Survey: Parents Drive Distracted, Seen by Their Teens

A survey conducted by the National Safety Council revealed that even though 88 percent of parents say they are role models for driving, 91 percent of them practice distracted driving in front of their teens.

These findings complement many other studies that show that teens pick up driving habits from their parents. The survey stresses the need for parents to understand their impact on their children’s driving behavior.

Additional data from the survey shows that parents understand the risks that teens face behind the wheel. In fact, 57 percent forbid their children to drive with their peers, a practice that raises the risk of a fatal crash by at least 44 percent.

For more information on the survey, read the NSC press release.

Sitting Too Long? Walk for Two Minutes Every Hour, Study Says

New research suggests that walking for two minutes every hour can “offset” the health risks of prolonged sitting. The study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, was conducted by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Wanting to promote a more achievable goal than getting 2.5 hours of moderate activity every week, something that 80 percent of Americans cannot comply with, the researchers designed a new study.

Examining data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, they sought to determine whether low intensity activities such as standing, and light intensity activities such as casual walking, light gardening, and cleaning can increase the lifespan of sedentary individuals. They discovered that performing light intensity activities for two minutes every hour was associated with a 33 percent lower risk of dying. Two minutes of walking every hour uses 400 kilocalories (kcal) each week (assuming 16 waking hours per day), comparatively close to 600 kcal, which is the recommended weekly amount of calories burned through moderate exercise.

Using their findings, the researchers recommended adding two minutes of walking each hour in conjunction with other activities, including the two-and-a-half-hour amount of weekly exercise.

To learn more, read the press release.

Study: Insomnia, Not Sleepiness, Impairs Cognitive Abilities

There is a strong correlation between alert insomnia and decreased cognitive abilities among night-shift workers. According to a new study from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, the impairment was more substantial among alert insomniacs than those with excessive sleepiness.

The study highlights a vital need to differentiate between fatigue and sleepiness and, according to the principal investigator, suggests that treatments focusing on the relief of excessive sleepiness in shift work disorder may not sufficiently improve work-related outcomes. The findings also necessitate interventions to manage cases of insomnia among night-shift employees.

Researchers examined 34 workers who regularly work at night, and diagnosed 26 of them with “shift work disorder,” a condition characterized by low amounts of sleep, and insomnia or excessive sleepiness.

For more information, read the press release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine or review an overview of the study, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

OSHA Launches Final Rule on Confined Space in Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the final rule for confined spaces in construction, which helps provide construction workers with protections similar to those in manufacturing and general industry.

The rule contains industry-specific requirements and stresses the need for training and continuous worksite evaluation in order to address the continually changing number and nature of confined spaces as construction progresses in its different stages.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez estimates that the new rule can prevent about 780 serious injuries every year.

View the final rule

Download materials for compliance assistance.

Personal Fall Protection: Your Lifelines

Falls are the leading cause of death in many industries. The surface an individual falls from doesn’t even have to be very high for it to cause a serious injury; half of all fall-related deaths are from heights of less than 25 feet.

The award-winning, Personal Fall Protection: Your Lifelines, from DuPont Sustainable Solutions provides important information on Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS), hazard recognition, and the fall hazard control process.

Preview and purchase the DVD online or get instant access with CoastalFlix™ streaming video. Employee handbook is also available.

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