Work intensity to blame for Europe’s health problems

first_img Previous Article Next Article Exposure to high levels of noise and increased back pain are highlighted ina working conditions studyMore and more workers are being exposed to physical hazards in theworkplace, musculo-skeletal disorders and fatigue because of the intensity oftheir work, according to a study of European working conditions. The European Foundation For the Improvement of Living and Working Conditionspolled a total of 21,703 workers. It follows similar studies in 1990 and 1995. While fewer workers are being exposed to cold or vapours and fumes, exposureto high-level noise has increased and more workers are carrying heavy loads orworking in painful positions. Blue-collar workers are exposed to the largest number of risk factors, withpeople in sales and service jobs suffering most from painful working positions.Plant operators, craft workers and technicians were carrying more heavy loadsand working in noisier environments. More than half (56 per cent) of respondents in the survey claim to beworking at very high speed for at least a quarter of their time, with 24 percent saying they do so for all or almost all of the time. A total of 27 per cent of those polled believe their health and safety is atrisk because of their working conditions. Workers in the construction sector feel most at risk, followed byagriculture and transport. When it comes to backache, 34 per cent say they are affected, with thebiggest increases among professionals (up from 18 per cent to 24 per cent) andtechnicians. A quarter report neck and shoulder pains, with blue collar and agriculturalworkers being most susceptible. A total of 6 per cent of respondents say they have been absent due tooccupational accidents while 9 per cent report absences because of OH problems.The report covers the 12 months up to March 2000. www.eurofound.ie Work intensity to blame for Europe’s health problemsOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


DNR Looking For Aspiring Conservation Officers

first_imgThe Department of Natural Resources is seeking qualified applicants to become Indiana Conservation Officers.Indiana Conservation Officers work in the DNR’s Law Enforcement division. Founded in 1911, it is Indiana’s oldest state law enforcement agency. Conservation Officers enforce all state laws but concentrate their efforts on laws affecting natural resources, state properties, and recreational activities such as boating, snowmobiles, and all-terrain vehicles. The recruiting phase ends Nov. 30, and only those registered by that date will be considered for the recruit school that begins June 2015.To be considered, applicants must successfully complete an on-line prerequisite test here.Indiana Conservation Officers are conducting recruiting events in various locations to explain the steps of the hiring process and how to prepare to be a successful candidate. Anyone interested in attending must register through the “Stay in Touch” form at the website listed.Previously, applicants have been required to have an associate’s degree or 60 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree. The application process is now open to individuals who do not meet the college requirement but have four years of continuous military service and have earned an honorable discharge.last_img read more


Morrison follows golden performance in 1,000 metre with gold in 1,500

first_imgThe World Cup speed skating season could not have ended any better for Denny Morrison. After winning gold in the 1,000 on Saturday in Germany, he followed that up with another golden performance in the 1,500 on Sunday.The performance also allowed Morrison to jump from fifth in the overall season standings in the 1,500 to first.He finished the race 1:45.15.- Advertisement -In a Speed Skating Canada release Morrison admitted the feat was one that he was targeting but he wasn’t sure if it would ever come to fruition.“It was such a surprise to win the season title. It was a goal of mine in 2007 and 2013, but being injured in 2013 put an end to any chance of that happening. Racing to a win at a clutch moment paid off big time and I couldn’t be happier to have achieved one of my career goals today, one that I thought might never happen.”last_img read more