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Psychosocial Safety Climate and Better Productivity in Australian Workplaces

Costs, Productivity, Presenteeism, Absenteeism
Why has this research been done?
•Sickness absence and presenteeism have a direct impact on organisation productivity
•Previous research has indicated that Psychosocial safety climate (PSC) and the psychological health outcomes of depression, psychological distress and disengagement have an important impact on sickness absence and presenteeism and may therefore have the capacity to impact an organisation's productivity.
•This research quantifies the cost of poor organisational PSC and poor psychosocial health and highlights the productivity benefits and gains to worker wellbeing that can be achieved by addressing mental health in the workplace.
What did we find?
•The total cost of low levels of PSC to Australian employers is estimated to be approximately $6 billion per annum.
•The total cost of depression to Australian employers through presenteeism and absenteeism is estimated to be approximately $6.3 billion per annum.

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/984/psychosocial-safety-climate-and-better-productivity-in-australian-workplaces-nov-2016.pdf

Sixth European Working Conditions Survey

The sixth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) builds on the lessons learned from the previous five surveys to paint a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. EU employment policy priorities aim to boost employment levels, prolong working life, increase the participation of women, develop productivity and innovation and adapt to the digital challenge. The success of these policies depends not just on changes in the external labour market but also on developing good working conditions and job quality. The findings from the EWCS draw attention to the range and scope of actions that policy actors could develop to address the challenges facing Europe today. The analysis explores the findings using seven indices of job quality – physical environment, work intensity, working time quality, social environment, skills and discretion, prospects and earnings – and categorises workers into five typical job quality profiles. Based on face-to-face interviews with 43,850 workers in 35 European countries, the sixth EWCS attempts to capture the multi-faceted dimensions of work in Europe today.

Source: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/report/2016/working-conditions/sixth-european-working-conditions-survey-overview-report

U.S. Firefighter Injuries - 2015

The report includes statistics on line-of-duty firfighter injuries from NFPA's survey of fire departments – including non-incident-related injuries, trends, and brief narratives on selected incidents. This report focuses on acute injuries and recorded exposures versus chronic pathologies. Fireground injuries occur at the fire emergency scene and the surrounding area. Non-fireground injuries are all other injuries that occur outside of the fireground, these include responding and returning from incidents, non-fire emergencies, training and other on-duty activities.

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/the-fire-service/fatalities-and-injuries/firefighter-injuries-in-the-united-states

Surveillance for Silicosis

Michigan and New Jersey, 2003–2011
CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), state health departments, and other state entities maintain a state-based surveillance program of confirmed silicosis cases. Data on confirmed cases are collected and compiled by state entities and submitted to CDC. This report summarizes information for cases of silicosis that were reported to CDC for 2003–2011 by Michigan and New Jersey, the only states that continue to provide data voluntarily to NIOSH.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/63/wr/mm6355a7.htm

Elevated Blood Lead Levels Among Employed Adults

United States, 1994–2013
Since 1987, NIOSH and state health departments have maintained the Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) Program, a state-based surveillance program of laboratory-reported adult BLLs. The BLL is an often-used estimate of recent external exposure to lead. This report summarizes data on elevated BLLs among employed adults during January 1, 1994–December 31, 2013.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/63/wr/mm6355a5.htm

Silicosis and coal workers pneumoconiosis 2016

Annual new cases assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) have reduced during the last 10 years from around 80 cases per year on average during 2005-2007 to around 40 cases per year during 2013-2015.
Over 50 estimated new cases were identified by specialist chest doctors in both 2014 and 2015. Prior to this annual estimated cases fluctuated between 10 and 30 cases per year.
There have typically been between 10 and 20 annual deaths from silicosis over the last 10 years, with 10 deaths in 2014.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/pneumoconiosis/pneumoconiosis-and-silicosis.pdf

Work-related and Occupational Asthma in Great Britain 2016

Work-related asthma describes all adult asthma where there is an association between symptoms and work, including work-aggravated asthma and a smaller numbers of cases of occupational asthma often caused directly by exposure to respiratory sensitisers in the workplace.
The latest information shows:
- There are currently an estimated 14,000 (95% confidence interval: 10,000 – 17,000) new cases of “breathing and lung problems” each year caused or made worse by work according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS). A substantial proportion of these may be work-related asthma.
- Annual numbers of individual case reports of occupational asthma by chest physicians in SWORD and via the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) scheme are much lower.
- In 2015 there were 117 estimated new cases of occupational asthma reported within SWORD and 70 new cases assessed for IIDB. These are likely to underestimate of the true scale of occupational asthma.
- Analyses of SWORD data do not provide strong evidence of a downward trend in the annual incidence of occupational asthma since 2007, although annual IIDB cases have tended to reduce.
- The occupations with the highest rates of new cases per year within SWORD were 'vehicle paint technicians' and 'bakers and flour confectioners'.
-The most common causes of occupational asthma continue to be isocyanates, and flour/grain.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/asthma/asthma.pdf

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