July 15, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 14
OSHA Issues Grain Industry Alert
Distracted Walking Incidents Are Rising
Travel Safety: Know Before You Go
A Jolt for Outdoor Summer Safety
OSHA Launches National Emphasis Program on Isocyanates
OSHA Issues Grain Industry Alert
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to help employees in the grain and agricultural industries reduce their on-the-job risk exposure.

Working with institutions in Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Illinois, OSHA has launched various safety initiatives to keep workers safe and overcome a "this won't happen to me" mindset.

In 2010, a record number of at least 26 people died from grain engulfments. More than 900 incidents have occurred over the past 50 years, 62 percent of which resulted in fatalities. Other risks include falls, auger entanglement, being struck, combustible dust explosions, and electrocution.

For more information, read OSHA's QuickTakes newsletter.
Distracted Walking Incidents Are Rising
Over 1,500 pedestrians were hurt and treated in emergency rooms in 2010 because of cell-phone use related injuries, according to research from Ohio State University.

The figure has grown by 200 percent since 2005, but researchers believe that the statistics are actually underreported. The majority of those injured were aged 16 to 25, and were hurt more because of talking on the phone versus texting.

The research draws data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which collects samples of data from 100 hospitals in the United States.

For more information, read the press release.
Travel Safety: Know Before You Go
When your employees travel, don't let them leave safety behind. DuPont Sustainable Solutions' new Travel Safety: Know Before You Go shares important tips with your employees to help them stay safe and secure during their travels.

It will help them understand the steps to take while planning their trip, safety precautions to take when travelling by taxi, bus, subway, train or plane and security measures for once they've arrived at the hotel. Preview and purchase the DVD online or get instant access with CoastalFlix™ streaming video. Coming soon as an interactive, online training course.

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A Jolt for Outdoor Summer Safety
Summer safety is not all about the heat. The Energy Education Council (EEC) alerts the public to electricity-related hazards during summer.

The EEC warns of power lines and other electrical equipment such as pad-mounted transformers, which carry high voltage. This equipment must always be closed, and if one is open in the neighborhood, the EEC advises the public to alert authorities at once.

Other tips from the EEC include:
  • Keep yourself, as well as items such as ladders or long poles, at least 10 feet away from power lines in all directions, at all times.
  • Do not fly kites or model planes near overhead power lines or electrical substations. A kite string can conduct electricity from an overhead power line to the person on the ground.
  • Never climb trees near power lines. They could be conductors of electricity if branches touch the wires. Even if branches are not touching power lines, they could when someone's weight is added.
  • Storm fronts can move rapidly, and lightning is a potential danger 10 miles in advance of a storm. The rule of thumb from the National Weather Service is, "when thunder roars, go indoors."
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OSHA Launches National Emphasis Program on Isocyanates
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) that will help protect workers from the health risks of isocyanates.

An NEP involves outreach programs and site inspections for three years.

Isocyanates are found in paints, varnishes, auto body repair, and building insulation and are often involved in tasks like spray-on polyurethane manufacturing. Isocyanates can cause eye, skin, nose and throat irritation, as well as occupational asthma. It has also contributed to respiratory ailments and deaths due to hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

For more information, read the OSHA directive.
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