria is further worsened by the negative effects of the interactions between TB (an air-borne infectious disease) and HIV, leading to the deaths of 27,000 persons annually. On the link between TB and HIV, Dr Sunday Amosun, a Consultant with the Psychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta,…

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ISO 14001:2015 FDIS released

  BSI made available the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) 14001:2015. This latest version of the world’s most popular environmental management system standard incorporates a number of changes related to the adoption of Annex SL, as well as those arising from the need to update the environmental-specific content. The CQI and IRCA consider these revisions to be significant, says Alexander Woods, IRCA Certification Manager: “The revised standard introduces changes that will help integrate environmental management systems in businesses strategic and operational processes. An EMS will no longer be considered as a “bolt-on” to business as usual, but as an integral…

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ISO 9001:2015 FDIS released

The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) 9001:2015, has been released by BSI. This latest version of the world’s most popular management system standard includes a number of significant changes that will affect all businesses using the standard. As a category ‘A’ liaison status holder, the CQI has been significantly involved in the revisions process and understands the standards writers’ intentions. One of the major changes will impact top management as Simon Feary, Chief Executive of the CQI, explains: “For the quality profession, whether delivering quality management programmes or auditing against management system standards, it is an opportunity to add greater…