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April 2010

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Save lives: join unions on this 28th April!

On the annual International Commemoration Day on 28th April, workers and trade unions around the world will commemorate those who have lost their lives, were injured or fell ill due to unsafe, unhealthy or unsustainable work. This year, the focus of activities is on the role trade unions play in making work safer.

"The International Trade Union Confederation has chosen "Unions make work safer" as our common theme for this day of action and is calling on its members to use this day for deepening discussions on the need for workers to have safe and sustainable working conditions, and for unions to step up their efforts in fighting for safe and healthy workplaces for all", said Guy Ryder, General Secretary of the ITUC.

The most updated information shows that there are almost 360,000 fatal occupational accidents in any year, and almost 2 million fatal work-related diseases. Every day, more than 960,000 workers get hurt because of accidents and on average 5,330 workers die because of work-related diseases. "Unions play a critical role in stopping this workplace carnage," said Ryder. "This 28th April is the time to put occupational health and safety back on the agenda of governments and enterprises and show it is a key element of a sustainable future for our people".

The ITUC has developed a leaflet, explaining what 28th April is - the International Day of Commemoration of Dead and Injured Workers - and providing data on how unions make in a daily basis our work safer. The leaflet is available at and in Hazards' special 28th April website (

In addition, and during this month, the ITUC will be reporting on activities which will be organised in different countries, ranging from a moment of silence in a workplace, to training workshops, and in some countries to mass rallies. If you want to be aware of these events, or report your events to us, you can join the special 28th April e-list sending an email to or our Facebook group to!/group.php?gid=170025585213&ref=ts

The ITUC represents 176 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 312 national affiliates.

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Forthcoming launch of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign on Safe Maintenance

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) next Healthy Workplaces Campaign will focus on the importance of safe maintenance in European workplaces, and draw attention to the risks when it is not carried out properly.

It will be officially launched on 28 April 2010 and support a wide range of activities at both the European and national level.

Campaign Guide: (English only)

US NIOSH - three New Health Hazard Evaluation Reports now available

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Just Announced! National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2011

The National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS) 2011 is scheduled for October 18-20, 2011, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

NOIRS is the only national symposium focusing solely on occupational traumatic injury research and prevention.

Please check the NOIRS Web site for future updates and additional information:

Reviewing the Working Time Directive

Reviewing the Working Time Directive (first-phase consultation of the social partners at European Union level under Article 154 of the TFEU)

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Event: Croner's 6th Annual Health and Safety Conference - Thursday, 9 December 2010, London, UK

Watch for details of this highly successful annual conference, but do make an entry in your diary and on your calendar now.

Details to follow. Sheila Pantry OBE is the organiser and chairwoman

Now you can download Ergonoma Journal March 2010

Ergonoma Journal is read by over 30,000 managers who are concerned with ergonomics, usability, health and wellness at work in 33 countries of Europe

Patrick Le Martin, AMT Europe Ergonoma, BP 00011, 28800 Bonneval France | Tel +332. | Fax +332. | Email: |

Event: NOSHCON 2010 - 49th International Conference & Exhibition on Occupational Risk Management, 7-10 September 2010 South Africa

Less than 5 months away from the biggest conference on occupational risk management in Africa - the one event you can and should not miss this year.

To register as a NOSHCON 2010 delegate, exhibitor or sponsor contact Tel: +27 12 683 0200 | Email: | Web:

First Degree Teaching Disaster Management Launched in Manchester, UK

The Masters in Health Incident Command, validated by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), is the first degree of its kind in the UK.

It recognises there is no education or training for health commanders and is informed by serious incidents such as Hillsborough, the Clapham train crash and the 7/7 London bombings.

The course has been launched by South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and is designed with experts from MMU's Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.

Paramedic Dave Whitmore, a tutor on the course, has worked on over 20 such incidents, starting with the IRA bombing of Chelsea Barracks in 1981.

Professor Janet Marsden, of MMU's Centre for Effective Emergency Care and link tutor for the Masters degree, says the first intake of students includes doctors, paramedics and ambulance service managers.

The online course is hosted within a new virtual learning environment developed by Gödel Technologies, which enable simulations of 'real-life scenarios' alongside online lectures, discussion forums and residential weekends.

The programme is supported by the Department of Health's Emergency Preparedness Division and will eventually recruit internationally.

Better Regulation: a critical assessment

ETUI dismantles the "Better Regulation" house of cards

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) published a report on the European Commission's "Better Regulation" programme in late March. The Commission is promising that scrapping or revising a number of directives will save businesses around 40 billion Euros by reducing the "administrative formalities" they impose.

In Better Regulation: a critical assessment, Laurent Vogel and Eric Van den Abeele reveal the agenda within the agenda.

Better Regulation: a critical assessment by Laurent Vogel, ETUI and Eric Van den Abeele, University of Mons-Hainaut. Published by the ETUI, 2010, 72 pages

Contact: Laurent Vogel,