2009-08-01 12:00 - Messages

Guidance for directors and board members – An evaluation

In late 2007, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Institute of Directors (IoD) jointly published guidance for directors encouraging them to lead on health and safety in their organisations; the publication was entitled 'Leading Health and Safety at Work: leadership actions for directors and board members' (INDG417).

http://www.hsesro.com/View_Article.aspx?id=230

Guide de bonnes pratiques pour les politiques de flexibilité interne dans les entreprises

Le contexte actuel de crise économique mondiale met à l’épreuve les principes de flexisécurité qu’un certain nombre d’États membres de l’UE introduisent progressivement sur leur marché de l’emploi depuis quelques années. Les pressions exercées par la crise se font particulièrement sentir au niveau des entreprises, où bon nombre de travailleurs ont vu leur emploi devenir très précaire. La nécessité pour les entreprises d’adopter et de mettre rapidement en oeuvre des mécanismes de flexibilité, de minimiser les pertes d’emploi et de rester compétitives revêt une importance capitale.

http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/htmlfiles/ef09191_fr.htm

Young people with dyslexia may be at higher risk of work injuries

Young people with dyslexia may be at greater risk of getting hurt on the job, according to a new study from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). “The early indicators are that dyslexia contributes to higher injury rates among young workers,” says IWH Scientist Dr. Curtis Breslin, who led the study. “It could be that the particular problems with reading, spelling and writing that characterize dyslexia make it more difficult to understand and remember safety training or contribute to poor supervisor-worker communications.”

http://www.iwh.on.ca/media/2009-aug-17

 

Temp work strains employee mental health

Workers hired for temporary, contract, casual or fixed-term positions are at risk for increased mental health problems, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

"Temporary workers -- those lacking long-term, stable employment -- seem to be susceptible to declining mental health for as long as they continue to work in these so-called 'disposable' or 'second class' jobs," said Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, a medical sociologist at McGill University and the study's primary investigator. "This research shows that temporary work strains employee mental health, as contingent workers report more symptoms of depression and psychological distress than similarly employed workers who are not in these fixed-term positions."

http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/temp-work-strains-employee-mental-health-23879.html

SIOP Members Awarded NASA Grant to Study Astronaut Health and Teamwork

Two SIOP members will soon be sending their teamwork research into space. SIOP Fellow and President-Elect Eduardo Salas and SIOP Member Kimberly Smith-Jentsch, along with their colleague Stephen Fiore, were recently awarded a NASA grant supporting research on the health and teamwork of astronauts during space exploration missions.

http://www.siop.org/Media/News/mars.aspx

Work factors affect off-the-job drinking habits

In this study, researchers looked at the relationship between drinking habits and how work is organized. Alcohol-related problems are a significant public health challenge, and the degree to which work contributes to alcohol abuse among employees remains a concern. Job stress and job alienation are two ways through which work organization may influence drinking.

http://www.iwh.on.ca/highlights/work-factors-affect-off-the-job-drinking-habits

Influences on safe/unsafe practices

Farmers' perspectives

The agriculture industry has been identified as a priority area by the HSC/E due its high rate of fatal and major injury accidents (Revitalising Health and Safety Strategy Statement, June 2000). Agriculture has the highest fatal accident rate of any other sector and this rate continues to rise, which is of particular concern in an industry where the workforce is declining year on year. The farmers most at risk are the self-employed, although as with all areas of industry small businesses are particularly hard for the HSE to target through the usual contact methods such as interventions with intermediaries. In order to understand more about the influences on safe and unsafe farming practices BOMEL was commissioned to explore the source and strength of these influences with two distinct farmer groups (the self-employed and farm employers/employees) using the Influence Network technique. With a better understanding of these influences HSE will be able to design interventions appropriate to the target group that will have maximum impact across the sector. The results of this study will also provide a benchmark against which the sector team can compare their own observations of the critical influences.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr709.htm

Study tests ways to increase uptake of ergonomic innovations

Ergonomic innovations in the construction sector could potentially reduce soft-tissue injuries or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which represent 35 per cent of the sector's injuries in Ontario. However, introducing change is difficult because of the ever-changing nature of construction work. This study aimed to find out if “opinion leaders” — influential people from companies identified as respected trend-setters — might be a good way to promote new health and safety ideas within this complex sector.

http://www.iwh.on.ca/highlights/study-tests-ways-to-increase-uptake-of-ergonomic-innovations

Horizon scanning short report on globalisation

The potential impact of globalisation on work-related health and safety in Great Britain.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/horizons/globalisation.pdf

 

Labour inspectorates' strategic planning on safety and health at work

Labour inspectorates play a central role in promoting safety and health at work and are increasingly focusing their attention on the anticipation, definition and prevention of emerging risks. Through the work of labour inspectors, the inspectorates have access to a unique source of data that helps inform their strategic planning in three main areas: research, inspection and awareness-raising.
This report presents an overview of the principal OSH-related priorities established by national labour inspectorates and provides information on how these priorities are set. The information contained in this report was provided by EU-OSHA’s network of national Focal Points during 2008 in response to a questionnaire survey. Focal points are nominated by each government as the Agency's official representative in that country, and they are normally the national authority for safety and health at work1. As such, the information provided by the Focal Points has been edited only where necessary to ensure readability.

http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/TE-80-09-641-EN-N_labour_inspectorates

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