CIS Newsletter

No. 263
August 2011

CIS Newsletter celebrates 23 years & still going strong!
Bringing news from Members to Members in over 154 countries in the CIS Network!

The CIS Newsletter is a monthly newsletter for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) International Occupational Health and Safety Information Centres and is edited by Sheila Pantry OBE from the UK. The CIS Newsletter is NOT an official publication of the ILO but a newsletter containing information from Members in CIS Centres and other sources and is intended to be shared by anyone who finds the data contained useful. Users are free to use and reuse the data in these newsletters.


  1. Editorial
  2. ILO news including CIS Annual Meeting
  3. Latest on the ILO Encyclopaedia
  5. News, Events and ideas from around the World from Canada, China, Denmark, Europe, Finland, Germany, Ghana, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and USA to name a few!
  6. Did you know?
  7. OSHE websites to explore
  8. Diary of Events

CIS Members' links:


Dear Colleagues

Next month - September 2011 will find some CIS Members in Istanbul, Turkey at the CIS Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday 11 September 2011 prior to the opening of the World Congress. Those going should look for inspiration as they listen to news from other countries.

As always many thanks to all who have sent in news for the CIS Newsletter which contains a roundup of information received from many parts of the OSH World.

Please continue to send your News - whatever you are planning - any publications, conferences, seminars or training courses, then please send the details to me so that we can share your efforts with others. Don't forget to send me your latest news! It is amazing how much the CIS Newsletter content gets re-used around the world.

Remember that whilst there is so much occupational safety and health information around the world not all will be trustworthy. Make sure that any information that you use is validated and authoritative and up-to-date.

Will you be Surviving by the end of 2011?... perhaps you will if you make efforts in 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

Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd,
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News from CIS HQ

1. CIS Annual Meeting on 11 September 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey, from 09.30 - 15.30 with short breaks for refreshments

There is still time to register for the annual meeting - you should have had an invitation from CIS HQ. Already there are 43 delegates - mainly from developing countries. Countries already registered include Angola, Botswana, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Kenya, Macedonia, Poland, Zambia.

Contact: Marie-Josée Charliot, CIS Centres Secretariat | Email: and Annick Virot | Email:

Morning Session Agenda


Opening (Assane Diop)


Election of a Chairperson


Adoption of the agenda


Adoption of the Report of the 2010 Meeting


Presentation on the SafeWork activities in 2010 and on future plans (Seiji Machida)


Report on CIS activities and accomplishments since the 2010 Meeting (Roman Litvyakov)


Coffee break


Development of CIS information Resources and the CIS web site - Questions and Answers (Roman Litvyakov)


Report on the activities of the CIS Centres Network since the 2010 Meeting - Questions and Answers (Annick Virot)


Report on the 2011 World Day for Safety and Health at Work (Annick Virot)


Lunch break


Introduction of Reports received from CIS Centres (Annick Virot)

Afternoon Session Agenda


Two group discussions on a new vision for CIS:

  • One group to reflect on the updating of the ILO Encyclopaedia;
  • One group to reflect on the sharing of good practices.


General discussion of current issues and future trends affecting the CIS Centres network



2. CIS Centres Annual Reports

Let the World know what you have achieved this past year!

You are encouraged to send your 2010-2011 annual report electronically to Geneva.

Even if you are NOT going to the CIS Meeting in Turkey Annick would still like to receive your latest report please! Please send electronically to Annick Virot

3. CIS HQ Posts being advertised

The Advert for the replacement person for Gabor Sandi's post will be advertised on the ILO website at the end of August 2011 see web page Employment Opportunities at the ILO:

It is expected that the person appointed will be announced in December 2011 and that the new appointee will start work in CIS HQ in 2012.

Likewise a CIS Technical Post advert will also be advertised. See the same website.

4. CISDOC database

The new electronic version of the CIS Database will be demonstrated at CIS Annual Meeting as well as showing how Members can contribute by sending in electronically their abstracts of new documents. Members are encouraged to do this to help CISDOC grow (currently CISDOC contains just over 71,000 records)

CIOP - Poland's CIS Centre is going to be the first Pilot National Centre to send in their data this way. If you are keen to send in your data regarding your new publications as a pilot centre then contact Roman Lityakov who will be delighted to hear from you and issue you with guidelines and a password.

5. CIS web site

Work continues on what will be the "new look CIS website". The new website will be a combined Safework/CIS website. A totally new concept is being worked out. Keep checking!

News from CIS HQ

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Don't forget to continuously promote CIS and the Network!

Do add the CIS logo on the front page of your website would be a good first start. (Checked recently and only a few CIS Centres websites have the logo or links to CIS website).

Please do add the CIS logo on all your publications.

Any views you have on CIS and its work please send into CIS HQ - to Roman Litvyakov and Seiji Machida

News from Jeanne Stellman, Editor of the ILO Encyclopaedia and Lauren Anderson, Development Manager

The Good News continues...

Jeanne and her Team thank the Beta Testers for taking the time to test the Encyclopaedia website... And says...

We estimate that it will take us several more weeks to get all the tables and figures linked, the huge Chemicals chapter uploaded and linked and the various changes and fixes we have outlined implemented.

We were heartened by comments and suggestions and are also now getting the first chapter revisions underway. Those of you who are involved in the revisions will hear from us in separate mailings. We are in the last stages of preparing the Wiki editing system and the management database operational so that the massive editing process can proceed smoothly.

Very best regards. I know we will be in touch as we prepare to launch the online Encyclopaedia OSH portal. Jeanne Stellman, July 2011

NB There will be a presentation on the Encyclopaedia at the CIS Meeting by Roman Lityakov followed by a video demonstration from Jeanne's team.

Beta-Test Report: ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety

In late June and early July the website team conducted a beta-test of the website for the online edition of the Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety. We created an online survey using Survey Monkey. Thirteen people from the ILO and other national governmental organizations and independent consultants, representing a range of potential users, filled out the form. In addition, several other people reviewed the website before the survey came online and transmitted their reactions to the site and suggestions.

The results of the beta-test were very helpful and the overall response was extremely positive. The site was found to be visually appealing and easily navigable. Reviewers were enthusiastic about the additional resources that are to the online edition. The primary issues/questions raised by the reviewers and the "fixes" we are proposing are listed below.

Navigation Bar: A number of reviewers really disliked the floating navigation bar - and several reviewers really liked it.
Response: The purpose of the navigation bar is to help users figure out where they are in the large and complicated Encyclopaedia, and easily return to another level. The bounce arises from a time lag when it appears on the screen while the user is navigating. It is not designed to bounce - it just looks like it. We are investigating whether the time lag can be eliminated by changes in the programming language. If this isn't possible, we will remove the bar and try to figure out a substitute. We don't want to have a feature that is so actively disliked.
Search: The beta-test revealed that there is a 20-character default limit for the search. This is too small and we are expanding this to 70 characters. Some reviewers asked for an additional search box in the upper right corner of the menu bar.
Response: These are good ideas and necessary fixes and we will follow-up.
Tutorials/FAQs: We are going to add a page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) so that people who don't want to view the tutorial or who have other questions can try to find an answer here.
Response: We will expand the Search Tips to emphasize that each search opens a window or tab, depending on the browser. Users will need to get used to closing windows/tabs that aren't needed. A search tab in the menu will allow a user to do another search without navigating back to the home page.
Periodicals Page: People liked access to the current tables of contents of the major journals. However, navigating isn't as easy as it could be: "once you are already far down in the list rather than scrolling. This will become more important as the list gets longer and more filled out."
Response: This observation is correct. We propose to fix the situation by removing the cover images from the original list. Without the images, the list will not be too long to navigate, so scrolling back to the top should not be a problem. We will repeat the alpha-list at the bottom of the page so that one doesn't necessarily have to return to the top of the page to select another search letter. We will also expand the list to be more comprehensive and international.
Organisations page: We had several excellent suggestions:
"Would it be useful to have a world map, from where you can find the OSH organisations in a certain country?"
Response: Yes - great idea. We will put a button to a page with the world map. The locations will have live links to the specific organizations.
"It would be nice and convenient to be able to jump around between letters - so once you've selected one organization, to be able to have the letter index right there to be able to jump to another letter rather than scrolling through the whole alphabet again (for people who know what they are looking for)."
Response: We are going to put together a "contents" page with links so that if you know the specific organization you can just click to it.
"Some of the logos (e.g. AIHA etc) are not crisp enough - apparently due to GIF resizing.
Response: Yes, we know. We didn't ask any of the organisations for their logos or information but just picked up the images and info from their websites. We intend to contact these organizations (and others we may have missed) and ask for hi-res images and also for them either to review or supply additional information/links that they would like to have featured on the page.
Video Tutorial: Most people really liked this - but it was not a universal opinion.
Response: We like the video and hope that for people who don't have patience the FAQs will be a good substitute. We will be translating the script into French and Spanish, and perhaps other languages, to assist people for whom English is not a mother tongue.

Other issues:

"I noted that special characters (Scandinavian, Spanish, etc) are only displayed as Cyrillic characters (I am working in ILO Russia). We experience this problem often, Roman Litvyakov is aware of it, I guess there is the same problem in the text sometimes"
Response: After we are up and running, we intend to explore ways in which we can link to the versions in other languages, as well as help the other language editions keep up with the revisions and the linkages.
"I understand this is an encyclopedia and that the contributors who have written the articles are experts, but I would like to see more sourcing so that readers have more ways to access specific information, for example in the Preventive Health Services article, more resources about the specifics of mobile health clinics, how they have been tested, what services they should offer, and what facilities they should include, and also a reference for the Finnish information about using them for epidemiologic study. I could see this as a particular area where a reader might want to delve more deeply but there are no resources to guide them."
Response: The resources sections will be greatly expanded as we move forward. We see this as a joint effort between chapter editors, article authors and the Encyclopaedia staff. We assembled the resources quickly for the purpose of the beta-test, to test functionality, not to illustrate complete coverage. We view this as a major important feature of the Encyclopaedia website and take this reviewer's comments very seriously.
PDFs and e-mail not working
Response: This was important to find. It turns out that the PDF function (which is built into the Joomla content management system) doesn't always render articles with big figures correctly. It worked for the articles we tested - but the beta-test found the problem. THANKS! We are having our designers modify the PDF module to cope with the image-intensive and table-intensive articles.
Resources page: "On the resources page, when you click on a resource, it may be good to have a new browser or tab open so that the Encyclopedia page remains. (This does occur when you're on a chapter and click on the resource page, a new browser opens up just for resources so that you still have access to your chapter and don't have to click the back button)"
Response: Another good suggestion that we will investigate.
Social networking: "Instead of having a link to MySpace, which is generally used for usic/entertainment, maybe have Twitter..."
Response: The links that were in the beta-site should have been removed. We have NOT made decisions about how to exploit the social networking possibilities of the website. This will be a policy decision by the ILO. We definitely want to figure out the most effective way for people with similar interests to be able to communicate and to use the website as an organizing tool - but the decision on how this can be done will be the subject of discussion with users, with the Encyclopaedia external advisors and with ILO staff.

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News from around the World

News from Macedonia

Condolences of the Macedonian Occupational Safety and Health Association to the Norwegian People

Macedonian Occupational Safety and Health Association

Although in these difficult moments of national mourning there are no words that can reduce the pain, still, as our people say: "Shared grief is lessen grief" and therefore let us in the name of all members of the Macedonian Occupational Safety and Health Association express our deepest compassion with the Norwegian people.

Our pain deepens even more with the fact that the Norwegian people are proven friend and supporter of the Macedonian Occupational Safety and Health Association.

At this troubled times, our thoughts and prayers are with Norway.

News from Korea

New President of KOSHA appointed by Korea Government

The Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) appointed the 12th President of Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA).

The newly appointed President Mr. Baek, Hun Ki is an expert in economics and labor affairs. From June 2005 to February 2011, President Baek has served as the General Secretary of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU). His previous posts include Chairman of the Federation of Korea United Worker's Unions, and a committee member in Central Labor Committee and Tripartite Commission of Labor, Management and Government.

President Baek took office on July 15, 2011 as follows and his term is for three years.

Inaugural ceremony

Inaugural ceremony

Contact: DongChan Kim, Senior Manager, International Cooperation Center, Secretariat for the Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work, KOSHA, 478, Munemi-ro Bupyeong-gu, inchon 403-711, Republic of Korea | Tel: +82-32-5100-742 | Fax: +82-32-502-7199 | E-mail: or

More news from Korea

Building a new global prevention culture network - Join the newly establishing International Section of the ISSA on Prevention Culture!

The Secretariat of Prevention Culture Section, Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA), is recruiting its member organizations that will join to work together for promotion of the prevention culture worldwide.

The Section is officially created with approval of the Bureau of International Social Security Association (ISSA) in June 2011 and plans to host its founding general assembly just after its back to back Symposium on the implementation of the Seoul Declaration on 12 September 2011 in the occasion of the 19th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Istanbul, Turkey.

I. Objectives

The International Section on Prevention Culture is a non-profit international organization. The objectives of this Section are:

II. Main Activities

The Section will take all possible means of action, and in particular:

III. Who can join?

The following may become members:

IV. Benefit for Member

For further information and the membership application form, please contact: Gye Wan BAE, Secretary General, International Cooperation Center, KOSHA | | Tel: +82 32 5100 520

News from Canada

E-course Provides Tips to Prevent, Eliminate and Reduce Workplace Stress

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed a new e-course to provide workers, supervisors and managers with tools needed to prevent, eliminate and reduce workplace stress.

"Work stress has a high cost for individuals, organizations, and for society. It can harm workers' psychological and physical health, as well as the organizations' effectiveness and success," says Dr. P. K. Abeytunga, CCOHS Vice President and Director General. "It is not only important to identify stress problems and deal with them, but also to promote healthy work and improve the quality of working life."

Stress in the Workplace provides an introduction to the issue of stress in the workplace, including what workplace stress is, its causes and negative impacts. This e-course will provide participants with the knowledge of how to identify signs of workplace stress, as well as measures to prevent, eliminate or reduce stress in the workplace.

Topics will include:

All e-courses by CCOHS are available in English and French. They are developed by experts in the field and representatives from labour, business and government have ensured the content and approach are unbiased, credible and technically accurate. Those who score at least 80% on the final exam earn a certificate of completion. Case studies, quizzes, and an "ask a question" option are also featured.

For more information on Stress in the Workplace, in any of its language formats, please visit the CCOHS website.

For Further Information, contact:

News from Denmark

Denmark becomes the third EU member state, after Spain and Bulgaria, to ratify the landmark Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

The Director of the International Labour Standards Department, Ms Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, received today the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) from Ambassador Steffen Smidt, Permanent representative of Denmark to the United Nations. Denmark becomes the third EU member state, after Spain and Bulgaria, to ratify the landmark Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

In receiving the instrument of ratification, Ms Doumbia-Henry stated: "The ratification of the MLC, 2006, by Denmark reflect the country's long standing attachment to ILO's principles and values and its commitment to secure decent working and living conditions for the seafarers employed on board its ships. In ratifying the MLC, 2006, Denmark becomes the third EU member State to implement the EU Council Decision of 2007 authorizing member States to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 in the interest of the European Community. This ratification sends a strong message to the remaining 24 EU members to come on board to enable the world's seafarers to benefit from this Bill of Rights and shipowners from a level-playing field."

In depositing the instrument, Ambassador Steffen Smidt stated: "Decent working conditions for seafarers and fair competition for shipowners are very important for the truly global industry that shipping constitutes. We hope that many other countries will be able to ratify this Convention as soon as possible and thus enable the Convention to promote the proper quality conditions for shipping worldwide. This would benefit seafarers and shipowners, not only in our own shipping industry, but worldwide."

Denmark has a long-standing maritime tradition and the shipping industry is one of the most flourishing sectors of the national economy. Denmark ranks 17th among the flag States with the largest registered tonnage, has 615 vessels with total tonnage of 11.8 million gross tons registered under its flag engaged in international trade, thus constituting 1.2 per cent of the world merchant fleet.

With the ratification of the MLC, 2006 by Denmark, 16 ILO member States, representing over 53 per cent of the world gross tonnage of ships, are now parties to this important Convention, which sets out minimum standards and fair working conditions for seafarers worldwide. It is expected that the additional 14 ratifications will be obtained before the end of this year making it possible for the MLC, 2006 to enter into force in 2012.

News from Europe

European Commission consults on improving Air Quality

With up to 49% of Europeans living in areas where EU air quality objectives are still not met, air pollution is one of the main environmental worries facing EU citizens.

Now, as part of a comprehensive review of Europe's air policies intended to set new long-term objectives beyond 2020, the European Commission is launching a public consultation on its current policy in this area. For the next twelve weeks, views are being sought on the strengths and weaknesses of the existing legislative framework and progress on its implementation. This web-based consultation is part of a broader process of reflection that will feed into a review due no later than 2013.

The public consultation invites all interested parties to share their views on the best way to improve the EU's air quality legislation. It is divided into two parts - a short questionnaire for the general public and a longer section for experts and practitioners from national administrations, regional or local authorities, researchers, businesses, stakeholders, health, environmental and other groups involved in the implementation of EU air quality legislation.

This is the start of a broad consultation process as announced by the Commission in January 2011. The Commission will continue its preparatory work and carry out another round of public consultations before presenting ideas on the future of EU air policy by 2013 at the latest.

The consultation can be found at:

New European Campaign launched on Healthy Skin at Work

The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) has launched a pan-European Healthy Skin@Work campaign, which seeks to raise public and political awareness on the challenges of occupational skin diseases at European and national level.

It aims at creating a dermatological prevention service system that interlocks and builds upon each other for the benefit of exposed individuals in high risk work environments throughout the EU. The ongoing campaign is supported by national sub-campaigns in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany and Romania. This year, the national campaigns are being replicated and joined by additional ones in Denmark, Austria and Slovenia.

One important objective of the campaign was achieved in September 2010 through the adoption of the European framework agreement on the prevention of health risks in the hairdressing sector, also referred to the Declaration of Dresden (DoD) by the social partners of the EU Commission´s Social Dialogue. The DoD is the main outcome of the EU-funded SafeHair project and is an EADV-scientifically-guided voluntary consensus reached amongst all stakeholders (European hairdressers´ employers´ and workers´ associations, suppliers and safety engineers) on the importance of prevention and of implementing respective measures in the hairdressing trade. It is a unique tool in terms of providing practical recommendations for the implementation of prevention standards pertaining to a number of complementary spheres of action.

The EADV-campaign is scientifically guided by the European Initiative for the Prevention of Occupational Skin Diseases (EPOS), which is a network of 79 experts from more than 50 dermatological centres in 24 European countries under the umbrella of the EADV.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), occupational skin diseases (OSD) are the leading cause of occupational illnesses as they represent up to 27 per cent of all diseases worldwide. OSD can affect workers in almost all sectors and occupations.

In Europe, they are considered to be the second most common work-related health problem and one of the most important emerging risks related to the exposure to chemical, physical and biological risk factors. In the context of increased exposure to solar UV radiation, occupational non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is becoming a rising problem. OSD cost up to €5 billion per year due to loss of productivity and cause extensive suffering for workers as it can result in detrimental socioeconomic and psychological consequences, including job loss and long-term unemployment.

For more details on the campaign and on how to support it, please contact:

News from Finland

A NIVA-course on Bullying and Harassment at Work (6108)

4-9 September 2012 at the Radisson Blue Saga Hotel, Reykjavik, Iceland

Registration fee: 550 EUR (includes course material), deadline for registration 22 July.

Registration and more information (including programme):

Contact: Mia Latta, Director, PhD, Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health (NIVA), Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A FI-00250 Helsinki, Finland | Tel: +358-(0)30-474 2499 | Mobile: +358-(0)46 851 3993 | Fax:+358-(0)30-474 2497 |

NIVA is an institute funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Nordic Co-operation funds about fifteen institutes throughout the region.

News from Germany

A+ A trade fair which will take place in Düsseldorf from 18-21 October 2011
Protective measures for the hands - At A+A 2011 manufacturers present solutions for the most diverse purposes

"I've got a good grip on that" is a statement which today is mostly used figuratively. But it clearly shows how important it is not to let things get out of hand. Unfortunately, people still lose their grip while performing dangerous work and accidents happen. Of all the injuries reported to the German social accident insurance DGUV, at 30 percent hand injuries are the most frequent. With approximately 1,500 exhibitors from 60 countries and more than 55,000 professionals visiting the leading international trade fair for safety, security and health at work, A+A 2011 in Düsseldorf (18 to 21 October) provides a complete market overview of current product trends and hand protection solutions for various purposes.

Employers must draw up company directives which, among other things, set out the type of gloves, duration of use, types of use, storage conditions and method of cleaning as well as any restrictions in use. In addition, based on the directives employees must be instructed on the characteristics and handling of the gloves at least once a year.

Mechanical hand protection

There are companies such as Ansell Health Care Europe, headquartered in Brussels, that manufacture protective handwear for virtually any area of use. Others, such as Mapa in Zeven and COMASEC in Neuenkirchen, have a broad range but originally started with chemical protection. August Penkert in Mühlheim/Ruhr is best-known for leather gloves.

For more information on A+A 2011, the exhibitors and their products (e.g. relating to hand protection), visit:

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Press and Public Relations A+A 2011, Martin-Ulf Koch/ Larissa Browa (Assistant) | Tel: +49 (0)211-4560-444 | Fax: +49 (0)211-4560-8548 | Email:

UK Contact: Paul Evans | Tel: 01442 288281 | Fax: 01442 230012 | Email:

News from Spain

Governing board nominates Christa Sedlatschek as next Agency Director

Christa Sedlatschek

The Governing Board of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has selected Christa Sedlatschek as its candidate to be the Agency's next director.

Following an open competition, the Agency's board, meeting in Brussels on Wednesday 29th June 2011, selected Dr Sedlatschek from a short-list of candidates drawn up by the European Commission. She will now be invited to the European Parliament for an exchange of views with members of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on the 13th July.

Dr Sedlatschek is currently Head of Initiatives, Programmes, Transfer and Network Management and Director of the Initiative for a New Quality of Work ( at the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA). She has previously worked at EU-OSHA as Head of the Working Environment Unit.

On behalf of the CIS Network I wish Dr Sedlatschek every success in her new appointment.
Sheila Pantry OBE, CIS Newsletter Editor

News from Turkey

The Congress Secretariat says...

We would be delighted to meet you at XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, 11 - 15 September 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Please find attached file and check the newsletter out. We look forward to see you in Istanbul.

For details of the programme etc.:

News from the UK

Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico

The Health and Safety Executive's Offshore Division is monitoring the situation in the Gulf of Mexico following the fatal explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in April 2010.

British regulators are in contact with their counterparts in the United States - the Minerals Management Service (MMS) - to understand the cause of the incident and whether there are implications for safety at offshore operations on the UK continental shelf.

The Deepwater Horizon was drilling in a water depth of 5000 ft with the oil reservoir at 18000 ft.

There are some similar deepwater wells in the UK. A safety case regime exists with specific safeguards including:

HSE is a member of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group (OSPRAG) and two of its specialist review groups: Technical (covering Well Engineering, Operations and Control) and European Issues. OSPRAG's safety remit is to monitor and review information from the Deep Water Horizon incident to facilitate the implementation of pertinent recommendations on the UK Continental Shelf. HSE is working alongside other members to review emerging findings and benchmark relevant aspects of well design, examination and control. Following publication of the OSPRAG Technical Review Group Interim Report, HSE has written to all offshore duty holders to ensure that the lessons from Deepwater Horizon are being fully considered by the UK industry.

HSE has formed an internal Deepwater Horizon Review Group which aims to review the findings from the investigations into the Deepwater Horizon incident and the Montara blowout: to share information which is relevant to the work of HSE; and to make recommendations as necessary with regard to the control of wells and the safety of the exploitation of offshore oil and gas in the UK. The group's responsibilities include the following actions:


News from the USA

Dear Colleague:

The July issue of LIFELINES ONLINE (Vol. VIII, 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 USA

NIOSH E-News letter July 2011

This newsletter is published monthly via email by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to inform members of the public health community as well as interested members of the general public of Institute related news, new publications, and updates on existing programs and initiatives.

For the latest edition see:

News from the USA

US offer Online Programmes in Occupational Health and Hygiene approved by OHTA and for CME credit

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA Online Occupational Hygiene Programme is approved by the US Occupational Hygiene Training Association!

UIC is now recognized as an "approved training provider" by the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA, UIC is currently the ONLY training provider that offers OHTA modules online. Participants will have the chance to complete five to seven OHTA training modules and major parts of their personal learning portfolio for the "Intermediate Level" OHTA Certification. For more information see

Also the UIC Online Occupational Health Programme is approved for CME Credit!

Participants in medical professions will receive 130 hours of Continuous Medical Education credit (CME) from the American Medical Association AMA (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM) for the successful completion of Course "Foundations of Occupational Safety, Health and Hygiene Practice" of the UIC Online "Occupational Health Program". CME Applications for Course II and III are in preparation.

Both are training programmes for professionals worldwide who work in occupational safety, health and hygiene (OSHH) without formal training.

Both programmes start September 2011 and go on until May 2012. They can count against the future MPH program in Environmental & Occupational Health at UIC that is planned to start in 2012. For more information see

For enrolment see updates at and find testimonials at

For questions, please contact:

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA

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Did you know...? That the ILO Conference celebrates the 100th Anniversary in 2011

In October of 1919, the first International Labour Conference (ILC) opened in an atmosphere of hope and anticipation. As delegates gathered in Washington, D.C., USA they were about to set in motion elements of the Treaty of Versailles that concerned the world of work. By the end of the Conference on 29 November - a full month later - six Conventions, six Recommendations and 19 resolutions had been adopted.

But the Conference not only adopts international labour standards, it also sets the broad policies of the ILO. A good example is the Global Jobs Pact adopted by the ILC 90 years after its first session in 1919. Following the global economic and financial crisis, the Global Jobs Pact proposes a wide range of response measures that countries can adapt to their specific needs and situation.

Today, the International Labour Conference meets once a year in June, in Geneva, Switzerland. Occasionally, the ILO prepares special Maritime Sessions of the International Labour Conference - since 1919, ten of these sessions have been held. This is why we are already heading for the 100th Session of the annual Conference this year 2011 - well ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Organization.

In this world parliament of labour, each ILO Member State is represented by a delegation consisting of two government delegates, an employer delegate, a worker delegate, and their respective advisers. Many of the government representatives are cabinet ministers responsible for labour affairs in their own countries. Employer and worker delegates are nominated in agreement with the most representative national organizations of the social partners.

Worker and employer delegates to the Conference often challenge political convenience and the views of ministries, adding the perspectives of enterprises and workers' rights to government priorities. Every delegate has the same rights, and all can express themselves freely and vote as they wish. Worker and employer delegates may sometimes vote against their government's representatives or against each other. This diversity of viewpoints, however, does not prevent decisions being adopted by very large majorities or in some cases even unanimously.

See The World of Work: the Magazine of the ILO, No. 71, April 2011

News from Turkey

Don't forget these dates!

11-15 September 2011 - XIXth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work that will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. This organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security
Information: (Venue) Haliç Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey | Phone: (+90) 312 215 80 86 | Fax: (+90) 312 215 50 27 | Email: |

There is also on 11-15 September 2011 - Participation at the International Film and Multimedia Festival on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) will take place during the XIX World Congress on OSH in Istanbul
Contact: Veronique De Broeck, Secretary General, ISSA, Information Section, Prevent, Gachardstraat 88, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium | Tel: +32 2 643 44 92 | Fax: +32 2 643 44 40 | Email: |

OSHE web sites to explore...

We look at websites in different parts of the world that are offering quality information. This month we look at a variety of websites from the USA.

Also look in for hundreds of links to authoritative and validated web sites... constantly updated.

This collection of authoritative and validated organisations' websites are listed first alphabetically under country name and then alphabetically under the first word of the organisation. The subject index expands the information of these websites, especially where there are many important sources of information which may not be apparent from a first look at a particular web site.

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National Technical Information Service (NTIS)   USA

National Technical Information Service Central source for scientific, technical and business-related US Government information. Details a wide range of information including health, environment and military publications, all of which is produced by or for the US Government. Variety of formats including, paper, audiovisual, microfiche, diskette, CD-ROM and online.

National Wildland   USA

National Wildland Urban Interface Fire Protection Programme FireWise contains publications, events, forum, links, videos etc.

News and Commentary on Workplace Health and Safety   USA

News and Commentary compiled Jordan Barab and covers a wide range of topics from worldwide sources.

Noise Pollution Clearinghouse   USA

Noise Pollution Clearinghouse is a national non-profit organisation offering extensive noise related resources. It aims to raise awareness, create, collect and distribute information and resources regarding noise pollution, as well as establishing networks amongst the various groups working on these topics.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Radiation Protection   USA

Nuclear Regulatory Commission website advice and guidance on radiation protection. NRC's primary mission is to protect public health and safety, and the environment from the effects of radiation from nuclear reactors, materials, and waste facilities. This section of the NRC's web site discusses the sources of different types of radiation, its effects, and its regulation.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration extensive collection of regulations, technical documents, guidelines, protocols and other items related to safety and health. Offers information on their training programs, technical information, standards and related documents, and OSHA's Computerised Information System OCIS.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Anthrax Collection   USA

US Occupational Safety and Health Administration web pages gives details of anthrax in the workplace, risk reduction matrix, workplace risk pyramid and further guidance.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Anthrax in the Workplace Risk Reduction Matrix   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Anthrax in the Workplace Risk Reduction Matrix has advice for employers in assessing risks, suggestions for protective equipment and safe work practices, and information relating to terrorism and the OSHA Anthrax E-Tool provides information on anthrax, including its potential impact on the workforce, and development and implementation of emergency action plans.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Asbestos Collection   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration asbestos collection of information includes Recognition (standards), Evaluation, Control, and Compliance. Extensive site with very detailed information.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Construction Industry Collection   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Directorate of Construction lists or links to publications related to construction and provides listings/links to OSHA standards and information on more than 25 topics, including demolition and electrical. The main OSHA site, among other things, has an Information Card on Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training for Construction and also A Workers' Page details the right to a safe and healthful workplace under the 1970 OSH Act.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Ergonomics Collection   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Ergonomics Collection USA a wealth of information in its commitment to address musculoskeletal disorders through training enforcement and rulemaking.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration web site Safety and Health Topic ELF Radiation pages gives a range of publications and advice. There are also links to other validated sites.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Health and Safety Links   USA

Links from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration information to many other safety and health organisations and resources.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Hospitals First Receivers   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a new document to assist hospitals in safeguarding their employees who care for patients during mass casualty incidents. OSHA Best Practices for Hospital-Based Receivers of Victims from Mass Casualty Incidents Involving the Release of Hazardous Substances offers critical information to help hospitals develop and implement emergency management plans based on worst-case scenarios. Among the topics covered are victim decontamination, personal protective equipment, and employee training.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Indoor Air Quality Collection   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Indoor Air Quality Collection gives a good range of advice and guidance under headings such as "Recognition", "Evaluation", "Control" and "Compliance" with related technical links to formaldehyde, multiple chemical sensitivities and ventilation.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Laser and electrosurgery plume   USA

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration web site gives details on exposure to laser and electrosurgery plume and smoke which may affect surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and surgical technicians. Surgical plumes have contents similar to other smoke plumes, including carbon monoxide, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and a variety of toxic gases. Site gives recognition advice, control, compliance, OSHA standards and related links.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Legislation Collection   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration lists relevant legislation which can be accessed by going to "OSHA Regulations and Standards". There are links to information available from many other safety and health organisations and resources.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Noise and Hearing Conservation   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration web page designed to help prevent occupational hearing loss. The Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool is a joint product of OSHA's Alliance with the National Hearing Conservation Association. This new tool offers practical information to help eliminate hearing loss for millions of workers who are exposed to high noise levels on the job. Noise is one of the most common health problems in American workplaces. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that 30 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous noise. Exposure to high levels of noise may cause hearing loss, create physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, interfere with communication, and contribute to accidents and injuries by making it difficult to hear warning signals. The eTool features information on what is considered occupational noise and its potential health effects. It also provides detailed guidance on how to properly evaluate noise exposure and what constitutes an effective hearing conservation program. The site also references OSHA noise exposure standards and employer responsibilities. OSHA requires employers to determine if workers are exposed to excessive noise in the workplace. If so, the employers must implement feasible engineering or administrative controls to eliminate or reduce hazardous levels of noise. Where controls are not sufficient, employers must implement an effective hearing conservation program.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Noise Collection   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Noise Collection. Occupational induced hearing loss continues to be one of the leading occupational illnesses in the United States and Occupational Safety and Health Administration has drawn together a number of important documents under the headings - Recognition, Evaluation, Control, Compliance, Training and also links to NIOSH listing of relevant web sites and the Acoustical Society of American web site which publishes American National Standards Institute ANSI standards on acoustics. This site provides the full text of the OSHA Standard 1910.95 on noise exposure.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Personal Protective Equipment   USA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) personal protective equipment (PPE) web site to help reduce employees' exposures to hazards. Covers: recognition, control, compliance, training and related links to PPE for construction workers.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration   USA

US Occupational Safety and Health Administration collection of statistics.

Diary of Events

These events may inspire you to create similar training courses and conferences/seminars in your own country.

These are taken from the OSHWORLD Diary of Events see which is intended as a guide to the wide range of Health, Safety, Fire, Chemical, Environment events, conferences, seminars, training courses and other related activities worldwide. It is updated during the first week of the month, and includes validated Internet links to further information. If you cannot attend these events the organisers are usually willing to let you have papers and other information, if you contact them.

8-10 August 2011 - 3rd CCPS Latin American Process Safety Conference and Expo
Hilton Buenos Aires Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

9-12 August 2011 - 5th International Conference on Nanotechnology Occupational and Environmental Health
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Contact: Email |

15-19 August 2011 - Radiological Emergency Planning: Terrorism, Security, and Communication
Boston, MA, USA

29 August - 1 September 2011 - Jazzin' Up Safety in the Big Easy - 7th Annual National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

6-8 September 2011 - OSH Expo Africa 2011
Johannesburg, South Africa
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7-9 September 2011 - EPICOH 2011 - 22nd International Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health
Oxford, UK

11 September 2011 - CIS Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the - XIXth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
Istanbul, Turkey
Contact: CIS HQ, Roman A Litvyakov and Annick Virot

11-15 September 2011 - XIXth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
Istanbul, Turkey
Note: Organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and the Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security
Information: (Venue) Haliç Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey | Phone: (+90) 312 215 80 86 | Fax: (+90) 312 215 50 27 | Email: |

11-15 September 2011 - Participation at the International Film and Multimedia Festival on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) will take place during the XIX World Congress on OSH in Istanbul
Invitation to submit an entry has been extended to 28 February 2011

Istanbul, Turkey
Contact: Veronique De Broeck, Secretary General, ISSA, Information Section, Prevent, Gachardstraat 88, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium | Tel: +32 2 643 44 92 | Fax: +32 2 643 44 40 | Email: | You can use the online entry form at

14-16 September 2011 - 46th Congress of the French language Ergonomics Society (SELF): Theme Ergonomics at the crossroad of hazards
Paris, France
Contact: Email: |

15-16 September 2011 - HSE, Risk Management and Process Safety in Oil and Gas 2011
Houston TX, USA

19-20 September 2011 - Collaboration, Collective Wisdom: Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) 2011 Professional Development Conference
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Contact: Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), 39 River Street, Toronto ON M5A 3P1, Canada | Tel: +1 416 646 1600 | Fax: +1 416 6469460 | Email: |

20-22 September 2011 - 46th UK Conference on Human Response to Vibration
Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK
Contact: HSL Training | Tel: +44 (0)1298 218817 |

21-23 September 2011 - Fourth International Conference on Unemployment, Job Insecurity and Health
Hanasaari Cultural Center, Espoo, Finland
Contact: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A 00250 Helsinki Finland | Tel: +358-30-474-2717 | Email: |

25-29 September 2011 - 8th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE-8)
Berlin, Germany
Contact: DECHEMA e.V. Congress Department, P.O.B. 15 01 04, 60061 Frankfurt am Main, Germany |

26-28 September 2011 - 4th International Conference on Concrete Repair - Concrete Solutions 2011
Dresden, Germany
Contact: Email: |

27-28 September 2011 - Health Safety and Environment Conference & Trade Show - HSE Canada 2011
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Email: |

27-29 September 2011 - Préventica: Theme The Congress of reference for risk control and quality of work life
Lyon, France
Contact: Officiel Prévention | Email: |

9-14 October 2011 - The Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene 2011: Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries
Mumbai, India
Contact: For more information, or to join the mailing list for regular updates, visit
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16-21 October 2011 - RIXOS IX Conference of the International Society of Trace Element Research in Humans (ISTERH)
Premium Hotel, Belek (Antalya), Turkey
Contact: ISTERH | Email: | | Flyer:

18-20 October 2011 - Healthcare Canada Conference & Exhibition
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Contact: Diversified Business Communications - Canada, 110 Cochrane Drive, Unit 1, Markham, Ontario, L3R 9S1, UK | Tel +1 905 948 0470 | Fax: +1 905 479 1364 |

18-21 October 2011 - A+A 2011
Düsseldorf, Germany
Contact: i. A. Martin-Ulf Koch, G2-PR/ Presseabteilung - Press Department | Tel: +49 (0) 211 4560 444 | Fax: +49 (0) 211 4560 8548 | Email: |

18-21 October 2011 - International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) International Conference on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises - Learning from Good Practices in Small Workplaces
Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ridge, Accra, Ghana
Organised by: Ghana Health Service, the Ghana Society of Occupational and Environmental Health (GHASOEH) and Ghana Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare
Contact: Head of Occupational and Environmental Health Department Ghana Health Service (Headquarters), Private Mail Bag, Ministries, Accra, Ghana | Tel: +233-0302-660693 | Fax: +233-0302-660693 | Email:

26-29 October 2011 - First International Symposium on Mine Safety Science and Engineering
Beijing, China
The symposium is authorized by the State Administration of Work Safety and is sponsored by China Academy of Safety Science & Technology (CASST), China University of Mining & Technology (Beijing) (CUMTB), McGill University (Canada) and University of Wollongong (Australia) with participation from several other universities from round the world, research institutes, professional associations and large enterprises.
Contact: Tel: +86-10-84911521-805 or +86-10-82375620 | Email: |