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May 21, 2014

Workplace Safety News and Notes - May 2014

Here's a collection of recent safety news and resources, with links to more information:

CalOSHA offers heat resources
Bilingual Heat Safety sign
Bilingual heat safety sign
With temperatures surging across parts of the country, it's a good time to review heat protection measures with outdoor workers. CalOSHA recommends these basic steps:
 - Train all employees and supervisors about heat-illness prevention
 - Provide plenty of cool, fresh water and encourage employees to drink water frequently
 - Provide a shaded area for workers to take a cool-down recovery break
 - Prepare an emergency heat-illness prevention plan for the worksite, with training for supervisors and workers on what to do if a worker shows signs or symptoms of heat illness

Cal/OSHA also recommends that employers take measures to help their workers get acclimatized to working outdoors in the heat. Training materials and information for preventing heat illness are available on the heat-illness Web page, and a variety of heat-safety resources in multiple languages are available on the Water. Rest. Shade. page.

BLS announces 2012 work fatality counts - second lowest on record
The revised 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 24. According to the BLS data, 4,628 people lost their lives on the job in 2012, up from the 4,383 fatalities reported in the August 2013 preliminary census results. Even with the increase, the final 2012 count is the second-lowest annual total recorded since BLS started conducting the national census in 1992. It also represents a slight decrease from the 2011 fatal injury rate for the United States. The final fatal work injury rate for 2012 (3.4 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers) is the lowest published by the program since the conversion to hours-based rates in 2006. Read more here.

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Truck Safety sign
Fleet safety video tip: Right-of-way rules
Fleet drivers need a solid grasp of right-of-way rules to promote safer driving practices and help prevent driver confusion and indecision - contributing factors in many crashes.
Review tips from the California DMV and watch some interesting right-of-way videos here.

NIOSH launches new Poultry Industry Workers web page
NIOSH has a new poultry processing web page focused on research and recommendations to prevent work-related injury and illness among poultry workers. The page provides resources to help employers and workers identify risk factors and take effective measures to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses in poultry processing.
Visit the new page

AFL-CIO releases state fatality report, ND shows highest death rate
In 2012, 4,628 workers in the United States died because of workplace injuries, according to Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, a report by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The report is a national and state-by-state profile of worker safety and health in the United States. Findings include:
- North Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, West Virginia and Montana had the most worker deaths
- Lowest fatality rates were in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Washington
- North Dakota had the highest rate among all fifty states: 17.7 for every 100,000 workers, which is 500 percent higher than the national average. Read more or download the report here.

Resources for Canadian GHS implementation from CCOHS
As in the US, Canada's national chemical classification and hazard communication standard for workplace chemicals is changing. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) offers a number of resources related to GHS implementation, including posters, fact sheets, on-line courses, and a new on-demand webinar.
Check out all the WHMIS / GHS resources at the CCOHS site.

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