Drivers Continue to be Distracted After Using Devices

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that people can be distracted for as long as 27 seconds after dialing, changing music, or sending a text using voice commands.

This finding brings up new concerns about distracted driving. “The reality is that mental distractions persist and can affect driver attention even after the light turns green,” said Marshall Doney, AAA’s President and CEO.

“The results (of the study) indicate that motorists could miss stop signs, pedestrians, and other vehicles while the mind is readjusting to the task of driving,” adds Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The study looked at the degree that hands-free systems in ten 2015-model vehicles and three kinds of smart phones increased mental distraction.

For more information, read the press release.

Implementing a Workplace Wellness Program: A How-to Guide

Employers can now download a how-to guide for implementing a workplace wellness program, “From Evidence to Practice: Workplace Wellness that Works,” produced by the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Transamerica Center for Health Studies.

Addressing concerns that wellness programs are too expensive and too big for small employers, the how-to guide offers recommendations that are flexible, and easy, free or very low cost to implement.

Read the how-to guide.

Updated CPR and ECC Guidelines

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently published the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), a document that updates the 2010 version.

This is not a complete revision but focuses on topics with significant new science or ongoing controversy. Some of the changes pertain to:

  • Systems of Care and Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Adult Basic Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality
  • Alternative Techniques and Ancillary Devices for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Adult Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
  • Post-Cardiac Arrest Care
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Special Circumstances of Resuscitation
  • Pediatric Basic Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Education and First Aid
  • The Use of Social Media in Contacting Potential Rescuers

Read more.

BLS Releases Injury and Illness Data for 2014

There were around 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by the private sector in 2014, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

This is around 54,000 fewer cases than 2013. It indicates 3.2 cases for every 100 full-time employees and represents a trend of overall decline since 2003.

Highlights of the BLS report include:

  • More than 50 percent of the recorded injuries in 2014 involved days away from work, job transfer, or restriction (DART cases).
  • Just over 95 percent of total reported injuries and illnesses were injuries.
  • Nearly 75 percent of the injury cases happened in the service industry, the other 25 percent in goods-producing sectors.

For further information, read the full BLS press release.

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