CIS Newsletter

No. 215
August 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 - CIS Annual Meeting 2007 information
  3. News from around the World - Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA
  4. OSH News Briefs
  5. FOCUS "We're a nation of sleepy workers"
  6. OSHE websites
  7. Diary of Events


Dear CIS Colleagues

Next month, September 2007 will see some of us gathering in Dusseldorf for The CIS Annual Meeting 2007 - have you informed CIS HQ yet that you are attending? See also some more details regarding the Annual Meeting in this Newsletter.

Occupational safety and safety (OSH) is rarely out of the news - locally, nationally and internationally - make sure that you use every opportunity to draw attend to your OSH information centre and also to the CIS network.

You will see in this edition many activities and developments are taking place around the world that are informing, advising and training people of all ages, and especially the young people just starting their working lives or hoping to gain work experience during the summer holidays.

ACTION by you... keep sending me any reports re your activities and events - please send for the next CIS Newsletter. Likewise if you wish to send notice of any of your future planned events please let me know. Anything you do - even the smallest event will bring safety and health to the forefront in your country. Don't forget to look at the web site

More information and early preparations are now taking place for our 2007 CIS Meeting - in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September 2007.

The Meeting is being organized jointly with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. The CIS Meeting will be held at the same time as the European Agency has its meeting of focal points, some of which are also our centres.

The Meeting will be held in conjunction with the A+A 2007 Congress and Trade Show, jointly sponsored by BASI (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft für Sicherheit und Gesundheit bei der Arbeit), the ILO, the European Agency and other safety and health bodies.

And because of the joint meeting there will NOT be any Training Workshops for CIS members this year.

Thanks for the publications, emails and news received from you this past month - 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 >>>>

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Thriving in 2007... Keep promoting and telling the World at large that CIS and its network exists!

You know I welcome ideas for inclusion in the future editions of this Newsletter. 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.

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

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News from CIS HQ

Gabor Sandi writes:

Dear Colleague

We are very pleased that you have indicated your desire to attend the 45th annual meeting of CIS Centres in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 19-20 September 2007. (If you have not yet informed CIS HQ please send details as soon as possible)

We have now received the kind invitation of our German National Centre, the Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA), whose premises are in Dortmund, to visit it on Friday, 21 September 2007 (from 10 am to 3pm). The visit would also include a guided tour of the German Occupational Safety and Health Exhibition (DASA), which is an integral part of the BAuA. All participants of the CIS Meeting will be welcome to join this visit.

Dortmund is quite close to Düsseldorf. We do not know yet what the arrangements, if any, will be for transportation between Düsseldorf and the BAuA. In any case, there are frequent train services between the two cities, the journey takes about 50 minutes.

Please let us know before 15 August 2007 whether you will participate in the visit to Dortmund. BAuA would like to know beforehand how many people will be attending.

With our best wishes,

Gábor Sándi
Head, CIS

May we remind you that as the CIS Meeting will be held within the A+A Congress location, participants must pay the registration fees for the Congress in order to participate in the CIS Meeting. Contact Françoise Riette, CIS Centres Secretariat for an application form. The price of entry is a reduced price tickets (75 euros). This form should be completed and returned to the address given.

Best regards,
Françoise Riette
CIS Centres Secretariat

News from Korea ... About World Congress 2008...

World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2008 and APOSHO Annual General Meeting to be held simultaneously

World Congress on Safety and Health at Work and The annual general meeting of the Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization (APOSHO), a cooperative organization of safety and health institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, will be held simultaneously in Seoul, Korea next year.

The Ministry of Labor (MOL) and KOSHA said on 5 June that the 24th annual general meeting of APOSHO will be held for 4 days beginning 29 June 2008 in Seoul.

During the upcoming APOSHO annual general meeting, there will be the plenary session and the parallel sessions, during which the presentation of major industrial accidents happening in various countries and the introduction of the recent policy and technology to prevent industrial accidents will be made, the presentation of the activities performed by each institution, poster sessions, and the report of the activities done by the each committees.

As the APOSHO annual general meeting will be held simultaneously with XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, the motto of the World Congress (Safety and Health at Work: A Societal Responsibility) will be jointly used and diverse topics such as New Challenges and Opportunities in Occupational Safety and Health and Risk Assessment and Management will be presented.

"With the simultaneous holding of the annual general meeting of APOSHO and World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, we expect Korea to be a true advanced country in industrial safety and health," Woon-Ki Jeon Director of Industrial Safety and Health Bureau, MOL said.

Ten years after hosting the 14th annual general meeting in 1998, Korea will again be hosting the meeting next year. Approximately 300 people from 22 countries are expected to attend the APOSHO annual meeting.

As the cooperative organization of industrial safety and health-related, non-profit and non-government organizations in the Asia-Pacific region established in 1989, APOSHO now has 33 member organizations from 22 countries worldwide. During the APOSHO meeting, people can exchange their experiences and knowledge on industrial safety and health with experts in other groups to enable them to share knowledge and information on industrial accident prevention; thus enabling APOSHO to contribute to industrial accident prevention.

News Briefs


Malaysia authorities' websites on Occupational Safety & Health:

  1. Ministry of Human Resource, Malaysia -
  2. Department of Occupational Safety & Health, Ministry of Human Resource, Malaysia -
  3. National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, Ministry of Human Resource, Malaysia -

Two New EurOHSE 2007 Workshops 10 October 2007

Angel Business Communications Ltd and Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd announce two practical workshops to be held at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London on Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 09.45 - 16.30.

Morning Workshop

Ensuring that your health and safety policy is up-to-date...Policy Statements revisited to be presented by Jeremy Stranks

This workshop will deal with:

For the practical exercise, there will be a specimen Statement of Health and Safety Policy for consideration by delegates followed by a report back session

The afternoon Workshop

An Introduction to Behavioural Safety and Safety Culture - Theory and Practice and also Advanced Behavioural Techniques presented by Dr Tim Marsh

This workshop will deal with:

Break Out Session: Tailoring an Approach to Suit Your Specific Situation.

Advanced Behavioural Techniques

If you wish to speak directly to a conference contact to book your delegate place, or to find out more information, please call Jesse Bhadal on Tel: +44 (0)24 76 718970 | Email:

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News from Canada

Interesting IRSST research reports

Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute's (IRSST) has just published the English version of the detailed portrait of the highest concentrations of pollutants in Quebec companies by examining about 224,000 results of environmental analyses carried out in his laboratories between 2001 and 2005. These air samples were collected mainly by practitioners from health and social services agencies, local community services centres (CLSC), the CSST and joint sector-based associations. The interpretation of the results made it possible to determine, by industrial class, the chemical substance exposure situations most likely to cause health effects.

The report "Results of the chemical analyses produced at the IRSST for 2001-2005" identifies many situations where the results are more than twice the standard. Some examples are:

The translation of this study into English was undertaken in response to a request from, and thanks to funding by, the Government of Canada's National Office of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Ostiguy, Claude; Fournier, Mathieu; Petitjean-Roget, Thierry; Lesage, Jacques; Lajoie, Alain - Results of the chemical analyses produced at the IRSST for 2001-2005, Studies and Research Projects / Report R-504, Montréal, IRSST, 2007, 50 pages

The report is available for free download:

IRSST prepared a guide on respiratory protection against bioaerosols and the document was translated in English.

There is growing interest in the risks of exposure to infectious bioaerosols for everyone who has a role to play in occupational health and safety (OHS). Choosing and using respiratory protection can be key decisions, among other things, in cases of exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), tuberculosis, avian or pig flu, anthrax, etc.

The objective of this document is to guide in the selection of respirators against bioaerosols in hazardous situations for workers in different sectors: hospitals, household waste sorting centres, wastewater treatment centres, agriculture, food and beverage processing, etc.

The document first includes a brief description of respirators, air filtration mechanisms and the assigned protection factors for respirators, completed by information on their fit, seal and care. It then presents the respiratory protection required for infectious and non-infectious bioaerosols.

At the end of the document are a few examples on the choice and use of respirators for various work contexts. The appendices contain a decision tree for selecting a respirator against bioaerosols as well the current standards and regulations.

Lavoie, Jacques; Cloutier, Yves; Lara, Jaime; Marchand, Geneviève - Guide on respiratory protection against bioaerosols - Recommendations on its selection and use, Studies and Research Projects / Technical Guide RG-501, Montreal, IRSST, 2007, 40 pages

The document is available for free download:

News from the USA

The June 2007 issue of LIFELINES ONLINE (Vol. IV, No. 1) is available at the LHSFNA website

These are the headlines:

The July issue of LIFELINES ONLINE (Vol. IV, No. 2) 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

Canadian Health Network

Thousands of Canadians are getting informed about their health through a network of networks, the Canadian Health Network (, a web information portal combining the expertise of over 1,600 health information providers.

The Canadian Health Network is a comprehensive source of health promotion and injury prevention and disease information, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and developed by national, provincial and territorial non-profit organizations, as well as universities, hospitals, libraries and community organizations.

Each of the site's 25 major health topics is managed by an affiliate organization that specializes in that particular area. As the CHN's Workplace Health affiliate, for example, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) manages the workplace health collection.

Major subject categories include Workplace Health, Active Living, Healthy Eating, HIV/AIDS, Complementary and Alternative Health, Cancer, and many more. The information is bi lingual, non-commercial, and can be accessed free-of-charge. There's also a twice-monthly newsletter, Healthlink, as an option for people who want an even steadier stream of information, delivered to their in-boxes.

The Canadian Health Network is the first collaboration between governmental and non-governmental organizations of its kind. It was launched in 1998 with the goal of creating a one-stop health information portal for Canadians. It includes links to more than 20,000 English and French Canadian web-based resources. All articles and documents must pass a rigorous quality assurance process before being posted, making CHN a professionally laid-out site with information that's consistently reader-friendly.

Take a look at the site, at On the home page you'll see highlighted articles as well as a keyword search option, and links to articles by topic category. If your health and safety committee or health, safety and wellness department aren't familiar with the site, they will want to be, as will your entire workforce. It's also to your advantage to offer workers a one-stop source of credible, authoritative health information, rather than having them conduct time-consuming web searches on company time.

Norma Gibson-MacDonald, Manager, General Health and Safety Services, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, 135 Hunter Street East, Hamilton ON L8N 1M5, Canada | Tel: + 1 905 572 2981 ext. 4527 | |

News from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

The Agency has recently published the following:

News from the UK

UN peacekeepers trained to British health and safety standards

Mission in Liberia adds British Safety Council Qualifications to its armoury. United Nation peacekeepers helping bring stability to strife-torn Liberia are benefiting from health and safety training developed by the British Safety Council (BSC). Over 100 members of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) have taken up the BSC Awards Introductory Award in Health and Safety. The practical skills and knowledge gained will help the peacekeepers with vital development work in the troubled African nation.

The UNMIL peacekeeping force entered Liberia in 2004 after fighting broke out between government and opposition factions. The mission combines civilian, military and police personnel, and the UNMIL training centre in the country prepares this diverse group of peacekeepers for a range of vital tasks including military operations, road building, voter registration and refugee assistance both in Liberia and throughout the region.

The Introductory Award has been developed by the British Safety Council (BSC) as the international equivalent to its UK Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety at Work, and is part of a comprehensive package of qualifications developed by the British Safety Council (BSC)- one of the world's leading occupational health, safety and environmental organisations.

In Liberia, peacekeepers are able to study for the qualification, which covers 14 different health and safety topics, and then take the multiple choice examination online.

Mission Training Centre chief Jeanie Fraser said the training package and BSC qualification provides UNMIL with "an international benchmark", enabling the UN to introduce "hundreds of staff to occupational health and safety by providing comprehensive training materials and online examinations."

Fraser continued: "Gaining accreditation from the BSC allows us to measure our delivery against others worldwide and emphasises the quality of what we offer to our peacekeepers in professional development and training." It also ensures that good practice is passed on to the countries UN missions are working to stabilise.

BSC's International Division Business Manager Steve Rowe said: "The UN is one of the world's leading international organisations. They've taken on the responsibility to train their peacekeepers in health and safety, and it's fantastic they've decided to do this in partnership with the BSC."

For further information about the British Safety Council and its courses, contact +44 (0)208 741 1231 or visit

More News from the UK

British Safety Council Expands Commitment to India: Four week Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health starts 17 September 2007

The British Safety Council (BSC) is now offering its world-class International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health to Indian professionals via a four week course, tailored to the local market.

The BSC works with blue-chip organisations in more than 50 countries and has been partnering with Indian industry for more than 20 years, providing safety and environmental management system auditing to international best practice standards. Its local client base includes Reliance Industries, Tata Group, ITC, Gas Authority of India, ONGC and Vedanta Group.

Liaising with these organisations and others, the BSC has developed an abridged version of the Diploma. The duration has been reduced to four weeks, with candidates having responsibility for pre-course reading and preparation. The Diploma, known as IDipOSH, is the gold standard qualification for health and safety professionals around the world. .

India Shows Strong Commitment to Professional Development

Justin Smith, (International Projects Manager: Asia) of the BSC, explains: "We developed an intensive, fast-track version of the Diploma at the request of Indian industry. The four week programme reduces both the time and financial commitment, making it more acceptable to companies and candidates alike."

"Previously, Indian professionals had to travel to London or Dubai for BSC training. Establishing a training facility in Mumbai will open the programmes to a far wider audience. " said Smith.

Following the success of the pilot, the next IDipOSH course commences in Mumbai on September 17.

Smith added: "We are delighted to offer the Diploma locally and to be actively involved in the development of Indian Nationals. This supports our vision of working alongside Indian industry as their economic aspirations are realised - without compromising on sustainable health, safety and environmental best practice."

International Fire, Safety and Security Exhibition in Mumbai, 26-30 September 2007

The BSC will also be highlighting its position as one of the world's leading occupational health, safety and environmental organisations through sponsorship of the International Fire, Safety and Security Exhibition. This takes place in Mumbai on 26 to 30 September, 2007.

To arrange a meeting at the above Exhibition, or for further information about the British Safety Council, contact +44 (0)208 741 1231 or visit

Diary Date

ECOBUILDING performance 18, 19 and 20 September 2007 - Paris, Porte de Versailles, France

An International Trade Exhibition (in its second year) Energy Performance - Environmental Performance - Sustainable Development in Building and Construction 18, 19 and 20 September 2007 - Paris, Porte de Versailles

The ECOBUILDING PERFORMANCE 2007 exhibition will launch a Forum consisting of the Ecobuilding Performance debates, Partnership Events and Exhibitor Workshops.


"3E" Theme: energy management and environmental quality

This will be addressed through eight debates on the 18 September. The gathering movement towards energy efficient buildings; the management of energy demand in existing buildings; the recourse to renewable energy; the management of energy flows within buildings; advances in the move towards environmental efficiency of buildings and significant examples of practice in different countries.

"CVBD" Theme: ways and means in the domain of sustainability

Scheduled for 19 September in 7 debates focussing on the objectives of project management, local development, the societal dimension in the domain of sustainability, the concepts of equilibrium and adaptability and significant examples of practice in different countries.

"BTGH" Theme: high rise buildings in the urban context

6 debates ("BTGH") will make the point on the 20 September. Multifunctionality; working in a high-rise context; energy and environmental efficiency; the problem of circulation; adaptability, management and maintenance; overcoming risks; the relevance of buildings/areas as seen through the example of the towers of "la Defense".

Fondaterra is organizing a seminar on « energy efficiency in the renovation of buildings; considerations in project execution on 20th September 2007. This will materialize through three round table discussions: «Knowing the ground and evaluating the possible improvement scenarios; modus operandi»; «From building to the service provided to the user; a requisite evolution in the technical competence.» and «Facilitating the financial package of such projects; considerations; risk-sharing between the parties and examples».

To find out more e-mail;


During the Exhibition the Grands Prix of Ecobuilding Performance will be awarded. The three debating themes of Ecobuilding Performance, which will be the guiding light for all who are active in this sector; visitors and exhibitors will be classified in three substantive prizes as judged under the gavel of a jury which is currently being assembled.

Manager Communications: Elodie Chauderlot | Tel:+ 33 149 685 662 | Fax:+ 33 614 663 635 | Email:

Diary Date

The Emergency Services Show 2007 at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry on 28-29 November 2007

2007 has proven an extreme year in so many ways for the emergency services in the UK. There is the ongoing threat of terrorism and, additionally, services have had to meet the challenges posed by critical incidents on land, air, sea and in cyber space.

If organisations are to communicate and work together effectively, then it makes sense to bring them together at an event such as this. There is a free exhibition dedicated to meeting the needs of the industry, and a high profile conference which encourages the sharing of knowledge and experience.

THE CONFERENCE - Improving Emergency Response

"An excellent conference - please encourage all Emergency Planners to attend" - 2006 Conference Delegate.

The conference programme is being scheduled to reflect what is happening at grass roots level. Subjects for 2007 include:

Other organisations represented at the conference include: Civil Contingencies Secretariat; Environment Agency; National Policing Improvement Agency; Voluntary Sector Protection Forum; West Midlands Ambulance Service; Northern Ireland Police; Maritime Coastguard Agency; Government Decontamination Services; Air Accident Investigation Bureau.


The desperate sights witnessed during the recent phenomenal June weather - with flood devastation, tornados and evacuations - once again has demonstrated a situation where swift decisive action is required from multiple organisations to ensure the safeguarding of people and property.

Services have been pushed to the limit in a massive rescue operation which simply could not have been achieved so effectively without co-ordinated planning and interlocking implementation. The organisations involved - in addition to fire, police and ambulance - included the Highways Agency, the Environment Agency, the Met Office, the RAF, RNLI, utility companies, railway networks and so the list goes on.

Many of these organisations will be represented at the Emergency Services Show 2007. If they are not speaking in the Conference then they are part of the Emergency Response Zone in the Exhibition, a unique feature which brings together Category 1 and 2 Responders, Government departments, NGOs and voluntary organisations.

The Exhibition is free to attend but it is recommended that visitors pre-register. To keep updated on the 150 exhibitors and to pre-register visit

Stoneleigh Park in Coventry is easily accessible:

News from the European Foundation

European workers get significant hike in pay in 2006

The average wages of European workers increased significantly between 2005 and 2006, according to the annual report on pay developments from Eurofound's European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO). However, there are considerable differences between the former EU15 countries and twelve new EU Member States, both in terms of trends and the level of pay increase.

The average collectively agreed nominal increases across the European Union rose from 4.9% in 2005 to 5.6% in 2006. When adjusted for inflation, the average collectively agreed wage increase across all 27 EU Member States was 2.7% in 2006, up from 1.9% in 2005.

There were large differences between countries with regard to real wage increases. In the former EU15 countries, the average increase in 2006 stood at 2.9%, up from 2.8% in 2005, while the rate of real increase rose from 0.6% in 2005 to 0.8% in 2006. More significantly, however, the average increase in the 12 new Member States rose from 7.5% in 2005 to 2006, and the rate of real increase climbed from 3.5% to 5.2%.

'While the overall figures for the 27 EU Member States indicate continued moderation in terms of both nominal and real pay increases in Europe, in line with EU monetary policy, the findings in this report regarding the twelve new EU Member States paint a different picture,' said Jorma Karppinen, Eurofound's Director. 'However, these findings are good news for workers in the twelve new EU Member States. The pay gap between workers in the former EU15 and the twelve new EU Member States is closing rapidly.'

According to the findings, the overall picture in all 27 Member States of the European Union shows ongoing moderation in real and nominal pay increases in the former EU15 countries and an upward trend in the twelve new EU Member States. In the new EU Member States, the average nominal pay was 3.1 times higher than in EU15 in 2006 and the real wage increase was 6.5 times higher.

In the new Member States, real pay increases varied from just 1% in Cyprus to 16% in Latvia, indicating a wider variation range than in the former EU15 countries. The real average increase in the new Member States came in it at 5.2% in 2006, up from 3.5 % in the previous year.

For the former EU15 countries, the range of real pay increases in 2006 was between 2.6% in Greece and -0.1% in Germany. The real average increase in the former EU15 countries in 2005 stood at only 0.6%, rising to 0.8% in 2006

The annual update from Eurofound's European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) aims to provide a broad, general indication of trends in pay increases over 2005 and 2006 across the EU Member States and Norway. The report also examines collectively agreed pay increases in metalworking, banking and local government, increases in minimum wage levels, increases in average earnings, and the gender pay gap.

More information about Eurofound's research on working conditions is available at


European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18, Ireland | Tel: +353-1-204 4257

News from Canada

E-Courses To Help Prepare for Workplace Emergencies

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed two new e-courses focused on different aspects of preparing for workplace emergencies.

Preparing for emergencies is an important part of every workplace health and safety program. It helps to protect lives, property, and the future of organizations. CCOHS has developed two e-courses to offer guidance to both workers and employers: Emergency Preparedness for Workers and Emergency Response Planning.

Emergencies can occur at any time. While prevention is the key to avoiding emergencies, it's important that everyone at the workplace be prepared if, and when, they do occur. Emergency Preparedness for Workers provides a basic understanding of what is required to be prepared for workplace emergencies, how workers can be ready to respond, as well as what they should know about their employer's emergency response plan.

Emergency Response Planning is an introductory course for managers, administrators and anyone with responsibility for developing, implementing and maintaining emergency response plans. This one-hour course provides guidance for developing and implementing a response plan for emergencies at - or affecting - the workplace, such as off-site emergencies involving the organization's staff.

As with all CCOHS e-courses, participants can 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.

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by experts in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible. Courses are available in English and French.

Pricing and registration information is available on the CCOHS website:

More about the benefits of e-learning:

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

Plan to attend Forum '07 - Sept 17-18th in Vancouver, BC

News Brief

DIARY DATE - Come and visit ergonomics exhibitors at A+A Dusseldorf Germany, 18-21 September 2007

ERGONOMA organizes a participation of ergonomics and health at work manufacturers and service providers, with an Ergonoma Space inside A+A tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany, the largest European and world safety and health at work tradeshow taking place from September 18 to 21, 2007.

With more than 50.000 visitors, A+A therefore is the privileged place where to see the specific offer of ergonomics and wellness at work manufacturers and service providers.

Do not let pass this opportunity to come to A+A Düsseldorf and see and try the latest products and services devoted to ergonomics and wellness at work.

For more information for going to A+A, go to:

Exhibitors in ergonomic products or services as of July 12, 2007 (non exhaustive list):

News for European Week for Safety and Health at Work, 22-26 October 2007

"Injuries through moving and handling at work ought to be declining each year, but too few office - based staff are trained to lift safely " says British Red Cross, as "Lighten the Load" is theme for European Week for Safety and Health at Work, 22- 26 October 2007

"The number of Britons suffering injuries through moving and handling at work has increased virtually every year since 1999. Yet, as working in industrial environments continues to decline and office-based work increases, they should be declining." says Amanda Jenkins of the British Red Cross.

"We want managers, especially of offices, warehouses, hospitals and nursing homes, & retail to be aware of the importance of training their staff in the run up to European Week for Safety and Health at Work, 22- 26 October, when "Lighten the Load" will be the theme and extra training courses will be available." Amanda Jenkins continues.

HSE figures show that moving and handling related injuries are the most common kind of injury that lasts for more than three days and they account for 41 per cent of all long term injuries.

"It suggests that too many office, care home or shop based staff are injuring their themselves, particularly their backs. It is expensive. According to the TUC, work-related back pain is costing the country a fortune in lost time - the cost of 4.9m lost working days a year in 2005. There is also compensation and injury payment on top of that."

According to Amanda Jenkins, a lot of work related back pain is avoidable. "Those who have been trained in moving and handling skills and who put those skills into action can lift without incurring injury. Unfortunately too many staff who try to move office equipment, boxes, furniture and similar items have not been taught the correct techniques. There are training courses for all aspects of moving and handling.

"Most back injuries at work are preventable - just not enough is being done to prevent them "

The British Red Cross offer a 4 hour moving and handling course, which introduces people to moving and handling courses. The course is available at selected venues throughout the UK and as an in-company option, if you have a group of 6 or more staff requiring training. To help with larger groups or organisations operating on several sites, the British Red Cross offers a special key account service to make administration easier.

Full details of Courses and the Key Account Service are available from or by calling the British Red Cross national customer service centre on 08970 170 9110

News Brief

DIARY DATE - Nanotechnology Seminar to provide latest industry, regulator and research perspectives, 10.00 - 15.30, Thursday 27 September 2007, IOM, Edinburgh

BOHS is hosting a one-day Open Technical Seminar - open to non-members as well as members - on Nanotechnology, which will take place at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) in Edinburgh on Thursday 27 September 2007. This should be of interest to occupational health professionals working in paint manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology particularly, as well as those in research or working as independent consultants. The seminar will be chaired by Professor Anthony Seaton of the IOM, and include discussion and debating time, and an opportunity for networking. Speakers from industry will provide a perspective on responsible nanotechnology and examples of nanotechnology applications, HSE presenters will give the regulator's view, and research presentations will cover toxicology and the 'Safe Nano Initiative'.

IOM's 'Safe Nano Initiative' has just officially been named as one of the DTI's 22 Nanotechnology Centres. The initiative will provide strategic, independent and impartial advice to stakeholders - including from within industry, academia and the network of Nanotechnology Centres - concerning the potential risks to human health and the environment from nanomaterials., was launched in April 2007, taking the form of a web-based information service with helpdesk support, together with a regular bulletin service and comprehensive database of relevant publications. Emerging scientific evidence concerning the potential risks of nanoparticles and nanotubes, together with information about health and safety, occupational hygiene, toxicology and risk assessment will be interpreted and delivered to the audience in an integrated way, to support effective risk management.

Nanotechnology is expected to be the basis of many of the main technological innovations of the 21st century. Research and development in this field is growing rapidly throughout the world. A major output of this activity is the development of new materials in the nanometre scale, including nanoparticles. These are usually defined as particulate materials with at least one dimension of less than 100 nanometres (nm). One nanometre is 10-9 m. By comparison, a human hair is approximately 70,000 nm in diameter, a red blood cell is approximately 5,000 nm wide and simple organic molecules have sizes ranging from 0.5 to 5 nm

The Nanotechnology seminar can be booked on-line via the BOHS website,, where the programme is also available. The cost, which includes lunch and VAT, is only £40 for BOHS members or £60 for non-members.

Contact: Anthea Page, Communications Manager, BOHS, 5/6 Melbourne Court, Millennium Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8LZ, UK | Tel: +44 (0)1332 250701 | Email: |

News from India

GMB action call on ship breaking risks

India's ship breaking yards are exposing workers to horrific conditions with hardly any safety measures, a UK union delegation has found. After returning from a fact-finding mission to ship breaking yards in Mumbai, GMB national secretary for shipbuilding Keith Hazlewood said there 'were no safety provisions', adding: 'I had never seen anything like the conditions the ship breakers were having to work in.' He said there was 'a constant haze of burning and toxic fumes across the yard, no safety gloves or boots. Some of the workers were wearing flip-flops and some were in their bare feet. No protective clothing whatsoever. Under foot was thick oil where the plates were being cut, creating yet another hazard. The removal and handling of asbestos took place with no protection whatsoever.'

He said an average ship contains between 100 and 600 tonnes of asbestos and workers remove it with little or no protection. 'We must try and help their union get more organised to protect these workers,' he said. 'The environmentalists who helped drive this industry from Britain must also be asked to help to improve the working conditions of these workers.'

The GMB delegation also included GMB national safety officer John McClean and international solidarity officer Joni McDougall. A delegation from the Mumbai Port Trust Dock and the General Employees Union will visit the UK this autumn as a guest of GMB to develop a proposed project with the government's international development department DFID.


IMF ship breaking webpages:

News Brief

The Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) campaign Manual Handling of Loads in Europe 2007 in transport and care. This inspection and communications campaign was initiated by the SLIC ties in line with the EU strategy. The project was developed in 2005-2006 and implemented in 2007. The project and accompanying products will help to achieve a more uniform implementation of the 1990 EU Directive (90/269/EEC), which sets down the safety and health provisions

Also note that: Dr Bertil Remaeus, IALI Vice-President is also now Acting Director General, Swedish Work Environment Authority, Ekelunsvagen, 16, S-17184 Solna, SWEDEN | Tel: (+) 46-8-7309508 / (+) 46-705-841418 | Fax: (+) 46-8-7309119 | Email:

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New Chair appointed to the UK Health and Safety Commission

Judith Hackitt CBE will succeed Sir Bill Callaghan as Chair of the Health and Safety Commission. Ms Hackitt whose five year term with HSC will commence on 1st October 2007 is returning from an assignment as Director of the Chemistry for Europe project with the European Chemical Industry Council based in Brussels.

Welcoming Ms Hackitt to her new role Sir Bill Callaghan said, "Congratulations to Judith Hackitt on her appointment. Her previous role as a Commissioner and her considerable experience in the chemical industry makes her well placed for the responsibility for taking forward the HSC's Strategy for making health and safety a cornerstone of our society, achieving a record for workplace health and safety that leads the world and seeing through the merger of HSC and HSE."

Judith Hackitt's appointment will be on a three day per week basis.

Judith Hackitt was awarded a CBE in June 2006 for her services to health and safety at work. She trained as a Chemical Engineer at Imperial College, London and was previously employed as Group Risk Manager at Elementis PLC with world-wide responsibility for health and safety insurance and litigation.

In 1998 Ms Hackitt joined the Chemical Industries Association as Director of Business and Environment. She became Director General of the Association in April 2002. She was appointed as a member of the Health and Safety Commission on the same date. She held that post until December 2005.

The HSC has overall responsibility for occupational health and safety regulations in Great Britain. The Commission consists of 10 people nominated by bodies with an interest in workplace health and safety. They are sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The DWP minister for occupational health and safety is Lord McKenzie of Luton.

News from Canada

Experts to Address Health and Safety Issues of Changing Workplaces

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) unveiled its program for the national forum being held in Vancouver, British Columbia, September 17-18, 2007. CCOHS has assembled an authoritative, prestigious line-up of experts from Canada and Australia to present on topics related to the theme "Emerging Health & Safety Issues in Changing Workplaces: A Canadian Discussion".

Dr. Michael Quinlan, a Fellow of Safety Institute of Australia and professor in the School of Organisation and Management at the University of New South Wales, will travel half way around the world to share his views and discuss the effects of increasingly precarious employment in his presentation on the evolving workplace. Dr. Quinlan has focused on the effects of institutional organization, regulation and employment status on OHS. In recent years he has published widely on the effects of precarious employment on occupational health and safety.

Professor Katherine Lippel, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law's civic law section, will address gaps in protection, accountability and responsibility for health and safety in the changing workplace. Prof. Lippel will explore whether workers with precarious employment fall under the same workplace safety standards as permanent employees and whether the legislation fully protects them. Prof. Lippel specialises in legal issues relating to occupational health and safety and workers' compensation and is the author of several articles and books in the field.

Dr. Catherine M. Burns, an Associate Professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, will tackle the issue of emerging technologies and processes that bring new risks to workers. How can we keep up with technology and control new workplace hazards? Dr. Burns directs the Advanced Interface Design Lab at Waterloo where her research examines user interface design, visualization and cognitive work analysis. Her work has been applied to military systems, healthcare, power plant control, and oil and gas refining. She has authored over 100 publications.

The question of why organizations need to focus on employee well-being will be covered in a presentation by Dr. Linda Duxbury, one of Canada's leading workplace health researchers. Dr. Duxbury is a Professor at the Carleton University School of Business and the Director of Research at the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work. She has focused much of her research in the last decade on work and family balance and has significantly advanced the practices and attitudes toward work-life balance in the public and private sectors.

Forum '07 is expected to provide an opportunity for subject experts, workers, employers and governments to share their knowledge and better understand how these unique challenges impact the health, safety and well being of workers.

Information about Forum '07 is available on the website:

Contact: Eleanor Westwood, Manager of Communications, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety | Tel: 905/572-2981, Ext. 4408 | Email: |

Plan to attend Forum '07 - Sept 17-18th in Vancouver, BC


"We're a nation of sleepy workers" say UK occupational health specialists

Finding it hard to stay awake at work today? Want to drop off at your desk for a quick ten minute snooze? Well you're not alone. As many as one in 20 people in Britain struggle to stay awake during the day and their desire to nod off is costing the nation approximately £68billion a year.

At the Annual Scientific Meeting, which has been organised by the Society of Occupational Medicine, sleep specialists Alison Proctor and Catherine Billings told delegates that reports of tiredness at work was on the increase.

"Britain has been very slow in spotting the signs of sleep deprivation" said Alison Proctor. "But we need to recognise that this is a serious problem that has a significant impact on the lives of millions of people."

Ms Proctor highlighted obesity as a major factor to this growing trend. She added, "Sleep deprivation is caused by a lack of air entering the lungs, resulting in disturbed activity during the night. When a person is obese, it is harder for air to enter the lungs sufficiently, although people who are not obese can suffer from severe tiredness too."

The two specialists who work for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust said sleep deprivation is alarmingly most likely to affect bus, lorry and train drivers, because of the sedentary role they have. "20 per cent of all road traffic accidents are caused by sleepy drivers," said Catherine Billings. "We need to make sure that all drivers are properly assessed and are getting the eight hours sleep that's required for the body to function well."

Ms Billings added that people who worked shift patterns or highly pressurised jobs were also referred to them for help.

On average, a person needs 6.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep a night in order to function properly. A good night's sleep is essential to maintaining a good mood, performance and memory.

To find out how well you sleep, keep a sleep diary for two weeks and record the time you go to bed, how long it takes for you to fall asleep and whether you are woken up by anything during the night. Anyone who believes they are sleep deprived should visit their GP for advice.

Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM): The Society has been registered as a charity since its inception and is concerned with the protection of the health of people at work and extends its interest to environmental issues associated with work products and processes. Although the Society does not provide a clinical occupational health service, it seeks to prevent the occurrence of occupational disease and injury across the whole of industry. It also stimulates research and education in occupational medicine and maintains a close relationship with government departments and other agencies in the health and safety field.

National Meetings: Every summer an Annual Scientific meeting is arranged and hosted by each of the regional groups in turn, and national one-day meetings are held in London in the spring and autumn, the latter including the Society's Annual General Meeting. The Yorkshire Group of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) staged the SOM Annual Scientific Meeting at York Racecourse from 2nd - 5th July 2007.

More News from Korea

Safety education CD for migrant workers to be distributed this month - KOSHA developing animation movie dubbed in 10 languages

In response to the increasing number of migrant workers in Korea, KOSHA is set to distribute this month an educational CD on industrial accident prevention, an issue that has captured the attention of society.

KOSHA (president: Kil-sang Park) announced on 12 June that it would distribute the animation movie CD of major industrial accident cases and prevention measures to enhance awareness of migrant workers on industrial safety and health.

The CDs are dubbed and subtitled in 10 languages including Chinese, Pakistani, and Vietnamese to give a better understanding to foreign workers. The movie focuses mainly on accident cases that frequently occur in the manufacturing and construction sites such as fall, jammed, electric shock, and collapse.

KOSHA is planning to distribute the CDs to 150 organizations including 47 NGOs supporting migrant workers, MOL, foreign embassies in Korea, Foreigner Employment Organization, regional offices of KOSHA, and training center.

The movie will be also available on the agency's website "WISH" so that any company can watch and use it easily. According to the data released by the Ministry of Justice, the number of migrant workers in Korea has increased by 50,000 from 340,000 in 2005 to 390,000 in Jun. 2006. At least 7,900 migrant workers fell victim to industrial accidents, with 227 of them dying for the last 3 years.

News from Europe

A single database for all EU-related terminology (InterActiveTerminology for Europe) in 23 languages is now open to the public.

A one-stop shop for EU-related terminology has been officially opened to the general public in a ceremony organised by the European Parliament and the European Commission. The InterActive Terminology for Europe database, more familiarly referred to as IATE, combines the terminology databases of the individual EU institutions and bodies in a single database containing 8.7 million terms and covering all 23 official EU languages. IATE, which has been in use by the translation services of the EU institutions since 2005, already plays a major role in ensuring the quality of the written communication of the EU institutions and bodies. Offering easy access to validated EU-related terminology, it ensures the consistency and reliability of terminology which is indispensable for producing the clear and unambiguous texts necessary for guaranteeing both the validity and transparency of the legislative process and effective communication with the citizens of the Union.

Opening statements at the ceremony, attended by representatives of the EU institutions and language professionals from outside the institutions, were made by Commissioner Orban and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Miguel Ángel Martínez Martínez.

"The development of IATE is the laudable result of successful interinstitutional co-operation. It also lives up to the expectations of cost-effective use of resources, and shows the EU institutions working for Europe's citizens," said the European Commissioner for Multilingualism, Leonard Orban.

Vice President Martínez Martínez referred to the opening of IATE to the public as being a "tangible expression of the institutions' genuine commitment to full multilingualism", essential in ensuring the openness and transparency of the European process.

The potential usefulness of IATE for a much wider public than the translation services of the EU institutions was identified right from the start. In offering free access to IATE to all EU citizens, the institutions are placing this unique and unparalleled tool at the disposal of anyone who wishes to take advantage of it - not only language professionals outside the institutions, including freelance translators, researchers, and language students, but also national parliaments and administrations involved in the transposition of EU legislation into national law and the dissemination of information on the EU.

As a multilingual term base, IATE enables the user to search for a specific term in a source language and to find the corresponding terms in one or more selected target languages .At present, it contains not only 8.7 million terms, but also 500 000 abbreviations and 100 000 phrases and covers all 23 official EU languages. The content volume per language varies, depending primarily on the length of time each language has been an official EU language. The long term objective is to reach the same content value for all official languages.

Two particular features distinguish IATE from its predecessors, EURODICAUTOM, EUTERPE and TIS. Firstly, it is interactive: any translator in an EU institution can add and update information in the database. To ensure the quality of the individual contributions, a change in the database automatically launches a validation cycle, whereby terminologists in the translation departments validate new and modified information. Secondly, IATE is interinstitutional. The partners contributing to the development and maintenance of IATE are the European Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions the European Investment Bank, the European Central Bank and the Translation Centre.

The overall development costs of the database from 1999 to 2003 were €1.41 million. The annual maintenance costs for 2007 are €627 000. These costs are covered by the budgets of all the participating institutions and bodies of the EU.

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OSHE Web sites to explore

European Commission: DAPHNE Programme violence against children, young people and women   BELGIUM

European Commission's DAPHNE programme to combat violence against children, young people and women and to protect victims and groups at risk, has been extended until 2013. Daphne III was formally adopted as Decision 779/2007/EC and entered into force on 4 July 2007. See also Official Journal L173, 3 July 2007.

European Commission: Green paper on climate change   BELGIUM

The European Commission's Green Paper 'Adapting to climate change in Europe - options for EU action' (COM (2007) 354) (SEC(2007)849 has now been published. It looks at the role of the European Union (EU), Member States, regional and local authorities, it "examines climate change impacts in Europe, the case for action and policy responses in the EU." It also considers the "external dimension" and "the opportunity for the EU to provide international leadership in this area."

European Commission: European Health and Safety Strategy   BELGIUM

The European Council has adopted a Resolution on the new Community strategy on health and safety at work (2007-2012).

Inspection   SWITZERLAND

International Association of Labour Inspection is a non-governmental international organisation recognised by the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1972 in order to provide a professional forum for the exchange of information and experience about the work of Labour inspection and to promote closer cooperation between authorities and institutions concerned with such work. Disseminates information through its congress, symposia and workshops in collaboration with the national government of the country in which they take place.

Senior Labour Inspectors Committee SLIC European inspection and communication campaign on Manual Handling of Loads   LUXEMBOURG

The European Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) campaign Manual Handling of Loads in Europe 2007 in transport and care. This inspection and communications campaign was initiated by the SLIC ties in line with the EU strategy. The project was developed in 2005-2006 and implemented in 2007.The project and accompanying products will help to achieve a more uniform implementation of the 1990 EU Directive (90/269/EEC), which sets down the safety and health provisions


Health and Safety Executive: REACH   UK

UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) web pages on REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals, the new European system for regulating chemical safety, will affect most businesses in Europe in one way or another, even those who would normally not consider themselves involved in chemical regulation.

Trades Union Congress TUC Safety and Migrant workers   UK

Trades Union Congress TUC have published "Safety and Migrant workers: a practical guide for safety representatives" that gives advice on how they can work with migrant workers to help ensure their health and safety is protected. The guide can be downloaded: Safety & Migrant Workers: A practical guide for safety representatives (PDF).

Diary of Events

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19 September 2007 - OSH Networks at work - Network meets network
Dusseldorf, Germany
Contact: BASI | Email:

7-10 October 2007 - EUROTOX 2007
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contact: European Societies of Toxicology | Tel: +31 20 679 3411 |

10-11 October 2007 - The Food and Drink Manufacture Health and Safety Forum 2007 Occupational Health and Safety in the Food Industry conference
Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA), Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire, UK
Contact: Training Department, Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (CCFRA), Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire, UK | Tel: +44 (0)1386 842 104 | Email: | for the agenda.

10 October 2007 - New EurOHSE Workshops organised by Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd and Angel Business Communications Ltd
Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London, UK
Contact: Angel Business Communications Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)24 76 718970 | Email:

12 October 2007 - 44th NISO Annual Health and Safety Conference 2007 and Exhibition
Great Southern Hotel, Killarney, Ireland
Contact: National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO), A11 Calmount Park, Dublin, Ireland | Tel: +353 1 465 9760 | Fax: +353 1 465 9765 | Email: |

7-9 November 2007 - Principles of standardization work in occupational health and safety
Dresden, Germany
Contact: Dr Hanna Zieschang, BG Institute Work and Health (BGAG) | Tel:+ 49 351 457 1610 | Email: |

10 November 2007 - UK National Work Stress Network's Conference
Hillcourt Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK

13-16 November 2007 - Safety of industrial automated systems (SIAS)
Tokyo, Japan
Contact: SIAS | Tel: +81 6 6202 0224 |


2-3 April 2008 - Cooperation for Waste Issues - The 5th International Conference on Solid waste, Sewage and Air emissions management
Kharkiv, Ukraine
Contact: Ms Iryna Popova, Director of EcoInformm P.O.B. 81, Kharkiv, 61052, Ukraine | Tel/fax +38 (057) 712-11-05 | Email: |

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

Also 2007 CIS Annual Meeting also in Dusseldorf, Germany