Northern Neighbors Spending Big
on Nurses' Safety
Ontario, Canada is investing $14 million in patient lifts, electric beds, and
other devices to help keep nurses from becoming injured on the job. In
2002, nurses filed some 1,500 claims to the province's Workplace Safety and
Insurance Board. The injuries cost hospitals 52,000 lost workdays and cost
Ontario more than $5 million.
The cost of the equipment is
being borne by the federal government and the province through a special medical
equipment fund established last year. Ontario, like many U.S. states is
battling a nursing shortage, but provincial officials say their first priority
is to protect existing nurses. Commented Health Minister George Smitherman,
"My first and foremost obligation is to improve the circumstances for those
nurses who are already in the system, and on lots of different points, there is
evidence that abounds that we can do a better job."
Prevention - Theme of World
The XVII World Congress on Safety
and Health at Work will be held September 18-22 in Orlando, Florida.
"Prevention in a Globalized World-Success Through Partnerships" is the theme.
The World Congress is a forum for international discussion and debate on
interdisciplinary issues related to prevention. The gathering will focus
on strengthening partnerships among governments, employers, workers,
nongovernmental organizations, and safety and health professionals.
OSHA and Health Physics
Society Create Alliance
OSHA has joined with the
Health Physics Society (HPS) to highlight safety and health issues for workers
exposed to radiological hazards. The alliance will focus on prevention
oriented efforts, especially in work settings related to emergency preparedness.
The two organizations will provide
OSHA's Training Institute with educational materials and resources on
radiological safety, and will provide peer review of OSHA technical documents
and training curricula on radiological safety. As is common in alliances,
the participants will share technical information and best practices, and will
call on employers to incorporate radiological safety strategies in their safety
and health programs.
a scientific professional organization of some 6,000 scientists, physicians,
engineers, attorneys, and others. It encourages research in radiation,
science, develops standards, and shares safety information.
Recall of Firestone Tires on Ford
Bridgestone/Firestone North America has launched a tire recall that involves
Firestone and the Ford Motor Company, the same players involved in a
tire-related rollover problem in the late 1990s. Reportedly, about 290,000
Firestones will be replaced on Ford Excursion SUVs in the wake of accidents
associated with five fatalities. The recall is relatively small compared
with those in past years, but according to the article in The New York Times,
"It raised fresh questions about Bridgestone/Firestone North America..."
This most recent recall involves
Firestone Steeltex tires. It was prompted by a new government warning
system, which mandates that tire makers submit accident and other related data
on an ongoing basis. The Times quotes a National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration official who said the agency was prepared to open its own
investigation before Firestone issued its action, which the manufacturer calls a
"voluntary safety campaign."
Firestone says it will replace
affected tires at no cost. Involved are Excursions including 2000,
2001, 2002, and some early 2003 models. The tires are Steeltex Radial A/T
in size LT265/75R16, Load Range D.