2015-10-01 12:00 - Messages

Agricultural Media Coverage of Farm Safety

Review of the Literature
Agricultural media merit increased attention in addressing dynamic changes in safety aspects of one of the nation's most hazardous industries. Changes in farming, such as larger scale, new “niche” enterprises and new technologies, bring new forms of risk to the safety of those who live and work on farms and ranches. At the same time, traditional agricultural media – commercial firms that publish farm periodicals and commercial radio/television stations and networks that provide farm programming - are changing dramatically. In the face of media convergence, these enterprises provide an increasing menu of agricultural information services delivered by print, radio and television, plus a host of new electronic media. This review of literature addressed the role and importance of commercial agricultural media in the U.S., the scope and pattern of their safety coverage, and the opportunities they represent. The review involved searches of 14 bibliographic databases, as well as reference lists of relevant studies and contacts with farm safety experts. Analysis of 122 documents suggested that limited focus has been directed to the role of commercial agricultural media in safety decisions on U.S. farms. Findings revealed that they continue to serve an efficient, early-stage role in creating awareness and interest, providing information, forming attitudes and stirring consideration of farm safety. Potentials are seen as expanding through the interactive features of social media and other new services offered by these media firms. Findings also identified research needs, 100 farm safety topics for reporting and opportunities for strengthening safety coverage by commercial agricultural media.

Source: Evans J, Heiberger S. J. Agromed, 2015.

Safe Work Australia Annual Report 2014-15

On Tuesday 27 October 2015 Safe Work Australia's fifth annual report was tabled in the Australian Parliament. The Safe Work Australia Annual Report is published to inform Parliament, ministers, governments and the community about our performance in delivering improvements to key work health and safety and workers' compensation arrangements across Australia.

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/annual-report-2014-15

IWH 2014 Annual Report

The Institute for Work & Health's 2014 annual report, titled "Promoting a culture of occupational health and safety," is available online. Read about projects active in 2014 that contributed to the prevention system's shared values and beliefs about what is needed to ensure the protection of workers.

Source: http://www.iwh.on.ca/system/files/documents/iwh_annual_report_2014.pdf

Anses - Projets de recherche 2015

Dans le cadre du programme national de recherche Environnement-Santé-Travail (PNREST), l’Anses lance chaque année deux appels à projets de recherche, le premier à vocation généraliste, le second dédié au thème « radiofréquences et santé ». Pour l’année 2015, 36 projets ont été sélectionnés et seront soutenus pour un montant global de 5,8 millions d’euros.

Source: https://www.anses.fr/fr/content/projets-de-recherche-2015

Technologies et métiers verts : enjeux pour la santé au travail

Organisé par l'INRS et ses partenaires (l'Agence européenne pour la santé et la sécurité au travail et la Fédération des caisses allemandes d'assurance accidents du travail et maladies professionnelles - DGUV) dans le cadre du congrès mondial de l'Association internationale de la sécurité sociale (AISS) et du Bureau international du travail (BIT), ce symposium avait pour objectif d'échanger sur les risques, opportunités et problèmes de santé et de sécurité au travail liés aux nouvelles formes d'énergie et aux innovations dans le domaine des matériaux et des technologies.

Source: http://www.inrs.fr/media.html?refINRS=CC%2010

Des changements qui s’imposent

Pourquoi des changements importants s'imposent dans le régime de santé et de sécurité au travail dans les secteurs sous réglementation fédérale
Selon cette étude, le financement fédéral insuffisant et le manque d'inspecteurs de sécurité mettent en danger les employés dans le secteur des lieux de travail sous réglementation fédérale. L'étude analyse les événements survenus en santé et sécurité au travail entre 2007 et 2012 dans les secteurs de compétence fédérale, y compris ceux des opérations bancaires, des communications, de la radiodiffusion, des services postaux, du transport routier, aérien, ferroviaire et maritime, sans oublier l'administration fédérale.

Source: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/des-changements-qui-simposent

A universal rig for supporting large hammer drills: Reduced injury risk and improved productivity

Drilling holes into concrete with heavy hammer and rock drills is one of the most physically demanding tasks performed in commercial construction and poses risks for musculoskeletal disorders, noise induced hearing loss, hand arm vibration syndrome and silicosis. The aim of this study was to (1) use a participatory process to develop a rig to support pneumatic rock drills or large electric hammer drills in order to reduce the health risks and (2) evaluate the usability of the rig. Seven prototype rigs for supporting large hammer drills were developed and modified with feedback from commercial contractors and construction workers. The final design was evaluated by laborers and electricians (N=29) who performed their usual concrete drilling with the usual method and the new rig. Subjective regional fatigue was significantly less in the neck, shoulders, hands and arms, and lower back) when using the universal rig compared to the usual manual method. Usability ratings for the rig were significantly better than the usual method on stability, control, drilling, accuracy, and vibration. Drilling time was reduced by approximately 50% with the rig. Commercial construction contractors, laborers and electricians who use large hammer drills for drilling many holes should consider using such a rig to prevent musculoskeletal disorders, fatigue, and silicosis.

Source: Rempel D, Barr A. Safety Sci. 2015; 78: 20-24.

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