2014-04-01 12:00 - Messages

History of occupational safety and health preserved in new website

A law stipulating that women and children aged 13-18 could only work 63 hours per week in factories and another one setting out the first compensation structure for injured workers are listed on a new website that charts more than 200 years of industrial history. 
These two laws, from 1847 and 1897 retrospectively, are among many mentioned on the website, which shows how the UK has become one of the safest places in the world to work.
Set to become an invaluable resource for students, academics, health and safety professionals and others with a general interest in industrial history, the History of Occupational Safety and Health website - at www.historyofosh.org.uk - sets out developments from the 1802 Factory Act to various regulation changes made by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last year.   

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1298

Working conditions

New survey reveals deterioration and wide disparities in worker satisfaction
While just over half of European workers perceive working conditions in their country to be good (53%),a majority (57%) nevertheless think that their working conditions have deteriorated in the last 5 years, according to a Eurobarometer survey published today, which looks at how the quality of work has been affected by the crisis.
Although most workers are satisfied with their own working conditions (77% on average in the EU), there is a very wide disparity across Member States, ranging from 94% in Denmark to 38% in Greece. Generally, most workers express high levels of satisfaction with their working hours (80%) and health and safety at work (85%).

Source: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=89&newsId=2063&furtherNews

Guide de prévention Soudage-coupage

Comptant près de 140 procédés différents, les opérations de soudage produisent plusieurs agresseurs : fumées, gaz, rayonnements, chaleur et bruit; en plus de présenter différents risques : incendie, explosion, électrisation et projections de particules.
Ce guide de prévention a été conçu à l'intention des travailleurs qui exercent des activités de soudage et coupage, de leurs superviseurs et des membres des comités de santé et de sécurité dans le but de les aider à prévenir les accidents et les maladies professionnelles reliés à ces travaux. Cette deuxième édition de 140 pages, abondamment illustrée, présente des moyens de prévention axés sur la captation des contaminants, l'aménagement des lieux, la protection individuelle, l'inspection du matériel, son entretien et l'utilisation de bonnes méthodes de travail.

Source: http://www.asphme.org/upload/pdf/soudage.pdf

Safety in docks

L148 Safety in Docks: Approved Code of Practice and guidance (ACOP) covers safety in dock operations and is aimed at those who have a duty to comply with provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. This includes people who control dock premises, suppliers of plant and equipment, dock employers, managers, safety officers, safety representatives and workers.
The ACOP has been developed through close consultation with employer and employee representatives, and has been designed to address both the larger end of the industry as well as those engaged in dock work in small harbours. The focus is on helping dutyholders of all sizes to easily understand the key requirements needed to comply with the general duties of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and other relevant statutory provisions.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l148.htm

NIOSH Follows Workers as they Age

New Topic Page Promotes Healthy Aging
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a new topic page that offers a worker-focused perspective on health and safety and chronic disease issues related to aging. This is one of the first NIOSH topic pages to co-align with the existing Total Worker HealthTM webpage.
Employers increasingly see the value that older workers bring to the job, including greater institutional knowledge and wealth of experience, productive work habits, lower stress, and higher likelihood of getting along with their colleagues. Older workers also tend to be more cautious on the job and more likely to follow safety rules and regulations. As older workers experience chronic conditions, their health and safety on the job is jeopardized.
The new topic page, titled Healthy Aging at Work, along with its associated subpages, features a compilation of recommendations for healthy aging in the workplace as well as NIOSH research on the subject. Future planned updates include expanding on research needs as well as information specific to health risks such as hearing loss and musculoskeletal disorders. The page also features simple strategies and workplace solutions for an age-friendly workplace.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-04-01-14.html

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