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Workplace safety and health for the veterinary health care team

Veterinary clinic employers have a legal and ethical responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Clinic members are responsible for consistently using safe practices and procedures set up by their employer. Development and implementation of a customized comprehensive workplace safety and health program is emphasized, including an infection control plan. Occupational safety and health regulations are reviewed. The hazards of sharps, animal bites and scratches, and drugs are discussed. Strategies to prevent or minimize adverse health effects and resources for training and education are provided.

Source: Gibbins JD, MacMahon K. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract, 2015.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cvsm.2014.11.006

A study of influences of the workers' compensation and injury management regulations on aviation safety at a workplace

As the aviation industries developed, so too did the recognition that there must be an effective regulatory framework to address issues related to the workers' compensation and rehabilitation. All employees would like to work and return home safely from their workplace. Therefore, the efficient management of workplace injury and disease reduces the cost of aviation operations and improves flight safety. Workers' compensation and injury management laws regulate a majority of rehabilitation and compensation issues, but achieving an injury-free workplace remains a major challenge for the regulators. This paper examines the clauses of the workers' compensation and injury management laws of Western Australia related to workplace safety, compensation, and rehabilitations of the injured workers. It also discusses various provisions of common law under the relevant workers' health injury management legislations.

Source: Yadav DK, Nikraz H, Chen Y. Int. J. Inj. Control Safe. Promot. 2015.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17457300.2014.992350

HSA - Programme of Work 2015

This is the third programme of work prepared by the Health and Safety Authority under its strategy for 2013 to 2015. The programme for 2015 has a significant level of continuity with previous years as we build on the groundwork and achievements of earlier programmes. <

Source: http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_and_Forms/Publications/Corporate/HSA_Programme_of_Work_2015.pdf

Health and Safety in HSE – Annual report 2013/14

The report summarises health and safety issues within HSE. It charts HSE's performance against the Health and Safety Corporate Plan.
Areas covered include: management of stress, musculoskeletal disorders, display screen equipment, manual handling, slips, trips and falls, health and safety of the public where HSE has responsibility and accident, ill health and near miss reporting. It also encompasses health and safety training and ill health statistics.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/reports/hsinhse1314.pdf

Managing Health and Safety in Fishing

The aim of this guidance document is to help improve standards of safety and health in the commercial sea/marine fishing sector. In an effort to aid prevention of accidents and ill-health among fishermen, this guidance document looks at the role of the Safety Statement in managing health and safety, the most common causes of death, injury and ill-health and gives basic information to help illuminate or control the risks involved in fishing.

Source: http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_and_Forms/Publications/Fishing/Managing_Health_and_Safety_in_Fishing.pdf

Current and emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) issues in the healthcare sector, including home and community care

This report gives an overview of the current and emerging OSH issues for health- and social care workers and how these affect their safety and health at work and influence the quality of care they provide. It combines a literature review and the responses received to a questionnaire sent to OSH experts in all Member States, therefore allowing the findings from the literature to be compared with those from the ‘front line'. The report highlights the challenges facing the sector, including shortages of skilled and experienced professionals, an ageing workforce, increased use of technology requiring new skills and the introduction of new care pathways to tackle multiple chronic conditions. The fact that people are living longer and increasingly needing long-term care shifts the emphasis from the controlled setting of acute hospital care to care in the community and people's homes. The home care setting presents a particularly difficult work environment owing to small work spaces, lack of training, lone working, little or no supervision and having to face the same hazards as those encountered in, for example, hospitals but with insufficient measures in place to control the risks.

Source: https://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/current-and-emerging-occupational-safety-and-health-osh-issues-in-the-healthcare-sector-including-home-and-community-care/view

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