February 15, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 4
The High Cost of Workplace Injuries
ILO Publishes Stress-Prevention Manual
Don't PASS Up These Savings
Mine Safety Is Better
Did Working in a Rail Yard Contribute to Prostate Cancer?
Free App from the American Medical Association
Get Safety Going
The High Cost of Workplace Injuries
Amount bigger than previously thought.

In 2007, the total estimated cost of fatal and nonfatal injuries at work was $250 billion, according to a study funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

First published in December 2011, the Economic Burden of Occupational Injury and Illness in the United States reports estimates for 2007:

Type of Injury/Illness
Total Amount
  Fatal Injuries
$6 Billion
  Nonfatal Injuries
$186 Billion
  Fatal Illnesses
$46 Billion
  Nonfatal Illnesses
$12 Billion

The direct medical costs of injuries and diseases amounted to $67 billion; indirect costs, about $183 billion. Workers' compensation pays for less than 25 percent of the combined amount.

The Economic Burden of Occupational Injury and Illness in the United States used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Council on Compensation Insurance, among others.

Download a FREE copy of the study.
ILO Publishes Stress-Prevention Manual
A compilation of 50 strategies.

The International Labour Office (ILO) has published Stress Prevention at Work Checkpoints: Practical Improvements for Stress Prevention in the Workplace, a guide that presents 50 comprehensive checkpoints to help organizations assess stress issues, identify causes, and take appropriate measures.

The checkpoints fall under 10 categories:

• Leadership and Justice at Work
• Work-life Balance and Working Time
• Job Demands
• Recognition at Work
• Job Control
• Protection from Offensive Behavior
• Physical Environment
• Job Security
• Information and Communication

The study explains the importance of each checkpoint and specifies its applications. It points out the need for risk assessment, employee involvement, and the integration of stress-prevention into the overall safety program. It also advises organizations to tailor the checkpoints to local conditions.

According to the ILO, stress contributes to health and social risks, such as circulatory and gastrointestinal diseases, poor productivity, and psychosomatic and psychosocial problems. Stress Prevention at Work Checkpoints used six external specialists as well as ILO staff members to compile the 50 checkpoints.

Download a copy of the study.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Labour Office is an agency of the United Nations. The ILO primarily seeks to "promote rights, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues."

Don't PASS Up These Savings
Save on new fire extinguisher training and more.

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Mine Safety Is Better
MSHA head Joseph Main addresses symposium

Mine safety has improved, according to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Joseph Main.

Speaking at the West Virginia Coal Association's 39th Annual Mining Symposium earlier this month he cited how strategic initiatives of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) – monthly impact inspections, pattern of violations program, education and outreach, among others – have helped improve mine safety in the country.

Secretary Main also revealed that MSHA has:
  • Completed 387 impact inspections and given 7,655 citations, orders and safeguards since April 2010.
  • Issued 28 potential pattern of violations (PPOV) notices at 26 mines since November 2010.
  • Recoded fewer citations and orders, from 171,373 in 2010 to 157,894 in 2011.
The number of safety violations and related metrics, such as total violation rates, also show substantial reductions.

Other MSHA initiatives include:
  • "Rules to Live By," a three-phase project, currently in its final stage, reviewed frequently cited standards related to mine fatalities and focused on accident prevention.
  • Reduction of backlog of contested cases.
  • Regulatory actions for black lung disease, deaths due to crushing, etc.
Secretary Main's speech comes a month after the MSHA released preliminary data on mine fatalities. For details, read the press release or the transcript of Secretary Main's entire speech.

Did Working in a Rail Yard Contribute to Prostate Cancer?
NIOSH releases a health hazard evaluation.

No, "prostate cancer among employees was likely not the result of working at the rail yard," reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

NIOSH investigated a rail yard in Alabama after employees expressed concerns about prostate cancer, exposure to diesel exhaust, vibration, and radio frequencies.

NIOSH visited the rail yard in June 2011. They interviewed employees with prostate cancer, took note of work practices, spoke with transportation-department employees, and tested exposure levels.

They found that:
  • The number of prostate cancer cases among employees was not unusual.
  • Diesel exhaust components in air were generally low.
  • Overexposure to radio frequencies is unlikely.
  • Use of hearing protection was inconsistent.
Even so, NIOSH issued safety recommendations. It urged managers, among others, to:
  • Get more air samples for elemental carbon to determine exposure to diesel, and then sample the positions with the highest exposure levels noted in their report.
  • Put up signs requiring employees to wear hearing protection in the hump yard.
  • Test rail-yard employees' hearing yearly.
Read the full health hazard evaluation.

Free App from the American Medical Association
Available for iTunes and Android Market.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has developed a free app that can help people achieve their New Year's resolutions to live healthier.

The Weigh What Matters app allows users to set personal health goals on weight, diet, and physical activity, and use daily entries to track their progress. It also calculates Body Mass Index (BMI).

The app can help doctors and patients address challenging behavioral changes. Patients can make progress reports and send the data to their physicians.

The AMA developed the app as part of the AMA Healthier Life Steps™ initiative.

Download the app via the AMA website.

Get Safety Going
Prevent injuries by increasing safety awareness.

STOP™ – DuPont's Safety Observation Training Program – was created to help prevent injuries and incidents. STOP™ For Supervision is designed to help supervisors look at safety in a new way, so they can help themselves and their employees work safely. During STOP™ training, supervisors will develop their safety awareness and learn to talk to employees about all aspects of safety.

STOP™ For Supervision consists of self-study workbooks, field activities, and engaging group discussion meetings. These components work together, in a proven instructional design method, to introduce and reinforce the STOP™ concepts that help participants change their approach to safety. The result is an effective safety program that can significantly reduce incidents and injuries at your site.

This program is designed for people in positions of responsibility and authority, especially supervisors and team leaders. In many organizations, supervisors and team leaders are responsible for production, quality, morale and cost. In organizations that have good safety performance, supervisors are also responsible for safety. STOP™ For Supervision reinforces supervisors' and team leaders' responsibility for safety by giving them the tools they need to help prevent incidents and injuries.

STOP™ For Supervision shows participants how to encourage safe work and address unsafe situations. This is the foundation of a strong safety culture – one in which people are committed to the belief that all injuries and occupational illnesses can be prevented.

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