September 3, 2014 | Volume 12, Number 17

NIOSH Needs Feedback on Workplace Tobacco Policies

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is asking for public feedback regarding a Current Intelligence Bulletin (CIB), Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury through Workplace Tobacco Policies.

Interested parties have until September 15 to comment and can do so via the Federal Register website.

The CIB covers topics such as:

  • Tobacco use in the workplace
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Tobacco-related health and safety concerns
  • Electronic nicotine delivery systems
  • Various workplace interventions

According to a NIOSH press release, the CIB adopts a Total Worker Health™ approach, combining occupational safety and health protection with health promotion, including smoking cessation programs.

For more information, read the press release or download the CIB.

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.

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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.

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NHTSA Releases Study, Rule Notice on Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) and a comprehensive research report on vehicle-to-vehicle technology (V2V).

It is thought that V2V technology will help improve road and driver safety, as vehicles can communicate with one another and relay data to the drivers. Two safety application examples are the Left Turn Assist (LTA) and Interaction Movement Assist (IMA). During a left-hand turn, an LTA would warn drivers of other vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. Similarly, an IMA would send alerts about the possible hazards at intersections.

The NHTSA is seeking public feedback about V2V technology as they would like to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by 2016.

The V2V research report provides preliminary estimates of safety benefits. Researchers believe that it could help prevent up to 592,000 crashes and 1,083 deaths each year.

To download the ANPRM and the V2V research report, visit the NHTSA press release.

‘Weekend Warriors’ Face Greater Risk of Injury

A new study supports findings that people who engage in thrilling, adrenalin-rushing activities, a.k.a. weekend warriors, are more likely to suffer a serious injury than those who engage in light, recreational sports.

The study looked at 351 “weekend warriors” injured between 1995 and 2009 and found that 55 percent suffered their injuries during the weekend.

The authors of the study suggest two possible reasons for the higher rate of injuries: first is fatigue because of the physically demanding nature of the activities; second is that weekend warriors are actually more inexperienced than their weekday counterparts.

The authors also caution against compressing all physical activities into the weekend because it subjects our bodies to a level of activity that they are not used to.

The study was published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery. For more information, read the press release from the Calgary Herald.

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Surgeon General Stresses Skin Cancer Prevention, Issues New Report

The United States Surgeon General urges immediate action against skin cancer. It is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States.

About five million people in the U.S. receive treatment for the disease, costing $8.1 billion per year on average. The number of people who have had skin cancer is higher than all other cancers. Melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, kills 9,000 and afflicts 63,000 more each year.

The Surgeon General asks the public to take precautions outdoors by donning hats, sunglasses, and clothing that can shield the skin from ultraviolet radiation; finding shaded areas; and using ‘broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more.

Most skin cancers are attributed to unnecessary ultraviolet radiation derived from being in the sun or using indoor tanning machines.

Read the Surgeon General’s press release.

Get information on statistics, research, and prevention.

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