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I sindaci disertano il tavolo sull’Ilva con Di Maio. Melucci: «È una sceneggiata»

luglio 30, 2018

Il sindaco di Taranto annuncia che domani non sarà presente al vertice sull’Ilva: «Il Comune non si presta a dilettantismo spaccone»

Oltre al primo cittadino di Taranto, non parteciperanno anche gli altri sindaci dell’area ‘di crisì di Taranto e il presidente della Provincia, Martino Tamburrano. I rappresentanti del territorio Tarantino che non andranno a Roma terranno una conferenza stampa, convocata alle ore 10 al Municipio di Taranto.

TARANTO – È una vigilia agitata quella del vertice istituzionale sull’Ilva convocato per domani al Mise dal ministro Luigi Di Maio. Contestando un eccessivo allargamento della partecipazione, diserteranno l’incontro il primo cittadino di Taranto, Rinaldo Melucci, i sindaci dell’area di ‘crisì del tarantino, e il presidente della Provincia ionica, Martino Tamburrano. La stessa ArcelorMittal, che domani presenterà la sua proposta migliorativa per l’acquisto del siderurgico, ha inviato una lettera a Di Maio precisando di non essere stata informata dell’allargamento a tanti soggetti, ma sottolineando un’apertura al dialogo e la necessità di un percorso “condiviso». Nella missiva, ArcelorMittal ha anche sottolineato l’opportunità che all’incontro partecipino il ministero dell’Ambiente e i tecnici del Mise che hanno lavorato alla controproposta.

Alle polemiche sull’incontro risponde il ministro Di Maio, avvertendo che «il tavolo Ilva non è stato convocato per trasformarsi in un club privato dove si discute nell’oscurità. Tutto deve essere trasparente». Di Maio sottolinea che «stiamo parlando del futuro di migliaia di cittadini e lavoratori, e chi preferisce può liberamente scegliere di non partecipare. Da ministro lo accetto, ma ne trarrò le dovute conseguenze».

Il dietrofront degli amministratori tarantini arriva dopo l’ulteriore allargamento del tavolo Ilva a movimenti e associazioni tra cui figurerebbero alcuni attivisti che, al grido «assassino assassino», due mesi fa contestarono Melucci inseguendolo sotto la Prefettura dopo l’incidente sul lavoro in cui perse la vita il 28enne Angelo Fuggiano, operaio della ditta Ferplast dell’appalto Ilva.

«Ma è finita – rileva Di Maio – l’epoca delle riunioni che escludono i cittadini da qualsiasi tipo di discussione. I vecchi schemi mentali ci hanno portato dove siamo oggi e non ripeteremo gli errori di chi ci ha preceduto. Il nostro metodo, che fa rima con partecipazione, è un altro». Un metodo che Melucci, però, definisce «dilettantismo spaccone» al quale il Comune di Taranto “non si presterà: Di Maio – evidenzia il primo cittadino – lo spaccerà per trasparenza e democrazia, ma è solo una sceneggiatura per coprire il vuoto di proposte e di coraggio».

Anche il governatore pugliese Michele Emiliano sottolinea su Twitter l’importanza di un’ampia partecipazione: «A chi fa paura – chiede – la presenza dei cittadini ai tavoli istituzionali ai quali col governo del Pd non era ammessa neanche la Regione Puglia?». Dal fronte dei sindacati, il leader della Fim Cisl, Marco Bentivogli, crede sia «concreto il rischio-passerella» su “una riunione cui parteciperanno, per sole due ore, 62 soggetti tra istituzioni, associazioni e sindacati». Mentre i comitati dei cittadini di Taranto temono che «la volontà del governo sia scongiurare la chiusura dell’Ilva e legare il futuro del territorio alla produzione dell’acciaio».

(La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno)

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EU-OSHA introduces new dangerous substances database — check it out! Le Nuove sostanze pericolose pubblicate da OSHA Europa

luglio 30, 2018

Do you work with dangerous substances or manage people who do? Do you need more information on how to assess and manage the risks? If so, have a look at EU-OSHA’s comprehensive new database on practical tools and guidance on dangerous substances, with links to key resources and audiovisual tools from Member States, EU and beyond. It includes several new case studies created for the current Healthy Workplaces Campaign, which provide real-life examples of good practice in dealing with dangerous substances.

The hundreds of database entries cover topics like training or risk assessment,carcinogens and substitution. What’s more, the database is easy to search, so, if you’re interested in resources on a specific country, sector, work task or hazard, you can quickly and easily find exactly what you’re looking for.

Search the dangerous substances database now

Find out more about the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign 

Testo dellla circolare OiRA n.13 del 25/07/2018

luglio 30, 2018

È stata emanata la circolare congiunta n. 13 del 25 luglio 2018 del Direttore Generale dei rapporti di lavoro e delle relazioni industriali del Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali e del Direttore Generale dell’Inail relativa allo strumento di supporto, rivolto alle micro, piccole e medie imprese, per la valutazione dei rischi sviluppato secondo il prototipo europeo OiRA, dedicato al settore “Uffici”.

Lo strumento ha l’obiettivo primario di supportare, attraverso un percorso guidato, il datore di lavoro nella valutazione dei rischi per le attività di ufficio attraverso l’identificazione dei pericoli e l’individuazione delle misure di prevenzione e protezione, a tutela della salute e sicurezza dei lavoratori, per giungere alla redazione del Documento di valutazione dei rischi (DVR), valido ai sensi degli articoli 17 e 28 del decreto legislativo 9 aprile 2008, n. 81.

Esso è reso disponibile gratuitamente, a decorrere dalla data di emanazione della circolare, accedendo tramite collegamento al sito internet dell’Agenzia europea per la salute e sicurezza sul lavoro (EU-OSHA), al link “tool uffici“, secondo le indicazioni fornite nel sito stesso.

È possibile accedere alla pagina anche dal sito del Ministero e Inail.

Cemento pericoloso

settembre 30, 2017

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The Virtues of Isolation Under the right circumstances, choosing to spend time alone can be a huge psychological boon.

luglio 26, 2017

In the ’80s, the Italian journalist and author Tiziano Terzani, after many years of reporting across Asia, holed himself up in a cabin in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. “For a month I had no one to talk to except my dog Baoli,” he wrote in his travelogue A Fortune Teller Told Me. Terzani passed the time with books, observing nature, “listening to the winds in the trees, watching butterflies, enjoying silence.” For the first time in a long while he felt free from the incessant anxieties of daily life: “At last I had time to have time.”

But Terzani’s embrace of seclusion was relatively unusual: Humans have long stigmatized solitude. It has been considered an inconvenience, something to avoid, a punishment, a realm of loners. Science has often aligned it with negative outcomes. Freud, who linked solitude with anxiety, noted that, “in children the first phobias relating to situations are those of darkness and solitude.” John Cacioppo, a modern social neuroscientist who has extensively studied loneliness—what he calls “chronic perceived isolation”—contends that, beyond damaging our thinking powers, isolation can even harm our physical health. But increasingly scientists are approaching solitude as something that, when pursued by choice, can prove therapeutic.

This is especially true in times of personal turbulence, when the instinct is often for people to reach outside of themselves for support. “When people are experiencing crisis it’s not always just about you: It’s about how you are in society,” explains Jack Fong, a sociologist at California State Polytechnic University who has studied solitude. “When people take these moments to explore their solitude, not only will they be forced to confront who they are, they just might learn a little bit about how to out-maneuver some of the toxicity that surrounds them in a social setting.”

In other words, when people remove themselves from the social context of their lives, they are better able to see how they’re shaped by that context. Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and writer who spent years alone, held a similar notion. “We cannot see things in perspective until we cease to hug them to our bosom,” he writes in Thoughts in Solitude.

Much of this self-reconfiguring happens through what Fong calls “existentializing moments,” mental flickers of clarity which can occur during inward-focused solitude. Fong developed this idea from the late German-American sociologist Kurt Wolff’s “surrender and catch” theory of personal epiphany. “When you have these moments, don’t fight it. Accept it for what it is. Let it emerge calmly and truthfully and don’t resist it,” Fong says. “Your alone time should not be something that you’re afraid of.”

Yet, at the same time, it is not only about being alone. “It’s a deeper internal process,” notes Matthew Bowker, a psychoanalytic political theorist at Medaille College who has researched solitude. Productive solitude requires internal exploration, a kind of labor which can be uncomfortable, even excruciating. “It might take a little bit of work before it turns into a pleasant experience. But once it does it becomes maybe the most important relationship anybody ever has, the relationship you have with yourself.”

Yet today, in our hyper-connected society, Bowker believes that solitude is “more devalued than it has been in a long time.” He points to a recent study at the University of Virginia in which several participants–a quarter of the women and two-thirds of the men–chose to subject themselves to electric shock rather than be alone with their thoughts. Bowker sees this heightened distaste for solitude playing out in pop culture as well. For example, vampires used to be portrayed in stories as secluded hermits, whereas now you’re more likely to see them on camera as sexy socialites, he notes.

And even though many great thinkers have championed the intellectual and spiritual benefits of solitude–Lao Tzu, Moses, Nietzsche, Emerson, Woolf (“How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table”)– many modern humans seem hell-bent on avoiding it. “Every time we have a chance to go running we plug in our headphones. Every time we sit in the car we listen to NPR,” laments Bowker. “I mean, my students today tell me they can’t go to the bathroom without their phone on.”

This is not to say that true solitude necessarily requires an absence of stimuli. Rather, “the value of solitude depends on whether an individual can find an

interior solitude” within themselves, says Bowker. Everyone is different in that regard: “Some people can go for a walk or listen to music and feel that they are deeply in touch with themselves. Others cannot.”

Generally, Bowker contends that our “mistrust of solitude” has consequences. For one, “we’ve become a more groupish society,” he says. In A Dangerous Place to Be: Identity, Conflict, and Trauma in Higher Education, an upcoming book Bowker co-authored with David Levine, a psychoanalyst at the University of Denver, the authors trace a line between the devaluing of solitude and the ongoing ideological conflicts afflicting college campuses. “We’re drawn to identity-markers and to groups that help us define [ourselves]. In the simplest terms, this means using others to fill out our identities, rather than relying on something internal, something that comes from within,” Bowker says. “Separating from the group, I would argue, is one thing that universities should be facilitating more.”

 

“It really lifts you out of problems.”

 

That is where solitude comes in. Such a separation requires what psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott called the “capacity to be alone.” This is key to Bowker’s idea of solitude as self-strengthening. “You have to have that capacity: the ability to know that you’re gonna survive, that you’re gonna be okay if you’re not supported by this group,” Bowker says. “Put another way, a person who can find a rich self- experience in a solitary state is far less likely to feel lonely when alone.”

There is a catch to all of this: For solitude to be beneficial, certain preconditions must be met. Kenneth Rubin, a developmental psychologist at the University of Maryland, calls them the “ifs.” Solitude can be productive only: if it is voluntary, if one can regulate one’s emotions “effectively,” if one can join a social group when desired, and if one can maintain positive relationships outside of it. When such conditions aren’t met, yes, solitude can be harmful. Consider the hikikomori phenomenon in Japan, where hundreds of thousands of depressed or troubled young people quarter themselves away, sometimes for years, often requiring extensive reintegration therapy to move on. The difference between solitude as

rejuvenation and solitude as suffering is the quality of self-reflection that one can generate while in it, and the ability to come back to social groups when one wants to.

When preconditions are met, solitude can be restorative. For Fong, who meditates 15 minutes a day and takes monthly solo camping trips, it is at least as essential as exercise or healthy eating. Possibly, he says, it is necessary for a truly healthy mind. “It really lifts you out of problems. It really, really has a powerful function for making you understand your predicament in this universe,” he says.

Yet, because the study of solitude as a positive force is new, it’s hard to speak in precise scientific terms about it: We don’t know what the ideal amount is, for instance, or even if there is one. Most likely, such measures are different for everybody. But researchers recommended taking it where you can get it, by meditating, taking solo walks or going on camping trips alone. Bowker makes a point of driving in silence. The point is to be away from social interaction and looking inward, however this may be achieved for you. “Solitude does not have form,” says Fong. “It is amorphous.”

After his month-long seclusion in Japan, during which he “put [himself] back together,” Terzani, already a well-known reporter in Italy, went on to build a successful career as an author. Though he was an atheist, Terzani gained an almost religious following for his later writings, much of which interweaved reportage with personal experience and philosophical musings. After his death in 2004 from stomach cancer, the adoption of him as a guru-like figure was something which some intellectuals bemoaned, calling it a disservice to his message. “The only real teacher is not in a forest, or a hut or an ice cave in the Himalayas,” he once remarked. “It is within us.” One imagines him reaching the conclusion alone. (B.Crane)

Antibacterial liquid soap triclosan ineffective and unsafe

settembre 2, 2016

Fda According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. To date, the benefits of using antibacterial hand soap haven’t been proven. In addition, the wide use of these products over a long time has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health.

Air Quality report in USA cities 2016 by LUNG association

giugno 2, 2016

IS really worrying how out air quality sometimes is very dangerous, especially when you cannot handle a particulate of 2.5 micron.

In this report you will find cities and counties polluted by short and long term particulate (PM 2.5) 2.5 micron and Ozone.

The great part of that is in California but sometimes is a surprise to find Arkansas or Uintah (Ozone).

Good luck!

Here is the articleAir Quality USA 2016

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