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Burden of Occupational Cancer in Ontario
Major Workplace Carcinogens and Prevention of Exposure The report presents estimates of occupational exposure and the associated burden of cancer by industry, as well as exposure reduction strategies for the most common occupational carcinogens in Ontario. A major feature of the report is the evidence-based policy recommendations directed at government, Ontario’s occupational health and safety system, employers and non-governmental organizations. Source:
Effects of organizational safety practices and perceived safety climate on PPE usage, engineering controls, and adverse events involving liquid antineoplastic drugs among nurses
Antineoplastic drugs pose risks to the healthcare workers who handle them. This fact notwithstanding, adherence to safe handling guidelines remains inconsistent and often poor. This study examined the effects of pertinent organizational safety practices and perceived safety climate on the use of personal protective equipment, engineering controls, and adverse events (spill/leak or skin contact) involving liquid antineoplastic drugs. Data for this study came from the 2011 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health and Safety Practices Survey of Healthcare Workers which...
L’hôtellerie - Un secteur en peine, mais les solutions existent
L'hôtellerie en France, c'est plus de 21 000 établissements dans lesquels travaillent 187 000 salariés. « Avec 215 jours d'arrêts par maladie professionnelle et l'attribution d'une incapacité dans 40 % des cas, les salariés de l'hôtellerie sont particulièrement exposés à un risque de désinsertion professionnelle », souligne Christophe Ballue, contrôleur de sécurité à la Cramif. Au total, plus de 520 000 journées de travail ont...
The bigger picture. Assessing economic aspects of chemicals substitution
Assessing the economic aspects of substitution is a complex task. Even in cases where substitution is a relatively straightforward process of replacing one chemical with another, basing an economic assessment on a comparison of the price per kilo is often irrelevant. Progressive companies, as featured in this report, know that one must include several other factors when assessing the true costs of hazardous chemicals and the benefits of replacing them. Assessing the socioeconomic aspects when regulating hazardous substances can be even more challenging. Nevertheless, such assessments need to be...
Indoor workplaces
Recommended procedure for the investigation of working environment Indoor workplaces are found in a wide variety of working environments such as offices, sales areas, hospitals, schools and preschool childcare facilities, and libraries. By definition, tasks involving hazardous substances (such as those encountered in a chemical laboratory) are not performed at such workplaces, nor do they include high-noise areas, such as workshops. Source:
A universal rig for supporting large hammer drills: Reduced injury risk and improved productivity
Drilling holes into concrete with heavy hammer and rock drills is one of the most physically demanding tasks performed in commercial construction and poses risks for musculoskeletal disorders, noise induced hearing loss, hand arm vibration syndrome and silicosis. The aim of this study was to (1) use a participatory process to develop a rig to support pneumatic rock drills or large electric hammer drills in order to reduce the health risks and (2) evaluate the usability of the rig. Seven prototype rigs for supporting large hammer drills were developed and modified with feedback from commercial contractors...
Protecting Nail Salon Workers
Last week, the New York Times published a two-part series highlighting what it characterized as exploitative employment practices and unsafe working conditions for nail salon workers, including exposures to hazardous chemicals. On the heels of the reports, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on May 11 ordered emergency measures in the state “to prevent unlawful practices and unsafe working conditions in the nail salon industry.” Recognizing and controlling occupational hazards are important steps to protect this vulnerable working population. Census data show there are 17,000 nail salons...
Taiwanese farm workers’ pesticide knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and clothing practices
The purpose of this study was to assess Taiwanese fruit farm workers' knowledge, attitudes, behaviours, and clothing practices regarding pesticide activities. Seventy-seven fruit farm workers from four districts of Tainan City, Taiwan completed the questionnaire. Results indicated that farmer workers had a good overall level of knowledge of the adverse effects of pesticides on human health and most had experienced symptoms of pesticide poisoning. Farm workers' attitudes toward pesticide use and handling indicated that they saw pesticides useful in controlling pests. Farm workers indicated...
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 :
23 nouvelles fiches sur les effets des produits chimiques sur la reproduction : nouveautés de la base Demeter
La base de données Demeter de l’Institut national de recherche et de sécurité (INRS) intègre 23 nouvelles fiches concernant des produits chimiques et leurs effets sur la reproduction, portant à plus de 130 le nombre de références qu’elle contient. La base de données Demeter (Documents pour l’évaluation médicale des produits toxiques vis-à-vis de la reproduction) fournit une synthèse de l’état des connaissances sur les dangers de plus de 130 produits chimiques. Ces fiches sont destinées...
Hazard identification checklist: Occupational safety and health issues associated with green building
This checklist accompanies the e-fact on the same topic and aims to help identify the potential hazards to workers’ safety and health associated with the planning and construction of green buildings, their maintenance, renovation (retrofitting), demolition, and on-site waste collection. It also gives examples of preventive measures to address these hazards. Some of these OSH hazards are new compared with traditional construction sites and are associated with new green materials, technologies or design. Other hazards are well-known to the construction sector but they arise in new situations...
Occupational safety and health issues associated with green buildings : E-fact 70
This e-fact provides information on the work-related risk factors and the occupational safety and health (OSH) issues associated the planning and construction of green buildings, their maintenance, renovation (retrofitting), demolition, on-site waste collection. Some of these OSH risks are new compared with traditional construction sites and are associated with new green materials, technologies or design. Other risks are well-known to the construction sector but they arise in new situations or combinations associated with green buildings and therefore demand particular consideration. Source : https...
World at Work : The world at work: hotel cleaners
With tourism and hospitality representing the largest economic sector in the world,1 and more than 4.8 million rooms in accommodation establishments in the USA alone,2 hotel cleaners comprise a significant occupational segment. Regardless of geographic variation, hotel cleaners are predominantly women, immigrants and minorities working under adverse conditions such as long hours, ergonomic strain, chemical exposure, poor pay, low job control, job insecurity and a wide array of other physical and mental health risks.3–5 Such exposure has produced disproportionately high health disparities...
Exposition à l'amiante - Réglementation 2013 en questions-réponses
Exposition à l'amiante - Réglementation 2013 en questions-réponses Le Ministère du Travail a mis en ligne un guide questions-réponses qui apporte des précisions nécessaires à la mise en oeuvre du décret du 4 mai 2012 et de ses arrêtés d'application. Le sujet vous paraîtra moins complexe après consultation du questions-réponses accessible en PDF depuis le site dédié. Le guide sur le site Source :
Infographic: The Goal of GHS
Why do we need the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), and how does it work? This new infographic displays the answers in graphic form. Over 5,000 U.S. workplaces employing 43 million workers have environments that could expose workers hazardous chemicals. The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), a system for standardizing the labeling and classification of chemicals around the world, creates a common framework to help reduce confusion surrounding these chemicals. Source :
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