June 17, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 12
Addressing the Aging Workforce
Smoking is Biggest Contributor to Risk of
Heart Disease
New Electrical Safety Training Program
Jumpstarting Lawn Mower Safety
The Hazards of Hands−Free
Get Safety Going
Addressing the Aging Workforce
Finding new ways to promote and protect the health of employees is key if America's aging workforce is to stay competitive and productive, according to the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

This was the key take-away during a two-day summit on workplace aging, which was organized last year by the ACOEM and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The findings from the summit were recently published in the May edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Between 2005 and 2030, the number of Americans 65 and older will increase two-fold and 20 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2015 will be composed of Baby Boomers, a group that reports more "chronic disease" and other health issues than earlier generations.

To help address the implications of an aging workforce, summit participants seek to raise awareness among employers and establish a new "culture of health" by better integrating safety and wellness programs. Participants also called for "age-friendly" programs that help cultivate "optimal working conditions."

For more information, read the ACOEM press release or read the ACOEM journal.
Smoking is Biggest Contributor to Risk of Heart Disease
According to a new study from Johns Hopkins University, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the four healthy behaviors that can collectively reduce the likelihood of death from heart disease by 80 percent over an eight-year period are never smoking, eating a Mediterranean diet, maintaining a normal weight, and exercising regularly.

The ongoing Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis involves over 6,000 people between the ages of 44 and 84. The study revealed that refraining from smoking contributed most to lowering the risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, smokers who took on at least two of the other four healthy behaviors still faced more risk of dying from heart disease than overweight and sedentary nonsmokers. Only 2 percent of participants complied with all four healthy behaviors.

For more information, read the news report or view the study abstract.
New Electrical Safety Training Program
Because of complacency around electricity, on average, one worker is electrocuted every single day of every year! DuPont Sustainable Solutions' new Electrical Case History safety training program shares the tragic story of one such worker in hopes of driving home the importance of working safely around electricity.

Specifically the program presents proper lockout/tagout procedures and how to operate a scissor lift safely, especially around electrical sources. Electrical Case History is available on DVD, streaming video and coming soon as an interactive online course.

Preview and purchase Electrical Case History today!

Great news − DuPont Sustainable Solutions now offers our same high-quality DVD training at lower prices! Preview and purchase online.
Jumpstarting Lawn Mower Safety
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery are offering tips on lawn-mower safety. Over a quarter of a million people were treated for lawn-mowing related incidents in 2010, a three percent increase over 2009. Nearly 17,000 of these injuries happened to children under the age of 19. To help ensure safe lawn-mower use, the public is advised to:
  • Only use a mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go.
  • Make sure that sturdy shoes (not sandals or sneakers) are worn while mowing.
  • Pick up objects from the lawn before mowing begins to prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys.
  • Not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and to look carefully for children behind you when mowing in reverse.
  • Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before removing the grass catcher, unclogging the discharge chute, inspecting or repairing lawn mower equipment or crossing gravel paths, roads, or other areas.
For more tips, read the press release.
The Hazards of Hands-Free
Think talking on the phone or sending emails or text messages with hands-free gadgets is safe? Not really, according to the AAA Foundation for Safety.

In a new study, researchers tracked the head and eye movements of thirty-eight drivers. The researchers also measured the drivers' brain activity − and level of their distraction − during various activities. Category 1, which indicated minimal risk, included listening to the radio; category 2, moderate risk, involved talking on the phone, hands-free or not; category 3, extensive risk, featured listening or responding to emails via voice-activation technology.

Some voice commands like turning the heater or wipers on are relatively less distracting and "less cognitively demanding," said David Strayer, a psychology professor from the University of Utah who led the study. Checking Facebook, writing emails and reading text messages, however, demand more focus and concentration and can overload attention spans.

More than 70 percent of Americans think that going hands-free is safe according to the AAA. This study reminds the public of the hazards of hands-free, especially when in-vehicle technologies like infotainment systems and smart phones are becoming more common. There are about 9 million infotainment-equipped vehicles on the road, and the number will rise to more than 60 million in five years.

The AAA intends to share its findings with automobile makers and consumer electronics manufacturers.

Read more about the study.
Get Safety Going
Are you interested in learning about a program that can help you build solid safety observation skills and enhance the safety culture in your organization?

Join us for a FREE one-hour webinar and discover how DuPont™ STOP™ builds communication skills by encouraging workers at all levels to talk to one another about safety. Register today!

What You Will Learn:
This one-hour webinar will reveal some of the concepts and instructional strategies that have combined to make the DuPont™ STOP™ program so successful at helping reduce workplace injuries for more than 30 years.

Understand the key concepts that are the basis for STOP™:
  • All injuries and occupational illnesses can be prevented.
  • Employee involvement is essential.
  • Management is responsible for preventing injuries.
  • All deficiencies must be corrected promptly.
  • Off-the-job safety must be promoted.

Grasp the three-pronged instructional design which has been so effective in taking learning from the classroom to the workplace:

  • Individual self-study through workbooks
  • Group meetings where participants view DVDs, then discuss the concepts
  • Hands-on workplace application activities.

Who Should Attend:

  • EHS Directors
  • Safety Managers
  • Training and Development Coordinators
  • Plant Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Vice Presidents of Safety
  • HR Directors
  • Risk Managers
  • Safety Committee Members
  • Anyone interested in significantly reducing injuries

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 goal is zero. Let DuPont™ STOP™ help you get there!

Learn how STOP™ can help get your employees "seeing safety" in your workplace and communicating with one another about safety priorities. Register online today! Learn more about STOP™ For Each Other, STOP™ For Supervision and STOP™ For Ergonomics here.

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