August 27, 2018 | Volume 16, Number 8

Keeping you current with the latest tips, trends and news!

Half of Process Safety Incidents Occur During Startups

In a new Safety Digest, published by the Chemical Safety Board it was revealed that in 50 percent of process safety incidents in 2010 in the refining industry occurred during startups, shutdowns, and other infrequent events. This was a rate five times more than during normal operations.

The Safety Digest looks at three case studies featuring startups or shutdowns, analyzing what went wrong and offering recommendations for preventive measures, such as implementing written operating procedures for startup following an emergency shutdown.

Read the case studies and analysis in the Safety Digest.

States See Stronger Whistleblower Protections

Over the last year, states have strengthened their whistleblower protection laws, according to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

The more stringent laws broaden the scope of what type of information may be disclosed and to whom while raising penalties for retaliating against whistleblowers.

The expansion of such laws have occurred since 2006. However, the range and depth of such regulations vary. For instance, only 13 states protect whistleblowers when they divulge their information to the press. Also, reports of danger to public health and safety are not covered by 13 states, while 14 states do not protect against disclosure of waste of public funds.

Read more in the PEER press release.

Longer Working Hours Raises Risk of Diabetes in Women

Women who clocked in 45 hours or more in the office each week had a significantly higher risk of diabetes than women working 35 and 40 hours, according to an open-access study published in the BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care.

The research provided much-needed high-quality prospective studies that support the consensus that long work hours have recently been linked with diabetes.

The findings point to the need to reduce working hours, which are considered social and environmental modifiable risk factors of diabetes that can be controlled to help prevent this disease.

Read the full study.

Process Safety Management Overview Workshop

Do your employees view PSM as a group of isolated parts and procedures instead of a system of interrelated mutually supportive actions and outcomes?

Help shift their perspective during the three-day Process Safety Management (PSM) Overview Workshop.

Participants will be divided into small groups and work collaboratively to analyze scenarios using incident videos and case studies. The course features a problem-based learning approach that provides a collaborative, job-focused experience to accelerate skill development.

Who should attend?

  • Operations and maintenance managers
  • Technical, operations, and maintenance engineers
  • Frontline supervision
  • PSM element leaders and team members

When: September 25-27
Where: Houston, TX
Cost: $2,500, includes materials, breakfast, lunch, and refreshments

Get more information.
Register today.

Survey: Employees Say Their Work Makes Them Fat

Twenty-five percent of employees said that in their current position they gained at least 10 pounds. Ten percent reported an increase of 20 or more, according to a survey from CareerBuilder.

A majority of the workers (53 percent) partly blamed prolonged sitting on the job for the weight gain, while 49 percent don’t have the energy to work out, and around 33 percent confess to having no time to hit the gym.

Poor eating habits are another cause. Forty-one percent admitted to stress eating because of the job, and close to 25 percent dine out at least three times a week. Around 20 percent said they can’t help getting away from the candy jar.

In a press release, CareerBuilder recommends flexible working hours, bringing packed lunches, and following the 60/3 rule, whereby employees devote three minutes of walking around for every 60 minutes spent sitting at the desk.

Read the press release to access to the survey.

Rude Coworkers Got You Down? Relax After Work to Sleep Better

Taking a break by doing something fun or relaxing after having a bad day at work can help you sleep better, according to a recent study.

The study, published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, featured a survey of 699 U.S. Forest Service employees. They were asked to rate the level of rude behavior they experienced in the workplace, how often they had negative thoughts about work, whether they have insomnia symptoms, and how much they were able to detach from work and relax.

Findings reveal that being on the receiving end of rude or negative behavior in the office was linked with more symptoms of insomnia. However, if the employees detached from work before sleeping, they were able to secure a better nights rest.

Read the APA press release.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions Events 2018


Empower Employees with Microlearning
Join us for this one-hour webinar, and discover how microlearning courses and videos with real world examples can help improve employee safety.


The Risk Factor Overview Webinar
During this one-hour webinar, discover how you can help improve employees’ personal accountability for their safety.


DuPont™ Safety Perception Survey™ Overview Webinar
During this one-hour session, you’ll learn about how the DuPont™ Safety Perception Survey™ (SPS) can help you understand the safety perceptions and culture of your organization.

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