September 18, 2018 | Volume 16, Number 9

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

Biological Clocks Disrupt Metabolism in Night-Shift Work

It has always been assumed that there was only one master biological clock in the brain, but researchers from Washington State University (WSU) and the University of Surrey showed that the liver, gut, and pancreas have separate biological clocks. This helps explain why night-shift work wreaks havoc on metabolism.

The study measured metabolites, which refer to products of chemical reactions involved in digestion. It was found that after subjecting participants in the study to a night shift schedule their metabolite level changed by a full 12 hours, even though the master biological clock in participants’ brains had only moved by about 2 hours.

Further research can determine whether these discrepancies are driven by shift workers altered sleep/wake schedules, the changed timing of food intake, or both. Once this is understood, researchers can then identify underlying cellular and/or hormonal processes, which can lead to new treatments and preventive measures to help mitigate the health impacts of night-shift work.

Read the WSU press release or view the abstract.

A Look Inside The Risk Factor

Risk is all around us. As a safety professional, you’re constantly striving to get your employees to make better, safer decisions. Yet, even when you do everything in your power to prevent incidents from occurring, one momentary lapse in focus is all it takes.

How can you get your employees to stop taking unnecessary risks? That is the goal of The Risk Factor, a groundbreaking new personal safety awareness offering from DuPont Sustainable Solutions.

Join us on October 10th in Chicago, IL for a free workshop and learn how The Risk Factor can help your organization systematically improve the safety and well-being of your employees. Enhance your safety culture by teaching employees how to elevate their awareness and make conscious, deliberate choices when it comes to risk.

View the full agenda and register today.

Don’t Expect Employees to Check Email After Office Hours

Expectations to monitor email outside office hours are hurting employees’ health, according to a new study published in the Academy of Management Proceedings.

The research is entitled, “Killing Me Softly: Electronic Communications Monitoring and Employee and Significant-Other Well-Being.”

While other studies have shown the impact of working outside office hours, “Killing Me Softly” shows that the mere expectation is harming employees.

Read the press release or view the abstract.

Lyme Disease Cases Rose From 2016 to 2017

Lyme disease has become more prevalent in recent years, according to a new report by Quest Diagnostics.

Here are some of the highlights outlined in the press release:

  • Lyme disease has been historically confined to Pennsylvania and New England, but each state now has reported cases.
  • California had 483 cases in 2017, close to a 200-percent increase from 2015. Florida had 501 in 2017, an increase of 77-percent from 2015.
  • Pennsylvania and six states of New England accounted for about 60 percent of Lyme disease cases in 2017.
  • Georgia, Arizona, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia all saw significant increases.

Read the Quest Diagnostics press release or download a PDF of the full study.

CPWR Releases Pilot Program to Manage Strains and Sprains

To help reduce strains, sprains and soft-tissue injuries, The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) released a program, Best Built Plans, which helps employees involved in manually lifting and moving heavy materials on job sites.

Best Built Plans is based on contractor surveys and interviews conducted to help understand the motivators and barriers to engaging in materials handling practices.

The program offers free resources, as well as a Site Planning Tool that helps contractors integrate safer materials handling into every part of the business plan.

The rest of the resources may be downloaded at the Best Built Plans site.

‘Workplace Incivility’ Contributes to Bad Parenting

Victims of workplace incivility engage in stricter, more authoritarian parenting practices, according to an American Psychological Association (APA) press release.

The APA press release featured research presented during the APA’s yearly convention. It was a study done by two scholars from Carleton University, Angela Dionisi, PhD and Kathryne Dupre, PhD.

Workplace incivility refers to any behavior that is rude, disrespectful, impolite or otherwise violates workplace norms of respect. As part of their study, Dionisi and Dupre surveyed 146 working mothers and their spouses.

Read the APA press release.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions Events 2018


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.


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


A Look Inside STOP® Workshop in Las Vegas, NV
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.

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