CIS Newsletter

No. 209
February 2007

CIS Newsletter celebrates 19 years & still going strong!
Bringing news to over 140 countries in the CIS Network!


  1. Editorial
  2. News from CIS HQ
  3. Horizon scanning
  4. Finland hosts NanOSH Conference
  5. News from around the World - Africa from ARLAC, Canada, Ireland, UK and the USA
  6. OSHE websites to explore
  7. Diary of Events


Dear CIS Colleagues

Thanks for the publications, emails and news - these are always gratefully received and are used as soon as possible. So now we can share the information worldwide...

Publicity... tell them, tell them and tell them again... Remember >>>>

Use the CIS Logo on your web site and publications!

Thriving in 2007... Keep promoting and telling the World at large that CIS and its network exists! And start preparations for 28 April 2007 - World Day for Safety and Health at Work!

And early preparations are now taking place for our 2007 CIS Meeting - expect September 2007 dates.

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. It is amazing how much the CIS Newsletter content gets re-used around the world. Take advantage of free publicity! Remember you can see CIS Newsletter on the web site where back issues are stored.

Changed email number recently? Please let me know of any changes so that I can continually alert you to when the new edition of CIS Newsletter is available via this website

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

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Gabor Sandi writes:

Dear Colleague,

As you know, the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS) is continuously developing new products and services in order to better serve the world's OSH community and the needs of the CIS Centres network.

Following our announcement during the 2006 Centres meeting held in Geneva, we have set up two new databases:

CIS Centres News: devoted to news concerning OSH-related matters in the country concerned.

OSH Institutions: designed to serve as a directory of OSH-related institutions in the various countries of the world

We expect data for both databases to be entered on a collaborative basis by CIS and its major Centres (normally, its National Centres). This is typically the kind of information that National Centres are best equipped to supply the CIS network with.

Since you are our main contact person in your Centre, we would like you to nominate someone from your organization to be responsible for data entry into these two databases. Please send us the name of the person and his/her e-mail address, so that we can e-mail access information (user name, password) as well as instructions on how to use the input interfaces.

If you think that two (or even more) people should be responsible for the two databases, please let us have all their names and e-mail addresses.

Of course, if you yourself would like to participate in this exercise, we would be very happy to involve you in it.

The input systems for both databases are entirely Internet-based, and are - we hope - very easy to use.

Although we have added very few items so far to these two databases, you may be interested in having a look at the end-user interface for both of them:

CIS Centres:

OSH Institutions:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information.

Thank you for your attention. We look forward to your reply.


Gábor Sándi
Head, CIS

Andras Szucs, CIS HQ

Colleagues will wish to hear that Andras who has recently suffered from a heart attack is making a good recovery, he writes to say:

Thanks for the good wishes, I am trying to recover as soon as possible. Still it will take a few weeks.

All the best to all of you,


Andras Szucs []

MORE News from CIS HQ Geneva

The part of CIS's documentation that has been converted to PDF format corresponds to the abstracts that made it into the Bulletins in 1996 and 1997.

Coincidentally, these Bulletins are now all available in virtual format on the Internet - as you can see through the index at:


Mr. Toru Itani (Japan) is appointed Director, Labour Protection Department (PROTRAV), Social Protection Sector with effect from 1 February 2007.

Ms Sameera Maziad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia) is appointed Chief, Occupational Safety and Health Branch (SAFEWORK) with effect from 1 February 2007.

Ms Yuka Ujita (Japan) is appointed OSH specialist in Port-of-Spain (Trinidad-and-Tobago) with effect from 1 February 2007.


Please nominate somebody from your organisation to participate in the updating of these databases - it does not require a tremendous amount of work, especially for the OSH institutions database.

3) WORLD DAY on Safety and Health at Work (28 April).

The theme this year is:

All relevant information, including the report and promotional material such as posters, etc. will be available for downloading on the World Day website at:

If you plan to organize events or activities, be kind enough to inform

Joannah Caborn at: or Ryan Hughes at

4) The 2008 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

The XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work will take place from 29 June to 2 July 2008 in COEX, Seoul, Republic of Korea. About 30 symposia will be organized during this event. Organizations interested in taking the responsibility of the organization of a symposium should consult the Congress website where the Call for Candidature to Organize a Symposium will be available:

French speaking readers:

The INRS issued its first monthly Information Letter in electronic format. To receive this free newsletter, please click on Lettre d'information on the INRS website at:

News from the UK

Horizon scanning - Future health and safety issues

Horizon scanning is the process by which HSE ensures that it is aware of developments, trends and changes in the medium to long-term future that could have an impact on its ability to act as an effective and efficient promoter and regulator of health and safety in Britain.

The overall process was outlined in the HSE board paper HSE/04/027:

The Horizon Scanning website has been created to make the outputs of that process publicly available. The information is made available so those who are either involved in these developments and changes, or could be affected by them, are made aware of HSE's work in these areas. By making this process open to public scrutiny and comment, we aim to draw on the knowledge, experience and ideas of people outside HSE and make our strategic planning more transparent and comprehensive.

In the meantime you might be interested to see five new reports recently added to the Horizon Scanning pages on the HSE website:

SR002 Nanotechnology
SR003 Flexible Working and Employment Patterns
SR004 Obesity as a Workplace Issue
SR005 Recycling
SR006 Do Keyboards Have a Future?

News from Finland

European NanOSH Conference - Nanotechnologies: A Critical Area in Occupational Safety and Health 3-5 December 2007, Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland

The Conference will discuss global safety issues surrounding nanoparticles and nanotechnologies, in occupational safety and health in particular; and will provide an insight into future actions for assuring the safety, and thereby the future success of nanotechnology

Why it is critical now?

Nanoparticles provide a qualitatively new basis for a number of industries. The technologies that utilize them, i.e. deal with matter on a nanometer scale, do so in a large number of industrial and consumer applications. These applications present huge potential for both technological and economic benefits. Nanotechnologies may also provide important means to save raw materials and to promote sustainable development. The growth rate of nanoparticle research, the rapidity of nanotechnology development, and the speed of new industrial and consumer products is dramatic. This area is currently critical, because we are surrounded by nanoparticles all the time, and must hence act without delay.

Because of their small size, small nanoparticles have practically free access to all parts of the body, mainly through the lungs, the gastrointestinal tract, the skin, and even neuronal pathways. Several nanoparticles cause harmful health effects in experimental conditions, mainly pulmonary inflammation, but they also affect neuronal cells. Nowadays, there is no systematic information on health effects or safety, of any given nanoparticles. Even the scanty knowledge of nanoparticle safety cannot be assessed because information on exposure to them is not available. Not even methods to assess exposure to nanoparticles in occupational environments exist, and there are no standards or rules for the manufacturing or safety assessment of nanoparticles.

Thus, there is an obvious need to assess our present position in the progress of nanoparticles and nanotechnologies. We need to identify the next steps required to assure safe research, as well as their safe use in occupational environments and consumer products. Safety is the key for the future success of nanoparticles and nanotechnologies worldwide.

Main themes of the Conference

Who should attend?

Scientists and experts interested in the safety and health effects of NPs; those interested in their characterization and exposure assessment; representatives from the NP-NT industry; industry and employee organizations; regulators at national, regional and international levels, organizations funding NP-NT research, and other key-stakeholders in the NP-NT area.


The Conference is organized by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

More information: EuroNanOSH Secretariat, Leila Ahlström, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 41 A a, FI-00250 Helsinki, Finland | Tel: +358 30 474 2851 | Email: |

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EUROHSE 2007 Conference - Spring into OSH

EurOhse 2007 Conference will be held at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London

On Thursday, 19 April 2007 and aims to bring delegates up to date on a number of hot topics, including legislation development.

Benefits of attending

Where and when

Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London
19th April 2007
Registration opens 08.30am - Conference runs 09.30am to 16.45pm
£395 (£295 if you are a member of IOSH, RoSPA, IIRSM or BOHS)
Conference Chair
Sheila Pantry OBE

Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd and Angel Business Communications Ltd are delighted to invite you to attend this very topical one-day conference.

Ignorance of the law is no excuse and busy managers need to stop for a short while to assess what they are doing and to ask if they are really keeping up-to-date in their responsibilities in securing good standards of health and safety in their workplaces and to be able to show the cost benefits of doing so.

Who should attend?

What will be discussed

More details will also be announced in EurOhs weekly E-News:

Register for the EurOhs:

News from around the world


The costs and benefits of active case management and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders

The cost of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) to employers is significant, with the most substantial cost component being lost time from work. This study by the UK Health and Safety Laboratories sought to identify the evidence on cost-effective case management and rehabilitation principles for MSDs that could be applied by employers and healthcare providers to help those with MSDs stay in work or return to work.

An extensive literature review was undertaken which focused on high quality international scientific studies. There is good evidence that case management methods are cost-effective and stronger evidence that best practice rehabilitation approaches have potential to significantly reduce long term sickness absence. The review identified that programmes using case management and rehabilitation principles can be an effective intervention, and have been widely adopted in various industrialised countries.

The key components for successful programmes were identified from the literature. Consultation (questionnaire and focus groups) with UK healthcare professionals and organisations indicated that a wide range of programmes were being implemented, although the structure and scope varied. Over a third of respondents had started their programmes in the last three years. The programmes were perceived to be effective, although few had cost benefit information to support this. Where organisations did have information on the costs and benefits of their programmes this suggested that they are cost effective. Through discussion with organisations the practicality of implementing these programmes, and obstacles to doing so, were identified.

An evidence-base model for managing workers with MSDs was developed based on this information. Consultation on the model with potential users suggested that it would be useful, and minor modifications were made to it based on feedback. The model is generally applicable to all types of organisation in the UK, and is relevant for all types of MSDs. It describes the principles to apply in order to integrate case management and rehabilitation with the workplace. This report includes the model and details the research that led to its development.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

Health and Safety Executive
The costs and benefits of active case management and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders RR493

Where ever you are in the world for more links to health and safety information see

News from the USA

The January 2007 issue of LIFELINES ONLINE (Vol. III, No. 8) is available at the LHSFNA website. These are the headlines:

To view the stories and access our website, click

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, USA

News from Canada

CCOHS takes two-Pronged approach with e-Courses to help people work safely in confined spaces

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed two e-courses to advise people how to work safely in confined spaces, as well as establish and manage a confined space program.

When someone must enter a shaft, tank or pipe to work, he or she is entering a potentially dangerous environment. Confined spaces can be risky places to work. Conditions are unpredictable and can change very quickly. Confined spaces can be awkward to move around in, may be hard to see in, and can have hazardous atmospheres. Each year, many Canadian workers are injured or killed while working in confined spaces.

The first course, Confined Spaces: The Basics has three modules that provide key information on the identification and control of hazards, and steps to working safely. The course is intended for workers (including outside contractors) who perform work in confined spaces, their supervisors, managers and health and safety committee members.

"Confined Spaces: The Basics" is equivalent to the information provided by a classroom course, however it does not provide the "hands on", workplace-specific training that allows workers to put the theory learned into actual practice. Employers must ensure that this additional workplace-specific training is provided for confined space workers.

Building on the information introduced in "The Basics", the second course, Confined Space Management, was designed to provide guidance to managers, supervisors, or those with control over confined space work. Anyone with responsibility for establishing or managing a confined space program in the workplace would also find the course helpful. It outlines legal duties and responsibilities and describes what is required to establish and manage a confined space program in the workplace, as well as important considerations for emergency preparedness.

Courses from CCOHS are reviewed by expert representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible. Course participants are able to contact CCOHS subject specialists to ask specific questions that may arise. There are quizzes throughout and a certificate of completion is issued upon passing the exam.

Pricing and registration information is available on the CCOHS website:

More about the benefits of e-learning.

Contact: Eleanor Irwin, Manager - Communications, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) | Tel: +1 905/572-2981, Ext. 4408 | Email:

News from European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

Announcing Eurofound's Programme of Work 2007: Improving living and working conditions in the EU

The annual programme of work for 2007 of the European Foundation for the improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) outlines a series of activities that provide added value to its stakeholders and users of its knowledge. Among the highlights in 2007: secondary analysis of the European Working Conditions Survey, fieldwork for the second European Quality of Life Survey, expansion of the Network of European Observatories (NEO) to 28 countries, more focused communication and promotion activities, and contributions to the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities.

Eurofound will continue to use a variety of research strategies in carrying out its work in 2007. Large-scale representative surveys provide unique data on the economic and social situation in Europe, marked in 2007 by the second European Quality of Life Survey. While the main focus will be on the EU, the work will also touch on the candidate and neighbouring countries, and to some extent also involve comparisons of the EU vis-à-vis global competition.

The thrust of the research will include social, economic, legal and competitiveness factors to study the improvement of living and working conditions,' says Jorma Karppinen, Eurofound's Director. 'In 2007, the skills and resources of Eurofound will be developed to meet the new objectives: more forecast-oriented work, including some global comparisons, innovation, productivity and competitiveness. Eurofound expects to have a staff of 94 and a budget of EUR 20.2 million.

The four strategic research themes - employment and restructuring, working conditions and work-life balance, industrial relations and partnership, and social cohesion and quality of life - altogether encompass 25 research initiatives. Eleven of these are new in 2007, including sectoral employment level forecasts, undeclared work, the role of micro-companies in employment growth, the self-employed, working conditions and social dialogue, industrial relations at global corporate level, and regional-level developments and business creation.

During the course of the year, Eurofound's communication efforts will be focused on better understanding its customers' needs, more tailor-made information products, better timing of contributions to the public debates, with the overall aim of increasing its visibility and intensifying Eurofound's impact on decision-makers.

Download Eurofound's 2007 Work programme at

For further information, contact Måns Mårtensson, Press Officer | Tel: (+353) 1 204 3124 | Mobile: (+353) 876 593 507 | Email:

New book

Managing Stress and Conflict in Libraries
by Sheila Pantry OBE BA FCLIP

Recognising the major problems of aggression, bullying, conflict and violence that those working in all sectors of the information industry are suffering daily in their work, Facet - the Publishing arm of CILIP is shortly to publish the book Managing Stress and Conflict in Libraries by Sheila Pantry OBE, BA FCLIP

Press Release:


New Year, New Software and New Hosting service for well known OSH electronic collections of quality information

Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd. publish a number of health, safety, environment and fire electronic services that contain authoritative and validated information from well-known organisations around the world such as the Health and Safety Executive, European Agency for Health and Safety at Work, ILO Health and Safety Centre, Geneva, US National Institute for Occupational safety and Health (NIOSH)

These services, that are regularly updated, contain both full text and bibliographic information have been transferred onto new, easy-to-use software and host platform. All services are available for a 15-day free trial.

The following products are long-established and are used worldwide are available via the Internet. Contact Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd. for free trials for all the following products:

More News from Eurofound

Announcing an architectural overhaul of the Foundation's websites: Better web access to the Foundation's information

The Foundation is improving access to its research, data and recommendations by bringing its specialised websites under the umbrella of the new look Eurofound website. At the same time, the Foundation is re-branded - online and offline - as Eurofound.

'We are improving the Eurofound website, our primary communication channel, with the increasing numbers of users in mind,' says Jorma Karppinen, Director of the Foundation. 'To strengthen our brand, increase visibility and to avoid any confusion over the long official name in a growing number of EU languages, the Foundation will be promoted as Eurofound from now on.'

With an increasing number information users in the former EU15 countries, new EU Member States and in the EU acceding and candidate countries, the new Eurofound website is equipped with better search functionality, shorter and clearer reports, and more graphics.

The common look and feel of all websites is the result of a common structure and some common features of all four specialist websites, initiated to accommodate new and improved search facilities using integrated Google search technology, and improved accessibility for users with a disability. The 27 EU Member States are covered in the majority of the Foundation's web presence, which include:

The decision to move to one single design came as a result of user testing on the main site which showed significant improvements in usability following the redesign in 2005.

During 2006, the web usage of the Foundation's corporate website Eurofound increased by 36% to 2.6 million users. This increase was in line with the increases experienced by both the European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC) at 28% and the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO) at 24%. It was, however, the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) that increased the most at 54%.

All Foundation web products can now be accessed at

For further information, contact Måns Mårtensson, Press Officer | Tel: (+353) 1 204 3124 | Mobile: (+353) 876 593 507 | Email:


The Leader in Labour Administration education in Africa offers you the Employment and Labour Studies Diploma and Degree (ELSDD)

In Partnership with Selected Reputable Regional Universities

No one understands African labour Administration better than the African Regional Labour Administration Centre. We look for practical real world solutions to meet the demands of today's changing economy, where new management thinking must reflect the interest of every one in the world of work.

We invite you to study your Masters of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Employment and Labour Studies with the leaders in labour administration training.

An international part time programme, the ELSDD will be conducted in collaboration with highly renowned partners and prestigious institutions in Africa, with residential seminars at the ARLAC campus in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The typical programme participant is a professional with some work experience, holding a bachelor's degree or a national higher diploma of a recognised institution or other qualifications deemed appropriate, and aspiring to greater responsibility in ensuring decent work.

Unlike others, this particular programme is self sponsoring and participants will be expected to meet tuition, accommodation, travel and other expenses.

More programme details and registration information can be found on You can also contact us at or P. O. Box 6097, Harare, Zimbabwe.

OSHE Websites to explore

If you have a favourite website please send details to your Editor. Many other websites collected in the Country and Subject indexes in

Communities and Local Government: fire safety guidance   UK

UK Communities and Local Government guides that are designed so that a responsible person, with limited formal training or experience, should be able to carry out a fire risk assessment. If you read the guide and decide you are unable to apply the guidance then you should seek expert advice. More complex premises will probably need to be assessed by a person who has comprehensive training or experience in fire risk assessment. However these guides will be appropriate for more complex, multi-occupied buildings to address fire safety issues in individual occupancies.

Health and Safety Executive and British Coatings Federation: isocyanate   UK

Health and Safety Executive and British Coatings Federation joint publication posters have been produced advising workers on the dangers of contracting asthma from breathing in paint dust that contains isocyanate. The posters come in 3 sizes: A4, A3 and A2.

Health and Safety Executive: Nanotechnology   UK

Health and Safety Executive Nanotechnology - five reports also added to the Horizon Scanning pages on the HSE website:

SR002 Nanotechnology
SR003 Flexible Working and Employment Patterns
SR004 Obesity as a Workplace Issue
SR005 Recycling
SR006 Do Keyboards Have a Future?

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents RoSPA: Learning about risk and lasers   UK

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) with funding from the Department of Health, RoSPA was tasked to develop the LASER Accreditation Programme. It is widely accepted that LASER is one of the best ways of ensuring young people have an understanding of hazard and risk. The website allows the existing schemes to access the resources needed for accreditation and provides a forum for them to share information on best practice.

Diary of Events

If you have a seminar, conference or exhibition that you would like to promote - please send details to your Editor. Also look in

5-6 March 2007 - 2nd Annual Safety and Health Forum - OSH in Hazardous Environment
Prince Hotel & Residence, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: Cindy Cluny, Marcus Evans CP21, Suite 2101, Level 21, Central Plaza, 34, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Tel: +00 603 2723 6699 | Email: |

13-16 March 2007 - IMHX, the materials handling and logistics show
Hall 18, NEC Birmingham, UK
Contact: IMHX UK |

23-29 March 2007 - 8th European Seminar on Personal Protective Equipment
Saariselka, Lapland, Finland
Contact: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, FIN-00250 Helsinki, FINLAND | Tel: +358 30 474 2738 |

13 April 2007 - Flixborough 2007 symposium
University College London
Contact: Dr John Cox, UK | Tel: +44 (0)1495 773495 | Email: |

19 April 2007 - EUROHSE 2007 Conference - Spring into OSH
Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London
Contact: Angel Business Communications Ltd / Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd, Unit 6, Bow Court, Fletchworth Gate, Burnsall Road, Coventry CV5 6SP, UK | Tel: +44 (0) 2476 718970 | Fax: +44 (0) 2476 718971 | Email:
Cost - £395 (£295 if you are a member of IOSH, RoSPA, IIRSM or BOHS) Conference Chair - Sheila Pantry OBE

23-24 April 2007- International Symposium Endotoxins in the Workplace
BGAG Dresden, Germany
Contact: Frau W. Rychlowski Hauptverbandes der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften (HVBG), Alte Heerstraße 111 53754 Sankt Augustin Germany | Tel: +49 (0)2241 231 2703 | Fax +49 (0) 2241 231 2234 | Email:

28 April 2007 - ILO World Day of Health and Safety at Work 2007: Safe and Healthy Workplaces - Making Decent Work a Reality
World wide events
Contact: International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland |

3-5 July 2007 - First European Forum on the Effective Solutions for Managing Occupational Noise Risks
Organized by the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of Europe (INCE/Europe), the French Information Centre on Noise (CIDB) and the Organization for Prevention and Control of Industrial and Professional Risks (AINF)

Palais de Congress, Lille, France
Contact: Secretariat, Institute of Noise Control Engineering of Europe | Tel: +358 30 474 2738 | Email: |

5 December 2007 - Health and Safety Agenda 2008
London WC1H 0HX
Contact: Customer Services, Croner Training, 4th Floor, North West Wing Bush House, Aldwych, London WC28 4PJ, UK | Tel: 0845 120 9602 | Fax: 0845 120 9612 | Email: |
Dr Jukka Takala will be speaking at this conference.

3-5 December 2007- European NanOSH Conference -Nanotechnologies: A Critical Area in Occupational Safety and Health
Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland
Contact: EuroNanOSH Secretariat, Leila Ahlström, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 41 A a, FI-00250 Helsinki, Finland | Tel: +358 30 474 2851 | Email: |

World Day for Safety and Health at Work organized by the International Labour Office (ILO) on 28 April 2007

Making Decent Work a Reality - Safe and Healthy Workplaces

Block these dates in your diary: visit A+A Dusseldorf, Germany on 18-21 September 2007

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