Safety at every level: first international standard for passenger lifts just published

But the national or regional rules and regulations that apply to them are reflected in different standards, making international trade a problem. For the first time, an ISO International Standard just published will harmonize them all, enabling safety to improve and the technology to grow.

ISO 8100 Lifts for the transport of persons and goods overcome this by providing internationally agreed requirements that has worldwide approval for use in all economic areas and is compliant with all local legislation.

They started thousands of years ago as manually operated pulleys, such as those operated by slaves in the Roman Coliseum. Now some are breathtaking feats of engineering, such as the Gateway Arch in Missouri. Most, however, are less glamorous and just aim to transport us from one floor to another.

There are three main standards in use around the world to outline the mechanical and operational characteristics of lifts, all arriving at a similar level of safety and quality. However, they all have different requirements, and are tied to the economic area in which they operate, meaning they are not always accepted in other parts of the world.

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ISO solutions for a safe and healthy future at work

Health and safety at work likely isn’t an issue that’s top of mind on a daily basis. Yet, for millions of workers across the globe, their jobs can put them in some extremely high-risk environments where valuing safety can mean the difference between life and death.

Organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Day for Safety and Health at Work aims to raise awareness of the importance of occupational health and safety and build a culture of prevention in the workplace. This year’s theme looks to the future for continuing these efforts through major changes such as technology, demographics, sustainable development, and changes in work organization.

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Here’s how insurers are preparing for big Halloween risks

In autumn, after the corn and apples and potatoes are picked, some farmers harvest an additional cash crop from hayrides, zombie-themed attractions, corn mazes, haunted houses and petting zoos — all major fall- and Halloween-themed staples this time of year.

For example, look at the cannon that launched pumpkins at images of political figures worthy of the shooter’s contempt, said Rusty Rumley, senior staff attorney, National Center for Agricultural Law, University of Arkansas.

Operators tend to be creative people, he said, and may rush to put their ideas into action without pausing to consider risk before the brief harvest festival season ends. “Building a giant potato gun that fires pumpkins 100 yards down a field was a great idea, but did it fall under the insurance policy?” Rumley asked. “Probably not.”

“There are dangers for carriers,” said Kevin Morency, president, Morency & Associates. “Someone gets hurt on the premises, and state laws in most states limit liability due to inherent risk associated with a farm.”

> Read entire article Here’s How Insurers Prep for This Year’s Big Halloween Risks | Susannah Levine | Risk & Insurances

Tips to stay cyber safe while travelling

More and more travelers are bringing their electronic gadgets, like phones, tablets and laptops, with them. Getting some work done or chatting with friends doesn’t stop just because we’re away from our offices and homes.

Unfortunately, cyber-based threats can significantly increase when you are travelling, and devices can easily be compromised or stolen. When you travel, protect yourself by being cyber aware.

Let’s take a look at the Government of Canada‘s tips to stay cyber safe while travelling.

International laws and regulations on digital information

  • If you access your email in another country, do you know whether its government is watching you?
  • Is the risqué novel that you saved on your e-reader or iPad considered pornographic in the country you are visiting?
  • Will the downloaded music on your MP3 player and the torrent movies on your laptop or tablet cause you intellectual property and digital asset problems when you are entering a foreign country?
  • Can some countries compel you to provide them with the data on your iPad or laptop? What if the data is corporate intellectual property?

You are subject to the laws governing intellectual property, digital information and encrypted data in the countries that you visit. What is considered legal in one country may not necessarily be considered legal in another. The legislation may extend beyond the data to the hardware and the format in which it is stored. If you are not familiar with the laws covering intellectual property, digital information and encrypted data in your destination country, contact the embassy or mission of your destination country before you leave on your trip abroad.

Border agents are legally entitled to conduct search and seizure actions against anyone entering or leaving their countries.

Do not take any data into another country that you are not prepared to lose.

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Tips to stay cyber safe while travelling

  • Always use a password on your device.
  • Write your name on a visible or accessible part of your device. For example, set up a screen saver that lists your name and local address so that the device can be returned to you if someone finds it.
  • Avoid charging your phone on computers or devices that you do not control, such as hotel docking stations. Malicious software could be stored on devices that could be transferred when your device is connected. Use your personal computer or a direct-to-wall-socket charging port to charge your phone.

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Wireless (or “Wi-Fi”) access

You can connect your cellphone, smart phone, laptop or tablet to the Internet at wireless access points, sometimes free of charge, at coffee shops, in hotels or at airports during your travels. These highly unsecure networks are accessible to everyone.

People intending to steal identities and personal information may establish free Internet access points that are made to look trustworthy. They can name an access point or Wi-Fi network anything, even adding a single letter to the name of a trusted network.

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Shared or public computers

A malware family known as “keylogger” is commonly used to steal personal information. Keyloggers are covert software applications or physical devices attached to computers that capture any information that is entered into the device. Always be sceptical of the security of an unfamiliar network or device; use free computing resources with the assumption that any information you enter could be seen by an unauthorized third party.

Bluetooth access

Bluetooth is a short-range radio frequency connection between two devices, such as the technology that allows you to make hands-free phone calls while driving. With Bluetooth, the user has to allow another device to connect to his or her device before an exchange of data can take place. Once the secure relationship is confirmed, data can flow freely between the two devices with little or no user confirmation.

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Yes, Antarctica has a fire department

“‘Are there fires in Antarctica?’ That’s always the question I get,” says Megan Branson, who spent over 24 months “on the ice” as a fire-fighter and paramedic between 2007 and 2010.

And the answer? Yes. Though rarely, if the the Antarctic Fire Department can help it. In the busy summer season of October – March, there are over 1,000 residents at the US Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station, making it the largest settlement in the region.

Flights landing at the base must, by law, have a fire crew on hand, but McMurdo is also a fully functioning town. As for any town, building fire safety is important. Even more so when outdoor temperatures only inch above freezing at the height of summer.

> Read entire article Yes, Antarctica has a fire department | Mary Halton | BBC


Playing safe with kids’ toys

Keeping kids free from harm is the effect of ISO’s widely used International Standard for toy safety. And it has just been updated to ensure it covers all bases.

Published on | By Clare Naden

Made for play, children’s toys are rife with potential hidden hazards ranging from sharp edges to cords or small parts, to name a few. The humble plaything can cause great harm if not designed and manufactured correctly.

A new version of ISO’s most well-known toy safety standard has just been published to ensure it keeps safety up to scratch in our ever-changing world.

ISO 8124-1Safety of toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties, defines requirements and test methods for toys intended for use by children under 14 years of age, and covers a reasonable lifespan of the toy. It specifies acceptable criteria for structural characteristics of toys, such as shape, size and contour, as well as aspects particular to certain toys such as tip angles for ride-on toys. It also includes appropriate warnings and instructions for use.

Set the Standard – ISO 45001 is now published

The world’s much anticipated International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S) has just been published, and is set to transform workplace practices globally.

ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety

The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums.

To combat the problem, ISO is developing a new standard, ISO 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

The standard is currently being developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts, and will follow other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. It will take into account other International Standards in this area such as OHSAS 18001, various national standards and the ILO’s international labour standards and conventions.


2.78 million fatal accidents occur at work yearly

ISO 45001:2018, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, provides a robust and effective set of processes for improving work safety in global supply chains. Designed to help organizations of all sizes and industries, the new International Standard is expected to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses around the world.

According to 2017 calculations by the International Labour Organization (ILO), 2.78 million fatal accidents occur at work yearly. This means that, every day, almost 7 700 persons die of work-related diseases or injuries. Additionally, there are some 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses each year, many of these resulting in extended absences from work. This paints a sober picture of the modern workplace – one where workers can suffer serious consequences as a result of simply “doing their job”.

ISO 45001 hopes to change that. It provides governmental agencies, industry and other affected stakeholders with effective, usable guidance for improving worker safety in countries around the world. By means of an easy-to-use framework, it can be applied to both captive and partner factories and production facilities, regardless of their location.

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ISO 45001 – All you need to know

Every day, thousands of lives are lost due to work accidents or fatal diseases linked to work activities. These are deaths that could and should have been prevented, and must be in the future. ISO 45001 aims to help organizations do just that. Here, Kristian Glaesel and Charles Corrie tell us how the new standard will bring safety to the front line.

Posted on | By Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis

Whether you are an employee, a manager or a business owner, you share a common goal – you don’t want anyone to get hurt on the job. Improved productivity stems from ensuring people operate in workplaces that provide transparency and build trust throughout their operation and supply chain. In addition, responsible practices are becoming increasingly important to brands and reputations.
ISO 45001 is the new ISO standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S). It has become one of the most eagerly awaited standards in the world, and is set to drastically improve levels of workplace safety.
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Given that ISO 45001 will become part of the business norm, regardless of whether organizations choose to adopt it or not, it’s important for companies to stay abreast of the latest developments.

ISOfocus spoke to Kristian Glaesel, Convenor of the working group that developed the new standard, and Charles Corrie, Secretary of ISO/PC 283, to get the low-down on this highly anticipated standard.

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