May 15, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 10
PPE Conformity Assessment Standard in
the Works
Dictating Text Messages As Dangerous
as Texting
Promoting Temporary Worker Safety
Attend a DuPont Safety Culture Workshop
OSHA Final Rule on Demolition and Underground Construction
Are Your Employees Ready for the Hazards
They Face?
PPE Conformity Assessment Standard in
the Works
The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is proposing a voluntary consensus standard for personal protective equipment (PPE) conformity assessment. Dan Shipp, ISEA President, discussed the proposal last month during ISEA's Executive Summit in California.

According to ISEA, the standard, ISEA 125, can be used alongside product performance criteria for various personal protective equipment. It specifically covers:
  • qualification performance testing data collection and maintenance,
  • periodic verification,
  • substantiation of processes to maintain manufacturing quality,
  • roles and responsibilities of suppliers, testing organizations, and certification organizations.
The draft form of ISEA 125 cites three methods of conformity assessment:
  • Method A involves supplier testing, quality management system, and supplier declaration of conformity.
  • Method B also covers supplier testing from an ISO 17025-accredited lab, supplier declaration of conformity, and ISO 9001 registration.
  • Method C provides for testing, certification, and management system from third parties.
ISEA 125 aims to address the lack of a consistent system in the US for PPE conformity assessment and the different rationales for third-party certification.

For more detailed information, read the summary of the standard.
Dictating Text Messages As Dangerous
as Texting
Voice-to-text messaging behind the wheel is just as risky as physically typing the message, according to new research from the Texas Transportation Institute.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the study is the first to compare two methods of texting: dictation-based and traditional. The study involved 43 participants, each of whom drove without using any electronic gadget whatsoever. They then drove while texting the traditional way with their fingers and finally, they drove while using voice-to-text technology.

Driver reaction time was twice as long in both of the latter scenarios. Eye contact on the road also declined in either case. More significantly, it was revealed that voice-to-text actually takes longer since electronic transcriptions may have to be corrected.

Another issue of concern is that drivers saw dictation to be safer than traditional texting, despite the fact that both cause distracted driving.

For more information, download the study.
Promoting Temporary Worker Safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum requiring regional administrators to check whether employers hiring temporary workers follow their obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

The directive comes amidst recent reports of temporary employees incurring fatal injuries, often on the first few days of work. In 2011, 12 percent of these injuries involved contractors and as many as 28 percent of the total injuries were incurred by Hispanics/Latinos.

Under the memo, inspectors will use a new code to denote when temporary employees are exposed to safety and health risks. They will also verify if employers conduct training in a language and vocabulary employees can understand.

The OSHA initiative was launched during Workers' Memorial Day on April 28. Read the OSHA press release or download the memo.
Attend a DuPont Safety Culture Workshop
Enhancing your safety culture is about more than removing hazards and institutionalizing safety procedures. It's about people − their attitudes, behaviors and thoughts − and the changing dynamics of today's world.

Join DuPont Sustainable Solutions for a one-day workshop, Elevating Your Safety Culture, at a location near you and discover how DuPont develops safe attitudes and behaviors among employees. This event is limited to senior level executives who have a leading role in driving their organizations to safety excellence and achieving sustainable growth.

Elevating Your Safety Culture provides an in-depth look at DuPont proven safety methods, best practices, and learning and development solutions which help develop a strong safety culture. The workshop also covers how to align your learning and development strategies with your business objectives. Providing relevant training that suits your employees' needs, your organizational culture and your business goals helps increase safety awareness and improve safety culture.

View the full agenda.

Your registration fee of $295 includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

At DuPont, we believe that all accidents are preventable, and have operated under the motto "safety first" for more than 200 years. Now, we would like to share with you the knowledge we've gained from solving some of the world's most complex safety challenges, including our own. Join us at one of the following locations for Elevating Your Safety Culture.

Atlanta, GA on June 4th
Chicago, IL on August 12th
Las Vegas, NV on October 21st

To reserve your space, choose the city and date above that works best for you or visit us online for more information. Don't wait, space is limited!
OSHA Final Rule on Demolition and Underground Construction
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a final rule last month announcing that the Cranes and Derricks standard now applies to demolition and underground construction.

The final rule specifically pertains to hoisting equipment used during construction. It also supersedes the once separate regulation for underground and demolition work, and provides revisions to the 2010 cranes and derricks standard.

View the new rule which takes effect May 23, 2013.
Are Your Employees Ready for the Hazards They Face?
Accidents don't wait until your employees are ready for them. That's why it's imperative that employees are prepared to work safely starting day one.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions' new Hazard Awareness: Ready Day One alerts your employees to hazards they may face on the job. It covers the major points of:
  • GHS compliance
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Fire safety
  • Emergency response.
Summing up key safety and compliance know-how, the program allows you to train on multiple topics in one session. Hazard Awareness: Ready Day One is great for new hires, but also serves as ideal refresher training for veteran employees.

Preview and purchase Hazard Awareness: Ready Day One online. And, DuPont Sustainable Solutions now offers our training DVDs at new lower prices!
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