Risk Digest: 12th August 2016

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 12th August 2016.


Cyber Attacks

Information Security

Rio Social and App Scams:

Tech Week Europe 5.8.16

Rio 2016: Social Media Scams and 4,500 Malicious Apps Target Olympic Fans.

Millions of Android Devices Vulnerable:

Tech Week Europe 8.8.16

Researchers said they have uncovered a set of bugs in the Android mobile operating system that leave hundreds of millions of devices open to attack.

Arc Welding is one example of EMF in the workplace.

Health & Safety

Brentwood School Fined After Worker Fell From Height:

Health and Safety Executive 8.8.16

A school in Brentwood has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a worker was injured as he fell from a roof.

Manufacturer Fined After Worker Crushed by Door:

Health and Safety Executive 5.8.16

A Worcestershire-based manufacturer was fined after a worker nearly lost his life when a door collapsed and pinned him to a baler.



Get Stuffed Recalls “Delicious Indian Cuisine on the Go” Products Due to Incorrect Shelf Life Labelling:

Food.gov 12.8.16

Feeding the World International Ltd trading as Get Stuffed is recalling a variety of its Delicious Indian Cuisine on the Go products because their shelf-lives have been extended and so they could potentially pose a risk to human health. The affected products should also display a ‘use by’ date on the label rather than a ‘best before’ date.

Interlink recalls its Pop Millet Due to Undeclared Peanut:

Food.g0v 5.8.16

Interlink is recalling its Pop Millet (Roasted Millet Snack Bar) because it contains peanuts which is not mentioned in English on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to peanuts.



Two Men Sentenced for part in Illegal Waste Site Operation:

Gov.uk 8.8.16

On 5 August 2016, HHJ Pearce Higgins QC sentenced 2 men at Worcester Crown Court for their part in the commission of environmental offences.

Ford’s Dagenham Plant to Reduce Energy and Water Usage:

Edie 5.8.16

Ford’s new diesel engine production line is expected to cut energy and water use by 50% for each engine built at the company’s Dagenham diesel centre in the UK.



Australia Blocks Chinese Firm from Stake in Electricity Grid:

BBC 11.8.16

Australia’s government has preliminarily blocked Chinese and Hong Kong bidders from taking a controlling stake in the country’s largest electricity network, citing worries over national security.

Club owned by Shell blocks Thames Hydropower Scheme:

Guardian 12.8.16

A proposed small hydropower project in west London has received a further setback, as court judges allowed an appeal by a club owned by Shell against the granting of planning permission to the site.

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Bringing Stress to Work can be Fatal:

SHP Online 8.8.16

A powerful new film launched by the British Safety Council shows how stress can lead to injury and fatalities at work. In any activity where concentration is vital for safety, such as working in construction, driving, or in health and social care, stress can be fatal.

Volunteering May Boost Mental Wellbeing in Older Adults:

NHS 8.8.16

Giving up time for charity work found to boost mental wellbeing as people get older,” the Mail Online reports. A new UK-based study found that volunteering was associated with increased mental wellbeing; but mainly in adults aged between 40 and 70.

Cloud computing

Other News 

The Great British Beer Festival, What to Drink and how to Survive:

The Telegraph 11.8.16

Although going to ‘the world’s biggest pub‘ sounds like good fun, a visit to CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival can be somewhat overwhelming for the uninitiated. Here’s our guide on how to get the best from it.

Exercise Could Improve Brain Function In People With Schizophrenia:

Huffington Post 12.8.16

Exercise has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms in people with schizophrenia when combined with medication. The study from University of Manchester discovered that, when teamed with medication, 12 weeks of aerobic exercise training can improve patients’ brain functioning than drugs alone.


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