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Green Jobs: Keeping It Safe While Keeping It Green


Green is commonly associated with things that are good for environment. Now we use "green" to describe products, industries, the economy and even jobs. There is a growing movement to protect the environment. Along with the benefits of "greening the economy" come changes to jobs as well as the creation of new kinds of jobs - and with these changes come new challenges to worker health and safety.
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Autonomous Driving Cars: Germans Significantly More Skeptical Than Other Drivers


Germans are noticeably more skeptical than people from other countries when it comes to autonomous self-driving cars. However, Germany is the most optimistic country concerning the gain in safety through automation.This is the outcome of an international Forsa survey on behalf of the expert organization DEKRA.
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Europe-wide survey of enterprises: The results now online


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work launched the main findings of the Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER2). The results of the survey — which collected responses from almost 50.000 workplaces in 36 countries, including all 28 Member States — give a detailed insight into how occupational safety and health risks are managed in Europe’s workplaces.
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Ambient Intelligence and Occupational Safety


Cross-linked, complex, and "intelligent" systems will determine the working world of tomorrow. These technological innovations are viewed as a key to increase competitiveness of companies. But neither occupational health and safety nor personal rights should be sacrificed to these new technologies.
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Study reveals benefits of taking dogs to the workplace


Research published today in International Journal of Workplace Health Management shows that man’s best friend may make a positive difference in the workplace by reducing stress and making the job more satisfying for other employees, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study.
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International Noise Awareness Day 20th anniversary


All over the world, people, organizations, and governments will commemorate the 20th annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) founded this yearly event in 1996 to encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play.
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Interactive E-learning module ‘Nanorama Lab’


The ‘Nanorama Lab’, an interactive online tool on safe handling of nanomaterials, is now in english-language available. The tool, developed in close collaboration with the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the raw materials and chemical industry (BG RCI), was devised by the Innovation Society, St. Gallen.
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World Cancer Day: New report highlights ways to improve the prevention of work-related cancer


Today, on World Cancer Day, the world unites in the fight against cancer. A report on work-related cancer by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) aims to tackle these issues by evaluating current assessment methods.
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How to Make the Right Choice: Selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


The A+A is always an attraction for visitors who are entrusted with the procurement of PPE. A variety of manufacturers offer appropriate PPE solutions for almost every occupational activity. In the following, you will find information that will help you select the right PPE.
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EU-OSHA launches free e-guide on managing stress and psychosocial risks at work


Stress is an important occupational safety and health (OSH) concern in about 80% of European businesses and is one of the main reasons for lost working days in Europe. The e-guide is a practical tool to help both employers and workers better understand and manage stress and psychosocial risks.
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