In this on-going series, we bring you the latest headlines from the world of safety and keep you updated on the issues that matter most.
Zero Traffic Fatalities by 2050? NSC Says Yes.
The National Safety Council announced partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to eliminate traffic fatalities within the next 30 years. The partnership, called the Road to Zero, is calling for organizations across the country to join a growing coalition dedicated to promoting behavior-change strategies in a coordinated approach to highway safety.
According to the NSC, zero traffic deaths is attainable based on a few driving principles:
- Traffic fatalities and injuries are preventable
- A future with zero traffic deaths is more certain than ever with the emergence of self-driving cars and the Safe Systems transportation approach
- A coordinated effort that brings together multiple stakeholders with the same goal can achieve more than individual organizations working independently
After decades of decline, fatal car collisions are on the rise and distracted driving is the fast-growing cause. Learn more about ending the distractions and making the roads safer for everyone.
Trench Deaths on the Rise
A San Antonio worker was killed this month when an eight-foot trench at a drainage project collapsed, reports Industrial Safety & Hygiene News. The 36-year-old worker succumbed to injuries while first responders attempted to rescue him.
This incident is indicative of a startling trend emerging at construction sites across America. From 2015 to 2016, trench death in the US have more than doubled. According to OSHA standards, every trench five feet deep or more must have a protective system to prevent collapse.
Meeting safety standards (and exceeding them) is the goal of every world-class organization. But how can leaders ensure their people have the skills and knowledge to consistently employ safety-critical procedures and rules on the front lines? Learn more about the leadership practices managers and supervisors need to know to get safety right—every time.
Trump to Scrap Chemical Safety Board
In a move that has drawn sharp criticism from political leaders, President Trump proposed to eliminate the federal agency that investigates chemical accidents. The cut is part of a number of sweeping changes in the president’s proposed budget submitted to Congress in mid-March. If passed, it will signal a shift away from twenty years of progress in chemical safety.
While the fate of the CSB remains in doubt, chemical companies don’t need to wait on the sidelines. Leaders can take control of their own safety now. Learn more about building process safety competency into your workforce, so that your people can prevent catastrophic events before they happen.
Are Your Employees Getting Enough Sleep?
As many as 58% of employees are getting less than the recommended amount of daily sleep, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Short sleep duration has been linked to various negative health outcomes including cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression, as well as to safety issues related to drowsy driving and injuries,” reports study author Taylor Shockey. “Workers in occupations where alternative shiftwork is common, such as production, health care, and some transportation jobs, were more likely to have a higher adjusted prevalence of short sleep duration.”
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