August 1, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 15
OSHA Announces Upcoming Safety Regulations
New Labor Secretary Sworn In
Tips on Tire Safety
Discover a New Kind of Safety Meeting
Playground Safety: Keeping Your Kids Safe
Are Your Employees Ready for GHS?
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OSHA Announces Upcoming
Safety Regulations

The status of several safety regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was announced last month with the release of the Spring Regulatory Agenda.

The following standards are in the Final Rule stage:
  • Confined Spaces in Construction
  • Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems
  • Vertical Tandem Lifts
In the Pre-rule stage are:
  • Process Safety Management and Flammable Liquids
  • Definition and Requirements for a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory
  • Infectious Diseases
In the Proposed Rule stage are:
  • Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica and Beryllium (separate rules)
  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2)
  • Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for I2P2 is slated to be released in January 2014, while an NPRM for Crystalline Silica was slated for last month.

The list above is not complete. To view all regulations in the pipeline and their status, visit this website and select the Department of Labor in the dropdown menu towards the bottom of the page.
New Labor Secretary Sworn In
The United States Senate voted 54-46 to confirm the nomination of Thomas Perez as the new Secretary of the Department of Labor. He replaces Hilda Solis, who resigned from the post in January.

Perez was first nominated in March 2013. In his nomination hearing, he said that if appointed Labor Secretary, he would focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs" and that his priorities would include the enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, equal opportunity laws, and the Workforce Investment Act, among others. Perez was sworn in July 23, 2013.

Perez had served as labor secretary for the state of Maryland, Licensing and Regulation. A graduate of Harvard Law, he also headed the Department of Justice's civil rights division.

For a more detailed profile, please visit the DOL page.
Tips on Tire Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding drivers to take care of their vehicles' tires, especially in light of ongoing summer travel plans.

A survey revealed that in almost 10 percent of crashes involving tires, the tire already had problems before the incident. Problems include tread separations, blowouts, bald tires, and underinflated tires. Between 2005 and 2007, around 3,200 people were injured and 90 died in crashes where tire aging was a factor.

The NTHSA said that hotter air and road temperatures during the summer can cause tire breakdowns and raise the risk of tire failure. The NHTSA also warned of underinflated tires and overloading, both of which contribute to tire failure.

The NHTSA advises drivers to:
  • Check tires at least once a month
  • Know that 2/32" is the point at which tread becomes even with thread-wear indicators (which means it's time to replace the tires)
  • Replace tires after 6 to 10 years depending on tire manufacturer
  • Ensure tires are properly inflated using a tire pressure gauge
  • Consult the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle.
For more information, please visit the NHTSA website.
Discover a New Kind of Safety Meeting
Show managers how to integrate safety management into their overall management program with Managing Safety: Systems That Work for Operations Managers. Attend this two-day workshop in Houston, TX on September 18th and 19th and discover the DuPont system for managing safety throughout an organization and the role that managers should play in motivating and leading their organization to improved safety awareness and performance. Register today!

One specific area to be covered during this workshop is the Safety Action meeting.

Safety Action meetings are structured somewhat differently from the traditional safety meeting. In this alternative type of safety meeting, the manager or supervisor leads the group in discussion and action on safety issues. Meetings vary slightly in format to suit the type of topic under discussion (e.g., the communication of an incident investigation report, a problem to be solved, an issue to be analyzed, or the implementation of a new procedure).

Generally, to plan a Safety Action meeting, the leader:
  • Decides on and writes out the purpose of the meeting.
  • Outlines the facts to be presented.
  • Writes out the question for discussion.
Once the leader has given the group the question for discussion, the next stages of the meeting are for the group to:
  • Brainstorm ideas, together with their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Select actions to take.
  • Decide who will do what and when.
The goal in every work situation is to have people focused on safety, aware of their own safety and concerned about the safety of others, so they will do something about unsafe conditions and inform their co-workers about unsafe acts, not just leave it all up to the supervisor.

Safety Action meetings encourage this awareness and concern. They enable people to take this responsibility.

Register today for Managing Safety: Systems That Work for Operations Managers and learn more about using a safety organization, safety observations, integrating safety into existing management systems, incident investigations, demonstrating commitment, fostering involvement, safety principles and action planning.
Playground Safety: Keeping Your Kids Safe
"Steer clear from playgrounds with asphalt or concrete surfaces, metal or wood swing sets, or any apparatus that can trap a child's head," says Jennifer Weiss, MD, spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

This is but one safety tip from the organization, which released several playground safety guidelines. The AAOS advises parents and caretakers to:
  • Check the handgrips on monkey bars and other climbing devices to verify they are secure, and also shaped and sized for a child's grasp.
  • Check to see that there is enough space for kids to easily get off and away from slides, carousels or other equipment where others may be following. Don't let children crowd exit areas.
  • Never go down a slide with a baby or toddler in your lap.
  • Remove any necklaces and jewelry on children that may catch on playground equipment and cause injury.
For more information, read the AAOS press release.
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