Exposure to Diesel Fumes Proven to Cause Cancer

 

Call for Urgent Action for Diesel Fume Exposure
 
A call for Great Britain’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to take urgent action to prevent deaths in many workplaces due to exposure to diesel fumes was made recently at GMB Congress.
 
This followed the announcement from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), that Diesel is now listed as a proven human carcinogen. A HSE discussion paper in May 2012 estimates 652 deaths from occupational diesel exposure due to lung and bladder cancer and an estimated 100,000 workers exposed. [WCx]
 
GMB’s call is backed by Professor Andrew Watterson and Tommy Gorman of the Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group at the University of Stirling, Scotland.
 
Particular Concern for Professional Drivers
 
GMB has many thousands of members working as professional drivers and is particularly concerned about the crews of security vehicles which are loaded in security vaults and the many other workers who work with continually in and around diesel fumes.
 
Brian Terry, GMB senior safety representative from the security industry where workers are exposed to diesel fumes said, “In the past the HSE has said that diesel fumes might cause cancer. Now they are saying that it does.
 
GMB members across the UK working in many sectors, now know the dangers of diesel fumes in the workplaces where vehicles are used in confined spaces and the workforce are exposed. GMB is calling on the HSE to take immediate, decisive action to safe guard the many workers who will be worried by this report. [WCx]
 
Health & Safety to Prioritize Inspections
 
The HSE acknowledges that some professional drivers are a high-risk group, while other high risk groups include railway workers and lorry drivers. Officials say these groups must be prioritized by HSE in inspections and for enforcement as it is thought that the biggest risk groups have a 40% increased risk of lung cancer due to diesel exposure.
 
 

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Protect Volunteer Drivers

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation to protect volunteer drivers from being denied auto coverage or paying extra for car insurance premiums simply because the driver is a volunteer.
 
 
According to information from Gov. Quinn’s office, House Bill 1378 also prohibits insurers from imposing a surcharge on or increasing the rate for a vehicle policy solely due to one or more of the  drivers being a volunteer.
 
 
“Many seniors rely on others when they need to go to the grocery store, pick up prescriptions, or visit the doctor, and it is important their volunteer drivers have the insurance coverage they need,” Gov. Quinn said. “This legislation clears hurdles for the volunteer drivers who are helping our seniors maintain their independence.”
 
 
Illinois is home to more than two million adults ages 60 and older. Through the Department on Aging, the state administers programs to assist the most vulnerable seniors to remain independent. With more seniors relying on transportation services to remain active and independent, a number of alternative transportation programs for seniors have been established in Illinois.
 
 
One such program is the Independent Transportation Network America (ITN), a public-private partnership with 16 affiliates in 12 states. The ITN service allows seniors who are unable to or no longer wish to drive to donate their cars to ITN in exchange for rides from volunteers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many ITN volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to transport or run errands for seniors.
 
 
Volunteer drivers must verify they hold the proper liability insurance, but differing policies among insurers have in some cases limited the number of available drivers. HB 1378 removes an impediment to the operation of nationally-affiliated transportation networks.
 
 
This legislation will help expand the pool of volunteer drivers for organizations operating in the city of Chicago and the counties of Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island, and Warren. While insurers in these areas may not refuse or impose a surcharge based solely upon volunteer driver status, HB 1378 does not prevent the insurer from considering factors other than volunteer status when issuing policies or setting rates for volunteer drivers.(WCxKit)
 
House Bill 1378, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Lyons, D-Chicago, and Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Cicero, goes into effect immediately.


Author Robert Elliott
, executive vice president, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact: Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.

 
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European OSHA Launches Website to Protect Road Transport Workers

People working in the road transport sector face many more risks than just the danger of having a collision – that is the message of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which recently launched a new web site to help keep drivers safe.
 
 
Coinciding with the launch of the United Nation’s (UN) Decade of Action on Road Safety 2011-2020, EU-OSHA provides access to a series of reports and other resources to help meet the challenges of managing health and safety in the road transport sector. (WCxKit)
 
 
In 2009 more than a thousand lorry drivers died in crashes in Europe, 60% of them were light duty lorry drivers. Bicycle and motorcycle couriers, van and lorry drivers, chauffeurs, and bus and coach drivers are particularly at risk of dying in a road accident or suffering non-fatal injuries.
 
 
As well as death and injury in collisions, these workers face serious risks from handling loads, slips and falls from vehicles, exposure to vibration, and robbery and violence, among others. Yet making drivers in the road transport sector aware of the risks they face, and what they can do about them, can be challenging. Drivers generally operate alone, and they are often used to very independent ways of working. Most companies in the sector are small open-ended enterprises employing fewer than 10 workers, and many drivers are self-employed.
 
 
EU-OSHA’s new web section gives access to a wide range of resources, covering the risks faced by workers in the road transport sector, and practical examples, from across Europe and beyond, of campaigns and initiatives that have improved occupational safety and health (OSH) among drivers. Some of the material deals with the issues facing specific groups within the sector, such as delivery and despatch riders, taxi drivers, and drivers in road haulage and passenger transport.
 
 
Successful OSHA initiatives in road transport are generally those that take account of how the sector operates in practice. Advice and solutions need to be based on driver’s practical experience if they are to tackle the real problems effectively and engage drivers, including solutions that are developed by drivers for drivers. Working in partnership with employers, managers, vehicle operators, loading staff, and receivers and dispatchers of goods, as well as with the social partners and road safety organizations, has also proven itself effective.
 
 
The reports include a review of programs and campaigns to reach and influence the road transport sector on OSH matters, case studies of prevention practices covering road haulage and bus passenger transport, reviews of good practice guidance available for the taxi sector and courier activities by motorcycle and bicycle, and a review of road transport accidents.
 
 
A pair of fact sheets on campaigning and managing risks to drivers can be obtained in 24 languages at http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/factsheets.
 
 
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers Compensation costs, including airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact:Info@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com or 860-553-6604.

 
Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws vary. You should consult with your insurance broker or agent about workers comp issues.
 
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