January 18, 2019 | Volume 17, Number 1

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

Policy Brief Calls on Incoming State Leaders to Protect America’s Workers

Protecting the safety and health of Americans is one of 18 recommendations for new governors and state lawmakers issued by the National Employment Law Project and the Economic Analysis Research Network.

The recommendations were published in a policy brief, A State Agenda for America’s Workers: 18 Ways to Promote Good Jobs in the States. It covers measures pertaining to wage hikes, benefits for contractors, employee rights, hiring practices, harassment, social welfare, community development, work-life balance, immigrant worker rights, housing, and overall economic development.

To protect workers from racial and gender discrimination, the policy brief recommends banning employers from asking about salary history, strengthening civil rights enforcement, and promoting targeted hiring of workers from high unemployment communities, and practicing inclusive procurement and contracting.

Seeking to enhance worker safety, the brief also discusses ways to adopt responsible state health and safety contracting, have stronger state workplace protections on heat exposure in light of climate change, strengthen workers’ compensation laws, and fight sexual violence on the job.

Download the policy brief.

Flashes of Safety: How to Protect Workers from Lightning

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) released two free PDFs to help protect workers from lightning strikes.

The PDFs include statistics on lightning fatalities and information on the primary danger sign of lightning. Workers in open spaces, on roofs, or other high places face great risk. The PDF also tells employees what to do in case one is out in the open and has nowhere to go, how to respond to lightning strikes, and the three steps to take when one hears thunder.

Download the Hazard Alert and Toolbox Talk.

NFPA Releases Data on Contractor Fatalities from Electricity

Between 2012 and 2016, 325 contract workers died on the job due to ‘an electrical injury,’ according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Here are the highlights of the report, Fatal Electrical Injuries of Contract Workers:

  • Wage and salary workers accounted for 87 percent of the contract while the rest were self-employed.
  • Close to two-thirds of the victims were between the ages of 20 and 44, while around 20 percent were 45 to 54 years old.
  • Sixty-eight percent were in construction and extraction while 18 percent were in ‘installation, maintenance, and repair occupations.

Based on the statistics, the NFPA concludes that electrical work is being performed on or around energized equipment and that many fatalities occur outside the traditional workplace, indicating a need for broader electrical safety education and oversight.

Download the report (PDF).

Court of Appeals: Contractors Can be Cited for Safety Violations

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided that a general contractor at a multi-employer construction worksite who controls a hazardous condition at that worksite, even if the condition affects another employer’s employees’ can be cited under the OSH Act or under OSHA standards.

The ruling reverses a 1981 decision whereby it was stated that OSHA’s regulations protect only an employer’s own employees.

Read the 29-page decision (PDF).

ASSP Releases Workplace Fatigue Report

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) released last December a report on workplace fatigue, Advancing Safety Surveillance Using Individualized Sensor Technology (ASSIST): Final Progress Report, which calls on employers to monitor the fatigue levels of its workers to reduce injuries and increase productivity.

The report features the use of wearable technology—such as heart rate sensors or torso sensors— to measure fatigue. Highlights of the report include:

  • Lack of sleep, work stress, and shift schedule were the primary causes for fatigue.
  • To cope with fatigue, respondents took to drinking caffeinated drinks, stretching/doing exercises, and talking with coworkers.

Regarding the use of sensors, the report states that the data from multiple wearable sensors can highly improve the accuracy of movement information estimation for fatigue monitoring. Such information, according to the ASSP, can help develop a comprehensive framework that can identify research-supported interventions that protect workers from injuries caused by being tired on the job.

Download the full report.

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.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions Events 2019


Just In Time Training with Microlearning
Join us for this one-hour webinar, and discover how microlearning courses with real world examples can help improve employee safety.


A Look Inside STOP® Workshop in Orlando, FL
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 DuPont™ Safety Perception Survey™
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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