CIS Newsletter

No. 193
October 2005

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


  1. Editorial
  2. News from the ILO Congress in Orlando and CIS Annual Meeting
  3. FOCUS on Centre for the Improvement of Working Conditions & Environment, Lahore, Pakistan one of the Twenty Five Global Innovators Named as 2005 Tech Museum Awards Laureates
  4. Hans-Horst Konkolewsky moving from the European Agency to ISSA
  5. New Book: Food at work
  6. Setting Up a Library and Information Service from Scratch - new book
  7. FOCUS on a decade of workplace safety and health
  8. News from around the World... Canada, Ireland, Europe, South Africa, UK, USA
  9. OSHE web sites
  10. Diary of Events


Dear CIS Colleagues

This edition of the CIS Newsletter brings you news from the 2005 Annual CIS Meeting in Orlando, USA and some results from the ILO Congress that attracted some 3,000 delegates - about half from the USA and the rest from about 110 countries! For those of you who did not travel - this of the CIS Newsletter contains a number of reports. Please read them - your future is linked to these reports.

Jukka Takala's report needs reading and understanding the implications! Within the CIS Network there is so much to be offered to help achieve these goals.

Jukka presented SafeWork report to the Congress - "Decent Work- Safe Work" see details etc in

You will read that one of the messages from the Orlando Annual meeting was that Regional Meetings are required, but we should not lose sight of the fact that CIS is truly a Global Network and it is through these worldwide links lies the strength... remember... CIS Network of National and Collaborating Centres... Working together and Helping Each Other... no matter where people and centres are located in the world.

The Annual Meeting, whilst a very short one had also a number of messages - (see Gabor Sandi's report). Various presentations were made including the one by Annick Virot on the Activities of the CIS Centres and the outcomes from the May 2005 meeting of the European Centres.

Also see a report from one of the delegates at the CIS Meeting Dr Maria Castriotta - Italy CIS Centres.

If you still need "firing up" remember you can read the Working Groups Papers and future work on - see the list of papers in the Box alongside the CIS Newsletters.

I hope that you enjoy this 'bumper edition' of the CIS Newsletter. Also appreciate all the news items - no matter what size the news - please continue to send. These are always gratefully received and are used as soon as possible. And of course, any suggestions to improve the Newsletter!

I am always delighted to hear from you... and was very delighted to hear from Pakistan's Centre see the report below in FOCUS

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. It is amazing how much the CIS Newsletter content gets re-used around the world. Take advantage of free publicity!

Remember you can see CIS Newsletter on the web site 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.

Sheila Pantry, OBE

85 The Meadows, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JG, UK
Tel: +44 1909 771024
Fax: +44 1909 772829

CIS Network of National and Collaborating Centres... Working together and Helping Each Other...

News from Orlando USA World Congress and CIS Annual Meeting 2005

Jukka Takala send this news...

Vision of the XVIIth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

Prevention: Today's value for tomorrow's world

1. Globalization must go hand in hand with preventive measures to ensure the continuing health and well-being of individuals at work.

2. The right to the highest achievable standard of safety and health at work is fundamental. Work can only be decent if it is safe and healthy

3. Safety and health at work should be an integral part of doing business in both large and small enterprises and in the informal economy. It should be aligned with other organizational objectives, as attention to safety and health at work has extensive benefits in social and economic terms.

4. Furthermore, safety and health at work needs to be placed high on national agendas, promoting national safety and health programmes and generating a preventive safety and health culture in both the public and private sectors.

5. Prevention systems, laws, regulations and means of enforcement should be put in place at all levels, with a management cycle calling for continuous monitoring and improvement.

6. Once safety and health policies are developed, strategies towards success must be put in place. Leadership is essential to implementing successful prevention strategies. These policies and strategies need to be supported by effective information, training and education.

7. Everyone involved in and responsible for safety and health at work needs to collaborate to put the prevention of accidents and diseases in the forefront of societal concerns.

Gabor Sandi writes...

We had the CIS National Centres Meeting in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, 18 September 2005, in conjunction with the XVIIIth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
(Theme: "Prevention in a Globalized World - Success through Partnerships"), organized jointly by the National Safety Council of the US, the ILO and ISSA.

Participants at the Meeting were greeted by Assane Diop, Executive Director, Social Protection Sector of the ILO. Alan McMillan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Safety Council, also managed to find the time to address some welcoming words.

Mrs Maureen Shaw, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA), one of CIS's Collaborating Centres in Canada, was elected as Chairperson of the Meeting.

Major themes treated in the Meeting:

A presentation was made by Annick Virot, CIS HQ on the CIS Centres Network and its future work. She also discussed the many conclusions of the Regional Meeting held in Geneva in May 2005, including those related to Working Groups (WGs) - some of the reports can be seen on

Dr Jukka Takala gave a presentation to Congress on the Introductory SafeWork Report "Decent Work - Safe Work".

Many centres and projects presented their reports (Canada, Russian Federation, Colombia, Argentina, Korea, Nigeria, European Agency, Bangladesh, ARLAC [ILO-related institute in Zimbabwe], Japan, Kenya, Poland).

No decision on next year's meeting yet as regards location and date... Although the European Regional Meeting did suggest Geneva in May 2006.

Meeting in 3 years' time, in conjunction with the next World Congress, will be in Seoul, Korea.

The meeting was very short, there was really no time for any serious discussions. But people did meet and talk, which is always good.

Dr Maria Castriotta, ISPESL, Italy National Centre went to Orlando and writes...

Report of the 43rd Meeting of CIS Centres
Orlando - Orange County Convention Centre
Sunday 18 September 2005

In a very hot climate outside (and very cold inside) environment, the international Meeting of CIS Centres was held from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

After welcome greetings by Mr. Asane Diop to all participants and the election of Ms. Maureen Shaw (IAPA, Canada) as Chairman of the Meeting, Mr. Jukka Takala briefly introduced the ILO Report "Decent Work - Safe Work", concerning the latest estimates of occupational accidents and work-related diseases, where 2.2 million work-related deaths are reported annually in the world. What is worse, these statistics are not fully reliable for all countries and underestimates are certain at all levels. Various comments followed on the involvement of ILO and CIS centres to launch effective programmes in the different geographic areas.

The representative from Argentina asked for a greater involvement of CIS centres in the Latin-American region. Ms. Valentina Forastieri (ILO HQ in Latin-America) stated that up to now Latin-American Centres lack a specific programme and promised to work on this.

The representatives from Angola, Gabon, Ivory Coast required a greater commitment of ILO/CIS for French-speaking countries in Africa. Congo, Burundi and Rwanda might organise a regional CIS Centre in central Africa.

Mr. Wiking Husberg, ILO OSH expert in Russia, spoke of his experience in Moscow and said that different ILO projects were launched for the ex-republics of USSR. From the first original CIS Centre in St. Petersburg, various regional centres are being created to bring Russian colleagues together and exchange information on OSH, spending little money for travel.

Ms. Annick Virot stated that new French-speaking CIS centres in Africa will be opened using some funds from the French government. She added that high levels of collaboration are already present among the international organisations, like ILO, WHO, ISSA. More collaboration is needed among national governments.

The CIS Centres are a total of 137 at the moment, with two new ones (1 in Bangladesh and a new collaborating centre in Portugal). Other applications are being received from Africa.

With few resources, the CIS HQ in Geneva is trying to develop CIS centres and their visibility on internet and elsewhere. During 2005 many collaborations between CIS Centres have been fostered. What is needed, are more formal working relationships. The proposal of CIS HQ is to create a limited number of Working Groups for the next biennium (2006-2007) working on a selected topic out of the following ones:

The Working Groups (WGs) must be selective, realistic, with a structured approach, with precise targets, objectives and time-frames (2 years). They have to assess results and make reports.

Then Ms. Annick Virot reported the decision of the European Centres during their Meeting in Geneva last May, regarding the constitution of 4 WGs:

See papers on

Gabor Sandi stated that there are new projects at CIS HQ on the portal, but CIS centres have to add information on their work. The portal experience has not proved very well up to now.

The representatives from Mexico informed of an agreement with North-America for the creation of a portal. The Peru representative wished a regional meeting of Spanish-speaking countries. Argentina proposed a Latin-American regional meeting on 24 April 2006, during their OSH Week.

The buzzword of the Meeting was: Regional Centres.

In the afternoon, various reports form CIS centres were presented. The Meeting closed just in time for the opening ceremony of the XVII OSH World Congress.

Dr. Maria Castriotta | Istituto Superiore per la Prevenzione e la Sicurezza del Lavoro, Dipartimento Documentazione, Informazione e Formazione | tel. +39 06 44280290 | fax. +39 06 44250972 | email:

Maria also sent the following report:

Third Film and Multimedia Festival

In a Hollywoodian climate with music and stars, the prizes were delivered during the Closing Session of the Congress, on Thursday 22 September 2005.

A total of 135 films from every part of the world applied for evaluation. The winners were the following:

The multimedia jury had to evaluate about 100 products and selected the following ones:

Another report came Dupont

Coalition of Diverse Companies From Around the World Commit to First-Ever "World Safety Declaration" Signed "Global Industry Commitment to Workplace Safety" Presented to World Congress Organizers

A coalition of diverse, cross-industry companies from around the world announced their commitment to advance workplace and home safety practices globally over the next three years by participating in the first-ever "World Safety Declaration: Global Industry Commitment to Workplace Safety."

The declaration, which was unveiled here at an event sponsored by DuPont following sessions of the XVII World Congress of Safety and Health at Work, calls for participating companies "to affect real-world change to achieve an attainable goal of increased safety and injury reduction."

One of the declaration's goals is to recognize that safety enhancements in workplaces and homes are achievable objectives that can be defined, evaluated and measured - despite the differences of geographies and environments around the world. The companies also committed to reporting their progress, successes and challenges over the next three years at the 2008 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

The declaration, which was signed by leaders of the coalition's founding companies, was presented to the organizers of World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, which is being held for the first time in the United States last week.

The global coalition of the "World Safety Declaration" includes 15 founding companies, headquartered in various countries and representing a broad range of industries. Founding companies include DuPont, General Electric, British Petroleum, TATA Steel, BE&K services, Calvert, Fluor services, Rohm & Haas, TATA Chemicals, Evergreen Aviation Technologies, Aker Kvaerner services, Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes, Hindustan Lever, CEMEX, and Reliance

Industries. Other businesses attending the World Congress were invited by the founding companies to participate and sign the declaration when it was unveiled Tuesday.

"This initiative is important because it focuses on commitment and collaboration - two keys to overcoming geographical and cultural boundaries to help make lives safer in every corner of the world," said DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr. "DuPont is proud to participate

and unite with other businesses on the 'World Safety Declaration.' We are committed to sharing our 200-plus years of safety knowledge and innovations with others today for a safer world tomorrow."

The World Congress, which is held every three years, draws together several thousand key leaders and influencers of workplace safety policy from industry, government, and labour to present and discuss emerging safety research, trends, best practices and innovations in the workplace. The previous World Congress was held in Vienna in 2002. The next one is scheduled in Seoul, Korea in 2008.

The text of the "World Safety Declaration: Global Industry Commitment to Workplace Safety" is attached. Visuals of the founding companies' leaders signing the "World Safety Declaration" today can be downloaded at:

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

Contact: Anthony Farina | Mobile tel: +1 302-545-0316 - | Office tel: +1 302-992-2392 | Email:


Centre for the Improvement of Working Conditions & Environment, Lahore, Pakistan one of the Twenty Five Global Innovators Named as 2005 Tech Museum Awards Laureates

SAN JOSE, SILICON VALLEY, Calif., September 21, 2005 - The Tech Museum of Innovation today announced the 25 Laureates for the 2005 Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. At a black tie awards gala on November 9, Silicon Valley leaders and representatives from partners the United Nations Development Programme, The World Bank Institute, and Santa Clara University, will honor all 25 for their pioneering work in developing technology for the benefit of humanity. Five of these Laureates will share a $250,000 cash prize.

Annually, The Tech Awards honor individuals, for-profit, public and not-for-profit organizations from around the world who are applying technology to profoundly improve the human condition in the areas of environment, economic development, education, equality and health.

An esteemed panel of judges considered 560 nominations, representing 80 countries. The 25 Laureates come from Brazil, Canada, Cuba, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their work impacts people in 43 countries around the globe.

"The Tech Museum Awards were founded to shine a spotlight on the innovative work of those who dedicate their lives to using technology to help others," said The Tech's President Meredith Taylor. "By celebrating the accomplishments of our Laureates, we can encourage others to become social entrepreneurs who leverage technology to make the world safer, healthier, and more equitable."

"The Tech Awards Laureates exhibit the same pioneering spirit that has inspired the world's greatest inventions and innovations," stated Jim Morgan, Chairman of presenting sponsor Applied Materials. "Their breakthrough technologies are helping to provide basic needs and infrastructure, and the ultimate promise of their work is its power to have a positive impact on individuals and society."

"Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society is honored to be associated with the Tech Awards," said Geof Bowker, executive director of CSTS. "For the fifth year, an interdisciplinary team of academics and judges from SCU have chosen from hundreds of inspiring projects from around the world to find Laureates who can and will make a difference in many lives."

For more information on the awards and this year's Laureates, visit

The 2005 Tech Museum Awards Laureates:

Knight Ridder Equality Award - Using technology to overcome human rights violations and improve the local democratic process:

Intel Environment Award - Developing or using technologies that conserve and protect our planet's ecosystems:

Accenture Economic Development Award - Providing innovative technology solutions to overcome significant barriers to economic development in non-industrial countries:

The Microsoft Education Award - Delivering technology applications that remove barriers to education such as computer and Internet access, infrastructure problems, language, and poverty:

Agilent Technologies Foundation Health Award - Applying effective surgical techniques, vaccination programs, drug development strategies and human genome-based information to improve the safety of health care in marginalized communities and the rest of the world:

About The Tech Museum Awards

The concept for The Tech Museum Awards and its five categories was inspired in part by The State of the Future report of The Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University, which finds that award recognition is an effective way to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and technological applications to improve the human condition. The Tech Awards were inaugurated in 2001, and have since recognized 100 Laureates for their pioneering work to benefit society through the use and/or development of new technologies.

The Tech Museum Awards Partners

The Tech Museum Awards represent a collaborative effort among educational institutions and business. Silicon Valley leaders supporting The Tech Awards include presenting sponsor Applied Materials, Inc. and Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. Category sponsors include Intel, Accenture, Microsoft, Agilent Technologies Foundation, and Knight Ridder.

About The Tech Museum of Innovation

Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech is a non-profit organization that engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the innovator in everyone. For more information, visit or call (408) 294-TECH.

For more information on the awards and Laureates, visit

Hans-Horst Konkolewsky moving from the European Agency for Health and Safety at Work To ISSA

Hans-Horst Konkolewsky has been elected Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) during a Special Session of the Council held on 15 September 2005 in Geneva. He will be moving to Geneva in 2006.

The occupational safety and health (OSH) world will want to wish him every success in his new job, after 10 very energetic years with the Agency, during which time he and his team has really made into such a well known OSH Information Centre!

New Book

Food at Work: Workplace solutions for malnutrition, obesity and chronic diseases

Good nutrition, like other vital occupational safety and health issues, is the foundation of workplace productivity and safety - priority concerns shared by unions, workers, employers and governments around the world. It is well documented that unhealthy foods can lead to obesity and chronic diseases, while macro- and micronutrient deficiencies can cause malnutrition. In both these instances, the effects are detrimental to a strong, well-equipped workforce.

This comprehensive volume establishes a clear link between good nutrition and high productivity. It demonstrates that ensuring that workers have access to nutritious, safe and affordable food, an adequate meal break and decent conditions for eating is not only socially important and economically viable but a profitable business practice too.

Setting out key points for designing a meal programme, it presents a multitude of "food solutions", including canteens, meal or food vouchers, mess rooms and kitchenettes, and partnerships with local vendors. Through case studies from a variety of enterprises in 28 industrialized and developing countries, the book offers valuable practical food solutions which can be adapted to workplaces of different sizes and with different budgets. It also addresses an often-overlooked issue in nutrition: access to clean drinking water.

Relevant laws, regulations and guides pertaining to meal breaks and workplace nutrition are also highlighted in this volume, and an extensive section containing checklists and other useful resources for unions, employers and governments is included.

Food at Work: Workplace solutions for malnutrition, obesity and chronic diseases, Christopher Wanjek, 2005, xv+448 pp. ISBN 92-2-11715-2, International Labour Office, Geneva, 2005. Hardback: 60 Sw.frs.; US$50; £27.95; 40 Euros

To read the executive summary, please visit:

For further information, please contact the Bureau of Publications at Fax: +41.22.799.6938 or E-mail:

Brand New Book

Setting Up a Library and Information Service from Scratch
by Sheila Pantry OBE and Peter Griffiths

This eminently practical guide is written to help all those who need to set up a library and information service within their organization, irrespective of subject background or type of organization. It offers support to people who have qualifications but no experience in setting up such a service, and those who have had no training at all.

Both authors have had many years' experience of setting up information services for a wide range of organizations in the UK and many other countries.

It covers all sectors and will help enormously those who have to set up an occupational safety and health information service wherever you are in the world.

The book will hold your hand as you tackle the many tasks and responsibilities needed to create a successful library and information service - irrespective of size - and takes you step by step through the processes involved, including:

The book is fully supported by appendices containing useful sample documents, including an information centre brochure and a press release. The authors also supply lists of basic reference books and periodicals; sources and suppliers; key search engines; and a quick guide to library basics such as filing, repairs, loans and reference services.

This is a vital guide for anyone, whether an information professional or not,facing the challenge of setting up a library and information service from scratch.

The authors

Sheila Pantry OBE BA FCLIP manages an independent information services consultancy and electronic publishing business, including websites. She has had a long and varied career in information management in a range of industry sectors, and also in government as Head of Information Services for the UK Health and Safety Executive. She specializes in worldwide occupational health and safety information and is an experienced trainer, writer, editor and lecturer.

Peter Griffiths BA FCLIP MCLIP is Head of Information Services Unit at the Home Office, where he is Head of Profession for librarians and information scientists. His responsibilities extend not only to library and information services in the Home Office but also to an internal reference service, knowledge management, and information support to the research community. He is an experienced trainer, writer and lecturer.

Setting Up a Library and Information Service from Scratch,
by Sheila Pantry OBE and Peter Griffiths
Facet Publishing
ISBN 1 85604 558 7
For other books published by Sheila Pantry and Peter Griffiths see

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Watch Your Step Campaign, 3 - 28 October 005

"Watch your step" that the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is running is a major national initiative from 3rd - 28th October that will focus on raising awareness about the financial and personal costs and causes of slip and trip accidents at work.

Pedestrian slipping and tripping is the commonest cause of injuries in UK workplaces. Each year slips and trips accidents cause well over 11,000 major injuries, more than 80% of which result in fractures. The costs of these accidents to the UK economy and employers have been estimated at £800 million and £500 million, respectively. The overall aim of the slips and trips campaign is to promote the vision that slips and trips should be taken seriously and in proportion to the injuries and losses that they cause.

The resources on the web site can be used in training sessions and awareness raising events to tell people about the 'Watch Your Step' Campaign, and inform people about reasonably practicable control measures to prevent slip and trip accidents

Slips and trips case studies on the website cover real workplaces, real problems to be overcome, real solutions and real benefits. Sharing experiences from real life.

Slips Assessment Tool (SAT)

The SAT is a freely downloadable computer software package that allows an operator to assess the slip potential of pedestrian walkway surfaces.

The SAT is used in conjunction with a small, portable surface microroughness meter, which users must obtain separately. There are a number of commercially available meters but please note that the Health & Safety Executive does not specifically endorse any of them.

The package is easy to use and prompts the operator to gather relevant information concerning floor surface properties, contamination, cleaning regimes, footwear etc. When all of the information has been entered into the package, a slip risk rating is produced. This will assist the user in determining whether site conditions are likely to give rise to a high or low risk of slipping.

The data can be entered into a laptop computer (preloaded with the SAT software) on site for an immediate assessment of slip risk. This is the preferred method of operation. Alternatively, data can be recorded on site using a proforma and entered into a PC later.

The assessment can then, if desired, be repeated using alternative data such as different cleaning regime or footwear type etc. This will produce a different [theoretical] slip risk rating. This is a very powerful way of demonstrating the importance of various slip risk control measures.

You are advised to register the SAT before using as you will then be informed of any updates to the system.

Access the SAT.

If you have any queries regarding the SAT, please email:

EU launches new global safety and health portal

The new online information portal is operated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and is based on the most advanced Internet technology.

"Our new has been designed to offer the best possible support to a growing number of workplaces that are concerned about safety and health and need practical information to address their risks," explains Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, the Agency's Director. "A world of safety and health knowledge is now available right at your fingertips. I hope that our new information system will lead to improved workplace health and safety and help reduce the large human and economic toll paid due to accidents and ill-health at work."

The new website can be found at, offering you the following services:

More information at

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Gran Via 33, E-48009 Bilbao - Spain | Tel: + 34 94 479 4360 | Fax: + 34 94 479 4383 | Email: |

Ban Bullying at Work Day - 7th November 2005

The TUC is supporting "Ban Bullying at Work Day" on 7th November. This is to raise awareness of the problem of bullying and to try to ensure that employers take responsibility for tackling bullying in the workplace.

A TUC survey of 5,300 public, private and voluntary sector employees that suggested workplace bullying contributes to the loss of 18 million working days ever year. And victims of workplace bullying take an average seven extra days off each year than those not bullied. The report also found that in 75 per cent of cases a manager was identified as the bully.

Ban Bullying at Work Day has been organised by the Andrea Adams Trust, the main charity dealing with tackling bullying at work.

You can use the day to raise awareness, survey members or even seek agreement with your employers on preventing bullying.

Details of the day and a poster can be found below. If you want an activity pack, or more information on Ban Bullying at Work Day, contact
The Andrea Adams Trust at Email: or

For details of how to combat bullying in the workplace also see the TUC site at

Download 'Ban Bullying at Work' Poster (pdf file)

Download letter of support from the Andrea Adams Trust

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New book from the UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents looks at a decade of workplace safety

Ideas and thinking that have helped to shape the world of health and safety during the past decade have been brought together in a new book "Parting Shots" by Roger Bibbings, Occupational Safety Adviser for the UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

One of the most respected names in his field, Roger Bibbings has published a collection of his monthly comments on the health and safety scene on the Internet as a reference tool for professionals and those studying the subject at degree level.

The articles were originally printed in the "Parting Shot" column of RoSPA's "OS&H" journal and began at Christmas 1995. It is hoped the E-book format will make them easily accessible to those interested in how health and safety thinking developed and how it can move forward in the future. The book can be found at

Part of Roger Bibbings' role has been to keep a "weather eye" on the work of the Health and Safety Commission and Health and Safety Executive, but the influences that led to the development of RoSPA's key issues on managing occupational road risk, director action on safety and health, accident investigation and corporate target setting are also revealed.

The articles are grouped together under broad subject headings including political strategy, Europe, small firms, motivation, consultation and employee involvement, health, risk assessment and safety philosophy.

In the foreword, Richard Booth, Professor of Occupational Safety and Health at Aston University, says that many of the articles are of historical interest and a reminder of the debates that were going on only a few years ago.

But he says others are more forward looking and raise questions which have still not even begun to be satisfactorily answered. These include: What is it that really prevents accidents and injury to health? The effective management of health and safety goes right to right to the heart of operations, so why is it persistently marginalised? Where does the enhancement of health and safety risk management and regulation sit alongside other important developments in society and the economy?

Before joining RoSPA in 1994, Roger Bibbings was health and safety adviser at the Trades Union Congress for 17 years. In 1990 he received the MBE for his services to occupational safety and health.

He said: "My monthly column has given me the freedom to comment on the unfolding health and safety scene. It is interesting to see how some ideas have come to fruition and others still challenge the health and safety community."

For more information about and produced by RoSPA see

More news from around the world

IOSH launch revamped website

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health - IOSH is Europe's leading body for health and safety professionals, represents 28,000 members in over 50 countries.

An independent, not-for-profit organisation, the Institution regulates and steers the profession, maintaining standards and providing impartial, authoritative guidance on health and safety issues has revamped its website

New NIOSH Study Links Certain Professions with Neurodegenerative Diseases

Findings from a new NIOSH study add to the body of scientific evidence for exploring whether the risks of certain neurodegenerative diseases are associated with work-related factors. The article, "Potential Occupational Risks for Neurodegenerative Disease," was published in the July issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine (48:63-77). It investigated hypotheses suggested by previous research, which statistically linked certain occupations with higher-than-expected incidences of such diseases. The new results show that about one-third of those occupations had statistically significant elevated mortality odds ratios for the same outcomes, including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. The abstract for the article can be viewed at

Masterclass on Fire Risk Assessment and Business Continuity Planning and Management

If the EurOHSE2005 conference (details above) is not enough why not also take in the Masterclass on Fire Risk Assessment and Business Continuity Planning and Management

This is to be presented on Tuesday 29 November 2005 at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire by Les Moseley - Director of the Coventry Centre for Disaster Management and Programme Manager - University of Coventry, UK and Dennis Davies CBE, OStJ, QFSM, CEng, CCMI, FIFireE(Life), MEI - Independent Fire Adviser - International Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire (CTIF) and formerly HM Chief Inspector of Fire Services, Scotland.

The Masterclass aims to build on existing knowledge and skills in Risk and Hazard Analysis for Fire Risk Assessment and develop further knowledge in Continuity Planning.


We look forward to hearing from you with your booking for these events, apply online or contact:

Stephen Whitehurst or Jesse Bhadal Angel Business Communications Ltd, 34 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1HE, UK | Tel: +44 (0) 1926 512424 | Fax: +44 (0) 1926 512948 | email: or

Apprenticeships: A short guide for union safety representatives

The TUC have teamed up with the Learning and Skills Council to produce guidance for safety representatives on how to ensure that those on apprenticeship schemes and other trainees are provided with a safe environment and given adequate support and training. In the past 2 years 10 young people on government funded learning schemes have been killed while undertaking work-based training. These deaths were all avoidable.

You can download a copy of the guidance below or get printed copies by e-mailing the Learning and Skills Council on Email: quoting stock number 604323.

Apprenticeships: A short guide for union safety representatives (pdf download)

News from South Africa

DEKRA NORISKO and Internex Assurance International announce formation of new joint venture: Dekra NORISKO Industrial South Africa

DEKRA NORISKO, one of the world's leading providers of safety, health, environmental, quality (SHEQ) risk management consultancy services, and Internex Assurance International, one of the leading providers of SHEQ risk management services in the SADC region, today announced the formation of DEKRA NORISKO Industrial South Africa. The joint venture will bring a full spectrum of SHEQ risk management services, proven for excellence through decades of implementation in Europe, to the entire SADC region.

"The distinctive combination of international expertise and African SHEQ specialist skills may just prove to be the remedy for the spate of industrial incidents that have plagued local industries during the past few years," says Danie Bosman, managing director of DEKRA NORISKO Industrial South Africa.

"Our partnership with the DEKRA Group, which boasts an annual turnover of 1.2 billion Euros and staff complement of some 14000 dedicated professionals, is an initiative that will allow our solid South African market presence and expertise to develop even further. The DEKRA Group is contributing its world-class services expertise and global infrastructure, being the preferred provider of SHEQ services to the French and German governments. Both parties share the same core values, i.e. excellence and ethical behaviour, allowing for an unforced transition process," Bosman added.

"We believe our service offering to the SADC region clearly underscores our commitment to the development of this region, through substantial foreign investment as well as the opportunity for DEKRA NORISKO employees to gain first hand skills via the DEKRA Academy in Germany, which in turn, will be transferred to the entire SADC industry. This venture opens up a great BBBEE opportunity, specifically in the SHEQ risk mangement services field as a full 25.1% of company shares are set aside for the best Black South African partners."

"After the demise of NOSA (National Occupational Safety Association) in May 2005 and its final liquidation in July 2005, DEKRA NORISKO Industrial South Africa confirmed its commitment to a new tri-partheid agreement with the SA Government, SA industry and of course DEKRA NORISKO Industrial South Africa as subject matter expert, to rebuild the good SHEQ risk management practices that were introduced to South Africa when NOSA was formed in 1951 and that placed South Africa at the forefront of SHEQ risk management science at the time."

The new challenges that came with the requirement on all industries to act socially responsible while also being geared for sustainability, obviously require new and innovative thinking in terms of the occupational environment and the affects it has on society and the natural environment. DEKRA NORISKO, by virtue of its historical experiences in both the developed world (Europe) and the developing (Africa), is ideally positioned to create a new dominance in this area and thereby strive to right some of the past wrongs," Bosman concluded.

Contact: Danie Bosman, Managing Director, DEKRA NORISKO Industrial South Africa | Tel: +27 (0) 12 643 9360.

The European Restructuring Monitor ERM Quarterly:


The number of new jobs created through restructuring activities in Europe is almost equal to the number of jobs lost during the second quarter of 2005, according to the latest European Restructuring Monitor Quarterly.

In the period April to June 2005, the figure for total job announcements in the EU almost doubled in comparison to the first quarter of the year, the ERM quarterly reports. During this period, some 213 restructuring cases resulted in 120,000 new jobs, mainly created in the manufacturing and wholesale and retail industry.

New job creations almost balanced out the 142,000 job losses announced during the same period. Among the 27 countries covered by the ERM, Romania reported the highest number of job losses (35 job losses per 10,000 workers), followed by Hungary (17), Finland and Sweden (10 each), and the United Kingdom (9).

'This new data from the European Restructuring Monitor confirms that company restructuring does not necessarily always have to be bad news,' says Willy Buschak, Acting Director of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the Dublin-based EU agency providing information about socio-economic progress in the European Union. 'We are recording an increasing number of cases where companies announce expansion and the creation of additional jobs.'

The lion's share of these new job announcements were found in the new EU Member States, creating new jobs mainly in the manufacturing, wholesale and retail/repairs sectors. Poland has attracted some 24,500 new jobs, Romania 20,600 and the Czech Republic 10,000 during the period. In all the 27 countries covered by the ERM, the highest number of restructuring activities were recorded in Poland (70 cases), the United Kingdom (64), Germany (63) and Romania (59),

The latest issue of the ERM quarterly examines two cases of business expansion in more depth: BMWs decision to open a new factory in high-cost Germany and Tesco's expansion in Poland. Restructuring in Spain is covered in the country focus. This issue's sector focus explores the situation in retail.

The report can be downloaded from

For further information, contact Måns Mårtensson, Press Officer, on telephone +353-1-204 3124, mobile +353-876-593 507, or email

Global: Airport check-in causes real pain

Airport check-in staff are facing abuse, violence and pain as an everyday consequence of their work. An International Labour Organisation (ILO) study has found four out of five check-in staff have been victims of verbal 'ground rage', one out of five has been threatened and one in 20 has suffered physical assault. About half of the workers studied reported constant neck, shoulder or lower back pain. Only one out of four reported having no pain at all; many live with pain 24 hours a day. 'These are not little sores or cuts, but rather significant suffering, bad enough to seriously disturb their sleep,' said report lead author Dr Ellen Rosskam. The study, carried out at airports in Canada and Switzerland, identified occupational health hazards and violence from aggressive passengers as the most important challenges for workers, trade unions and management. The study found that modern management methods were making the situation worse, with working conditions taking second place to profits, with the real costs instead borne by staff. According to Rosskam, these costs should be of concern to the employer, 'given that productivity, alertness on the job, customer satisfaction, and efficiency can be reduced when workers are sleep deprived, or where muscular pain causes restriction in freedom of movement.'

ILO news release

Results of groundbreaking Irish experiment Pub smoking ban brings all-round benefits

The workplace smoking ban introduced in the Irish Republic at the end of March 2004 was a global first, and quite revolutionary. Well before the new law came into force, controversy was raging, particularly in the context of pubs and restaurants. Opponents of the ban feared that the hospitality sector would suffer badly.

Yet, eighteen months later, the report to the Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) suggests a win-win situation: not only is the air inside pubs much cleaner, but the lung health of pub staff has already improved significantly.

The Irish experience should point the way for other European countries, some of which have already been inspired by the example of this resounding success.

The overriding concern of the Irish authorities, when the new law was adopted, was to protect the health of all workers, including hospitality sector workers who received the brunt of their customers' smoke and suffered its harmful effects on an ongoing basis.

So, more than a year down the line, it was time to see to what degree the benefits of the ban could be quantified.

Much cleaner air

This was the goal of the study carried out by an Irish research team, based in Dublin and led by Luke Clancy and Patrick Goodman. Extremely encouraging results were presented to the ERS Congress in Copenhagen.

The team visited over forty pubs between October 2003 and March 2004, before the smoking ban came into force, and went back to each pub one year later, on the same day of the week and at the same time. The researchers looked above all at the particulate matter content of the air in the pub, since this is a characteristic feature of smoke pollution.

To that end, they measured, over a period of at least three hours, the level of two types of particles, namely PM2.5 (with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less) and PM10 (with a diameter of 10 microns or less).

The results are unequivocal, as Clancy and Goodman demonstrated to the Congress: over the course of the year, the PM10 level fell by 53% and the PM2.5 level by no less than 87.6%.

Much improved lung function

Such a reduction in the level of harmful particles in ambient air could be expected to have a positive impact on pub staff's lung health. The Dublin team sought to verify this by recruiting 81 volunteer subjects, male bar workers with an average age of 28. They underwent two laboratory examinations, one before the smoking ban came into force and one afterwards.

The tests involved measurement of exhaled carbon monoxide (CO) and lung function assessment.

In addition, the subjects were asked to answer a questionnaire on their smoking habits and state of health.

The results presented to the ERS Congress covered the 56 subjects, 69% of the sample, for whom a full set of results is already available.

They demonstrate a tangible improvement in health, with exhaled breath CO concentrations reduced by an average of 38%, and by 45% for non-smokers. Simultaneously, the non-smokers' lung function has improved markedly, with a 10% rise in the maximum flow of expired air during a forced expiration (PEF). The smokers' lung function, however, continues to deteriorate.

These positive results will certainly inspire other European countries. Indeed, some have already followed in Ireland's footsteps, as the Congress heard. For example, Norway introduced a ban on smoking in public places in June 2004.

Tomas Eagan, of the Department of Thoracic Medicine at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, told the Congress how the benefits of the ban are becoming evident.

His team's study was similar to the Irish one, but relied on telephone interviews alone. The 847 subjects, who worked in cafes, bars and restaurants, were questioned once before the ban came into force and again five months later.

They reported a significant reduction in respiratory problems, which, again, was more marked in subjects who had themselves stopped smoking in the interim.


Luke Clancy | Tel: +353 1 489 36 38 | Email:

Patrick Goodman | Tel: +353 1 402 47 82 | Email:

Tomas Eagan | Tel: +47 55 97 32 45 | Email:

NIOSH Tool Helps Visualize Hearing Loss

For construction workers, hearing loss is a slow, imperceptible process. To help raise awareness and understanding of the impact of hearing loss, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently developed a Hearing Loss Simulator.

This program allows the user to predict exposure based on age, gender, years of work and level of noise. It also allows the user to designate the specific kinds of equipment that cause his or her noise exposure (most examples come from the mining industry for which the CD was originally developed). Finally, for the purposes of the demonstration, the user can specify whether he or she, after the loss, is trying to hear a female or male voice. The program then returns a graphic presentation of hearing capacity in various frequency ranges, depending on whether the individual suffers mild, moderate or severe loss.

The Hearing Loss Simulator is available for free and can be downloaded at the NIOSH Mine Safety webpage:

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National Inspection Day - 26 October 2005

The Wednesday of European Health and Safety Week has been designated "National Inspection Day" when all safety representatives are asked to inspect their workplace. In 2005 this will be on the 26th October.

The TUC has produced a simple guide to inspections that includes forms, adapted from the HSE recommended forms, and a checklist. These can be downloaded below.

Health and Safety Inspections: A TUC Guide (pdf file)

In addition there is a poster that safety representatives can put up in their workplace in the run-up to National Inspection Day. This is available in black and white for printing off on an ordinary copier, or in colour for those with more sophisticated copying facilities. Both of these can be downloaded below.

National Inspection Day

To coincide with 'National Inspection Day' when all safety representatives are asked to inspect their workplace, the TUC has produced a simple guide to inspections.

TUC/RNID leaflet on Noise

TUC/RNID leaflet on Noise produced for European Health and Safety Week 2005.

Promoting organizational health, October 24-30 2005 is designated as Canada's Healthy Workplace Week

Imagine working at a job where you feel physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually fulfilled. If Canada's occupational health experts have their way, a workplace that contributes to workers' overall well-being will be more than just a far-off ideal - it will become the standard.

According to the Canadian Healthy Workplace Council, factors such as good leadership, communication, job design and decision-making styles are good for a worker's overall health. Healthy workers, in turn, ultimately make up healthy organizations.

In an effort to promote organizational health, October 24-30 is designated as this year's Canada's Healthy Workplace Week. Your organization is invited to participate and the Healthy Workplace Week website maintained by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety along with the Health Work and Wellness Conference and National Quality Institute - explains how.

"Healthy Outcomes" is the theme for this year's Healthy Workplace Week and one of the drivers in the "Canada's Healthy Workplace Criteria" developed by the National Quality Institute and Health Canada. A healthier workplace results in improved outcomes and performance for both employees and the organization as a whole. The Healthy Workplace Week website offers ideas and activities to enhance your personal well-being, to support managers and for organizations to implement - all to help you and your organization achieve and sustain a healthy workplace culture.

If you would like to plan ahead for next year's Healthy Workplace Week, the Long-Term Strategies section of the website can help you develop a strategic, comprehensive approach to workplace health in your organization. The Archives section of the site lets you know ways in which other workplaces have participated in the past. If you need reports and other administrative tools to help you in the process, you'll find everything you're looking for in the site's Resource Well.

You know the dates, you have the resources, so enjoy! The process of promoting health should be fun, just as your day-to-day work should be a physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually healthy experience.

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E-learning from Canada

Canadian workplaces have come to rely on the credible, affordable safety information resources provided by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Fuelled by customer demand, CCOHS recently launched several new e-learning courses to help Canadians work smarter and safer.

These online courses allow employees to enroll via the Internet and work at their own pace, at their own convenience. Managers can track employees' progress, and be assured that all employees will receive consistent information and training. The relatively low cost of e-learning allows employers to save the money that, in traditional off-site training situations, would be spent on airfare and hotels, not to mention the lost productivity related to travel time.

The courses, available in English and French, include voice-overs, case studies, checklists and other examples to illustrate concepts. Quizzes throughout, and an exam at the end of each course measure learning progress.

For full details see Health and safety report, September 2005, Vol. 3 Issue 9 in

E-Course Addresses Office Health and Safety

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed an e-learning course that addresses the potential hazards related to working in office environments. Although offices are not always thought of as hazardous places to work, an injury or illness that happens in an office can be just as serious and costly as one that occurs in any other workplace.

The Office Health and Safety course provides a practical introduction for managers, supervisors and employees, including health and safety committee members. It describes the components of an effective health and safety program, how to recognize workplace hazards in an office environment and steps that can be taken to address important office health and safety concerns, to prevent injuries and illnesses. Topics include ergonomics, lighting, workplace stress, indoor air quality, and office equipment, chemical and electrical hazards, as well as general safety concerns including safe lifting and storage, slips, trips and falls, and fire prevention and evacuation.

As with all of CCOHS' e-courses, Office Health and Safety is delivered over the Internet in a format that makes training easily accessible and cost effective. The course, complete with references, quizzes and an exam takes about 60 minutes to complete.

Office Health and Safety is the latest CCOHS e-course to be released and is available in English and French.

More information about the Office Health and Safety e-course:

For further information, contact: Eleanor Irwin, Manager - Marketing, Sales and Communications, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety | Tel: +1 905/572-2981, Ext. 4408 | Email: |

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 at the links under country and also under subject.


European Transport Safety Council   BELGIUM

European Transport Safety Council is a Brussels, Belgium based organisation independent organisation dedicated to reduction of the number and severity of transport crash injuries in Europe. Has newsletters, publications, events and links.


Wireless Information Resource Centre   CANADA

Wireless Information Resource Centre provides up-to-date authoritative information about research on the health effects of wireless technology and is based at the University of Ottawa, Canada McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment.


European Commission   EUROPE

European Commission list of Personal protective equipment with references to European standards (EN).


International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection ICNIRP   GERMANY

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection ICNIRP. It is a body of independent scientific experts who have produced Exposure Guidelines and address possible adverse effects on human health.


Swedish Association for the Electro-sensitive (FEB)   SWEDEN

Swedish Association for the Electro-sensitive (FEB) has information, publications, articles, references and links to other related web sites.


International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF)   SWITZERLAND

International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) represents the collective interests of 25 million metalworkers in more than 200 unions in 100 countries. The IMF is a federation of national unions - a union of unions - in the metal industry at world level. The IMF head office is in Geneva, Switzerland, where worldwide activities are coordinated with a network of regional offices. Web site give details of publications, education, events and links.



ES-UK is the association for the electrically hypersensitive (EHS). As a charity, it supports those made ill by electromagnetic fields/RF/microwaves and campaign for recognition of this illness. Site regularly updates with news etc.

National Water Safety Forum   UK

National Water Safety Forum provides safety advice and facts and figures about beaches, inland water sites, swimming pools, water sports and water safety in the home.

Powerwatch   UK

Powerwatch is an independent organisation with a central role in the UK Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Radiation health debate. They work closely with decision-makers in government and business, and with other like-minded groups, promoting policies for a safer environment. They have been researching electromagnetic field effects on health for the last 20 years, and provide a range of information and equipment to help the general public understand this complex issue and to protect themselves against related hazards.

Safety In Design (SID)   UK

Safety In Design (SID) is a not for profit company that exists to support its membership in a variety of ways. The main reason for its existence is to provide benchmarked standards for knowledge and competence for designers. SiD also gives information on industry initiatives such as industry led guidance on design for the built environment. You should track progress here if you are involved in construction and building and are a client, architect, structural engineer, surveyor involved in specification, training organisation for designers under construction, design and management (CDM).

Workplace Transport Safety Forum   UK

Workplace Transport Safety Forum aims to share ideas, experiences, information, best practice and questions with other interested managers, organisations and individuals

Diary of Events

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29 November 2005 - EurOhse Masterclass on Fire Risk Assessment and Business Continuity, 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:

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:

31 October - 2 November 2005 - 2nd Biennial Conference on the Manual Handling of People
Brisbane, Australia
Contact: Australian Association for the Manual Handling of People (S.A.) | Tel: +61 7 3256 2444 | Fax: +61 7 3256 2666 | Email:

8 November 2005 - Managing the Asbestos Risks in Structures
Austin Court, Birmingham, UK
Contact: Richard Hart, Institution of Civil Engineers, London | Tel: +44 (0)20 7665 2314 | Email: |

9 November 2005 - Control through ventilation: interpreting COSHH
Vauxhall Motors Sports & Social Club, Ellesmere Port, UK
Contact: Anthea Page, Communications Officer, BOHS, 5/6 Melbourne Business Court, Millennium Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8LZ, UK | Tel: +44 (0) 1332 298101 | Fax: +44 (0)1332 298099 | Email: or |

23 November 2005 - Corporate Manslaughter
Radisson SAS Portman Hotel, London
Contact: Julien Payet, IBC Global Conferences, 2-3 Grays Inn Square, London, UK | Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 5616 | Fax: +44 (0)1332 298099 | Email: |

29 November 2005 - Consult GEE's 6th Annual Health & Safety Conference 2005
The Ambassadors in Bloomsbury Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX
Contact: The Conference Administrator, GEE Publishing, 100 Avenue Road, London NW3 3PF, UK |Tel: +44 (0) 20 7393 7651 | Fax:+44 (0) 20 7393 7790 | Email: |

29 November - 2 December 2005 - National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition (NECE)
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Contact: Tel: +1 212 370 5005 | Fax: +1-212-370 5699 | Email: |

7 December 2005 - Employers and Ageing Workers
Thistle Victoria Hotel, London, UK
Contact: Paul Gray, Symposium Events Ltd, UK | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7403 3990 | Email: |


5-11 May 2006 - USAAOHC 2006: American Occupational Health Conference
Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contact: American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) 25 Northwest Point Blvd., Suite 700, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 60007-1030, USA | Tel: +1 847 818 1800 | Fax:+1 847 818 9266 |

10-14 July 2006 - The 16th IEA Triennial Congress
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Contact: International Ergonomics Association (IEA) | Tel: +31(0)43- 3619192 | Fax: +31(0)43-3619020 | Email: