2012-12-01 12:00 - Messages

A review of the literature on effective leadership behaviours for safety

There is widespread agreement between industry, regulators, academics and the press that leadership is a key component of a safe organisation. This view is widely supported by findings from almost all major incident inquiries and investigations. However, the widespread agreement that leadership is central to safety does not extend to how leadership should deliver safety, what needs to be done, and rather importantly, who should be doing it. While there is considerable literature on leadership, very little of this addresses the issue of safety, particularly in the major hazard sector.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr952.pdf


Pre-conditioning for success: Characteristics and factors ensuring a safe build for the Olympic Park

This research has looked to identify factors which have contributed to the London 2012 Olympic Park being delivered on time, on budget and with an exemplary health and safety record. Where other research has captured 'how' things were done, this research has explored 'why' and focused on the underpinning human and organisational interactions. The research has tapped in to the close-out and lessons learnt activities for six of the venue and infrastructure projects. In addition interviews were conducted with executives from the Olympic Delivery Authority as client, their Delivery Partner and contractors. Emerging findings were triangulated with observations from other health and safety research teams and evidence from diverse aspects of the build programme contained in the London 2012 learning legacy publications. Findings centre on the underpinning role of human characteristics like respect, trust, clarity, pre-emption, challenge, consistency, collaboration, motivation, empowerment, communication, open-ness, fairness and assurance. Their practical influence on approaches to, and effectiveness of, leadership, worker involvement, cultural change, communication systems, risk management, monitoring and assurance are brought out.

It is concluded that many of the principles offer potential benefits across a wide range of construction projects, with implementation scalable to suit the simplicity or complexity of the work. Corresponding recommendations are presented for different parties in the construction supply chain.

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr955.pdf

Une nouvelle recommandation pour le travail en milieux confinés

La CNAMTS vient d’émettre une nouvelle recommandation encadrant le travail des opérateurs intervenant dans les réseaux d’eau et d’assainissement. Cette dernière remplace la R447, effective depuis juin 2009, et vise à mettre en place un référentiel commun de formation des travailleurs intervenant en milieux confinés proposé par l’INRS. Cette recommandation concerne les milliers de travailleurs opérant dans les égouts, les galeries techniques ou les châteaux d’eau qui font face à de nombreux risques d’accidents (morsures, noyades, électrocutions, intoxications, etc.).

Source : http://www.preventionbtp.fr/Magazine/Infos-express/Droit/Une-nouvelle-recommandation-pour-le-travail-en-milieux-confines

Design optimization of hazardous substance storage facilities to minimize project risk

The storage of dangerous substances is a high risk procedure: a historical analysis revealed that 17% of the major accidents associated with the chemical industry are related to this process. When a storage facility is designed, the investment in safety is not always optimal. The safety measures that are applied are sometimes redundant or ill-maintained. One way to improve safety in a storage facility would be to take advantage of the fact that dividing the mass of dangerous substance results in less catastrophic accidents. In this paper, we present a new method for optimizing the design of storage plants and minimizing the risk by calculating the ideal number of tanks and improving the way in which money is invested in safety. This is achieved by redefining how to estimate risk and by applying the principles of mathematical optimization to quantitative risk analysis. The method is explained step by step. We also present two case studies and a validation of the method using risk analysis software and iso-risk curves.

Source : Bernechea EJ, Arnaldos Viger J. Safety Sci. 2013; 51(1): 49-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2012.06.007

Move IT! Rig Move Safety for Truckers

This video covers rig move safety for truckers in the oil and gas fields. It helps make sense of the organized chaos that accompanies a rig move and highlights some easy ways to lower the risk of being injured or killed when moving to a new location. (Audience: land-based oil and gas drilling and service workers)

Source : http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/video/2012-168d/

Les tableaux comparatifs des lois et politiques sur les accidents du travail sont actualisées pour 2012 (Partie 1)

L’information suivante sur la législation et politique sur les accidents du travail a été mise à jour:

  • Structure des lois canadiennes sur les accidents du travail;
  • Entité / Conseil d'administration (Gouvernance)
  • Pouvoirs, fonctions et juridiction
  • Pouvoirs financiers / Rapport annuel
  • Fonds / Réserves / Avoirs
  • Procédures d’appel
  • Droit d'action (et subrogation)

Source : http://awcbc.org/fr/workerscompensationlegislationbytopic.asp


Study: Encouraging Incident Reporting Leads to Improved Safety Culture

A new study focusing on the effects of incident reporting within a radiation oncology department suggests that encouraging reporting of errors and incidents can improve safety measures, safety performance and employees’ perceptions of safety.

Source : http://ehstoday.com/safety/study-encouraging-incident-reporting-leads-improved-safety-culture

Through-the-Earth, Post-Accident Communications—an Emerging Technology

A NIOSH Technology News report on technology to provide a two-way communications system to improve miners' ability to communicate from underground to surface.

Source : http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/UserFiles/Works/pdfs/2013-105.pdf

How to Energize Your Safety Inspection Process

Are your safety inspections becoming routine? If something is lacking in your safety inspection process, maybe one of these suggestions from Milliken & Co., a two-time America's Safest Company, can help energize employees and improve the process. Common practice for safety inspections entails review of a lengthy list of compliance-slanted audit elements by a small number of safety professionals or other managers. While this process has merit, your overall safety inspection mechanism can be enhanced in order to energize the culture and achieve even greater returns. These five easy launch steps will move your safety process from common to uncommon while energizing your entire plant.

Source : http://ehstoday.com/safety/how-energize-your-safety-inspection-process


Une norme ISO aidera à gérer le risque d'exposition au radon

Une nouvelle norme ISO en plusieurs parties permettra d'évaluer l'exposition aux rayonnements de sources de radioactivité d’origine naturelle dans l'environnement et les bâtiments, en particulier le radon. Ce gaz est considéré comme la deuxième cause de cancer pulmonaire après le tabagisme dans de nombreux pays. L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) estime que, dans le monde entier, la proportion des cancers des poumons qui lui est imputable est comprise entre 3 % et 14 %

Source : http://www.iso.org/iso/fr/home/news_index/news_archive/news.htm?refid=Ref1684

Speaker at OHS lecture calls for modernized approach to prevention

Government occupational health and safety systems no longer meet the challenges of today's workplaces, and policy-makers across Canada and the United States need to adopt a new approach, an OHS expert told a gathering at the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) in Toronto last week.

Source : http://www.cos-mag.com/hygiene/hygiene-stories/speaker-at-ohs-lecture-calls-for-modernized-approach-to-prevention.html

Eclairage naturel des bâtiments professionnels : le retard français

Depuis de nombreuses années, l’impact positif de la lumière naturelle sur le bien-être des salariés est scientifiquement prouvé. L’utilisation de la lumière naturelle dans l’éclairage est en outre source d’économie d’énergie et de réduction des coûts.
Pourtant la législation française reste floue sur la définition des seuils de luminosité naturelle nécessaires sur les lieux de travail

Source : http://www.preventica.com/actu-enbref-eclairage-naturel-batiments-professionnels-france-1151112.php


Potential for leaks of LPG from underground pipes into caravans and park homes

A key factor leading to the fatal explosion at ICL Plastics Ltd was corrosion of underground metallic service pipework carrying LPG into the factory building. Leaking of LPG from the corroded pipe into the building with its subsequent ignition resulted in the explosion. A programme to replace buried metallic service pipework with pipework made from non-corrosive materials such as polyethylene at industrial and commercial premises is currently underway. The replacement of such pipework supplying LPG to communal buildings at Residential Home and Holiday Parks forms part of this programme. This report considers ventilation requirements for caravans and park homes which have a skirt installed to enclose the volume underneath them. The amount of ventilation required is considered in relation to the possibility of LPG leaking into the space under the caravan/park home due to corrosion of any underground LPG service pipe which rises under it.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr945.pdf

Une chaîne Youtube dédiée au bien-être au travail

La CPAM des Hauts de Seine innove pour préserver le bien-être au travail de ses salariés et met en ligne sur Youtube une web série Bien-être et santé.
Stress, tensions accumulées devant un ordinateur, en voiture, en transports en commun... la CPAM des Hauts de Seine entend préserver la santé de ses salariés et de ses assurés en leur offrant une série de conseils destinés à se détendre.

Six petits films mis en ligne sur Youtube proposent des exercices d’étirements musculaires pour toutes les parties du corps sollicitées lors de stations assises prolongées : pectoraux; mains-poignets; épaules-cou-bras; dos; fessiers; taille

La chaîne Youtube « Bien être et santé de la CPAM 92 » :


Soins des patients obèses

Être soigné dans la dignité, aussi une question de sécurité

Ce dossier thématique de l'ASSTSAS présente notamment une vidéo sur l'importance de soigner les patients obèses dans la dignité et avec des équipements adéquats. On observe dans divers établissement du secteur de la santé une augmentation constante de la clientèle souffrant d'obésité. Il importe que le personnel soignant soit prudent et bien outillé lorsqu'il s'occupe de la clientèle obèse afin de prévenir les accidents du travail et les blessures aux patients.

Source : http://www.asstsas.qc.ca/dossiers-thematiques/deplacements-manutention/soins-des-patients-obeses.html

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