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Parkside’s safety and health approach gets gold

| May 3, 2013

Parkside Flexibles’ approach to occupational safety and health has been recognized by the U.K. Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

RoSPA will present the company with its 2013 Gold Occupational Health and Safety Award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on May 14.

Dating back 57 years, the RoSPA Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running program of its kind in the United Kingdom. It recognizes commitment to accident and ill-health prevention and is open to businesses and organizations of all types and sizes from across the U.K. and overseas. The scheme not only looks at accident records, but also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

“RoSPA firmly believes that organizations that demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill-health prevention deserve recognition,” said David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager. “Parkside Flexibles (Europe) Ltd. has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honor it through the presentation of an award.”

“It is an honor to be presented with such an award,” said Robert Adamson, operations director at Parkside. “Our team in Normaton work tirelessly to ensure health and safety is our number one priority and this award is a great recognition of their achievements.”

A flexographic printer and specialized laminating company, Parkside has been supplying packaging solutions to the tobacco industry for more than 40 years.

Tobacco beats cannabis in battle of bad health

| April 10, 2013

Smoking tobacco and/or smoking tobacco mixed with cannabis might lead to worse physical health outcomes than smoking cannabis on its own, according to a San Francisco Chronicle blog quoting an Australian study.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, recruited 350 adults over the age of 40 and divided them into four groups: cannabis-only users, tobacco+cannabis users, tobacco-only users, and a control group of abstainers.

The population size was small, but the authors concluded in a report published in the journal Addictive Behaviors that the control and cannabis-only groups tended to report the best health, while the two tobacco-smoking groups fared the worst.

All three smoking groups reported significantly higher rates of emphysema than did the control group. But all members of the cannabis-only group diagnosed with the debilitating lung disease had formerly been regular tobacco smokers.