Meet Your New Secretary of Labor

R. Alexander Acosta was sworn in April 28, 2017 as the 27th United States Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL).

Secretary Acosta is a graduate of Harvard Law School. His first law-related occupation was as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals, after which he joined a law firm and later taught at George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law. He was recently Dean of the FIU College of Law.

In 2002, he was appointed member of the National Labor Relations Board, became Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2005 to 2009.

A native of Miami and the son of Cuban refugees, Secretary Acosta has been counted among the most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine, and was listed as one of 100 “most influential individuals in business ethics.”

Read the DOL press release.

Safety Culture and Risks Workshop

Join DuPont Sustainable Solutions for Elevating Your Safety Culture: The Element of Risk on June 8th in Philadelphia. Register now!

As organizations are unique in the risks they face, we are holding a workshop to address typical challenges faced by organizations with regards to culture, employee engagement, and operational discipline. This session will focus on approaches that change mindsets and behaviors, including using diagnostic tools to understand the current safety culture and risks involved.

During this workshop, seasoned DuPont consultants share their experience of working with companies across a range of industries. They will discuss proven, world-class tactics and innovative solutions to reduce incidents and improve performance.

When: Thursday, June 8th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel
Cost: $395, includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments

Get more details and review a full agenda.

Seats are limited! Register today!

OSHA’s Budget to Remain Intact Until End of FY 2017

OSHA’s budget has been retained until the end of the fiscal year.

The budget was approved in a spending bill that Congress passed on May 4th, and includes about $552.8 million for OSHA. However, the budget does include decreases in safety and health standards and safety and health statistics.

Other budgets including compliance assistance, federal assistance, and state consultation grants did receive a boost. To view the detailed itemized budget, go to page 71 of “Division H-Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education, and Related Agencies, Appropriations Act, 2017.”

Study: Weight-Loss Programs Help Reduce Absenteeism

Absenteeism among obese individuals decreased because of their participation in a structured weight loss program, according to a study presented at the Endocrine Society’s meeting last month in Florida.

Initially,employers and fellow employees expressed concern that joining the programs would keep those who joined out of work and reduce their productivity.

As it turned out, however, “participation in our program was highly valued and had a positive impact at work,” said Jennifer Iyengar, M.D. lead author of the study from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The study followed 92 participants who had completed six months of the University of Michigan’s Weight Management Program and were full-time employees in different fields.

At the end of the program, the participants had, on average, lost 41 pounds and reported a mean of 6.4 hours more working time. Before they joined, they had worked, on average, 5.2 hours less than what was expected of them.

Read the full press release and view an abstract of the study.

Get Safety Going

Are you interested in learning about a program that can help you build solid safety observation skills and enhance the safety culture in your organization?

Join us for a FREE one-hour webinar and discover how DuPont™ STOP® builds communication skills by encouraging workers at all levels to talk to one another about safety. Register today!

What You Will Learn:
This one-hour webinar will reveal some of the concepts and instructional strategies that have combined to make the DuPont™ STOP® program so successful at helping reduce workplace injuries for more than 30 years.

Understand the key concepts that are the basis for STOP®:

  • All injuries and occupational illnesses can be prevented.
  • Employee involvement is essential.
  • Management is responsible for preventing injuries.
  • All deficiencies must be corrected promptly.
  • Off-the-job safety must be promoted.

Grasp the three-pronged instructional design which has been so effective in taking learning from the classroom to the workplace:

  • Individual self-study through workbooks
  • Group meetings where participants view DVDs, then discuss the concepts
  • Hands-on workplace application activities.

Who Should Attend:

  • EHS Directors
  • Safety Managers
  • Training and Development Coordinators
  • Plant Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Vice Presidents of Safety
  • HR Directors
  • Risk Managers
  • Safety Committee Members
  • Anyone interested in significantly reducing injuries

The award-winning DuPont™ STOP® program provides a path to workplace safety excellence by making safe behavior and workplace conditions part of the work culture − thus helping to prevent injuries and incidents. The goal is zero. Let DuPont™ STOP® help you get there!

Learn how STOP® can help get your employees "seeing safety" in your workplace and communicating with one another about safety priorities. Register online today! Learn more about STOP® For Each Other, STOP® For Supervision and STOP® For Ergonomics here.

Over 50 Percent of Construction Workers Say Safety Not a Priority

According to a survey conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC), 58 percent of Americans in the construction industry said that completing tasks and maintaining productivity were prioritized at the expense of their own safety.

The survey was part of the NSC’s Employee Perception Surveys and included 14 different industries.

Government statistics show that many of the workplace fatalities in 2015 and most fall-related deaths were from the construction industry.

Despite these hazards, the survey revealed that of the employees questioned:

  • 51 percent believed that management only keeps to the legal minimum in keeping workers safe
  • 47 percent said that workers fear reporting safety hazards
  • 32 percent feel management ignores a person's safety performance when determining promotions
  • 63 percent of employees feel they work in areas or at stations that are set up ergonomically correct
  • 48 percent of employees believe safety meetings are held less often than they should be

The findings of the survey were released on April 28, 2017 to coincide with Workers Memorial Day.

Read the NSC press release.

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