Risk Digest: 2nd December 2016

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 2nd December 2016.


Information Security

National Lottery Accounts Hack Fears

About 26,500 National Lottery accounts are feared to have been hacked, according to its operator Camelot.


Terror Investigation Data Leaked Online after Europol Breach

Europol has admitted that confidential information on terror investigations was accidentally put online, as it launched a probe into what it called a “very serious incident.”

Arc Welding is one example of EMF in the workplace.

Health & Safety

Judge Rules on Child LazerTag Death

An inquest jury has concluded that the death of an eight-year-old boy, who died when a teenager fell on him in a laser game at Leicester’s Megazone, was accidental.


Events Company Wins Prestigious IOSH Award

An events agency has been named this year’s winner of a prestigious UK events industry safety and health award, sponsored by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

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How “Black Sack” Waste Could Soon Heat Our Homes

Last week, the FTSE 100 utility giant announced a £6.3m investment in the world’s first commercially-operating plant to produce “green” gas from black bag rubbish.


Costa Coffee Commits to In-Store Cup Recycling Scheme

The UK’s largest coffee chain Costa Coffee is to launch a recycling scheme in all of its stores to ensure that as many as possible of its own takeaway cups – and those from its competitors – are recycled.



Ford Launches Scheme for Students to Create Sustainable Communities

Motor giant Ford has offered students across the UK a £15,000 grant to develop sustainable community projects as part of its education program in partnership with charity Enactus UK.


Nuclear Fusion Research Under Threat

The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy near Oxford is largely funded by the EU and dozens of its scientists come from outside the UK. Since the vote for Brexit, many at the centre have become “extremely nervous” amid uncertainty about future financing and freedom of movement.



GoPro Cuts Jobs after Drone Crashes Damage Sales

Action camera-maker GoPro is cutting 200 jobs and shutting down some of its services. The announcement follows a series of drone crashes that made the company recall its much anticipated Karma aircraft.


iPhone Users Suffer Calendar Spam

Apple iPhone owners are reporting a rise in unwanted event invitations appearing in their calendars. The invitations often offer discounts on designer labels, but they are from spammers, not the brands they claim to represent.

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Hard Brexit “Could Affect Food Supply”

Supermarket chiefs and farmers’ unions have warned the government that a “hard Brexit” would put UK food supplies at risk.


School Performance Link to Brexit Vote Claims Ofsted Boss

The failure to improve schools in some parts of England has contributed to the feeling of being ignored revealed in the Brexit vote, the chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said.

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The Lighter Side

In Pictures: UK Cold Snap

As winter appears to have finally hit, a selection of pictures from around the UK.


Record Number of Adults Visit Heritage Sites in 2015

Almost three-quarters of adults in the UK visited heritage sites such as stately homes, castles and archaeological ruins last year, a report has found.

An estimated 40 million over-16s (73%) viewed heritage sites in 2015, Heritage Counts said.



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