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Τα συστήματα επαγρύπνησης και περιφρούρησης εντοπίζουν τις πρώτες ενδείξεις ασθενειών που συνδέονται με την εργασία

Τα συστήματα επαγρύπνησης και περιφρούρησης επιτρέπουν τον εντοπισμό νέων ή αναδυόμενων ασθενειών που συνδέονται με την εργασία και αποτελούν χρήσιμα συμπληρώματα των επίσημων στοιχείων για τις επαγγελματικές ασθένειες. Ο EU-OSHA εξέτασε τη βιβλιογραφία αναφορικά με τον περιορισμένο αριθμό εφαρμοσμένων προσεγγίσεων επαγρύπνησης και περιφρούρησης προκειμένου να αξιολογήσει τα οφέλη τους.Οι εν λόγω προσεγγίσεις μπορούν να συμβάλουν στη στοχοθετημένη υλοποίηση παρεμβάσεων και στη λήψη μέτρων πρόληψης.Η επισκόπηση του EU-OSHA παρέχει παραδείγματα ορθών πρακτικών και υπογραμμίζει τη σημασία της καλύτερης ενσωμάτωσης μεθόδων αξιολόγησης της έκθεσης στον χώρο εργασίας, της πιο ολοκληρωμένης κάλυψης συγκεκριμένων ομάδων εργαζομένων και ασθενειών, καθώς και τη σημασία της προσέγγισης των κατάλληλων φορέων με σκοπό τη μέγιστη αξιοποίηση των ωφελειών που προσφέρουν τα εν λόγω συστήματα.Μεταφορτώστε το πλήρες κείμενο της έκθεσης εδώΜάθετε περισσότερα για τις επικίνδυνες ουσίες και τις ασθένειες που συνδέονται με την εργασίαΔιαβάστε περισσότερα για τη σημασία της παρακολούθησης νέων και αναδυόμενων κινδύνων για την ασφάλεια και την υγεία στην εργασίαLet's block ads! (Why?)

A mix of energy sources advance Hawaii's renewables goal

Once Hawaii publicized its goal to be powered entirely by renewable energy by 2045, the state's options to get there expanded greatly. "We saw a slew of different solutions that can help Hawaii get to its renewables goal," said Luis Salaveria, director of the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). That includes the renewables mix of hydro, wind and solar, as well as the technology to get power on the grid. He also stressed the importance of expanding collaboration with businesses, other states and countries — to "engage many stakeholders" — in the effort to make Hawaii energy-independent on renewables. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Learning from Pollution Experience, Kitakyushu Now Promotes Sustainable Society in Asia

JFS Newsletter No.179 (July 2017)Image by yuki5287. Some Rights Reserved.Kitakyushu City is located at the northern end of the island of Kyushu on the western side of the Japanese archipelago, and has developed into one of Japan's leading heavy industrial areas and international trade ports in modern times. This is after it experienced serious pollution problems caused by industrial wastewater and air pollution in the 1960s. The municipal government worked very hard together with businesses and citizens to solve the problems. For its efforts to create a low-carbon society, the city was selected in July 2008 to be an Eco-Model City and in December 2011 to be a Future City (two environmental city programs by the Japanese government). Based on its past experience, Kitakyushu can now draw upon its significant resources in pollution control technologies, 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) experience, and energy-efficiency technologies.JFS Newsletter No. 80 (April 2009)Efforts by Eco-Models in Japan -- Part 2http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id029000.htmlTo help conserve the threatened global environment and create a sustainable society by mobilizing these resources for use around the world, Kitakyushu City opened the Asian Center for Low-Carbon Society in June 2010. This month's JFS Newsletter features Kitakyushu's efforts to promote a low-carbon society in Asia through environmental business approaches.The Kitakyushu ModelKitakyushu City has created what it calls the "Eco-Town" initiative. With nine research facilities and 25 recycling businesses, the program's intent is to establish a resource-recycling society that utilizes all waste as raw material for other industries, and ultimately aims to reduce waste completely (zero-emissions). The city adopted the Kitakyushu Eco-Town Implementation Plan to set the direction for basic initiatives and start its own regional policy, integrating environmental and industrial promotion policies. The program has four features:establishment of community programs that facilitate recycling businesses;an integrated approach to basic research, technological development, and commercialization;receiving waste from a wide region; andinformation disclosure and platforms for environmental education.Kitakyushu City developed what it calls the "Kitakyushu Model," a systematic approach to planning based on its know-how in urban and environmental management, including the Eco-Town initiative. It offers the concept of master plans for sustainable urban planning to meet the needs of emerging economies, and promotes the "export" of ideas about green cities (smart communities).In December 2011, Kitakyushu and its neighboring city of Fukuoka were designated as a "Green Asia International Strategic Comprehensive Special Zone" under another program of the national government. These zones offer Asian cities "packages" of environmental technology and social systems that have been developed in Japan through collaboration between the public and private sectors. The two cities aim to serve as a base for expanding green innovation from Asia to the rest of the world. The goal is to create about 5 trillion yen (about U.S.$45 billion) in additional revenues through new market development by 2020, accounting for about 10 percent of the national program's goal of over 50 trillion yen (about $450 billion).Previous JFS articles have introduced Kitakyushu's initiatives to promote green city development in Asia.'Kitakyushu Model' for Green City Development Published in Three Languages (November 20,2013)http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id034461.htmlThe Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, established and operated by Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture in partnership with stakeholder organizations in the city, announced on September 3, 2013, that it has developed the "Kitakyushu Model" for green city development by systematically organizing development know-how based on its own experience. This is the first methodology ever developed in Japan as a development model for helping Asian cities reduce carbon dioxide emissions and grow sustainably.The Kitakyushu Model includes urban development expertise, case studies, and a tool kit. The urban development expertise component encompasses four environmental fields: waste management, energy management, water management, and pollution management. The case studies showcase examples such as Kitakyushu Eco-Town, which has a high concentration of recycling plants, and the tool kit contains a checklist that can be useful for master plan development. The model was published in three languages (Japanese, English and Chinese) and is available on the Internet.Kitakyushu sees the promotion of urban infrastructure businesses that contribute to sustainable development in Asia as a core initiative in its new growth strategy. As part of such efforts, the city plans to promote the export of integrated urban environmental infrastructure systems through its participation, from the master planning phase, in the development of such cities as Surabaya in Indonesia (Kitakyushu's Green Sister City) and Haiphong in Vietnam (with which Kitakyushu has concluded an exchange agreement) using the Kitakyushu Model.Kitakyushu's Support for Green City Development Helps Businesses Expand in Asia (May 23, 2014)http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id034913.htmlThe Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, established in June 2010, has actively supported the efforts of local companies to expand their businesses overseas. In so doing, the center uses the Kitakyushu Model that it developed by organizing its development know-how in order to support green city development in emerging economies, particularly those in Asia. The center also operates joint projects with businesses while utilizing the national government's support systems and helping businesses receive financial assistance.According to its activity report as of the end of fiscal 2013 (March 2014), the center has worked on 50 research projects, including those in the process of concluding a contract, to obtain a total of some 2.6 billion yen (about $25.2 million) in funds from the Japanese government, as well as eight projects using subsidies from the city worth some 31 million yen (about $300,000). Past projects include 16 waste management and recycling projects, 19 water management projects, seven energy projects, five projects to tackle global warming, and three community-building projects. They were implemented in Indonesia (18 projects), China (11), Vietnam (8) and Cambodia (9), among others.The center has supported about 65 companies, four of which have succeeded in launching their operations elsewhere in Asia. Kitakyushu is focusing on the export of environmental infrastructure systems ahead of other local governments, with the idea that taking part in the early phase of master plan development will make it possible to propose urban development using corporate technologies, and to develop an environment that facilitates an expansion of business operations.Examples of International Environmental Cooperation and Business ProjectsHow is Kitakyushu City helping green city development in Asia? We present examples in two cities.(1) Surabaya City, IndonesiaKitakyushu in Japan and Surabaya in Indonesia have been cooperating since 1997 when the Environmental Cooperation Network of Asian Cities was established. In 2002, supported by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the two cities conducted a survey on waste to tackle the challenges of waste recycling in Surabaya.Knowing that organic materials accounted for 50 percent of Surabaya's total waste, a J-Power group company started composting project involving the participation of citizens. As a result of the project, Surabaya's waste volume was reduced by 32 percent and the citizens developed a new awareness about the environment.Surabaya City previously sent 1,200 tons of household waste directly to the landfill every day. To remedy the situation, Nishihara Corporation established a recycling facility to sort waste into valuable resources, organic waste, and other categories. The company has turned waste recycling into viable business operations by selling valuable resources to recycling businesses, producing compost from organic waste, and converting some of the other materials into things like coal-alternative fuel. The efforts have reduced the volume landfilled to just a quarter of what it was originally.Other companies in Kitakyushu are developing businesses involved in electricity cogeneration and energy conservation, drinking water supply, and environmental sanitation projects.To further their good relations, Kitakyushu and Surabaya concluded a green sister city agreement in 2012. Aiming for green, low carbon society, the cities are currently working together on integrated urban development, including establishing community programs and changing citizens' awareness.(2) Fraser's Hill in MalaysiaFraser's Hill is a major tourist spot in Malaysia that had a pressing need to solve three problems: a landfill site that was close to full capacity, the costs and impacts of transporting waste 50 kilometers to the landfill, and the contamination of groundwater.Kitakyushu City helped Fraser's Hill improve its waste management capacity by providing consulting services to Perbandanan Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam (PPSPPA), in collaboration with Hibikinada Development Co., a semi-public corporation owned partly by Kitakyushu, the Merry Corporation, and Kitakyushu City Environmental Preservation Association. This project was conducted as one of the Grassroots Technical Cooperation Projects by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).The project in Fraser's Hill established a separate collection and recycling system for recyclable waste, as well as a system to collect and compost food waste from businesses. The project also investigated the contamination at a previously-used landfill. Based on the results, it developed environmental guidelines, and proposed a way to extend the service life of the current landfill. These activities helped raise environmental awareness among the local personnel.International Environmental Cooperation and BusinessIn supporting the creation of green cities in Asia, Kitakyushu is trying to gradually expand its international environmental cooperation into business initiatives, in partnership with governments and international organizations. To achieve win-win results, the city builds relationships, adapts business models, and encourages commercial applications, all by using unconventional processes which it hopes will be appreciated by local communities and well-suited to each region.With these conscientious efforts Kitakyushu is revitalizing its local companies and communities through overseas business operation. Meanwhile, Kitakyushu is helping partners in Asian countries decrease their CO2 emissions, reduce environmental pollution, and improve the quality of life. We hope that such efforts will contribute to the creation of a sustainable society in Kitakyushu, other Asian cities, and the rest of the world.Written by Yuka KumeLet's block ads! (Why?)

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Ιαπωνία: 18 συνεχόμενες ημέρες βροχής στο Τόκιο

Το Τόκιο συμπλήρωσε 18 συνεχόμενων ημερών βροχόπτωσης, τη μεγαλύτερη συνεχή περίοδο βροχής τον Αύγουστο εδώ και 40 χρόνια, και δεύτερη μεγαλύτερη που έχει καταγραφεί συνολικά.Σύμφωνα με τους μετεωρολόγους, η βροχή αναμένεται να συνεχίσει για άλλη μία εβδομάδα. Η έλλειψη ηλιοφάνειας έχει εν τω μεταξύ προκαλέσει αύξηση των τιμών των λαχανικών.Οι μέσες ημερήσιες ώρες ηλιοφάνειας στο κέντρο του Τόκιο αυτόν τον Αύγουστο είναι περίπου δύο ώρες, ενώ η μέση θερμοκρασία από τις 10 έως τις 15 Αυγούστου ήταν κάτω από 25 βαθμοί Κελσίου. Το 1977, οι βροχοπτώσεις διήρκεσαν 22 ημέρες, από τις 6 Αυγούστου έως τις 27 Αυγούστου. Εάν η βροχή συνεχιστεί την επόμενη εβδομάδα, τότε το 2017 θα θέσει νέο ρεκόρ.Λόγω της συνεχούς βροχής, ο όγκος των αγγουριών που κατέληξαν στις αγορές από τις 4 έως τις 10 Αυγούστου ήταν κατά 12% χαμηλότερος σε σχέση με την αντίστοιχη περίοδο του προηγούμενου έτους, σύμφωνα με την Μητροπολιτική Κεντρική Αγορά του Τόκιο.Ενδεικτικά, η μέση χονδρική τιμή των αγγουριών που καλλιεργούνται στον κατ' εξοχήν παραγωγικό νομό της Φουκουσίμα, σημείωσε άνοδο 46%, στα 259 γιέν ανά κιλό (περίπου δύο ευρώ το κιλό). Η μέση χονδρική τιμή των μελιτζανών που καλλιεργήθηκαν στο νομό Τοτσίγκι αυξήθηκε κατά 33%, ενώ ο όγκος των ντοματών μειώθηκε επίσης κατά 28%.Η βροχόπτωση οδήγησε επίσης σε πτώση των επισκεπτών στις παραλίες και τις πισίνες κοντά στο Τόκιο κατά 30% έως 40%, σε σχέση με την ίδια περίοδο το 2016, με τους τοπικούς καταστηματάρχες να ανησυχούν ότι δεν θα ανακάμψουν από την απώλεια εσόδων.Let's block ads! (Why?)

Υπογράφηκε από ΥΠΕΝ Γ. Σταθάκη το ΠΔ για το Κέντρο Πολιτισμού Κατερίνης

Υπογράφηκε από ΥΠΕΝ Γ. Σταθάκη το ΠΔ για το Κέντρο Πολιτισμού Κατερίνης Αθήνα,  21 Αυγούστου 2017 ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥΈνα χρόνιο αίτημα του Δήμου Κατερίνης επιλύεται με το Προεδρικό Διάταγμα, για την τροποποίηση του εγκεκριμένου ρυμοτομικού σχεδίου της πολεοδομικής ενότητας «Καπνικός Σταθμός», το οποίο υπογράφηκε από τον Πρόεδρο της Δημοκρατίας, Προκόπη Παυλόπουλο και τον Υπουργό Περιβάλλοντος και Ενέργειας, Γιώργο Σταθάκη.Με το Διάταγμα ρυθμίζονται μια σειρά πολεοδομικά ζητήματα, απαραίτητα για την αποπεράτωση της κατασκευής του κτιρίου, το οποίο θα στεγάσει το νέο Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο της Κατερίνης, που αναμένεται να ενισχύσει την πολιτιστική ζωή της περιοχής. Θα περιλαμβάνει αίθουσα θεάτρου, καθώς και χώρους πολλαπλών εκδηλώσεων και συνεδρίων. Με την τροποποίηση επεκτείνεται και ο περιβάλλων χώρος του κτιρίου, για τη δημιουργία συνοδών έργων, όπως, θέσεις στάθμευσης, πεζόδρομοι και πλατεία-πάρκο.                                                                                                         Από το Γραφείο ΤύπουLet's block ads! (Why?)

Ευρήματα για την κλιματική ιστορία από αρχαίο πάγο της Ανταρκτικής 2,7 εκατ. ετών

Η μελέτη των πυρήνων πάγου της Ανταρκτικής δίνει τη δυνατότητα στους ερευνητές να αναλύσουν την κλιματική ιστορία των τελευταίων 800.000 ετών. Τα κλιματικά αρχεία που βασίζονται σε άλλα δείγματα, όπως τα ιζηματογενή πετρώματα του πυθμένα της θάλασσας δίνουν ακόμα αρχαιότερα στοιχεία, αλλά οι πυρήνες πάγου μπορούν να αποκαλύψουν μοναδικές λεπτομέρειες.Μία ομάδα Αμερικανών επιστημόνων εφάρμοσε μία καινοτόμο στρατηγική και αντί να εξετάσει μέρη όπου ο πάγος στο κάτω μέρος είναι ο αρχαιότερος, μελέτησε μέρη όπου ο παλαιότερος πάγος έχει συμπιεστεί στην επιφάνεια, πάνω στα υψηλά σημεία του πετρώματος. Πριν από λίγα χρόνια, οι ερευνητές από τα πανεπιστήμια του Πρίνστον, του Σαν Ντιέγκο, και του Όρεγκον Στέιτ δημοσίευσαν στοιχεία από δείγματα πάγου ηλικίας ενός εκατομμυρίου ετών. Σε πρόσφατο συνέδριο, οι ίδιοι ερευνητές αποκάλυψαν τα τελευταία τους ευρήματα, που συμπεριλαμβάνουν δείγματα πάγου έως και 2,7 εκατομμυρίων ετών.Στον πάγο περιλαμβάνονται τμήματα μικρότερα των 800.000 ετών, ανάμεσα σε τμήματα ηλικίας μεταξύ ενός και 2,7 εκατομμυρίων ετών. Ο προσδιορισμός της ηλικίας του απαιτεί προσεκτική χρονολόγηση με βάση ισότοπα αργού. Η σημαντικότερη επιστημονική αξία των ευρημάτων ήταν ότι οι ερευνητές κατάφεραν να μετρήσουν τις συγκεντρώσεις αερίων του θερμοκηπίου από παγιδευμένες φυσαλίδες αέρα, καθώς και δείκτες της θερμοκρασίας των ωκεανών ανά τα έτη.Τα ευρήματα έδειξαν ότι ο ρυθμός εμφάνισης της εποχής των παγετώνων της Γης άλλαξε πριν από περίπου 1,2 εκατομμύρια χρόνια. Τα δείγματα των 800.000 ετών δείχνουν μια σειρά παγετώνων που ο καθένας διήρκεσε περίπου 100.000 χρόνια. Πριν από 1,2 εκατομμύρια χρόνια, ο κύκλος ήταν λίγο ταχύτερος, με εποχές παγετώνων να διαρκούν μόνο 40.000 χρόνια.Οι ερευνητές ελπίζουν ότι η επόμενη αποστολή στην Ανταρκτική θα αποφέρει ακόμα πιο αρχαία δείγματα πάγου, δήλωσε το μέλος της ερευνητικής ομάδας, Εντ Μπρουκ.Let's block ads! (Why?)

XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017: online registration closing soon!

The XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017 will be held from 3 to 6 September in Singapore. This year, with the motto “A Global Vision of Prevention”, 4 000 international and local occupational safety and health (OSH) delegates will gather to share their OSH experience, knowledge and best practices.The global OSH forum has been chosen to present the results of a joint project on developing updated estimates of the costs to society of work-related accidents and illnesses as well as EU-OSHA’s data visualisation tool "The economics of OSH – the value of OSH to society".Deadline for online Congress registration is 27 August 2017, hurry up!Learn more about the Congress and register here.Let's block ads! (Why?)

From Tesla to Mercedes-Benz, automakers become energy companies

Drive your electric car to your solar-powered home, plug it in to charge and enjoy the flexibility provided by the oversized battery parked in the driveway.It's a long-sought environmental ideal, but one that may be getting closer to reality as automakers throw their technical expertise and deep pockets more directly into new ventures in the energy business."This is the integrated future. You’ve got an electric car, a Powerwall and a Solar Roof. It’s pretty straightforward, really," Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk explained to Fast Company at a model all-electric neighborhood earlier this summer. "[This] can solve the whole energy equation."Aside from the union of Musk's clean energy empire, with Tesla's late 2016 acquisition of SolarCity, German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz launched a U.S. energy division in November. BMW, Ford and other auto companies are also doing their own cenergy storage and vehicle-to-grid pilots with a range of utilities and renewable energy providers.All told, Greentech Media counted 10 battery "Gigafactories" in the works worldwide as of late June, although Musk has teased several additional Tesla plants. Along with large-scale projects driven by Tesla and a $500 million-plus Daimler factory being built in Germany, businesses in other industries are also investing in battery production infrastructure, including Johnson Controls and a range of global power company consortiums.A Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast predicts that major automakers such as Volkswagen and Renault will provide demand for a significant amount of new battery manufacturing capacity expected to come online in the next four years. By 2021, Bloomberg expects capacity to reach 278 gigawatt-hours, up from about 103 gigawatt-hours now.While it's still relatively early days for putting electric vehicles to work as assets on a changing power grid, home sweet home is emerging as the first battleground for automakers looking to capture market share in the energy storage space.Take the deal announced this spring between the new standalone outfit Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas and solar panel distributor Vivint Solar, where Mercedes will provide the batteries using the same battery chemistry as the automaker's cars.For Vivint Solar COO Brian Christensen, the decision to partner with a company with roots in the car business was easy. He sees a natural fit between Vivint's focus on residential solar, increasingly in-demand smart home systems and back-up power or storage capacity provided by Mercedes home batteries."As I look at how industries are evolving, I think there is a really good fit between the automotive industry and the home," Christensen said in an interview. "Look at what people spend the most money on."Seeking scaleWith the Vivint and Mercedes-Benz Energy deal, the companies have partnered to offer home battery systems starting at 2.5 kWh, with the potential to add additional modules up to 20 kWh. Rather than leasing the modules like some residential solar systems, the batteries are purchased up front."They’re stackable, and that’s the beauty of it," Christensen said. "A consumer could want a very little amount and pay less for it."In addition to adding value to a residential solar system by allowing users to store energy and take advantage of time-of-use rates, he said market polling in more than a dozen states revealed a range of motivation among would-be battery buyers.Of consumers looking to go solar within the next five years, Vivint found that 79 percent were interested in batteries as back-up power sources, 74 percent to help save money, 72 percent to inch closer to utility independence and 67 percent to use renewable power generated during the day at night. Besides, clever homeowners are already buying storage systems."Consumers were already building that bundle of solar plus smart home on their own," Christensen said.You have a really great battery driving in and out of your home.Longer term, however, the potential is to scale up what's learned at the home or neighborhood level to commercial structures such as office buildings and even utility-scale projects. Tesla and Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas both have commercial divisions, and a spokesperson for the latter said the company is already eyeing energy business opportunities beyond residential batteries."Mercedes-Benz Energy is not only focused on energy storage, but rather looking at the whole ecosystem of home energy solutions to support a customer’s transition to an electric vehicle," according to a statement from the Silicon Valley outpost of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas provided to GreenBiz. "This encompasses several services from storage and renewable generation to smart home energy management, managed charging and more."From a business model standpoint, the company is looking to replicate the model of spinning out more agile technology divisions pioneered with Daimler carsharing subsidiary car2go — a model being replicated by others in the industry, such as General Motors offshoot Maven and Ford Smart Mobility, although those ventures so far have been focused on ridesharing and connected car technology over new energy business lines."Being our own entity gives us the ability to navigate the energy storage space with the speed and flexibility of a startup, while still utilizing the resources and power of the Mercedes-Benz brand," according to the statement from Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, which added that the company's parent automaker plans to have 10 all-electric models on the market by 2022.While the race accelerates between automakers trying to get out ahead in the fast-moving energy storage industry, those working in renewable energy are eager to apply their parent company's next generation EVs to evolving energy systems."You have a really great battery driving in and out of your home," said Vivint Solar's Christensen. "You can figure out how you want to leverage that battery."Let's block ads! (Why?)