Teen Drivers Underestimate Their Unsafe Behavior

A new study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) has uncovered a gap between the unsafe driving behaviors of teens and their perception of such driving practices.

Around 80 percent of teens surveyed recognize the danger of aggressive driving, but 36 percent admit to engaging in such driving behavior anyway. Worse, 30 percent of the teens confessed to experiencing road rage.

Close to 90 percent of teens consider themselves safe drivers, but 71 percent of those teens admit to speeding.

The study also uncovered a disconnect between what parents believe teens' driving habits to be and what they actually are. For example, only 38 percent of parents think their children speed, but the majority of the teens admitted to doing so.

The study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD surveyed over 1,600 eleventh and twelfth graders across the United States.

For more information, read the press release.

OSHA Expects To Issue 11 Final Rules in the Near Future

Eleven safety regulations are now in the Final Rule Stage, according to the 2015 Fall Unified Agenda of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Two such rules are:

  • Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica — expected February 2016
  • Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Falls Prevention) — expected April 2016

Apart from standards involving the handling of various whistleblower complaints, other rules in the final phase include:

  • Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards Eye and Face Protection
  • Rules of Agency Practice and Procedure Concerning OSHA Access to Employee Medical Records
  • Streamlining of Provisions on State Plans for Occupational Safety and Health

For a complete list and specific information for each rule, read the Unified Agenda at OSHA's website.

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Deaths from Opioid Overdose ‘Hit Record Levels' in 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that around 500,000 Americans lost their lives to drug opioid overdose between 2000 and 2014.

Opioid pain relievers (oxycodone and hydrocodone) and heroin are the biggest drivers of the drug overdose epidemic. At the same time, deaths due to heroin use have tripled since 2010.

Overdose deaths are up in men and women, non-Hispanic whites and blacks, and in adults of nearly all ages.

Fatalities due to overdose have been highest in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Highlights from the CDC include:

  • Synthetic opioids (except methadone) were responsible for 5,500 overdose deaths in 2014
  • Fatalities from heroin rose 26 percent from 2013 to 2014, peaking at 10,574 in 2014

Read the CDC press release to learn more and read the CDC recommendations to help avoid substance abuse deaths.

NIOSH Opens Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies to help enhance the safety of maritime workers.

According to a NIOSH newsletter, "the ocean environment presents many challenges to those who protect seafaring workers' safety and health. The Center will promote safety and health for this high-risk worker population by coordinating research and intervention studies across NIOSH."

Jennifer Lincoln of NIOSH will head the newly established center.

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