December 2, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 23
Drivers Are On The Road In Spite of Fatigue
More American Workers Testing Positive
for Drugs
Time is Running Out to Save on DVDs
NHTSA: Highway Fatalities Rise in 2012
NIOSH Requests Feedback on New Workplace Carcinogen Policy
Drivers Are On The Road In Spite of Fatigue
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) reports that over two-thirds of commercial drivers have been feeling more fatigued since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) new Hours-of-Service (HOS) rule has been in place.

According to the survey, nearly 83 percent feel that the new standards have contributed to a lower quality of life. Drivers have also reported lower wages and a decline in productivity. .

For more information, read the press release.

In related research, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 25 percent of drivers surveyed hit the road despite the fact that they were tired and could barely keep their eyes open behind the wheel. Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the organization, shares that 'many drivers are underestimating the problem of driving while extremely tired.'

To learn more about the study, read the press release.
More American Workers Testing Positive for Drugs
More American workers are testing positive for certain drugs despite the overall decrease in drug use over the last 25 years, according to Quest Diagnostics.

Quest Diagnostics assessed over 125 million urine samples from truck drivers, train operators, airline and nuclear power plant workers, among others from 1988 to 2012.

According to the study, the number of overall positive drug tests in the U.S. general workplace dropped from 10.3 percent in 1992 to 4.1 percent in 2012. However, it revealed that positive results for several drugs have risen, including opiates like hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone and amphetamines like Adderall®.

For more information, read the press release.
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NHTSA: Highway Fatalities Rise in 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the final data for traffic deaths in 2012. The total was 33,561, which is 1,082 more than in 2011.

This marks the first time since 2005 that highway fatalities rose from a previous year. The 2011 figures were the lowest since 1949. The NHTSA says that despite the 2012 rise, the death rates are still at 'historic lows.'

Other 2012 data released by the NHTSA:
  • The number of pedestrians who died in 2012 increased from 2011, as did those who died from crashes involving motorcycles.
  • Drunk driving-related fatalities rose, killing over 10,000 in 2012.
  • Distracted-driving deaths decreased in 2012 from 2011.
For more information, read the press release.
NIOSH Requests Feedback on New Workplace Carcinogen Policy
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released "Update of NIOSH Carcinogen Classification and Target Risk Level Policy for Chemical Hazards in the Workplace" which will align its carcinogen policy with the latest cancer research.

The draft of the document can be viewed here and is available for comment until February 13, 2014.

NIOSH drafted the document by consulting with the public and stakeholders. The revised carcinogen policy seeks to help improve the way carcinogens are classified. It also aims to adopt the classification systems of federal and international organizations such as the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

For more information, read the press release.
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