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The National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction

Explanatory Statement

The National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction (Housing Falls Code) supports the National Standard for Construction Work (2005) and provides guidance on ways to effectively manage the risks associated with working at height in the residential construction sector.

The Housing Falls Code contains specific guidance for all those who work in this industry, including information for adopting a risk management approach for all work at height in the residential construction sector, as well as detailed guidance when working at 2 metres and above.

The Housing Falls Code was developed by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council before work commenced on the model work health and safety legislation. It will provide guidance to those working in the residential sector of the construction industry until the work health and safety legislative framework is implemented on 1 January 2012.

Please note: The Housing Falls Code is an advisory document. Each jurisdiction will make a decision on the adoption of the Housing Falls Code.

Source: http://safeworkaustralia.gov.au/swa/AboutUs/Publications/NationalStandards/NationalCodeofPracticeforthePreventionofFallsinHousingConstruction.htm

Identifying Risk Factors of Falls among B.C.’s Healthcare Workers

This study examined data on workplace falls among healthcare workers in a large B.C. health region, to identify the factors leading to fall related injuries and report the associated compensation costs and days lost from work. Monitoring workplace falls in healthcare is critical to understanding the size of the problem, characterizing trends, estimating the economic burden, improving knowledge among health professionals, policy makers and the workers, and designing, implementing and evaluating appropriate interventions.

Source : http://www.worksafebc.com/contact_us/research/research_results/res_60_10_750.asp

Guide de sélection de gants de protection

L'objectif de ce nouveau site Web est de fournir l'information nécessaire afin d'aider les individus et les responsables SST à identifier des gants de protection en adéquation avec leurs besoins.

Source : http://www.irsst.qc.ca/gants/fr/index.html

Triaxial measurements of the performance of anti-vibration gloves

Previous studies of anti-vibration gloves have typically only considered the effect that a glove might have in the direction of compression of the glove material. This project investigates the performance of an anti-vibration glove taking account of the influence that the glove might have in three axes. This requires consideration of the performance of the glove material in both compression and shear. Since the adoption of the revised international standard ISO 5349-1:2001 in the UK as BS EN ISO 5349-1:2001 and the implementation of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, the technique for assessment of exposure to vibration requires the measurement of data in three axes to provide a total vibration value. It therefore follows that any estimate of the performance of a glove intended to reduce the vibration exposure of an operator should also consider all three vibration axes.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr795.htm

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