June 16, 2014 | Volume 12, Number 12

OSHA Requests Input on Emergency Responder Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a stakeholder meeting to solicit public feedback on developing a unique standard for emergency responder safety.

The need for such a standard was highlighted when several emergency responders died in April 2013. The meeting will be a group discussion addressing the views, concerns, and issues surrounding emergency response and preparedness.

Only about 20 participants take part in the meeting, which may have a second session on July 31st.

Read the Federal Register for additional details.

Walk and Talk: MSHA Beefs Up Mine Safety Initiatives

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) launched a new initiative that aims to strengthen mine safety in the United States.

Using a 'walk and talk' approach, MSHA personnel will inspect mines throughout the country. They will speak with miners and mine operators about several topics including recent fatalities, the use of safety training and the importance of being alert to unsafe conditions.

Overall, MSHA personnel will look for similar scenarios that have led to recent mining deaths.

Twenty miners have died in various mining incidents since October 2013. Recently, MSHA held a safety summit and a conference call to discuss and learn from these incidents and help improve safety.

For more information, read the MSHA press release.

NIOSH Seeks Extension on MSD Prevention Study

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has asked that a study on MSD prevention be extended for two more years.

The study evaluates the effectiveness and cost-benefits of interventions designed to prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

Teaming up with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (OBWC), NIOSH will look at several MSD engineering control interventions (such as stair-climbing, powered hand trucks, and powered truck lift gates) and assess if they can help reduce self-reported back and upper extremity pain.

The study will be conducted in 72 organizations and feature 960 employees, many of whom perform material handling tasks in all industries. NIOSH launched a similar study in 2011, but it only covered wholesale and retail trade. This new study hopes to contribute new data and features more efficient data collection.

For more information, read the Federal Register.

Safety Data Sheets: The Information Connection

When employees guess the safest way to work with or around a chemical, it can have very dangerous results. They could end up with chemical burns, breathing problems, start a fire, or even worse, cause an explosion.

Instead of guessing, show employees how to use the Safety Data Sheet, or SDS. Safety Data Sheets: The Information Connection, the new training program from DuPont Sustainable Solutions, covers each of the sixteen sections of the standardized SDS.

It is available on DVD and CoastalFlix™ streaming video and will soon be available as an interactive online course.

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NHTSA: Traffic Deaths Decreased Slightly in 2013

According to recent estimates from the Department of Transportation, about 32,850 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.

The 2013 figure represents a 2.1-percent decline from 2012. For the first three quarters of 2013, traffic deaths all declined compared to the corresponding period in 2012. Similarly, seven of ten NHTSA regions reported slight decreases in fatalities in 2013.

The 2.1-percent decrease comes after fatalities increased from 2011 to 2012. Since 2005, traffic-related deaths have been declining, with the exception of 2011 to 2012.

The 2013 figures are all provisional, according to the NHTSA, and the final statistics will be released in the fall of 2014.

For more information, read the report.

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