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Effects of nanoparticles on cells of the human immune system
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-12-29
The IRSST recently published the first study of the type to better understand and establish how human cells such as the eosinophil react when they are placed in the presence of nanoparticles.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-12-27

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New list of PPE harmonized standards
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-12-21
The new list of harmonized standards for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) directive was published recently in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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The CEN CENELEC 2018 work programme has been published
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-12-21
In their 2018 work programme, the CEN and CENELEC review the work in various sectors. They confirm, in particular, their commitment to support the digital transformation, with a Strategic Plan underway.
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GERMANY: The number of violent injuries at work has increased
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-12-20
According to the 2016 report, there were 10,432 recorded cases of employees suffering injuries caused by physical or psychological violence within the framework of their occupational activity, which represents a 22% increase in such injuries in the last five years.
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New regulations on mobile machinery road traffic
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-12-20
The European Commission is working on new draft legislation aimed at harmonizing the road traffic safety requirements for lifting and handling equipment, earthmoving machinery, mobile cranes and industrial forklift trucks.
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SPAIN: A cancer of the oesophagus caused by asbestos recognized as work-related
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-12-20
The Higher Court of Justice of Catalonia ("TSJC") recognized for the first time that the cancer of the oesophagus suffered by a worker had been caused by repeated exposure to asbestos dust in the Castelldefels factory (Barcelona province) where he worked, and it therefore considered this cancer an occupational disease.
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LUXEMBOURG: One in every four occupational injuries is caused by alcohol
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-12-20
Since the publication in 2008 of the first edition of the book entitled "Alcohol, drugs and work", its author, the lawyer Pierrot Schiltz, observes that "occupational injuries, absenteeism and staff layoffs are increasingly due to excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs".
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THE EUROGIP DISCUSSIONS 2018
The EUROGIP Discussions 2017-12-13

The 2018 EUROGIP Discussions will address various aspects: the influence of ICTs onwork organization, the opportunities offered by the digital technology to prevent occupational risks, the insurance against occupational injuries of digital platform workers, the point of view of European social partners…

Registrate to the 2018 EUROGIP Discussions
2017-12-13

The next EUROGIP Discussions will take place on 15 March 2018 and will focus on Digital transformation and health and safety at work in Europe - Challenges and opportunities.

Occupational risk prevention in the field of collaborative robotics
2017-12-06

In a recent thematic note, EUROGIP summarizes the thoughts highlighted in various work done notably in France, Germany and the Netherlands in the field of collaborative robotics and risk prevention measures that could be implemented.

Occupational risk prevention in the field of collaborative robotics
2017-12-06

In a recent thematic note, EUROGIP summarizes the thoughts highlighted in various work done notably in France, Germany and the Netherlands in the field of collaborative robotics and risk prevention measures that could be implemented.

Collaborative robotics concerns robots capable of interacting with human beings as part of industrial processes. The human being and the robot thus share the same work area to carry out all or part of their tasks, whereas a “conventional” industrial robot is characterized by its physical remoteness and the fact that there is no collaboration with a human being.

Although the stated objectives and expectations of the market players may diverge, it turns out that the identified risks are largely the same. And yet, societal issues involving collaborative robotics and increased interaction with human beings are apparently not neglected.

In France, the Ministry of Labour has produced a guide to risk prevention in the production, installation and use of collaborative robotics. It contains information on the standards applied, together with an example of a concrete case. The National Institute for Research and Safety (INRS) also published, in October 2017, a scientific report reviewing progress and challenges facing risk prevention on physical assistance robots.

In Germany, the DGUV's efforts have focused on a set of studies published in 2014, for the purpose of providing robot-human contact thresholds in order to limit the associated risk factor. Moreover, these thresholds are those used in the standards governing collaborative robotics. The DGUV has also published a guide, the latest revision of which dates from 2011, in order to provide a list of requirements for secure establishment of the work station in a collaborative environment.

Lastly, in the Netherlands, TNO published in 2016 a general report which discusses all the currently identified issues surrounding risk prevention and collaborative robotics.

The note produced by EUROGIP extracts from these various documents a set of identified risks. For example, there are conventional risks, in particular MSDs and those related to robot/human contacts. But the insurers and various scientific research works highlight specific risks such as psychosocial risks related to the rejection of robots as a collaborator at work, or else regulatory risks concerning technological development (cybersecurity, etc.).

A number of risk prevention measures are also described. The documents discuss and explain risk analysis to various degrees. This is the basic preventive approach recommended by all the insurers, based on the existing standards, even though there is at present no standardized and widespread tool for use by industry to perform a complete analysis. The proposed solutions concern both work organization in general (work rate management, etc.) and specific aspects such as the trajectory to be programmed for the robot capable of collaboration, or again the characteristics (strength, speed, etc.) of such a robot.

The current development of collaborative robotics also includes thinking aimed at isolating and responding to occupational risk factors. Although this approach is still in its early stages, the note by EUROGIP underlines a range of interesting works which form an already solid base in this area.

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November 2017: What’s new in health and safety at work standardization?
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-11-21
New standards publications, new works, registration of new subjects or comity creations... Here is the result of the monitoring that EUROGIP does, as part of its standardization activity in health and safety at work.
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SWITZERLAND: 34 people reintegrated and CHF 10 million saved in one year thanks to a new programme
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-10-27
By creating a financial incentive for employers, in the past 13 months the Suva has provided companies with CHF 560,000 worth of support for the reintegration of accident victims, and this has enabled it to save more than CHF 10 million in future pension payments.
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Impact of the evaluation report of the Machinery Directive on standardization
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-10-27
Within the framework of the impact study on the revision of the Machinery Directive which also concerned standardization, 82% of the respondents considered that the participation of industry in the production of the harmonized standards is good or very good.
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Diesel fuel emissions in the workplace are a major cause of lung cancers
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-10-27
The results of a Swedish study published in June 2017 confirm that occupational exposure to diesel engines is a major cause of lung cancers, in particular squamous cell carcinomas (which develop from the lung mucus) and undifferentiated large-cell carcinomas.
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The Machinery Directive evaluation report is available
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-10-27
According to the impact study of the revision of the Machinery Directive, around one in two people consider that the conformity evaluation procedures are very efficient when they are carried out by a notified body for the machinery in Annex IV of the directive.
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SPAIN: The CCOO will closely watch the setting up of an asbestos fund
Article, Eurogip infos 2017-10-27
The CCOO trade union confederation welcomes a proposed new law on the setting up of a fund for compensation of asbestos victims. The proposal is a response to a longstanding demand of the trade unions. But the CCOO will keep a very close watch on the discussions that will be held in parliament
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