December 1, 2014 | Volume 12, Number 22

Study Suggests High-Iron Foods at Night Disrupt Circadian Rhythms

A new study from the University of Utah reports that consuming foods with high-iron content at night can mess up the biological mechanism that regulates sleep and eating.

The finding is relevant, especially for graveyard shift workers, who are more susceptible to type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease, and obesity because of disrupted circadian clocks.

According to the study, under normal sleeping patterns, iron helps the liver optimize levels of blood glucose. But in shift work, when circadian rhythms are messed up, an intake of iron can abnormalize glucose production and interfere with the body’s metabolism.

The authors of the study admit additional research is needed to determine whether and to what extent the results impact dietary practices, especially of shift employees.

The study was published in the journal, Diabetes. Read the press release for more information.

OSHA Issues New Compliance Directive on Crane Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a compliance directive to guide agency inspectors in the application of Subpart CC of the new Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard.

Subpart CC covers "power-operated equipment that in construction is used to hoist, lower, and horizontally move a suspended load." This includes articulating cranes, crawler cranes, cranes on barges, and mobile cranes, to name a few.

The compliance directive also lists exceptions to Subpart CC based on configuration or end use. Some equipment is altogether exempt, such as power shovels and excavators, among others.

Read the full compliance directive to view the complete lists and learn more.


Study: 21% of Fatal Car Crashes Involve Drowsy Driving

New data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that 21 percent of fatal vehicular crashes between 2009 and 2013 involved drowsy drivers.

The new AAA statistic is higher than the 17 percent reported in their previous study conducted from 1999 to 2008, and considerably higher than the official government statistic, which suggests only 1-3 percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drowsy driving.

The study, Prevalence of Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Drowsy Drivers, United States, 2009-2013, took a representative sample from 14,268 crashes and revealed that drowsy driving was involved:

  • In 7% of crashes where a person was treated for injuries
  • In 13% of crashes where at least one person was hospitalized

The data suggests that 328,000 crashes involving drowsy driving happen each year on average, 109,000 of which cause injuries and 6,400 result in fatalities.

Download the FREE pdf for more information.

Don’t Let Hazardous Energy Escape – New Training Program

When it comes to working around energy, it is vital that your employees understand the dangers of not following proper procedures.

Lockout/Tagout: No Escape highlights the fatal five mistakes that people make, the seven-step process for lockout/tagout, and the nine types of energy that may cause hazardous situations in the workplace.

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OSHA Issues Wallet Cards on Three Safety Issues

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published three wallet cards on OSHA reporting requirements, hazard identification, and worker rights.

These wallet-sized resources distill the most essential information.

The Reporting Requirement card shows employers what incidents they must report within 8 hours and 24 hours. It also includes information on how to report an incident. Download here.

The Hazard Identification card stresses the need to collect information, inspect and observe, involve workers, and investigate incidents. Download here.

The Rights Card advises workers that in order to work safe they should observe, think, and act and it reminds them of their rights under Whistleblower Protection Programs. Download: English version | Spanish version

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