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International news …in brief

first_imgInternational news …in briefOn 29 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Internationalnews …in briefEU’sfemale-focused online health and safety guideAlist of online resources has been compiled by the European Agency for Safetyand Health at Work (EASHW) to advise employers on improving workplace healthand safety for female workers. It includes examples of practical guidelines andrelevant legislation, as well as best practice notes and research from EuropeanUnion (EU) member countries and elsewhere. There is also a list of links, bycountry, to the websites of relevant organisations. Meanwhile, the latestadvice has been issued by the agency in its 2004 construction industrycampaign. A new fact sheet highlights the role of careful planning in reducingnoise by taking it into consideration at the design stage. During construction,there should be a continual assessment of noise, said the EASHW. and safety standards to be updatedTheInternational Labour Organisation (ILO) has started updating global health andsafety standards for the fishing industry, which have not been changed since1966 – with some dating back to 1920. ILO’s committee on work in the fishingsector has now concluded preliminary discussions on revising the guidelines totake into account working conditions in the whole sector, from smaller coastalvessels to larger deep-sea ships. This would increase the proportion offishermen covered by the standards, up from the current 10 per cent to 90 percent. The standards, said the ILO, will “have the flexibility to ensurewide-scale ratification and implementation; [and] would also include newprovisions on compliance and enforcement of the standards, strengthening therole of both flag states and port states”. The ILO said the fishing industrywas among the most dangerous in the world, with fatality rates ranging from 150to 180 per 100,000 workers. Resourcesroadmap to drive training across Europe Oneof the largest EU co-operative research projects has started work to create acomputerised resource centre helping companies improve their in-house stafftraining programmes. The ProLearn Network of Excellence intends to“revolutionise the way that individuals learn, both in the workplace and in auniversity context”. It involves 160 business, education and governmentorganisations and is part of the EU’s European Research Area scheme which istrying to unite expertise across the 25 member countries. The EuropeanCommission said that as well as writing a ‘roadmap’ for boosting professionallearning involving high technology, and pinpointing areas for further research,the project will set up a ‘virtual competence centre’. This would “spreadexcellence to company-driven competence centres, chambers of commerce,employment centres and trade and industry associations”. A key aim would behelping companies develop tailor-made training for their employees. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more