NAOSH '08/EH&S Day at the Massachusetts State House

On May 6, 2008, the first EH&S day was held at the Massachusetts State House. The Greater Boston Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers gathered representatives from various EH&S organizations, state and federal government to observe North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week in the State of Massachusetts. Display booths from the various organizations were erected in the Grand Staircase of the Massachusetts State House to inform the general public about the organizations and about the ongoing effort to promote Environmental Health and Safety in the workplace.

The Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives passed a Resolution recognizing ASSE and NAOSH week that was presented by Congresswoman Christine E. Canavan to Joe Fulliero, VP of Government affairs for ASSE Greater Boston Chapter. Also, a State Gubernatorial Proclamation was signed by Governor Deval Patrick proclaiming the week as Massachusetts Occupational Safety and Health Week. The Proclamation was presented on behalf of the Governor by the Massachusetts Secretary of Labor, Suzanne Bump, to Remi Fleuette, President of ASSE Greater Boston Chapter. The American Society of Safety Engineers Greater Boston Chapter would like to thank Senator Bryan Joyce and his office for their help and continued support in facilitating the MA/NAOSH event and pushing the Resolution through both of the Houses for endorsements.

Congressional Resolution for NAOSH Week 2008

Designating the week of May 4 through May 10, 2008, as "North American Occupational Safety and Health Week" and May 7, 2008, as "Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day". (Agreed to by Senate)

SRES 547 ATS

110th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. RES. 547

Designating the week of May 4 through May 10, 2008, as "North American Occupational Safety and Health Week" and May 7, 2008, as "Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day".

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 1, 2008

Mr. DURBIN (for himself, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr. KENNEDY, and Mr. OBAMA) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Designating the week of May 4 through May 10, 2008, as "North American Occupational Safety and Health Week" and May 7, 2008, as "Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day".

Whereas every year more than 5,700 people die from job-related injuries and 4,400,000 more incur occupational injuries and illnesses in the United States;

Whereas transportation crashes continue to be the number 1 cause of on-the-job deaths, and overall, in 2005, there were 6,159,000 transportation accidents resulting in 43,433 deaths, 2,700,000 injuries, and an estimated $230,600,000,000 in tangible costs;

Whereas businesses spend $170,000,000,000 a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses;

Whereas it is imperative that employers, employees, and the general public are aware of the importance of preventing illness and injury in the workplace--wherever that workplace may be, such as on the road, in the air, the classroom, the store, the plant, or the office;

Whereas each year the families, friends, and co-workers of victims of on-the-job accidents suffer intangible losses and grief, especially when proper safety measures could have prevented worker injury or death;

Whereas everyday millions of people go to and return home from work safely due, in part, to the efforts of occupational safety , health , and environmental practitioners who work day in and day out identifying hazards and implementing safety and health advances across industries and workplaces, aimed at eliminating workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses;

Whereas our society has long recognized that a safe and healthy workplace positively impacts employee morale, health , and productivity;

Whereas the purpose of the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) is to raise awareness among employees, employers, and the general public of the benefits of investing in occupational safety and health ;

Whereas the more than 32,000 members of the American Society of Safety Engineers, along with the more than 150,000 combined members of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, the American Heart Association, and the National Association of Homebuilders, will be mobilizing to encourage safe practices, and increase the quality of life for employees and employers;

Whereas the theme of NAOSH Week 2008 is "safety is good business", highlighting that businesses operate more efficiently and are more respected when they use effective safety and health management systems; and

Whereas, on May 7, 2008, occupational safety and health professionals will be recognized during the 3rd annual Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day for the work they do to keep people safe at work: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate--

  1. designates the week of May 4 through 10, 2008, as "North American Occupational Safety and Health Week" ;

  2. designates May 7, 2008, as "Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day";

  3. commends occupational safety , health , and environmental practitioners for their ongoing commitment to protecting people, property, and the environment;

  4. commends those businesses that encourage a strong safety culture and incorporate occupational safety and health into their business strategies;

  5. encourages all industries, organizations, community leaders, employers, and employees to join with the American Society of Safety Engineers to support activities aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of preventing illness, injury, and death in the workplace, during the week of May 4 through May 10, 2008, and throughout the year; and

  6. urges all people of the United States to continue to act responsibly and to be safe at work so that the millions of people who go to work return home safely every day to their families and friends.

 

NAOSH Kick-Off Events for May 4 and 5

Sunday, May 4, 2008

To: All 2008 NAOSH Poster Contest Entrants, Their Families & Sponsors

You are invited to a "Welcome Brunch" sponsored by the members and companies from ASSE Region III - Arkansas, Oklahoma & Texas. We'll be meeting in Gorilla Grove at the National Zoo on Sunday morning at 10 am. Comfortable dress - we'll be outside under a tent enjoying the sites and sounds of the zoo. Follow the signs when you get to the Zoo to find Gorilla Grove. Discount parking coupons are available.

Host:

ASSE Region 3

Location:

National Zoo, Gorilla Grove
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

When:

Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 10:00am-1:00pm

Monday, May 5, 2008
NAOSH National Kick-Off Events in Washington D.C.
  • 10:00-11:00am -- U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Auditorium, D.C.

  • 12:30-2:00pm -- U.S. Capitol, Mansfield Room (S-207) - ASSE Award Presentations along with an FMCSA Safety Award

  • 2:30-4:00pm -- National Gallery of Art event for ASSE annual "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest entrants aged 5-14 and their families and ASSE members.

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics Revised Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2006 Released April 2008 - Show a Total of 5,840 Fatalities From On-The-Job Injuries

The final count of fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2006 was revised upward to 5,840, from the preliminary
count of 5,703. The overall 2006 fatality rate for the U.S. was revised upward from 3.9 per 100,000
employed workers to 4.0 per 100,000 employed workers.

The final numbers reflect updates to the 2006 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) file made after
the release of preliminary results in August 2007. Revisions and additions to the 2006 CFOI counts result
from the identification of new cases and the revision of existing cases based on source documents received after the release of preliminary results.

Among the important changes resulting from the updates:

  • The revised fatality total for 2006 represents a 2 percent increase over the final 2005 total. The
    preliminary results released in August 2007 showed a decline in the number of cases. The higher
    fatality rate resulting from the revision indicates that the fatal work injury rate in 2006 was
    unchanged from the 2005 fatality rate.

  • Fatal work injuries incurred by Hispanic or Latino workers rose by 53 cases from the preliminary
    figure, bringing the total number for that worker group to 990 fatal work injuries. The higher
    number of fatal work injuries among Hispanic or Latino workers also pushed the rate of fatal
    injury for that worker group to 5.0 per 100,000 employed workers, up from the previouslyreported
    rate of 4.7 per 100,000 employed workers for 2006. In 2005, 923 Hispanic workers were
    fatally injured on the job and the rate of fatal injury among Hispanic workers in 2005 was 4.9 per
    100,000 employed workers.

  • The number of fatal work injuries involving foreign-born workers increased from 997 cases to
    1,046 cases as a result of the updates. Of the 1,046 cases involving foreign-born workers, 667
    involved Hispanic or Latino workers. Both the foreign-born total and the Hispanic or Latino
    foreign-born total were new highs for the series.

  • Fatal occupational injuries in California increased by 89 cases from the preliminary figure. As a
    result of the increase, California surpassed Texas as the State with the highest number of fatal
    work injuries in 2006. The totals for Oregon (up by 15), Georgia (9), and Florida (5) also
    increased. Overall, 15 States revised the counts upward as a result of the update process.

  • In terms of occupations, the largest revision in fatalities was in transportation and material moving
    occupations (up by 38 fatalities), followed by construction and extraction occupations (15
    fatalities).

  • The industry sectors reporting the largest increases in fatal work injuries due to updates were
    transportation and warehousing (28 new cases), government (19), construction (13), and
    accommodation and food services (12).

See the attached files for more information.

 

Safety Pays Off for 13-Year-Old

By Corinee Fitzherbet - Published in the Canadian Bugle-Observer on Friday, April 11, 2008

Meghan Baker holds up the Safety-on-the-Job poster which bears her first-place contribution on the bottom, right corner. (Photo by Corinne Fitzherbert)

Promoting workplace safety at her dad's workplace – McCain Foods in Florenceville – has earned a 13-year-old Perth-Andover student a trip to the American capital and $1,000.

Meghan Baker, a Grade 8 student at Perth-Andover Middle School, won first place in the sixth annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) kids' Safety-on-the-Job poster contest in her age category.
The daughter of Trent and Kim Baker of Perth-Andover originally drew her workplace safety poster for a calendar competition held at McCain Foods in Florenceville. Kim Froats, an ASSE International member at McCains, sponsored Baker's entry to go on to the ASSE contest and everyone was thrilled when they heard it had won.

"I couldn't believe it," Meghan said with a smile. "It was really exciting."

Baker's poster entitled A Pair of Safety Glasses….Priceless, is the first Canadian entry to be named a winner. For her efforts, Baker will receive a cheque for $1,000 as well as a lot of recognition. The winning posters were selected from five age groups aged 5-14 and are featured on the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) 2008 poster distributed worldwide as part of the May 4-10, 2008 NAOSH Week and May 7 Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.

In addition to winning cash and being featured on the NAOSH poster, the winners, runners-up and all entrants will be recognized at the NAOSH 08 national kick-off events Monday, May 5, in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Labor and in the U.S. Capitol.

"McCains has been really good and are going to cover the cost of Meghan going to Washington, DC, so she can be there for that event," her mom Kim commented.

Initially, the family planned for just Trent and Meghan to go to Washington but after further thought, decided it would make a great family trip.

More NAOSH stories...

 

Important NAOSH Message from ASSE President Michael W. Thompson, CSP

NAOSH Week 2008 is an opportunity to engage stakeholders, showcase safety culture and leadership, and demonstrate that safety is good for business and for life.

Safety: Good for Business & for Life

North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is May 4-10. Since 1997, the observance has grown globally and now touches millions of people, thousands of businesses and many public entities, as well as professional, trade and labor organizations. The NAOSH Week logo symbolizes joint venture, cooperation and commitment to common goals shared globally. The connected hands illustrate assistance and cooperation on many levels—from interpersonal relationships in the workplace to international exchange.

In my January message, I wrote about the power of relationships and partnering. The success of NAOSH Week is a great example. Through our strategic alliance with OSHA and thanks to its many alliance program partners, NAOSH Week 2007 was highly successful. We are partnering with these supporters again in 2008, along with companies such as Turner Construction, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership and the Safe Tank Alliance. NAOSH Week provides an international stage from which we can illustrate how safety performance is good for business and for life. In the U.S. alone, NIOSH reports that occupational injuries and illness expenditures total nearly $171 billion a year. It has also been reported that injury and illness costs can approach up to 5% of an organization’s total costs. Establishing and sustaining effective safety and health systems can reduce costs by 20% to 40%.

Safety’s positive return on investment is gaining greater attention. A recent study by global investment company Goldman Sachs JBWere found that companies that don’t adequately manage occupational safety and health perform worse financially than companies that do. This suggests that investors should look at a company’s occupational safety and health policies and practices as a factor in their investment strategy. ASSE’s Business of Safety Committee has shared many success stories as well. Laidlaw International Inc., for example, reduced its insurance and accident claims costs by 47% after implementing safety systems. Oregon SAIF Group Insurance collaborated on safety with the construction industry to return $11.7 million to member businesses.

NAOSH Week also gives individuals an opportunity to engage locally to make a difference in their personal sphere of influence. Here are just a few members who are making a difference this year:

  • Phillip Daigle (international member), deputy theater HSE manager in Baghdad, Iraq, who is working to take the NAOSH Week celebration to more than 60,000 employees in five countries.

  • Richard Bourlon (Southwest Chapter), director, health and safety service, Boy Scouts of America, which is working with ASSE to promote NAOSHWeek nationwide.

  • Philip Goldsmith (National Capital Chapter), deputy chief, risk management, National Gallery of Art, who helped arrange a special NAOSHWeek event at the museum on May 5.

  • Tony Ashdown (Chesapeake Chapter), safety manager, National Mall and Memorial Parks, which will hold its annual “Safety Dazze” event during NAOSHWeek.

During NAOSH Week, ASSE will also recognize the participants in our annual Safety-on-the-Job kids’ poster contest. This year, we received nearly 1,000 posters from around the world. Such recordbreaking participation only happens because members get involved and make it happen. Just ask Kirby Utt and Amy Stewart, Central Ohio Chapter, who report that the contest brings new meaning to participants, their families, schools and communities. Ask Ashok Garlapati, Kuwait Chapter, who submitted nearly 470 posters from members’ children and school children in Kuwait. Ask Cindy Lewis, Gulf Coast Chapter, who encouraged schools in Houston to participate in the poster contest. Or ask Region III members who will sponsor a brunch for poster winners and their families on May 4 at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. We have a great opportunity to recognize efforts such as these when we celebrate Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day on May 7 as part of NAOSH Week.

Consider the possibilities NAOSH Week brings for creating a new reality—an incident- and injuryfree workplace, lower healthcare and workers’ compensation costs, positive reputation and improved business opportunities—all of which are vital in today’s global marketplace. This is a call to action. The NAOSH Week planners have done their part. Now it’s our turn. By globally engaging all stakeholders— business, labor, government and the public—we can showcase safety culture and leadership, and demonstrate that safety is good for business and for life. Thanks in advance for your efforts.

     

Michael W. Thompson, CSP     

ASSE Kids' Workplace Safety Poster Contest Breaks Record

DES PLAINES, IL (February 25, 2008) – A 310 percent increase in the number of posters submitted from around the world highlights this year’s 6th annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) kids' "Safety-on-the-Job" poster contest which ended February 14. The five winners of the contest for ASSE members' children aged 5-14 are 5-6 age group: Victoria M. Benigno, 6, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; 7-8 age group: Tiffany Jade Heishman, 7, Strasburg, Virginia; 9-10 age group: Immanuel Adriana Rakshana, 10, Kuwait; 11-12 age group: Robin Newman, 11, Madison, Alabama; and in the 13-14 age group: Meghan Baker, 13, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada.

The winning posters best illustrate being "safe on the job" and will be featured in the 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week poster to be distributed worldwide. NAOSH Week runs from May 4-10 when occupational safety, health and environmental professionals along with corporate, government and association partners mobilize and work to increase the public's and business awareness of the positive benefits of workplace safety and illustrating how safety is good business. Each year ASSE members, along with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), corporations and associations reach more than 150,000 businesses and millions of people on how they can prevent injuries and illness at work.

The first place poster contest winners in each age group receive a $1,000 savings bond, the second place winners receive a $500 savings bond and the third and fourth place winners receive a $200 savings bond. All entrants receive a prize and are invited, along with their families and all ASSE members, to attend the poster contest award ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol and the NAOSH kick-off in Washington, D.C., Monday, May 5.

The Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Edwin Foulke Jr., along with ASSE President Michael W. Thompson, CSP, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering's (CSSE) will introduce the poster contest winners at the national NAOSH kick-off at the U.S. Department of Labor in D.C. May 5, just prior to the ASSE U.S. Capitol awards event to be held in the Mansfield Room. In addition, ASSE will host a special "Family Activity, Behind-the-Scenes Look at the National Gallery of Art" for poster contest entrants, winners, family members and ASSE members just after the U.S. Capitol event.

The posters will also be displayed at ASSE's annual Professional Development Conference and Exposition this June in Las Vegas.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 31,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information and a full listing of the winners check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org/naosh08.

 

NAOSH 2008

North American Occupational Safety and Health week takes place May 4-10, 2008.

Safety Is Good Business

During NAOSH Week and throughout the year ASSE, CSSE, OSHA and its partners will illustrate how safety is good business. Safety and health not only add value to a business, but to the workplace, employees, the community and to everyone's quality of life. For instance:

  • Effective management and implementation of workplace safety and health programs add significant value to individuals and companies by reducing the extent, severity and consequences of work-related injury and illness.

  • Workplaces that establish safety and health management systems reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent.

  • Businesses spend $171 billion a year on costs associated with occupational injuries and illness, expenditures that come straight out of company profits and can comprise as much as 5 percent of a company's total costs.

  • Preventing injuries and illnesses decreases workers compensation and retraining costs, absenteeism and faulty product.

Preventing injuries and illnesses increases productivity, morale and ultimately, profits. The following provides best practices and information on how a business can develop and implement effective workplace safety and health programs and some tangible results:

Current NAOSH News
What is an Occupational Safety and Health Professional?

 

About North American Occupational Safety & Health Week

The goal of the annual North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public and all partners in occupational safety, health and the environment on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace.

We are striving to:
  • Increase understanding of the benefits of investment in occupational health and safety.
  • Raise awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals.
  • Help reduce workplace injuries and illness by encouraging
    new health, safety and environmental activities and
    interest in NAOSH Week.

 

The NAOSH Logo

The NAOSH logo- three hands forming an equilateral triangle - portrays the three participating nations - Canada, the United States and Mexico - and symbolizes joint venture, cooperation and the commitment to the common goals shared by all occupational health and safety partners. The three sides stand for partnership of the three countries in this joint occupational health and safety venture, as well as all tripartite partnerships between business, labor and governments. The connected hands illustrate assistance and cooperation on many levels - from interpersonal relationships in the workplace to international exchange.

 

NAOSH - What You Can Do

At Work
  • Distribute the 'Safety is Good Business' Tips at work, to your internal intranet or newsletter.
  • Host a Family Safety Fair or picnic for your company and their families.
  • Launch a recognition program for safety suggestions that are put into use or enhance ongoing health and safety practices.
  • Conduct an Open House that focuses on health and safety. Involve suppliers. Invite local dignitaries, clients and colleagues.
  • Conduct training sessions for employees.
  • Set up specific safety demonstrations, focused on safe work habits.
  • Distribute ASSE's PR brochures - the ASSE 'Workplace Safety Guide for New Workers" and the ASSE "Hazardous Materials Safety Information Guide".
  • Promote NAOSH Week through articles in your company newsletter.
  • Insert NAOSH Week messages in correspondence, memorandums, e-mail messages to staff.
  • Display the NAOSH Week poster in offices, on bulletin boards, at work stations.
  • Recognize the safety and health professionals you work with and do business with on May 7, 2008 - Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day.
  • Contact ASSE's PR department for more ideas and tools you can use.
At Schools, Colleges, Universities

Students are the workers and business leaders of tomorrow. Making them aware of workplace safety and health at an early age, and, on the need for training and knowledge is critical to helping them work safely in the future. Some activities include:

  • Host a Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) fashion show - this can be fun
  • Invite classes to tour your operations, highlighting basic safety features and the importance of working safely
  • Sponsor special safety days
  • Conduct training sessions specific to the new and inexperienced worker and distribute ASSE's "Workplace Safety Guide for New Workers" and other information available from ASSE, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the 'YouthRules' information from the Department of Labor and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Distribute this information at local malls, churches, community centers and libraries
  • Display and show how to use various personal protective equipment
  • Have speakers available to speak to students - utilize the ASSE "Safety Suitcase" for students available from the ASSE Newsroom website.
  • Work with local school boards to coordinate special events or help them expand their safety efforts
  • Work with elementary and high school students to promote safety as a career
In Your Community
  • Consider officially acknowledging NAOSH Week with a flag raising ceremony and signing of a NAOSH Week proclamation by your mayor, community dignitaries and other government officials
  • Display a NAOSH Week poster in a prominent location in your community - at malls, libraries, retail outlets, churches, etc.
  • Plan special events such as shopping mall displays that feature safety messages sponsored by local businesses that are supporting NAOSH Week
  • Sponsor a public symposium on health and safety issues
  • Encourage local retailers to display NAOSH Week posters
  • With ASSE develop and send localized news release to your contact local media or a letter to the editor in support of NAOSH week and to promote your organization's activities, and much, much more.

 

About Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day - May 7, 2008

Occupational safety, health and environmental professionals work day in and day out to make sure millions of people worldwide continue to go to and return home from work every day.

To recognize and celebrate their ongoing commitment to protecting people, property and the environment the American Society of Safety Engineers' board approved the creation of Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) in March of 2006 to be held every year during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH) on that Wednesday. This year NAOSH Week runs from May 4-10 and OSHP Day is on May 7, 2008.

The purpose of this day is to recognize the ongoing efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect people, property and the environment. “They are the ones that make sure you go to and come home from work safely and without injury every day,” ASSE 2005-06 President Jack H. Dobson Jr., CSP, said as the motion was passed unanimously.

National Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day also aims to further raise awareness and pride in the profession, a profession where one is qualified by education, training and experience who identifies hazards and develops appropriate controls for these hazards all aimed at preventing occupational injury, illness and property damage. The safety and health professional follows a Code of Professional Conduct and brings to bear technical knowledge, skill and expertise along with management abilities developed through years of continued education and practical experience. Currently there are about 100,000 occupational safety, health and environmental practitioners in the U.S. today in what has become one of the most challenging and rewarding career fields.

“We take time this May 7th to say thanks to those invisible heroes, who every day work to make your workplace safer and healthier,” ASSE President Michael W. Thompson, CSP, notes. “It doesn’t happen often, but when a call is made to a family member that their loved one has been injured or killed on the job several lives change forever. Let’s continue to work with occupational safety and health professionals to make sure you and your family never receives that call.

“If you know one, thank your occupational safety and health professional on this day,” Thompson said. “It will mean more than you know.”