House Bill Approves FY 2018 Budget for Some Agencies

In a Congressional bill signed last July, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is slated to get around $531.5 million, about $21.3 million less than the previous fiscal year and about $11.8 million less than the initial budget request. Training grants have no allocated funds for FY 2018.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has around $360 million, a decrease from FY 2017’s $373.8 million, and $15.2 million less than the requested budget. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has $609 million for FY 2018, the same as FY 2017 and $1.158 million higher than the requested budget.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a little over $325 million for FY 2018, $10 million lower than that of FY 2017, but about $125 million higher than the initial request.

The deferment was Read the House Bill and a more detailed report outlining each budget.

Download OSHA’s New Confined Space for Residential Construction Fact Sheet

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a fact sheet, Confined Spaces in Residential Construction, that clarifies the Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA) standard.

According to the fact sheet, the standard covers spaces that:

  • Are large enough for a worker to enter
  • Have limited or restricted means of entry or exit
  • Are not designed for continuous occupancy.

The fact sheet also outlines the requirements for/characteristics of a permit-required confined space. It explains if, how and to what extent the standard applies to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. It also discusses host employer obligations, entry employer obligations, among other topics.

Download the fact sheet.

Safety Culture and Risks Workshop

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As organizations are unique in the risks they face, we are holding a workshop to address typical challenges faced by organizations with regards to culture, employee engagement, and operational discipline. This session will focus on approaches that change mindsets and behaviors, including using diagnostic tools to understand the current safety culture and risks involved.

During this workshop, seasoned DuPont consultants share their experience of working with companies across a range of industries. They will discuss proven, world-class tactics and innovative solutions to reduce incidents and improve performance.

When: Wednesday, September 20th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Cost: $395, includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments

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Over 40 Percent of Americans ‘Too Tired to Function Safely at Work’

Forty-three percent of Americans admit to a lack of sleep, which then hampers their judgment and decision-making, and increases their risk of incidents, according to a survey by the National Safety Council (NSC).

Highlights of the study were published in an NSC press release. Some of the highlights include:

  • 81 percent of the respondents have occupations that require constant attention or cognition
  • 97 percent have at least one of the leading nine risk factors for fatigue, which include working at night or in the early morning, and working long shifts, among others.
  • 66 percent report exhaustion, 53 percent admit lack of productivity, and 44 percent can’t focus at work
  • 39 percent forget things because they are tired
  • 27 percent find it difficult to make decisions

These findings show the safety risks posed by workplace fatigue.

Read the NSC press release.

Download the NSC study.

Good Night’s Sleep Helps Prevent Unhealthy Eating

Getting a good night’s sleep reduces the likelihood of poor eating habits after work, according to a study by scholars from Michigan State University and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Workplace stress has been known to cause overeating and poor dietary choices after one’s shift, but according to the study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, good sleeping habits can break this stress-poor eating nexus.

The authors of the study examined 235 workers in China who had tense, high-pressure occupations, and who were found to eat unhealthy foods in the evening. This was due to, they proposed, eating as a way to relieve and regulate one’s negative mood and to unhealthy eating as a means of exert[ing] effective control over their cognitions and behaviors.

In their study, they then recommend that employers address the source of work stress, consider sleep training, and implement flexible schedules.

Read the press release to learn more.

Get Safety Going

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Join us for a FREE one-hour webinar and discover how DuPont™ STOP® builds communication skills by encouraging workers at all levels to talk to one another about safety. Register today!

What You Will Learn:
This one-hour webinar will reveal some of the concepts and instructional strategies that have combined to make the DuPont™ STOP® program so successful at helping reduce workplace injuries for more than 30 years.

Understand the key concepts that are the basis for STOP®:

  • All injuries and occupational illnesses can be prevented.
  • Employee involvement is essential.
  • Management is responsible for preventing injuries.
  • All deficiencies must be corrected promptly.
  • Off-the-job safety must be promoted.

Grasp the three-pronged instructional design which has been so effective in taking learning from the classroom to the workplace:

  • Individual self-study through workbooks
  • Group meetings where participants view DVDs, then discuss the concepts
  • Hands-on workplace application activities.

Who Should Attend:

  • EHS Directors
  • Safety Managers
  • Training and Development Coordinators
  • Plant Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Vice Presidents of Safety
  • HR Directors
  • Risk Managers
  • Safety Committee Members
  • Anyone interested in significantly reducing injuries

The award-winning DuPont™ STOP® program provides a path to workplace safety excellence by making safe behavior and workplace conditions part of the work culture − thus helping to prevent injuries and incidents. The goal is zero. Let DuPont™ STOP® help you get there!

Learn how STOP® can help get your employees "seeing safety" in your workplace and communicating with one another about safety priorities. Register online today! Learn more about STOP® For Each Other, STOP® For Supervision and STOP® For Ergonomics here.

New Application for Electronic Submission of Safety Data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), a web-based application that allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A.

In June, OSHA had proposed extending the deadline of submission of OSHA Form 300A to December 1, 2017 to enable everyone to adjust to the new system.

Submitting the form via ITA involves four steps, and the page offers three ways to submit the data. The web page also features reporting requirements and FAQs.

Read the OSHA press release or go to the ITA page.

White-Collar Workers Face Higher Risk of ALS, Parkinson’s

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that there is higher ALS and Parkinson’s disease mortality among workers in occupations associated with higher socioeconomic status (SES).

ALS and Parkinson’s disease are commonly studied in terms of behavior and demography, and the contribution of this study is to explore the links of these diseases to occupation.

The authors of the study admit its limitations, but according to a summary, it provides information for future targeted studies among workers in higher SES occupations to identify risk factors for ALS and Parkinson’s disease. These studies should use designs that provide evidence for causality, detailed exposure assessment, and adjustment for additional potential confounders.

The scope of the study covered 1985 to 2011, and was published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Read the full study.

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