2012-04-01 12:00 - Messages

Sickness-related absenteeism in the private sector

The first of four studies about absenteeism by the Centre for Population, Poverty and Socio-Economic Policy Studies based on research in 2009 and 2010 examines absenteeism due to illness in Luxembourg's private companies. The rate of absenteeism increased slightly between 2009 and 2010 but remains lower than in Belgium, France and Germany. The rate for blue-collar workers is twice as high as that for white-collar workers. Age, sector and company size also have an impact.

Source : http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/ewco/2011/11/LU1111011I.htm

Point statistique AT/MP ALLEMAGNE - 2009-2010

Collection de données statistiques relatives aux accidents du travail (AT), maladies professionnelles(MP) et accidents de trajet en Allemagne pour la période 2009-2010.

Source : http://www.eurogip.fr/fr/docs/Eurogip_Point_stat_All0910_71FR.pdf.pdf

Fifth European Working Conditions Survey

Overview report
Work plays a significant role in the lives of people, companies and society at large. Since its inception, the European Union has paid considerable attention to work, and improving working conditions is one of its key policy goals. The European Working Conditions Survey series (the ‘EWCS') aims to: Measure working conditions across European countries on a harmonised basis; analyse relationships between different aspects of working conditions; identify groups at risks and issues of concern, as well as areas of progress; monitor trends over time; and contribute to European policy development, in particular on quality of work and employment issues. At the time the fifth edition of the survey was carried out, about 216 million people were employed in the EU27 main reference area of the survey. A total of 44,000 workers from 34 European countries were interviewed in 2010 on their working and employment conditions.

Source : http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/htmlfiles/ef1182.htm

Working conditions in Korea

Survey highlights
The Korean service sector has grown since the first survey on working conditions was conducted in 2006. The characteristics of the labour market are similar to those of the EU labour market, although long working hours are still a major issue to be tackled, along with discrimination against women, older workers and temporary employees. The principal work-related risk factor is poor ergonomics, particularly in smaller businesses, which have poorer working environments than larger companies. The survey is modelled on Eurofound's European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS).

Source : http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/htmlfiles/ef1219.htm

Premières statistiques 2011 du Fonds des maladies professionnelles

1ere partie:
1) Incapacité de travail
2) Décès
2e partie:
1) Incapacité permanente
2) Ayants droit

Source : http://www.fmp.fgov.be/Pdfdocs/Rapports/premieres_statistiques_2011.pdf

Shipyard fatalities in Turkey

The objective of this paper is to investigate causes and incidence rates of 115 fatalities between 2000 and 2010 in Turkish shipyards and to propose mitigation measures. The fatality rate in Turkish shipbuilding industry is unacceptably high, being 3.5 times the average of all industry groups. Classification of fatal occupational accidents revealed five major fatality reasons for the shipbuilding industry; falling from higher elevation to a lower level, exposed to electric shock, fire and/or explosion, being struck by or struck against objects, and caught in between. The highest number of cases of fatal accidents was found among welders, blasters, painters and substructure workers. Statistically analyzed data showed that working on Mondays and Saturdays have special impact on the fatality probability. Also, the number of fatalities is highest in working temperatures above average 25 °C, which covers from June through September. Strategies recommended to minimize the fatalities at shipyards are discussed. Furthermore a risk framework of fatal occupational accidents were drawn so that when working conditions are within the high risk region, extra precautions can be taken in order to minimize the occurrence of accidents and fatalities.

Source : Barlas B. Safety Sci. 2012; 50(5): 1247-1252.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2011.12.037

Status and future tasks of coal mining safety in China

In general, contexts of coal mining safety involve technology, administration and socioeconomic environment as well. This paper presents statistical analysis of China coal mine accidents in recent years and analyzes the reasons causing coal mining high risk from technical and socioeconomic viewpoints. Social and economic reform has been unleashing social, economical factors that are driving a fundamental transformation of new workplace safety problems and making China coal mining safety take on Chinese features. Compared with major state-owned and local state-owned coalmines, township and village coalmines are most dangerous coal mines with highest occupational risks. The incidence and death toll of ceiling accidents are higher than those of accidents such as gas, machinery, electricity, transportation, flood, and fire. New organizational risks appeared with rapid development of state-owned coal mines' reorganization. Low skilled labors restrict both technical renovation and safety management. The Government has adopted a systematic arrangement to improve coal mining safety such as closing the township and village coalmines that cannot meet the standard of safety, reinforcing the supervision over coal mining safety, strengthening technological renovation and enhancing work safety input.

Source : He X, Song L. Safety Sci. 2012; 50(4): 894-898.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2011.08.012

Getting Closer to Understanding the Economic Burden of Occupational Injury and Illness

A recently published landmark paper by J. Paul Leigh (Milbank Quarterly 2011 89 (6):728-772 ) makes a significant contribution to understanding the economic burden of occupational illness and injury.  The paper entitled “Economic Burden of Occupational Injury and Illness in the United States” shows that the annual direct and indirect costs are at least $250 billion. This amount exceeds the individual cost of cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Source : http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2012/03/oshcost/

Pathologies recensées par le réseau national de vigilance et de prévention des pathologies professionnelles entre 2001 et 2009 (RNV3P)

Cet article reprend les principaux résultats du rapport scientifique du réseau national de vigilance et de prévention des pathologies professionnells (RNV3P), publié en octobre 2011.
Entre 2001 et 2009, 118 852 problèmes de santé au travail (PST) ont été signalés au sein des centres de consultations de pathologie professionnelle (CCPP) du Réseau national de vigilance et de prévention des pathologies professionnelles (RNV3P). Parmi ceux-ci, 47 768 pathologies en relation avec le travail ont été diagnostiquées (imputabilité possible, probable ou certaine).
Les psychopathologies mises en relation avec les conditions de travail augmentent de façon linéaire depuis 2001, et notamment dans les secteurs "immobilier-location et services aux entreprises", "administration publique" et "autres services collectifs et sociaux personnels".
Les pathologies ostéo-articulaires en relation avec le travail augmentent dans tous les secteurs depuis 2008 et antérieurement dans le secteur "immobilier-location et services aux entreprises" et "administration publique".
Les asthmes en relation avec le travail signalés entre 2001 et 2009 diminuent, notamment dans les industries du caoutchouc et des plastiques. Il s'agit d'asthmes associés aux résines et colles, au caoutchouc ou aux métaux et, en termes de substances, aux isocyanates et aux aldéhydes. Une augmentation est observée pour ceux associés aux ammoniums quaternaires.
Les dermatites de contact en relation avec le travail augmentent,notamment dans les secteurs "hôtellerie et restauration", "administration publique" et "autres services collectifs et sociaux personnels", les expositions concernant les résines époxy, les parfums et les thiazoles. À l'inverse, une diminution des dermatites de contact associées aux poussières inorganiques (ciment), aux détergents et aux produits d'origine végétale est observée.

Source : http://www.dmt-prevention.fr/inrs-pub/inrs01.nsf/IntranetObject-accesParReference/DMT_TF%20200/$File/Visu.html

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