July 1, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 13
Safety with a Bang: Staying Safe Over the 4th
Summer Savings on Training DVDs
OSHA Launches Website on Building Collapse Investigations
NIOSH "Nails It" with Safety Comic Strip
Study: Amount of Daylight Exposure Affects
Sleep Quality
Safety with a Bang:
Staying Safe Over the 4th

Help promote a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday weekend by sharing these tips with your employees:
  • Avoid distracted driving
    With all of the excitement surrounding the holiday it's easy to lose focus on the road. Set all distractions aside while driving and just focus on getting to your destination safely.

  • Plan your route and keep a stress-free schedule
    Don't say "yes" to all invitations; choose your holiday obligations wisely. If you're going to be on the road, especially on a long drive, have your car inspected for any signs of damage, wear, and tear. Check oil, gas, brakes, etc. If you're going to an unfamiliar area, it's best to check maps or consult with friends/relatives who live nearby.

  • Manage heat stress
    Drink plenty of water when spending a lot of time outdoors. Use sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to block the sun's rays. Watch for any signs of heat−related illness.

  • Beware of foodborne illness
    Take steps to ensure that your food is clean, fresh, and cooked to just the right temperature. Wash your hands when preparing food. Don't cross−contaminate raw and cooked food or the utensils used to handle each.

  • Do away with the fireworks
    While it's tempting, it's best to leave the display to the professionals.

  • Watch out for insects Ticks and mosquitoes can transmit disease. Wear the right clothing and apply insect repellants.
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OSHA Launches Website on Building Collapse Investigations
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a new website that features "original investigations" of structure collapses and other incidents that are undertaken by the OSHA's Directorate of Construction.

Designed for a variety of stakeholders, from employers to regulatory bodies, the site offers access to investigation findings that help determine problems in:
  • Construction design
  • Project management
  • Field engineering changes
Such information could help improve safety processes and reduce injuries and fatalities. Among the investigations featured on the website are those involving the collapse of a:
  • Building under construction in New York
  • Mobile crane
  • Canopy walkway
  • Mast climbing platform.
Visit OSHA's website for a PDF of these and other investigations.
NIOSH "Nails It" with Safety Comic Strip
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has taken a colorful, more visual approach to nail gun safety with Straight Talk About Nail−Gun Safety, a short comic-book style document that discusses the different types of nail−gun triggers, the need for PPE and safety training, and the importance of the sliding safety tip.

The document also describes how accidents can happen and how they can be prevented by following basic safety dos and dont's.

Straight Talk About Nail-Gun Safety also advises nail gun users to:
  • Keep one's free hand far from the nailing location (12 inches or more)
  • Only use a hammer, palm nailer, or positive placement teco nailer for fastening metal straps or other connectors
  • Use warped or twisted lumber with more care
  • Seek medical treatment at once for any nail-gun related injury
  • Lubricate nail guns regularly
  • Check the air hose, hose fittings, and compressor to ensure they work properly
  • Never lift, lower, or carry the nail gun by the air hose
  • Watch out for knots, nails, straps, or other things that can cause a nail ricochet or deflection.
For more safety guidelines, download the PDF.
Study: Amount of Daylight Exposure Affects Sleep Quality
The amount of daylight you get at work strongly affects your "sleep, activity, and quality of life," according to a new study.

Examining 49 participants, it reveals that those who receive more white light exposure at work slept 46 minutes more on average at night compared to those whose offices didn't have windows.

Also, the workers at windowless offices scored poorly on quality-of-life measures as well as on sleep quality, sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances, and daytime dysfunction.

An abstract of the study was published last month and the findings were presented during SLEEP 2013, the 27th yearly meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC. The study has huge implications on architectural designs of offices and their impact on workers' wellness.

For more information, read the press release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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