August 01, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 15
OSHA Gets New Whistleblower Provision
OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy
Get Safety Going
Smoking-Related Fires in Residential Buildings
100% Clean, 100% Safe
Revive Your Safety Training
OSHA Gets New Whistleblower Provision
New law signed last month.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now enforcing its 22nd whistleblower provision; this after President Obama signed into law the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21 Act) last month.

The law authorizes funding for highway, mass transit and other transportation programs. Its whistleblower provision, Section 31308, protects employees of car makers, part suppliers and dealers from discrimination when the employees report "any motor vehicle defect, noncompliance, or any violation or alleged violation of any notification or reporting requirement" under federal transportation law.

Protected employees under the MAP-21 Act also include:
  • Those who are about to file a report
  • Those who testify, or are about to do so, in proceedings concerning violations
  • Those who help or take part in reporting proceedings
  • Those who oppose or avoid taking part in activities that violate transportation laws.
The whistleblower provision also contains procedures on file complaints, investigations, and appeals, among others.

View the bill for more detailed information. A pdf copy is available here.
OSHA Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy
On proximity alarms and insulating equipment for cranes and derricks

Starting July 26, 2012 to November 8, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be following a temporary enforcement policy on the use of proximity alarms and insulating links on cranes or derricks while construction work near power lines is going on.

At present, no current proximity or insulating link or device complies with OSHA's testing requirements under the Cranes and Derricks Standard and OSHA doesn't recognize any institution that tests for compliance.

As a temporary policy, OSHA set specific guidelines that would govern the use of proximity alarms during specific tasks and under certain voltage ranges. As for insulating links and devices, they can be used as long as workers are protected under provisions of the Crane and Derricks Standard. Citations won't be issued under certain circumstances and work set-ups.

Read the policy for specific and technical details.

Get Safety Going
How to use data collected on STOP™ observation cards

STOP DataPro™ is a secure, web-based application that makes it easy to record and analyze safety performance data and generate reports. The insights derived from STOP DataPro™ provide managers with actionable knowledge that can lead to better workplace safety decisions and, ultimately, improved safety and operational performance. With STOP DataPro™, managers get leading indicator insights through sophisticated data collection, powerful reporting and deep levels of analysis.

Users input all observation data from STOP™ observation checklists for the program in use – STOP™ For Supervision, STOP™ For Each Other and/or STOP™ For Ergonomics. Users can then use STOP DataPro™ to generate standard, custom or ad hoc reports. Corrective action data and reports are also available for follow-up on actions discovered during observations.

STOP DataPro™ is an integral part of the DuPont™ STOP™ program and is available through an annual renewable subscription and provides:
  • Easy-to-use, intuitive programming
  • Easy internet access
  • Secure and confidential database that protects safety observation data, customer information and reports
  • Rapid reporting and feedback on observation via automatic reporting
  • Integration of safety observation data into custom or standard reports and much more!
To learn how one STOP™ customer has used DataPro™ to project trends and generate analysis of unsafe and safe acts that can be shared with all employees, read this case study.

To learn more about STOP™ join us for a FREE one-hour overview webinar.

Or attend a STOP™ one-day workshop in your area.

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Smoking-Related Fires in Residential Buildings
USFA releases report.

About 7,600 smoking-related fires occurred each year in the United States between 2008-2010, and caused, on average, 365 deaths, 925 injuries, and $326 million in property loss, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA).

The findings were published in a report, Smoking-Related Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010). Other significant facts include:
  • Smoking-related fires comprised only 2 percent of residential fires, but resulted in 14 percent of fire fatalities.
  • Cigarettes caused 86 percent of residential fires.
  • The fires happened most between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Most fires in non-confined residential buildings originated in the bedroom.
The report categorized fires according to type and smoking material. It also examined the origins of the fires, times of occurrence, and ignition causes.

Read the report for more information.

100% Clean, 100% Safe
NIOSH publishes info sheet for cleaning industry.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued an INFOSHEET that helps promote the safety of employees in the cleaning industry.

Protecting Workers Who Use Cleaning Chemicals identifies the factors that can turn a cleaning chemical into a safety risk. These include:
  • Ingredients of the chemical
  • Use or storage
  • Ventilation of area where chemical is used
  • Release of mists, vapors and gases during use.
The INFOSHEET also cites several general symptoms of chemicals, from skin irritations to lung damage, even death. The document also differentiates cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants from each other.

The INFOSHEET offers advice on choosing the right "green" cleaning material, stresses the importance of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and lists key training topics. The document ends with a list of recent advances in safe cleaning practices and points out the availability of modern equipment that reduces the use of chemicals.

Download the INFOSHEET.
Revive Your Safety Training
Save on updated CPR and AED training.

According to the American Heart Association, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.

Arm your employees with important information on the cardiac chain of survival with DuPont Sustainable Solutions' updated CPR And AED: The Chain Of Survival. It covers:
  • The five links of the survival chain
  • Steps for performing CPR on adults, infants and children
  • How to use an AED
  • Post-cardiac arrest care.
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