2009-10-01 12:00 - Messages

Achieving the Revitalising Health and Safety targets

The Revitalising Health and Safety strategy statement, launched in June 2000, set three national targets for improving health and safety performance by 2010:
• to reduce the incidence rate of fatalities and major injuries by 10%;
• to reduce the incidence rate of cases of work-related ill health by 20%;
• to reduce the number of working days lost per worker from work-related injury and ill health by 30%;
and to achieve half the improvement under each target by 2004.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/prog2009.pdf
The demographic challenges facing OHS management

The best OHS advice, or rather innovative thinking, is frequently coming from those experts from outside the traditional OHS background.
A case in point could be a presentation made by prominent Australian demographer, Bernard Salt, at one of the many Safe Work Australia Week events in South Australia.   Salt provided enough information about population changes that OHS professionals and regulators became uneasy about many of the challenges that they will face in the next few decades.

Source: http://safetyatworkblog.wordpress.com/2009/10/28/the-demographic-challenges-facing-ohs-management/

 

Resolution regarding the new OSH strategy

At the occasion of the celebration of 125 years of labour inspection in Austria, the Austrian Minister for Labour, Social affairs, and Consumer Protection, Mr. Hundstorfer, presented a resolution regarding the national occupational safety and health strategy. In this resolution, all national actors endeavour to support all efforts in occupational safety and health despite the current economic crisis and its effects.

Source: http://osha.europa.eu/en/news/125-years-of-labour-inspection?sourceid=rss

DGUV - Prevention Yearbook 2008 – 2009

The yearbook of the German Social Accident Insurance describes the prevention measures taken in the last two years in order to improve OS&H in plants and educational establishments.

Source: http://www.dguv.de/inhalt/praevention/praev_lohnt_sich/jahrbuch/jahrbuch_engl.pdf

Preventing harm to cleaning workers

Cleaning is carried out in every workplace. In some industries, such as the food and catering sectors, poor cleaning can cause a business to fail. Cleaning is an essential task and, when done well, it can reduce both costs to the company and the risks to workers' safety and health by, for example, extending the life of workplace equipment and keeping floor surfaces in good condition. Sadly though, cleaning tasks have a bad image as it is a task associated with dirt and waste; workers are sometimes looked down on and their work taken for granted.

Source: http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/TEWE09006ENC

Fact sheet 86 : Preventing harm to cleaning workers

Review of sickness absence data in the waste and recycling industry

While injury rates have been calculated and reduced in the waste and recycling industry in recent years (HSE Research Report 701), little is known about the prevalence of ill health for this industry. The main objective of this project was to review sickness absence data for the industry and provide estimates of the occupational ill health rate and the annual number of days absent from work.

Source: http://news.hse.gov.uk/2009/10/22/rr750-review-of-sickness-absence-data-in-the-waste-and-recycling-industry/?rss=

The Occupational Safety and Health of cleaning workers

The purpose of this report was to provide an overview of the most important issues related to occupational safety and health for cleaning workers, to highlight the main trends and issues regarding the working conditions, hazard exposure and health outcomes, to identify gaps in knowledge and information available, and to formulate recommendations for future studies.

Source: http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/literature_reviews/cleaning_workers_and_OSH

Leading indicators for assessing reduction in risk of long latency diseases

The HSE need meaningful ‘leading indicators' that provide a real-time measure of progress in reducing long latency occupational disease. This report provides a review of potential leading indicators for long latency occupational disease.

Source: http://news.hse.gov.uk/2009/10/20/rr734-leading-indicators-for-assessing-reduction-in-risk-of-long-latency-diseases/?rss=Research

Cadre de référence pour le dépistage et la surveillance médicale en santé au travail

Le cadre de référence s'adresse à tous les acteurs en santé au travail qui s'intéressent au dépistage ou à la surveillance médicale, plus spécifiquement aux professionnels (médecins, infirmières, hygiénistes, audiologistes, agents de recherche, etc.) et aux gestionnaires du RSPSAT. Cet ouvrage se veut un guide pratique auquel pourront se référer ceux qui prescrivent ou qui souhaitent que des tests de dépistage soient prescrits aux travailleurs. Il leur permettra de fonder leurs décisions sur des critères explicites, basés sur des connaissances scientifiques et des principes éthiques. Il pourra, sans aucun doute, avoir un rayonnement plus large en s'étendant à leurs clients et à leurs partenaires (associations professionnelles, syndicats, CSST, etc.) ainsi qu'aux médecins du travail du secteur privé. Il pourra ainsi servir d'outil d'information permettant de communiquer les principes et la démarche qui sous-tendent la prise de décision concernant le dépistage ou la surveillance médicale.

Source: http://www.inspq.qc.ca/publications/notice.asp?E=p&NumPublication=990

Working for the climate

Renewable energy and the green job [r]evolution
In 2009 the world is reeling from a collapse of the financial markets. The effects have been large job losses in the UK, USA and other developed nations, volatile stock markets, and millions of   ordinary people struggling to pay their bills. Governments around the world responded with massive bail-out and fiscal stimulus packages. The United States alone poured $787 billion into its economy to prop up failing businesses and financial institutions.

Source: http://www.greenpeace.org/raw/content/international/press/reports/working-for-the-climate.pdf

Postes et télécommunications

Cette fiche sectorielle donne un aperçu des conditions de travail dans le secteur des postes et télécommunications.

Source: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/htmlfiles/ef081412_fr.htm

Healthy Workplaces

Dr. P.K. Abeytunga, Vice President and Director General of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, shares the importance of creating an integrated, comprehensive approach to health and wellness in the workplace.

Source: http://www.ccohs.ca/products/podcasts/

Assessment, elimination and substantial reduction of occupational risks

This report features cases from a variety of workplaces that demonstrate how a risk assessment process has led to a risk being identified and successfully eliminated or substantially reduced. The main aim of the report is to illustrate how risk elimination or risk reduction at source can be achieved at workplace level.

Source: http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/TEWE09001ENC/view

Swedish research into working life

A resource for welfare, health and growth
Working life research studies issues which are of the highest relevance for society. It is very important that the research maintains high quality. Swedish research into working life maintains a good or very good scientific standard, and this has been the case at least for a couple of decades as a consequence of the major initiatives made throughout the years. Such research has resulted in changes in working life which have led to health and high productivity. The labour market partners have pointed out that this transfer is not working as well as before.

Source: http://www.fas.forskning.se/upload/dokument/en/evaluations/Workinglife.pdf

IWH Annual Report 2008

The IWH 2008 annual report is now available online. Titled Impact, it highlights last year's research contributions to two important goals: preventing work injuries and illnesses, and helping injured workers recover and return to work.

Source: http://www.iwh.on.ca/annual-report

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