January 16, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 2
NIOSH Looks Ahead to the Future of Workplace Safety
Top 10 Workplace Fatalities of 2011
MSHA Releases Mine Fatality Rate for 2011
Get Safety Going
OSHA Updates FEDTARG Directive for FY 2012
Golf Cart & LSV Safety
NIOSH Looks Ahead to the Future of Workplace Safety
Agency director shares his thoughts in newsletter.

Dr. John Howard, the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) cites the following as factors that may affect workplace safety in the next few years:
  • The acceleration of technological change
  • The rising diversity of the U.S. workforce, and the corresponding diversity of health and safety needs
  • The increase in minimum retirement age and the need to address the safety of older workers
  • The retirement of baby boomers
  • The rise of chronic health conditions like obesity
  • The decentralization of workplaces, and the proliferation of jobs in the service, healthcare and IT sectors
  • The emergence of new safety risks as the United States taps new energy sources and uses new energy technologies
  • The increasing need to balance work and family, as well as the galloping pace of work that could raise stress levels and trigger psychosocial problems.
NIOSH has already responded to some of these trends, according to Dr. Howard. For instance, the agency has studied the impact of nanotechnologies on occupational safety. He suggests that such research offers a model that can help anticipate and address the impact of other emerging technologies on workplace safety.

The diversity of the labor force has encouraged safety training that responds to cultural differences and personal protective equipment that fits different shapes and sizes.

Dr. Howard also stressed the need to look at safety issues holistically, instead of treating them separately in public policy and business administration. The Total Worker Health™ initiative is one attempt to develop and disseminate a holistic, integrated approach to occupational safety.

Dr. Howard ends by listing future NIOSH initiatives, including the move to “leverage our research and services to support effective public policy and private-sector practices.”

Read the entire article.
Top 10 Workplace Fatalities of 2011
Safety group shares its list.

The National Council for Occupational Safety & Health (COSH) released its list of the top ten workplace tragedies for 2011.

Type of Accident
Injuries and Deaths
Explosion in grain elevator
Bartlett Grain Co.
6 dead
Atchison, KS
October 2011
Dust fires
Hoeganaes Corp.(metal powder manufacturing)
5 dead; 3 injured
Gallatin, TN
Since January 2011
Electrocution near irrigation system
Monsanto Corp. (agriculture)
2 dead; 8 injured
Tampico, IL
July 2011
Suffocation in manhole
Triangle Paving and Grading Co.
2 dead
Durham, NC
June 2011
Explosion in oil well
Samson Resources Co.
3 dead
August 2011
Trench collapse
The City of Las Vegas
2 dead
Las Vegas, NV
May 2011
Explosion in gas plant
Carbide Industries
2 dead; 2 injured
Louisville, KY
March 2011
Stabbing of mental health worker by resident
North Suffolk Mental Health Association
1 dead
Revere, MA
January 2011
Crushed by backhoe (rollover)
Bowdoin Excavations LLC
1 dead
Bangor, ME
July 2011
Collapse of coal mine highwall
Armstrong Coal
2 dead
Centertown, KY
October 2011

The National Council for Occupational Safety & Health (COSH) is a federation of local and statewide COSH groups. COSH groups are private, non-profit coalitions of labor unions, health and technical professionals, and other advocates of worker health and safety.

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MSHA Releases Mine Fatality Rate for 2011
Preliminary data only.

According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), 37 miners died at work in 2011, down from last year's 71 and it is the lowest number since 1910. Of the 37 deaths, 21 occurred in coal mines and 16 happened in metal/nonmetal mining facilities. Machinery was the main factor involved in the deaths.

Type of Mine
Number of Fatalities
Surface Coal Mines
Underground Coal Mines
Surface Metal/Nonmetal Mines
Underground Metal/Nonmetal Mines

Kentucky had the highest fatality rate with eight. Next was West Virginia with six, then Ohio with three. Alabama, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Utah had zero fatalities.

According to Joseph Main, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, mine fatalities have decreased since the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act was passed in 1977. That year, 273 miners were killed.

Get more detailed information.

Get Safety Going
You're invited…

Attend a two-day safety seminar – Managing Safety: Systems That Work for Operations Managers – in Las Vegas on February 15th and 16th.

Reserve your seat at this in-depth seminar on managing safety and discover how to integrate safety management practices into the overall management systems in your organization.

During this two-day seminar you'll examine and evaluate the role managers play in the following key aspects of a complete safety program:
  • Observations – Provides an introduction to safety observations; various observing techniques; analysis of observation data; and holistic observation systems for the whole organization.
  • Leadership – Examines ways in which a manager can exert leadership to maintain standards, involve employees, and improve safety performance; the use of tools such as personal influence, rewards, discipline, training and performance appraisals.
  • Investigating Incidents – Provides an outline of the recommended DuPont method for conducting an incident or injury investigation.
  • Safety Organization – Introduces the DuPont system for managing safety throughout an organization along with the corresponding roles, challenges and benefits of the internationally recognized system.
Who should attend?
  • EHS managers
  • Safety directors and managers
  • Plant managers
  • Site managers
  • Area managers
  • Superintendents
  • Vice presidents
  • Presidents and CEOs
  • General managers
  • Anyone who wants to learn to integrate safety management into the overall management
Where About the facilitators:
  • Jerry Byars – Jerry has been with DuPont for 38 years. He spent 32 years at chemical plants, where he worked in operations, maintenance, and safety, including leading Process Safety Management for the Titanium Technologies business. As a senior consultant with DuPont Sustainable Solutions for the past six years, he has worked in construction, food service, mass transit, utilities, manufacturing and refineries.

  • Chris Mason – Chris brings over 35 years of experience in successfully leading various organizations within the DuPont Company, including management assignments for DuPont's White Pigments & Mineral Products and Crop Protection Chemicals businesses. He joined DuPont Safety Resources in 2002, where his safety consulting experience includes clients engaged in electrical power generation, mining operations, heavy equipment manufacturing, transportation services, federal agency operations and various manufacturing businesses.
  • $1,200
  • Includes all workshop materials
  • Breakfast and lunch provided each day.
Operations managers are a critical group who must translate leadership's safety commitment into practical systems and practices – establishing accountability throughout the organization. This seminar will provide an in-depth exposure to DuPont safety beliefs, systems and practices. Participants are encouraged to challenge their own safety paradigms and explore their personal beliefs by "benchmarking" against these beliefs, systems and practices.

See the complete agenda.

Join us at the Las Vegas Marriott on February 15th and 16th for this enlightening seminar. There are only 25 seats so register now.

Call 877-714-2324 to learn how to get safety going in your organization.

Join us for a FREE one-hour overview webinar!

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OSHA Updates FEDTARG Directive for FY 2012
Aims to improve safety in federal agencies.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program (FEDTARG) directive for the current fiscal year.

FEDTARG is a safety inspection program that targets federal establishments that have high lost time cases. It began in 2008 following recommendations from the Government Accountability Office, which had audited OSHA.

Revisions to FEDTARG 2012 include:
  • Following inspection procedures in the OSHA Field Operations Manual
  • Citing a reference to general duty requirements for federal agencies
  • Clarifying the process that created a secondary inspection list
  • Clarifying how Area Directors decide to make extra inspections at establishments with multiple service/operations and/or office-only operating locations
  • Citing cases where a Regional Administrator can ask for the approval of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA to remove establishments from an inspection list.
The FEDTARG 2012 directive describes inspection lists, scheduling and inspection procedures, and inspection codings within the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) and the OSHA Information System (OIS).

The directive also cites provisions wherein federal establishments can use “alternate and supplementary standards” to create local emphasis programs.

View the FEDTARG 2012 directive.

Golf Cart & LSV Safety
Safe driving at low speeds.

Golf carts aren't just being used for the links anymore. Many organizations are taking advantage of these and other low-speed vehicles (LSVs) for easy transportation.

With the increase of golf cart usage comes an increase of potential incidents and an increased need for training employees on the safe use and operation of these vehicles. Some basic rules to follow for safe operation are:
  • Use caution when entering or exiting an enclosed area.
  • Never stand up while driving a gold cart.
  • Bring the vehicle to a complete stop before exiting.
  • Use extreme caution while operating a golf cart around cars, trucks and pedestrians.
  • Never operate a golf cart while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
DuPont Sustainable Solutions' Golf Cart & LSV Safety: On And Off The Course explores these and other tips for the safe operation of these vehicles. This program was produced in conjunction with the National Golf Cart Association and will help alert your employees to the dangers associated with operating golf carts and LSVs.

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