Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Free course dates announced: A Holistic Approach to Error Reduction Applied to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

"A Holistic Approach to Error Reduction Applied to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs" free course is now being offered. 

A holistic approach to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP) is vital to recognizing, avoiding, and preventing errors that can lead to catastrophic events. The human cost of
preventable workplace injuries and deaths is incalculable. Many states have requirements or voluntary guidelines for workplace injury and illness prevention programs.

This program provides a holistic way of looking at both the program management and the behavioral sides of IIPP to best determine how to apply means, methods, and strategies to develop a dedicated system. 

Who will this course benefit?
     Trainers • Human resources • Risk managers • Supervisors  
     • Safety directors • Anyone concerned about safety in the 

Topics Covered:
   · Employee general safety and rights under the OSH Act
   · Employer responsibilities under the OSH Act
   · Become familiar with what is standard practice in the 
           risk industry
   · Opportunity to receive pre-built presentation materials   
          that can be readily used in Outreach training for
          program management
   · Receive up to 7.0 contact hours of professional
     John Malool, MS

     Michael Presutti

Course dates:
February 27, 2014
March 7, 2014 
March 27, 2014
April 11, 2014
May 15, 2014
May 27, 2014
June 12, 2014

Register now, for attendance in one of our free course offerings.
A Holistic Approach to Error Reduction Applied to Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

New and updated OSHA resources available

OSHA has updated its guide to the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Poultry Processing (PDF*), which is now also available as a smart phone-friendly e-publication. OSHA also recently issued a Safety and Health Information Bulletin, Operating Hazards of Baler Discharge-Door Locks, which provides guidance on how to inspect for and prevent the kind of failure that killed a worker earlier this year when the door locking mechanism on a hydraulic paper compactor/baler failed. Also see OSHA’s maritime industrypublications page for several handy QuickCards showing how to stay safe while doing maritime work.
With much of the eastern and central U.S. experiencing record cold temperatures, working outdoors presents an increased risk of exposure to cold stress — especially for snow cleanup crews, construction workers, recreational workers, postal workers, police officers, firefighters, baggage handlers, landscapers, and support workers for oil and gas operations. With proper planning and training, employers can keep their employees safe during winter work. For information on preventing injuries, illnesses and fatalities during winter storms, see OSHA’s recent blog and check out the updated Winter Weather page and Cold Stress Guide, which explains how to keep employees safe during winter work.

New resources available on protecting hospital workers, enhancing patient safety

On Jan. 15, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels hosted a press teleconference to launch a new educational Web resource with extensive materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs and implement safety and health management systems.
"These new materials can help prevent hospital worker injuries and improve patient safety, while reducing costs," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "The heart of this material are the lessons from high performing hospitals who have implemented best practices to reduce workplace injuries while also improving patient safety."
Joining Dr. Michaels on the call were Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Dr. Lucian Leape, chairman of the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation; and Dr. Erin S. DuPree, chief medical officer and vice president of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare.
"By fostering research to identify injury risk factors and safety interventions, steps can be taken to save costs and enhance service to the patients," said Dr. Howard.
OSHA's new Worker Safety in Hospitals Web page provides detailed educational material about worker safety in hospitals, as well as easy to use products on implementing safety and health management systems. The website also contains information to help prevent the most common type of injuries in hospitals – injuries from manually lifting and moving patients. The guidance products include fact books, self-assessments, best practices guides. The website and materials are available at www.osha.gov/dsg/hospitals.

New educational video available on preventing electrocutions with cranes

A new animated video in OSHA's educational series about potential hazards in the construction industry is now available. "Prevent Electrocutions: Work Safely with Cranes near Power Lines" is the 14th video in the series, which are based on real-life incidents and include detailed depictions of hazards and the safety measures that would have prevented the injuries and fatalities. Available in both English and Spanish, the videos are brief, easy to understand, and geared to the needs of employers and workers. To stream or download the videos, visit OSHA's construction v-tools Web page or the Department of Labor YouTube channel.