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July 22, 2014

Workplace Safety News and Notes - July 2014

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

Women and PPE: Finding the Right Fit face and hand protection PPE 
A new article in National Safety Council's Safety + Health magazine reminds employers to keep women in mind when purchasing PPE. In industries such as construction it can be challenging to find effective PPE that fits women properly. OSHA cites limited PPE sizes and types and employers’ limited knowledge of PPE designed for women as key reasons women have difficulty finding correctly fitted PPE. The article addresses problems of poor fit, PPE design and more, and includes a link to the International Safety Equipment Association's list of suggested manufacturers that provide PPE for women. Read more here.

novice driverNew NIOSH Fact Sheet on Young Drivers and Workplace Vehicle Crashes
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related fatalities among young people in the United States ages 16 to 24. This new fact sheet will help employers be more aware of the risk of motor vehicle crashes among younger and older workers. It gives information about Federal and state laws that cover workplace driving

and offers recommendations to employers for preventing motor vehicle crashes among younger workers. Finally, it provides links to useful resources on the Internet. Learn more here.

safety trainedAssociate Safety Professional (ASP) to Become a Certification
The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has announced that the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) will become an independent certification in the fourth quarter of 2014. The ASP currently is a designation toward achieving the Certified Safety Professional (CSP). With this change, it will remain as the first of two exams to obtain the CSP, but will enable ASP credential holders to keep it as a certification. Requirements for certification include a Bachelor’s degree in any field or an Associate’s in safety, health, environmental or a closely related field; and at least one year of experience at a professional level with breadth and depth of safety duties. Watch the the BCSP site for updates.

noise area may cause hearing lossNIOSH Evaluates Smartphone Sound Measurement Apps
NIOSH noise researchers have conducted a pilot study to measure the accuracy of sound measurement applications available for smartphones. The big question: Do they provide an accurate assessment of the ambient environment? The pilot study, published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, concludes that smartphone sound apps can serve to empower workers and help them make educated decisions about their work environments. They may be useful for industrial hygienists and OS&H managers to make quick spot measurements to determine if noise levels exist in a workplace that can harm workers’ hearing. Read more here.

Top 10 Worker Complaints About Safety Programs
The EHS Today 2014 National Safety Survey asked safety managers to share the most frequent employee complaints about their EHS program. Here's a sampling: Too much paperwork; Too many rules and too much training; EHS compliance makes everything more difficult and time-consuming; Supervisors aren't following the rules, why should we?; I've been doing this work for years without an acident. Why change now? EHS created a photo gallery that shares actual quotes and will make you smile, too. See it here.

lift with your legs not your backMobile Egronomics App Evaluates Posture, Lifting and More
A new app from the Singapore Workplace Safety & Health Institute can: Evaluate posture using photographs; Provide tips to improve posture; Monitor changes in posture and health complaints; Share analysis results; Provide exercise tips; Set exercise reminders. The ergo@WSH mobile app also has a feature that shows how to redesign a workstation and provides tips on proper lifting techniques. Read more about the ergo app. (pdf)

heat index heat disorders
Infographic Shows Why Acclimatization Matters when Working in the Heat
A good heat illness prevention plan considers the need for more breaks, a cool place to rest, the availability of fluids, and the an allotment of time for a worker to become fully adjusted or acclimatized to the heat. A plan should be flexible based on the intensity of the heat, the level of humidity, the workers’ experience on the job, and the workers’ physical fitness. Check this NIOSH infographic for more information. 

National Safety Stand-Down Against Falls a Success
Did you participate in the National Safety Stand-Down in June? If so, you're not alone. The Center for Protection of Worker Rights (CPWR) has shared three success stories on its website, and plans to post more in the months ahead. Curent features include the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and Daytona International Speedway. Read these stories and more at the Stop Construction Falls website.

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