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 20, 2013

Safety News Briefs - Why Do Employees Make Bad Decisions?

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.

Near-Miss Reporting:
A Missing Link in Safety Culture

An article in the ASSE Professional Safety journal looks at the importance of near miss reporting, the reasons why near misses are not reported, and how this vcan be changed. It starts by asking the question:

"Does your organization receive about 50 near-miss reports for every minor injury suffered by workers? If not, several significant barriers within the organization’s culture may be preventing the
organization from learning the lessons available from incidents that did not result in loss—at least not this time."

The article then describes the change that resulted when an effective near miss reporting program is implemented:

"At the start of the near-miss reporting improvement project, the number of near misses reported averaged one or two per month (or about 0.005 per employee). Three months after initiation of the project, that number increased nearly 40 fold (to about 0.2 near-misses reported per employee). This level has continued to climb to a current level of about 230 near-misses per week (or about 0.6 per employee), which is more than 100 times the rate when the program was launched."

Read the article here.

Why Do Employees Make Bad Decisions?

In a blog post attorney Howard Mavity discusses using surveys to better understand the safety culture in their workplace. He points out that employers often are surprised at the results. He gives an example of "93% of construction employees in one survey said that their Company was currently at risk of an injury or death caused by one of five  avoidable workplace behaviors....

Get it Done
Un-discussable Incompetence
Just this Once
This is overboard
Are you a team player
And 50% said that they had already seen an injury or death caused by one of the above five issues..."

Read the blog post here.

OSHA Moves Ahead On Workplace Violence

An article in Lexology notes that OSHA is suing an employer for an employee's claims that she was subjected to workplace violence concerns under the anti-retaliation provision of the OSH Act.  The article notes that "OSHA has been clear that one of its focuses for the upcoming year will be on workplace violence issues. However, these types of issues have not been defined by OSHA as dealing with what typically are considered to be employment discrimination types of issues."

The article then goes on to say, "All of these allegations appear to be claims of a hostile work environment, but is this really workplace violence and a true safety issue or a complaint that should have been pursued through the EEOC as a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?"

Read the article here.

Related past posts:
Safety News Briefs - A Culture of Myths
Safety News Briefs - Tell OSHA To Get A Warrant
Safety News Briefs - Focus On Training

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