Health & Safety Briefs (October 9, 2000)

EARLY RSI WARNING
Ithaca, N.Y. — So many children are sitting at computer stations designed for adults that repetitive strain injuries are going to start showing up before they reach adulthood, an American researcher says. Alan Hedge, of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., warns employers may soon find themselves with a young generation of employees suffering from RSI. And it’s not just a case of kids using computers at home, across North America, children in schools are hunched at adult work stations with legs dangling, he says.

WIPE AWAY FLU SEASON
Mason City, Iowa — Educating employees about hygiene during flu season would stop the sniffles from taking a run at productivity, the organization Employers of America says. Cold, flus and other contagious diseases are being spread through people not washing their hands, not covering their mouths when they sneeze and ignoring tips like getting rest and drinking fluids.

H&S LEGISLATION ONLINE
Hamilton — The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has put a comprehensive listing of legislation online. Entitled Canadian enviroOSH Legislation Plus Standards, the database contains the full text of workplace health, safety and environmental legislation, and standards cited. The service is available at a cost of $595 to $2,000. For more information visit www.ccohs.ca.

ONTARIO H&S RESEARCH GRANTS
Toronto — Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board will release a request for proposals for research grants for 2001 in the middle of this month. The board funds about $3.1 million worth of projects every year. For information call (416) 344-4436 or visit www.wsib.on.ca.

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