Distracted Driving is Dangerous Driving

Research has shown time and again that driving with a cell phone reduces concentration and can lead to crashes, but has yet to put a firm link on just how many crashes might be caused directly by electronic distractions. Whatever the studies say, it’s clear that not paying attention behind the wheel for any reason makes driving less safe. Unfortunately, the need to stay connected is so strong that far too many drivers think they can get away with it. To counter the rising amount of distracted driving-related crashes, automakers like Ford Motor Co. are striving to help lower distracted driving in any way they can. Ford believes that research is […]

MSHA Issues 285 Citations During November Impact Inspections

Wearing head-lamps to light their way through this coal mine, this historic image, provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), depicted three miners as they were strategizing their next move. Note that none of the men was wearing and protective filtered breathing devices, which is now protocol under such circumstances. Unfortunately, some mine operators still operate as if it’s 1960. MSHA’s monthly special impact inspections, which began in force in April 2010 following the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine, involve mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to their poor compliance history or […]

P.L.A.N. for Success and You’ll Lose Those Holiday Pounds

Regain the upper hand over added holiday pounds by following a simple P.L.A.N. for weight-loss success: P: Preparation. Whether you are the CEO of your home or CEO of a Fortune 500 company, you know that the odds of success increase with preparation. One of the biggest missteps is to depend on “willpower.” If you are stressed after a long day at work, you didn’t sleep well the night before and you missed your afternoon snack, what will you choose when you get home: the chocolate chip cookies or preparing a sensible dinner? If, on the other hand, there are no cookies available and you have already prepared dinner, then […]

The Decontamination Challenge in Hospital Emergency Preparedness

The life of a hospital emergency preparedness coordinator (EPC) is an exercise in prioritization. The day starts with errant fire alarms and security actions, continues with a crushing schedule of meetings and trainings, and often ends late at night with the EPC wondering, “What just happened? What did I accomplish? Did I make my hospital safer today?” In this hectic schedule, there isn’t a lot of time to engage your facility and staff in serious disaster preparation. Fire alarms, snow emergencies and “Code Pink” or child abduction drills often are practiced through the year. While these are important, the incident that is too often overlooked is that of a contaminated […]