DYS Issue 69 - March 2020
1. Encouraging News on Vitamin C and Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
You can find the following news and more, on the website of an international body of professional doctors, physicians and researchers who include orthomolecular medicine in their practice HERE. At least 2 of their members specifically went to China to help deal with the COVID-19 epidemic and they are achieving results. Orthomolecular medicine describes the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body. The term was originated by two-time Nobel Prize winner, and molecular biologist, Linus Pauling.
The encouraging news includes:
In February 50 tons of vitamin C (yes 50 tons) were transported into Wuhan for use in treating COVID-19 patients.
Also, in February, three intravenous Vitamin C research trials were approved by Chinese authorities and are achieving results.
On the 3rd of March, the Shanghai Government officially recommended the use of Vitamin C for COVID-19.
An official statement from Xi’an Jiaotong University Second Hospital (2) reads:
“On the afternoon of February 20, 2020, another 4 patients with severe new coronaviral pneumonia recovered from the C10 West Ward of Tongji Hospital. In the past 8 patients have been discharged from hospital. . . [H]igh-dose vitamin C achieved good results in clinical applications. We believe that for patients with severe neonatal pneumonia and critically ill patients, vitamin C treatment should be initiated as soon as possible after admission. . .[E]arly application of large doses of vitamin C can have a strong antioxidant effect, reduce inflammatory responses, and improve endothelial function. . . Numerous studies have shown that the dose of vitamin C has a lot to do with the effect of treatment. . . [H]gh-dose vitamin C can not only improve antiviral levels, but more importantly, can prevent and treat acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress (ARDS).
”And here is a real life, on the ground in Wuhan story, as told by the daughter of a recovered COVID-19 patient, to Richard Cheng, MD., PhD. HERE
2. Australian Government COVID-19 Advice up dated 10 March 2020
You can find the updated advice at this link and details of screening of incoming travellers HERE
Employers have an obligation to eliminate or minimise risks so far as is reasonably practicable and that includes health risks such as COVID-19 so following Australian government advice and applying it to your workplace situation is a good place to start.
3. The Lessons from Two Australian Tragedies
This WHS article looks at two Australian workplace tragedies, the Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids Ride and the derailment of the NSW XPT train in Victoria in late February. Injuries and deaths that could have been avoided. A total of 6 people died and 11 injured. You can access and download the article from our website. HERE
4. The Key Points of Must Do Risk Management
Every organization is required to manage health and safety risks in their workplace and the WHS Regulation clauses 34 to 38 clearly set out what must be done. Handling these key points is an ongoing essential process in an organisation’s health and safety management system. The article also suggests solutions to handle common problems in this area. You can access and download the article from our website. HERE
5. Minimise WHS Risk to Minimise Financial Loss
Because of your role and responsibilities in your organisation you may sometimes need to seek approval for a WHS Budget or WHS expenditure that you propose. This article has been written to hopefully suggest information that you find useful and could consider including in your WHS expenditure proposal. You can access and download the article from our website. HERE
6. How long can an HSR or Committee Member Stay in that Elected Position?
It is just over 8 years ago that the NSW WHS Act came into force. Since then, all HSRs, and some Committee members have been elected to their position. But their time in that elected position of office is limited. This WHS article covers key WHS compliance points about the election of HSR’s and Committee members that PCBUs need to stay on top of. You can access and download the article from our website. HERE
This publication provides general information about WHS. It is not a legal opinion and does not represent a comprehensive statement of the law to be applied to a particular problem.
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