NFPA Releases Provisional Active Shooter Standard

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released NFPA 3000™ (PS) Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program, the goal of which is to help communities holistically deal with the fast-growing number of mass casualty incidents worldwide, according to an NFPA press release.

Impetus for the development of NFPA 3000 came directly in the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in June 2016. The NFPA was called to develop a standard, and later set up a Technical Committee comprised of members from law enforcement, the fire service, emergency medical services, among many others.

Read the NFPA press release.

An In-Depth Look at the Costs of Opioid Addiction Treatment

Researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation published a study on the financial costs of the opioid crisis in the United States.

Highlights of the study include:

  • Thirty-seven percent of adults with opioid addiction (non-elderly) are covered by private insurance.
  • Thirty-eight percent of adults with opioid addiction are on Medicaid.
  • Opioid use and spending among people with large employer coverage peaked in 2009 but has tapered off since then; it is now at lower levels than it had been more than a decade ago.

However, the study noted that treating opioid addiction and overdose among people with large employer coverage increased to $2.6 billion in 2016 from $0.3 billion in 2004.

Enrollees with large employer coverage and an opioid prescription were highest among the age group 55-65 (22 percent). The percentages decrease as one moves down the scale from an older to a younger group.

However, the 18 to 34 demographic spent the most on opioid addiction and overdose treatment.

Read more about the study.

AFL-CIO Releases Fatality Report; 150 Deaths in U.S. Workplaces in 2016

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) published, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, a report that documents occupational injuries and fatalities in the United States in 2016.

Highlights of the report:

  • In 2016, 5,190 American workers died on the job, up from 4,836 in 2015.
  • Between 50,000 and 60,000 died from occupational diseases.
  • The highest fatality rates per 100,000 workers were in Wyoming (12.3) followed by Alaska (10.6) and Montana (7.9).
  • Workplace violence is the second-leading cause of workplace death.
  • Transportation, construction, and agriculture are the most dangerous industries.

The report also noted OSHA’s lack of resources to inspect workplaces in the United States, and pointed out an aggressive deregulatory agenda from President Trump’s administration, an agenda that gutted safety regulations and entailed deep cuts to worker safety and health training.

The Death on the Job report has been published yearly for the past 27 years. Read the AFL-CIO press release or download the report.

Study Links Noise Exposure to High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure

A study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine notes that hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and hearing difficulty are more prevalent among noise-exposed workers.

According to the abstract, 25% of current workers had a history of occupational noise exposure, 12% had hearing difficulty, 24% had hypertension, and 28% had elevated cholesterol.”

Data for the study came from the National Health Interview Survey data in 2014. It offers findings that stress the importance of managing noise levels in the workplace.

Read the abstract.

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