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Factory certification schemes pose danger to safety & health profession

May 9, 2013
The integrity of the occupational health and safety profession is under threat as it is being drawn into “certifying” that sweatshop factories in global supply chains in the developing world are safe and meet international standards for protecting workers on the job.


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UN report: Work-related diseases kill more people than work-related accidents

In addition to death toll, financial cost is enormous
April 30, 2013

A new report from the United Nations calls for “urgent and vigorous” action to address the issue of work-related diseases, which kill approximately two million people around the world each year. About 160 million more are afflicted by non-fatal occupational illnesses.


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Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse nears 400

Owner arrested while attempting to flee country - but will anyone be held accountable?
April 30, 2013

The death toll in last week’s collapse of a factory building near Dhaka in Bangladesh has risen to at least 398, according to Red Crescent officials in that country, who say that they don’t expect additional survivors to be found.


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Workplace safety a “global concern”

Safety statistics hard to come by in developing nations
April 29, 2013

With the death toll now exceeding 350, the collapse last week of a factory building in Bangladesh helps focus attention on International Workers’ Day – May 1 -- as well as Workers’ Memorial Day and National Day of Mourning (in Canada), both of which were yesterday but continue to be observed in ceremonies this week.
 


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OS+H ASIA returns in 2014

3M, Brady Corporation among companies who've confirmed participation
April 26, 2013

The 9th edition of OS+H ASIA, The Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition for Asia, will be held from May 7 – 9, 2014 at the Suntec Singapore International Exhibition and Convention Center in Singapore. The event will be organized by Messe Düsseldorf Asia (MDA), the subsidiary of Messe Düsseldorf in Germany, renowned as the organizer of A+A - the leading international trade fair for safety, security and health at work.


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Global focus April 28 will be on occupational disease prevention

“World Day for Safety and Health at Work”
April 18, 2013

In addition Workers Memorial Day in many countries and Workers’ Day of Mourning in Canada, April 28th has also been designated World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The focus this year is on the prevention of occupational diseases.


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EU to require corporate transparency on sustainability

Uses ‘report or explain’ approach
April 17, 2013

A proposal to introduce new sustainability reporting requirements across the European Union (EU) could open the door for a quantum leap in transparency and accountability among European companies, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) said recently.


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Lack of leadership worries U.S. employers

Lagging productivity also a concern
April 10, 2013

For the third year in a row, lack of high-potential leaders is the most pressing concern for human resources executives, with 32 percent putting it at the top of their list in a recent survey by Right Management.


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Day of Mourning: Remember the dead, commit to prevention

Remembering lives lost or injured in the workplace
March 28, 2013

In 2011, 919 workers in Canada lost their lives to a disease or injury they incurred from work-related causes. Even more disturbing, is that eight of those who died were teenagers; twenty-six were between the ages of twenty and twenty-four years. There are close to three work-related deaths each day in Canada - each one leaving a trail of pain for the families impacted by the loss of a husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter.


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How Twitter has changed everything

With more than 200 million active users, the social media network become the online equivalent of a massive global square.
March 28, 2013
Twitter just recently celebrated its seventh birthday.


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