February 4, 2013 / Volume 11, Number 3
Fifteen 'Lifesaving' Laws States Should Adopt
House Bill: Record and Report All Injuries and Fatalities
Get Safety Going
Calculating the Cost Savings of Wellness Programs
Test your lockout/tagout know-how
What to Expect from OSHA in 2013 and Beyond
Fifteen 'Lifesaving' Laws States Should Adopt
Group recommends list of state highway safety regulations

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) have released their annual report card that grades all 50 states plus the District of Columbia on 15 basic traffic safety laws. The laws cover the use of seat belts, booster seats, motorcycle helmets, teen driving restrictions and requirements, distracted driving, and stricter regulations on impaired driving, among others.

In 2012, only ten states passed a highway safety law recommended by Advocates. In their 2013 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, the group says that many states lack "optimal" regulations on motorcycle helmets, booster seats, and seat belts. Plus, no state meets Advocates' recommended GDL program criteria and 15 states have no all-driver text messaging restrictions.

Advocates urged state officials to capitalize on incentive programs under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). MAP-21 was passed in July 2012 and provides funding for states that enact laws on teen driving, all offender ignition interlocks, distracted driving, and occupant safety.

Each year, approximately 33,000 people die and over 2 million are injured in vehicular crashes. The federal government estimates that this amounts to societal costs of $230 billion annually.

Preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA ) shows a 7.1 percent rise in crash fatalities for the first nine months of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011.

For more information, read the press release or get the 2013 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws.
House Bill: Record and Report All Injuries and Fatalities
Regardless of employee status

Under a bill introduced in Congress last month, employers will be required to record and report all injuries at work, whether such incidents occur to full-time, contractual or part-time workers.

Introduced by Representative Gene Green of Texas, H.R. 170 would mandate the revision of recording and reporting provisions in Part 1904 of title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The bill refers to site-controlling employers, defined as "the employer that has primary control over the work on a particular work site and supervises the employees on a day-to-day basis on a particular work site." This entails that incidents to contractors or temporary help or employee leasing services would have to be recorded in a site log.

The entire text of the short bill can be read here.
Get Safety Going
Prevent injuries by increasing safety awareness

STOP™ – DuPont's Safety Observation Training Program – was created to help prevent injuries and incidents. STOP™ For Supervision is designed to help supervisors look at safety in a new way, so they can help themselves and their employees work safely. During STOP™ training, supervisors will develop their safety awareness and learn to talk to employees about all aspects of safety.

STOP™ For Supervision consists of self-study workbooks, field activities, and engaging group discussion meetings. These components work together, in a proven instructional design method, to introduce and reinforce the STOP™ concepts that help participants change their approach to safety. The result is an effective safety program that can significantly reduce incidents and injuries at your site.

This program is designed for people in positions of responsibility and authority, especially supervisors and team leaders. In many organizations, supervisors and team leaders are responsible for production, quality, morale and cost. In organizations that have good safety performance, supervisors are also responsible for safety. STOP™ For Supervision reinforces supervisors' and team leaders' responsibility for safety by giving them the tools they need to help prevent incidents and injuries.

STOP™ For Supervision shows participants how to encourage safe work and address unsafe situations. This is the foundation of a strong safety culture – one in which people are committed to the belief that all injuries and occupational illnesses can be prevented.

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Calculating the Cost Savings of Wellness Programs
Study tries to make sense of "inconsistencies" on the wellness-savings research

Workplace wellness programs can help cut the "average annual costs per working-age adult by 18.4 percent," according to an article published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The paper, Medical Care Savings from Workplace Wellness Programs: What is a Realistic Savings Potential, sought to clarify the large inconsistencies in how previous studies assessed the impact of wellness programs on long-term medical care savings.

The authors used data from the Global Burden of Disease Study and Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys. They revealed that "lowering risk factors to their theoretical minimums" through workplace programs could help generate savings.

To read the abstract or subscribe to the journal, click here.

Test your lockout/tagout know-how
Share this quiz with your employees

Make no mistake…hazardous energy can be deadly. But, compliance with OSHA's lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year!

Share this quiz with your employees to test their lockout/tagout acumen.
  1. Which of the following are characteristics of Hazardous energy?
    1. Silent and invisible
    2. Vaporous and odorous
    3. Visible and constant
    4. Quick and deliberate

  2. Lockout/tagout devices should be standardized within the facility in at least one of these ways:
    1. Texture, color or position
    2. Weight, size or form
    3. Color, shape or size
    4. Form, texture or weight

  3. What is the main purpose of a tag?
    1. To offer a prominent warning
    2. To provide physical restraint
    3. To hold an energy-isolating device in a safe position
    4. To prevent the energizing of a machine or equipment

  4. Which of the following is considered an energy-isolating device?
    1. Push button
    2. Manually-operated electrical circuit breaker
    3. Selector switch
    4. Interlocking gate

  5. Which of the following is NOT a requirement for lockout/tagout devices?
    1. Durability
    2. Versatility
    3. Uniqueness
    4. Identifiable
Check your answers.

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What to Expect from OSHA in 2013 and Beyond
Regulatory agenda released

Over the holidays, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its most recent regulatory agenda, including those for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The agenda essentially gives the status of labor laws and standards. Many are in the works for OSHA, though at varying stages. Under the pre-rule stage are standards for:
  • Combustible Dust
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Reinforced Concrete in Construction and Preventing Backover Injuries and Fatalities
Proposed rules are expected for:
  • Crystalline Silica and Beryllium
  • Consensus Standards Update
  • Revocation of Periodic Records
Final rules will be released on:
  • Confined Spaces in Construction
  • Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems
  • Vertical Tandem Lifts
To see the complete list for each stage and for updates on MSHA regulations, visit the regulatory website.

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