January 15, 2013 / Volume 11, Number 2
NHTSA Calls for "Broader Use" of Event Data Recorders
Cool Technology for Heat Stress Management
CoastalFlix™ Safety Packages
Can You Hear That Car?
STOP™ Implementation Assistance Workshops
Know the Risks of Radon!
NHTSA Calls for "Broader Use" of Event Data Recorders
Proposal to boost safety and improve accident investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed last month that, starting September 1, 2014, all "light passenger vehicles" be equipped with event data recorders (EDRs), according to an NHTSA press release. EDRs gather safety-related information moments before and during a vehicle crash. These include:
  • Vehicle speed
  • Whether the driver stepped on the brakes in the seconds before a crash
  • Crash forces at the time of impact
  • Engine throttle
  • Whether the seat belt was in use.
Analyzing these factors, as well as driver response, can help develop a clear understanding of the dynamics of a crash, which could then help prevent accidents and save lives. EDRs are computerized and are typically set off by a crash or the release of an air bag. It does not record conversations and personal identifying information.

The NHTSA proposal covers vehicles under 8,500 pounds. The data collection is governed by 2006 NHTSA requirements, which apply to voluntarily installed EDRs. It also requires manufacturers to provide commercially available data-copying equipment.

The proposal is open for public comment for 60 days, dated from its publication in the Federal Register.

For more information, read the press release or the notice of proposed rulemaking.
Cool Technology for Heat Stress Management
Improving PPE designs

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has acquired sweating thermal manikins to help improve testing processes that can help manage heat stress and enhance clothing designs.

Clothing makers generally measure the Total Heat Loss Number, which is the amount of heat a fabric traps. It is a contributing factor to heat stress on the wearer. The thermal sweating manikin seeks to refine this testing process further; the use of the manikin takes into account other factors that affect heat retention, such as pockets, padded body parts, zippers, elbows, and the simultaneous use of different clothing.

Moreover, the manikin compensates for the limitations of tests that involve people wearing certain PPE. The use of humans is still valuable, but it generates varying physiological responses due to differences in gender, health, and/or size. In contrast, by using a thermal manikin, researchers can produce a fixed response to a particular set of PPE; that is, the manikin can be made to walk and sweat at a specific area and at a specified "skin" temperature. Since the manikin's response can be set, researchers can attribute differences in heat retention or other variables, only to the clothing and not to the particularities of the test subject.

In the end, the practical benefits of thermal manikin testing involves better clothing designs and materials for workers who are vulnerable to heat stress.

For more detailed info on how this technology works, read the NIOSH press release or watch a video.
CoastalFlix™ Safety Packages
Deliver learning virtually anywhere

Whether it's in a classroom, on a laptop or on a mobile device, CoastalFlix™ from DuPont Sustainable Solutions gives you the flexibility to deliver a compelling learning experience anytime, anywhere.

And, now with our safety training packages it's even easier to get the training you need. We've put together some of our best-selling titles and are offering packages for training relevant to:
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Operating Hazardous Equipment
  • Hazardous Energy
  • Hazardous Environments.
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Can You Hear That Car?
New proposal for hybrid and electric cars.

According to an NHTSA press release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a proposal that would require that hybrid and electric vehicles comply with minimum sound standards.

These sound regulations aim to alert pedestrians and bicyclists to the presence, direction, and location of such vehicles when they operate at low speeds. Electric and hybrid cars run more quietly making them more difficult to perceive.

The NHTSA proposal dovetails with the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act; the proposal mandates that vehicle sounds be detectable under a wide range of street noises and other ambient background sounds when a vehicle is running below 18 mph. At and above this speed, vehicles generate enough noise to be heard.

The NHTSA foresees that if the proposal were to be in place, it would help reduce pedestrian and pedalcyclist injuries and/or fatalities.

The proposal is open for public comment once it has been published in the Federal Register.

For more information, read the NHTSA press release or download the notice of proposed rulemaking.

STOP™ Implementation Assistance Workshops
Help ensure a successful STOP™ roll-out in your workplace

The award-winning DuPont STOP™ program provides a path to workplace safety excellence by making safe behavior and workplace conditions part of the work culture – thus helping to prevent injuries and incidents. The objective of STOP™ is to stop injuries by improving safety observation skills and helping people talk with others about safety. It teaches employees to recognize safe and unsafe conditions as well as safe and unsafe acts.

STOP™ For Each Other, STOP™ For Supervision and STOP™ For Ergonomics use proven instructional design in a combination of tested training methods to give people the information, skills and willingness to work more safely; to maximize their learning; and to apply what they learn to the real world.

To optimize your success with STOP™, it is essential to implement the program using proven methodologies which have been tested and refined at DuPont sites and client sites for more than 30 years. Two options have proven to be successful:
  • Cascade Implementation – training cascades from the top down
  • Direct Implementation – senior management and all program leaders are trained by the STOP™ administrator or someone he or she has assigned to the job.
One way to accomplish the Direct Implementation is to participate in an Implementation Assistance Workshop or IAW – either at your site or a public workshop. The IAW for STOP™ For Supervision (general industry or oil & gas specific), STOP™ For Each Other (general industry or oil & gas specific), or STOP™ For Ergonomics helps build a strong foundation for the STOP™ program and increases involvement across your organization. Additionally, the public workshops provide the opportunity to benchmark with organizations who are also implementing STOP™.

Send your STOP™ leadership team to a STOP™ Implementation Workshop near you!

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Know the Risks of Radon!
January is National Radon Action Month

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers January National Radon Action Month, and offers practical information on how to manage the health risks of radon.

Radon is an invisible, colorless, and tasteless gas that can accumulate in dangerous levels inside buildings and pose health risks. According to the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S, and is the main cause of the disease among non-smokers. The gas causes over 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

In its Basic Radon Facts, an introductory document to the gas, the EPA warns that no area of the country is free from the risks of radon. In each state, homes have been found to have high levels of the gas. It usually enters houses from the surrounding soil, passing through cracks and openings on basements, garages, and rooms on the first floor.

The EPA recommends that homes be tested for radon through test kits, which are available at improvement and hardware stores. It can also be done by qualified testers.

For more detailed information, visit the EPA's radon web page and download the Basic Radon Facts for starters.

Volume 11, Number 2
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