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Steel association calls for global safety audit

April 14, 2014

In an effort that could involve up to four million people across the globe, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) is asking the steel industry to conduct a comprehensive safety audit that would conclude on Steel Safety Day and World Safety Day, April 28.


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Back pain a problem around the world

Study finds men most affected
April 8, 2014

A study from the University of Sydney finds that lower back pain (LBP) is a significant cause of work-related disability. It affected 26 percent of the global population in 2010, and varied considerably with age, gender and region.


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Commitment to go beyond – the 20th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

March 28, 2014

I've spent several days in Dresden, Germany assisting DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance) organize the Symposium on Education and Learning for the XXth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work (to be held August 24-27, Frankfurt, Germany.)


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Screening would-be immigrants for TB saves U.S. millions

CDC recommendations mean detection, treatment prior to arrival
March 28, 2014

U.S. health departments are saving an estimated $15 million in treating TB among immigrants to the U.S., thanks to CDC recommendations that people be screened for the disease prior to their arrival in the country.


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Fix a Leak Week could save wasted water

Simple repairs can yield big water conservation benefits
March 17, 2014

The EPA is urging people to fix household water leaks this week, which has been designated asl Fix a Leak Week. Easy-to-fix household leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year across the U.S., equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.


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10 safety tips – work at height

March 10, 2014

The working height can be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken. You should know that even a drop of a few inches can cause serious injury. Work requiring the use of ladders or scaffolding must be studied in order to eliminate as much risk to workers.


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No place for complacency in fall prevention

March 4, 2014

Contractors have been put on notice: ensure you use fall protection systems, or face fines. In May 2011, a WorkSafe WA inspector observed a self-employed roofing contractor working on a roof at a construction site in Mandurah. He had been engaged by a roofing company to fit all the roofing material, including flashing and capping.


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Global steel association announces upcoming Steel Safety Day

March 3, 2014

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has announced plans for a Steel Safety Day that will focus on the safety and health of the people who work in the steel industry. The event is timed to coincide with World Safety Day, International Labour Organisation event which is held each year on April 28.


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OHS going from reactive to proactive, survey finds

Even small firms are changing their approach
March 3, 2014

In a recent international survey of nearly 4,000 professionals, 76 percent said they go above and beyond what is required by law and regulations when it comes to managing health and safety at work. Fully 90 percent of respondents said OHS has become an integrated part of today’s corporate strategy.


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Health map of the UK: Healthiest and unhealthiest places to work

February 21, 2014

London has the healthiest workers while Wales fares the worst, according to a new UK health map based on data on a combination of lifestyle choices and clinical outcomes of 10,000 employees across the country.


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