February 15, 2013 / Volume 11, Number 4
Beating Stress and Balancing Work and Life
Discover a New Kind of Safety Meeting
Employee Safety Leads to Customer Satisfaction?
OSHA Adds "Online" Protection for Whistleblowers
Hearing Conservation: Noise Under Control
OSHA Issues Federal Workplace Inspection Plan for FY 2013
Beating Stress and Balancing Work and Life
Study explains the need to disengage completely.

A researcher from Kansas State University advises that employees detach themselves from work "mentally, physically, and electronically" in order to manage job stress.

Assistant Professor YoungAh Park has been studying stress crossover phenomenon between working couples, work-family boundary management, stress, and stress management. While staying connected has been the trend, she found that it allows job matters to interfere with family life, affecting relationships at home and preventing recovery from stress.

YoungAh Park recommends:
  • Self-regulating the use of electronic equipment for work outside office hours
  • Informing colleagues of work-home boundaries.
Businesses will benefit from employees who completely disconnect from work, she advises. Research shows that they are more proactive and more engaged when they return to work.

For more information, read the press release.
Discover a New Kind of Safety Meeting
Attend an Operations Manager training workshop.

Show managers how to integrate safety management into their overall management program with Managing Safety: Systems That Work for Operations Managers. Attend this two-day workshop in New Orleans on March 12th and 13th and discover the DuPont system for managing safety throughout an organization and the role that managers should play in motivating and leading their organization to improved safety awareness and performance. Register today!

One specific area to be covered during this workshop is the Safety Action meeting.

Safety Action meetings are structured somewhat differently from the traditional safety meeting. In this alternative type of safety meeting, the manager or supervisor leads the group in discussion and action on safety issues. Meetings vary slightly in format to suit the type of topic under discussion (e.g., the communication of an incident investigation report, a problem to be solved, an issue to be analyzed, or the implementation of a new procedure).

Generally, to plan a Safety Action meeting, the leader:
  • Decides on and writes out the purpose of the meeting.
  • Outlines the facts to be presented.
  • Writes out the question for discussion.
Once the leader has given the group the question for discussion, the next stages of the meeting are for the group to:
  • Brainstorm ideas, together with their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Select actions to take.
  • Decide who will do what and when.
The goal in every work situation is to have people focused on safety, aware of their own safety and concerned about the safety of others, so they will do something about unsafe conditions and inform their co-workers about unsafe acts, not just leave it all up to the supervisor.

Safety Action meetings encourage this awareness and concern. They enable people to take this responsibility.

Register today for Managing Safety: Systems That Work for Operations Managers and learn more about using a safety organization, safety observations, integrating safety into existing management systems, incident investigations, demonstrating commitment, fostering involvement, safety principles and action planning.
Employee Safety Leads to Customer Satisfaction?
Study examines a possible link.

A study published in the Journal of Safety Research has found a link between workplace safety and customer satisfaction.

The authors conducted a survey of 821 employees at an electric utility company and examined archival safety data. They also used feedback from a customer satisfaction survey. In their abstract, they found that:

"In geographically–based work units where there were more employee injuries (based on archival records), customers were less satisfied with the service they received."

The study suggests likely spillover effects between the safety and service components of a business, although the authors admitted that more research still needs to be done.

For more information, read the journal abstract or buy the article here.
OSHA Adds "Online" Protection for Whistleblowers
OSHA seeks public comment on online form.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has drafted an online form that allows whistleblowers to file a complaint against employers who violate whistleblower provisions.

Since passage of the OSH Act in 1970, Congress has expanded OSHA's whistleblower authority to protect workers from discrimination under twenty–one federal laws. These protections prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who file a complaint, take part in an OSHA inspection, seek access to injury records, or raise a safety or health complaint.

The proposed online form adds another platform by which employees can file complaints. The public has until March 18, 2013 to comment on OSHA's proposal, which can be downloaded at the Federal Register site.

Hearing Conservation: Noise Under Control
Save on training in February.

What sounds would you miss the most if you experienced hearing loss? The laughter of children and grandchildren? Maybe the beat of your favorite song? Or, the sound of ocean waves crashing on the beach?

Hearing loss often happens gradually, so many people don't even know they're in trouble until it's too late. With all of the noise around us at work, at home, and in the car it is imperative to take proper precautions.

Watch this short video clip on the importance of hearing conservation.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions' Hearing Conservation: Noise Under Control will help your employees understand why it is critical to be alert to the hazardous noise around them. This program also identifies actions to take for preventing hearing loss and the proper use of hearing protection.

Save 33 percent on safety training in February. Buy 3 safety training DVDs for $995*! Offer ends 2/28/13.

Preview and purchase the Hearing Conservation: Noise Under Control DVD free online.
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OSHA Issues Federal Workplace Inspection Plan for FY 2013
Annual plan is released.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published its FY 2013 targeted inspection plan, which covers federal government agencies that have high rates of absences due to injuries at work.

In a directive that took effect last month, OSHA laid out the inspection procedures, adding that it would visit agencies that report 100 or more cases of days away from work due to injury during FY 2012. Half of the federal offices with 50-99 instances will also be inspected, as will 10 percent of those with 20-49 cases.

The inspection plan is part of OSHA's Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program, which began in 2008. For more information, read the OSHA press release or download the OSHA directive.


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