DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Safety News Briefs - A Culture Of Myths

A regular news feature summarizing workplace safety related news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have any safety news tips, send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

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Is Your Employee Safety Incentive Program As Obsolete As The 8-track?

If you have an incentive program based on zero accidents or zero recordables, your safety and health incentive programs are no different than the eight-track tape.

All incentive programs start with good intentions. They are implemented to improve an organization’s safety and health programs and build a teamwork mentality. But, these programs can drift sideways very quickly, particularly when bonuses and/or promotions are involved.

Read the article in Knowledge At Work.

House and Senate Looking To Expand The OSHA General Duty Clause

Bills in the House and Senate will expand the OSHA general duty clause to include employees who work for contractors and independent contractors at multi-employer worksites. The OSH Act currently only applies the general duty clause to a company's own employees.  Both bills modify the general duty clause to allow for per-employee, or instance-by-instance, citations under the OSHA egregious penalty policy.

Read the story in Western Farm Press.

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$2.5 Billion In Penalties

Both the state of California and the city of San Bruno are proposing to the California Public Utilities that PG&E stockholders be required to pay by $2,500,000,000 in penalties following a 2010 gas line explosion.

Read the story in the Washington Times

Safety Myths
A Culture Of Safety Myths

  • Myth 1: Safety is our #1 priority
  • Myth 2: All safety rules are in place for your protection
  • Myth 3: We can eliminate all injuries n\by mistake-proofing our workplace
  • Myth 4: All hazards are created equal
  • Myth 5: Safety can be achieved through a program that encourages people to work more safely
  • Myth 6: We will fire you for acting unsafely
  • Myth 7: Comparing ourselves to industry average is useful for gauging our safety performance
  • Myth 8: Our goal is zero injuries
  • Myth 9: Some companies don't have a safety culture
Read the article in Fabricating and Metalworking magazine.

OSHA Shifts Funds From Compliance Assistance To Protect Enforcement From Sequester,

OSHA has shifted funds around in their budget to spare the OSHA enforcement program from sequester cuts. OSHA cut $10.9 million from the program that provides employers free consultation services on how workplaces can comply with OSHA rules. That cut, and reductions earlier in the budget process, lowered the compliance budget to $61.4 million, down from the enacted budget of $76.4 million.

Read the story in BNA Bloomberg

Zero Incident Goals Motivate Risk-Taking, Not Excellence

What do you want in safety? What are you trying to accomplish and why? Is the motivation to achieve the goal based on organizational or individual value? What does success and excellence look like, not just indicators and activities, but behaviorally, when you get there?

Definitions and terminology drive beliefs which affect decisions and behaviors at work and away. Is your goal to have zero incidents or successful beliefs and behaviors?

Read the article in ProAct Safety.

MIT Study Concludes Government And Industry Must Work Together To Improve Working Conditions

An article in MIT News reports that the private-compliance approach to improving working conditions has not worked. Richard Locke, the head of MIT's Department of Political Science and deputy dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management, said, "It’s better than nothing, but it wasn’t leading to a significant and sustained improvement in working conditions or enforcement of labor rights in any of the supply chains that we studied."

“ "The private sector can only do so much, and certain issues are issues of citizenship rights, such as the freedom of association, and the freedom to bargain collectively,” Locke says. “You can’t enforce those rights one factory at a time or one supply chain at a time, or even one brand at a time. Those are territorially enforced rights, and only the sovereign states can do that."

Read the complete article here.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - Tell OSHA To Get A Warrant
Safety News Briefs - Focus On Training
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending April 15th

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