2012-08-01 12:00 - Messages

Vehicle Safety in the Workplace

HSE has put together some ‘before-and-after’ interactive case studies to help you think and talk about vehicle safety in the workplace.  The case studies are based on events that Inspectors have reported.  To view these go to: HSE's Vehicles at Work Webpage.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/sitesafe/index.htm?ebul=gd-leather&cr=3-Aug-2012

Health and safety in roof work

Roof work is a high-risk activity because it involves working at height, sometimes with fragile materials such as roof lights and asbestos cement roofing sheets.
This fourth edition of the construction industry guidance identifies the main causes of accidents and ill health in roof work and ways to prevent or control risk

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg33.pdf

Characteristics of effective health and safety committees

BACKGROUND: Although perhaps the most common worker-management structure, there has been surprisingly little research on describing and evaluating the characteristics of health and safety committees. METHODS: A survey of 380 health and safety committee members from 176 manufacturing workplaces was supplemented with administrative data and compared with reported workers' compensation rates. Survey respondents also reported perceptions of overall safety, committee, effectiveness, committee activities, and "best practices." RESULTS: Extensive descriptive data is presented, including a mean of 8.7 members per committee spending 1,167 hr per year on committee business for an estimate of $40,500 worth of time per committee. Higher speed to correct action items, a focus on ergonomics, and planning for safety training was associated with lower injury rates. The discrepancy between managers and hourly committee members in estimating overall safety was strongly positively associated with injury rates. CONCLUSIONS: Communications and worker involvement may be important to address discrepancy issues. Prospective studies are needed to distinguish directionality of associations

Source : Characteristics of effective health and safety committees: Survey results . Morse T, Bracker A, Warren N, Goyzueta J, Cook M. Am. J. Ind. Med. 2012; ePub


Agriculture – Children and public safety

People often believe that farm children understand farm risks, but most children who die in farm incidents are family members. A few straightforward steps, and proper supervision of children, will reduce these risks. Other members of the public may also be at risk, eg when using public rights of way through fields containing cattle and calves.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/agriculture/topics/children.htm?eban=govdel-risk&cr=07-Aug-2012

Se brancher sur la sécurité : Les batteries des chariots élévateurs électriques

Sous-titré L'utilisation sécuritaire, le nouveau guide de Via Prévention présente les moyens pour minimiser tous ces risques. Le document reprend également les principales composantes techniques de l'équipement et expose les spécifications normatives encadrant les activités de santé sécurité du travail d'une utilisation sécuritaire des batteries

Source : http://www.viaprevention.com/upload/viaprevention/publications/201289103310-2.pdf

Motor vehicle repair – Case studies

HSE case studies covering some of the main causes of injury and work-related ill health in motor vehicle repair (MVR), including: wheel and tyre explosions, slips and trips, falls from height and exposure to isocyanate in paint.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/mvr/experience.htm?eban=govdel-workplace-transport&cr=01-Aug-2012

PEROSH paper on sustainable workplaces of the future

PEROSH, the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health, has published an interesting new paper on 'Sustainable workplaces of the future - European Research Challenges for Occupational Safety and Health'. Via a consultation process, the PEROSH members identified the major trends and future challenges in the world of work and their impact on OSH. They also analysed future research needs, solutions and deliverables that will be necessary in the long run to ensure a healthy working life for Europe's workforce. The consultation of the PEROSH member institutes led to the prioritisation of seven main research challenges that are significantly prevalent and innovative in terms of preventing ill health and occupational accidents.

Source : http://www.perosh.eu/per/per01.nsf/52b2da8b666e069080256aaa002ab228/29ced2b5bd7e584dc12579c3003eade7/$FILE/Perosh%20Research%20Cha%2351F19DA.pdf/Perosh%20Research%20Challenges_lowres.pdf

Mental health website

On May 31, 2012 the Government of British Columbia passed Bill 14 which addresses revisions to the Workers Compensation Act as it relates to compensation for mental disorders.

WorkSafeBC has created a Mental Health in the Workplace webpage with links to tools, publications and other resources designed to help promote mentally healthy workplaces.

Source : http://www2.worksafebc.com/Topics/workplacementalhealth/introduction.asp?reportID=36882

Best Practice Guidelines for Working on Roofs

The guidelines provide practical guidance to employers, contractors, employees, designers, principals, persons who control a place of work, and architects who are engaged in work associated with roofing. The guidelines apply to a wide range of work situations where workers are placed in a position from which falls are possible. These situations include new roof installations, re-roofing, repairs and maintenance work on roofs.

Importance is placed on managing the hazards associated with working on roofs by identifying hazards through planning, assessing, and controlling the hazards. This includes planning safe access to the roof, inspecting the roof for potential height hazards, and identifying and assessing brittle roofing.

Source : http://www.osh.dol.govt.nz/order/catalogue/pdf/roofs-best-practice.pdf


Surveillance médicale des travailleurs postés et/ou de nuit

La Société française de médecine du travail (SFMT) a publié en mai 2012 des recommandations de bonnes pratiques pour la surveillance médico-professionnelle des travailleurs postés et/ou de nuit. Cette démarche répond à une préoccupation publique d'importance, puisque environ 2 salariés sur 3 ont des horaires dits atypiques. La SFMT rappelle d'autre part que chez la femme le travail posté et/ou de nuit est un facteur de risque probable de cancer du sein.

Source: http://www.inrs.fr/accueil/header/actualites/surveillance-travailleur-nuit.html

Event safety – Safe use of temporary demountable structures

Information to help those organising events to manage the safe erection, use and deconstruction of temporary demountable structures (TDS).

Comprend notamment une liste : TDS dos and don'ts

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/event-safety/temporary-demountable-structures.htm

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