July 1, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 13
Senate Committee Votes on OSHA, MSHA Budgets for FY 2013
Mow Down Hazards
Catch the Wave of Summer Savings
Diesel Exhaust Causes Cancer
Newer Cars, Safer Rides, Fewer Accidents
DuPont Sustainable Solutions' Leaders Forum
Senate Committee Votes on OSHA, MSHA Budgets for FY 2013
Narrow 16-14 count.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations voted last month on a bill that set the FY 2013 budgets of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and similar agencies.

Under the bill, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will get $565,468,000, an amount nearly $500,000 lower than that of the last fiscal year. Meanwhile, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will receive $376,270,000, up almost $2 million from FY 2012.

The bill also contains additional stipulations regarding spending. The Appropriations Committee examines the president's budget request and helps determine budget allocations. It hears testimony from government officials, and drafts funding bills that are later reported to the Senate. The Committee works with the House of Representatives to pass appropriation bills by October 1.

Read the committee press release to get more information on the bill.
Visit the Appropriations Committee website.
Mow Down Hazards
Medical organizations offer lawnmower safety tips.

Over a quarter million people suffered from lawnmower-related injuries in 2010, according to statistics cited by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The number represents a three percent increase from 2009 figures.

This summer, the AAOS joins the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Academy of Pediatrics in advocating lawnmower safety. They provide several tips, including:
  • Before mowing, scan the lawn and remove objects that might potentially fly off, such as rocks or small toys.
  • Always wear polycarbonate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the eyes and sturdy shoes.
  • Turn off the mower before handling its parts.
  • Don't use your hands or feet to take out debris from the lawnmower.
  • In slanted areas, drive up or down, not across, to avoid rollovers.
  • Push lawnmowers should be operated by children age 12 and up; riding mowers, 16 and up.
Read the AAOS press release for more tips and other related information.

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Diesel Exhaust Causes Cancer
WHO releases latest report.

Citing sufficient evidence, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that diesel engine exhaust is carcinogenic to humans.

The new finding overturns IARC's 1988 report, which classified diesel exhaust as probably carcinogenic to humans. Since then, however, studies have shown the cancer-causing potential of the substance. In March 2012, for instance, the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) revealed that underground miners exposed to diesel exhaust are more likely to develop lung cancer.

The IARC also points to limited evidence showing diesel exhaust to be a cause of bladder cancer. At any rate, given the pervasiveness of diesel, the new finding has huge implications not just on occupational safety, but also on technological development, regulatory mechanisms, and general health.

For more information, read the IARC press release. The IARC is part of the World Health Organization.
Newer Cars, Safer Rides, Fewer Accidents
The NHTSA releases new study.

According to a study from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), newer vehicle-designs have helped reduce crashes, deaths, and injuries in the United States.

Comparing 2000 and 2008 car models, and analyzing police statistics on car crashes, the NHTSA showed that in 2008 alone, the newer vehicles helped save 2,000 lives, and prevented one million occupant injuries.

The NHTSA report also showed that 2008 models improved the likelihood of escaping a crash uninjured to 82 percent, compared with 79 percent for 2000 models. Traffic deaths have also declined steadily over the past decade. The year 2010 saw the lowest fatality rate in 60 years, in spite of more cars being on the road.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland expects vehicle-design technology to develop further and help prevent more accidents. For more information, read the NHTSA press release.

View the full NHTSA report.
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