June 1, 2014 | Volume 12, Number 11

OSHA Signs Alliance to Protect Temporary Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formally launched an alliance with the American Staffing Association (ASA) to help keep temporary employees safe from workplace hazards.

OSHA and the ASA have teamed up to educate workers about their rights and to raise awareness among staffing firms and their clients of their responsibilities to protect workers under the law. Furthermore, both parties will provide information that will help workers identify and prevent workplace hazards.

The ASA advocates on behalf of staffing and recruiting firms, and is composed of over 1,600 members. OSHA builds various alliances with different stakeholders to pursue its mandate to protect employees in the United States.

Read more about the alliance.

Swimming with Safety: Handling Pool Chemicals Safely

About 5,000 emergency room visits were attributed to pool chemicals in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

About half of these injuries involved children and teens and over 33 percent took place in households. The injuries were most common between Memorial Day and Labor Day and around 50 percent happened on weekends.

Pool chemicals help stop the spread of germs, but they must be handled and stored safely.

To help prevent these injuries, the CDC recommends that the public:

  • Read and follow directions on product labels
  • Secure pool chemicals to protect people and animals
  • Never mix different pool chemicals with each other, especially chlorine products with acid.

For more information, read the CDC press release.

National Safety Stand-Down: Fall Prevention

From June 2-6, OSHA is hosting a National Fall Prevention Stand-Down to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction.

Falls continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers. DuPont Sustainable Solutions is offering free access to the Video Byte, Fall Protection from the program PPE: Inspect And Respect.

This brief 4-minute training clip will help your employees understand the various personal protective equipment for fall protection and help them identify where to look for damage.

Use this clip during your Safety Stand-Down or share this link with employees to stream over any web-enabled device. The clip will be available from now until June 6.

Browse other fall protection training programs on CoastalFlix™ streaming video, DVD or e-learning course.

Learn more about the Safety Stand-Down.

Workshop Identifies Key Indicators of Safety Climate

Supervisory leadership, management commitment, and employee empowerment were among the most critical indicators of a safety climate, according to a workshop report from the Center for Construction Research Training (CPWR) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The workshop on which the report is based, Safety Culture and Climate in Construction: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice, was held in June 2013 in Washington, D.C. It was organized to help address the lack of consensus on the definition and measurement of safety culture and safety climate.

It was decided that safety culture is innate in an organization, while a safety climate expresses a safety culture at a particular job site and at a particular time.

Gathering participants from employer associations, labor organizations, and academics, Safety Culture and Climate in Construction: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice featured several sessions, including:

  • Defining and Framing Safety Culture and Climate for the Construction Industry
  • Leading Indicators (of safety climate)
  • Assessing Safety Climate
  • Interventions

Download the full report here.

Study: Households as Sources of MRSA

A new study from Columbia University showed that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are common in houses and can even be transmitted among household inhabitants.

This finding demands a search and destroy approach that involves not only patients but also their companions at home.

Using a new genomics technique, the researchers charted the spread of MRSA across northern Manhattan and some sections of the Bronx. Also called ’Superbug,’ MRSA is known to cause deadly infections.

To learn more, read the press release from the Columbia University Medical Center.

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 $395 includes lunch and refreshments.

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.
- Calgary, AB on June 5
- Minneapolis, MN on June 24
- Toronto, ON on June 26
- Houston, TX on Oct 2

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