August 15, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 16
Watch Out for the West Nile Virus!
Save on Best-Selling Training in August
Traffic Crashes Rise in First Quarter of 2012
Striking the Balance between Work and Family
Discover a New Kind of Safety Meeting
Three Industries with the Highest Rates of Hearing Loss
Watch Out for the West Nile Virus!
CDC recommends precautions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has once again warned the public of the West Nile virus, which has erupted in 42 states and infected 241 people from January 2012 to July 2012. This, according to the CDC, is the highest number of cases reported since 2004.

In a press release, the CDC explains that West Nile virus disease cannot be treated by medications or prevented through vaccine. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash, though only about 20 percent of people will experience these. People with mild cases may recover on their own, while severe instances can require hospitalization.

Less than one percent may be inflicted with a "serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis." Nearly ten percent of people who do get such illnesses will die. People age 50 and up and those who have cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and organ transplants face the biggest risk.

The CDC says that West Nile Virus can be contracted by people through infected mosquitoes. Infections in the U.S. generally occur between June and September, with the number peaking around mid-August. However, seasonal outbreaks can happen in local areas depending on weather conditions, mosquito population, and human activity.

Also in the press release, the CDC outlined four ways to help avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes:
  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors. Use air conditioning, if you have it.
  • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.
Read the CDC's press release.

For more information, visit the CDC's website on West Nile virus.
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Traffic Crashes Rise in First Quarter of 2012
Data estimates and projections only.

Traffic fatalities for the first three months of 2012 totaled about 7,630, according to a statistical projection from the Federal Highway Administration.

The projection, outlined in Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter (January-March) of 2012, reveals that this was a quarterly increase of about 13.5 percent over the 6,720 deaths projected for the first three months of 2011.

Also estimated to have increased in the first quarter of 2012 are fatalities per 100 million VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled), at 1.10 per 100 million VMT. This is a reversal of 2011 trends, where deaths were projected to have declined in all four quarters of the year.

Download the report for more information.

In related traffic data news, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also revealed that 54 percent of fatal crashes and 55 percent of traffic deaths in 2010 occurred in rural areas.

Download the Rural/Urban Comparison for more information.

Striking the Balance between Work and Family
Finding the balance has safety benefits.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published five tips from the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (ORHWC) to help employers provide a better work-family balance for their employees.

The ORHWC is a NIOSH Center of Excellence, and one of its research studies was featured in NIOSH's latest Total Worker Health (TWH) newsletter. The ORHWC advises employers to:
  1. Train managers and supervisors to be more supportive of work and family.
  2. Give workers more control over their work hours.
  3. Create a resource guide for employees and their families.
  4. Be a role model by taking some time off to be with your own family. According to the ORHWC study, this shows employees that they can prioritize this too, especially if stress is overwhelming them.
  5. Encourage and support flexible work schedules.
The ORHWC also revealed how many organizations are seeing the advantages of quality and flexible childcare and family-friendly programs. Studies also show how decreased work-family stress helps reduce injuries at work, improve safety compliance, and raise employees' participation in safety activities.

For more information, read the NIOSH TWH newsletter.

Discover a New Kind of Safety Meeting
Join us for a safety management workshop

For more than 30 years, DuPont has been helping clients protect their people, facilities and operations by implementing processes and systems that enable sustainable cultural improvements, developed through 200 years of DuPont safety and operational experience.

The knowledge we've gained from solving some of the world's most complex safety challenges, including our own, is available to you in a portfolio of workplace safety training workshops, including Managing Safety: Systems That Work for Operations Managers and Managing Safety: Techniques That Work for Line Supervisors. Both workshops are designed to help improve the safety performance of your organization.

These workshops are designed to be deployed on-site at your facility for up to 20 participants, but you may also elect to attend one of our scheduled open sessions. Open sessions are $1200 per seat and include all materials as well as breakfast and lunch each day. Choose a date below to register:

Managing Safety: Systems That Work for Operations Managers

This two-day workshop shows managers how to integrate safety management into their overall management program. It introduces the DuPont system for managing safety throughout an organization and examines the role that managers should play in motivating and leading their organization to improved safety awareness and performance.

Atlanta, GA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Houston, TX

Managing Safety: Techniques That Work for Line Supervisors

This two-day workshop is designed to help line supervisors improve safety management skills and encourage employee participation in safety. It is based in the belief that safety is a line responsibility and includes special emphasis on safety observation skills.

Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
New Orleans, LA

Call 877-714-2324 get more information on these workshops.

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Three Industries with the Highest Rates of Hearing Loss
Mining, manufacturing, and construction, says NIOSH.

Workers in three industries face the greatest risk of hearing loss and will stand to benefit from better engineering controls for noise and improved hearing conservation strategies, according to an abstract of a research study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The study, published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, examined the audiograms of employees, ages 18 to 65, in mining, manufacturing, and construction. The audiograms date from 2000 to 2008. It was discovered that 18 percent of the workers had experienced hearing loss.

According to the study abstract, high, dangerous levels of noise affect as many as 22 million workers in the United States.

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