DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Safety News From Around The World

The following are summaries of safety news stories, with links to the stories, from locations outside the U.S.  If you have news, or know of an important news story, please send it to duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Literacy and Numeracy Gaps Affect Worker's Ability to be Safe in New Zealand

New Zealand's Scoop Business reports on a workplace literacy expert's call for the New Zealand Department of Labour to do more to ensure that health and safety training is adequate and fit for purpose.

Katherine Percy is the Chief Executive of an adult literacy, numeracy and communication support provider called Workbase. She has stated that health and safety training in the workplace is often ineffective because about half of New Zealand’s workforce has literacy and/or numeracy gaps. These affect worker's ability to manage the more complex demands of health and safety in the workplace.

Read the story here.

U.K. Company Fined $98,000 as a Result of Woman's Hair and Clothing Becoming Caught in Conveyor

As the woman was trying to free coat hangers her scarf became entangled in the cog mechanism, her hair followed and, as she tried to free herself, her left hand became entangled. She had received limited training and there was no emergency stop button.

Read the story in the Elesmere Port Pioneer

European OSHA Reports on Health and Safety In Supply Chains

A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) investigates occupational safety and health (OSH) within the networks of suppliers and service providers.

The report, Promoting Occupational Safety and Health Through the Supply Chain, looked at existing literature on the subject, as well as government policies and case studies, to provide an overview of how OSH can be managed and promoted through the supply chain, and which incentives and instruments exist for companies to encourage good OSH practices among their suppliers and contractors.

As EU-OSHA Director Christa Sedlatschek puts it, "our Working together for risk prevention campaign is based on the idea that OSH is not just the responsibility of some people in the workplace, but that we create the safest working conditions when we are all involved. Nothing better illustrates this than businesses working with their supply chains, to help keep workers safe."
The report shows that companies are affected by many different pressures in working with their supply chains to improve OSH: as well as market-based business considerations and sustainability and corporate social responsibility agendas, there are also external pressures, such as legal demands and the concerns of stakeholders, consumer groups and other pressure groups. Though there are considerable differences between sectors and between companies of different sizes, the report shows that successful attempts to influence businesses in promoting OSH throughout their supply chains often involve a mixture of regulation and market-based measures and initiatives.

The report shows that the most successful initiatives use a combination of approaches, with clear rewards for environmental and socially responsible behaviour.

Related Past Posts:
World Safety News - Week Ending January 5th
World Safety News - December 31st.
World Safety News - December 12th

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