CIS Newsletter

No. 196
January 2006


CIS Newsletter celebrates 18 years & still going strong! Bringing news to over 137 countries in the CIS Network


Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. 2006 New Year Message from Jukka Takala
  3. Press Release No. 3 CIS Newsletter
  4. News from CIS HQ
  5. News from around the World - Canada, Europe, ILO, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, UK and USA
  6. Books
  7. FOCUS on Young people at work year
  8. OSHE websites
  9. Diary of Events

Editorial

Dear CIS Colleagues

A warm welcome to CIS colleagues and friends around the world as we start a New Year.

Dr Jukka Takala sends a special New Year's message to you - see below.

Now we look forward to 2006 and to our next reunion - which looks as if it will be in May 2006 in Geneva. More details will follow from our colleagues in Geneva. How many of you intend going to the ILO Conference? Could you please let CIS know email Gabor Sandi sandi@ilo.org Annick Virot virot@ilo.org and myself sp@sheilapantry.com with your ideas?

Many thanks for all the lovely greetings card and good wishes that I have received during this Festive time.

Thanks also for the publications, emails and news - these are always gratefully received and are used as soon as possible.

If you are planning in 2006 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.

Publicity... tell them, tell them and tell them again...

This month the Press Release No.3 is on the CIS Newsletter.

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.

A few people have responded since the last edition, but if there is anyone else who want to get it electronically please let me know as soon as possible your email number. Anyone who finds that they cannot received the CIS Newsletter either by email or from the web site www.sheilapantry.com/cis where back issues are stored should also let me know by fax +44 1909 772829 that paper based service is the only way.

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.

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 www.sheilapantry.com/cis where back issues are stored.

Remember >>>>
Thriving in 2006... Keep telling the World at large 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: +4 41909 771024
Fax: +44 1909 772829
Email: sp@sheilapantry.com
www.oshworld.com
www.sheilapantry.com
www.shebuyersguide.com
www.oshupdate.com


New Year's Message from Dr Jukka Takala

Dear CIS Network Members and Friends,

We had an interesting year 2005 including two major Meetings: one for the European Centres in Geneva in May, and another regular Annual Meeting in September in Orlando Florida. Both were extremely positive and useful in strengthening the links between us.

We also experienced changes in CIS/Geneva when Emmert Clevenstine retired and Gabor Sandi took over. Technically we also "relaunched" the CIS Electronic Bulletin exactly as it used to look like and directly updated from the CISDOC database. Printouts can be made anywhere in the world - free of charge. The Safe Work Bookshelf CD including the Encyclopaedia anf the International Chemical Safety Cards in English was also completed. The next issue of the Bookshelf including the French equivalent databases is on its way along with the updated English.

In 2006 we need to seriously look into the Encyclopaedia and put time and effort in the updating, first the English, article by article in priority order, and then start with the other languages: Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

We also need to take care of those network members and users who have poor and expensive internet connections: the CD-ROM production of most essential materials need to be continued and expanded.

This New Year Message will also be my last one, at least in my present position in the ILO, as I will reach the retirement age and leave the ILO Office on 1 November 2006. But I hasten to say that I will not retire from the safety and health work around the globe, and will continue such work with the SafeWork Consulting Company. I will also have close links and carry out "serious" research and information activities with the Institute of Safety Engineering in the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, one of the CIS Collaboration Centres.

Certainly, I would like to have close links with all of you and, in particular, with Sheila, our network "primus motor".

Have a Safe and Healthy Year 2006!

Jukka

Jukka Takala Dr.Sc. (Tech.), Director
International Labour Office, ILO
ILO/SafeWork Programme

SafeWork
InFocus Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment
Programme focal sur la sécurité et la santé au travail et sur l'environnement
Programa InFocus de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo y Medio Ambiente

Mail address ILO, CH-1211, Geneva 22, Switzerland
e-mail (bus.) safework@ilo.org (use for urgent and normal office e-mail)
CIS@ilo.org (use for CIS information)
e-mail (pers.) takala@ilo.org (use for mail requiring my personal attention only)
homepage www.ilo.org/safework
and www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/cis
www.ilo.org/public/english/region/asro/bangkok/asiaosh
fax +41 22 799 6878 (SafeWork, main)
41 22 799 8516 (SafeWork, CIS)
phone +41 22 799 6715
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Press Release No. 3 January 2006

CIS Newsletter... information from around the world

CIS is the knowledge management arm of the International Labour Office InFocus Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SafeWork). Its goal is to ensure that workers and everyone concerned with their protection have access to the facts they need to prevent occupational injuries and diseases.

It is through the monthly CIS Newsletter that CIS members exchange information and ideas from their own countries and keep in touch with developments etc in the extensive field of occupational health, safety, hygiene, fire, chemical and environmental impacts on the workplace.

The CIS Newsletter has been in existence since 1989 and thus is now in its 18 year of publication bringing news, views, information about events, seminars, conferences, websites etc to over 137 countries around the world.

CIS was founded in 1959 as a joint endeavour of the ILO, the International Social Security Association, the European Coal and Steel Community and the occupational safety and health authorities of 11 European countries. The original 11-member network of National Centres has grown to cover 120 countries all over the world. In many countries, Collaborating Centres complement the National Centres, and the Arab Occupational Health and Safety Institute of the Arab Labour Organization became the first Regional Centre in 2004. With the evolution of European institutions, CIS now enjoys the support of the European Commission.

The CIS Newsletter monthly newsletter is available on www.sheilapantry.com/cis and is published at the beginning of each month.

Think CIS as you make your first step in finding answers to your latest OSH questions.

CIS Centres >>> You can alter this information in this Press Release as you wish with your own information - but it may encourage other organisations and individuals in your country and elsewhere to start and use this ever-increasing valuable source of information.


News from CIS HQ

CIS is pleased to announce a new product. It is a virtual ILO-CIS Bulletin, containing the latest additions to the CISDOC database. Individual abstracts in it are classified according to the same scheme as was used in the old printed Bulletin Safety and Health at Work, which it is intended to replace.

Safety and Health at Work was discontinued at the end of 2003, because it had become too expensive to print and distribute. This new version, published in both English and French, will provide the same quality and quantity of information as the old Bulletin with the additional advantage of being free of charge and available to all Internet users. Links to other Internet sites can also be followed. Naturally, users can print it for their own purposes, providing them with exactly the same type of publication as the printed Bulletin. There is no index, because all Internet browsers have a built-in Find (or Search) function.

The URL of this new CIS virtual publication is: www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/cis/products/bulletin.htm

CIS Secretariat (FR) for:
Gabor Sandi
Head of the CIS

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Chers collègues,

Le CIS est heureux dannoncer la parution dun nouveau produit: le Bulletin virtuel BIT-CIS qui contient les derniers résumés bibliographiques ajoutés à la base de données CISDOC. Ces résumés sont présentés par numéro CIS comme dans lancienne version imprimée «Sécurité et Santé au Travail», que cette édition électronique est destinée à remplacer.

Le Bulletin imprimé a cessé de paraître à la fin de 2003 parce quil était devenu trop coûteux de le produire et de le diffuser. Cette nouvelle publication, en anglais et en français, offre la même quantité et la même qualité dinformation que lancien Bulletin. Il est accessible gratuitement par un simple clic et présente lavantage de renvoyer au texte intégral du document lorsque la version électronique est disponible. Les internautes peuvent bien entendu imprimer leur propre exemplaire sils le souhaitent. Il nexiste pas dindex puisque tous les navigateurs Internet sont équipés dune fonction «Recherche» intégrée.

Cette nouvelle publication virtuelle du CIS est disponible à ladresse suivante: www.ilo.org/public/french/protection/safework/cis/products/bulletin.htm

Secrétariat CIS (FR) pour:
Gabor Sandi

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NUEVO! El Boletín del CIS gratuito en línea

Estimados colegas :

El Centro Internacional de Información sobre Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo (CIS) tiene el placer de anunciarles la publicación de un nuevo producto: el Boletín virtual OIT-CIS que recoge las más recientes adiciones a la base de datos CISDOC, organizadas siguiendo el mismo orden numérico del CIS que había sido adoptado en el pasado en el Boletín impreso «Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo», que esta edición electrónica está destinada a sustituir.

La versión impresa del Boletín dejó de publicarse a finales del año 2003 porque se había vuelto demasiado costoso producirlo y difundirlo. Esta nueva publicación, en inglés y francés, ofrece la misma cantidad y la misma calidad de información que el antiguo Boletín. Es accesible gratuitamente solo haciendo clic y presenta la ventaja de poder acceder al texto completo cuando la versión electrónica está disponible. Los internautas pueden por supuesto imprimir su propio copia si así lo desean. No está previsto incluir indice ya que los programas de navegación por Internet integran una función de búsqueda.

Esta nueva publicación virtual del CIS está disponible en las siguientes direcciones:

Por el momento, la versión española no es desgraciadamente aún disponible en línea. Hacemos todo nuestro posible para que sea rápidamente accesible al los hispanohablantes. Gracias por su comprensión.

Secretariat CIS (FR) por:
Gabor Sandi
Jefe del CIS


News from Around the World...

News from ISPESL, Italy

Maria Castriotta writes:

We had a very successful event that was held in Rome on 30 November 2005 at the Chamber of Deputies regarding the theme of "Communication in prevention", organised by ISPESL magazine Prevenzione Oggi and the newsletter of the Italian Regions "Lavoro e Salute". The presence of Stefano Boy (ETUC-REHS) brought the voice of Europe in the Meeting. It was a hard work and I hope to be able to publish the meeting proceedings in few months.
All the best.
Maria

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.castriotta@ispesl.it


USA: Call for nanotechnology safety controls

Amid growing evidence that some of the tiniest materials ever engineered pose potentially big health, safety and environmental risks, momentum is building in the US Congress, environmental circles and in the industry itself to beef up federal oversight of the new nanomaterials, which are already showing up in dozens of consumer products. A report in the Washington Post, however, says it remains unresolved who should pay for the additional safety studies that everyone agrees are needed.

Nanomaterials are already being integrated into a wide range of products, including sports equipment, computers, food wrappings, stain-resistant fabrics and an array of cosmetics and sunscreens. The particles can pose health risks to workers where they are made and may cause health or environmental problems as discarded products break down in landfills.

According to Jennifer Sass of the Natural Resources Defense Council: 'I think it's absolutely necessary that we have enforceable regulations and that we don't put these materials in commercial products unless we know they can be used safely over the full life cycle of the product.' At a House Science Committee hearing on 17 November, environmental and industry representatives alike said federal spending on environmental, health and safety implications should be about 10 to 20 per cent of the government's nanotech development budget for 2006. In the UK, the TUC has called for a precautionary approach to nanomaterial use (Risks 167).


News from Pakistan

Pakistani Inventor wins the prestigious Global Technology Award-2005 and declared the best Tech Laureate to receive US$ 50000 for an OSH invention targeting hazardous child labour

On November 09, 2005 the Tech Museum of Innovations based in San Jose California USA gave away the highly prestigious Tech Award for Innovations benefiting Humanity for the year 2005. For the first time in the history of this Award a Pakistani, Mr. Saeed Awan Director of Centre for the Improvement of Working Conditions & Environment (CIWCE) Lahore in the Labour Department, Government of Punjab in Lahore was declared as the Laureate. He was also declared as the best Laureate of all in his category and also received a cash prize of US$ 50000. An international panel of judges from Santa Clara University in California carefully reviewed nominations from 80 countries for over 560 innovations and selected the work of Mr. Saeed Awan. Among the other winners were top US academic and business entities like MIT, AMD, Orasure. It was appreciated here a lot that an organization from government sector with no budget at all had won the award.

The Award was given in grand gala function held in San Jose California and was attended by over 1100 top business leaders, academics and philanthropists of USA including Chairmen of Intel Corporation, executives of Microsoft, Accensure, Agilent Technologies, Knight Ridder etc.

Mr. Awan was invited to speak at prestigious American public policy and academic forums like Stanford University, Berkeley, World Affairs Council, Google Foundation and the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

This Award is given to innovators and visionaries from around the world who are applying technology to profoundly improve the human conditions in the categories of education, equality, environment, health, and economic development. Mr. Awan has won the Equality Award.

The Award has been given to Mr. Saeed Awan on designing a carpet weaving loom, which significantly reduces the health and safety hazards of the carpet weavers and enhances their productivity and helps in the fight against hazardous child labour in this sector. Mr. Saeed Awan carried out a study on the health and other hazards faced by the carpet weavers particularly the children. His study provided vital information about the hazards faced by the children in this sector. A major finding of his study was that many of the health problems of carpet weavers are caused by the poor design of loom, which has not undergone significant change over the centuries. As follow up of the research study, Mr. Saeed Awan and his team from CIWCE designed a model loom, which was extensively tested to see its acceptability by poor and illiterate families. After repeated trials, the 30 model looms and working environment controls were installed in thirty workplaces in the districts of Sheiikhupura, Gujranwala and Hafizabad. The Government of Punjab has already adopted this loom as a tool to tackle rural poverty, eliminate debt bondage in carpet production and to empower the poor rural women. A proposal to supply 6000 ergonomic looms and associated OSH controls on soft loan conditions is being considered by the government. This loom has potential to change the lives of millions of carpet weavers in India, Nepal, Afghanistan Iran, Morocco and elsewhere. Many American organizations and corporations have pledged their support to the activities of Mr. Awan and are have asked him to work out more innovative ideas where technology can use the human suffering.

The news of the award Mr. Awan's Award was prominently carried by the media including TV, newspapers and websites in California and elsewhere in the USA.


More CIS News

The following is the Spanish translation of the IPCS briefing note that was sent by CIS HQ to the Spanish-speaking Centres on 15 November 2005 and repeated here for the benefit of others.

Reunión En La Sede De La Oit, Bajo Los Auspicios Del Cis*, Del Grupo De Expertos De L'ipcs Encargado De La Revisión De Las Fichas Internacionales De Seguridad Química

GINEBRA 17-21 DE OCTUBRE DE 2005

Veintiochos expertos internacionales de 13 países**, más los representantes de la Comisión Europea, de la Oficina Internacional del Trabajo (ILO) y de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), se reunieron en la sede de la OIT en Ginebra del 17 al 21 de octubre de 2005 en el marco de los trabajos del Programa Internacional para la Seguridad de la Sustancias Químicas (International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS)) (www.who.int/ipcs/en) para revisar aproximadamente 100 Fichas Internacionales de Seguridad Química (FISQ) (International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC)). Estos expertos (toxicólogos, medioambientalistas, especialistas en seguridad química y en emergencia) pertenecen en general, o bien están vinculados, a organismos nacionales de prevención o institutos de investigación. Esta reunión era organizada por la OIT, bajo los auspicios del CIS, con el apoyo financiero del Programa IPCS.

El Programa IPCS fue creado en 1980 y es una actividad conjunta de tres organizaciones internacionales: la Organización Internacionale del Trabajo (OIT), la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA). El Proyecto de las Fichas ICSC entra en el marco de una cooperación entre el IPCS y la Comisión Europea.

Utilizando «frases estándares», las Fichas ICSC constituyen un elemento clave de los sistemas nacionales de seguridad química y de los esfuerzos de colaboración desplegados a nivel internacional en el ámbito de la seguridad química. Contienen información sobre los peligros intrínsecos de productos químicos específicos, así como sobre los primeros auxilios que deben administrarse y las medidas que deben observarse en caso de incendio o de derrame, o también sobre las precauciones que deben tomarse para eliminar estos productos, almacenarlos, embalarlos, etiquetarlos o transportarlos. Las Fichas recopilan de forma clara la información esencial para los trabajadores y empresarios en la industria, la agricultura, la construcción y otros lugares de trabajo. Pueden servir en el marco de acciones de formación y son a menudo la principal fuente de información en los paises menos desarrollados; pueden también desempeñar un papel esencial en las pequeñas y medianas empresas. Informan sobre los riesgos ocasionados por la sustancias químicas a la salud humana y al medio ambiente.

La Fichas son preparadas por las Instituciones Participantes (IP) del Programa IPCS en el marco de un proceso de consulta y revisión en varias etapas. Las reuniones del tipo de la de Ginebra tienen lugar dos veces al año en países que participan en el Programa y son el resultado del proceso de revisión de los expertos. Estas Fichas se traducen en 15 lenguas (entre ellas el chino, el coreano, el japonés, el swahili, el thai, el urdu, el vietnamita y varias lenguas europeas) y son accesibles en varios sitios Internet entre ellos el del CIS: (www.ilo.org/public/french/protection/safework/cis/products/icsc/index.htm).

Las Fichas son también un elemento importante del Programa de Acción Global en el marco del SAICM (Enfoque Estratégico para la Gestión Internacional de los Productos Químicos) y forman parte del programa de actividades del IPCS, en particular sus trabajos relativos a las advertencias que deben ser empleadas a efectos del GHS (Sistema Armonizado Mundial de Clasificación y Etiquetado de Productos Químicos).

La próxima reunión de este grupo de expertos tendrá lugar en el Instituto Nofer de Medicina del Trabajo (NIOM) en Łódź (Polonia), en abril de 2006.

*CIS: Centro Internacional de Información sobre Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo.

**Alemania, Bélgica, Canadá, España, Estados Unidos, Finlandia, Francia, Hungría, Italia, Japón, Países Bajos, Polonia, Reino Unido.

Pra más información, favor dirigirse al CIS, Oficina Internacional del Trabajo, o consultar su sitio Internet: (www.ilo.org/cis).


News from Canada

One - stop Access to the Resources Needed to Create Healthy Workplaces

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched a web portal, Bringing Health to Work as a new public service. This website is dedicated to providing employers, employees and practitioners, free and easy access to one of the most comprehensive collections of credible resources in Canada for creating and promoting healthy workplaces.

There is a strong connection between the health and well being of people and their work environments, and therefore, many reasons to develop healthy workplaces. Healthier workplaces can improve worker health, job satisfaction, morale, profitability, productivity, increase retention and recruitment, as well as reduce injuries. Families and communities also benefit through improved mental health, enhanced physical levels, reduced health costs, improved public safety and an overall improved work-life quality. Now there is a website that can help.

Bringing Health to Work offers "one stop" access to more than 300 of the most authoritative and reliable sources of workplace health and wellness information on the Web! It is a virtual clearinghouse of links to programs and tools, case studies, policies, publications, resources and more. The information on the site is organized by topics, by role (employee, employer or practitioner) and by resource type, to make finding information easy. The site can be accessed directly from the CCOHS homepage.

"The launch of this resource-rich website is just one example of the comprehensive approach to health and safety that CCOHS is taking in the services it provides to the Canadian people," said Dr. P.K. Abeytunga, Vice President and Director General of CCOHS. "The impact of healthy workplaces is far reaching. They contribute to the productivity, competitiveness and wealth of our economy and impact the quality of working life, affecting families, communities and the whole of our society," added Dr. Abeytunga. "We believe that this website will help inspire and enable people to participate in making their workplaces healthy that all may thrive and benefit."

And this is only the beginning. CCOHS will continue to improve and expand the content to enhance and make it an even richer resource - one that offers help to improve the health of Canadian organizations, their employees and their work environments.

Healthy Employees + Healthy Organizations = Healthy Workplaces

Visit CCOHS' Bringing Health to Work at www.ccohs.ca/healthyworkplaces

Contact: Eleanor Irwin, Manager - Marketing, Sales and Communications, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) | Tel: 905/572-2981, Ext. 4408 | Email: eleanori@ccohs.ca


More News from Canada

The Université Laval's Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Management, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) launched a prevention kit for work-related mental health problems. Entitled "Mental Health at Work...From Defining to Solving the Problem," this unique kit will enable workers and organizations to effectively handle mental health stressors and issues in the workplace. As research indicates, these are some of the main reasons for the increase in work absenteeism.

The kit is available at the following Web site: www.workandstress.ca and at the sites of the principal partners of the projects. There is also a French version at: http://cgsst.fsa.ulaval.ca/sante/fra/default.asp

Three main themes

This kit is intended for anyone who wants to understand problems related to workplace stress and would like to become better equipped to prevent them. The kit includes three booklets in full colour.

The first booklet defines the concept of occupational stress and describes the extent of the problem and its consequences for individuals and organizations.

The second booklet presents the main sources of occupational stress. It describes the personal factors that predispose certain individuals to such problems and proposes various methods that can help reduce the negative impacts of stress.

The last booklet describes the three possible levels of prevention: (1) risk factor elimination or control, (2) the mechanisms that can help reduce the negative impacts of stress, and (3) treatment, the return to work, and follow-up of people. It also presents a strategic process for effectively preventing work-related mental health problems and practical tools for facilitating the initiation of action.

Responses to needs of workplaces

"Psychological health problems are having a significant impact on an increasing number of workers," notes Jean-Pierre Brun, the Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Management at Université Laval. "This kit fills an urgent need of workplaces, which do not always know how to prevent occupational stress and the many problems that it causes."

"Illustrated with several examples presented in simple and accessible terms, this unique kit provides workplaces with the tools that will allow better management of this type of injury. In addition to promoting a better understanding of mental health in the workplace, this publication has the advantage of providing practical solutions to concrete problems. It is also a concrete example of the possible benefits of the research projects on work-related mental health that we subsidize," the IRSST's president-CEO, Diane Gaudet, stated with pride.

"This prevention kit is a first in Canada. It responds to an enormous need so frequently identified by employers and workers. We are sure that this tool will soon be a bestseller," said Maureen Shaw, IAPA President & CEO.

Numerous interested partners

Several partners contributed to this major project: the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA), Wyeth Canada, AON Groupe-Conseil, Centre de liaison sur l'intervention et la prévention psychosociales and Standard Life.

Jean-Pierre Brun, Dr. Titulaire/Director Chaire en gestion de la santé et de la sécurité du travail Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Management Faculté des sciences de l'administration Université Laval, Québec (Québec) Canada G1K 7P4 | Tél: (418) 656-2405 | Fax: (418) 656-702 | Adjointe: Christiane Blais (418) 656-5213 | Site Web Site: http://cgsst.fsa.ulaval.ca


News from the USA

The Fall issue of LIFELINES (Vol. 7, No. 3) is out and available at the LIFELINES archive. The stories include:

As always, they 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


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European Agency for Safety and Health at Work's Governing Board has elected Dr Bertil Remaeus as its new chairperson confirms Agency's plans for 2006 to target young people at work

Meeting in Bilbao on 13 December 2005, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work's Governing Board has elected Dr Bertil Remaeus as its new chairperson, and approved the Agency's work programme for 2006.

Dr Bertil Remaeus is the Swedish government representative on the Agency's Board. He takes over from Mr Luis Lopes, the Portuguese workers' representative.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr Remaeus said: "I am very proud to have been entrusted with this responsibility by my colleagues on the Board. I am particularly looking forward to the implementation of the Agency's work programme for 2006, which the Board has just agreed, as it focuses on an important challenge: the safety and health of EU's 58 million young workers. At the start of their professional career young people are considerably more vulnerable than other categories of workers and accidents or health damage at this early stage are particularly distressing as they can have life-long consequences. We must take steps to ensure young people have a safe and healthy start at work, and to promote risk prevention in enterprises, schools and colleges."

According to Eurostat data, the risk of work accidents is at least 50% higher among those aged 18-24 years than in any other age category. The "Safe Start" campaign, coordinated by the European Agency, will be run in the 25 EU Member States, as well as EFTA and candidate countries.

Also included in the Agency's 2006 work programme is a major awareness-raising programme in the EU's 10 new Member States (Healthy Workplace Initiative); further development of the Risk Observatory - a data collection and analysis structure aimed at providing insights into the impact of the changing world of work on occupational safety and health; and the setting up of a good practice information resource for the catering, hotel and restaurant sector.

Commenting on the outcome of the Board meeting, Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Director of the European Agency, said: "I am very happy to welcome Bertil Remaeus as Chairperson of the Agency and look forward to working closely with him in promoting the Agency's health and safety activities in 2006, including our priority campaign: the European Week 2006 on young workers."

Dr Bertil Remaeus is Deputy Director-General of the Swedish Work Environment Authority (before January 2001 called the Swedish National Board of Occupational Safety and Health).

In the years 1991-1995 he was Director of Supervision at the same authority, for which he has worked since 1974. Dr Remaeus is a metallurgist and materials technologist. Between 1970 and 1974 he was researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. In the years 1985-1989 he worked as Expert Technical Adviser at the Ministry of Labour. Dr Remaeus is a Board Member of the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority and the Institute of Environmental Medicine. He is also member of the Advisory Committee of the European Commission, as well as Senior Labour Inspectors Committee, SLIC.

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: information@osha.eu.int | http://osha.europa.eu


Books to explore

The books described below will help all those aiming to raise standards of health and safety in the workplace are introduced here.

Workplace violence: issues, trends and strategies, edited by Vaughan Bowie (University of Western Sydney, Australia), Bonnie S Fisher (University of Cincinnati) and Cary L Cooper (University of Lancaster)

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines work-related violence as:

Any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work. This can include verbal abuse or threats as well as physical attacks. Physical attacks are obviously dangerous, but serious or persistent verbal abuse can be a significant problem too, as it can cause damage employees' health through anxiety and stress. For their employers this can represent a real financial cost - through low staff morale and high staff turnover. This in turn can affect the confidence of a business and its profitability. Further costs may arise from expensive insurance premiums and compensation payments.

All work-related violence, both verbal and physical, has serious consequences for employees and for the business they work for. For employees violence can cause pain, distress and even disability or death.

This new book Workplace violence: issues, trends and strategies edited by eminent experts, examines some of the key issues around violence at work which have emerged in the new millennium, including the events of September 11th 2001 and other terrorist-related incidents, identifying these as an extreme form of workplace violence. It builds upon the expanded typology of workplace violence in Violence at Work (Willan, 2001), and identifies four types of workplace violence: intrusive, external violence including terrorism; consumer/client-related violence; staff-related violence; organisational violence.

This book also addresses some key emerging and controversial issues facing those concerned with workplace violence, including staff who abuse those in their care, domestic violence spilling over into the workplace, violence against aid and humanitarian workers, and organisations who are themselves abusive to their staff and service users as well as oppressive of their surrounding communities.

The Chapter contents are as follows:

Introduction

  1. Workplace Violence: new issues, trends, and strategies Vaughan Bowie, Bonnie S Fisher and Cary Cooper

Section 1 National and International Trends and Responses to Workplace Violence

  1. A cross-national comparison of workplace violence and response strategies Vittorio Di Martino
  2. Organizational factors and psychological aggression: results from a national survey of US companies Paula L Grubb, Rashaun K Roberts, Naomi G Swanson, Jennifer L Burnfield, and Jennifer H Childress
  3. Reforming abusive organisations Charlotte Raynor

Section 2 Identifying and responding to at risk groups

  1. Staff violence against those in their care Charmaine Hockley
  2. Domestic violence and the workplace: do we know too much of nothing? Bonnie S Fisher and Corinne Peek-Asa
  3. Caring for those who care - aid worker safety and security as a source of stress and distress: a case for psychological support? Ros Thomas
  4. Not off the hook: relationships between aid organisation culture and climate and the experience of workers in volatile environments Barb Wigley

Section 3 Terrorism: a new type of workplace violence

  1. Organisational violence: a trigger for reactive terrorism Vaughan Bowie
  2. Preparing, training, and supporting human service workers to respond to terrorist events David F Wee and Diane Myers
  3. Workplace preparedness and resiliency: an integrated response to terrorism Nancy T. Vineburgh, Robert J. Ursano, and Carol S. Fullerton

Section 4 Bullies at work

  1. Workplace bullying: individual pathology or organisational culture Stale Einarsen, Helge Hoel, Dieter Zapf and Cary L. Cooper
  2. Cyber-harassment in the workplace Monica T Whitty and Adrian N Carr
  3. Where to from here? countering workplace violence in the new millennium, Vaughan Bowie, Bonnie S. Fisher, and Cary Cooper

Workplace Violence goes beyond the current emphasis on equipping 'primary responders' (e.g. police, fire ambulance, etc) to react to terrorist-related and other workplace violence incidents, paying attention to the 'secondary' responders such as human services workers, managers, human resources staff, unions, occupational health and safety professionals, humanitarian aid workers and median staff - and their training and support needs.

The book is highly recommended for the wide range of contents and certainly value for money. There are references for further reading at the end of each chapter and there is an extensive index.

The editors

Vaughan Bowie lectures at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, has carried out both research and training in the prevention of workplace violence, and is the author of Coping with Violence: a guide for human services; Bonnie Fisher is a Professor in the Division of Criminal Justice, and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Criminal Justice Research, at the University of Cincinnati, and is also a co-editor of the Security Journal; Cary L. Cooper is Pro Vice Chancellor (External Relations) and Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, University of Lancaster, England, and the author of over 100 books and 400 scholarly articles.

Workplace violence: issues, trends and strategies, edited by Vaughan Bowie (University of Western Sydney, Australia), Bonnie S. Fisher (University of Cincinnati) and Cary L. Cooper (University of Lancaster)
Published by Willan Publishing, Culmcott House, Mill Street, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3AT, UK | ISBN: 1843921340 | 2005 | 312pp | Price: GBP£ 27.50


Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems ILO-OSH 2001

International Labour Office ILO: Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems that you can read it under the heading occupational safety and health scroll down on the list and order it or otherwise purchase it online at www.ilo.org/publns or from Publications Bureau, ILO, CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland. It is available on the web in the following languages: Arabic, English, French, Georgian, German, Russian and Spanish.

www.ilo.org/public/english/support/publ/online.htm


Fire Hazards in Industry by Norman Thomson, Safety Training and Development Manager, Vocational Training Services, Scotland

Significant loss to business occurs through fires in the workplace. Whether large or small, fire causes personal suffering, damage to plant, equipment and buildings, and loss of business.

Fire legislation has changed over the past few years, especially with the introduction of European Directives. New regulations mean that employers have to carry out fire risk assessment and then, as a result of their findings, put in place control measures to prevent loss of life.

Fire Hazards in Industry although written in 2001 has been designed to cover, in general terms, exactly what is required of employers. It is written in simple language and considers the basics of good fire safety management. After reading Fire Hazards in Industry, any employer, safety professional or fire safety officer should be able to install a system for carrying out fire risk assessment.

In addition to sections relating to the legal aspects of fire prevention, the book explains the concepts of fire modelling, explosions and combustion reactions. There is also a section relating to common industry fire hazards and hazards associated with electrical equipment. Knowledge of all these topics would be required if a person were to attempt to carry out fire risk assessment.

Throughout the book, past case histories are used to illustrate certain aspects of fire and the causes of fire. The cases used have all been published by the Health and Safety Executive as a result of their investigations. These include; Abbeystead, Frodingham steelworks, HMS Glasgow, BP Grangemouth and many more.

This book will be equally relevant to motor manufacturing as it is to the chemical industry. There are many case studies included that deal with fire hazards that are found in general industry. Fire Hazards in Industry is suitable for those who have relatively limited experience in fire safety and therefore use it as part of their career and educational development, but also can be used as reference material for those experienced professionals who have fire safety included in their day to day responsibility.

The book covers: Introduction; Fire Safety Legislation; Fire Risk Assessment; Management of Fire Risks; Wilful Fire-raising and Control; The Combustion Process; Flammability; Common Causes of Fire; Fires Involving Electrical Equipment; Gas Explosions; Dust Explosions; Liquefied Petroleum Gas; Oxidising Agents; Other Combustion Reactions; Human Factors; Conclusions

Primary market: Health and Safety Managers, Safety Advisers and Practitioners in industry. Students taking NEBOSH Diploma Parts 1 & 2 courses. Secondary market: Fire Safety professionals, Fire Safety Officers taking promotional exams, or attending courses at The National Fire Service College or Local Authority Fire Brigade training centres. Students on MSc Health & Students on MSc Health & Safety courses studying Safety Technology.

Fire Hazards in Industry by Norman Thomson | 2001 | Published by Butterworth Heinemann | ISBN: 0-7506-5321-3 | 176 pages


The Blame Machine: Why Human Error Causes Accidents

The Blame Machine describes how disasters and serious accidents result from recurring, but potentially avoidable, human errors. It shows how such errors are preventable because they result from defective systems within a company. From real incidents, you will be able to identify common causes of human error and typical system deficiencies that have led to these errors. On a larger scale, you will be able to see where, in the organisational or management systems, failure occurred so that you can avoid them.

The book also describes the existence of a 'blame culture' in many organisations, which focuses on individual human error whilst ignoring the system failures that caused it. The book shows how this 'blame culture' has, in the case of a number of past accidents, dominated the accident enquiry process hampering a proper investigation of the underlying causes.

Suggestions are made about how progress can be made to develop a more open culture in organisations, both through better understanding of human error by managers and through increased public awareness of the issues. The book brings together documentary evidence from recent major incidents from all around the world and within the Rail, Water, Aviation, Shipping, Chemical and Nuclear industries.

PART 1 - UNDERSTANDING HUMAN ERROR

PART 2 - ACCIDENT CASE STUDIES

Appendix: Train protection systems.

Readership: Students on occupational psychology, occupational health and safety, insurance and risk management courses, especially those on BSc and MSc Occupational Health and Safety courses. Safety practitioners in manufacturing and transportation industries; managers; accident investigators and safety regulators; liability surveyors.

The Blame Machine: why human error causes accidents, by R.B. Whittingham | Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann | ISBN: 0-7506-5510-0 | Book/Paperback | 288 pages | www.elsevierdirect.com

Barry Whittingham has worked as a senior engineer, design engineer and consultant for the chemical, nuclear, offshore oil and gas, railway and aviation sectors. He developed a career as a safety consultant specializing in the human factors aspects of accident causation. He is a member of the Human Factors in Reliability Group, and a Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society.


Enhancing Occupational Safety and Health

In this comprehensive guide to occupational safety and health (OSH or OHS), the authors have taken an international and holistic perspective, foregoing regional prescriptive models for a self-regulatory, risk management-based approach to health and safety at work.

Both technical and human factors are considered in all areas of health and safety management - from hazardous substances and radiation, noise and vibration, to ergonomics, stress, substance abuse, and violence. The book outlines strategies for managing workers' compensation claims and rehabilitation, and for assessing training needs and evaluating courses. It also explains how to implement an overall occupational health and safety management system in a company, integrating this into existing quality management programs.

Each chapter includes a workplace application, further reading recommendations, and end-of-chapter questions, making this an ideal text for students on all health and safety related vocational and university courses. The book is also suitable for students on management courses, in which health and safety is being increasingly included in the syllabus. Managers, both general and health & safety professionals, will find this an invaluable international reference to the current concepts.

Contents

Current concepts: Common Terms. Key factors in the development of workplace accident prevention. The American Scene and the Birth of Accident Prevention. Accident Costs from workplace injuries and damage. Issues in the work environment affecting employee well-being. Further Reading. Appendix - Practical Risk analysis for safety management.

Common and statute law: Origins and types of law which influence OHS. Duty of Care. OHS legislation. Legislation in accident prevention in the US and EU. Further reading.

Hazard and risk management: Risk concepts. Role of hazards in injury causation. Planned hazard identification, formal and informal systems. Risk assessment. Principles behind risk assessment and importance and limitations of scientific assessment. Understanding risk. Risk control. Further reading.

Workplace inspections: Standard setting and formal and informal inspection. Structured and documented inspections. Format for inspections and reporting. Conducting a safety audit and preparing a report.

Accident prevention: Accident causation factors. Identifying the factors. Elements of the work system influencing OHS. Basic human behavioural aspects of accident and injury occurrence. Accident Investigation. Principal elements in developing a workplace heath and safety plan. Accident, injury, compensation and safety data. Collecting, sorting accessing and validating data. Data handling and analysis. Data reporting to management. Violence in the workplace. Appendix Accident models. References to accident models. Further reading.

Risk engineering: Electrical safety. Fixed machinery hazards. Safe use of pressure vessels and lifting equipment. Fire hazard identification and extinguisher use. Fire safety managers. Building regulations and fire safety compliance. Determining building classifications, fire loads and fire resistance. Preparing a technical brief of fire safety requirements for a building. The human element in fire causation and behaviour during fire emergencies. Locking systems - Security versus safe egress. Fire prevention and emergency training program. Further reading.

Hazardous substance management: Chemical elements, compounds, classes and physical state. Common chemical hazard classes and descriptors. Chemical reactions and structures. Classifying chemicals. Main factors in transport of hazardous chemicals. Dangerous goods vehicle and driver checks. Storage of hazardous substances. Information sources on chemical hazards. Procedures for receipt and dispatch of hazardous substances. Specialist facilities for the management of hazardous substances. Controls to minimize employee exposure. Role of emergency personnel. Further reading.

Health at work: Development history of occupational health. Current developments in occupational health. Workplace diseases, causes and toxins. Links between workplace stressors, processes and diseases. Worker health monitoring. Stressors inside and outside the workplace. Alcohol and drugs in the workplace. Further reading.

Work environment: Major characteristics of noise. Control of excessive noise. Ergonomic Principles and control of noise, vibration and lighting hazards. Conducting a noise survey. Measuring light levels. Air contaminant measurement. Thermal comfort and heat stress. Vibration. Non-ionising radiation. Ionising radiation. Further reading.

Ergonomics: Origins and History. The person-machine model. Anthropometry. Relative merits of methods of collecting and applying anthropometric data. Common forms of occupational overuse syndrome and preventative ergonomic strategies. Methods for identification, assessment and control of manual handling hazards. Assessment of manual handling tasks. Prevention of manual handling injuries. Assessing the energy cost of work. Ergonomic principles associated with integration of controls and displays. Job design structure. Ergonomic principles and design and redesign of workstations. Ergonomics and workstation design. Human error. Further reading.

Workers compensation and rehabilitation: Development of employer's liability. Employer's liability for compensation under workers compensation legislation. Process for resolving disputes in workers compensation. Principles of rehabilitation applying to injured workers. Role of rehabilitation in the workers compensation system. Factors in an effective injury management system. Assistance in rehabilitation of employees. Negotiation of premium level with the insurer. Effective claims management. Further reading.

Health and safety training: Safety and health training programs. Education and training needs. Assessment methods. Options for training delivery. Choosing and performing appropriate follow-up activities to evaluate a training session (or program). The importance of procedures. Further reading.

Safety management: Safety and health in risk management. Formal and informal safety meetings. Nature, occurrence and industrial relations implications of OHS issues. Prioritising and developing strategies to resolve OHS issues. Budget planning, control of safety expenditure and supervision. Best practice in work safety. Contractor safety. Behaviour based safety. Communication and meeting skills. Further reading.

Health and safety management systems: Options for management of OHS in an organisation. Strategies to integrate OHS into organisational quality management systems. Proposing and defending a strategy for management of change. Reviewing an occupational health and safety management system. Cost-benefit analyses for new acquisitions, refurbishments or maintenance. Further reading.

A Learning System to support studies of this book is available at www.enhancingsafety.com

Readership: Academic students, especially undergraduates. Safety professionals. Human Resources managers with responsibility for H&S issues. Industrial hygienists; environmental managers with responsibility for H&S issues; Health & Safety practitioners; risk managers; occupational hygienists; environmental health officers.

Enhancing Occupational Safety and Health, by Geoff Taylor, Kellie Easter and Roy Hegney | Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann | ISBN: 0-7506-6197-6 | Book/Paperback | 599 pages | www.elsevierdirect.com

Geoffrey A. Taylor M. Sc. (Occ. Hyg.), Grad. Dip. Bus. Admin, Chartered Fellow, Safety Institute of Australia, Dip. Occ. Hyg. (UK), C.I.H. (US), MAIOH.
Director, Work Safety and Health Associates, Riverton, Australia.

Kellie Easter Grad. Dip. OHS (Curtin), RGN, MSIA.
Lecturer, Australian Centre for Work Safety, Swan College of Technical and Further Education, Perth, Australia.

Roy Hegney Grad. Dip. OHM (Ballarat), Grad. Dip. Ed. Training and Development (ECU)
Lecturer, Australian Centre for Work Safety, Swan College of Technical and Further Education, Perth, Australia.


News from around the World

U.S. & International Trade Unions Call For Strong Climate Change Targets For Kyoto's 2nd Period

The United Steelworkers Union has pledged a campaign with other US unions to persuade the American Government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Speaking at yesterday's COP11 news briefing, USWA Vice-President Jim Pannell said: "Failure to ratify Kyoto puts US workers at a massive disadvantage. We will work with Trade Unions from the United States and the rest of the world to help build support for the Kyoto Protocol with strong targets for its second commitment period after 2008-2012."

The United Steel Workers of America (USWA) is one of the most important industrial unions in North America. The entrance of the USWA into the global climate change debate was considered highly significant by international trade union organizers. It is viewed as a first step toward helping to dissolve the impasse between the U.S. and other countries about going ahead with strong climate implementation measures.

Also at the Conference, Marcelos Temistocles of the Unified Workers Confederation in Brazil (CUT) reiterated the need for strong targets to cut greenhouse gases. Marcelos called for strong future targets for industrialized countries, but underlined that developing countries also had to join greenhouse gas reduction schemes by invoking the UNFCCC provisions for "common but differentiated responsibilities. "We recognize the impact of climate change on jobs but it is necessary to address the problem though concrete employment and social transition measures", he said.

Pannel and Temistocles were joined on the news panel by union representatives Repon Chowdhury from Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congersss (BFTUC) and Sophie Dupressoir from the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

The largest-ever trade union delegation to attend a UNFCCC Conference of the Parties meeting has engaged in a country-by-country lobby highlighting the importance for governments to recognize the role of worker participation in specific Kyoto implementation mechanisms. Unions are encouraging governments to create national frameworks for social dialogue and consensus building, to promote just employment and social transition planning. A key demand is joint trade union - employer plans to cut CO2 emissions at the work place level.

At an earlier Sierra Club news briefing District 11 Director of the USWA David Foster said, "there is a direct threat to jobs from inaction on global warming (...). The choice between jobs and environmental protection is a false choice", saying that government policies should take note of the need for energy efficiency, conservation, and mass transit. "There will be millions of new jobs based on new technologies."

For further information contact Lucien Royer at royer@tuac.org.

The trade union statement for COP11 is available: www.global-unions.org/pdf/ohsewpP_8h.EN.pdf

A compilation of COP11 trade union news statements: www.global-unions.org/pdf/ohsewpP_8j.EN.pdf


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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 - see the links under country and also under subject.

BELGIUM

European Federation for Construction Chemicals (EFCC)   BELGIUM
www.efcc.be

European Federation for Construction Chemicals - founded in July 2005. There is information on structures and activities of this international organization and includes aims and objectives, subjects ranging from concrete technology to health and environment. Includes publications and press releases and events.

DENMARK

Danish National Institute of Occupational Research (Arbejdsmilj¢instituttet)   DENMARK
http://ami.dk

Danish National Institute of Occupational Research (Arbejdsmilj¢instituttet) (NIOH) is an government research institute under the Ministry of Employment (www.bm.dk). NIOH is obligated to contribute to a safe, healthy and developing work environment in accordance with technical and social development. NIOH is also a national centre for work environment research. This means that the institute conducts strategic research, and it contributes to securing the best possible coordination of Danish work environment research. Furthermore, NIOH monitors international work environment research and the environmental development nationally as well as internationally.

FRANCE

Ministère de l'emploi, de la cohésion sociale et du logement - espace travail   FRANCE
www.sante-securite.travail.gouv.fr

Ministère de l'emploi, de la cohésion sociale et du logement - espace travail web site - publications, press releases and events.

GERMANY

Deutsche Bauchemie e.V.   GERMANY
www.deutsche-bauchemie.de

Deutsche Bauchemie e.V. is the central association in Germany for manufacturers of modern chemical products that are used in the building industry. It forms the interface between member companies and politics, authorities, the building industry, standards institutes as well as research and teaching on a national and European level. Includes details of members, publications and press releases and events.

GREECE

Hellenic Institute for Health and Safety at Work (Elinyae)   GREECE
www.elinyae.gr

Hellenic Institute for Health and Safety at Work (Elinyae) in Athens. Gives only the address and contact details.

NORWAY

University of Oslo: Translated Norwegian legislation   NORWAY
www.juridisk.net

University of Oslo, Faculty of Law Library has produced a collection on the present site consists mostly of translations initiated by Governmental Agencies, Royal Ministries and private institutions. The translations are unofficial and only updated at the time of the translation. The aim of the Faculty of Law Library is to make any translation of Norwegian legislation (acts and regulations) available to the public. In addition these texts may well provide our users with accurate and workable equivalents of legal Norwegian in English. The library itself does not undertake any translation work. Most entries have links to the acts and regulations in full-text, either as html, word-files or in pdf-format.

USA

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH Chemical Hazards   USA
www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH has released end of 2005 a new edition of the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. The new edition is available as a printed book (DHHS NIOSH Publication No. 2005-149), and as a CD-ROM (DHHS NIOSH Publication No. 2005-151) and online. One of the main changes for this new edition of the Pocket Guide, which has a silver cover, is that particulate respirator recommendations have been updated. Also, the layout of the paper version has been changed substantially to make the book easier to read and use. In addition, the web version is now searchable. The Pocket Guide contains important safety and health information for 677 chemicals that are encountered in the workplace. It was first published in 1978 and has been revised and updated regularly since then. In addition to the Pocket Guide, the CD-ROM also contains several other databases, such as the 2004 Emergency Response Guidebook, NIOSH and OSHA analytical methods, and the International Chemical Safety Cards. Both the paper version and CD-ROM are available from the NIOSH publications office by calling Tel: + 1-800-35-NIOSH.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH hydrogen sulfide/sulphide   USA
www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hydrogensulfide

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH pages are designed as a resource for individuals working with hydrogen sulfide/sulphide, pocket guide, other information and links.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH manganese   USA
www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/manganese

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH pages are designed as a resource for individuals working with manganese, pocket guide, other information and links.


Diary of Events

If you have details of any conferences, seminars, training courses and events then please send to your Editor. You can also check and please use any of the data in www.oshworld.com/diary.html

29-31 January 2006 - Intersec 2006
Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
Contact: Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH (Dubai Branch) Ms. Imke Huelsmann, P.O. 26761 Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Tel: + 00971 4 3380102 | Fax: + 00971 4 3380041 | Email: Imke.huelsmann@epocmessefrankfurt.ae | www.intersecexpo.com

15-17 February 2006 - Fire Asia 2006
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Contact: Jones C H Yeung, Secretary, Fire Conference Organizing Committee | Tel: +852 21 70 95 00 | Email: ch_yeung@hkfsd.gov.hk | www.fire-asia.com

24 February 2006 - Work your Proper Hours Day
UK and rest of the world
Contact: Ben Hurley, TUC Campaigns and Communications Department, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS, UK | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7467 1248 | Fax: +44 (0) 20 7467 1241 | Email: workyourproperhoursday@worksmart.org.uk | www.workyourproperhoursday.com

16-17 March 2006 - Hospital Hygiene 2006: Exhibition and Conference
Excel, Docklands, London, UK
Contact: Nicola Deedman, Optimus Healthcare Events Ltd. | Tel: +44 (0)1425 485042 | Email: nicola@cemgroup.com | www.hospitalhygiene.co.uk

4-5 April 2006 - "Clothing@Work" Show
GMex, Manchester, UK
Contact: Brintex, UK | Tel: +44 0845 120 9602 | Fax:+ 44 (0) 845 120 9612 | Email: j.fox@hgluk.com | www.clothingatwork.com

25-27 April 2006 - Occupational Hygiene 2006: BOHS annual conference - Nanotechnology first on the agenda.
Assembly Rooms ,Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 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: anthea@bohs.org | www.bohs.org

9-11 May 2005 - RoSPA Occupational Safety and Health at Work Congress 2006
Venue to be announced, UK
Contact: RoSPA Events, RoSPA Head Office, Edgbaston Park, 353 Bristol Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7ST, UK| Tel: +44 0870 777 2120 | Email: events@rospa.com | www.rospa.com

10-12 May 2006 - Occupational Risk Prevention and Corporate Social Responsibility
Fourth International Conference on Occupational Risk

Palacio de Congresos de Sevilla, Av. Alcalde Luis Uruñuela, 1 41020, Seville, Spain
Contact: Symposium Secretariat, ORP Conference, Spain | Email: info@orpconference.org | www.prevencionintegral.com