February 15, 2010 | Volume 9, Number 4
Get Ready for D-Block
MSD Column Gets a Temporary Withdrawal
STOP™ Implementation Assistance Workshops
Before, During and After: Preparing for the Next Winter Storm
OSHA Powers Up Alliance for Electrical Safety
DuPont Sustainable Solutions Forum 2011
Get Ready for D-Block
Bill to provide a wireless network for public safety gets a second chance.

In January, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, a bill that would designate 10-megahertz of radio spectrum – a national, interoperable wireless broadband network – to facilitate and improve first responders' communication with and among each other, especially during large, high-profile incidents.

According to a press release from the Senator's website, key provisions of the bill would:
  • Establish a framework for the deployment of a nationwide, interoperable, wireless broadband network for public safety
  • Allocate 10 megahertz of spectrum, known as the "D-block," to public safety
  • Direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop technical and operational standards to ensure nationwide interoperability and build-out (including in rural areas)
  • Direct the FCC to establish standards that allow public safety officials, when not using the network, to lease capacity on a secondary, but preemptible basis to non-public safety entities, including other governmental and commercial users, and
  • Provide the FCC with incentive auction authority, which allows existing spectrum licensees to voluntarily relinquish their airwaves in exchange for a portion of the proceeds of the commercial auction of their spectrum.
The bill, according to Sen. Rockefeller, is a good way to honor the bravery of our police, firefighters and other first responders especially in the imminent 10th anniversary of 9-11.

Read the press release.

In related responder news, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is asking for feedback on the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance System. This draft document seeks to ensure the safety and health of responders via proper training and medical surveillance.

Comments can be made until April 1.
MSD Column Gets a Temporary Withdrawal
OSHA seeks more input.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) pulled out its proposal to bring back the MSD column on the OSHA Form 300.

The proposal was being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget, but OSHA wanted to get more input from small businesses, who had raised concerns about the plan. OSHA has now teamed up with the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy to facilitate the feedback process.

Under the proposal, businesses, including many small ones, would be required to note work-related MSDs (by placing a check mark) on the designated column of the OSHA Form 300. The MSD column has not been in place since 2003.

OSHA and the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy will meet to discuss small business concerns. Small businesses can take part via telephone or web forum. A stakeholder meeting with the general public will also be held if requested.

Read the press release.
STOP™ Implementation Assistance Workshops
Help ensure a successful STOP™ roll-out in your workplace

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 objective of STOP™ is to stop injuries by improving safety observation skills and helping people talk with others about safety. It teaches employees to recognize safe and unsafe conditions as well as safe and unsafe acts.

STOP™ For Each Other, STOP™ For Supervision and STOP™ For Ergonomics use proven instructional design in a combination of tested training methods to give people the information, skills and willingness to work more safely; to maximize their learning; and to apply what they learn to the real world.

To optimize your success with STOP™, it is essential to implement the program using proven methodologies which have been tested and refined at DuPont sites and client sites for more than 30 years. Two options have proven to be successful:
  • Cascade Implementation – training cascades from the top down
  • Direct Implementation – senior management and all program leaders are trained by the STOP™ administrator or someone he or she has assigned to the job.
One way to accomplish the Direct Implementation is to participate in an Implementation Assistance Workshop or IAW – either at your site or a public workshop. The IAW for STOP™ For Supevision (general industry or oil & gas specific), STOP™ For Each Other (general industry or oil & gas specific), or STOP™ For Ergonomics helps build a strong foundation for the STOP™ program and increases involvement across your organization. Additionally, the public workshops provide the opportunity to benchmark with organizations who are also implementing STOP™.

Send your STOP™ leadership team to a STOP™ Implementation Workshop near you!

Review the agenda.
See the schedule of upcoming workshops.

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Before, During and After: Preparing for the
Next Winter Storm

Safety tips from FEMA.

Snow storms have been raging across many parts of the country, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offered recently updated tips to help the public brace for winter storms.

Before a storm hits:
  • Add the following supplies to your disaster supplies kit
    • Rock salt to melt ice on walkways
    • Sand to improve traction
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
  • Prepare to:
    • Have sufficient heating fuel in case of possible isolation in the house
    • Winterize your home
    • Winterize the barn, shed, and other shelters
    • Insulate pipes with newspapers and plastic
    • Keep fire extinguishers (alternate heating sources pose fire risks)
    • Shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts
    • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of roofs
    • Have a mechanic check your car.
During a storm:
  • Listen to the radio, TV, or the NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports
  • Remove insulation or layers of newspapers, and wrap pipes in rags if the pipes freeze. Open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold
  • Keep any room well-ventilated when using kerosene heaters to avoid toxic-fume build-up
  • Watch out for frostbite and hypothermia
  • Keep dry by changing wet clothing to prevent loss of body heat
  • If a blizzard traps you in a car:
    • Pull off the highway; turn on hazard lights, and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window
    • Run the engine and heat about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and clear snow from the exhaust pipe to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning
    • Stay on main roads; avoid back road shortcuts.
After a storm:
  • Be aware of new safety issues: washed out roads, contaminated buildings, contaminated water, gas leaks, broken glass, damaged electrical wiring
  • Consult Rebuilding Resources from the FEMA website.
Visit the FEMA website for more tips and detailed resources.

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OSHA Powers Up Alliance for Electrical Safety
Safety agency re-energizes electrical safety.

A strategic alliance for electrical safety will continue as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renews its partnership with the Electrical Transmission and Distribution Construction Contractors, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and other trade associations.

The partnering aims to:
  • Identify the causes of injuries, illnesses and deaths
  • Reduce the occurrences of these incidents
  • Train employees in the industry on recommended measures
  • Determine if these objectives are met.
The alliance is part of OSHA's Strategic Partnership Program. It has had several accomplishments since being renewed in 2008, including a decrease in the number of fatal incidents from 6 in 2008 to 2 in 2009; a reduction in Days Away from Work, Restricted Work Activity, or Job Transfer Rate from 4.04 in 2008 to 2.95 in 2009; and training of about 4,400 apprentices via the OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for the electrical transmission and distribution industry.

See the OSHA press release for more details.
DuPont Sustainable Solutions Forum 2011
Sustainable Transformation

Mark your calendars! The DuPont Sustainable Solutions Forum will be held August 1st and 2nd at the Virginia Beach Hilton Oceanfront Hotel.

The theme of the forum is Sustainable Transformation and features an e-learning track and a safety culture track. All attendees are welcome to attend the wide range of compelling breakout sessions in both tracks.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest features and new technology of the DuPont eLearning Suite and to explore the latest thinking in the behavior-based safety realm.

See what 2010 Forum attendees had to say.
  • "I appreciated meeting new contacts."
  • "Enjoyed networking and continuing to understand new ideas and concepts to re-affirm the direction of our programs. I continue to build relationships with folks that are repeat attendees."
  • "Hearing what other customers have to say about their experiences with online training is very helpful."
  • "Insight of top level managers was a highlight."
  • "The Instructional Design session was very valuable as I begin to create a training program."
  • "The knowledge shared among all the safety professionals provides great value."
  • "I really enjoyed the keynote speakers this year and I like hearing how others are implementing DuPont programs."
Don't miss your chance to attend the 2011 DuPont Sustainable Solutions Forum! Reserve your seat now for the eLearning Track or the Safety Culture Track and get the early bird price of $795 (regularly $995).

Make your hotel reservations, too. See you in August!

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