October 30, 2018 | Volume 16, Number 10

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

The 2018 Health Handwashing Survey: Summary of Results

The results of the 2018 Health Handwashing Survey are now available. The survey was conducted among more than 1,000 adults across the country in early January 2018.

According to a press release, highlights of the survey include:

  • Sixty percent of participants are extremely or quite concerned about contracting a new or particularly resilient strain of the flu this year. A concern more evident in the South than anywhere else in the country.
  • Sixty-one percent wash their hands more often to avoid getting sick.
  • To prevent colds and the flu, 53 percent are getting more fluids, 47 percent are taking Vitamin C or another preventive supplement, and 40 percent are trying to get more sleep. About 80 percent increase their cleaning and sanitizing at home.

At the same time, handwashing in public restrooms is rather limited, with 66 percent saying they always wash their hands after using a public restroom. Thirty-eight percent say, however, that they see people who leave the public toilet without washing.

The survey was conducted by Bradley, a leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures, washroom accessories, restroom partitions, emergency fixtures and solid plastic lockers.

To learn more, read the press release.

A Look Inside STOP®

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 preventing injuries and incidents.

See for yourself how DuPont helps to provide people with the safest workplace possible with A Look Inside STOP®. During this one-day workshop, a certified STOP® trainer - who has hands-on experience implementing STOP® - will outline why the STOP® principles work, how the programs are structured and how it can be rolled out in your workplace.

Who Should Attend?

  • Safety personnel, safety committee members and operations managers who are new to the STOP® offering and would like to understand how the STOP® principles can revolutionize how employees look at safety.
  • Those who want to understand how improving employee observation and communication skills can not only reduce injuries, but also improve quality and productivity.
  • Those who haven't looked at STOP® for a few years. Come and see what's new!

This complimentary workshop includes lunch and refreshments. It runs from 8:30am-2:00pm. View the full agenda.

Las Vegas, NV – November 6th

Can’t make it? Check out the 2019 schedule.

Can’t make it to a workshop? Register for a free webinar.

Love Free Food at Work? That’s 71 Percent of Your Calorie Intake.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have revealed in a study that about 22 percent of working adults consumed, on average, 1277 kcal at work each week.

Most of the foods consumed at work are high in empty calories, sodium, and refined grains, and low in whole grains and fruit.

Read a summary of the study.

Unions Contribute to Safer Workplaces, Says Study

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) recently published “Union Effect on Safety Management and Safety Culture in the Construction Industry.”

Key findings of the study, which surveyed union (those who employed union workers) and non-union firms (those who did not) found that:

  • Union firms are more likely than non-union firms to be aware of, and believe they are practicing, Prevention through Design (PtD). NIOSH defines PtD as “…all of the efforts to anticipate and design out hazards to workers in facilities, work methods,” among others.
  • Both union and non-union firms show similar results in applying permanent safety features, building information modeling, and putting up parapet walls at least 39 inches above roof surface, and grates at skylights.
  • Both types of firms were also comparable in following safety practices such as an open door policy for workers to report hazards, incidents, and concerns and the inclusion of job site workers in safety process.

The big differences lay in “prefabrication/modularization,” with union firms at 51 percent and non-union firms at 37 percent. Also, close to 80 percent of union firms ‘conduct job hazard/job safety analysis before construction begins.’ The rate for non-union firms was just about 56 percent.

Overall, union firms generally outperformed non-union firms in different safety metrics.

Read all the findings.

Positive Effects of Vacations ‘Vanish Within Days,’ Says APA Survey

Vacations do wonders for workers in the United States, but the benefits are short-lived, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Here are the highlights of the 2018 Work and Well-Being Survey, according to an APA press release.

  • About 25 percent of working adults said that the positive effects of vacation time—such as more energy and feeling less stress—disappear immediately upon returning to work, while 40 percent said that these benefits last only a few days.
  • About 20 percent admitted to feeling tense or stressed while on vacation and 42 percent said they dread[ed] returning to work.
  • Forty-one percent said that their organization’s culture encourages [them] to go on vacations.

The Survey also offers statistics on stress and stress management.

Read the press release or download a PDF of the survey.

Free Webinar: The DuPont™ Safety Perception Survey™

Learn your organization’s perceptions and strengths with the help of the DuPont™ Safety Perception Survey™. During our one-hour webinar, you will learn how the survey can help you create a high performing, values aligned culture.

Register to learn more about:

  • Uncovering your organizations values, attitudes, and beliefs regarding safety using the DuPont™ Safety Perception Survey™.
  • Benchmarking and measuring your safety culture and performance on the DuPont™ Bradley Curve™.
  • Increasing employee engagement to create improved business performance.
  • Using new online tools to put survey results right at your fingertips and easily share with your team.

Register today.

Amidst Disasters, OSHA’s Emergency Preparedness Page Offers Resources

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a dedicated page for Emergency Preparedness and Response, which helps responders and stakeholders prepare and respond effectively to any incident.

The page stresses the importance of preparedness, and covers evacuations and shelter-in-place, PPE, and HAZWOPER, among others. It also provides resources for different types of disasters, from earthquakes, floods and heat to hurricanes, lightning safety, tornadoes, and wildfires.

Also covered are oil, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) incidents, as well as disease agents and toxins.

Visit the page.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions Events 2018


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.


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


STOP® Implementation Assistance Workshop - 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.

See all upcoming events

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