Occupational Hlth Safety

Work And Wellbeing In The NHS: Why Staff Health Matters To Patient Care – Royal College of Physicians – 13 March 2015

Posted on March 16, 2015. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: |

Work And Wellbeing In The NHS: Why Staff Health Matters To Patient Care – Royal College of Physicians – 13 March 2015

Media release: Less than two thirds of trusts have a plan in place for NHS staff health and wellbeing – Royal College of Physicians – 13 March 2015

Advertisements
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Work And Wellbeing In The NHS: Why Staff Health Matters To Patient Care – Royal College of Physicians – 13 March 2015 )

High containment laboratories: recent incidents of biosafety lapses – US Government Accountability Office – 16 July 2014

Posted on July 22, 2014. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Pathology | Tags: |

High containment laboratories: recent incidents of biosafety lapses – US Government Accountability Office – 16 July 2014

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on High containment laboratories: recent incidents of biosafety lapses – US Government Accountability Office – 16 July 2014 )

Five Steps to a Successful Workplace Wellness Program: A RAND Toolkit – 2014

Posted on June 25, 2014. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: , , |

Five Steps to a Successful Workplace Wellness Program: A RAND Toolkit – 2014

“Well-designed, well-executed workplace wellness programs can reduce health risks (such as smoking and physical inactivity), lower health care costs, and improve productivity. RAND researchers determined that these programs are becoming a standard component of benefits packages but that not all of them are created equal: Some generate cost savings whereas others do not, and there are substantial differences in how programs are being designed and implemented. This toolkit synthesizes the lessons learned and best practices from multiple projects and many years of research into a five-step guide for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a successful workplace wellness program.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Five Steps to a Successful Workplace Wellness Program: A RAND Toolkit – 2014 )

Reducing the Economic Burden of Work-Related Injuries – RAND Corporation – 2014

Posted on June 18, 2014. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

Reducing the Economic Burden of Work-Related Injuries – RAND Corporation – 2014

“This study examines the effectiveness of employer return to work programs in reducing the average duration of absences from work-related injuries. It finds that workers injured with an employer return to work program in place return to sustained employment approximately 1.38 times sooner after an injury. The biggest reductions in work-injury absence are experienced by men and by workers with a permanent disability. Modifying work equipment is associated with the greatest reductions in injury durations relative to other program components. Back-of-the-envelope calculations indicate that these programs are cost effective for large, self-insured employers.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Reducing the Economic Burden of Work-Related Injuries – RAND Corporation – 2014 )

The importance of effective partnership working on health, safety and wellbeing – NHS Employers – 22 May 2014

Posted on May 26, 2014. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

The importance of effective partnership working on health, safety and wellbeing – NHS Employers – 22 May 2014

New guidance on why partnership working on health, safety and wellbeing is key

“The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) has today published new guidance on the importance of partnership working on health, safety and wellbeing issues. The guidance includes information on workplace inspections, the functions of a safety representative, what an effective health and safety committee looks like and the legal requirements to consult on health and safety matters. There are useful checklists throughout the guidance so you can see what progress your organisation is making and what needs to be done, as well as a short case study.

This guidance is aimed at managers and trade union safety representatives. It is also a useful reference for senior managers to assist them in meeting their legal duties to consult with the workforce on health and safety matters, and to have a better understanding of the role trade union safety representatives can play in improving the working environment.”

… continues on the site

Full text of the report

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on The importance of effective partnership working on health, safety and wellbeing – NHS Employers – 22 May 2014 )

Delivering health improvement through the workplace: supporting local action in London – London Health Observatory – 14 August 2012

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion, Workforce | Tags: , |

Delivering health improvement through the workplace: supporting local action in London – London Health Observatory – 14 August 2012

“The toolkit aims to support public health practitioners and other partners focus on health and work, from employer partnerships to the voluntary sector. It signposts key reports and tools, taking into account local area needs.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Delivering health improvement through the workplace: supporting local action in London – London Health Observatory – 14 August 2012 )

Staff health improvement project – Royal College of Physicians (RCP) – 20 August 2012

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: , , |

Staff health improvement project –  Royal College of Physicians (RCP) – 20 August 2012

“The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published the interim report and a summary of its Staff Health Improvement Project.

In 2010 the RCP’s Health and Work Development Unit (HWDU) – a partnership between the RCP and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) – measured how far NHS trusts across England had progressed with implementing the NICE public health guidance for the workplace. The audit covered areas such as obesity, mental wellbeing and management of long-term sickness absence.

Implementation of the NICE recommendations benefits organisations by improving staff health and wellbeing, leading to better productivity, improved patient outcomes and increased financial savings.

Phase one of the Staff Health Improvement Project involved interviewing 22 trusts about their approach to successfully implementing the guidance. The interim report and summary describes the findings from those interviews, including a description of enablers and barriers to implementation and a summary of the key initiatives that have been put in place.

The summary interim report is aimed at HR Directors and board members with responsibility for staff health and wellbeing. The full interim report is aimed at health and wellbeing implementers.”

… continues on the site

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Staff health improvement project – Royal College of Physicians (RCP) – 20 August 2012 )

National clinical audit of back pain management – Royal College of Physicians – 22 May 2012

Posted on May 23, 2012. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Orthopaedics | Tags: , |

National clinical audit of back pain management – Royal College of Physicians – 22 May 2012

“A new report released today highlights the need for all NHS staff to be given good advice about back pain. Musculoskeletal problems such as back pain account for 40% of sickness absence amongst NHS staff and costs approximately £400 million per year.

The Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) National clinical audit of back pain management looked at how occupational health professionals cared for NHS staff who are experiencing back pain. It found that the care and management occupational health professionals give to staff suffering with back problems has improved in the three years since the previous audit in 2008.

However, in half of the 5,524 cases included in the audit, sufferers required clearer information about back pain. This included the fact that in most cases back pain is likely to get better spontaneously and that it is important to return to work as soon as possible. This advice applies even if they are experiencing some pain. If they do not, they risk developing chronic pain and disability.”

… continues on the site

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on National clinical audit of back pain management – Royal College of Physicians – 22 May 2012 )

The cost of work-related injury and illness for Australian employers, workers and the community 2008–09 – Safe Work Australia – March 2012

Posted on March 20, 2012. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: |

The cost of work-related injury and illness for Australian employers, workers and the community 2008–09 – Safe Work Australia – March 2012

ISBN 978-0-642-33380-3 (pdf)   978-0-642-33381-0 (doc)

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on The cost of work-related injury and illness for Australian employers, workers and the community 2008–09 – Safe Work Australia – March 2012 )

Sharps safety – Royal College of Nursing – 29 November 2011

Posted on November 30, 2011. Filed under: Infection Control, Nursing, Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: , |

Sharps safety – Royal College of Nursing – 29 November 2011
 
Publication code: 004 135   ISBN: 978-1-906633-90-5

Abstract:

“The RCN has a long history of campaigning on improved protection for nurses and other health care professionals exposed to the risk of needlestick and other sharps injuries. This guidance has been developed primarily for RCN safety representatives, but other members of the nursing team with a role in infection prevention and control of sharps injuries may also find it useful. The guidance covers the law on sharps injuries, including the European Directive 2010/32/EU and its underlying principles as well as its requirements on health care providers. It also includes information on preparing your organisation, introducing risk assessments, selecting and evaluating safety-engineered devices and it details what employers should be doing to comply with the directive and minimise the risk of sharps injuries. It also includes a checklist to help safety representatives assess organisational and ward/departmental level compliance with the directive.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Sharps safety – Royal College of Nursing – 29 November 2011 )

Incorporating Occupational Information in Electronic Health Records: Letter Report – Institute of Medicine – 30 September 2011

Posted on October 3, 2011. Filed under: Health Informatics, Medical Records, Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: , |

Incorporating Occupational Information in Electronic Health Records: Letter Report – Institute of Medicine – 30 September 2011

“Each year in the United States, more than 4,000 occupational fatalities and more than 3 million occupational injuries occur along with more than 160,000 cases of occupational illnesses. The use of electronic health records (EHRs) has increased rapidly since the passage of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Incorporating patients’ occupational information into EHRs could lead to more informed clinical diagnosis and treatment plans as well as more effective policies, interventions, and prevention strategies to improve the overall health of the working population.

At the request of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the IOM appointed a committee to examine the rationale and feasibility of incorporating occupational information in patients’ EHRs. The committee focused on the potential benefits of the inclusion of occupational information to individual and public health, current systems that use this information, and technical barriers to incorporating occupational information into the EHR. The IOM concluded that three data elements – occupation, industry, and work-relatedness – were ready for immediate focus. To incorporate these data into EHRs, recommendations were made that include assessment of data collection and incorporation, requirements for storing and communicating occupational information, development of metrics and performance measures, and assessment of privacy concerns, among others.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( Comments Off on Incorporating Occupational Information in Electronic Health Records: Letter Report – Institute of Medicine – 30 September 2011 )

Healthy Staff, Better Care for Patients: Realignment of Occupational Health Services to the NHS in England – 29 July 2011

Posted on August 4, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce |

Healthy Staff, Better Care for Patients: Realignment of Occupational Health Services to the NHS in England – 29 July 2011

“This document gives a set of recommendations, developed with key stakeholders, to help achieve the vision that suppliers of occupational health services to healthcare staff should play a key role in the delivery of safe, effective and efficient patient care through promoting and protecting the health of staff.

To achieve this vision, this document outlines how existing services need to be realigned to:

provide services to prevent staff becoming ill or injured at work
actively promote health and well-being in the workplace
maximise access to and retention of work through timely rehabilitation services.

To this end, proposals in three key areas, upon which work needs to be focussed in the initial stages:

Minimum service standards for occupational health services
Occupational health data collection and information sharing
Engagement of and with occupational health services

Working on the key areas to achieve the three realignment measures will help the NHS achieve significant progress toward achieving the £555 million productivity savings by 2013.

The work outlined in this document will be taken forward into the implementation phase through work with key partners to ensure delivery of the ambitions.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The Boorman Review: NHS Health and Wellbeing one year on in London

Posted on August 4, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: , |

The Boorman Review: NHS Health and Wellbeing one year on in London

The ‘Boorman Review: NHS Health & Wellbeing one year on in London’ report outlines the achievements over the past year of the London NHS Partnership’s Health & Wellbeing group.

The London NHS Partnership is a body of both London NHS employers and London Health Unions tasked to progress issues and policy that work on a pan-London basis. In early 2010 it set up a Health & Wellbeing Subgroup in order to respond to recommendations from the Boorman Review.

The group aims to work strategically with organisations to increase awareness, share information, promote best practice and increase local capacity to develop the Health & Wellbeing of the NHS workforce in London.

Health & Wellbeing achievements of the past year include recruitment of a H&WB champion, audits of the current situation, cluster H&WB events, benchmarking, toolkits, the H&WB website pages and increasing the number of trust H&WB strategies.

The report also outlines plans for the coming year, including further cluster events (following the success of the previous event in North Central London in January 2011), the development of the website & networks, and development of metrics and benchmarking to measure the effectiveness of the group’s work.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

NHS Health & Well-being Improvement Framework – 29 July 2011

Posted on August 4, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: |

NHS Health & Well-being Improvement Framework – 29 July 2011
Pages: 24

“This document is designed as a tool for decision makers on Boards, to support them in establishing a culture that promotes staff health and well-being. It sets the framework for improvement work that is needed in many organisations and across the regions.

Firstly, it sets out the scale of the current challenge and the levels of attainment that each region has stated they aspire to.

It then gives detailed information on service levels that are expected, accreditation that can be attained, and the metrics to enable measurement of progress towards these levels.

To help delivery, it signposts materials that will be useful for all aspects of the organisation to help achieve their goals; for instance HR Departments, Health and Well-being Leads and Occupational Health services. Crucially this information can be used by managers at all levels to help their staff attain high levels of health and well-being, both in and out of work.

Finally, it gives the crucial message to Boards that health and well-being services can be improved through formal procurement process. If services are procured by teams from multi-disciplinary providers and progress is continually monitored, the levels of success will be likely to be much higher, benefitting staff, patients and the organistaion, through improved delivery of high quality care.

Using this framework document will give all NHS organisations the power to increase the health and well being of their staff.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Implementing NICE public health guidance for the workplace: a national organisational audit of NHS trusts in England – Royal College of Physicians – 2011

Posted on May 5, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: , |

Implementing NICE public health guidance for the workplace: a national organisational audit of NHS trusts in England – Royal College of Physicians – 2011

Extract from the Executive Summary

“This is the first national audit of implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance for the workplace in NHS trusts in England. The audit questions reflect evidence-based guidance from NICE covering:
• Managing long-term sickness absence and incapacity for work (PH19)1
• Promoting physical activity in the workplace (PH13)2
• Promoting mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions (PH22)3
• Workplace interventions to promote smoking cessation (PH5)4
• Obesity: guidance on the prevention, identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children (CG43)5
• Promoting and creating built or natural environments that encourage and support physical activity (PH8).6

In preparing its guidance, NICE found improved productivity was associated with effective management of long-term sickness absence and with smoking cessation. In addition there is a growing body of evidence that workers with health issues, such as obesity and depression, are less productive.”

… continues on the site

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Safe management of healthcare waste 2nd ed – [UK] Department of Health – 25 March 2011

Posted on April 29, 2011. Filed under: Environmental Health, Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Infection Control, Occupational Hlth Safety |

Safe management of healthcare waste 2nd ed – [UK] Department of Health – 25 March 2011

Health Technical Memorandum 07-01: Safe management for healthcare waste

“This document provides a framework for good practice for the management of healthcare waste.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Australian Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work – Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM), Royal Australasian College of Physicians – March 2011

Posted on April 1, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce |

Australian Consensus Statement on the Health Benefits of Work – Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (AFOEM), Royal Australasian College of Physicians – March 2011

“At the heart of this consensus statement regarding the health benefits of work is a shared desire to improve the welfare of individuals, families and communities.

Realising the health benefits of work for all Australians requires a paradigm shift in thinking and practice. It necessitates cooperation between many stakeholders, including government, employers, unions, insurance companies, legal practitioners, advocacy groups, and the medical, nursing and allied health professions.”

…continues on the site

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards, Revised Edition – National Academies Press – 2011

Posted on March 28, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Pathology |

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards, Revised Edition – National Academies Press – 2011
The Committee on Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: An Update; National Research Council

ISBN-10: 0-309-13864-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-13864-2

“Prudent Practices in the Laboratory–the book that has served for decades as the standard for chemical laboratory safety practice–now features updates and new topics. This revised edition has an expanded chapter on chemical management and delves into new areas, such as nanotechnology, laboratory security, and emergency planning.

Developed by experts from academia and industry, with specialties in such areas as chemical sciences, pollution prevention, and laboratory safety, Prudent Practices in the Laboratory provides guidance on planning procedures for the handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals. The book offers prudent practices designed to promote safety and includes practical information on assessing hazards, managing chemicals, disposing of wastes, and more.

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory will continue to serve as the leading source of chemical safety guidelines for people working with laboratory chemicals: research chemists, technicians, safety officers, educators, and students.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Biological Hazards in Australian Workplaces – Safe Work Australia – March 2011

Posted on March 22, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: |

Biological Hazards in Australian Workplaces – Safe Work Australia – March 2011

“Safe Work Australia Chair, Mr Tom Phillips AM, today announced the release of a report from the National Hazard Exposure Worker Surveillance Survey: Exposure to biological hazards and the provision of controls against biological hazards in Australian workplaces.
The report focuses on the exposure of Australian workers to biological hazards and the control measures that are provided in workplaces that eliminate, reduce or control worker exposure to biological hazards.

Biological hazards are organic substances that pose a threat to the health of humans and other living organisms. Biological hazards include viruses e.g. HIV, Hepatitis, Avian influenza, pathogenic micro-organisms, toxins, spores, fungi and bio-active substances. Biological hazards can also be considered to include biological vectors or transmitters of disease e.g. human blood or tissue, live animals.

Findings of the study include:”

…continues on the site

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Wet Work Exposure in Australian Workplaces – Safe Work Australia – March 2011

Posted on March 22, 2011. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: |

Wet Work Exposure in Australian Workplaces – Safe Work Australia – March 2011

“Safe Work Australia Chair, Mr Tom Phillips AM, today announced the release of a report from the National Hazard Exposure Worker Surveillance Survey: Wet work exposure and the provision of wet work control measures in Australian workplaces.

Occupational skin diseases, such as contact dermatitis of the hands, are one of the most common work-related problems presenting to Australian general practitioners. One of the most important risk factors for occupational skin disease is wet work, which refers to exposure of the hands to liquids, either through frequent hand washing or through immersion of the hands in liquids.

 This report describes the employment and demographic characteristics of Australian workers who reported high levels of wet work exposure in the course of their work. The report also examines the provision of wet work controls to exposed workers.

Findings of the study include:”

… continues on the site

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The role of the workplace in return to work – Australian Institute for Social Research – March 2010

Posted on August 11, 2010. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: |

The role of the workplace in return to work – Australian Institute for Social Research – March 2010

“The return to work of an injured worker is influenced by a range of factors – some that relate to the worker, some to the environment outside of the workplace, and some to the workplace itself. This discussion paper provides an overview of research findings related to return to work and some guidelines, practical tools and examples considered to be most useful, from those reviewed, for organisations seeking to improve return to work following injury or illness.

WorkCover SA commissioned the Australian Institute for Social Research (University of Adelaide) to undertake a research project designed to increase understanding of the factors in the workplace that affect the achievement of positive return-to-work outcomes.”

Authors: Dr Kate Barnett, Dr Ann-Louise Hordacre, Associate Professor John Spoehr and Eric Parnis.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

New learning resource for occupational hygiene – June 2010

Posted on June 17, 2010. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

New learning resource for occupational hygiene
Spokesperson: Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists
Date: Thursday, 17 June 2010 
   
The Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) has unveiled an exciting new learning resource to cope with booming global demand for trained Occupational Hygienists as the world seeks to address a myriad of workplace hazards such as asbestos. 

The new website  provides free, high quality training materials for students and training providers to address issues relating to the evaluation and control of physical, chemical, biological and ergonomic hazards in the workplace.

The President of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH), Charles Steer says the website provides a wealth of information for occupational hygiene professionals, as well as professions such as doctors, nurses, safety professionals, engineers and managers.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Occupational Disease Indicators: Work-related Disease – Safe Work Australia – released 12 May 2010

Posted on May 18, 2010. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

Occupational Disease Indicators: Work-related Disease – Safe Work Australia – 12 May 2010

“Eight occupational diseases have been identified for monitoring: respiratory disease; occupational cancers; contact dermatitis; infectious and parasitic diseases; cardio-vascular disease; musculo-skeletal disorders; mental disorders; and noise-induced hearing loss. These Biennial reports identify long-term trends and monitor progress towards reducing occupational diseases.”

Format: PDF
Publication Date: April 2010
Document Size: 1.78MB
ISBN: 978-0-642-32956-1

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Occupational Health and Safety – Productivity Commission – 6 April 2010

Posted on April 6, 2010. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

Performance Benchmarking of Australian Business Regulation: Occupational Health and Safety – Productivity Commission
Research report
This research report was released on 6 April 2010.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Asbestos Exposure and Compliance Study of Construction and Maintenance Workers – Safe Work Australia report – 15 February 2010

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

Asbestos Exposure and Compliance Study of Construction and Maintenance Workers – Safe Work Australia report – 15 February 2010

“The use of asbestos has been banned in Australia since 2003. However, as a result of the widespread use of asbestos in the past, there remains a large amount of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in older buildings. These ACMs include asbestos cement sheet walls, asbestos cement pipes and asbestos containing electrical switchboards.

Construction and maintenance workers are likely to be involved in work tasks that may disturb ACMs. Therefore, there is a substantial risk of potential exposure to asbestos in these workers unless occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements on the management and control of asbestos are followed. To date, little research has been undertaken on these tradespersons and their awareness and compliance with OHS regulations relating to asbestos.

The aims of the current study were to determine in construction and maintenance workers:
• current levels of awareness of the risk of exposure to asbestos
• current levels of compliance with OHS legislative requirements for working with ACMs
• key perceptions, attitudes and motivations that act as barriers and enablers to compliance, and
• current level of exposure to asbestos in selected construction and maintenance work activities.

This study was conducted in five stages: 1) literature review; 2) focus groups with workers, employer organisations, unions and OHS authorities; 3) telephone survey of workers; 4) face-to-face interviews; and 5) atmospheric sampling. Four trades were selected as target occupations for this study: electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Health works – A review of the scottish government’s healthy working lives strategy – November 2009

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce |

Health works – A review of the scottish government’s healthy working lives strategy

Scottish Government Response to “Working for a healthier tomorrow” – Dame Carol Black’s Review of the health of Britain’s working age population

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Preventing Workplace Harassment and Violence – UK- 17 November 2009

Posted on December 1, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: , |

Preventing Workplace Harassment and Violence – 17 November 2009

About it:

“Employers, unions and the government joined forces today to promote new guidance on preventing harassment and violence in the workplace.

The guidance, which follows a Europe-wide agreement between employers’ organisations and unions, aims to give practical help and support to firms and their employees.

The guide signals the first time that the CBI, (Confederation of British Industry), the Partnership of Public Employers (PPE) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have come together to provide guidance on harassment and violence in the workplace. The guidance has the support of the Government, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Final Report of the independent NHS Health and Well-being Review – published 23 November 2009

Posted on December 1, 2009. Filed under: Health Status, Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce | Tags: , |

The Final Report of the independent NHS Health & Well-being Review was published on 23 November 2009. The report reiterates the business case for change laid out in the Interim Report, and provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for improvement in provision of health and well-being across the NHS.

Health and Wellbeing at Work in the United Kingdom

The Department of Health (DH) published the Government’s response to this report, also on 23 November 2009, setting out how it intends to implement the review’s recommendations.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Enforcement Procedures for High to Very High Occupational Exposure Risk to 2009 H1N1 Influenza – US – 20 November 2009

Posted on November 24, 2009. Filed under: Infection Control, Infectious Diseases, Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu, Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

Enforcement Procedures for High to Very High Occupational Exposure Risk to 2009 H1N1 Influenza – US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA Instruction – Directive CPL-02-02-075 – 20 November 2009

“This Instruction establishes agency enforcement policies and provides instructions to ensure uniform procedures when conducting inspections to minimize high to very high occupational exposure risk to the virus identified as 2009 H1N1 influenza of workers whose occupational activities involve contact with patients or contaminated material in a healthcare or clinical laboratory setting.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Toward national workplace safety and workers’ compensation systems: a chronology – 13 November 2009

Posted on November 13, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

Toward national workplace safety and workers’ compensation systems: a chronology
Steve O’Neill
Economics Section, Parliamentary Library
13 Nov 2009

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Evaluating Occupational Health and Safety Research Programs: Framework and Next Steps – US – August 2009

Posted on August 26, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Research | Tags: , |

Evaluating Occupational Health and Safety Research Programs: Framework and Next Steps
Committee on the Review of NIOSH Research Programs; Institute of Medicine and National Research Council
US National Academies Press, 2009
ISBN-10: 0-309-13795-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-13795-9

Description:
“Each year, approximately 5,000 fatal work-related injuries and 4 million non-fatal injuries and illnesses occur in the United States. This number represents both unnecessary human suffering and high economic costs. In order to assist in better evaluating workplace safety and create safer work environments, the Institute of Medicine conducted a series of evaluations of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research programs, assessing the relevance and impact of NIOSH’s work on improving worker safety and health.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Health and community workers most stressed – Lifeline Australia – 22 July 2009

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce |

Health and community workers most stressed – Lifeline Australia – 22 July 2009

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Mesothelioma in Australia: Incidence 1982 to 2005, Deaths 1997 to 2006- – Safe Work Australia Report – June 2009

Posted on June 18, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , |

Mesothelioma in Australia: Incidence 1982 to 2005, Deaths 1997 to 2006.  Safe Work Australia Report, June 2009
ISBN: 978-0-642-32771-0 19 p.

“Mesothelioma in Australia reports on the number of new cases and the number of deaths from mesothelioma over time. The report is based on data collected by the National Cancer Statistics Clearing House and the National Morbidity Database, provided to Safe Work Australia by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

The Effects of Substance Use on Workplace Injuries Cover: The Effects of Substance Use on Workplace Injuries – RAND – June 2009

Posted on June 12, 2009. Filed under: Alcohol & Drug Dep., Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

The Effects of Substance Use on Workplace Injuries Cover: The Effects of Substance Use on Workplace Injuries
By: Rajeev Ramchand, Amanda Pomeroy, Jeremy Arkes    RAND Corporation
Pages: 53
Document Number: OP-247-ADHS
Year: 2009
“Occupational injuries are a serious public-health issue and cause significant morbidity and mortality in the United States. In 2004, there were 3.4 million admissions to emergency rooms for job-related injuries and illnesses, a number that reflects an estimated rate of 2.5 admissions per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers aged 15 and older. In 2005, private industry employers reported 1.2 million injuries and illnesses that required days away from work, representing 135.7 per 10,000 FTE workers. The same year, data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries estimated that there were approximately four occupational-injury deaths per 100,000 employed workers, which represented a total of 5,702 such deaths that year. The costs of occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States exceed $100 billion annually and entail both direct and indirect costs borne by injured workers, their families, other workers through lower wages, firms through lower profits, and consumers through higher prices. This paper describes associations between substance use and occupational injuries and proposes reasons that substance use may be linked to work-related accidents; reviews the most-recent empirical literature that has attempted to document the relationship between substance use and occupational injuries; highlights findings that are consistent across studies and addresses the limitations that most of these studies confront; examines the policies that attempt to address substance use at the workplace and why each initiative may or may not influence rates of occupational injuries; and discusses what remains unknown about the relationship between substance use and occupational injuries and identifies future avenues for research that could help fill some of these research gaps.”

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Hazardous substances information system from Safe Work Australia updated April 2009

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

The Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS) is an internet resource that allows you to find information on substances that have been classified in accordance with the Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances [NOHSC:1008(2004] 3rd Edition and/or have National Exposure Standards declared under the NOHSC Adopted National Exposure Standards for Atmospheric Contaminants in the Occupational Environment [NOHSC:1003(1995)]. In addition to providing powerful search features, HSIS also provides direct access to a consolidated list of all the classified substances contained in the HSIS database.

Hazardous Substances Information System Updated – April 2009

Safe Work Australia has updated the Hazardous Substances Information System (HSIS) online database to reflect changes in Europe’s 30th Adaptation to Technical Progress to Directive 67/548/EEC.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

OHS implications for manual handling of bariatric patients report and case studies released 13 March 2009

Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: , , |

OHS implications for manual handling of bariatric patients report and case studies released
Australian Safety and Compensation Council
Friday, 13 March 2009

OHS Implications for Manual Handling of Bariatric Patients Report and Case Studies Released (HTML) – Press release

OHS Implications for Manual Handling of Bariatric Patients Report and Case Studies Released (PDF 132kB)    Press release

Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric (severely obese) patients in Australia – Report

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Demonstrating and Communicating Research Impact: Preparing NIOSH Programs for External Review

Posted on April 16, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Research | Tags: |

Demonstrating and Communicating Research Impact: Preparing NIOSH Programs for External Review

This book describes the methodology that RAND researchers developed to help the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research programs demonstrate and communicate the impact of their activities. The methodology is based on the use of logic models, outcome worksheets, and outcome narratives as key tools in preparing evidence packages that describe the contribution that NIOSH research activities have made in reducing occupational illnesses, injuries, and fatalities.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Cost of Work-related Injury and Illness March 2009

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce |

Cost of Work-related Injury and Illness

This report updates the report released by the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) in 2004 which estimated the total cost of work-related injuries and illnesses for the year 2000-01 to be 34 billion dollars or 5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).

The updated estimate has been derived using the same methodology as was used in the previous NOHSC study which was independently reviewed.

Key findings of the report include:

• The total economic cost of work-related injuries and illnesses for the 2005-06 financial year is estimated to be 57.5 billion dollars, representing 5.9 per cent of GDP for the 2005-06 financial year.

• This represents a significant increase in costs as a proportion of GDP from the 2000-01 estimate which was 5 per cent of GDP.

• This change is largely as a result of the relative growth in average weekly earnings over this period relative to GDP. While GDP grew by 40 per cent in the period, average weekly earnings increased by 66 per cent. Since earnings are a key driver in the level of costs, any increase in wages over GDP growth will have the effect of increasing costs as a proportion of GDP.

Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978 0 642 32801 4

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric (severely obese) patients in Australia

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: , |

Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric (severely obese) patients in Australia March 2009   ISBN: 978 0 642 32740 6  Australian Safety and Compensation Council

This report, ‘Manual handling risks associated with the care, treatment and transportation of bariatric (severely obese) patients in Australia’ and four case studies for the ambulance, fire, hospital and funeral occupations, follows up on the previously released scoping paper on the implications of overweight and obesity for workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation.

The Bariatric Journey in Australia: Hospital Case Study
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978 0 642 62783 3
Type: Case Study

The Bariatric Journey in Australia: Fire Case Study
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978 0 642 32789 5
Type: Case Study

The Bariatric Journey in Australia: Ambulance Case Study
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978 0 642 62795 6
Type: Case Study

The Bariatric Journey in Australia: Funeral Case Study
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 978 0 642 32777 2
Type: Case Study

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Sizing Up Australia How contemporary is the anthropometric data Australian designers use

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce |

Sizing Up Australia How contemporary is the anthropometric data Australian designers use January 2009

ISBN: 978 0 642 32841 0

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) has released a research report on the occupational health and safety (OHS) implications of accurate data for the design of Australian workplaces. The accuracy of anthropometric data is an emerging issue that is a focus of research for the ASCC.

Anthropometric data are the measurements of the human body form used by designers to represent the human shape and size in the design of workplaces.

The report, Sizing Up Australia: How contemporary is the anthropometric data Australian designers use investigates what anthropometric data is being used by designers of workplace equipment and products and assesses whether this data reflects the contemporary Australian workforce.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Top Tips for Healthier Workplaces

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce |

Top Tips for Healthier Workplaces, published by ChaMPs Public Health Network, focuses on the actions employers of all sizes can take to enhance the health and well-being of their staff. It draws together evidence, national policy and practical example of what works in an easy-to-read format.  [Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network – ChaMPs]   September 2008

Top Tips can be used to inform planned changes to workplace practice or benchmark current activities against what is known to work.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Occupational Safety and Health for Public Safety Employees: Assessing the Evidence and the Implications for Public Policy

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety | Tags: |

Occupational Safety and Health for Public Safety Employees: Assessing the Evidence and the Implications for Public Policy

Tom LaTourrette, David S. Loughran, Seth A. Seabury

RAND corporation report 2008   ISBN 978-0-8330-4621-5

From the preface:
The provision of public safety is one of the most important responsibilities of government, and workers charged with  protecting the public, such as police officers and firefighters, are routinely asked to put their own lives at risk. As such, it is no surprise that public safety employees tend to face some of the highest risks of fatal and nonfatal injury. It is therefore an important goal of policymakers to determine ways to help protect public safety employees from work-related illnesses and disease without compromising their ability to do their jobs.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Should Health Service Managers Embrace Open Plan Work Environments? A Review

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Hlth Safety, Workforce |

Oommen, Vinesh G. and Knowles, Mike and Zhao, Isabella (2008) Should Health Service Managers Embrace Open Plan Work Environments? A Review.<!– ISSN
–> Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 3(2). pp. 37-43.   Abstract

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...