October 17, 2011 / Volume 9, Number 20
Over 100 Million Cases of Drunk Driving in 2010
Hearing Loss Dialogue: OSHA to Listen to Stakeholders
Get Safety Going
Prevention through Design Standard Gets Green Light
No Tricks, Just Treats
OSHA Seeks to Protect Workers from Trench Dangers
Over 100 Million Cases of Drunk Driving in 2010
CDC releases report in monthly Vital Signs study.

Adults in the United States drove drunk 112 million times in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The statistics were released in the CDC's Vital Signs monthly report. Highlights include:
  • Men accounted for 81 percent of drinking and driving incidents
  • Young men, ages 21-34, accounted for 32 percent of drinking and driving, despite making up only 11 percent of the U.S. population.
According to CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H, about 11,000 people die each year in motor-vehicle incidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver.

A CDC press release cites three proven, effective recommendations to curb drunk driving:
  • Sobriety checkpoints
  • Minimum legal drinking age laws
  • Ignition interlocks.
View the entire CDC press release.

Hearing Loss Dialogue: OSHA to Listen to Stakeholders
Informal meeting takes place early November.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is scheduling an informal stakeholder meeting to request comments and suggestions on how to prevent occupational hearing loss.

The meeting will be held on November 3, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Frances Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-4437 A/B/C/D, at 200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, DC.

OSHA hopes to consult with employers and employees, noise control experts and public health professionals to gather best practices for:
  • Hearing conservation programs
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Feasible engineering controls.
There are around 20,000-25,000 workers who experience preventable hearing loss each year due to high noise levels at work, according to OSHA's Assistant Secretary of Labor, Dr. David Michaels.

Registration deadline is October 27, 2011. Get additional details in this OSHA press release or contact Frank Meilinger, Director of OSHA's Office of Communications at 202-693-1999 or Meilinger.Francis2@dol.gov.
Get Safety Going
Safety talk.

Talking with employees about their own safety is the best way to motivate them and increase their safety awareness. Giving them an opportunity to consider and discuss the hazards of their jobs promotes the idea that when it comes to safety, every member of your organization is part of the team.

Talking with employees who are working safely is an important part of STOP™ safety observations because it gives you the opportunity to:
  • Praise safe behavior. Remember, when people receive praise for their behavior, they are more likely to repeat that behavior.
  • Encourage them to continue their safe work practices.
  • Understand how they think and why they made the decision to work safely.
  • Assess how clearly they understand their roles and responsibilities.
  • Determine the factors that affect their thinking.
  • Develop the habit of discussing employees' jobs in a postitive way. This makes it easier to talk with employees when they're doing something unsafe.
  • Learn more about the safety aspects of the various jobs in your area.
Taken from STOP™ for Supervision Appendix A.

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Prevention through Design Standard Gets Green Light
Addressing risks from the start.

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has approved the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASSE standard on prevention through design (PtD).

Prevention through Design: Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes (Z590.3) will help organizations apply PtD principles in their safety-and-health programs.

The notion of Prevention through Design essentially means the incorporation of safety-and-health features in the design process. Broadly speaking, the CDC defines PtD as a way to address the risks in the “construction, manufacture, use, maintenance, and disposal of facilities, materials, and equipment.”

To give an example, the NIOSH Science Blog looks at the construction of skylights. PtD requires that skylights be designed and installed with proper guarding systems to prevent inadvertent falls.

PtD has been around for quite some time, and NIOSH is leading a National Initiative to promote it in the United States. The ASSE standard is a major step towards this goal.

According to the NIOSH blog entry, the ASSE PtD standard aims to:
  • Achieve an acceptable risk level
  • Prevent or reduce occupationally related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities
  • Reduce the cost of retrofitting necessary to mitigate hazards and risks that were not sufficiently addressed in the design or redesign processes.
Read the blog entry for more information on the ASSE standard.

For more on the PtD, check out the PtD page on the CDC website.


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OSHA Seeks to Protect Workers from Trench Dangers
Three free safety guidance documents available for download.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published three new guidance products to help workers and employers prevent incidents during trenching operations. According to OSHA, over 200 workers have died from and many more have been injured from trench cave-ins since 2003. Two die every month from trench collapse.

View the entire press release.

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