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Distracted driving occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off your primary task: driving safely. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. NIOSH provides key information on this web page.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) performed a scientific review of workplace safety in the Amendment 80 (A80) trawl fleet to understand the trends and identify opportunities to enhance safety for crews on these vessels. Researchers found that the annual number of injuries in the A80 fleet was 34 per year during 2001-2012 for a total of 409 work-related injuries (25 fatal, 384 non-fatal). The risk for non-fatal injuries was 43 injuries per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees, about four times higher than average U.S. workers.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) performed a scientific review of workplace safety in the freezer longline fleet to understand the trends and identify opportunities to enhance safety for crews on these vessels. Researchers found that the annual number of injuries in the freezer longline fleet was 25 per year during 2001-2012 for a total of 303 work-related injuries (9 fatal, 294 non-fatal). The risk for non-fatal injuries was 35 per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees, about three times higher than average U.S. workers.
Baggage screeners and handlers
at airports are exposed to manual
baggage lifting and handling that are
associated with work-related musculoskeletal
The National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH)
evaluated two mechanical lift aids
to determine if they could reduce
the risk of WMSDs. The two mechanical
lift aids reduced some
physical WMSD risk factors such
as hand loading and spinal compression
The purpose of this research project was to better understand compensation trends among Safety, Health, and Environmental (SH&E) professionals. Since 2008, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has measured and reported salary and employment trend data as a service to its certificants and SH&E professionals. In 2015, BCSP hoped to develop a more complete SH&E employment trend and salary picture by inviting five partners to participate in the data collection process. Partners: ASSE - American Society of Safety Engineers; ABIH - American Board of Industrial Hygiene; AHMP - Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals;
AIHA - American Industrial Hygiene Association; and IHMM - Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.
A 2015 American Society of Safety Engineers survey of more than 9,000 occupational safety and health professionals reveals they earn an annual base salary on average of $98,000, an increase of $8,000 since the survey was taken two years ago.
The ASSE survey results are part of an expansive collaboration with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).
A summary is provided and includes a link to download the full report.
Falling overboard is the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen nationwide. Of the 182 fishermen who died from falls overboard between 2000 and 2011 NONE of them were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). Researchers from the University of Washington, Oregon Health Science University and the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office conducted an evaluation with commercial Dungeness crab fishermen in Oregon to rate the comfort and acceptability of five modern personal flotation devices (PFDs). Fifty fishermen were asked to evaluate a PFD for one month while working on deck so that wearable PFDs could be identified. This document shows which PFDs were preferred by Dungeness crabbers.
According to the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Engineering and Safety
Service (E&S) report CV-15-08, “The evaluation of a commercial auto exposure for a motor
carrier is uniquely different from that of other insurance exposures.” This is true for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most pertinent of which is that the job site where a safety or loss control professional could make direct observation of conditions and performance is unique to each employee-
driver, and is literally on the move daily. The dynamic exposure presented by other drivers on the highway is highly unpredictable and seemingly uncontrollable.
This behavior-based solution has been proven to reduce risky driving, as well as vehicle collisions and
their associated costs. For example, a study funded by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety administration found that the two fleets reduced risky driving behaviors by 52% and 37%, respectively. In the first, after the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority installed the solution in their 800 buses, vehicle collisions were reduced from 964 to 483—a 50 % reduction in incidents.
In an effort to reduce operating costs, more employers are limiting the number of company cars they
provide employees or eliminating their company car programs altogether. However, the need to use
vehicles for business purposes usually does not. To meet this need, employers may provide a pool car(s), have employees rent a vehicle when traveling, or ask employees to use their personal vehicle for company business. The result is a hired and/or non-owned automobile exposure that is often overlooked, ignored or brushed aside as incidental.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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