health and safety

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Update posted 22 hours ago

Petition to British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology

Please reverse your adrenaline pen recommendations

As a mother of a child with life threatening allergies I am very concerned to hear that the BSACI are recommending the majority of patients that carry adrenaline auto injector pens should have their prescription's changed from a minimum of two life saving pens,to one. This is stated clearly in their October 2016 guidelines. By prescribing only one adrenaline pen you may well reduce the chances of surviving anaphylaxis. Each pen lasts approximately 5-10 minutes and the patient needs another, before being prescribed steroids in hospital. My child is only 14, in a stressful situation she could easily misfire her pen, pens have also been reported as malfunctioning.  Ambulances services in the UK are over stretched with many taking over 20 minutes to arrive in an emergency ( regular reports of up to 40 minutes ) and it has been known for them to arrive without the required medication . We also have written confirmation from the head of ambulance services that 999 Anaphylaxis calls are now triaged, with many calls not being treated as a code red response . The BSACI guidelines also state that people in rural locations will require a 2nd AAI, but not others. You are therefore imposing restrictions on the right to travel wherever the patient wishes. This is totally unacceptable and in my opinion discriminatory.  Your recommendations are not in line with prescribing guidelines issued by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)  who both recommend TWO pens to be carried at all times.  Please reverse your decision, live's will be lost if doctors follow your recommendations , for the sake of saving £26 a year, per pen . #alwayscarrytwo #carrytwo

Angela Waters
50,037 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Louise Goldsmith, West Sussex County Council, Jane Mosely

Cease the oil exploration activities of Cuadrilla in Balcombe. Revoke your decision to allow Cuadrilla to flow-test.

The work of Cuadrilla poses an unacceptable level of risk to our water supply, air purity and overall environment. We, the undersigned, stand opposed to exploratory drilling or fracking for gas or oil because we believe that these activities put human health at risk, both of those living close to wells, but also of those whose water comes from an affected area. Fracking involves initial exploratory drilling. This process needs a flare to burn off excess gases, there will always be a level of toxicity involved in flaring, which in our case will be 1.2 kilometres from the centre of our village. Evidence from abroad shows that these flares are dangerous and health problems have been associated with living close to these flares. There have been no studies conducted to prove the safety of the drilling/flaring/fracking process in the conditions we have in Balcombe. Exploratory drilling involves putting chemicals into the ground, as does fracking. Evidence from abroad also shows that it is all too common for wells to leak with time. This has led to contamination of water supplies and, as a result, health problems in humans and animals. In Balcombe we are at the thin end of the wedge. To make fracking wells profitable, multiple wells need to be drilled every few miles. Many areas across the country will soon find themselves under pressure to accept a drill company into their midst. This form of energy production is polluting and will only increase our reliance on fossil fuels, whilst also contributing to the escalation of carbon emissions into our atmosphere. This investment should be channelled into renewable resources if we wish to create a world fit for our children to live in. France, large regions of Germany and Holland, and New York State, among others, have moratoriums in place on fracking for these very reasons. Please support us in our campaign, by supporting us you help support the fight against fracking countrywide. We hope to use this petition as a barometer to send to those agencies involved in making the decisions to allow Cuadrilla to drill or not. This does not replace making your own personal representations to the various bodies involved (The Environment Agency, WSCC, HSE, DECC, your MP) Thank you,

No Fracking in Balcombe Society (No FiBs)
3,585 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Department for Communities and Local Government, Theresa May MP, Alok Sharma, home office, Sadiq Khan

Stop risking lives: bring in crucial fire safety regs now; make the UK's tower blocks safe

As someone who lives on one of London's many estates, I recognise those who died in Grenfell as extended neighbours.  I happen to work right next to Grenfell, and was haunted by the burnt out tower this morning on my way to a meeting.  We cannot let this happen again. And yet, this is not the first time.  A tragic fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, on 3rd July 2009 cost us six lives.  An inquest was held and its findings given in 2013, but only to a limited few, who have sat on the results all this time. Following the critical findings of the coroner's 2013 report on the earlier Lakanal fire, which highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell, we are asking for the immediate implementation of recommendations from that report. Some recommendations from the report's coroner include: use of fire resistant materials regular fire assessments providing residents with full instructions about what to do in the event of a fire At Lakanal, exterior panels that were not fire resistant were found to have caused the blaze to spread far quicker.  It is becoming apparent that a similar issue may have caused the Grenfell tragedy. I will never forget the image of that hollowed-out building, now a skeleton on the skyline.  Or the wreckage in the nearby children's play area, which I had passed so many times before. Grenfell is a place like so many across London, full of our neighbours, friends and families.  We must demand more of the authorities, to protect us, and not let other people's interests, and financial considerations, cost lives. 

John Tyson
117,328 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State for Health, Theresa May MP

Automatically become a UK Organ & Tissue Donor with the option to Opt Out

My name is Lucy Ryan and was incredibly lucky to receive a life saving heart transplant 24 years ago aged 2 years-old.  I am also fortunate enough to have a lot of fellow transplantees as friends due to someone somewhere being generous, selfless and brave enough to donate either their own organs & tissue, or those of a relative at an unimaginably difficult time.  But heartbreakingly I have lost friends along the way who waited for a transplant they never received. 96% of the UK population have expressed a desire to donate their organs yet only 33% are signed up to the current Opt-in system.  (The Opt-in system is where to become an organ and/or tissue donor those of us living in Scotland, Ireland and England must make the effort to sign up to the organ donor register.)  This is all well and good, but despite it being so simple and fast to sign-up by for example spending two minutes online, many of us still have not “opted-in”! This is even with all the amazing work charities and organisations do to raise awareness of the need for more donors.  I know from my own experience it is often something we keep meaning to do, but it never quite reaches the top of the “To-do” list! In the past few years I have been becoming increasingly frustrated with the growing organ donation crisis and  decided it was about time I took some action.  I researched the best way to try to improve the situation and consequently I passionately believe the introduction of the “Soft Opt-out” system in all of the UK (alike Wales did in December 2015) is what we need (Scotland & Northern Ireland have already proposed the same idea).  Once the system is reformed we will wonder why on earth it took us so long to do it like banning smoking in restaurants! The Soft Opt-Out system would be a massive leap forward, because everyone is automatically signed up as an organ & tissue donor unless they decide to “opt-out”. Also, if no objection was registered during their life their relatives are consulted at the time of death, and if there is still no objection raised it is only then any organs and tissue would be used for donation. II believe the majority of those whom do not wish to become organ donors are far more likely to make the effort to opt out, than the 63% of the current UK population who would like to become organ donors but have not yet "opted-in". By becoming a donor you can save almost as many lives as cats apparently have, and that is not including the fantastic life enhancing effects donating your tissue and corneas can have on recipients.   3 people die Every day waiting for a transplant—Let’s all Opt in to Opt out and end the donor crisis! Thank you for taking the time to consider my proposal and hopefully sign up. With your support we can make this happen. Yours Sincerely Lucy Ryan

Lucy Ryan
3,231 supporters