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Results of the Finnish national survey investigating safety management, collaboration and work environment in the chemical industry

The aim of this study is to explore the effects of the OSH legislation, collaboration and management. These variables had an effect on the continuous improvement of OSH, the safety training, the safe use of chemicals, the use of personal protective equipments, the monitoring of the work environment and the arrangement of occupational health care. The respondents to the questionnaire survey were OSH managers (N = 85) and workers' OSH representatives (N = 120) working in the chemical industry. The present results found that workers' OSH representatives believed more strongly than OSH managers in the effects of OSH legislation, collaboration and activities of the management with respect to their practical values for improving OSH. Safety should be considered in the organizational context in which technical controls and work processes are applied. Effects of preventive measures should be followed-up better than is nowadays done. The top-level management in the plants should also promote the activities of middle-management and encourage collaboration in order to improve managers and workers' commitment to the goals of the organizations. Management should define the correct OSH goals and strategies signalling the importance of safety with respect to other organizational goals. With respect to OSH research design this study represents an opportunity for researchers to undertake longitudinal research in the safety in the chemical industry's leadership and process safety.

Source: Niskanen T, Louhelainen K, Hirvonen ML. Safety Sci. 2014; 70: 233-245.

Pilot project to research the need to update HSE on the occupational health risks in the woodworking industry

This report presents the findings of a pilot project to research the need to update HSE's evidence base for wood dust exposure risks in GB manufacturing and construction industries.
Information was sourced from businesses which had participated in previous exposure surveys, contact with manufacturing (woodworking) businesses and trade associations, a literature review of papers reporting wood dust exposure data, and occupational hygiene surveys for wood dust exposure at three construction sites. The report finds there to be:
- uncertainty whether the control of occupational exposure to wood dust has improved since 2000;
- limited understanding of exposure risk to wood dust in construction;
- a lack of reliable, current intelligence on exposure risk to wood dust;
- limited understanding of the changing patterns of wood usage;
- lack of clarity on the changing profile of the woodworking industry.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr1011.htm

Un nouveau cadre stratégique européen en matière de santé et sécurité au travail (2014-2020)

La Commission européenne a publié la Communication relative à un cadre stratégique de l'UE en matière de santé et sécurité au travail pour les six prochaines années. Compte tenu du bilan de la précédente stratégie (2007-2012), elle définit trois défis à relever :
- Faire en sorte que la législation soit mieux respectée dans les États membres, notamment en augmentant la capacité des micro-entreprises et des petites entreprises d'adopter des mesures de prévention des risques efficaces et efficientes
- Améliorer la prévention des maladies liées au travail en s'attaquant aux risques existants, nouveaux et émergents
- Faire face à l'évolution démographique.

Source: http://www.eurogip.fr/fr/eurogip-infos-actu?id=3726

A close shave

The report covers the following subjects: the health and safety problem, good Belgian examples, European measures, good European examples and good examples from individual countries. The ENWHP Secretariat at Prevent-Foundation and several ENWHP members were involved in the collection of good practices.

Source: http://www.enwhp.org/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/ESF-PROJECT-EN_OSH_among_hairdressers.pdf

Green Jobs, new risks?

New and emerging risks to occupational safety and health in the electricity sector
This report describes a workshop, based on the EU-OSHA Foresight project, held in Brussels on 20 March 2014 for the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (SSDC) Electricity. The objectives were: 1. To engage in a discussion on new and emerging risks in the electricity sector with the members of the SSDC Electricity building on the EU-OSHA Foresight project; 2. To stimulate their interest in the findings of the project relevant to their sector; and 3. To demonstrate how scenarios can be used to anticipate new and emerging risks and to explore policy options to address these.

Source: https://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/green-jobs-new-risks-new-and-emerging-risks-to-occupational-safety-and-health-in-the-electricity-sector

OSHwiki: connecting the OSH community

OSHwiki is the new way to network online with the rest of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Community. Professionals can add to the body of OSH knowledge quickly and easily, edit content jointly with others in their networks or create new content on topics that interest them.

Source: https://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/promotional_material/oshwiki-connecting-the-osh-community/view

Parce que la prévention au travail, c’est important !

Le Rapport d'activité 2013 de l'Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), est disponible pour consultation sur le site Web de l'institut.

Source: http://www.irsst.qc.ca/media/documents/arbonouv/a-propos/rapport-annuel/2013-IRSST_RA.pdf

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