June 15, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 12
Study: OSHA Inspections Help Save Lives, Money
Safety Outdoors: Help Employees Avoid The Hazards
Managing Silica Exposure in Shale Gas Extraction
The Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving
Get Safety Going
Total Worker Health™ Turns One
Study: OSHA Inspections Help Save Lives, Money

According to a study from the University of California and Harvard University, occupational injury claims declined by 9.4 percent in U.S. workplaces four years after they received a random OSHA inspection.

Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss, a study published in the Science journal, also reports that four years after a random inspection employers saved an average of 26 percent on workers' comp costs when compared with similar organizations that weren't inspected. Nationwide, this is a savings of nearly $6 billion.

The findings help prove that OSHA regulations work and that OSHA's critics, those who say OSHA regulation costs money, "have it completely wrong," according to one of the researchers.

Read the special issue of OSHA's QuickTakes.
See a summary of the study.
Safety Outdoors: Help Employees Avoid The Hazards
Safety tips for your employees

The weather's heating up and so are the hazards. Remind your employees of the dangers associated with working outside during the warmer months.

Be sure to share these safety tips:
  • Be aware of heat-related hazards, such as heat stroke, heat stress and heat rash. Remember to stay properly hydrated and wear appropriate clothing.
  • Be on the lookout for bugs, mosquitoes, snakes, spiders and other critters. These tiny terrors can spread diseases like Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus. Wear proper PPE and use repellant to avoid getting bit or stung.
  • Prevent strains and sprains when participating in sports or other outdoor activities, such as gardening. Make sure you wear the right gear and stretch to help prevent injury.
  • Learn to recognize poison ivy, oak and sumac to avoid contact. Also, be sure to cover up when venturing into an area that may harbor these plants.
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Heat Stress: Code Red
Heat Stress For Public Employees: See Red
Groundskeeping Safety: Be A Pro
Groundskeeping Safety: Dealing With Bugs And Critters
Working Outdoors: Mosquitoes And Ticks
Beat The Heat: Preventing And Treating Heat Disorders
Heat Stress: Don't Lose Your Cool

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Managing Silica Exposure in Shale Gas Extraction
OSHA, MSHA, and NIOSH pressed to prevent safety risks.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), along with two industry groups, asked federal agencies to manage crystalline silica exposure in shale gas extraction, particularly during hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Crystalline silica exposure can cause silicosis and lung cancer.

Fracking involves mixing large amounts of water, chemicals, and sand then drilling the mixture into shale rock to help extract gas. As much as 4 million pounds of sand are used per well, and most is generally 100 percent silica.

In their letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the AFL-CIO and its partners cited a NIOSH study that measured silica exposure by collecting total personal breathing zone samples. Many of these exceeded PELs, RELs and MUCs in varying degrees. Exposure occurred at different stages in the fracking process.

The letter also mentioned other health risks, such as diesel particulates, airborne aldehydes, and hydrogen sulfide. It added that oil and gas workers have a fatality rate over seven times greater than that for other employees in the U.S., with 27.5 deaths per 100,000 from 2003-2009. The causes include vehicle crashes, equipment-related incidents, explosions, and falls.

The hydraulic fracturing industry is rapidly growing and with that, more employees are being hired. To help address the risks, the AFL-CIO and its partners have recommended engineering controls, proper personal protective equipment (PPE), and safety training. However, they also urged federal actions, including:
  • Issuance of a Hazard Alert
  • Establishment of a National Emphasis Program
  • Rulemaking for a New Silica Standard
Read the letter for more information.

The Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving
DOT steps up its anti-distracted driving campaign

The Department of Transportation put its foot down against distracted driving by launching a comprehensive campaign that aims to address the growing and dangerous practice of using cell phones while driving.

The Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving builds on previous preventive campaigns. It aims to:
  • Help 11 remaining states pass distracted driving laws
  • Urge the automobile industry to incorporate technology that helps reduce the potential for distraction
  • Educate new drivers on distracted driving and its risks.
At the same time, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that California and Delaware would receive $2.4 million to finance anti-distracted driving campaigns. These would build on the Click It or Ticket project, which showed that increasing law enforcement and awareness raising projects helped reduce distracted driving.

For more information, read the DOT press release.
Get Safety Going
What STOP™ For Each Other leaders need to know.

What is STOP™ For Each Other? STOP™ stands for DuPont's Safety Training Observation Program, a program aimed at preventing incidents and injuries. STOP™ For Each Other is designed to help participants look at safety in a new way, so they can help themselves and their co-workers work safely. During STOP™, participants will develop their safety awareness and talk with others about all aspects of safety.

STOP™ For Each Other consists of self-study workbooks in hard copy or as e-workbooks, field activities, and group discussion meetings with videos on DVD. These components work together to introduce and reinforce the STOP™ concepts that help participants change their approach to safety. The result is an effective safety program that can help significantly reduce incidents and injuries at your site.

STOP™ group discussion leaders play a major role in the success of the program. Leaders conduct group discussion meetings with program participants and may also conduct field activities with them. They reinforce STOP™ For Each Other concepts and encourage participants to apply what they learn during STOP™ training.

STOP™ group discussion leaders are chosen because of their leadership roles in the organization. They are the people who can create an atmosphere that will help participants learn about safety. Their preparation and enthusiasm will have a significant effect on the quality of each person's learning.

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Total Worker Health™ Turns One
NIOSH Director sums up achievements.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) celebrated the first anniversary of its Total Worker Health (TWH)™ initiative, a program that promotes a holistic approach to occupational safety and health.

One of the programs key ideas is that even off-the-job factors affect the safety and health of employees. These factors must be taken into account; hence the need for an integrated approach to occupational safety.

In the NIOSH June e-newsletter, NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard recounted the projects that have helped advance TWH™ since June 2011:
  • Compilation of papers from a TWH™ symposium, which build on TWH-related research
  • Safety and health symposium for federal workers
  • National Expert Colloquium on TWH™, which solicited insights from various thought leaders
  • Launch of TWH™ newsletter
  • Participation in a podcast with Safety Breakthrough Radio
  • Increase of funding for research
Interest in approaches like TWH™ has grown over the years, Dr. Howard said. More research has underscored the need for and efficacy of the program, so efforts to refine and promote it must continue. The TWH™, says Dr. Howard, is a key component of a strong economy.

Read the NIOSH e-newsletter.
Visit the TWH™ website for more information.
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