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Expedient and Efficient Action for Safety and Health at Work

Appropriate actions for the protection of employees from contracting the SARS-CoV-2 Virus – this can be a real challenge because anyone delving into the subject quickly comes across a large number of publications and recommendations from a wide variety of sources. What can easily be lost in the process is the view of the “big picture”. What really needs to ...

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SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Safety Rule Issued

The SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Safety Rule specifies the requirements for occupational safety for the period of the epidemic situation of national importance in accordance with Section 5 of the Protection against Infection Act. It has been issued by the occupational safety committees at the Federal Ministry of Labour (BMAS) in coordination with the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), ...

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How Seemingly Normal Operating Conditions can Lead to Accidents

The control of process systems is usually based on the measurement of process variables such as temperature, pressure, quantity or level or certain material properties. The processing of the information determined by sensors in the process control system, the display of the data in the control room or at the control stand, and the automatic or manual actuation of valves ...

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Safe and Stable

Silos can be found in almost all companies in the building materials industry. They are used for the stocking of raw materials and intermediate as well as end products and as dosers or loading silos. Professional maintenance must be performed regularly to ensure their safe operation. Silos within the meaning of the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV) Regulation 113-004 “Containers, ...

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Progress for Safety and Health at Work

In May 2020, the German Bundestag passed the 7th Amending Act to the German Welfare Code, Book IV (Sozialgesetzbuch IV; SGB IV). The Act also contains amendments to the Social Welfare Code (SGB) Book VII that incorporate further developments into the law regarding occupational diseases. Professional associations and accident insurance funds welcome these changes, which are largely based on proposals ...

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ISSA News

At the heart of the cooperation agreements between the Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Raw Materials and Chemical Industry (BG RCI), Heidelberg/Germany, and its member companies is the public commitment to the VISION ZERO preventive strategy with the aim of establishing greater health and safety in their operations. The BG RCI has welcomed two new VISION ZERO cooperation partners ...

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The Mines Rescue System in Austria

The changes in the mining industry in Austria entailed also changes in the mines rescue system. Due to new legal regulations, all mining operations with underground activities were integrated into the mines rescue system. The re-establishment of the Austrian body for mines rescue and gas defense also contributed to set up a well-functioning system. The base of this mines rescue ...

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Vision Zero Cooperation Agreements

At the heart of cooperation agreements between the Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Raw Materials and Chemical Industry (BG RCI), Heidelberg/Germany, and its member companies is the public voluntary commitment to the VISION ZERO prevention strategy. The goal is to secure higher levels of safety and health in the members’ companies. BG RCI supports member companies, associations and trade ...

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Effective Date for Fibrogenic Mine Dust and Quartz in Mining Operations

The new version of § 13 of the Regulation for the Protection of Health in Mining Operations (GesBergV), which entered into force in October 2019, establishes new measures for underground non-bituminous coal mining operations in the event of fibrogenic mine dust contamination by referencing the Hazardous Substances Regulation and applicable rules of technology. The most important changes are briefly described ...

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Colombia – The Land of Coffee and so much more

Back in 2007, I was invited by the Colombian Government to speak at a safety conference that was being hosted in Medellin. I knew only two things about Medellin … it was famous for its coffee and also for violent crime. With a little apprehension, I agreed to participate at the conference primarily because previously we had hosted a delegation ...

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