2010-02-01 12:00 - Messages

An Intervention for Overhead Drilling into Concrete

One of the most physically demanding tasks associated with musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) in the construction industry is overhead work, particularly drilling into concrete ceilings in order to hang pipes, ducts, conduit, and wiring trays. This research project refined and tested an intervention device called an Inverted Drill Press (IDP) that is designed to reduce the shoulder force, awkward neck postures, dust exposure and risk of falling associated with overhead drilling.  The IDP supports a hammer drill at the top of a ground-supported column that can be raised to the drilling site so the user can stay on the ground while drilling overhead. Construction workers and contractors participated in designing and testing the device.

Source : http://www.worksafebc.com/contact_us/research/research_results/res_60_10_670.asp

New website by social partners in agriculture on prevention of musculoskeletal disorders

This website is part of the project “Good practices in agriculture: social partners participation in the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders” funded by the European Commission. The project run from December 2008 till December 2009.
Goal of the project was to implement the European social partners' agreement of GEOPA-COPA and EFFAT by developing prevention policies and good practices to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in agriculture and to disseminate the results. Project partners: IDEWE (Belgium), University of Loughsborough (UK), CIOP (Poland), Swedish Univeristy of Agriculture and GEOPA-COPA.
For specific tasks in the agricultural sector such as milking cows, tractor driving, ground level manual crops, pruning, sorting, grading and packaging, and harvesting good practices to reduce MSDs were collected.

Source : http://osha.europa.eu/en/news/EU-New-website-agriculture-musculoskeletal-disorders

Dossier Manutention Levage

Dossier du mois de Preventica.com
- Levage industriel et manutention, de quoi parle t-on ?
- Les accidents du travail dus aux machines et appareils de levage et de manutention
- Ce que dit la loi

Source : http://www.preventica.com/dossier-risques-manutention-levage-industriel.php

A review of workplace transport safety and HSE commissioned work on manual handling and delivery of goods

The Heath and Safety Laboratory (HSL) was approached by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Workplace Transport programme to carry out a general literature review in the area of workplace transport safety. After discussions to establish the scope of the work, the project team identified that, for completeness of information, a review concerning the related aspect of manual handling and delivery of goods should also be included. This report presents the results of the literature review in the areas of a) workplace transport safety, and b) manual handling and delivery of goods.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr777.htm

TMS d’origine professionnelle : une préoccupation majeure

Numéro thématique du Bulletin épidémiologique habdomadaire
9 février 2010 / n°5-6

Source : http://www.invs.sante.fr/display/?doc=beh/2010/05_06/index.htm

Feasibility of using urinary biomarkers to identify occupational musculoskeletal disorders of the lower limbs

Interest has developed in biomarkers in body fluids, which are indicative of degradation of bone, cartilage and synovial tissue. These are currently being investigated in the clinical context in terms of diagnosis, prognosis and efficacy of treatment for rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis. There is also interest in the use of such biomarkers in sports medicine and now occupational medicine. The cause of occupational lower limb musculoskeletal disorders may involve complex multifactorial issues, such as psychological, and organisational factors as well as abnormal biological processes caused by over-use or abnormal loading of the knees, hips and ankles during various work activities. There is an interest in whether non-invasive biomarkers of bone, cartilage and synovium metabolism may add to other tools by objectively identifying the involvement and extent of specific abnormal biological processes in those who present with lower limb problems. Such biomarkers could be cost-effective tools in studying the efficacy of various intervention strategies in controlling the risk and incidence of occupationally related lower limb musculoskeletal disorders.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr773.htm

A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Training & Education for the Protection of Workers

Occupational health and safety (OHS) training is an important part of managing workplace hazards and risks. Such training may involve instruction on identifying occupational risks and how to control them, learning about safe workplace practices and how to properly use personal protective equipment.

Businesses want to know whether training can meet the goals of decreasing workplace injuries and illness, and whether the cost of training programs can be justified.

This systematic review was conducted to determine whether OHS training and education programs have a beneficial effect on workers and firms.

The review showed that:

  • Workplace education and training programs have a positive impact on OHS practices of workers. However, there is not enough high quality evidence to show whether OHS training on its own has an impact on health (for example, by reducing injuries or symptoms).
  • There is currently insufficient evidence to determine whether a single session of high engagement training has a greater impact compared to a single session of low/medium engagement training.

Source : http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/Training/sys_review_education_training_2010.html

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