May 16, 2011 | Volume 9, Number 10
Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect
OSHA Celebrates 40 Years, Workers Memorial Day
Get Safety Going
NHCA Presses OSHA for Noise Control
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
OSHA´s Budget Fight Continues
Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect
The AFL-CIO releases safety report.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) issued “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” a report that documents workplace safety on a state and national level.

The 2011 issue is the 20th edition of the AFL-CIO’s report. Key findings include:
  • There are about 8-12 million job injuries and illnesses each year, about two to three times greater than preliminary data reported from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2009.
  • 3.7 per 100,000 Latino employees died in 2009, totaling 668 for the year, down from 804 in 2008.
  • Injuries and illnesses cost $159-318 billion a year (direct and indirect costs)
  • There is a lack of workplace inspectors with only 2,218 inspectors for 8 million workplaces
  • Monetary penalties are too low to deter safety violations
  • Weak criminal penalties
  • Many employers cut back workplace safety and health efforts due to an absence of strong government oversight and enforcement
  • Montana led the country with the highest fatality rate. Tied for second were Louisiana and North Dakota, followed by Wyoming, then Nebraska. New Hampshire had the lowest death rate.
The AFL-CIO called for stronger safety laws, improvement of the Mine Safety and Health Act, the passage of the Protecting America’s Workers Act, and a renewal of the commitment to keep workers safe.

Get the entire report.

Created in 1955 with the merger of the two organizations, the AFL-CIO comprises 55 national and international labor unions. Its union movement represents 12.2 million members from all sorts of jobs and industries.
OSHA Celebrates 40 Years, Workers Memorial Day
Agency marks watershed event.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration marked its 40th year on April 28. Since its inception via the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1971, OSHA has passed many much-needed laws to protect workers, helping reduce injuries and fatalities on the job.

Looking back on its history, OSHA put together a video that charts our nation’s progress in occupational safety and health protection.

The video is part of the “OSHA at 40” website, which also includes an interactive timeline of OSHA’s history and a special message from OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels. He remarked that American workplaces today are “far safer than forty years ago,” but reiterated OSHA’s continuing commitment to workplace safety.

Read Dr. Michaels’ full message.

April 28 was also Workers Memorial Day, which honors the men and women who have lost their lives on the job. In a proclamation, President Obama asked the nation to take part in the ceremonies, saying that on this occasion, “we reflect on the vital achievements of the past and recommit to keeping all workers safe and healthy in the future. We owe nothing less to the countless working Americans who have built and shaped our nation, and to those who have lost their lives or been injured on the job.”

Read the President’s proclamation.
Get Safety Going
Total Observation

To see safety as you observe yourself, use your "mind's eye." Your "mind's eye" is your "mental television," the personal channel you can tune in to visualize how you will perform a job before you actually do it.

Using your mind's eye, you:
  • Think about how you have done the job in the past.
  • Think about how you are planning to do the job now.
  • Compare these images with how the job should be done safely.
As you learn to see safety, you'll start to notice clues to safe and unsafe situations. One way to look more closely at these clues is through Total Observation.

Total Observation is a technique that involves using your senses to become aware of everything around you. When you use Total Observation you use sight, hearing, smell and touch to make sure an area is safe.

In Total Observation you:
  • Look Above, Below, Behind, and Inside (ABBI).
  • Listen for unusual sounds.
  • Smell for unusual odors.
  • Feel for unusual temperatures or vibrations.
You can use Total Observation to check out a situation that could present a hazard, or to get to the bottom of a problem. In these cases, Total Observation is a good tool for seeing safety.

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NHCA Presses OSHA for Noise Control
OSHA asked to revisit standards preventing hearing loss.

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to review the interpretation and application of noise controls in industrial workplaces.

After OSHA withdrew a noise-control proposal in January 2011, the NHCA sent a letter to OSHA, presenting the benefits of noise control such as:
  • Reduction of potential user error
  • Negligence, or deliberate non-compliance regarding the use of hearing protectors
  • Improved hazard awareness and perception of safety alerts and warnings
  • Reduction of the risk of life–altering hearing loss, tinnitus, and other effects of excessive noise exposure
  • The cost effectiveness of noise controls as a long–term strategy.
Read the letter.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Help keep your employees safe on the road.

Riding a motorcycle is not the same experience as driving a car. You are almost invisible to other motorists on a bike. That’s what makes it so imperative to practice all the right habits of motorcycling. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so take the time to remind your employees of important habits like:
  • Be properly licensed with the right insurance.
  • Practice – because it takes coordination between your hands and feet to operate a bike correctly.
  • Do pre-ride inspections.
  • Know and follow the safety rules.
  • Wear only approved protective riding gear.
  • Never impair your skill with alcohol or drugs.
  • Be a defensive rider, and
  • Have an emergency plan in case of an incident.
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OSHA’s Budget Fight Continues
Labor Secretary testifies before the Senate.

Department of Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, spoke May 4th at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, justifying OSHA's budget under the DOL's budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.

The DOL is asking for $12.8 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is 5 percent less than the FY2010 budget. Read more in the DOL budget brief.

Under the DOL budget request, OSHA would get around $583 million, which is what OSHA gets under President Obama’s FY 2012 budget request, and is higher than OSHA’s current FY funding.

While Solis agreed that spending cuts are necessary, she said that they must be done in a way that “protects the recovery [of the economy], protects the investments we need to grow, create jobs, and helps us win the future.” She believes that “key investments” must not be sacrificed, and one of those is worker safety.

OSHA’s FY 2012 budget would seek to protect employees from employers who disregard worker safety. The amount would also fund OSHA’s whistleblower programs, speed up the processing of received complaints, and jumpstart a high volume of complex cases resulting from recently passed laws. The Mine Safety and Health Administration would also benefit from the budget increase.

Read Secretary Solis’s testimony. It details how the higher budget is to be allocated among various DOL departments and projects.

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