Friday, April 18, 2014

FAA Extends Final Helicopter Safety Rule Deadline

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule to April 22, 2015. The agency says that the 1-year extension will provide industry personnel with necessary FAA materials and adequate time to adapt their manuals and provide training to pilots.

FAA issued the final rule to require helicopter operators to have stricter flight rules and procedures; improved communications and training; and additional on-board safety equipment. The agency reports that the extension was granted due to industry feedback and so that it can develop guidance materials.

For more information, visit the Federal Register.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Roadway Safety Guide

The Roadway Safety Foundation has published its 2014 Roadway Safety Guide: A Primer for Community Leaders. The 90-page guide is available online and addresses safety issues associated with new engineering treatments and emerging technology. Using checklists, diagrams and case studies, the guide is easy to read and navigate.

The guide includes discussion of the following:

•Safe vs. Hazardous Roadway Conditions
•Working with Local, State and Regional Highway Engineers
•Agencies Responsible for Different Types of Roads
•Roadway Departure Hazards
•Surface Conditions
•Bridges and Narrow Roadways
•Railroad Crossings
•Work Zones
•Roadway Reconfigurations
•Roadway Design Limitations
•Young Driver Safety
•Improving Older Driver Safety Through Road Design
•Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
•Building a Roadway Safety Coalition

Click here to access the guide.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

European Good Practice Awards Call for Nominations

The 12th edition of the European Good Practice Awards in Occupational Safety and Health is underway. Sponsored by European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the awards invite applicants from European organizations or companies that are taking measures to manage stress and pshychosocial risks in their workplaces. The awards are part of EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign.

For more information, visit EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Campaign website or follow it on Twitter with the hashtag #EUmanagestress.

Monday, April 14, 2014

World Steel Calls for Industry-Wide Audit to Mark Steel Safety Day

As EHS Works reported last month, World Steel Association (worldsteel) has called for an industry-wide safety audit across the industry to mark Steel Safety Day, April 28, 2014, to coincide with International Labor Organization's World Safety Day. The initiative seeks to engage the steel industry and its employees and service providers to focus attention on identifying hazards and managing risks. Worldsteel is asking organizations to perform the safety audit during the next two weeks, starting today.

According to worldsteel, the most common causes of incidents in the steel industry, along with preventive measures, are:

  • Moving machinery. Before any machinery is cleaned, serviced or adjusted, all sources of energy including gravity must be isolated, locked or pinned to prevent movement.
  • Falling from heights. Training should be provided on how to use protective equipment and work safely at heights.
  • Falling objects. Measures must be taken to prevent objects from falling and all people should be evacuated from areas where this remains a possibility.
  • Asphyxiation or gassing. Workers should be trained to ensure that they can test for and eliminate dangerous gases in confined spaces.
  • Cranes. Daily checks must be carried out on cranes before use to maintain reliable operation.

"The steel industry is a highly automated industry and most manual handling, heavy lifting and many operational activities have been automated," says worldsteel's Edwin Basson. "This has removed staff's exposure to many hazards and reduced safety risks in the working environment. However, safety incidents still happen in the industry today and it is our responsibility to make sure that all applicable measures have been put in place to manage the hazards."

Grainger Scholarship Program Supports Public Safety Students

Grainger has expanded its Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program to help students enrolled in public safety programs. According to Grainger, public safety is one of the fastest growing fields of study at community colleges. In fact, a 2013 report from National Center for Education Statistics found a 174% increase in students choosing homeland security, law enforcement or fire safety programs from 2000 to 2011.

Grainger says it is important to offer scholarships to students pursuing careers in law enforcement, emergency preparedness, emergency medical services and fire safety. "We have the privilege of providing products and services to many first responder and public safety organizations," says Grainger Vice President Ben Nichols. "With this comes a unique perspective and appreciation for what these women and men face on a daily basis. We are proud to expand this scholarship program, especially as interest in public safety continues to grow."