Building on more than a decade of cooperation and collaboration between the United States and China, OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels is in Beijing this week for a series of meetings with government officials, worker safety and health advocates, and industry representatives from both countries.
A recent Swiss survey of the working population shows that in 2013 over one million people suffered damage to their health due to their occupational activity. Eleven per cent of those questioned reported suffering from a health problem linked to their work (750 000 people) and 6 percent had been the victim of a workplace accident (316 000 people).
The Chinese government yesterday has ordered a nationwide review of workplace safety, after last week’s warehouse explosion that killed at least 114 people and destroyed dozens of buildings in the port city of Tianjin.
Winder Power, a UK company that manufactures transformers and generators, recently reached a milestone by recording 1,000 days without a reportable accident or lost-time incident. The Leeds-based firm has not had a reportable incident resulting in lost work time for any of the technicians, engineers or other personnel working in the facility since 2012.
New occupational safety and health regulations that went into effect last month in Canada’s Northwest Territories include a section on "Harassment" that regulates comments or conduct towards others at a worksite. Workers are prohibited from conducting themselves in ways that they know (or ought to reasonably know) are unwelcome by another worker or is a threat to the health or safety of other workers at a work site.
A construction accident that killed two workers last month in Myanmar was not unusual. In fact, serious workplace incidents are common in the Southeast Asia state, although it’s difficult to quantify them because outdated occupational safety regulations don’t require the comprehensive keeping of such statistics.