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The Safety Brief for October. News, Events and More

Hey, how are you?

Did you get a chance to skim through the safety news this past month? No problem, we’ll take that off your long to-do list. Here is a collection of noteworthy safety moments from October.

US National Protect Your Hearing Month

This October, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) announced the start of National Protect Your Hearing Month, an initiative to raise awareness on the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). We’ve also put together a few hearing safety tips, here.

Fire Prevention Week

#FirePreventionWeek ran October 6-12. This year's theme was "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape." State Fire Marshal Mike Causey organized a statewide fire drill. On Saturday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m., fire sirens sounded across the state to remind people to plan and practice their escape route. Visit https://www.nfpa.org/fpw for more details.

MSHA issued safety alert on electrical hazards

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert regarding hazards associated with electricity in mining, after three recent incidents involving electricity. All three electricians were working with energized parts. More details on the safety alert and protective measures, here.

New OSHA inspection video

OSHA has released a new video detailing its general inspection process and the reasons for inspections. The five-minute video describes the three phases of an OSHA inspection and highlights the agency’s free On-Site Consultation Program for small and medium-sized employers, plus the OSHA Training Institute Education Center training courses.

See it here.

OSHA requests information on online outreach training

To improve its current Online Outreach program, OSHA issued a Request for Information meant to collect information on a new model for administering classes. This would include a three-collaborator consortium comprised of OSHA, and OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center, and an online provider. Four-collaborator consortiums would add a stakeholder organization that is interested in developing and offering online outreach training to their members (e.g. labor unions, associations, or employers). Each consortium member would have specific responsibilities under a formal agreement.

Amazon & NSC bolster scholarships for women

Only 19% of safety industry workers are women and they tend to earn less than their male counterparts. So, Amazon has granted the safety organization $125,000 in support of three initiatives:

1.       The Council’s Marion Martin Award – to recognize amazing women in safety.

2.       Women in Safety Scholarship program – to support women studying safety, plus free attendance to the NSC event.

3.       Women’s Division – for more networking opportunities.

UK’s non-fatal construction injuries rise while HSE prosecutions fall

There were 366 non-fatal injuries per 100,000 workers in 2018/19, compared to 359 per 100,000 in the year before. On the other hand, the construction industry witnessed a slight drop in the rate of HSE convictions, which stood at 92% in 2018/19, down from 94% in 2017/18. More facts and figures, in this article.

To everyone celebrating Thanksgiving Day next week, have a happy and safe one!