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Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention: Perspectives and Practices
In the past twenty years, the US has seen gains in workplace safety, particularly regarding total recordable incident rate (TRIR). This reduction in workplace injuries should not be overshadowed by another more disturbing trend, namely that the number of life-altering injuries and fatal incidents has been on a much slower decline, and in fact has increased for the past three years. The next step in the journey to safety excellence, and one that Institute companies are currently pursuing, is the elimination of serious injuries and life-altering events. This paper summarizes the current state of...
Collaboration with Wikipedia
For the past four months, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been doing something new and exciting for a government agency: they have been employing a Wikipedian-in-Residence. This collaboration with Wikipedia makes NIOSH only the second federal agency, and the first federal scientific agency, to engage with the encyclopedia project in this fashion; it is a collaboration that has the potential to spark many more. Wikipedia, the fifth-biggest website in the world, reaches far more members of the public each day than NIOSH ever could; lending NIOSH’s resources...
NIOSH Follows Workers as they Age
New Topic Page Promotes Healthy Aging The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a new topic page that offers a worker-focused perspective on health and safety and chronic disease issues related to aging. This is one of the first NIOSH topic pages to co-align with the existing Total Worker HealthTM webpage. Employers increasingly see the value that older workers bring to the job, including greater institutional knowledge and wealth of experience, productive work habits, lower stress, and higher likelihood of getting along with their colleagues. Older workers...
Modeling fatigue-induced collision relative risk: implications of service hours and fatigue management policies on transit bus operators in Florida
This research explores the association between fatigue-induced crash risk, transit operator hours of service and fatigue management policies in the state of Florida. Data used in this study include incident data archived by transit agencies and bus driver schedules. The results show a decreasing trend of collision risks when drivers start their schedules late morning or afternoon compared with early morning. The effect of time on task shows increasing collision risk as drivers drive long hours without enough off duty periods. Source : Mtoi E, Moses R, Sando T. J. Transp. Res. Forum 2013; 52(1)...
LED Screen Falls Injuring Three at Miami Ultra Music Festival
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Workers setting-up modular LED display screens for the annual Miami Ultra Music Festival were trapped under screen components that fell about 30 feet (10m) from the overhead trusses. Fortunately, Fire and Rescue teams were on the festival site preparing for the two-weekend event that runs over Spring Break. They were able to respond immediately and free the trapped workers. The workers were transported to local hospitals where two were checked and found to have only minor injuries, and one worker remains hospitalized with two broken legs. The incident occurred just prior...
Web-based First Responders Tool for Chemical Hazards
Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) is a web-based resource developed to help first responders and other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving unintentional or terrorist chemical releases. CHEMM was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, in cooperation with NIOSH and other partners. CHEMM is available on the Web or downloadable in advance if the internet becomes inaccessible during an event. Source...
OSHA Outreach Training Program - Construction industry
The Construction Focus Four Training consists of lesson plans on each of the Focus Four Hazards (Falls, Caught-in or -between, Struck by, Electrocution). Each lesson plan was developed based on learning objectives; therefore, trainers must: Use these objectives when planning the training; Follow the participatory training model by applying effective training techniques; and Ensure the objectives are measured by testing each student. Source : http://www.osha.gov/dte/outreach/construction/focus_four/index.html

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