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.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Safety News From Around The World

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have any safety news tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Random Workplace Alcohol Tests Rejected by Top Canadian Court

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that random alcohol tests of unionized workers, even for workers in safety sensitive positions, is unreasonable. The Updated News reports that:

"The decision says dangerousness of a workplace only justifies testing particular employees in certain circumstances:
  • Where there are reasonable grounds to believe an employee was impaired while on duty.
  • Where an employee was directly involved in a workplace accident or significant incident.
  • Where the employee returns to work after treatment for substance abuse."
Read the story in Updated News.

Nova Scotia to Change Workplace Regulations To Crack Down on Violators

TC Media reports that Nova Scotia is changing construction work regulations in an attempt to reduce the number of falls and road work accidents. The article reports:

"As of Wednesday, the province will require companies to show proof of fall-protection training if they’re operating on a work site with a risk of falling from a height of more than three metres.
Corbett says employers doing work on roads, public parking lots and highways must also have a hazard assessment and written safe-work procedure."

Read the story here.

British Woodworking Federation Urges Members To Take Safety Precautions

Following a series of surprise inspections by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors, companies are being urged to ensure they are following all require safety and health precautions.

An article in Builders Merchants Journal notes that:  "As part of its inspections of the joinery sector, the HSE will be looking at appropriate guarding on machinery, what personal protective equipment is available, whether Local Exhaust Ventilation is being regularly tested, and whether full risk assessments are being completed. Failure to meet these requirements could result in hefty fines"

Read the story here.

China To Increase Punishment For Workplace Safety Violations

N News reports that the Supreme People's Court in China is calling on courts at all levels to deal strongly with crimes related to workplace safety.  The article states:

Severe penalties will also be given to those who allow work safety violations, as well as violators who do not effectively implement damage control measures after accidents occur or initiate rescue efforts in a timely manner, it added.p Work safety has become a hot topic in China following a series of recent workplace accidents. On June 3, a poultry plant fire in northeast China's Jilin Province left 121 people dead and 77 injured."

Read the article here.

Related past posts:
Injured Workers Rights In The U.K.
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