2013-05-01 12:00 - Messages

Actsafe New Fact Sheet: Concussions

We've added a new Fact Sheet to our ever growing library of Safety Bulletins and Fact Sheet information.

A concussion is generally the result of a blow to the head, face or jaw, or even elsewhere on the body. A concussion may also result from a whiplash effect to the head and neck. Health effects can include wide range of short or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions.

This Fact Sheet reviews the common signs and symptoms of a concussion; what to do if a concussion may have occurred; recovery; and prevention.

Source : http://www.actsafe.ca/news/new-fact-sheet-concussions/

Proposed changes made to HSE guidance: Health and Safety in Care Homes HSG 220

This consultation seeks your views on the proposed changes made to HSE's guidance, Health and Safety in Care Homes (HSG 220) which was originally published in 2001.  This revised version will continue to provide essential and updated guidance to owners, managers of care homes, as well as to employees and safety representatives to help them understand and meet their duties under health and safety legislation. It describes the main health and safety risks found in care homes, and what should be done to protect both workers and those receiving care. This guidance is an essential one-stop shop where we aim to provide key messages on high-risk activities within this sector. Guidance on all topics has been revised and a number of new topics introduced.

 Source : http://webcommunities.hse.gov.uk/connect.ti/carehomes/?eban=rss-

Modeling fatigue-induced collision relative risk: implications of service hours and fatigue management policies on transit bus operators in Florida

This research explores the association between fatigue-induced crash risk, transit operator hours of service and fatigue management policies in the state of Florida. Data used in this study include incident data archived by transit agencies and bus driver schedules. The results show a decreasing trend of collision risks when drivers start their schedules late morning or afternoon compared with early morning. The effect of time on task shows increasing collision risk as drivers drive long hours without enough off duty periods.

Source : Mtoi E, Moses R, Sando T. J. Transp. Res. Forum 2013; 52(1): 69-81. http://www.trforum.org/journal/downloads/2013v52n1_04_DriverFatigue.pdf

Guidelines for safe use of stunt air bags, boxes or other freefall catch systems

Safety Bulletin #18 : 
These guidelines are intended to provide recommendations on the safe use of stunt-related systems into which performers or objects fall. Revised: April 17, 2013
Source : http://www.csatf.org/pdf/18AIR_BAGS.pdf


Patterns in mining haul truck accidents

To help develop ergonomics audit programs for mining, one source of data on both work tasks and their failures is accident reports. These are available in most industries and are often used in human factors engineering, but typically to justify and evaluate interventions rather than to provide task details and failure mechanisms. Because fatal accidents in particular contain considerable detail resulting from thorough follow-up investigations, they are thus a useful starting point for analysis. A set of 40 detailed fatal accident reports for mining haul truck accidents were analyzed to develop repeating patterns of accidents. This paper examines the accident patterns found from the initial sample, the refined pattern analysis developed from a subsequent larger sample, and the task analyses used later to help develop valid audit programs.

Source : Drury CG, Porter WL, Dempsey PG. Proc. Hum. Factors Ergon. Soc. Annu. Meet. 2012; 56(1): 2011-2015.


Guidelines for Boating/Watercraft Safety for Film

Safety Bulletin #15
These guidelines are intended to provide recommendations for safety on and around boats and other watercraft. Watercrafts may include, but are not limited to: ships, boats, personal watercraft and other floating vessels. Revised: April 17, 2013

Source : http://www.csatf.org/pdf/15BOATING.pdf

Blast from the past can give you a jolt

Older stage lighting instruments can be quaint, still functional, and educational, however you can run the risk of electrocution and asbestos exposure with many of them.

Source : http://theatresafetyblog.blogspot.ca/2013/05/blast-from-past-can-give-you-jolt.html

Ceiling Lifts: Why Aren't They Being Used?

Using ceiling lifts to transfer, reposition, and turn clients reduces injuries. Sometimes though, even when lifts are available, they're not always used. This video challenges the seven most common reasons health care workers give for not using ceiling lifts.

Source : http://www2.worksafebc.com/Publications/Multimedia/Videos.asp?ReportID=37077

« Regard global sur la prévention : pour mieux y voir ! » : actes du Colloque de l’ASSTSAS 2013

Vous pouvez consulter les actes du Colloque de l'ASSTSAS 2013. Le colloque avait pour thème : « Regard global sur la prévention : pour mieux y voir ! »  

Source : http://www.asstsas.qc.ca/evenements/colloque-asstsas/colloque-2013-actes-du-colloque.html

Prévention : dix entreprises européennes récompensées pour leurs bonnes pratiques

Le 29 avril dernier, l'Agence européenne pour la sécurité et la santé au travail (EU-Osha) organisait la onzième édition des "Prix des bonnes pratiques". Ce concours mettant en lice plusieurs centaines d'entreprises de toutes tailles issues de 29 pays récompensait, cette année, les meilleurs exemples de collaboration entre patrons et employés en matière de prévention des risques. Les lauréats de cette édition, issus de secteurs très divers (soins de santé, commerce de détail, agriculture, bâtiment…), devaient faire preuve d'un sens aigu du leadership et démontrer la participation active des salariés aux problématiques de la santé et de la sécurité. La cérémonie de remise des prix aura ainsi été l'occasion pour les lauréats de s'échanger leurs bonnes pratiques. C'était, en outre, la première fois que l'EU-Osha décernait des prix conjoints à des dirigeants et des employés, conformément à la campagne en cours "Lieux de travail sains", dont le thème est "Ensemble pour la prévention des risques".

Source : http://www.preventionbtp.fr/Magazine/Infos-express/Europe/Prevention-dix-entreprises-europeennes-recompensees-pour-leurs-bonnes-pratiques


Mining Feature: NIOSH Illumination Research Addresses Visual Performance Needs with LED Technology

Improved illumination in underground mines could be a key to reducing the second leading accident class of nonfatal lost-time injuries—slips, trips, and falls. While past research efforts have focused on such factors as cost, battery life, and miner preference, NIOSH’s latest illumination research takes a more modern approach—conducting experiments to assess human visual performance in simulated mining environments and using the experimental results to design improved illumination technologies.

Source : http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/features/IlluminationFeature.html

Occupational Health Policy and Immigrant Workers in the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Sector

Background Immigrant workers make up an important portion of the hired workforce in the Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing (AgFF) sector, one of the most hazardous industry sectors in the US. Despite the inherent dangers associated with this sector, worker protection is limited. Methods This article describes the current occupational health and safety policies and regulatory standards in the AgFF sector and underscores the regulatory exceptions and limitations in worker protections. Immigration policies and their effects on worker health and safety are also discussed. Emphasis is placed on policies and practices in the Southeastern US. Results Worker protection in the AgFF sector is limited. Regulatory protections are generally weaker than other industrial sectors and enforcement of existing regulations is woefully inadequate. The vulnerability of the AgFF workforce is magnified by worker immigration status. Agricultural workers in particular are affected by a long history of “exceptionalism” under the law as many regulatory protections specifically exclude this workforce. Conclusions
A vulnerable workforce and high-hazard industries require regulatory protections that, at a minimum, are provided to workers in other industries. A systematic policy approach to strengthen occupational safety and health in the AgFF sector must address both immigration policy and worker protection regulations.

Source : Liebman, A. K., Wiggins, M. F., Fraser, C., Levin, J., Sidebottom, J. and Arcury, T. A. (2013), Occupational Health Policy and Immigrant Workers in the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Sector. Am. J. Ind. Med.. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22190

Mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) incident analysis - RR961

Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) are commonly used across all industrial sectors by a whole variety of trades, including mechanical and electrical contractors, and painters and decorators, as a safe, temporary method of working at height. There is a large range of MEWPs on the market and their controls and functionality varies depending on the category, manufacturer, model and size of machine. As their popularity and range of applications has grown, concerns have emerged about trapping/crushing accidents involving MEWPs. This report identifies accidents involving MEWPs and analyses common factors found. The work has focused on MEWP occupants being trapped against overhead or adjacent objects whilst in the platform of the MEWP, particularly when the operator becomes trapped over the controls (sustained involuntary operation of control). Typically, this has occurred when the operator has been moving the MEWP within relatively confined areas. This research has centred on person-machine interface/human factors analysis rather than engineering issues.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr961.pdf


ZERO Excuses - Campaign for Hand Safety

The theatre work environment is a very hazardous place, and we continually put our hands at risk:
•Stage rigging has heavy counterweights to handle, ropes to pull, and wire rope ends that may not be properly seized.
•Stage Lighting Instruments can be very hot and burn you.
•Moving platforms and wood can expose you to splinters.
•Metal parts can have sharp edges.
•Dry Ice used for atmospheric effects can super-cool your skin and kill it (ice burns).
•Shop chemicals can burn the skin or accelerate the development of skin diseases / cancers.
•Even non-hazardous grime can be a real problem to clean-off, so stains can last for weeks.

Source :

The Cooler Solution

The dangers of the quartz halogen work light are well known: They can heat up to more than 570 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to ignite paper and wood. The 500W quartz halogen portable work light is everywhere, and why not? They are cheap, easily moved, and they put out a lot of light to help you work in an area. And while they come in a couple of different styles (on tripods, floor stands, or magnet mounts), at their core they are all the same: dangerous tools that harm workers, start fires, and set off explosions. In our experience working with contractors, electricians, and plant workers, we hear the same complaint everywhere we go: Quartz halogen lights are too hot, and people are getting hurt.

Source : http://ohsonline.com/Articles/2013/04/01/The-Cooler-Solution.aspx

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