December 14, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 24
Senator Gets Praise from Safety Organizations
Seat Belt Use Soars to "Record-High" Stats
Get Safety Going
Back Up Safely!
Year-End Special Winding Down
New PPE Fact Sheet on Hurricane Clean-Up
Senator Gets Praise from Safety Organizations
Tom Harkin receives letter.

The heads of three safety organizations commended Senator Tom Harkin for his strong support for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Senator Harkin is the chairman of the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

The praise came in a letter dated late last month, and was signed by:
  • Janet Froetscher, President and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC)
  • Richard Pollock, President of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and
  • Allan Fleeger, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
The letter is posted on the AIHA website. It also shows appreciation for Senator Harkin's inclusion of "stable funding levels for OSHA and NIOSH" in his subcommittee's approval of the FY 2013 budget for labor, health and education.

The letter urged Senator Harkin to help prevent Congressional policies that would hurt OSHA and NIOSH, especially the plan to scrap NIOSH's Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing program, and NIOSH's Education and Research Center. A house bill also seeks to cut OSHA funding and curb its ability to pass standards on injury prevention, grain handling, and fall protection for residential construction.

For more information, read the full letter.
Seat Belt Use Soars to "Record-High" Stats
NHTSA releases new reports.

More seat belts were used in America in 2012 than in any other year, according to a new report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Over 86 percent of motorists buckled up, a two percent increase from 2011. The report also reveals that most of the improvement occurred in the South, and that states with primary belt laws have higher rates of seat belt use. These laws allow law enforcement to issue citations just for not buckling up.

The study was taken from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which is done yearly by the NHTSA. Other highlights include:
  • Seat belt use has increased since 1994
  • The percentage of occupant deaths in an "unrestrained passenger vehicle" during the day has gone down
  • The Western part of the U.S. saw the highest rate of seat belt use, with 94 percent
  • The Northeastern U.S. has the lowest rate at 80 percent.
As of November 2012, 32 states and the District of Columbia have primary laws on seat belt use, while 17 have secondary regulations. Only New Hampshire hasn't passed either.

For more information, download the survey report.
Get Safety Going
STOP™ For Each Other FAQs

What is STOP™ For Each Other?

STOP™ stands for Safety Training Observation Program, a program aimed at preventing incidents and injuries. STOP™ For Each Other is a safety observation program designed to help people look at safety in a new way. During the training, participants will learn to practice safety awareness and interact with others about all aspects of safety.

Who is the Target Audience for STOP™ For Each Other?

Everyone can benefit from STOP™ For Each Other training, regardless of his or her background in safety or position in the organization. Because STOP™ builds safety awareness into every situation, people can use it in virtually any work environment. STOP™ For Each Other can help improve any organization's safety record, especially those organizations that encourage employees to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.

How Does STOP™ For Each Other Work?

STOP™ For Each Other training progresses one step at a time, with each step building on the previous ones until all the steps are completed. The program relies on a combination of self-study workbooks, on-the-job activities, group discussions, and DVDs to build safety awareness. By the end of the program, participants will be looking at safety in a new way.

STOP™ For Each Other includes a Kick-Off Meeting, five units and a Refresher Unit.
  • The Kick-Off Meeting introduces the program and features a Preview DVD. At this meeting, participants receive program materials and learn about the concepts presented in STOP™ For Each Other.
  • Unit 1 – Introduction explains the ways in which injuries affect more people than the injured person. Participants learn the STOP™ principle that "all injuries can be prevented" and that we depend on each other to work safely. The workbook, field activity and group discussion meeting present the idea of "seeing safety," beginning with the participants' work areas as a platform for expanding their safety awareness.
  • Unit 2 – The STOP™ Safety Cycle focuses on how to use the STOP™ Safety Cycle to develop skills in seeing safety. Participants learn the technique of using their "mind's eye" to "see safety." They also learn about Total Observation. The field activity and group discussion meeting focus on how to apply the Safety Cycle to work safely.
  • Unit 3Conditions, Positions of People, Personal Protective Equipment, and Tools and Equipment continues to develop safety skills by focusing on these first categories on the STOP™ Safety Observation Card. In the field activity, people practice seeing safety by using the STOP™ Safety Observation Card. The group discussion meeting helps people explore ways to incorporate observing into everyday work.
  • Unit 4 – Procedures, Orderliness, Reactions of People, Talking with Others continues to develop safety skills by presenting the next categories on the Observation Card and encouraging people to talk with others about safety in a positive way. The field activity and group discussion meeting give people a chance to apply and discuss these skills.
  • Unit 5 – Conducting Formal STOP™ Safety Observations explains the vital role formal safety observations play in preventing injuries. During this unit participants learn a new step in the STOP™ Safety Observation Cycle, reporting, and see how the STOP™ Observation Checklist helps in conducting formal safety observations. They learn how to communicate effectively and positively during observations and how to use observation data to improve the safety effort at the site. In the field activity, participants practice doing formal safety observations. The group discussion in this unit is a wrap-up of STOP™ For Each Other concepts and principles.
  • Refresher Unit – This unit reinforces STOP™ For Each Other concepts and techniques. It's administered six months after STOP™ For Each Other training ends and includes a workbook, a field activity and a group discussion.
Learn more at a FREE STOP™ Overview webinar or attend a one-day workshop at a location near you!

Taken from the STOP™ For Each Other Administrator's Guide.

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Back Up Safely!
OSHA posts new site on backover incidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) has developed a new website that helps educate the public on how to prevent backover incidents.

More than 70 people were killed in 2011 because of such incidents. Between 2005 and 2010, the majority of backover deaths were caused by dump trucks and semi/tractor trailers.

The website explains how backover incidents happen, including drivers not seeing colleagues who are in the truck's blind spots or workers not hearing backup alarms because of a noisy worksite.

The site also features relevant OSHA regulations, interpretations of standards, and preventive measures, such as:
  • Spotters
  • Video cameras
  • Proximity detection equipment
  • Employee training to help them recognize blind spots.
Visit the new website.

Year-End Special Winding Down
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New PPE Fact Sheet on Hurricane Clean-Up
OSHA releases document.

In light of the disaster response to Hurricane Sandy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new fact sheet that stresses the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) during clean-up operations.

The fact sheet discusses the role of employers, which includes the need to:
  • Identify the specific hazards in various work sites and conditions
  • Establish appropriate controls to manage those hazards
  • Help employees recognize and avoid such safety risks.
The fact sheet also stresses the importance of knowing the use, storage, maintenance, disposal, and limitations of PPE. It lists a basic safety ensemble for cleanup activities which includes:
  • A hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • A reflective vest
  • Gloves
  • Steel-toed work boots.
For more information, read the press release or download the fact sheet.

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