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Measures to counteract the negative effects of night work

Night work is associated with several negative health outcomes as well as accidents and reduced productivity. The aim of this study was to identify factors that may counteract the negative effects of night work.

Source : http://www.sjweh.fi/show_abstract.php?abstract_id=2886

Why Do Employees Come to Work When Ill?

An investigation into sickness presence in the workplace
This leading-edge report emphasises that employers should not ignore the impact of sickness presence – working when ill- as it relates to lower performance, higher sickness absence, higher work-related stress and poorer psychological wellbeing.

Source : http://www.theworkfoundation.com/research/publications/publicationdetail.aspx?oItemId=242&parentPageID=102&PubType

L’impact de la crise financière sur la sécurité et la santé au travail

La prévention, l'indemnisation et la réhabilitation, trois composantes essentielles de la sécurité sociale, sont actuellement menacées par les conséquences de la crise financière et économique. Une étude récente de l'Association internationale de la sécurité sociale (AISS) montre en effet que la crise a eu un double impact sur les régimes de sécurité sociale: une baisse significative de leurs recettes et la hausse des dépenses de santé. Mais quel a été l'impact de la crise sur la prévention et la sécurité et la santé au travail?

Source : http://www.issa.int/fre/Breves-et-evenements/News2/L-impact-de-la-crise-financiere-sur-la-securite-et-la-sante-au-travail

Developing understanding of target audiences

Amongst the planned activities of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for 2009/10, a significant element is aimed at reaching and influencing two different audiences with regards to LEV (Local Exhaust Ventilation). These audiences are: supply-side stakeholders; and SME businesses that use LEV to control their employees' exposure to hazardous substances. To inform these activities, a qualitative research study was carried out with users and suppliers of LEV equipment in April, May and June 2009.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr787.htm

Survey: The Business of Safety

What are the current links between health and safety of Australian workplaces and corporate performance?
The Business of Safety survey provides an insight into how Australian organisations regard workplace health and safety as a driver of organisational performance and employee engagement.
The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) VT and the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) jointly surveyed Board members, CEOs, managers, support personnel and occupational health and safety (OHS) specialists on health and safety management in their organisations.

Source : https://sia.org.au/downloads/Surveys/Reports/AIM_Business_of_Safety.pdf

Working conditions at recycling centres in Sweden

Physical and psychosocial work environment
"The number of jobs at recycling centres are increasing, at the same time as there are indications of work environment problems. The aim of this paper was to investigate physical and psychosocial working conditions for employees at recycling centres in Sweden, to describe how they were perceived, to compare differences between subgroups, and further to identify proposals for improvement. Employees at 42 recycling centres (n = 122) responded a postal questionnaire. Of these 32 employees from 16 recycling centres were interviewed, as also their employer (n = 16).
The work at recycling centres was reported to be a meaningful service job comprising many social interactions with users, but also substantial physical strain. There was a high frequency of injuries and minor injuries. Several risks were identified. There is a need for several preventive actions, e.g. better planning when building recycling centres, including better machines and equipment and more training, especially in handling hazardous waste."

Source : http://www.labourline.org/Record.htm?idlist=3&record=19295210124910134929

Immigrant Workers in U.S. Construction

The U.S. construction industry has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Hispanic workers over the last two decades. From 1990 to 2000, Hispanic workers in construction doubled, from 700,000 to 1.5 million. Those numbers doubled again in less than 10 years, from 1.5 million in 2000 to 3 million in 2007. Although those numbers have dropped due to the recession and slump in residential and commercial construction, Hispanics still make up approximately 30% of blue-collar workers on construction sites across America. Today, among Hispanics entering the U.S. workforce for the first time, one in three enters a job in construction. Yet Hispanic and foreign-born construction workers are more frequently killed on the job and are paid less than other workers.

Source : http://www.cpwr.com/pdfs/Immigrant%20Workers%20in%20Construction_CPWR-LOHP%20Report.pdf

La SST, valable à tout âge !

Convergence, dossier thématique : vol. 26, no 1 – avril 2010

Source : http://www.centrepatronalsst.qc.ca/publications/convergence/numeros-anterieurs/la-sst-valable-a-tout-age.html

International labour migration

A rights-based approach
This book offers a comprehensive and accessible overview of international labour migration and the ILO's efforts to protect migrant workers through a rights-based approach. It gives new insights into the factors that motivate people to seek work outside their country of origin and the significant development effects on both origin and destination countries. Exposing the often limited access of migrant workers to their fundamental rights at work, it describes in detail the international norms that have evolved to protect migrant workers and ensure decent work for all. It reflects on existing and potential international governance structures, addressing the linkages between migration and development, and reviews the role of the ILO's Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration in improving policy-making and international cooperation in the area of labour migration.

Source : http://www.ilo.org/global/What_we_do/Publications/ILOBookstore/Forthcomingpublications/lang--en/docName--WCMS_125361/index.htm

Evaluation of the Vulnerable Worker Pilots Year 2 (Final) report

The DTI's policy statement, Success at Work: Protecting Vulnerable Workers, Supporting good Employers (DTI March 2006), announced plans to pilot a new partnership approach to help tackle the problem faced by vulnerable workers. In 2007, BIS commissoned two pilot projects. One pilot was based in London (City and Docklands) and focused on the cleaning and building services sector. The other was based in Birmingham and focused on the hospitality sector.

The pilots differed in terms of target sector and scope, structure and partnership model used. But both pilots were design to reach vulnerable workers and help them benefit from the improved framework of employment rights now in place.

Source : http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/employment-matters/docs/10-775-evaluation-vulnerable-workers.pdf

Travailleurs plus âgés au Québec

Deux articles sont présentés dans le nouveau numéro du Bulletin du CETECH (Centre d'étude sur l'emploi et la technologie). L'un concerne les travailleurs âgés de plus de 50 ans au Québec.

Source : http://bibliocsssl.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/travailleurs-plus-ages-au-quebec/

Stress at work today - depression tomorrow?

Summary of an article by Ina Sockoll & Ina Kramer (BKK Bundesverband, Essen) in the journal "Die BKK", Issue 02/2010, under the title "Heute Stress im Job, morgen Depression?"

Source : http://www.enwhp.org/news-events/newsletter/nl-april-2010-stress-at-work-today-depression-tomorrow.html

La technologie et l’évolution des conditions de travail

Dans quelle mesure l'utilisation des technologies de l'information et de la communication (TIC) contribue-t-elle à améliorer les conditions de travail ou, au contraire, produit-elle des effets négatifs sur la qualité de vie au travail ? Plusieurs chercheurs ont traité cette question en exploitant les données des enquêtes quinquennales de la Fondation européenne pour l'amélioration des conditions de vie au travail – plus communément appelée Fondation de Dublin. Cette institution européenne, cogérée par les partenaires sociaux, réalise tous les cinq ans une enquête de grande envergure sur les conditions de travail dans tous les pays de l'Union européenne. La dernière enquête date de 2005, la prochaine sera réalisée cette année. Les données collectées par la Fondation de Dublin constituent une référence pour de nombreuses études comparatives dans le domaine de la qualité de vie au travail.

Source : La Lettre EMERIT, Premier trimestre 2010 (mars 2010), Numéro 61


The fair treatment at work age report

Findings from the 2008 survey
The Fair Treatment at Work Survey includes 4,010 interviews with current or recent employees and covers workers' awareness of their rights, a comprehensive view of the problems experienced in the workplace and how such problems get resolved. This report focuses on 1,049 of those aged over 60 surveyed as part of a sample boost collected alongside the main survey. The sample boost was commissioned in order to obtain additional interviews for those aged over 60 due to the small frequency of this age group in the main survey.
Legislation creating new employment rights for older workers came into force on the 1st October 2006. The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 prohibit unjustified age discrimination in employment. In relation to retirement, the regulations introduced a Default Retirement Age of 65 and a ‘right to request' to carry on working past the default retirement age (DRA). In addition, employers must follow a set procedure when retiring an employee. The Government planned to review the default retirement age in 2011, five years after its introduction. In the light of changed economic circumstances, however, the Government announced last year that it would bring the review forward to 2010, with any changes resulting from it to be implemented in 2011.

Source : http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/employment-matters/docs/10-813-fair-treatment-work-age

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