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The articles in our April EHS News Roundup discuss microlearning, automation as the cause of stress, GDPR and employee training, the risks of exposure to asbestos and the threats of weakening air quality in the U.S. You can find links to all articles below.
American Lung Association: climate change is making our air more unhealthy
A report by American Lung Association has found that 133.9 million Americans are at risk due to increased air pollution caused by warmer temperatures. The report reveals that “four in ten Americans (41.4 percent) who live in counties with unhealthful levels of either ozone or particle pollution are at greater risk for premature death and other serious health effects”. Trump administration memos have weakened the enforcement of Clean Air Act rules by allowing certain facilities to comply with less-stringent regulations Find out more about other changes that are threatening air quality in the U.S. Read more »
Microlearning: a new approach to safety training
Terry L. Mathis
The fourth industrial revolution called Industry 4.0 requires new training techniques. These are referred to as microlearning. Microlearning provides employees with training that is shorter, more focused and available for individuals on phones and other smart devices. These will replace longer classroom sessions. Microlearning is beginning to be used for safety training too. Find out more about this new approach driven by new technologies and the changing demographics of the workforce. Read more »
What Leaders Need To Know About GDPR
There’s less than a month to go till the new GDPR comes into effect. One of the essential aspects employers need to take into consideration is employee training. Learning management systems (LMS) hold a lot of personal data (in different formats) and must therefore be managed accordingly. GDPR doesn’t require organizations to erase employee data, but it does cover individuals as employees – including your organization’s internal learners as well as any customers or partners that your company might train. Read more »
Automation Could Increase Workplace Stress, Unions Warn
Labour Force Survey by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) shows that “workplaces across public and private sectors unions are reporting that workloads are increasing and stress, burnout and mental ill – health are becoming more prevalent.” One of the aspects that is suspected to cause stress is automation technology. Automation improves performance management, which made some of the employees surveyed feel that they were being micromanaged. More about the pros and cons of automation in the article by IOSH. Read more »
Asbestos: 23% of construction workers exposed
Asbestos is banned in the UK and most other countries. However, many people die from exposure to this toxic material that causes asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma of the pleura or peritoneum. A survey published by IOSH shows that 23% of building workers believe they’ve been exposed to asbestos. 15% of the workers said that they’ve never been informed about the risks of asbestos exposure. Get informed and protect your employees. Read more »
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