February 5, 2014 | Volume 12, Number 3

Study: Disease Management, Not Lifestyle Change, Lowers Health Care Costs

Seven years of continuous participation in lifestyle and disease management programs led to an average drop of $30 in health care costs per individual per month, according to RAND researchers.

The study examined 67,000 employees in PepsiCo's wellness program, which had two components: disease management and lifestyle change.

When researchers examined each component separately, they discovered that disease management was associated with lower costs, decreasing health care costs by $136 per member per month and cutting down hospital admissions by 29 percent. The lifestyle management component was not linked to lower health care costs.

For more information, read the abstract or the press release.

Report: The Safest States to Drive In Are...

Ten states, plus the District of Columbia, received a green rating from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, which released the 2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Law. The Roadmap grades all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 15 basic traffic safety laws.

To receive a green (good) rating, a state:

  • Must have a primary enforcement seat belt law for all front and rear passengers
  • Must not have repealed an existing all-rider motorcycle helmet law in the past 10 years, and
  • Must have enacted 11 to 15 laws that include both primary enforcement seat belt laws or 9 or more laws covering both primary enforcement seat belt laws and an all-rider helmet law.

According to these criteria, the following states received green and red (danger) ratings:

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • South Dakota
  • Mississippi
  • Arizona
  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • New Hampshire
  • Wyoming
  • North Dakota

The report also tracks new state driving laws passed in 2013 and offers fatality and injury statistics related to the use of seat belts, helmets, and booster seats. It identifies the presence (or absence) of laws in different states and covers data for distracted driving and driver impairment.

Download the report.

February is American Heart Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year.

Read more about heart disease, heart attack symptoms and prevention efforts.

Patients who receive bystander CPR have almost four times the survival rate of those who do not. Share the below CPR infographic to remind employees of the proper steps.

Learn how to include this infographic on your corporate intranet, employee eNewsletter or blog.

Watch a free full-length preview of CPR and AED: The Chain of Survival. Or, stream instantly with CoastalFlix™.

Digital Design Helps in Safer Construction

Digital design tools can help ensure safety during construction, according to the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), an organization based in the United Kingdom.

The IOSH commissioned a study, which found that safety issues during construction can be seen using digital design models. The research assembled designers, builders, industry partners, and construction management graduates, and showed how design and construction can 'interact effectively' with the help of a 'virtual reality tool.'

In the study, the researchers identified hazards that related to the following: crane, roof, edge protection, voids, stairs, scaffolding, and cladding. The team also recognized the constraints of the building and the site.

Says one of the researchers, "Employers need to consider their use of digital building information models (BIM) and the impact they can have on safety practices on a building site." Another remarked that "digital equipment can help communicate construction design management (CDM) safety knowledge to designers themselves."

For more details, read the IOSH press release or download the full report.

Comment Period for Proposed Silica Rule Extended

If you haven’t yet, you can still share your thoughts on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica. OSHA has extended the comment period until February 11th.

The extension was granted amidst possible public confusion arising from an error from www.regulations.gov, the website through which the federal government accepts comments from the public.

January 27th was the original deadline. OSHA will hold public hearings on the rule starting March 18th, 2014.

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