Week Commencing 10/07/2023 – In The News

Could a truck that’s powered by hydrogen and only emits water help in the climate change fight?

rows of trucksThe vehicle can be fuelled up with hydrogen in just 15 minutes and gives drivers 600 kilometres of range, the company behind it says, with the gas being stored in high pressure tanks designed to withstand impact.

British trials have started of a heavyweight truck powered by a gas that’s lighter than air – and emits nothing but water.

Sky News was given exclusive access to the first British designed and built heavy goods vehicle (HGV) to be fuelled by hydrogen as it was driven around the Horiba Mira test track in Warwickshire.

The Scottish manufacturers, HVS, say the truck could help decarbonise the road freight industry, which produces more than 21 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year in the UK alone.

Jawad Khursheed, the entrepreneur who started the company, said: “It has the exact same feel of a diesel. HGV drivers generally drive up to four hours and then take a break. In 15-20 minutes they can refuel with hydrogen, and it’s good to go for another 600km.”

The truck stores hydrogen under high pressure in tanks that are designed to withstand impact. The gas is converted by a fuel cell into electricity, which then drives the wheels.

Learn more on the Sky News website.

Tom Holland says he felt ‘enslaved’ to alcohol

the bar at a pub with a beer on itFilm star Tom Holland says getting sober is “the best thing I’ve ever done”, after realising he’d become “enslaved” to alcohol.

Speaking to the On Purpose with Jay Shetty podcast, the star said his journey to sobriety began with “a very, very boozy” Christmas last year.

But after deciding to do dry January, he said, “all I could think about was having a drink. It really scared me”.

“I just was like, ‘Wow, maybe I have a little bit of an alcohol thing.”

The realisation prompted him to extend his no-drinking rule for another month, but he found it hard to resist England’s drinking culture.

“I felt like I couldn’t be social,” Holland said. “I felt like I couldn’t go to the pub and have a lime soda. I couldn’t go out for dinner. I was really, really struggling.

“I just sort of said to myself, like, ‘Why? Why am I enslaved to this drink? Why am I so obsessed by the idea of having this drink?'”

Shaken, he set himself a target of going six months without drinking, and felt he had turned a corner when he celebrated his 27th birthday on 1 June.

Read more on the BBC website.

Break the second glass ceiling, urges BSI

older woman working on a laptopWomen in the UK are urging politicians and business leaders to take steps that help older women to remain productive in the workforce for longer, as research shows more than half (54%) feel it would be difficult for them to raise issues, including menopause, with their employers and three fifths would also feel uncomfortable bringing up health and wellbeing issues with a male manager.

The findings come from a new BSI report entitled Lifting the Second Glass Ceiling, which explores why some women leave the workforce early for reasons other than personal choice. The research finds that 75% of UK women want employers to take action to retain older women in the workforce, while 71% would like politicians to drive this change.

The report by BSI, the business improvement and standards company, finds that 29% of UK women expect to leave work before retirement with 42% expecting this to be due to health or wellbeing, while another fifth specifically cite menopause.

For more on the report, visit the HSM website.

L’Oréal case study: From Manchester to Mumbai – the fundamental controls

warehouse interiorIn the first of three exclusive articles for SHP examining the components of L’Oréal’s award-winning health and safety system, we look at the fundamental controls mandated for the company’s sites around the world.

L’Oréal, the global beauty and personal care group, whose brands include Garnier, Lancôme, Maybelline and YSL, employs 85,000 people in 140 countries. The key to protecting those people in the company’s factories, laboratories and retail stores from Manchester to Mumbai is a highly-developed system of programmes and initiatives.

The company sets strict global standards for the most severe hazards, but allows national and site-level variations in other parts of the system to allow for cultural differences. Safety and health programmes that deal with personal risk perception, safe behaviour and improving safety culture are introduced when the local workforce’s safety culture is mature enough for these initiatives to be well received and understood.

This means that different parts of the company will be at different stages of development at any time, The same is true for most large organisations but it is explicitly recognised in the L’Oréal system.

Learn more about the study on the SHP website.

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