March 4, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 5
First Rise in Traffic Fatalities Since 2005
CDC Conducts Study of Foodborne Illnesses
Treat PPE with Respect
MSHA Releases Fatality Data for 2012
HazCom Standard Gets Minor Revisions
Attend a DuPont Safety Culture Workshop
First Rise in Traffic Fatalities Since 2005
NSC releases preliminary data
There were around 36,200 motor vehicle fatalities in 2012, up 5 percent from 2011, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). The 2012 figure represents the first time since 2004-2005 that motor vehicle deaths have increased from one year to the next.

One possibility for the rise has been attributed to an increase in miles driven since December 2011 due to a better economy and a mild 2012 winter across the United States.

The NSC also said that medical costs due to motor vehicle crashes went up by around five percent in 2012 (from 2011) and that the cost of traffic-related injuries, deaths and related property damage amounted to about $276.6 billion.

For more information, read the NSC press release .
CDC Conducts Study of Foodborne Illnesses
Attributed to any of 17 commodities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a recent study attributes the highest number of foodborne-related fatalities (about 20 percent) to poultry and under half of foodborne-illnesses to produce.

Published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, the study looked at "outbreak-associated illnesses for 1998-2008" and attributed the illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths to any of 17 food commodities, including poultry and produce.

Highlights of the study include:
  • Around 43 percent of deaths were caused by commodities derived from land animals
  • Six percent of the deaths are attributed to aquatic commodities
  • Dairy contributed to the second highest number of deaths.
Over 9 million foodborne illnesses occur each year, according to estimates from the CDC.

See more detailed results.
Treat PPE with Respect
New training program available
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can break, snap, crack or get leaks without employees realizing it. If they aren't trained to spot these signs of damage, they put themselves, and others, at risk.

Help protect your employees with the important training tips found in DuPont Sustainable Solutions' new PPE: Inspect And Respect training program. It reviews the different types of PPE as well as the protocols for handling, inspecting and caring for them.

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MSHA Releases Fatality Data for 2012
Preliminary findings only
Thirty-six miners died on the job in 2012, according to preliminary data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). This is the second lowest annual count of all time, one more than the 2009 figure of 35. According to the press release:
  • Of the 36 deaths, 19 took place in coal mines, 17 in metal/nonmetal mines
  • The primary cause of death was powered haulage (10 deaths), next was machinery accidents and slips and falls; other causes include pinning, crushing and striking accidents
  • Nine deaths were those of supervisors.
For more information, read the MSHA press release.
HazCom Standard Gets Minor Revisions
Includes updated terminologies
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has corrected certain minor errors in its HazCom Standard. Among the revisions are replacements of the term Material Safety Data Sheets
with the term Safety Data Sheets.

Other changes include removal of "Appendix E to § 1910.1200--(Advisory)--Guidelines for Employer Compliance;" revisions to "values or notations in tables;" and updated references to terms.

Go here for a complete list of changes.
Attend a DuPont Safety Culture Workshop
Enhancing your safety culture is about more than removing hazards and institutionalizing safety procedures. It's about people – their attitudes, behaviors and thoughts – and the changing dynamics of today's world.

Join DuPont Sustainable Solutions for a one-day workshop, Elevating Your Safety Culture, at a location near you and discover how DuPont develops safe attitudes and behaviors among employees. This event is limited to senior level executives who have a leading role in driving their organizations to safety excellence and achieving sustainable growth.

Elevating Your Safety Culture provides an in-depth look at DuPont proven safety methods, best practices, and learning and development solutions which help develop a strong safety culture. The workshop also covers how to align your learning and development strategies with your business objectives. Providing relevant training that suits your employees' needs, your organizational culture and your business goals helps increase safety awareness and improve safety culture.

View the full agenda.

Your registration fee of $295 includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Register by March 25th and get an early bird rate of $195!

At DuPont, we believe that all accidents are preventable, and have operated under the motto "safety first" for more than 200 years. Now, we would like to share with you the knowledge we've gained from solving some of the world"s most complex safety challenges, including our own. Join us at one of the following locations for Elevating Your Safety Culture.

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