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New website for construction safety

The BAR Bygge & Anlæg (Sectoral Working Environment Council on Building and Construction) in Denmark launched a new website dealing with construction safety. The website is available in four languages: Danish, English, Polish and German. It contains 15 different areas, each of them covering one profession at the construction site: bricklayer, scaffold builder, glazier, floor fitter, construction builder, mason paviour, building builder, electrician, painter, demolition worker, roofer, carpenter, plumber, asphalt worker and safety representative.

Source : http://www.enetosh.net/webcom/show_article.php/_c-29/_lkm-9/i.html
SAFE-CONSTRUCTION.DK : http://www.safe-construction.dk/

Joint investigation of working conditions, environmental and system performance at recycling centres

Development of instruments and their usage
"Recycling is a new and developing industry, which has only been researched to a limited extent. This article describes the development and use of instruments for data collection within a multidisciplinary research programme "Recycling centres in Sweden ­ working conditions, environmental and system performance". The overall purpose of the programme was to form a basis for improving the function of recycling centres with respect to these three perspectives and the disciplines of: ergonomics, safety, external environment, and production systems. A total of 10 instruments were developed for collecting data from employees, managers and visitors at recycling centres, including one instrument for observing visitors. Validation tests were performed in several steps. This, along with the quality of the collected data, and experience from the data collection, showed that the instruments and methodology used were valid and suitable for their purpose."

Source : http://www.labourline.org/Record.htm?idlist=3&record=19295103124910133859

Projets de recherche pour l'Agence européenne pour la santé et la sécurité au travail

Au cours de cette année 2010, Prevent réalisera une série d'études pour le Topic Centre OSH de l'Agence européenne de Bilbao. Ces études consisteront à analyser la littérature, recenser des études de cas et établir des rapports 'state-of-the-art' sur les thèmes suivants : soins de santé mentale, prévention et leadership, mesures de prévention ayant démontré leur efficacité, une approche globale de la prévention en milieu scolaire et la part des problèmes de santé liés au travail.

Source : http://fr.prevent.be/net/net01.nsf/p/CB18E1FAA2732F2EC1257707004C9A90

OHS harmonisation update

Model work health and safety Act
In 2008, the Commonwealth, state and territory governments signed an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) to harmonise workplace health and safety laws by the end of 2011.
Safe Work Australia is responsible for developing a national model work health and safety Act with the assistance of the Commonwealth, states and territories and representatives of unions and employer associations. The model legislation will consist of a principal work health and safety Act, supported by model regulations and codes of practice that will be adopted in each jurisdiction.

Source : http://www.safetysolutions.net.au/articles/39922?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Emailmarketingsoftware&utm_content=429156603&utm_campaign=ss_1004a+_+okrkrk&utm_term=readmoreonthisArticle

Occupational Fatalities, Injuries, Illnesses, and Related Economic Loss in the Wholesale and Retail Trade Sector

The wholesale and retail trade (WRT) sector employs over 21 million workers, or nearly 19% of the annual average employment in private industry. The perception is that workers in this sector are generally at low risk of occupational injury and death. These workers, however, are engaged in a wide range of demanding job activities and are exposed to a variety of hazards. Prior to this report, a comprehensive appraisal of the occupational fatal and nonfatal burdens affecting the retail and wholesale sectors was lacking. The focus of this review is to assess the overall occupational safety and health burden in WRT and to identify various subsectors that have high rates of burden from occupational causes. Ultimately, these findings should be useful for targeted intervention efforts.

Source : American Journal of Industrial Medicine, March 2010


OSHA Introduces New Strategic Plan

As part of the Department of Labor's (DOL) new 6-year strategic plan, OSHA unveiled its goals, strategies and approaches for improving workplace safety and health, with a focus on enforcement, reducing fatalities, maintaining a strong outreach and education program, improving “voice in the workplace” and more.

The DOL Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2010-2016 is required through the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act. According to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, DOL's plan will “demonstrate how the department has aligned its strategic direction, goals and performance measures” to achieve the goal of “good jobs for everyone.” DOL's plan is expected to be in place by Sept. 30, 2010.

Source : http://ehstoday.com/standards/osha/osha-introduces-strategic-plan-5949/

HSE’s Business Plan for 2010/11

The plan sets out the main actions which HSE will take to progress the strategy, The Health and Safety of Great Britain // Be part of the solution launched in June 2009. It also outlines the work we will do to support others in our shared mission to prevent death, injury and ill health to those at work or those affected by work activities.

Source : http://news.hse.gov.uk/2010/04/01/hse%e2%80%99s-business-plan-for-201011/

Labour inspection in Europe

Fighting undeclared work and trafficking
This report was prepared as reference document for a meeting held in Budapest (29-30 October 2009) on labour inspection and undeclared work migration and trafficking in Europe. It highlights some of the different labour inspection measures taken in law and practice by the EU countries and it is based in part on a questionnaire filled out by participants prior to the event. A series of guidelines were prepared and endorsed by the experts based on the discussions with the hope that they will assist labour inspectorates and policy makers as they work toward developing more effective and better coordinated labour inspection responses to the phenomenon of undeclared work.

Source : http://osha.europa.eu/en/news/INT-ILO-Labour-inspection

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