2014-11-01 12:00 - Messages

A Health and Safety Evaluation at an Airline Catering Facility

The airline industry predicts that more than 24 million people will fly during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. If you are one of those passengers, chances are that you'll have a snack or a soda on your way to your destination. Before reaching your seat, those snacks, beverages, and meals are prepared, assembled, and delivered by a catering company. In a recent Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) report, we described our evaluation of a catering facility in Michigan. We conducted the evaluation at the request of a union representing airline catering employees. The union was concerned about risks for musculoskeletal disorders, working in extreme hot and cold temperatures, job stress, and injuries in the facility's kitchen and loading docks.

Source: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2014/11/20/airlinecatering/

Industrial cleaning: Working conditions and job quality

This report gives an overview of working conditions, job quality, workers' health and job sustainability in the industrial cleaning sector (NACE 81). The findings are based mostly on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), which gathers data on working conditions and the quality of work across 34 European countries. Additional information on the structural characteristics of the sector is derived from Eurostat data. The fifth EWCS contains responses from 562 workers in the industrial cleaning sector.

Source: http://eurofound.europa.eu/publications/information-sheet/2014/working-conditions/industrial-cleaning-working-conditions-and-job-quality

Mainstreaming gender into occupational safety and health practice

Women and men are not the same, and the jobs they do, their working conditions and circumstances and how society treats them are not the same. All these factors can affect the risks they face at work and the approach that needs to be taken to prevent these risks. More widespread recognition of the importance of taking account of gender differences in occupational safety and health (OSH) is relatively recent, although the number of initiatives seen in this area is increasing. However, especially because it is not always a very well understood area, practice needs to be exchanged and experiences shared. This report presents examples of policies, programmes and practices from across the EU and worldwide to illustrate gender approaches in OSH.

Source: https://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/mainstreaming-gender-into-occupational-safety-and-health-practice/view

Protecting Workers from Ebola: Eight Knowledge Generation Priorities

On November 3, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academies convened a workshop of distinguished representatives from the public and private sectors. The participants were asked to suggest priorities for research that will “provide public health officials, healthcare providers, and the general public with the most up-to-date information about transmission, health risks, and measures that should be taken to prevent spread of [Ebola virus disease] in the U.S.” NIOSH was pleased to contribute to this dialogue, specifically by addressing issues critical for protecting heath care workers from work-related infection.

Source: http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2014/11/07/ebola/

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