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The Business Case for Safety and Health

Those working in the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) field understand the basic importance and value of their efforts for workers, employers, and overall society. Many partners of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) cite real-world examples of cost savings and business advantages realized by companies with strong OEHS programs. How then do we get the rest of the business community to better appreciate the return on investment in OEHS? One way NIOSH is attempting to make the business case for OEHS is through a new course developed with the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Williams College of Business at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, for MBA students entitled "Business Value of Safety and Health."


Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA)

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) was created to raise awareness of managing occupational road risk and to promote occupational road safety within Scotland through promoting the positive benefits of risk management.

ScORSA brings together employers, trade unions, local authorities, emergency services, safety organisations, professional and trade associations.



Prevention through Design

One of the best ways to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is to "design out" or minimize hazards and risks early in the design process. NIOSH is leading a national initiative called Prevention through Design (PtD) to promote this concept and highlight its importance in all business decisions.


Les conditions de travail ont-elles un sexe ?

A-t-on vraiment progressé sur le thème de l'égalité professionnelle dans les entreprises? Pour dépasser les seules notions d'égalité salariale et de parcours, une autre approche existe : celle qui permet d'établir un lien entre les conditions de travail et le genre. Nouveau et instructif pour tous les salariés.

Dossier dans Travail & Changement No 327 Septembre/Octobre 2009:


Changing to Daylight Saving Time Cuts Into Sleep and Increases Workplace Injuries

The authors examine the differential influence of time changes associated with Daylight Saving Time on sleep quantity and associated workplace injuries. In Study 1, the authors used a National Institute for Ocupational Safety and Health database of mining injuries for the years 1983–2006, and they found that in comparison with other days, on Mondays directly following the switch to Daylight Saving Time—in which 1 hr is lost—workers sustain more workplace injuries and injuries of greater severity. In Study 2, the authors used a Bureau of Labor Statistics database of time use for the years 2003–2006, and they found indirect evidence for the mediating role of sleep in the Daylight Saving Time–injuries relationship, showing that on Mondays directly following the switch to Daylight Saving Time, workers sleep on average 40 min less than on other days. On Mondays directly following the switch to Standard Time— in which 1 hr is gained—there are no significant differences in sleep, injury quantity, or injury severity.


"Brainbeat" -Estimating Brain Load from the EEG

The research group at the Brain and Work Research Centre of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has developed an index, based on two-channel electroencephalography (EEG) that can be used as a measure for objective overall brain load estimation.

This new approach has now been published in TheScientificWorldJournal : http://www.thescientificworld.com/headeradmin/upload/2009.01.83.pdf


OSH in figures: stress at work — facts and figures

Stress at work is common throughout Europe. In surveys carried out every five years by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, respondents name it as the second most common threat posed by the working environment. Only musculoskeletal problems are seen as more likely to damage workers' health. According to the fourth European Survey of Working Conditions, carried out in 2005 in all Member States, stress was experienced by an average 22% of working Europeans. In 2002, the annual economic cost of work-related stress in the EU15 was estimated at EUR 20,000 million.


Le bulletin d'information de septembre de SHAPE est disponible

The latest issue of the SHAPE Newsletter is now available for download from our website as a PDF. With this latest issue, you can now download the newsletter online as a regular webpage that allows you to link within the Newsletter, subscribe to our Newsletter email list and easily forward on to friends and collegues.

Contents include:

•H1N1 Planning and Prevention
•Cancer Research Project
•Fire Safety Week
•Performing Arts Supervisor Safety
•Accident Investigation


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