September 04, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 17
Enhancing Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry
Watch Where You Walk: Pedestrian Deaths Up in 2010
Stream Video Virtually Anywhere
Preventing Vehicular Crashes through Wi-Fi
OSHA Updates "Tool Shed" Directive
Get Safety Going
Enhancing Safety in the Oil and Gas Industry
Stakeholder meeting set this month.

A stakeholder meeting will be held September 20-21 in Texas City, Texas to solicit feedback to help improve safety in the U.S. oil and gas industry.

The meeting will feature various speakers and address the use and implementation of performance-based regulatory models that can boost safety and environmental performance in the American oil and gas industries.

Comments can be made during the meeting or in writing prior to the event.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the:
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
The event is open to the public, but is subject to registration and limited participation. Registration should be done by September 5.

Get more information on comment guidelines, registration links, and other details.
Watch Where You Walk: Pedestrian Deaths Up in 2010
NHTSA releases stats.

In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The figure represents a four percent increase from 2009 statistics and accounts for 13 percent of traffic deaths in 2010. Other highlights of the study include:
  • Nearly 75 percent of all pedestrian deaths took place in an urban setting.
  • About 80 percent happened at non-intersections.
  • Close to 70 percent took place at night.
  • Nearly 20 percent were 65+ in age.
  • Close to half occurred on weekends (Friday to Sunday).
The statistics are featured in an edition of Traffic Safety Facts 2010 Data, dated August 2012. Download the free PDF.
Stream Video Virtually Anywhere
DuPont Sustainable Solutions launches CoastalFlix™

Introducing CoastalFlix™, the new video streaming solution that enables employees to experience compelling DuPont content via any web-enabled device. Whether you need to deliver training in a workshop, at a desk, on site or off site, CoastalFlix™ helps you:
  • Provide flexible learning to PCs, tablets, e-readers, and smartphones, regardless of operating system
  • Stream engaging high-quality videos
  • Get instant access to content with a credit card purchase
  • Enable continuous, just-in-time, and personalized learning
  • Roll out portable training anytime, anywhere with internet connectivity
With a "smart delivery" system, CoastalFlix™ delivers the proper file size based on the device and speed of user connection. This gives you less buffering time and helps facilitate uninterrupted training.

Choose from hundreds of streaming videos on the latest safety, compliance and human resources issues.

Visit to start streaming today.

Preventing Vehicular Crashes through Wi-Fi
Wi-fi-equipped vehicles for road safety.

Over the next year, around 3,000 cars, trucks, and buses will roll through the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan outfitted with Wi-Fi devices that allow the vehicles to "talk" to each other in real time, according to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Such connected vehicle technology is designed to help prevent crashes and improve traffic, and is part of a safety pilot project of the Department of Transportation (DOT). The vehicles provide volunteer drivers with alerts and warnings for risky traffic conditions like blind intersections, blind spots, and rear end collisions.

The Ann Arbor test represents the second phase of the DOT's research project in partnership with the NHTSA and the Research and Innovative Technologies Administration (RITA) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. The road test is conducted by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

The first phase of the project featured a survey of drivers, who responded favorably to connected vehicle technology.

For more information, read the NHTSA press release.

OSHA Updates "Tool Shed" Directive
Workplace hazards in the marine cargo handling industry.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised the directive that covers the "inspections of longshoring operations and at marine terminals, also known as the marine cargo handling industry."

The changes pertain to personal protective equipment (PPE) and the "safe operation of Vertical Tandem Lifts." The new directive:
  • Describes the conditions where employers must provide and replace PPE free of charge
  • Revises provisions based on the Standards Improvement Project (Phase III)
  • Updates FAQs in maritime cargo handling
  • Provides online safety and health resources.
Seven people died and over 2,900 were hurt in maritime cargo handling in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Marine Terminals standard (29 CFR Part 1917) and the Longshoring standards (29 CFR Part 1981) cover the maritime cargo handling industry.

Read the OSHA press release for more information or download the revised directive.

Get Safety Going
Creating an Injury-Free Workplace

A key point of STOP™ For Each Other is that all injuries can be prevented. Yes, all of them.

Some organizations – even those involved in highly hazardous jobs – have gone 36, 40 even 48 months without an injury. In almost every case the leadership and the employees in these organizations take responsibility for the safety of one another as well as for themselves. STOP™ For Each Other is based on the idea that you can take steps to prevent injuries for yourself and others. If everyone does this, injuries will be prevented.

Start by asking yourself these two questions:
  • How often do you think about safety as you do your job?
  • How often do you look for conditions and actions that could cause or prevent injuries?
These questions are aimed at building your safety awareness by helping you "see safety." STOP™ is all about developing your safety awareness. This involves thinking about safety and looking for safe and unsafe situations all the time, so that it becomes second nature, or a habit, to "see safety."

Seeing safety means being alert to what you are doing and what is going on around you all the time. As you learn to look, to question and to see how you and others are doing your jobs, you'll become more and more aware of safety. Then, you'll be able to recognize and eliminate the cause of incidents and injuries for yourself and for others.

How will you know you're developing your safety awareness? Here are some ways:
  • Before you begin a job, you consider how to do the job more safely.
  • You make sure you know how to use all the personal protective equipment needed.
  • You check that your tools are right for the job and are in good condition.
  • When you enter a work area, you scan it to see what is going on.
  • As you work, you check your position to reduce strain on your body.
  • If you spot an unsafe act or unsafe condition, you correct it or take steps to see it's corrected.
  • While you're working, you become aware of any changes in the area – people coming or going, jobs beginning or ending.
  • You start talking with others about safety.
  • You start taking safety home in a new way – with safety awareness.
Taken from Unit 1 of STOP™ For Each Other.

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