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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, February 17, 2014

Safety News From Around The World



A regular feature summarizing workplace safety news.



We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't reported elsewhere.

The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.



Australia: Can Fatigue Management Improve Safety At Work?

A study in Australia shows that 18% of people get less than six hours of sleep per night.  However, seven to nine hours of sleep are needed. Otherwise your judgment and ability to respond quickly are impaired.  What are the symptoms of fatigue?  What can employers do to help reduce fatigue?  An article in Industry Search provides answers about workplace fatigue management.

The article states:

"Though fatigue isn't a tangible work, health and safety (WHS) issue, that doesn't mean it shouldn't feature in your business's risk management strategy. Just like any other hazard on the construction site, it needs to be identified as a risk and assessed before a plan of action is developed and implemented to eliminate or reduce its effect on employees."

Read the complete article here.


United Kingdom: Controversial Initiative Requiring Contractors To Pay HSE's Inspection Costs May Be Improving Safety

The Construction Index UK reports that a new policy in which the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) charges a fee to cover inspection costs has resulted in more inspections, and inspections being more rigorous.  The article quotes Building Safety Group managing director Paul Kimpton as saying:

“While we disagree with any money making motives behind the HSE’s Fee for Intervention, it has necessarily increased the need for more frequent site inspections and for those inspections to be more rigorous, and it is clear that amongst our membership these inspections are now having a positive effect in reducing the number of avoidable accidents.”

Read the complete article here.


United Kingdom: Council Refuses To Put Lollipop Person Outside A Primary School

This news report seemed so absurd that I had to mention it.  Parents want a local school in York to have a school crossing guard (lollipop person) on a busy street next to the school. The lollipop person stops traffic while children cross the street.  However, under the U.K.'s workplace safety rules that street is too dangerous for a worker to be on the side of the street. As a result the school has refused to have a assign a crossing guard.

So they have a situation in which it is too dangerous for an adult to be on the side of the street, but primary school children regularly cross the same street.  So the road is too dangerous for adults, but not too dangerous for children?  Well... the children are not workers, so they are not covered by the workplace safety laws.

Read the story here.


Related past posts:
World Safety News - Text Zombies
World Safety News - Safety Skills In Demand In UAE
World Safety News - New Zealand Focuses On Improving Safety

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