CIS Newsletter

No. 187
April 2005


CIS Newsletter celebrates 17 years & still going strong! Bringing news to over 137 countries in the CIS Network


Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. FOCUS: IMPORTANT NEWS FROM GENEVA... European CIS Meeting in Geneva on 17 - 18 May 2005
  3. Hot Topic: plans for the safe and ethical development of nanotechnologies
  4. New International Occupational Safety and Health Qualification
  5. News from around the World - Brazil, Canada, CIS HQ, Finland, ILO, Ireland, Lithuania, Russia, UK and USA
  6. OSHE web sites
  7. Diary of Events

Editorial

Dear CIS Colleagues

Spring is really here in Europe...beautiful time of the year! Flowers, blossom and new life everywhere. Good time to make new efforts in spreading the health and safety word!

IMPORTANT NEWS... You will find a note BELOW in this edition regarding the CIS European Meeting to be held in Geneva at the ILO HQ on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 May 2005. This is a very important meeting and you are urged to attend. These are changing times and CIS Network must look to the future... time to discuss and shape the OSH information world! See details below.
You should inform the CIS HQ as soon as possible if you intend going to CIS meeting in Geneva on 17-18 May 2005.

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Don't forget 28 April 2005 - World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This is now an annual event for the ILO, and is an integral part of the SafeWork's Global Strategy, as documented in the Conclusions of the International Labour Conference in June 2003. Advocacy, as exemplified by World Day, is one of the main pillars of the Global Strategy, and should raise awareness about safe and unsafe practices and the need to move occupational safety and health up the political agenda. On this day the ICFTU observes Worker Memorial Day and often the two can be combined. Last month's CIS Newsletter provided you with details.

As mentioned in the February 2005 edition ILO World Congress is to be held on 18-22 September 2005 in Orlando, USA - more details appearing on the ILO Congress website www.safety2005.org - full programme, speakers, travel and visa information etc. You are reminded that to gain entry into the USA you will need to get your visa applications in very early. The web site http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html give all the details including the waiting time.

Many thanks to you have sent emails and news. As always these are always gratefully received and are used as soon as possible. You will see that many are preparing for the work this year in many ways.

If you are planning any publications, conferences, seminars or training courses, then please send your details to me so that we can share your efforts with others. Don't forget to send me your latest news! It is amazing how much the CIS Newsletter content gets re-used around the world.

You know I welcome ideas for inclusion in the future editions of this Newsletter. Let me know if there are any areas you would wish to see covered in future.

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More of you will be getting the CIS Newsletter by email... I have checked against the published list that CIS HQ provided and where an email number exists will send the Newsletter to that address and cross you off the mailing list for the printed version. Remember you will get the news at least 3 weeks earlier than the printed version!

NOT HEARD FROM ANYONE SAYING THEY REALLY NEED THE RPINTED VERSION!!!
IF FOR ANY REASON YOU STILL NEED THE PRINTED VERSION PLEASE LET ME KNOW
MY CONTACT DETAILS ARE BELOW.

Remember you can see CIS Newsletter on the web site www.sheilapantry.com/cis where back issues are stored.

Also on emails ... Some of you who have changed your email number and addresses in recent months, please let CIS Headquarters know your new email/address and also let me know as well - otherwise you will not get the CIS Newsletter or other news.

Remember >>>>
Surviving in 2005... By promotion, publicity and telling the World that CIS and its network exists!

All good wishes to you, your families and your colleagues.

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FOCUS: IMPORTANT NEWS FROM GENEVA... European CIS Meeting in Geneva on 17 - 18 May 2005

From Emmert Cleventine, CIS HQ ...

"To provide a meeting place for Centres that will not be able to make it to Orlando in September 2005, and in response to the desire for regional meetings expressed at recent annual meetings, CIS will be happy to welcome Centres from Europe and the Mediterranean to Geneva on 17 and 18 May. (Representatives from any Centres worldwide will of course be welcome.)

As CIS is now formulating it's programme for the next two years, and it was a core group of European National Centres that worked with the ILO and ISSA to set CIS up in the first place, the May 2005 get-together will focus on the relevance of the Centres network to the institutional programmes of CIS and of the Centres. Centres can expect to receive invitations to this consultation soon, together with a draft agenda."


CIS National and Collaborating Meeting in Orlando, September 2005

All Centres will have had an invitation from Emmert Clevenstine, CIS HQ...

It is a pleasure to invite you to the 2005 meeting of CIS National and Collaborating Centres, which will take place at the Orange Country Convention Centre, Orlando, Florida, USA, on Sunday 18 September from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. As every three years, we are associating our meeting with the ILO-ISSA World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in the expectation that many of our counterparts will be attending. Given the full programme of activities at this year's XVII World Congress, organized in collaboration with the US National Safety Council, we felt

that it was not necessary to offer our usual pre-meeting workshops; on this occasion we wish simply to provide Centres colleagues with an opportunity to exchange experience with their peers, and to enable people from outside our network to look in on one of our meetings.

The name and location of the meeting room at the Convention Centre will be communicated as soon as we learn them from the organizers. We will also soon be sending personal letters of invitation by post. Sources of information about hotels, World Congress registration and United States visa procedures can be found below.

The provisional agenda of the CIS annual meeting is as follows:

Morning

Afternoon

Registration will begin 30 minutes before the opening of the meeting. The two sessions will be separated by a one-hour pause for lunch. A short break will be arranged in the morning; as the meeting will end early to permit participants to attend the World Congress's opening session and reception, no afternoon break is foreseen.

In view of the limited time available, only two hours can be allotted to reports of Centres' activities. We will be happy to receive presentations for inclusion in the report of the meeting that are longer than the corresponding spoken presentations.

Please reply to the CIS Secretariat if you will be able to attend, and if you would like to make a short presentation about your Centre's activities. If you yourself will not be able to participate, but know that a colleague who could represent your Centre will be in Orlando, please let us know the person's name and title, and we will send him/her a personal invitation.

I hope very much that you will be able to join us.

Sincerely yours,

Emmert Clevenstine
Head, CIS

Full details on procedures for obtaining a US visa and conditions for visiting the USA without one can be found through the World Congress website (www.safety2005.org). The site also gives the names and locations of local hotels; special rates are available through the company (called ITS) that is handling registration; they can be contacted at e-mail safety2005@itsmeetings.com; fax (847) 940-2386; phone (800) 424-5249 (toll-free in the USA) or +1-847-940-2155 (international). The Congress Secretariat itself can be reached at Congress Secretariat, National Safety Council, 1121 Spring Lake Drive, Itasca, IL 60143, USA; (800) 621-7619 (toll-free in the USA) +1-630-775-2056 (international); customerservice@nsc.org.


CISDOC in OSHUPDATE

CIS is pleased to announce that its entire database CISDOC is now also available, together with a number of other occupational safety and health databases, through the Internet-based service OSHUPDATE from Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd.

Sheila Pantry has worked in a variety of major industries but the major focus in recent years has been the development of electronic products in health, safety, fire and chemical engineering. She developed the "UK Health and Safety Executive Information Service" and has over many years developed a number of computerized services, pioneering health and safety, environmental and fire information via the Internet and compact disc technology.

For more information, please visit www.oshupdate.com ... And take a free 30-day trial of this very low priced aggregation of the best OSH databases in the world. More details below.


HOT TOPIC

UK government plans for the safe and ethical development of nanotechnologies

Ensuring the safe and ethical development of new technologies so that their benefits can be rapidly gained is a priority for the Government, Lord Sainsbury, Science and Innovation Minister, said at the recent launch of the Science Museum's new nanotechnology exhibition.

Lord Sainsbury set out the Government's response to the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering joint report on nanotechnology, and outlined the work and research programme that the Government will undertake to ensure the safe and ethical use of nanotechnologies. This includes:

The DTI's new Sciencewise scheme will also lead the way in establishing public dialogue to help the scientific community and the public to explore issues relating to the regulation of nanotechnologies. The first projects will be announced shortly.

Lord Sainsbury said:

"The UK needs safety and regulatory systems that address public aspirations and concerns and which command public confidence during the development of nanotechnologies.

"People in this country have a positive view of the benefits of science but are concerned that with the rapid development of new technologies, Government does not have time to put in place any necessary new regulations. Starting at an early stage with nanotechnology, we will be able to ensure the safe and ethical development of this major scientific area of research, which is likely to bring important benefits to people in many different fields."

The new nanotechnology exhibition at the National Science Museum, "Nanotechnology - small science, big deal" is sponsored by the DTI and aims to explain the emerging technology in a clear and unambiguous way.

In July 2003 the DTI commissioned the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering to carry out a study to:

The report, Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties, was published in July 2004 and can be found at www.nanotec.org.uk/finalReport.htm

The Government Response to the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering Report can be found at http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.ost.gov.uk/policy/issues/nanotech_final.pdf

Department of Trade and Industry, 7th Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET | Public Enquiries +44 (0)20 7215 5000 | Textphone +44 (0)20 7215 6740 (for those with hearing impairment) | www.dti.gov.uk


New BOOK ...Toxicology & Ecotoxicology in Chemical Safety Assessment edited by Laura Robinson and Ian Thorn

The use of chemicals in the workplace is governed by stringent health, safety and environmental legislation, and companies spend significant amounts of time and money assessing the risks associated with the safe handling and use of chemicals. In practice, a range of information is required when assessing the safe handling of chemicals, much of which is provided by the manufacturer in the material safety data sheet.

Toxicology and Ecotoxicology in Chemical Safety Assessment is written for corporate health & safety officers and safety managers, R&D chemists, process chemists and engineers, and manufacturing unit managers & supervisors in all industries where chemicals are used. The information contained in this book will help those personnel understand, interpret and apply the range of information supplied on a material safety data sheet when planning the safe handling and use of chemicals.

Chapters cover Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, Classification and labelling of chemicals according to their hazardous nature including the Dangerous Substances Directive 67/548/EEC, Handling chemicals in the workplace, Risk assessment, Chemical hazards, Chemical control in Europe, USA and in Australia, The Material Safety Data Sheet and How to deal with differences in toxicological information. There is also a helpful glossary of term commonly encountered in health and safety literature.

Toxicology & Ecotoxicology in Chemical Safety Assessment edited by Laura Robinson, and Ian Thorn. Blackwell Publishing. 2005 168 pages ISBN 1 4051 1559 9 Available from Blackwell online bookshop at www.blackwellpublishing.com


New International Occupational Safety and Health Qualification

NEBOSH will be launching its International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health at IOSH's annual conference and exhibition, which takes place at Cardiff International Arena and Convention Centre, 27-28 April 2005.

This new qualification is based on NEBOSH's successful National General Certificate, recognised for many years in the UK as the basis for a sound, broad introduction to the fundamentals of occupational health and safety.

Teresa Budworth, NEBOSH's Deputy Chief Executive commented, "NEBOSH qualifications have become increasingly popular around the world, and the time seemed right for an international version of this award."

She continued, "NEBOSH's International General Certificate serves the needs of managers, supervisors, worker representatives and others who require a knowledge and understanding of health and safety principles and practices. It will appeal mostly to employees of large organisations operating outside the UK, or of multinational companies already working to international standards but needing to adapt these to accord with local needs and practices."

Teresa will be attending IOSH 05 on behalf of NEBOSH, accompanied by Standards Officers Julie Hanley and Teresa Kirkby. Further details of the International Certificate, and NEBOSH's other qualifications, will be available on Stand 29.

Contact: Julia Whiting, Communications Co-ordinator, The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1QW | Tel: +44 (0)116 263 4700 | Fax: +44 (0) 116 282 4000 | Email: jw@nebosh.org.uk | www.nebosh.org.uk


5th European Behavioural Safety Users' Conference: Hosted by Ryder-Marsh Safety & RoSPA - Manchester 16th June 2005

"The 5th European Behavioural Safety Users' Conference will be held on the 16th June 2005 and will be co-hosted by Ryder-Marsh Safety and RoSPA in association with the Chemical Industries Association. The innovations at the October 2003 conference were a great success with the independently assessed "Certificate of Achievement" awards and the Allan Poole "Behavioural Safety Achievement of the Year" award bringing a new dimension to this established learning event.

Despite the fact that the finalists were selected by an independent committee and the winner and runner up by the audience on the day - the success of Ryder-Marsh clients in filling both those positions meant, however, that it was clear that following events had to be co-hosted by a credible and neutral organisation. (Not only must the judging be fair - it must be seen to be fair if the Awards are to continue the excellent momentum started by the inaugural event). Ryder-Marsh are therefore delighted that an organisation as esteemed as RoSPA have agreed to co-ordinate this years event and we fully expect their experience and flair will take the event forward and further establish it as a beacon for learning and best practice in the field of behavioural safety and human factors in general.

This year's event will follow the same format. The morning will be given over to a series of short presentations stratified for consultant provider and industry and all titled "problems we have had and lessons we have learnt". (As in previous years companies that have designed their own programmes will also be represented). The afternoon session will comprise 3 slightly longer presentations by the three selected finalists. They will talk to the same topic - but will be allowed an extra five minutes to detail their successes. Certificates of achievement will be presented just after lunch and the Allan Poole award will again be voted on by the audience on the day".

16 June 2005 - 5th European Behavioural Safety Users' Conference
Hosted by Ryder-Marsh Safety and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and supported by the Chemical Industries Association at the Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester, UK
Contact: Conference Administration, RoSPA, Edgbaston Park, 353 Bristol Road, Birmingham B5 7ST, UK | Tel: +44 0870 777 2120 | Fax:+ 44 (0) 870 777 2131 | Email: events@rospa.com | www.rospa.com/events or from www.Rydermarsh.co.uk where application forms, hotel details and the text of previous talks and event learning points can be downloaded.


News from Canada

New Workbook Builds Heroic OH&S Leaders

Canada's One For Wellness Consulting has released a new workbook called "Heroic Leadership: The Emotional Keys to Becoming a Workplace Health & Safety Leader". The many quizzes, checklists and exercises are designed to lead health, safety, environmental and related professionals through an emotionally-intelligent growth process.

Whether new to health and safety or a seasoned veteran, this 80-page workbook offers professionals ways to identify their most-used leadership styles. Practical techniques and applications illustrate how to develop stronger team and interpersonal relationships, through trust, commitment, authenticity, integrity and empathy. As a pinnacle process, envisioning and developing a leadership-oriented health and safety plan is included with best-practice references from the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Workbooks are available from One For Wellness in print format for $30.00 and Adobe Acrobat ® Portable Document Format (PDF) for $25.00.

For more information or a PDF copy of the full workbook, contact: Sue Andreychuk, Emotional Intelligence Coach, One For Wellness Consulting, Canada | Email: oneforwellness@sympatico.ca | Tel: +1-866-268-8882 (Canada and USA) | Tel: + 1-905-574-2730 (International) | More information available at www.oneforwellness.com


North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week runs May 1-7, 2005

The theme for NAOSH 2005 is Equip, Educate, Empower. To coincide with this theme, the Ontario NAOSH Network, a group representing many of the province's prevention partners, has developed a brief, 10-item checklist to help workplaces test their organization's health and safety "fitness." The checklist is intended to get workplaces thinking about basic requirements and workplace injury and illness issues. It also provides information on resources that are available so that employers can make improvements where necessary.

Good employers know that protecting the health and safety of their workers is not only law, it is the right thing to do. It also makes good business sense. By implementing active health and safety programs and enforced policies, and by making safety a top priority, organizations not only demonstrate their commitment to their employees, they act responsibility. These actions help foster a health and safety culture that can lead to fewer injuries and illnesses for the employees, and a healthier organization all round.

NAOSH week is also an ideal time for organizations to enhance their knowledge of workplace safety by holding or participating in a health and safety event. These events can range from training www.naosh.ca


OSHA Unveils Web Site On Noise and Hearing Conservation

The USA Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled a new web page designed to help prevent occupational hearing loss. The Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool is a joint product of OSHA's Alliance with the National Hearing Conservation Association.

"This new tool offers practical information to help eliminate hearing loss for millions of workers who are exposed to high noise levels on the job," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jonathan L. Snare. "We are fortunate to have worked closely with industry experts in order to provide this information to those who need it most."

Noise is one of the most common health problems in American workplaces. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that 30 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous noise. Exposure to high levels of noise may cause hearing loss, create physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, interfere with communication, and contribute to accidents and injuries by making it difficult to hear warning signals.

The new eTool features information on what is considered occupational noise and its potential health affects. It also provides detailed guidance on how to properly evaluate noise exposure and what constitutes an effective hearing conservation program.

The site also references OSHA noise exposure standards and employer responsibilities. OSHA requires employers to determine if workers are exposed to excessive noise in the workplace. If so, the employers must implement feasible engineering or administrative controls to eliminate or reduce hazardous levels of noise. Where controls are not sufficient, employers must implement an effective hearing conservation program.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

For more information visit www.osha.gov


New Global Food Standard won't Get Lost in Translation

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is publishing Spanish, German, Swedish, French, Dutch and Norwegian translations of its revised Global Food Standard that comes into force on 1 July 2005. The Standard will be translated into other international languages during 2005.

The BRC Global Food Standard is used by certification bodies operating throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Far East, Australasia, North and South America, to enable food suppliers to achieve certification against a globally recognised standard.

The translations, available as a PDF download from March 2005, will prove invaluable for food suppliers around the globe looking to achieve BRC certification and will enable them to co-operate more effectively with those who they supply.

BRC Head of Technical Services, Kevin Swoffer said: "This is a significant development in the BRC Global Standards series as it extends the reach of best practice standards into all global markets.

"Retailers recognise the importance of the supply of food produce from around the world and are in no doubt that the translations will help those businesses who are increasing their global operations."

"Most large UK retailers will require their suppliers to have gained certification to the appropriate BRC Global Standard and so we are pleased to now offer both a revised Standard that reflects the changing industry and translations of this standard - making life easier for those suppliers outside the UK."

The new BRC Global Food Standard was published on 1 January 2005 and will come into force on 1 July 2005.

The six translations will be available from March 2005 as a download only and are priced at £85.00, plus VAT. To order contact the TSO (The Stationery Office) by phone on +44 (0) 870 243 0123, by fax on +44 (0) 870 243 0129 online at www.tso.co.uk/bookshop/brc by visiting a TSO bookshop or by post from TSO, PO Box 29, Norwich, NR3 1GN, UK. Please quote the following ISBN numbers when purchasing:

To pre order the English (hard copy) version of the Standard contact the TSO (The Stationery Office), the Standard is priced at £90 plus £3.75 for postage and packaging. 15% discount is offered for all orders over 15 copies. It can be ordered by quoting ISBN number - 0117022233 by phone on +44 (0) 870 243 0123, by fax on +44 (0) 870 243 0129, online at www.tso.co.uk/bookshop/brc (discount is not available by this method), by visiting a TSO bookshop or by post from TSO, PO Box 29, Norwich, NR3 1GN. The English version of the Standard is also available as a PDF download at the same price as the hard copy - please quote ISBN 011702712X.


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News from the European Foundation... Health, social services and education sectors most at risk of stress

While work intensification may be levelling off, stress-related outcomes - such as burnout, fatigue, or back problems - are still on the increase, according to the latest topic report from the European Foundation's European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO), www.eurofound.europa.eu/ewco

The report attempts to assess the scale and prevalence of work-related stress in a sample of seven Member States, and to analyse the role of contributing factors such as lack of job control, job insecurity, lack of social support at work and changing work organisation patterns (lean production, just in time management).

It reveals that the health, social services and education sectors are most at risk of work-related stress. As these sectors employ a significant majority of women and are large-scale employers, stress tends to affect a disproportionate number of female workers. Nonetheless, where trend information is present in the northern European countries, the data indicate an increase in stress-related outcomes both for men and women.

Putting a price on work-related stress is an exercise fraught with difficulty but the report cites figures from the German authorities estimating the costs of absenteeism due to psychological disorders to have been €3 billion in 2001. Work-related stress is one factor behind the large increase in this type of work absence. Despite the growing costs associated with work-related stress, the authors point out that little research exists on the effectiveness of organisational interventions to combat stress.

The issue of work-related stress, including its identification and prevention, has received increasing attention at national and EU level. The recent work-related stress agreement negotiated by the EU level social partners shows that there is a will to establish a framework within which employee and employer representatives can work together to combat stress at work.

The Foundation's topic report is based on an analysis of data from national surveys and research information available from seven countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. The European Working Conditions Observatory currently has a network of national correspondents covering 12 EU Member States, as well as an EU level correspondent reporting on working conditions developments. Four new national correspondents covering UK, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria will join the network in 2005.

The report is available online at www.eurofound.europa.eu/ewco/topicreports.htm

For more information, contact: Måns Mårtensson, Press Officer, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18, Ireland | Tel: +353-1-204 3124 | Fax: +353-1-282 6456 | Mobile: +353-876-593 507 | Email: mma@eurofound.eu.int | www.eurofound.europa.eu/press


Canada Needestick advice

Needlestick injuries, despite a wealth of published information about their hazards and prevention and despite safety programs addressing the risks, remain an ongoing problem in the health care industry. Some hospitals report that one-third of their nursing and laboratory staff suffer such injuries each year.

Accidental punctures by contaminated needles can inject hazardous fluids into the body through the skin. While there is potential for injection of hazardous drugs, injection of infectious fluids, especially blood, is by far the greatest concern. Even small amounts of infectious fluid can spread certain diseases effectively. Accidental injection of blood-borne viruses is the major hazard of needlestick injuries, especially the viruses that cause AIDS (the HIV virus), hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. In some cases, needlestick injuries have also transmitted viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms in hospitals, laboratories or veterinary facilities.

Needlestick injuries happen when healthcare staff are using them, disassembling them, or disposing of them. When not disposed of properly, needles can become concealed in linen or garbage and injure other workers, especially maintenance workers who encounter them unexpectedly. Staff must be especially careful when they are withdrawing a needle from a patient (particularly a patient who is bleeding) and while disposing of that needle. They must also be careful when pulling a needle out of its rubber stopper of a vacuum tube, which can jab the hand in a rebound reflex. There is also a risk of a patient not holding still and accidentally jarring the needle.

Reducing the risk

Needlestick injuries are preventable. Employees must be aware of the risks and trained in the proper use, assembly, disassembly and disposal of needles. Employers should provide written safety guidelines for the prevention of needlestick injuries. In situations where it's necessary to recap a needle, an unprotected hand must never be exposed to a needle tip. And to minimize the risk at the disposal stage, facilities should use only puncture-resistant containers for needles, and plenty of them so that they don't become overloaded.

Better equipment design would greatly reduce the number of needlestick injuries and the occupational disease risk they present. For years, the health care industry has called for safer devices using protected needles, or needle-free systems with self-sealing ports, or syringes with safety features. Workers need to understand the risks associated with needlestick injuries and know the proper means to prevent them as well as protect themselves

www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/needlestick_injuries.html


The new European Social agenda: an essential pillar of the new growth and jobs strategy

The European Commission launched its new Social Agenda for modernising Europe's social model under the revamped Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs. The new agenda focuses on providing jobs and equal opportunities for all and ensuring that the benefits of the EU's growth and jobs drive reach everyone in society. By modernising labour markets and social protection systems, it will help people seize the opportunities created by international competition, technological advances and changing population patterns while protecting the most vulnerable in society.

Vladimír Špidla, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, said: "This dynamic new agenda will help to provide what citizens most want: decent jobs and social justice. It is about equipping everyone to manage the changes facing our society and about looking after the neediest. It is designed to preserve and modernise our valued social model as the essential tool underpinning Europe's drive to boost growth and jobs. It maps the route for reforming labour markets in order to make work a real option for everyone. At the same time, it provides pathways for modernising welfare systems and combating poverty."

The new Social agenda has two key priorities, (i) employment and (ii) fighting poverty and promoting equal opportunities. These key priorities support two of the Commission's strategic goals for the next five years: prosperity and solidarity. The agenda calls for partnerships between public authorities at local, regional and national level, employer and worker representatives and NGOs.

Under employment, the agenda will focus on:

Managing the process of restructuring through the social dialogue. poverty and equal opportunities, the agenda will focus on:

The full text of the Communication from the Commission on the Social Agenda, COM(2005) is available at: http://europa.eu/comm/employment_social/social_policy_agenda/social_pol_ag_en.html


OSHA Announces New Safety Card for Safe Trenching Practices

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a new safety information pocket card designed to help ensure safer trenching and excavation practices. The safety card explains the federal requirements for construction excavation safety, outlines required criteria for excavation or trench walls, and provides specific requirements for protective systems. The card is available in both English and Spanish and can be accessed at www.osha.gov/Publications/trench/trench_safety_tips_card.pdf.


Forthcoming book from IOSH: Questioning Performance: managing health, safety and the environment - a director's guide
by David Eves and John Gummer

Developing and managing an effective health, safety and environment policy is about more than just jumping through legal hoops. It can save you money - up to 10 per cent of your trading profit, according to the Government. It can foster a spirit of goodwill and co-operation among your employees, your customers and your neighbours. And, yes, it can keep you out of court and out of jail.

Questioning performance guides directors through this complex and often confusing subject in a straightforward way, using plain language and real examples. Using this manual will enable you to turn corporate social responsibility into an opportunity to make a real difference to your bottom line, your reputation and the environment.

Summary of contents

Part 1 - Management matters:

Part 2 - Hazards and controls A to Z

Part 3 - General information

The authors

David Eves was Deputy Director-General of the Health and Safety Executive from 1989 to 2002. He is a Fellow and Honorary Vice-President of IOSH and an associate director of Sancroft International Ltd, a consultancy specialising in corporate social responsibility issues. He has worked in the field of health and safety for 40 years.

John Gummer is Chairman of Sancroft International Ltd. He is MP for Suffolk Coastal and was Secretary of State for the Environment, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Minister for Health and Safety at Work during the 1990s.

www.iosh.co.uk


Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain visit ILO Headquarters

King Juan Carlos I calls for child labour to be vigorously condemned and combated

His Majesty the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, described the extent of child labour as "appalling", and called for it to be vigorously combated as part of the effort to give a "human dimension" to the process of globalization.

Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia visited the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Tuesday 8 March 2005 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Spain's cooperation with the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC).

"More than 240 million children worldwide work daily instead of attending school. This is indeed an appalling figure", said the King during a speech given at a Special Session attended by government, employer and worker representatives.

The King and Queen of Spain, accompanied by the Spanish Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, were welcomed by the Director-General of the ILO, Juan Somavia, with whom they met privately. The Chairman of the Governing Body of the ILO, Philippe Séguin, chaired today's Special Session.

"Work carried out by school-age children should be vigorously condemned and combated, not only because it adversely affects children's health and education, but, above all, because it violates their most basic rights, to dignity and to freedom", said the King.

He went on to say that "poverty, which is at the root of child labour, transforms child labour into actual forced labour".

King Juan Carlos I recalled that Spain was a founder Member of the ILO, the oldest organization in the United Nations system, and that his country had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ILO in 1995 to support IPEC in its efforts to eliminate child labour, particularly in Latin America.

"We want to contribute, through programmes such as the one we are commemorating today, to making economic globalization a positive social force for all the peoples of the world", the King of Spain told the ILO.

"Our aim is to ensure that the process of globalization does not become entrenched in economics and finance. We hope that it will also have a human dimension", he added, declaring that in a just society "there is no room for child labour, or forced labour, or labour carried out without adequate safety measures and health regulations. Neither, of course, can there be room for labour which discriminates against workers for reasons of sex, race, creed or nationality".

The Director-General of the ILO said that Spanish cooperation with IPEC had allowed more than 100,000 children who were victims of the worst forms of child labour to have access to education. "More than 35,000 families have been helped to increase their level of income, and not to depend for subsistence on work done by their children", he added.

Mr. Somavia said that there was still a long way to go in eliminating child labour. "We must continue our work so that the girls and boys of today will be the women and men who have decent work tomorrow."

Decent work is "a widespread demand" said the ILO Director-General, adding that "this strong democratic demand can be seen in all countries".

The Governing Body Chairman, Mr. Séguin, said he viewed the presence of the King and Queen at the ILO as a testament to their awareness of "the human and rational vision embodied by the ILO, the values it defends, and its desire to meet the challenges of creating a social dimension to globalization.


Second International Symposium on Nanotechnology and Occupational Health
October 3-6, 2005

NIOSH and its fellow sponsoring and co-sponsoring organizations are inviting abstracts for the Second International Symposium on Nanotechnology and Occupational Health. The deadline for abstracts was March 31, 2005. The symposium will provide a global forum for presenting and discussing the latest findings and activities in research on nanotechnology and occupational health. It will be held on October 3-6, 2005, in Minneapolis, Minn. The First International Symposium was held in Britain in October 2004 was cosponsored by NIOSH and the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive.

"This area of research is a key component of maintaining U.S. leadership and competitiveness in the dynamic nanotechnology market," said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "We encourage the scientific community to share new results, progress reports, and recommendations that will make the 2005 symposium as stimulating as its predecessor in 2004." Further information about the call for abstracts and the announcement of the 2005 Second International Symposium is available at www.cce.umn.edu/conferences/nanotechnology.


News from USA

The March issue of LIFELINES ONLINE (Vol. I, No. 10) is available at the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) website. These are the headlines:

Link between COX-2 Inhibitors and Heart Attack/Stroke:

To view the stories and access our website, click www.lhsfna.org. We look forward to your feedback and comments.

Steve Clark, Communications Manager, Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America, 905 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA


Europe's population is getting older

The EU is facing unprecedented demographic changes that will have major implications for our prosperity, living standards and relations between the generations, according to figures published in a green paper by the European Commission. By 2030, the number of "older workers" (aged 55 to 64) will have risen by 24 million as the baby-boomer generation become senior citizens and the EU will have 34.7 million people aged over 80 (compared to 18.8 million today).

In 2003 the EU's fertility rate fell to 1.48, below the level needed to replace the population (2.1 children per woman) and forecasts predict that the EU's population will continue to fall from 469.5 million in 2025 to 468.7 million in 2030. However, in one third of the EU regions and in almost all of the regions of the new member states the population is already falling.

The EU is also faced with an ageing workforce. From 2005 to 2030 the number of people 65+ will rise by 52.3% whilst the age group of 15-64 will decrease by 6.8%, meaning the ratio of dependent young and old people to people of working age will increase from 49% in 2005 to 66% 2030. This means to offset the loss of working-age people, we will need an employment rate of over 70%. "The issues are much broader than older workers and pension reform. This development will affect almost every aspect of our lives, for example the way businesses operate and work is being organised, our urban planning, the design of flats, public transport, voting behaviour and the infrastructure of shopping possibilities in our cities. It is time to act now," said Mr Špidla, EU Commissioner responsible for employment policy.

The follow-up to this green paper will be discussed amongst experts, high-level policy makers and civil society at a European conference to be held on 11 July in Brussels. [IP/05/322][MEMO/05.96]


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Content of the day:

Les Moseley - is Director of the Coventry Centre for Disaster Management and Programme Manager for the professional diploma courses including the Diploma in Business Continuity Management. Before joining Coventry University, Les spent 16 years in the British Fire Service as a Senior Officer and 14 years working in Emergency Planning. Immediately before joining the University he was Chief Emergency Planning Officer and Principal Officer with the West Midlands Fire & Civil Defence Authority and prior to this, County Emergency Planning Officer for Warwickshire County Council. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies, a Graduate Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and a Member of the Emergency Planning Society. Les' research interests include vulnerability assessment, preparedness planning and the management of disasters. Les is also an advisor to the International Civil Defence Organisation and the World Health Organisation and regularly support them in education initiatives worldwide.

Dennis Davies became an independent fire adviser, working with government and commercial clients in 2004 after 39 years active involvement in the fire service. As HM Chief Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland he was responsible for assessing the performance of all Scotland's' brigades and advising Ministers and the Scottish Executive on fire matters. Between 1986 and 1999 he was the Chief Fire Officer for Cheshire Fire Brigade.

Dennis joined the fire service in 1965 in his hometown Walsall. He subsequently transferred on promotion to Cheshire 1971 and, having served in a very wide range of safety, technical and operational posts became the Brigade's Chief Fire Officer. The area has a significant petrochemical industry and his experience includes command management at and contingency planning for major incidents. The Brigade was also extremely active and innovative in the promotion of community safety.

The Chairman for the day is Professor Peter Waterhouse, the Honorary Visiting Professor of Occupational Safety in the Robens Centre of the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK.

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Organised by Angel Business Publications and Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd, the Masterclass will be followed by the EurOhse2005 conference that will be held on 30 November 2005 - 1 December 2005 at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, UK. This is the third year for this very popular, informative conference that keeps you up-to-date and provides excellent networking opportunities and will provide key points for future activities for all those responsible for securing good standards of health and safety in the workplace, and excellent networking opportunities.14 eminent speakers with backgrounds in government, inspectorates, industry, research and education will discuss a range of topics.

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In one clear and simple volume all the health and safety basics are covered from a practical perspective, supported by functional tools, models and checklists. Says author Bryan Toone: "Experienced health and safety professionals will know all this stuff, but they will probably never have seen it pulled together like this before."

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Author Bryan Toone has over 20 years' experience as a health and safety professional and is a Fellow of IOSH. He works in the construction sector for a medium-sized company.

This down-to-earth new book is backed by the Federation of Small Businesses which praises its "welcome practical advice, plain English style of writing and easy-to-follow navigation".

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OSHE websites to explore

The following may be of interest to OSHE information seekers, if you have a favourite website please let me know... Also look at www.oshworld.com at the links under country and also under subject.

Chemical Safety   UK
www.coshh-essentials.org.uk

The UK Health and Safety Executive free internet tool e-COSHH, gives advice on the hidden dangers of working with chemicals and explains what employers and employees can do to protect themselves. Users can run through an assessment of the chemicals and the handling procedures they use

Food and Drink Federation   UK
www.fdf.org.uk

UK Food and Drink Federation represents and promotes the interests of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry and plays its part in every aspect of food and drink manufacturing. Gives membership, press, information, publications and events. Also links to other sources of information.

Trades Union Congress TUC   Health and Safety: Worksmart   UK
www.worksmart.org.uk

Trades Union Congress Worksmart site is aimed at employees and provides a one-stop-shop for helpful advice and information about the world or work, including employment law, health and safety and a range of other topics such as teleworking, summer heat, colds and flue, careworking, voice damage, risks associated with flying. There is a Jargon Buster that defines terms of employment etc.

USA

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH   Aerosols   USA
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/aerosols

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH Aerosols topic page provides links to a variety of information regarding the measurement, control, exposure characterization and health effects associated with aerosols in the workplace. Also included are links to results from extensive research NIOSH has conducted to minimize the adverse health effects associated with aerosol exposures.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH   Aerosols: Infectious   USA
www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/infectaero

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH Infectious Aerosols topic page provides resources to aid workers and employers for reducing exposures to infectious aerosols. Included are links to NIOSH publications, related topic pages and a link to NIOSHTIC-2 search results.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH   Work Schedules: Shift Work and Long Work   USA
www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/workschedules

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH topic page titled "Work Schedules: Shift Work and Long Work Hours" contains links to resources such as NIOSH research and publications, conferences, extramural projects, and the NORA Organization of Work team. The NORA Organization of Work team seeks to better understand the health and safety effects of demanding work schedules. Communication gadgets, productivity pressures, daunting commutes, and extended work shifts have left many people facing increased job demands and longer work days. In addition, many people work non-day shifts in health care, security, and businesses that rely on round the clock production, transportation, and service. This NIOSH topic page supports the team's research agenda by making research tools available in a central location.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA   Hospitals First Receivers   USA
www.osha.gov/dts/osta/bestpractices/firstreceivers_hospital.html

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a new document to assist hospitals in safeguarding their employees who care for patients during mass casualty incidents. OSHA Best Practices for Hospital-Based Receivers of Victims from Mass Casualty Incidents Involving the Release of Hazardous Substances offers critical information to help hospitals develop and implement emergency management plans based on worst-case scenarios. Among the topics covered are victim decontamination, personal protective equipment, and employee training.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA   Noise and Hearing Conservation   USA
www.osha.gov/SLTC/noisehearingconservation/index.html

Occupational Safety and Health Administration web page designed to help prevent occupational hearing loss. The Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool is a joint product of OSHA's Alliance with the National Hearing Conservation Association. This new tool offers practical information to help eliminate hearing loss for millions of workers who are exposed to high noise levels on the job.Noise is one of the most common health problems in American workplaces. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that 30 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous noise. Exposure to high levels of noise may cause hearing loss, create physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, interfere with communication, and contribute to accidents and injuries by making it difficult to hear warning signals. The eTool features information on what is considered occupational noise and its potential health affects. It also provides detailed guidance on how to properly evaluate noise exposure and what constitutes an effective hearing conservation program. The site also references OSHA noise exposure standards and employer responsibilities. OSHA requires employers to determine if workers are exposed to excessive noise in the workplace. If so, the employers must implement feasible engineering or administrative controls to eliminate or reduce hazardous levels of noise. Where controls are not sufficient, employers must implement an effective hearing conservation program.


Diary of Events

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28 April 2005 World Day of Health and Safety - the day to make the World understand Health and Safety at Work and what is means!
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1-7 May 2005 - North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) week: Equip, Educate, Empower
Canada
Contact: NAOSH, Canada | www.naosh.ca

17-19 May 2005 - International Fire Expo
National Exhibition Centre, Halls 17 and 18 Birmingham, UK
Contact: CMP Information Ltd, Bourne House, 10 Windmill Road, Hampton Hill, Middlesex TW12 1RH, UK | Tel: +44 (0) 870 429 4316

23-27 May 2005 - Second International Course on Ethical, Scientific and Social Aspects of Predictive Testing in Occupational Health Practices
Hotel Strandbo, Nagu (near Turku), Finland
Contact: Gunilla Rasi, NIVA, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, FIN-00250 Helsinki, FINLAND | Tel: +358 30 474 2498 | Fax: +358 30 474 2497 | Email: gunilla.rasi@ttl.fi | www.niva.org

26 May 2005 - Health and Safety Review Annual Conference 2005: Convincing the accountant: making the financial case for health and safety
City West Hotel, Saggart, County Dublin, Ireland
Contact: Glynnis, IRN Publishing, Dublin, Ireland | Tel: +353 1 497 2711 | Email: hsr@irn.ie | www.healthandsafetyreview.ie

12 June 2005 - ILO World Day against Child Labour
Worldwide events
Contact: International Labour Office Department of Communication, Geneva, Switzerland | Tel: +41 22 799 7912 | Email: communication@ilo.org | www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/ipec/index.htm or Susan Gunn at ILO/IPEC at +41 22 799-6107

16 June 2005 - 5th European Behavioural Safety Users' Conference
Hosted by Ryder-Marsh Safety and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and supported by the Chemical Industries Association at the Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester, UK
Contact: Conference Administration, RoSPA, Edgbaston Park, 353 Bristol Road, Birmingham B5 7ST, UK | Tel: +44 0870 777 2120 | Fax:+ 44 (0) 870 777 2131 | Email: events@rospa.com | www.rospa.com/events | www.Rydermarsh.co.uk

13-17 June 2005 - First International Course on Work-related Violence in Different Organisational Settings
Hotel Alanga, Palanga, Lithuania
Contact: Gunilla Rasi, NIVA, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, FIN-00250 Helsinki, FINLAND | Tel: +358 30 474 2498 | Fax: +358 30 474 2497 | Email: gunilla.rasi@ttl.fi | www.niva.org

22-26 August 2005 - First Russian Course on Occupational Health Risk Assessment and Management
Hotel Severnaja (Pohjola) Petrozavodsk, Russia
Contact: Gunilla Rasi, NIVA, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, FIN-00250 Helsinki, FINLAND | Tel: +358 30 474 2498 | Fax: +358 30 474 2497 | Email: gunilla.rasi@ttl.fi | www.niva.org

29 November 2005 - EurOhse Masterclass on Fire Risk Assessment and Business Contniuity, Planning and Management
Held in conjunction with the 3rd EurOhse Conference organised by Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd and Angel Business Communications Ltd
Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, UK
Contact: Stephen Whitehurst, European Occupational Health and Safety Magazine (EurOhs), Angel Business Communications Ltd | 34 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HE, Warwickshire, UK | Tel: +44 (0)1926 512424 | Fax: + 44 (0)1926 512948 | Email: sv@angelbc.co.uk

30 November 2005 - 1 December 2005 - EurOhse2005: creating a winning OSH culture
3rd EurOhse Conference organised by Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd and Angel Business Communications Ltd
Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, UK
Contact: Stephen Whitehurst, European Occupational Health and Safety Magazine (EurOhs), Angel Business Communications Ltd | 34 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HE, Warwickshire, UK | Tel: +44 (0)1926 512424 | Fax: + 44 (0)1926 512948 | Email: sv@angelbc.co.uk

22-24 March 2006 - XXVIII International Symposium of the ISSA Construction Section on Occupational Safety and Health in the Construction Industry
Organized by the Construction Section of the ISSA (International Social Security Association) and Fundacentro (Jorge Duprat Figueiredo Foundation of Safety and Medicine at Work, Ministry of Labour and Employment of Brazil). Learning from the past to develop improvement strategies for the future.
Salvador, Brazil
Contact: Fundacentro, Divisão de Eventos, Rua Capote Valente 710, 05409-002 São Paulo- SP, Brazil | Tel: +55 11 3066 6323 / 11 3066 6116 | Fax: +55 11 3066 6251 | Email: aiss2006@fundacentro.gov.br