December 19, 2018 | Volume 16, Number 12

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

Less Sitting Means Healthier, More Engaged Workers

A new study reveals that height-adjustable workstations help decrease the amount of sitting in the workplace. This is important given that sitting for long periods of time has shown to be harmful to one’s health.

The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the United Kingdom. It featured two groups, one of which undertook The Stand More AT Work (SMArT Work) program and the other did not. In both cases, the times spent sitting, standing and moving were measured, along with performance at work, job satisfaction, engagement, musculoskeletal issues, fatigue, wellbeing and absence due to sickness.

Results showed that those who received the SMArT Work program spent 83 minutes less each day sitting than did the non-SMArT group. They also improved in the following areas: work performance, work dedication and engagement, quality of life and reduced levels of sickness presenteeism, feelings of fatigue and musculoskeletal issues, such as lower back pain.

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.

Register for a city near you:
Orlando, FL – February 5th

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

BLS: 2.8 Million Injuries and Illnesses in Private Industry in 2017

Around 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2017, according to a report, ‘Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – 2017’ released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Highlights of the report:

  • There were 45,800 fewer injuries and illnesses in 2017 than in 2016
  • Days away from work (DAFW), days of job transfer or restriction only (DJTR) and other ‘recordable cases’ (ORC) in 2017 remained the same as 2016
  • Around 33 percent of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses led to days away from work

According to the BLS report, “[a]mong the 19 private industry sectors, only manufacturing and finance and insurance experienced statistically significant changes in their overall rates of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2017—each declined by 0.1 cases per 100 FTE workers compared to 2016.”

View the full report.

OIG Issues Report on DOL Challenges in Safety Compliance

In a new report, The Office of Inspector General (OIG) looks at the most serious management and performance challenges facing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), including workplace safety and health.

The challenges involve:

  • Determining how to best use their resources to help protect the workers’ safety and health, particularly in high-risk industries such as construction, forestry, fishing, agriculture, and mining.
  • Verifying the abatement of construction hazards remains a challenge for OSHA.
  • The high rates of black lung cases in Appalachia coal mining states.

The report acknowledges OSHA’s and MSHA’s effort in addressing these challenges, but offers recommendations to help boost current efforts.

  • OSHA needs to complete its initiatives to improve employer reporting of severe injuries and illnesses, and enhance staff training on abatement verification, especially of smaller and transient construction employers.
  • MSHA needs to identify methods for improving mine operators’ reporting of accidents, injuries, and illnesses.

Read the full OIG report.

The Opioid Policy Four-Point Strategic Plan

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs launched ‘The Opioid Policy Four-Point Strategic Plan’ to help the opioid crisis in the United States.

According to the CDC, over 40 percent of fatalities from opioid overdose belonged to those with prescriptions, and many injured workers who were prescribed at least one in 2016 received three times as many prescriptions as the prescribing rate.

The four points of the program involve:

  • Effective Controls
  • Tailored Treatment
  • Impactful Communications
  • Aggressive Fraud Detection

The dedicated DOL Page also has fact sheets about the opioid crisis, as well as risk factors for opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose.

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Suicides Among Working Adults Increasing in the United States

The suicide rate among working Americans (16 to 64 years old) rose 34 percent from 2000 to 2016 (12.9 per 100,000 people to 17.3 per 100,000), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC report, ‘Suicide Rates by Major Occupational Group — 17 States, 2012 and 2015,’ shows that most suicides among males happened in the construction and extraction industry. For females the highest rates were in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media.

The report looks at suicides across different industries, and points to the complex roots of suicides. But it does recognize that the workplace is an important but underutilized location for suicide prevention and that workplaces could potentially benefit from suicide prevention activities.

Read the full report from the CDC.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions Events 2019


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eLearning Trends and Tools: How to Make Safety Training More Engaging
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