CIS Newsletter celebrates 18 years & still going strong!
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- News from Geneva Annual Meeting
- CIS Workshop - 13 September 2006
- News from around the world - Australia, Bangladesh, Japan, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, UK and USA
- OSHE websites to explore
- Diary of Events
Dear CIS Colleagues
August Newsletter - and just over 5 weeks to the CIS Annual Meeting and Workshop progresses - see some more details below. Wednesday - Friday, 13 -15 September 2006, Geneva, Switzerland.
You should have received Gabor Sandi's details and SECURITY DETAILS included in this edition.
At the CIS meeting we will also be saying farewell to Dr Jukka Takala, who will be taking up his new job as Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. I am sure that you all would like to give him your good wishes at the CIS meeting - we shall be holding a special lunch for him on Friday, 15 September 2006. If any of you wish to bring a token of food/savoury/sweet speciality of your country (that will travel and keep) for the lunch - they will make a very welcome contribution.
Remember that your News in the CIS Newsletter goes to over 140 countries and gets re-used in other magazines and websites. CIS Newsletters on the web are getting more and more used... With many hundreds of hits per month......Publicity means... tell them (would-be customers as well as existing customers of your Information services), tell them and tell them again...
Every one is mega busy but please make time to read the contents of this Newsletter - it is amazing how far it reaches - after every edition I get messages from outside of the CIS network from people who want to receive it on a regular basis. I know that everyone is very mega busy, short of time and finance of course - but hopefully you find the items in the CIS Newsletter are worth investing some time - if only to scan through the items and find out what is happening in this wider OSH world of ours. And perhaps make a Newsletter of your own from it and from information in OSH UPDATE.
Many thanks to you who have sent emails and news - these are always gratefully received and are used as soon as possible.
Remember you can see CIS Newsletter on the web site www.sheilapantry.com/cis where back issues are stored.
Remember >>>>Surviving in 2006... 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
Gabor Sandi, Head CIS has sent invitation letters to individuals regarding the CIS Annual Meeting. If you have not yet replied - please do so urgently.
It is a pleasure to invite you to the 44th annual Meeting of CIS National and Collaborating Centres, which will take place at ILO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2006. The meeting will be preceded on 13 September 2006, for those who are interested, by a one-day hands-on computers training session on the use of new information resources in OSH, kindly organized by Sheila Pantry.
The Meeting will be held in Meeting Room IV at the R3 level of the ILO Building. Simultaneous interpretation will be offered between English and French.
Room IV at the level «R3 Sud», at the other end of the building from where you entered it.
The provisional agenda of the CIS annual meeting is as follows:
Thursday, 14 September 2006
- Opening of the Meeting
- Election of a chairperson
- Adoption of the agenda
- Adoption of the report of the 2005 meeting
- Report on CIS activities and accomplishments since the 2005 meeting
- Report on the Regional Meeting of CIS Centres in Latin America, held in Buenos Aires on 25 April 2006, as well as on its conclusions and recommendations
- Reports by CIS Centres
Friday, 15 September 2006
- Report on the Hands-On Training Session
- Report on current projects and on plans for the future
- Involvement of CIS Centres in the creation of new CIS databases
- Discussion on the changing role of the CIS Centres network
Please note that the time devoted to the presentation of Reports by CIS Centres should be kept to a bare minimum. We respectfully ask Centres to limit their presentation to about 5 minutes, enough time for a very brief overview of their activities in the past year, with a special mention of new or modified activities if any. As usual, CIS welcomes the submission of longer reports in printed or electronic format, and will install them on its web site, if possible.
If you intend to attend the Meeting, please inform the CIS Secretariat at the address given below, specifying in addition if you will also participate in the hands-on training session offered on Wednesday, 13 September 2006.
As in past years, CIS is unable to contribute financially to the participation of Centre representatives at its meetings.
Our secretariat will be happy to help you find accommodation in Geneva. We shall also send information about how to get from the airport to downtown Geneva, as well as other practical matters, to all those who confirm their participation.
Your confirmation should be sent by e-mail to: CISCENTRES@ilo.org
Alternatively, you can send it by mail to: Gabor Sandi, Head, CIS, International Labour Office, 4, route des Morillons, 1211 Genève 22, Switzerland
Extra Security Information for those Attending The CIS Meeting...
Please Do Read This
This is a follow-up e-mail addressed to all those who have notified us of their attendance at the the 44th annual Meeting of CIS National and Collaborating Centres, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2006. Many of you have also signalled to us that you will be attending on Wednesday, 13 September, the hands-on training session on the use of information tools in OSH, organized by Mrs. Sheila Pantry.
The purpose of this e-mail is to remind you about the security arrangements now in place in the ILO.
Normally, you will arrive at the ILO by bus («BIT» bus stop). From the bus stop you should follow the arrows showing directions into the ILO. You will enter the building through the staff garage, then go up two levels by using an escalator (or the stairs). At this point you will arrive at level «R2-Nord», where you will have to ask a guard for a visitor's badge. He will issue the badge to you in exchange for your passport. This badge will be necessary in order to pass the turnstiles at the entrance into the building. When you wish to leave the building, you will have to do everything in reverse * pass the turnstiles, turn in your badge and get your passport back. You will have to follow this procedure every day you spend at the ILO.
If you arrive by taxi, you should ask to be dropped at the main entrance (gate 3). You will have to go down a set of stairs to arrive at the «R2-Nord» level, from where the procedure is the same as described above.
The CIS Meeting on 14 and 15 September will be in room IV at the level «R3 Sud», at the other end of the building from where you entered it.
HOW TO GET TO THE TRAINING CENTRE PAVILLON
The hands-on training session on Wednesday, 13 September, will take place in a separate building, the Pavillon, a short walking distance from the ILO. Before you go there you should obtain a badge at the «R2-Nord» entrance, the same way as if you were going to get into the ILO proper.
With your badge, take the stairs one level down to reach the «P2» parking level. There are signs (in white letters over a blue background) all the way to the Pavillon. You will need your badge to enter the building.
If you get lost, call the CIS Secretariat at (+022) 799-6740 (or internal ILO number 6740).
Do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
Note: Those who have not yet indicated whether or not they would like to participate in the training session scheduled on 13 September are requested to inform us as soon as possible.
The CIS meeting will be preceded on Wednesday, 13 September 2006 by a one-day hands-on computers training session on the use of new information resources in occupational safety and health.
There will be a room full of computers for the delegates to use to explore these services.
The whole training day aims to build on existing knowledge and skills and show how to use these new services to the advantage of CIS Centres wherever they are in the world.
At the completion of the day participants will have:
- increased their own knowledge of NEW OSH Information sources
- expanded their methodology when searching for information - a cost effective approach
- expanded their communication abilities - in establishing exactly what information is needed by the enquirers
- improved their ability to communicate the results and keep the enquirers up-to-date with new information as it is produced
- the know-how to be able to periodically review their current services against the new information sources and ensure lessons learned are fed back into the CIS information centre and communicated to all staff
- the ability to develop new services for their users.
The Workshop is aimed at:
CIS OSH Information managers responsible for information dissemination and services who wish to improve their services. Invest your time in attending! There are many new things to be learned.
This is a free of charge workshop given by experienced practitioners - Irja Laamanen - Finland, Roman Litvyakov - ILO, Barbara Szczepanowska, Poland and Sheila Pantry, UK.
How to register
If you wish to attend this free workshop please send your name as soon as possible to Sheila Pantry | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Fax on +44 1909 771024.
News from the Netherlands
Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment web site
The international web site of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment http://english.szw.nl has been revised and updated. For each theme (such as Safety and Health) the information is divided into: (a) information aimed at citizens and (b) information on policies.
From the homepage of the web site links are available to the English sections of other ministerial sites, such as Safety and health covenants ("Arboconvenanten"), and VASt (a programme concerning hazardous substances at the workplace).
The Ministry has presented plans to the Dutch Parliament to revise the Occupational Health and Safety Act (see under News, date May 15, 2006). The plans aim at providing more freedom for employers and workers to determine health and safety policies within their own organisation / branch of industry. When this proposal will be discussed in Parliament is unclear, since the government has fallen on the last day before recess, and elections are planned for November.
Earlier in 2006, a proposal for a new Working Hours Act was agreed upon by the Cabinet (see under News, date Feb 6, 2006). The proposal was sent to Parliament in April 2006.
Ministry of Housing, Social Planning and the Environment
This Ministry (generally known under its Dutch acronym VROM) is responsible for the area of external safety (including issues as the Seveso directive and the REACH programme concerning chemicals substances). The issues of external safety and occupational safety are clearly linked and the policies and information from this ministry are therefore also relevant for occupational safety. Information on external safety can be found under the header "Environment" http://international.vrom.nl/pagina.html?id=7391
In 2004 the Advisory Council on Dangerous Substances ("Adviesraad Gevaarlijke Stoffen" - AGS) was installed by the Cabinet. At the same time the Committee for the Prevention of Disasters (Commissie voor de Preventie van Rampen- CPR) was abolished. CPR issued several publications, the so-called CPR-guidelines ("CPR-richtlijnen", then issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment), that are often used in environmental permits, based on the Environmental Protection Law, and in the fields of labour safety, transport safety and fire safety. The CPR-guidelines have been transformed into the Publication Series on Dangerous Substances ("Publicatiereeks Gevaarlijke Stoffen" - PGS). The aim of these publications is generally the same as that of the CPR-guidelines. The PGS publication are available free of charge as pfd's on the web site of the Ministry of VROM www.vrom.nl/pagina.html?id=9258#PGevStof
Most of the publications are in Dutch, but a few are published in English, such as:
- PGS 2: Methods for the calculation of physical effects, due to releases of hazardous materials liquids and gases) (the so-called Yellow book), formerly CPR 14E
- PGS 3: Guidelines for quantitative risk assessment (the so-called Purple book), formerly CPR 18
- PGS 4: Methods for determining and processing probabilities (the so-called Red book), formerly CPR 12E.
Elly Goos, CIS UNIT, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, The Netherlands | Tel: +31 70 333 4575 | email@example.com
Hungary: exposure to chemicals is twice the exposure rate of the EU average
In 2001, Hungary carried out its first survey on the state of occupational health and safety in the workplace. The results of the survey have just been disclosed by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The survey reveals that, with regard to physical factors, such as noise, vibration, temperature, uncomfortable working posture, heavy mental and/or physical workload, the proportion of employees affected is similar to that in the EU.
However, in relation to exposure to chemicals, Hungary reports more than twice the exposure rate of the EU average. 30% of the Hungarian workers are exposed to chemicals, against 14% for the European average. The most affected workers are those from the sectors of health, mining and manufacturing industries.
The survey was based on a representative sample of 3,754 respondents and the data were collected using structured face-to-face interviews. The survey was conducted by the Public Foundation for Research in Occupational Safety (MKK).
Source: The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
News from ICOH, Italy
The ICOH Bibliographic Database of the University of Milan, Italy: a new Internet resource in the field of occupational health
On the occasion of the centennial celebrations commemorating the foundation of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), a new online resource for the study of historical evolution of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) was presented to the scientific community: the ICOH Bibliographic Database. This database, unequalled for kind of indexed documents and time coverage, has been developed by the Departmental Library of Occupational Health of the Milan University with external partners. It includes all the proceedings of the Triennial World Congresses organized by ICOH, from the first International Congress which took place in Milan in 1906, and it is directly available free of charge on the website of the library: www.cdldevoto.it/icohdb.
The Clinica del Lavoro [Work Clinic] in Milan, which today gives name to the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health of the Milan University, is the oldest health structure in the world for the study, treatment and prevention of work-related diseases. It was founded in 1902 by Luigi Devoto and its model was later followed by the creation of similar institutions in Moscow (1923) and Berlin (1925).
The department has been and is still actually deep involved in the international cooperation, in many fields of OHS and in scientific and professional education. The Clinica del Lavoro is deeply connected with the history of ICOH, the world's leading international scientific society in the field of occupational health (it is active in 93 countries) and recognised by the United Nations as a non-governmental scientific organization with close working relationships with International Labour Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization. The ICOH was founded in Milan on June 13, 1906, as a Permanent Commission on Occupational Health, at the end of the 1st International Congress on Work-related Diseases: the Clinica del Lavoro was the official headquarter of the Commission, whose function was of exchanging information and experiences among the most reputed protagonists of occupational medicine, and organizing an international congress every three years.
A century of publications and proceedings of the Triennial World Congresses on Occupational Health has been collected during these years in the university library of the Clinica del Lavoro. Today, the ICOH Historical Fund represents a small but quite significant collection, which is to be considered unique in the world for thorough and exhaustive studies and an exceptional means to study OHS evolution in the 20th Century.
News from CIS re the International Labour Conference (ILC)
We are please to let you know that during the 95th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC), which took place in Geneva from 31 May to 16 June 2006, delegates representing governments, employers and workers adopted a new Convention concerning a promotional framework on occupational safety and health (OSH) and a accompanying Recommendation. These new instruments are very important as their objective is to ensure that OSH is given high priority on national and international agendas.
The texts of the Convention, the Recommendation and the Report of the Committee on Safety and Health are available at:
- www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/ilc/ilc95/pdf/pr-20a.pdf (Convention)
- www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/ilc/ilc95/pdf/pr-20b.pdf (Recommendation)
- www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/ilc/ilc95/pdf/pr-20.pdf (Report)
See also, on our site, under «News», additional information concerning the development of these new instruments:
We should be grateful if you would disseminate this information as widely as possible in your country.
Thank you for your collaboration.
CIS Centres Coordinator
News from Japan
The latest edition of the JISHA Newsletter is now uploaded on the JICOSH website: www.jniosh.go.jp/icpro/jicosh-old/english/publication/news_letter
We still have printed versions available for people.
Hiroko Hasegawa, International Cooperation Division, JISHA, 5-35-1 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0014, Japan | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel & Fax: +81-3-3454-4596
News from Bangladesh
Bangladesh: 2909 workers were victimized caused by workplace accidents
The Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) a specialized labour foundation in a newspaper survey found that, 2909 workers and employees victimized in different workplaces due to various forms of workplace accidents around the country from January to June 2006.
Among them, 350 workers were killed and 2,559 were critically injured. Industry-wise analysis shows that, rate of fatal occupational accident was high in the construction industry (97) followed by readymade garments industries (83) due to extremely hazardous work condition and poor accidents prevention facilities at workplaces. Other important sectors for workplace accident were transport (17 killed) and Rice Mill (8 killed).
The survey was based on Published Workplace accident report of 15 leading daily newspapers (among the 4 were English) from 1 January to 30 June 2006.
Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE), Road # 13, House # 7 (2nd Floor), Dhanmondi, R/A, Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh | Tel: +88-02-8143795, +88-0152-407627, +88-01711-731218 | Fax: +88-02-8015919 | Email: email@example.com | www.oshebd.org
News from Australia
Australia: Massive protests against government's industrial relations laws
300,000 Australian workers took to the streets in a series of nationwide rallies in late June to protest against the conservative government's new industrial relations laws. The laws impose heavy restrictions on workers' rights to union representation and give employers huge power to determine wages and conditions unilaterally.
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) President Sharan Burrow, who is also President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, pointed to the government's own figures which show that the individual employment contracts which are being promoted by the government are stripping away working conditions and cutting incomes. Women and young workers are amongst those hardest-hit by the laws.
The new laws represent a further weakening of workers' rights, following on from previous legislation which has been criticised by the International Labour Organisation. The government now plans to go even further, with the introduction into parliament of new "independent contractor" laws designed to push down wages of contractors and employees alike.
"This government seems intent on returning industrial relations to the free-for-all of a century or more ago", said ICFTU General Secretary Guy Ryder, adding that "a government that thinks pushing wages down and removing fundamental workers' rights is the way to secure prosperity and a sound economy for the future is deeply misguided".
Leading economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel has also joined the chorus of criticism of the government's approach, saying that it ignores the need to focus on productivity and skills, and that the government's legislation will do little to achieve either.
For further information, see www.actu.org.au/Campaigns/YourRightsatWork.aspx
The ICFTU represents 155 million workers in 241 affiliated organizations in 156 countries and territories. ICFTU is also a member of Global Unions: www.global-unions.org
The July issue of LIFELINES ONLINE (Vol. III, No. 2) is available at the LHSFNA website. These are the headlines:
- Drug-Free Workplace Alliance Takes Shape
- Emergency Room Care: Slow, Questionable, Costly
- OSHA Rulemaking Grinding to Halt
- New Concerns Raised about DOE's H&S Commitment
- Company President Convicted in Employee On-the-Job Deaths
- NIOSH Addresses RCF Safety Concerns
To view the stories and access our website, click www.lhsfna.org.
Also, please note that back issues of LIFELINES ONLINE - as well as our print magazine, LIFELINES - are posted for online viewing. The LIFELINES ONLINE archive and LIFELINES archive are fully searchable, so you can find the articles that relate to your topic of interest.
As always, we look forward to your feedback and comments on our website and LIFELINES ONLINE.
Steve Clark, Communications Manager, Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America, 905 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Corporate Manslaughter Bill welcomed in the UK
Companies which pay scant regard to managing health and safety are on notice as the Government finally publishes its Bill to reform the law so corporations can be successfully prosecuted for manslaughter following work-related deaths.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), together with other safety bodies, has campaigned for the law to be changed, not just to secure justice for victims but to make it clear that the full weight of criminal law will be brought to bear on organisations which cause death by behaving recklessly.
"This is not an agenda of vengeance, however," said Roger Bibbings, RoSPA's Occupational Safety Adviser. "It is about drawing a line in the sand and strengthening the motivation of all organisations to assure themselves that they have effective health and safety risk management systems in place."
While the new offence will target organisations and not their directors as individuals, director behaviour in relation to health and safety will now come under much greater scrutiny than ever before.
RoSPA welcomes moves by the Health and Safety Commission to enhance its existing guidance on the health and safety responsibilities of directors (INDG343).
Roger Bibbings said: "While prosecutions for corporate manslaughter will be limited to cases where standards had fallen far below what might have been reasonably expected, directors should not forget that other workplace deaths due to failures in duties of care will still be prosecuted under Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. In this context, there is every possibility that the Health and Safety Executive will be prosecuting directors as well - under Section 37 of the Act - where it is clear that such individuals had failed manifestly to play their part in the prevention process."
RoSPA is continuing to focus on this issue as part of its "Going Public on Performance" (GoPOP) programme and will be looking even more closely at director engagement in health and safety as part of its Health and Safety Awards.
With the new Bill coming before Parliament, Roger Bibbings said: "Now is the time for all organisations to check out their governance arrangements for health and safety risk management and to learn from the good practice of businesses which have established themselves as clear leaders in this field."
Information on RoSPA's awards can be found at www.rospa.com/awards
Details of GoPOP are at www.gopop.org.uk
Kill Bill edges nearer...
With the corporate manslaughter and homicide bills being laid before parliament, health and safety professionals body IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) has welcomed the move. IOSH president, Neil Budworth, said: "We believe these important new offences will help to raise health and safety standards and will act as a deterrent to poor performers.
"The courts need the power to impose a range of penalties on culpable organisations. This would include remedial orders requiring improvements to a company's systems and culture and that directors and senior managers receive suitable training."
Mr Budworth added: "We still need to study the finer details of the published bill, but we welcome its placing before parliament. IOSH has been calling for this legislation for several years and hope that it will cover private and public sectors equally, including the police, prisons and military training establishments.
"We also urge the Government to improve guidance for directors of organisations, so that they're clear about their health and safety responsibilities and know how to discharge them,"
UK National Day to focus on Reducing Carnage on Wednesday 30 August 2006
On average, 10 young people are killed and 2,500 badly injured every year National WiseUp2Work Day will be held on Wednesday 30 August 2006. WiseUp2Work is a major initiative by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to address head-on the issue of safety for the under 21s when they are starting work, apprenticeships or work experience. On average, 10 young people are killed and 2,500 badly injured every year.
The aim is to make employers, trainers, youth workers and teachers, and young people themselves, aware of the risks they face in the workplace and what they should be doing to mitigate them. WiseUp2Work is sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and supported by the National Youth Agency and the British Chambers of Commerce.
National WiseUp2Work Day is being staged at a time when many young people are embarking upon their careers or starting work experience placements, and are at the highest risk. The aim of the day is to highlight the problems, provide guidance through resources and teaching materials, and call for better training and induction of young people in the workplace, so that the number of accidents can be reduced.
HSE guidance to help shiftworkers run like clockwork
Raising awareness of the health and safety risks of shift work and suggesting sensible measures employers, safety representatives and employees can use to reduce the negative impact of shift work is the aim of a new publication from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
More than 3.5 million people in the UK work shifts, across a variety of sectors including public services and heavy industry. Poorly designed shift-working arrangements and long working hours that do not balance the demands of work with time for rest and recovery can result in fatigue, accidents, injuries and ill health.
Drawing together advice and best practice from a range of sources, "Managing Shift Work: Health and Safety Guidance" explains employers' legal duties and the risks associated with shiftwork and provides advice on risk assessment, design of shift work schedules and the shift-work environment.
"It is important not to underestimate the risks of shift work. If shift workers are fatigued, their performance will be affected," said Trevor Shaw, Head of HSE's Human Factors Corporate Topic Group: "As a result they may make more errors, which can lead to accidents and injuries. This guidance offers a wealth of practical help and advice to businesses on how to manage those risks."
These guidelines are general, and cover a wide range of factors that may or may not be relevant to particular industry sectors. Therefore it is necessary to use common sense when applying them. Employers will also need to balance the good practice guidelines with the operational concerns of their businesses.
"Managing shift work: Health and Safety Guidance" is a priced publication available from HSE books at £9.95. HSE priced and free publications are available by mail order from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, UK Tel: +44 (0)1787 881165; Fax: +44 (0)1787 313995.
News from the USA - Drivers on cell phones are as bad as drunks USA psychologists warn against cell phone use while driving
Three years after the preliminary results first were presented at a scientific meeting and drew wide attention, University of Utah psychologists have published a study showing that motorists who talk on handheld or hands-free cellular phones are as impaired as drunken drivers.
"We found that people are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit" of 0.08 percent, which is the minimum level that defines illegal drunken driving in most U.S. states, says study co-author Frank Drews, an assistant professor of psychology. "If legislators really want to address driver distraction, then they should consider outlawing cell phone use while driving."
Psychology Professor David Strayer, the study's lead author, adds: "Just like you put yourself and other people at risk when you drive drunk, you put yourself and others at risk when you use a cell phone and drive. The level of impairment is very similar."
"Clearly the safest course of action is to not use a cell phone while driving," concludes the study by Strayer, Drews and Dennis Crouch, a research associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology. The study was published on June 29 in the summer 2006 issue of Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
The study reinforced earlier research by Strayer and Drews showing that hands-free cell phones are just as distracting as handheld cell phones because the conversation itself - not just manipulation of a handheld phone - distracts drivers from road conditions.
Human Factors Editor Nancy J. Cooke praised the study: "Although we all have our suspicions about the dangers of cell phone use while driving, human factors research on driver safety helps us move beyond mere suspicions to scientific observations of driver behavior."
The study first gained public notice after Strayer presented preliminary results in July 2003 in Park City, Utah, during the Second International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design. It took until now for the study to be completed, undergo review by other researchers and finally be published.
Motorists who talked on either handheld or hands-free mobile phones drove slightly more slowly, but were 9 per cent slower to hit the brakes, and varied their speed more than drivers who were not distracted. Drivers with an 0.08 per cent blood-alcohol level drove a bit more slowly than both the drivers who were not distracted and telephone users, yet more aggressively. Three study participants rear-ended the simulated car in front of them.
The researchers concluded that "Driving while talking on a cellphone is as bad as or maybe worse than driving drunk."
News from IOHA
You can find the latest IOHA News by following the links at www.ioha.net or, just click on www.ioha.net/index.php?option=com_docman&task=docclick&Itemid=99999999&bid=79&limitstart=0&limit=10
- Letter from the Editor
- Awards at the AIHCE 2006
- IOHA and the WHO Collaborating Centres for Occupational Health
- IOHA Recognition of National Occupational Hygiene
- Certification/Accreditation Schemes
- IOHA and the Problem of the Avian Influenza
- IOHA Sixth International Scientific Conference
- News from Member Associations
- News from the ILO
- News from WHO
- News from the European Union
- Articles: The Role of Work Environment Control for the Prevention of Occupational Diseases, from the viewpoint of the experiences of Japan
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
A new issue of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has been made available:
1 August 2006; Vol. 63, No. 8
Go to the PORTAL www.oshworld.com/links.html and check out the wealth of OSH web sites on offer - check for item with NEW. Send your web site if not listed - look at Country List and Subject lists - your chance to promote your own web site - free of charge and checked out by thousands of searchers each month!
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work: European week 2006: Young people
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work them for the European week 2006 is aimed at Young people at work, or about to enter the working environment. The Discover the Safe Start campaign is dedicated to young people to make sure you have a safe and healthy start in your working life, and that risk awareness and risk prevention are promoted in enterprises, schools and colleges, and the wider education community. It has information about rights and responsibilities, questions to ask the boss plus online quizzes, animations, video links and ideas on how to make a safe and healthy start at work. There are sections on hazards and risks, ten tips on how to work safely and links to resources around Europe and beyond.
Health and Safety Executive European Week 2007: Young people at work UK
Health and Safety Executive European Week 2007: Young people at work website. This year's campaign slogan is 'Safe Start' and is dedicated to the occupational safety and health of young people. These webpages contain helpful information for young people, employers, parents and supervisors of young people. European Week 2006 will run from 23 - 27 October 2006.
Health and Safety Executive: Involvement of workers UK
Health and Safety Executive web pages Involving workers is important for good health and safety. It means that everyone involved with a work activity, whether a manager, employee, or contractor, participates in managing the risks associated with it.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH
Interstitial lung disease USA
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH Topic Pages on interstitial lung disease have received a rating of "excellent" by the American Thoracic Society. The five-star review on the society's web site www.thoracic.org/education/career-development/residents/ats-reading-list/interstitial-lung-disease.php that rates sites according to their authority, timeliness, accuracy, utility and navigation. According to the review conducted by Dr. Charlie Strange of the Medical University of South Carolina, the NIOSH Web sites "contain a wealth of information concerning occupational lung diseases." The review singled out the NIOSH WoRLD Surveillance Report, citing the usefulness of its county-level occupational mortality data. The WoRLD Surveillance Report can be accessed at http://www2a.cdc.gov/drds/WorldReportData.The NIOSH site contains a wealth of information concerning the occupational lung diseases. For interstitial lung diseases, separate listings for hypersensitivity pneumonitis, silicosis, coal workers pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, byssinosis and other pneumoconioses are present. Up-to-date data on newly described diseases such as bronchiolitis obliterans due to occupational exposure to popcorn flavorings are prominently displayed. A site for reporting of newly suspected cases of occupational lung disease is present.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH
Nitrous oxide Collection USA
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH nitrous oxide information covers a range of information including physical properties, health factors, exposure limits, and monitoring methods used by OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Association.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH
Ozone Collection USA
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH ozone information covers a range of information including physical properties, health factors, exposure limits, and monitoring methods used by OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Association.
National Institutes of Health (NIH): PubMed Central (PMC) USA
PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.
12-15 September 2006 - Third international networking conference 'Working on Safety'
De Eemhof' business conference centre, near international airport Amsterdam-Schiphol, The Netherlands
Contact: For specific questions about the content of the conference contact Joy Oh, Tel: +31 70 333 5499 or Peter van Beek, Tel: +31 70 333 5500 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and registration: www.wos2006.nl. For more information: www.workingonsafety.net. For questions about registration, accommodation et cetera: Claudia Wouters of ATP | Tel: + 31 70 3766 733 | Email: email@example.com
20-21 September 2006, Beijing - 2nd China International Forum on Work Safety and
China: Work Safety and Social Harmony. International Occupational Safety and Health
Organized by the China National Center for International Exchange and Cooperation on Work Safety (NCICS) and sponsored by the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) and the International Labour Office (ILO)
Contact: Ms. Zhou Weiqi and Ms. Wang Jing, Secretariat, National Center for International Exchange and Cooperation on Work Safety, State Administration of Work Safety, 21, Hepingli Beijing, Beijing 100713, China | Tel: +86 10 64229939 / 64463382 | Fax: + 86 10 64463003 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.sino-safework.org.cn
28 September 2006 - Social Dialogue and Work Environment in the Post-Enlargement
Context in the new Member States of the European Union
Contact: Charles Woolfson, Marie Curie Chair, Latvia | www.eurofaculty.lv/MarieCurie
11 October 2006 - FERMA - Federation of European Risk Management Associations
Pan-European Risk Management Benchmarking Survey Seminar
Contact: The National Association for Safety & Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) | Tel: +44(0) 20 7403 3990 | www.nashics.org
11-14 October 2006 - Canada Health, Work & Wellness Conference 2006: People...
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)
Contact: Conference office, #400-425 Carrall Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6E3, Canada | Tel: +1 604 605 0922 | TollFree (within USA and Canada only) 1 877 805 0922 | Fax: +604 689 4486 | Email: email@example.com | http://conferences.healthworkandwellness.com
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13-15 September 2006 - CIS Annual Meeting 2006 and Training Workshop, Geneva - see above for details... more in August edition.