2013-08-01 12:00 - Messages

Exposition aux dispositifs d'éclairage scénique : risque pour la santé des professionnels du spectacle vivant ou enregistré

La directive européenne 2006/25/CE, relative à l'exposition des travailleurs aux rayonnements optiques, prévoit l'évaluation des risques des situations de travail. Elle est particulièrement importante dans l'industrie des arts du spectacle où des expositions intentionnelles à des projecteurs peuvent être exigées pendant des périodes de l'ordre de 8 heures par jour. L'objectif de la présente étude était de fournir aux éclairagistes des informations, relatives aux risques associés aux projecteurs, afin de les aider à évaluer les risques a priori d'un plan lumière. Elle a consisté à déterminer les risques de 63 projecteurs différents puis à les répartir dans les 4 groupes de risques définis par la norme EN 62471, à calculer leur distance minimale d'exposition admissible, correspondant à l'utilisation de 1 et de 5 projecteurs pour une durée d'exposition journalière de 8 heures. Cette étude a mis en évidence que les projecteurs sont susceptibles de poser des problèmes sanitaires pour les salariés des arts du spectacle. Le schéma de classification proposé par la norme EN 62471 n'est pas suffisant pour évaluer les risques d'un plan lumière. De plus, la distance d'exposition et la durée d'exposition ne constituent pas des paramètres pertinents pour réduire les risques à des valeurs admissibles.

Source :
Salsi, S. , Barlier-Salsi, A.  Radioprotection, 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/radiopro/2013064, 20 p.
http://www.inrs.fr/accueil/recherche/etudes-publications-communications/doc/publication.html?refINRS=C.4/1.016/P2012-196

Hydraulic injection injury

Hydraulic injection can be defined as the puncturing of the epidermis by a jet of a fluid under pressure. Hydraulic injection injury is the term used to describe an injury sustained by an individual following an injection of fluid, usually while operating or inspecting pressurised hydraulic equipment. While reported instances of injury through hydraulic injection are comparatively uncommon in the UK, the risk of injury through hydraulic injection is common to all hydraulic equipment irrespective of the system volume and can occur at relatively low pressures. This report and the experimental work it describes offers an explanation of the injury mechanism and the current understanding of medical prognosis of injured parties upon sustaining an injury of this type.

High speed video footage of simulated hydraulic injection injuries was captured in order to illustrate the nature of injuries of this type. This footage will be made available to the public through various industry bodies in 2013.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr976.pdf

 

Film crew member injured on electrical platform

2013-08-19 - (Canadian OH&S News)
A man working on a film suffered an electrical shock and was sent to the hospital on Aug. 6, after getting trapped on an electrical platform at a Calgary construction site.
According to a press statement from the Calgary Fire Department, the crew was shooting a video when two workers became trapped on a platform three storeys above the ground. “Apparently, the three men were part of a film crew who were working on a time-lapse video of a construction site adjacent to the platform and were unaware of the electrical hazard,” the press release read.

Source : http://www.ohscanada.com/news/film-crew-member-injured-on-electrical-platform/1002536030/?ref=rss&ctid=1002536030

Actsafe Newsletter: August 2013

IN THIS ISSUE :

  • Distracted driving dangers!
  • Working Alone video
  • Actsafe summer outreach update  AND MORE!

Source : http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e71014bbef6df04e6903564c0&id=9e1b3b94ec

New Working Alone video!

If you’ve been reading the Actsafe Newsletter recently, you may have noticed that we’ve run a few pieces on workers working alone or in isolation. It’s something that’s common in both film and performing arts and can have serious consequences if a worker becomes sick or injured and there’s no one available to check in on them. To help address the issue, we’ve produced a five minute video on Working Alone.

Source : http://www.actsafe.ca/news/new-working-alone-video/

Wind Gust Topples Stage Canopy in Shelby North Carolina

2013-08-10 - Preparations for an evening concert were disrupted at the end of the sound check for one of the bands as a wind gust from an approaching storm blew the overhead lighting and canopy support trusses over.  A band member from The After had just stepped off of the stage when the structure toppled.  The show was set-up at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds near Shelby, North Carolina.

Source : http://theatresafetyblog.blogspot.ca/2013/08/wind-gust-topples-stage-canopy-in.html

The Importance of Occupational Safety and Health: Making for a “Super” Workplace

There’s just something about superhero movie summer releases that gets us here at NIOSH excited about safety. This summer the source of our inspiration came from the Man of Steel© movie. In the film, pre-Superman Clark Kent is working as a commercial fisherman (a hazardous job if you’re not a man of steel). He risks exposing his amazing abilities when he swoops in to save the workers on a nearby oil rig who are in great danger as the rig implodes around them. The scene is reminiscent of Action Comics© issue #3, the original Superman comic book series dating all the way back to 1938. In Action Comics #3, “Superman Battles Death Underground“, (issued 75 years ago this month) Superman is in the right place at the right time to save a coal miner, as well as his rescue crew, from an unsafe mine filled with toxic gas. We see instances such as these riddled throughout comic books and superhero movies. There’s always a hero around to save the day.
Unfortunately, in real life we can’t rely on the Superman – but we can rely on the many super men and women in the occupational health and safety field who are always striving to improve working conditions to keep workers out of harm’s way long before they need saving. When it comes to research, regulations, and recommendations for improving workplace safety, a lot has changed since 1938.

Source : http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2013/08/07/super-workplace/

New guidance to help with health and safety

The Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched new guidance to help make it easier for larger organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health and safety. The completely refreshed and enhanced ‘Managing for Health and Safety’ guidance (also known as HSG65) is now available online at:

Source :
http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2013/hse-new-hs-guidance.htm?eban=rss-
http://www.hse.gov.uk/managing/

An evaluation of the effects on safety of using safety standards in major hazard industries

To protect people from hazards it is common to use safety standards. There is a general understanding in the literature that such standards will contribute to improved safety. In this paper we discuss this issue when several safety measures are present and safety standards apply to a subset of these alternatives. We show that the use of safety standards does not always give the expected effect on safety, as the implementation of safety standards for some measures can reduce investments in safety measures not affected by the standards. If the restrictions are sufficiently strong, the safety standards may lead to a reduction in overall safety. Our starting point focuses on major hazard industries, but our discussion is to a large extent general and could also be applied in other areas.

Source :
Eirik Bjorheim Abrahamsen , Frank Asche , Maria Francesca Milazzo. Safety Science, Nov. 2013, Vol. 59, p. 173–178. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2013.05.011

Working Safely with Metalworking Fluids

The UK Lubricants Association (UKLA) has, produced a Do's & Don'ts Poster that can be downloaded from UKLA's website.  This poster will help minimise health risks, maintain MWF quality and help prolong machine and tool life.

Source : http://www.ukla.org.uk/MWFPS1_files/Dos-and-Don%27ts-updated-2012-0316-v5.pdf

Accidents in masonry construction: The contribution of production activities to accidents, and the effect on different worker groups

Masonry is a construction trade with high risk of work-related injuries. This study analyzes 141 recordable incidents that occurred over a period of 3 years in a large masonry company. The incidents were analyzed from three perspectives: First, they were analyzed with respect to the nature of events (falls, overexertion, etc.). Second, the analysis examined the production activity that the injured worker was performing. Third, the incidents were analyzed according to the injured workers' position in the crew – that is, foreman, masons, laborers, and forklift operator. The findings first identify the contribution of the different masonry activities to different types of safety incidents. Three activities – scaffold erection and dismantling, laying block and material handling are responsible for most of incidents and consequences in terms of days away from work and days with modified task. Next, the findings identify the frequency and severity of incidents for the different workers' positions, and the high incident activities for each worker role. The results indicate that the laborers have significantly higher accident rate compared to the masons. The study identifies two new areas of priority for reducing accidents in masonry construction: improving the process of scaffold erection and dismantling, and focusing on reducing laborers incidents. Finally, analysis of incidents by production activities and personnel position is an effective way to identify operations and worker groups that need to be targeted for improvement. Thus, it is strongly recommended that the contractors' incident reporting mechanism captures that information.

Source : Babak Memarian, Panagiotis Mitropoulos, Safety Science, Vol. 59, Nov. 2013, p.179-186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2013.05.013.

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