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Document ID (ISN)34446
CIS number 80-2083
Year 1980
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Potter H.
Title Alcoholism and occupational safety
Original title Alkohol und Arbeitssicherheit [in German]
El alcohol y la seguridad del trabajo [in Spanish]
Alcool e sicurezza del lavoro [in Italian]
L'alcool et la sÚcuritÚ du travail [in French]
Bibliographic information Cahiers suisses de la sÚcuritÚ du travail, Caisse nationale suisse d'assurance en cas d'accidents, Luzern, Switzerland, Mar. 1980, No.133. 30p. Illus. The Spanish version is in: I.N.M.S.T., No.902, p.65-73.
Abstract Difficulties encountered in attempting to pinpoint the role of alcohol in accidents and determine the percentage of occupational accidents due to alcohol are considered. Different surveys give percentages varying between 7.5% and 35%. One fact is stressed: alcohol potentiates the effects of harmful substances and physical agents, and thus increases predisposition to accidents. Suggested measures which could reduce or suppress alcohol consumption in the workplace include mechanisation of heavy physical work, thermal insulation, ventilation, air-conditioning and above all the distribution of soft drinks. Review of physiological requirements as regards intake of fluids, and suitable non-alcoholic beverages. Other preventive measures include prohibition or restriction of alcohol consumption, and screening and selection of personnel. Many examples of accidents are given. Spanish translation published in "Notas y documentos sobre prevenciˇn de riesgos profesionales", 148, 4░ trimestre 1984, p.65-73.
Descriptors (primary) alcohol consumption and accidents; alcoholic beverages
Descriptors (secondary) Switzerland; non-alcoholic beverages; mechanization; drinks at work; vocational selection; statistical aspects; ventilation; air conditioning; protection against heat; legislation; translation; accident descriptions
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Nutrition
Psychological factors
Alcohol and drug abuse