May 1, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 9
NSC Issues Distracted Driving Report
DuPont Sustainable Solutions' Leaders Forum
'OSHA Still Takes an Eternity to Issue a New Safety Rule'
Revving Up Road Work Safety
Save on Safety Handbooks and Posters
Communicating with Victims' Families
NSC Issues Distracted Driving Report
Released during Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The National Safety Council (NSC) published a State of the Nation of Cell Phone Distracted Driving, a report that provides updated statistics, sums up recent developments, and surveys ongoing efforts to curb the problem.

The report states that cell phone use accounts for about 24 percent of motor vehicle crashes, although the NSC claims that the actual number may be much higher. The role of cell phones in car crashes is underreported, one reason is because drivers won't admit to being distracted.

State of the Nation also covers legislative advances against distracted driving, including texting bans, federal laws, and law enforcement campaigns, such as the Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other initiative in New York and Connecticut.

The report also identifies the role of technology in anti-distracted driving efforts. Incoming and outgoing calls while driving can be blocked and some phone companies are developing products "that safely manage electronic communications…"

State of the Nation also touches on corporate cell phone policies and employer efforts to prevent distracted driving, along with relevant statistics. Some employers have imposed total bans on cell phone use; about 20 percent of Fortune 500 companies surveyed by the NSC think the prohibitions helped raise productivity, while a minority believes otherwise.

For more information, download the report.
DuPont Sustainable Solutions' Leaders Forum
Network and learn with executives in a wide-range of industries.

Join us July 30th and 31st at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront for the 2012 DuPont Leaders Forum on Safety and Business Sustainability.

This interactive day and a half event provides an exclusive platform for senior level executives to leverage best practices and expert knowledge in the areas of employee safety, operational risk management, contractor safety, employee development and operational effectiveness.

We have an exciting array of breakout sessions planned* for day one, including:
  • Can You Improve and Sustain Business Through Safety?
  • Changing Workforce: Building a More Innovative and Capable Organization
  • Managing the Unexpected: Critical Factors for Risk Management
  • Acting Globally: Customizing and Diversifying a Safety Program for a Multicultural Workforce
Day two will focus on industry roundtables structured around topics that are most important to organizations in your particular industry. Space for this exclusive event is limited to 100 participants, so register today.

Visit the 2012 Leaders Forum website for more information.

*Agenda subject to change.

'OSHA Still Takes an Eternity to Issue a New Safety Rule'
Senate committee discusses OSHA's rule-making process.

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) commented on OSHA's rule-making process, saying that the agency "still takes an eternity to issue a new safety rule."

Other committee members shared related sentiments last month at a HELP hearing, where the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the report, Multiple Challenges Lengthen OSHA's Standard Setting.

The GAO found that:
  • OSHA takes about eight years on average to finalize a safety rule
  • OSHA has published 58 "significant rules" since 1981, but only 11 since 2000.
According to the GAO, OSHA's average time to set standards is:
  • 50 percent longer than that of the EPA
  • Twice as long as that of the DOT
  • Over five times as long as the SECís.
A silica standard has been in the works since 1997; a beryllium rule since 2000 (1975 counting issuance of proposed standard); and one on walking and working surfaces since 2003.

The GAO attributed the delays to:
  • Numerous "procedural requirements"
  • Changing priorities, and
  • Stringent criteria for judicial review.
To speed up the rule-making process, the GAO recommended that OSHA:
  • Coordinate more with other agencies
  • Use more voluntary consensus standards
  • Set statutory deadlines
  • Alter criteria for judicial review.
For more information, download the GAO report or read a summary.
Revving Up Road Work Safety
OSHA continues Alliance.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners renewed their alliance to protect workers in roadway construction work zones.

The focus of the partnership will be on vehicle runovers and backovers, as well as training workers with limited to no English. Runovers or backovers are the main cause of fatalities on the job, according to Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels.

For the next two years, the Alliance will reach out to paramedics, police officers, truck drivers, and others with fact sheets on:
  • PPE and high-visibility clothing
  • Entering and exiting work zones at night or day
  • Traffic control requirements.
The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners is an organization of "construction industry associations" that safeguards the safety, rights, and health of workers, and seeks to understand employer responsibilities.

Read more about the alliance.
Read the press release.

Save on Safety Handbooks and Posters
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DuPont Sustainable Solutions' handbooks are a great way to reinforce safety compliance skills by reviewing key training points and learning objectives. Handbooks include a tear-out quiz and are an ideal way to reinforce and document training.

Our four-color posters are the perfect way to post safety reminders at critical points in your work area. Posters are available on topics like proper lifting techniques, first aid, lockout/tagout steps, and more!

View the list of available titles.

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Communicating with Victims' Families
OSHA issues new directive.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a directive that guides OSHA representatives on communicating with the families of victims of workplace fatalities throughout an investigation process.

Under the directive, OSHA staff will explain the procedures to a victim's family. They will provide a timeline and update the family throughout the process. The communication guidelines follow a three-phase approach:
  • Initial Communication
  • Follow-up Communication
  • Post-Inspection Communication.
Upon completing the inquiry, OSHA will relate the findings to the family, answer any questions, and provide, if any, copies of OSHA citations.

For more information, read the full directive. It includes the templates of OSHA letters to be sent to the victimsí families.

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