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- NIOSH in "Top Ten" Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene List
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- Safe maintenance is good business: 30 pan-European organisations join as Official Campaign Partners
- Did you know? International Youth Day: Health and safety aspects of working life
- Occupational Hygiene 2011 - 5-7 April 2011, The Holiday Inn, Stratford upon Avon
- Bladder cancer risk to painters confirmed
- New Risk Observatory web section
- Counting the cost of absence from work
- HSE publications translated: Information and advice in world languages
- News from Canada: Making work meaningful - Promoting psychological well-being
- Ireland's Farm safety code of practice - online risk assessment tool
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NIOSH in "Top Ten" Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene List
On 8 July 2010, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene announced the top ten most highly cited articles published in that journal from 2007-2009 www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cited/UOEH.pdf
Four of the top 10 papers were published by NIOSH researchers:
- Occupational Risk Management of Engineered Nanoparticles
- Identification and Characterization of Potential Sources of Worker Exposure to Carbon Nanofibers During Polymer Composite Laboratory Operations
- New Respirator Fit Test Panels Representing the Current U.S. Civilian Work Force
- Effectiveness of Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) in Controlling Engineered Nanomaterial Emissions During Reactor Cleanout Operations
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Safe maintenance is good business: 30 pan-European organisations join as Official Campaign Partners
Companies and associations from the private and public sector, including some of Europe's well known companies, have joined forces with EU-OSHA in the new Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010/11 on safe maintenance.
- Press release: http://osha.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/safe-maintenance-is-good-business-30-pan-european-organisations-join-as-official-campaign-partners
- Healthy Workplaces campaign on safe maintenance: https://osha.europa.eu/en/healthy-workplaces-campaigns/previous-healthy-workplaces-campaigns
Did you know? International Youth Day: Health and safety aspects of working life
Younger workers are vulnerable, as they often are inexperienced, and ignorant of risks to themselves and others. It is important to integrate safety and health into education so that young people are aware of the risks they might face and are capable of dealing with them. It is also important for employers to pay extra attention to the safety of young workers, including students taking summer jobs.
Read more about young workers: https://osha.europa.eu/en/themes/young-workers
Occupational Hygiene 2011 - 5-7 April 2011, The Holiday Inn, Stratford upon Avon
OH2011 - The British Occupational Hygiene Society annual conference is already on the horizon and will be held in the UK in Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in English culture and history.
Visit www.bohs.org/conferences-events for information on how to submit abstracts. The final deadline for abstracts is 30 September 2010.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information.
Bladder cancer risk to painters confirmed
Painters are at a significantly increased risk of developing bladder cancer, with the risk increasing the longer a person works in the trade, a new study has confirmed. The research is based on almost 3,000 cases of the disease in professional painters reported in 41 separate studies carried out between the 1950s and 1990s. The large scale 'meta-analysis', published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found those with more than 10 years in the trade were more likely to develop bladder cancer than those who had been doing so for less than that time.
Lead author Dr Neela Guha said the risk arises not solely from exposure to paint but to factors that can occur in the environment in which painters work, such as the stripping of old paintwork, sanding or exposure to asbestos. The authors of the study found that after taking tobacco use into account, painters were still 30 per cent more likely to develop bladder cancer than the general population. Dr Guha said that while harmful chemicals like benzene and lead had been reduced or removed from paints in developed countries, it was too soon to say whether new, 'greener' paints would reduce the risk of bladder cancer as the disease takes between 10 and 50 years to develop.
Those working in high-risk environments should wear gloves and keep skin covered, wear a mask or respirator, should not to eat in the area and should ensure the buildings were well ventilated, Dr Guha said. An accompanying editorial by Professor Paolo Vineis of Imperial College London praised the 'important' study. He said: 'The evidence in this case is clearly laid down and is strikingly consistent.' Out of 41 studies reviewed, 37 showed an increased risk, he said.
- Neela Guha and others. Bladder cancer risk in painters: a meta-analysis, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, volume 67, pages 568-673, 2010 [abstract].
- Paolo Vineis. Editorial: Bladder cancer risk in painters, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, volume 67, pages 505-506, 2010 [extract].
New Risk Observatory web section
Visit the European Risk Observatory (ERO) to learn about the changes affecting health and safety at work: Which are the most important new and emerging risks? What trends can we identify in occupational accidents and diseases? Where should research be focusing?
The ERO examines these issues by reviewing scientific literature, collecting and analysing data and by coordinating and collaborating with researchers.
Counting the cost of absence from work
According to estimates in a new comparative report from the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), 2.5% of European GDP is lost every year due to absence from work, while employers in Germany, for instance, put the cost of absence at €34 billion annually. In a number of countries efforts have been made at both national and company level to boost the health of workers and so reduce the amount of sick leave taken, rather than simply a narrow emphasis on the financial costs of absenteeism.
This study is based on a questionnaire distributed to the national correspondents of the European
Working Conditions Observatory network. Its purpose is to show the overall extent of absence from work and outline the policies that have been developed in an attempt to deal with this issue, and to put this in the context of wider debates about the quality of work.
This study addresses patterns of absence from the 27 EU Member States and Norway, the costs involved, policies for dealing with absence and general developments in relation to promoting health and well-being. Average rates of absence across Europe are between 3% and 6% of working time. There is also evidence of presenteeism - the practice of attending work while ill - although there is a general lack of data on trends. While some countries are attempting to control costs, others put the emphasis on promoting well-being.
Absence from work by Paul Edwards and Kay Greasley
University of Warwick / University of Lancaster
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 2010
HSE publications translated: Information and advice in world languages
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) welcomes people of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds to its web site.
If you are looking for information, help or guidance a number of publications have been translated into languages other than English.
News from Canada: Making work meaningful - Promoting psychological well-being
The Institut de Recherche Robert Sauvé en Santé et en Sécurité du Travail (IRSST) has just published a guide intended for managers and others involved in workplace health in its broad sense, including psychological well-being.
This document is also a tool for heads of human resource departments, health & safety committees, and union and employer representatives. It is based on the study, The Meaning of Work, Mental Health and Organizational Commitment, which discusses six characteristics giving meaning to work, and analyzes the links between work characteristics, mental health and an employee's commitment to the employer.
The document provides a positive and proactive approach to workplace health, and has four premises:
- The meaning that people ascribe to their work can have either positive or negative effects on their mental health and their commitment to their organization.
- Some indicators of psychological distress may be observed in organizations as well as workers. Psychological balance has a direct impact on workers' commitment to their organization.
- According to the study, six characteristics make work meaningful: social purpose/utility, autonomy, learning/development opportunities, moral correctness, the quality of relationships and recognition.
- There are ways of preventing psychological distress (protective effects); there are also ways of promoting psychological well-being, and these may have beneficial effects.
Ireland's Farm safety code of practice - online risk assessment tool
This is an electronic version of Ireland's Health and Safety Authority Risk Assessment document from the Farm Safety Code of Practice, i.e. the Code of Practice for Preventing Injury and ill Health in Agriculture. It allows you to fill in and save the risk assessment electronically. It will store your risk assessment which you can look at and update at any time by going to www.farmsafely.com
If you have to log out before you complete the risk assessment document your work will be saved and it will bring you back to the same stage when you log back in. When complete and you set out what you need to take action on you can print out your farm safety action plan.
Farm safety code of practice - online risk assessment tool
Health and Safety Authority; July 2010; 36 pages