November 15, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 22
The Top 10 Violations for 2012
Injury and Illness Rates in Private Sector Unchanged
Get Safety Going
State and Local Officials Key to Safety Code Compliance
Distracted Driving in a Lab?
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The Top 10 Violations for 2012
Annual list released last month

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the 10 most commonly cited standards for fiscal year 2012 during the National Safety Council Congress & Expo last month.

The Fall Protection standard took the top spot with 7,250 citations.

The top ten are:

Electrical – General Requirements
Electrical – Wiring Methods
Powered Industrial Trucks
Machinery and Machine Guarding
Respiratory Protection
Hazard Communication
Fall Protection
Injury and Illness Rates in Private Sector Unchanged
Stats released last month

Around three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were logged in the private sector in 2011, according to estimates from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The 2011 injury rate was the same as that of 2010, reversing a trend in which the total recordable cases (TRC) of injuries and illnesses has dropped annually since 2002.

The following safety metrics for 2011 remained the same as those for 2010:
  • Cases with days away from work, job transfer, or restriction together
  • Cases with days away from work
  • Other recordable cases not requiring time away from work
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting saw a rise in injury and illness stats from 2010, while healthcare and social assistance and retail trade had a decline from the same year.

If only injuries are counted, the number in the private sector dropped slightly to 3.3 incidents for every 100 full-time workers in 2011 (from 3.4 in 2010).

For more information, read the BLS press release.
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State and Local Officials Key to Safety Code Compliance
CSB Chair also highlights importance of combustible dust prevention

Speaking last month at the 10th annual conference of the International Code Council (ICC), Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chair Rafael Moure-Eraso said that "local citizen's [sic] organizations and authorities" have established strong " develop ways to work closely and directly with local industry to assure compliance with [safety] codes."

He added that state and local officials have "more boots on the ground" than the national government.

The CSB Chair also commended the ICC for its work in developing "effective voluntary consensus I-codes." I-codes provide safety codes for buildings, construction, and fire prevention. They are used by all fifty states.

The ICC also garnered praise for starting the process of adopting CSB's recommendation to revise a provision of the International Fire Code. The change is designed to help enhance the prevention of combustible dust explosions. Two hundred and eighty-one "dust fires and explosions" occurred between 1980 and 2005, with 119 dead and 718 injured. To date, OSHA has not yet issued a final rule on the combustible standard.

Moure-Eraso stressed the role of the ICC, saying that revisions to fire codes from the ICC "reverberate through industry, and throughout the states and local jurisdictions."

For more information, read Moure-Eraso's speech and visit the ICC site.

Distracted Driving in a Lab?
University to study the phenomenon

Ohio State University (OSU) opened a "Driving Simulation Laboratory" to study distracted driving and help find ways to prevent it, according to an OSU press release.

To analyze distracted driving, the lab will use equipment to determine drivers' "heart rate, eye movement, and stress a realistic driving environment," according to Jan Weisenberger, senior associate vice president for research at the university.

The press release adds that the simulation technology involves a vehicle frame mounted on a platform with six degrees of motion freedom and a simulator screen with five high-resolution projectors. Eye-tracking cameras will also be deployed. Actions like braking and steering feel is to be manipulated via software.

The experiments will be done in a 5,800 square-foot area within university premises.

The lab is a joint project by OSU, Honda R&D Americas, and the Ohio Supercomputer Center. It can be used to test prototypes of navigation systems, a feature that would dovetail with an NHTSA requirement to test whether such systems are too distracting for drivers.

For more information, read the OSU press release.
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