November 15, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 22
OSHA Seeks Better Tracking of Injuries
and Illnesses
BLS Releases Injury and Illness Data from Private Industry
Workplace Violence: Looking Out For Each Other
Standing Up for the Safety of Temporary Workers
NHTSA Calls for Road Safety as Daylight Savings Time Ends
OSHA Seeks Better Tracking of Injuries and Illnesses
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a proposed rule that would enhance the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.

Under the proposal, OSHA would revise its recordkeeping standards and require the electronic submission of injury and illness data. Businesses with over 250 employees would need to submit electronic safety data every quarter. Businesses with 20 or more workers in some high-risk industries would have to send in safety information electronically once a year.

The public will have until February 6, 2014 to comment on the proposed rule.

View the proposed rule.

For more information, read the OSHA press release.
BLS Releases Injury and Illness Data from Private Industry
Organizations in the private sector reported around 3 million 'nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses' in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This results in 3.4 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers. Key findings of the safety survey include:
  • Total recordable cases declined from 2011 to 2012, while the number of injuries that involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART) stayed constant.
  • No private sector industry saw higher rates of injuries and illnesses in 2012 when compared to 2011.
  • Private manufacturing saw a rise in the rate of job transfer or restriction only cases.
For more detailed information, read the BLS press release.
Workplace Violence:
Looking Out For Each Other
While mass shootings and national tragedies present workplace violence at its extreme, the truth is that most violence at work takes less severe forms.

Share this quiz with employees to test their workplace violence aptitude. Then refresh their knowledge with the new training program from DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Workplace Violence: Looking Out For Each Other.
  1. Workplace violence:
    1. Only happens in large companies with many employees
    2. Only happens in small companies with few employees
    3. Can happen to any person, in any field, at any time
    4. Usually only targets managers at the corporate level

  2. Workplace violence includes:
    1. Physical abuse
    2. Verbal abuse
    3. Threats
    4. All of the above

  3. You can help create a safe working environment that is free of violence by:
    1. Making a commitment to never compromise
    2. Treating each other with respect
    3. Avoiding your supervisor
    4. Both A and B

  4. If you witness someone being bullied:
    1. Report it only if someone has been physically hurt
    2. Threaten the bully
    3. Ask the person being bullied if he or she wants you to report it
    4. Report it and give the facts

  5. Vandalism and arson are:
    1. Forms of workplace violence
    2. Only considered to be workplace violence if someone gets hurt
    3. Violent behaviors aimed at people, not property
    4. Illegal if damage occurs
Check your answers.

Workplace Violence: Looking Out For Each Other alerts employees to the less newsworthy, but damaging kinds of workplace violence, such as threats, intimidation, harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying and domestic abuse that can lead to more serious incidents.

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Standing Up for the Safety of Temporary Workers
Three safety organizations – The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Staffing Workers Alliance, and the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association – urge that temporary workers be covered by the OSH Act, asking OSHA to release a corresponding directive.

The three groups also call for the cross-training of compliance personnel with COSH groups and Worker Centers to help ensure 'a clear, shared understanding of procedures' and to 'promote collaborative efforts' to keep temporary workers safe.

The organizations also offered the following recommendations:
  • Clarify health and safety responsibilities in dual employer settings
  • Initiate a National Emphasis Program in high-hazard industries that hire temporary workers
  • Inspect whether organizations have properly trained temporary workers.
For more information, read the press release.
NHTSA Calls for Road Safety as Daylight Saving Time Ends
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advised the public to stay safe on the road as Daylight Saving Time ended on November 3. Citing the increased risk from it becoming dark earlier, the NHTSA offers several safety tips for drivers, including:
  • Keep your windshield, windows and mirror clean and make sure that wipers and defrosters are functioning well.
  • Be aware that some pedestrians may be using earplugs or earmuffs to protect themselves from the cold. These can block the sound of your horns or vehicles.
The NHTSA also advises pedestrians to:
  • Use a flashlight or additional reflective materials on their clothing to help increase their visibility at night.
  • Know that drivers may take some time to adapt to a nighttime travel environment.
For more tips, read the press release.
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