Survey: ‘Public Safety’ Should be a Vital Issue in Presidential Debates

A survey conducted by Sterling Talent Solutions shows that 48 percent of respondents claim that ‘Public Safety’ is a topic that presidential debates should address.

The safety component of the survey revealed the extent to which people expected to feel safe in a variety of places like restaurants and public transportation. Notable is the 78 percent who identified workplace safety as a priority.

Many of the respondents believed that it is more important to investigate a potential employee’s criminal background (71%) and legal right to work in the U.S. (69%) than his or her experience (57%) or references (53%).

The survey also measured trust levels among Americans, with findings suggesting that we have become overall less trusting in 2016.

Sterling’s survey sample consisted of 1,077 Americans age 18 and over using an email invitation and an online survey.

View a PDF of the survey results.

OSHA, PHMSA Issue Joint Memo, Clarify HazMat Labeling Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) has published a joint memorandum that seeks ‘to provide clarity on the general applicability of, and overall relationship between, DOT’s labeling requirements under the HMR [Hazardous Materials Regulations] and OSHA’s labeling requirements for bulk shipments under the HCS [Hazard Communication Standard) 2012.’

As a response to stakeholders’ questions about the DOT’s and OSHA’s HazCom rules, the joint memo says that:

  • During transportation, DOT’s HMR governs hazard communication labeling requirements. OSHA’s HCS 2012 labeling is not required on shipping containers in transport, even when DOT’s HMR does not require labeling in transportation.
  • OSHA’s HCS 2012 requires labeling of hazardous chemicals in the workplace, both before and after transportation in commerce.
  • Regarding bulk shipments of hazardous chemicals, the HCS 2012 requires either labeling the immediate container with hazard information or transmitting the required label with shipping papers, bills of lading, or by other technological or electronic means.

The memo also clarifies the rule on bulk shipments bearing both DOT and OSHA HCS 2012 Labels.

View the joint memorandum.

OSHA Issues Fact Sheets on Safety Metrics and Root Cause Analysis

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published two fact sheets that stress the importance of tracking metrics and investigating potential hazards to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities, according to OSHA’s QuickTakes newsletter.

Metrics help quantify how a process has performed historically, how it might perform in the future, and where improvements can be made for workplace safety. And the fact sheet, ‘The Use of Metrics in Process Safety Management Facilities’ supplies examples of such metrics used and tracked by facilities under OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. There are two types of metrics: lagging metrics and leading metrics.

Lagging metrics include (1) Injury and/or Incident Reports Related to Process Safety and (2) Loss of Containment. Leading Metrics pertain to:

  • Management of Change (MOC)
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Process Hazard Analysis
  • Mechanical Integrity
  • Training
  • Safety Action Item

The other fact sheet, ‘The Importance of Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation’ explains briefly what a root cause analysis is and how it is to be conducted. Noting that a successful root cause analysis identifies all root causes — there are often more than one, the fact sheet describes that the root cause analysis involves asking several questions on (for example) an oil spill on the plant floor resulting in a slip and fall.

  • Why was the oil on the floor in the first place?
  • Were there changes in conditions, processes, or the environment?
  • What is the source of the oil?
  • What tasks were underway when the oil was spilled?
  • Why did the oil remain on the floor?
  • Why was it not cleaned up?
  • How long had it been there?
  • Was the spill reported?

The fact sheet also enumerates the benefits of a root cause analysis and supplies a list of Root Cause Analysis tools such as brainstorming, checklists, logic/event trees, timelines, sequence diagrams, and causal factor determination.

Download a PDF of the “The Use of Metrics in PSM Facilities” fact sheet.

Download a PDF of the “The Importance of Root Cause Analysis During Incident Investigation” fact sheet.

Watch: How to File an OSHA Complaint

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has posted a sixty-second video that reminds employees of their right to file a complaint about unsafe working conditions.

The video encourages them to follow the filing process, which, it is stressed, is easy and confidential. It also advises employees that retaliation by their employers for filing the complaint is illegal.

The video is available in English and Spanish. For more information, visit OSHA’s dedicated webpage for complaint filing.

Study: Citations and Penalties Help Reduce Workplace Injuries

A systematic review of research uncovered strong evidence that health and safety inspections conducted by the government urge employers to make improvements that reduce work-related injuries.

The findings, according to the research leader, stress the importance of regulators being out in the field and identifying, citing, and penalizing non-compliant organizations.

The review was done by Institute for Work and Health (IWH) and published last June in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

The study also suggests that inspections without penalties do not reduce injuries and that general deterrence, the possibility of being inspected, is less effective than inspections-with-penalties.

The review combed through related peer-review studies published from January 1990 to June 2013 trying to determine the strength of the evidence on the effectiveness of occupational health and safety (OHS) policy levers in creating incentives for organizations to improve OHS processes and outcomes.

Read the IWH Press Release and abstract of the study.

Nip Fire in the Bud: Fire Safety Month

This Fire Safety Month, don’t “pass” up an opportunity to remind employees of the P.A.S.S. method of fire extinguisher use. Download this FREE infographic as a visual reminder and/or embed it on your corporate intranet, employee eNewsletter or blog.

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