Study Shows Trends of Urgent Care Visits for First Responders

“An estimated 669,100 law enforcement officers were treated in emergency departments across the nation for nonfatal injuries between 2003 and 2014, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The study, which is the first to examine nonfatal injuries among officers on a national scale, was published online this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) have historically high rates of fatal and nonfatal injuries. The new research shows that officers are three times more likely to sustain a nonfatal injury than all other U.S. workers, and is the first to capture nonfatal injuries sustained from assaults and unintentional injuries such as accidental falls or motor vehicle crashes.

“Studies based on evidence are an important feature of public health and this principle extends to studying the law enforcement community and their work,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “The safety and health of both police and citizens depend on understanding how policing tactics impact officer and citizen injuries.”

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Safe + Sound Campaign: Show Your Workers Some Love by Committing to Safety and Health

Workers are the heart of every business. Show you care that they go home safe and sound every day by making a commitment to safety and health in your workplace. You can get started by:

Scheduling a safety walk-around. OSHA’s new fact sheet, Safety Walk-Arounds for Managers ( ), provides suggestions for conducting inspections that can help you evaluate the effectiveness of your current safety and health efforts, and communicate directly with workers about job hazards.

Attending the Safe + Sound Campaign’s first live, free webinar, Foundations for Safety Leadership, hosted by CPWR: The Center for Construction Research and Training on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. EST [register now]. This webinar can support your efforts to become an effective safety leader and create a strong culture of safety.

(Shared from OSHA February 2nd QuickTakes)

BLS Releases Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries

BLS Releases Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries
“The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2016, which reports 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016 — a 7 percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016.
More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event in 2016, accounting for about two out of every five fatal injuries. Workplace violence injuries increased by 23 percent, making it the second most common cause of workplace fatality. The report also shows the number of overdoses on the job increased by 32 percent in 2016. For OSHA’s statement on the data, see the news release.”
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Winter Is Here: Be Prepared to Protect Workers from Weather-Related Hazards

“As outdoor temperatures drop and winter storms approach, employers should take measures to keep their employees safe. OSHA’s Winter Weather webpage ( ) provides information on protecting employees from hazards while working outside during severe cold ( ) and snow storms. This guidance includes information on staying safe while clearing heavy snow from walkways and rooftops ( ) .”

Here are some winter safety tips from today’s VPPPA e-newsletter!

“Today is officially the first day of winter! For some parts of the world, that means snow, cold temperatures and bundling up every day. Keep these tips in mind this time of year to stay safe through the season.

Prepare your vehicle for winter weather. Keep a tool kit, ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable foods, first aid kit, flashlight and a properly inflated spare tire in the car for emergencies.

Shovel snow with caution. Take it slow and shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it is lighter. You should also push the snow rather than lifting it, but if you must lift it, lift with your legs not your back.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Less than one-third of American homes have a carbon monoxide detector installed – if you do have one, be sure to replace the battery each spring and fall. In addition, do not heat your home with a gas range or oven and never run a car inside an attached garage.”

Enjoy your Holiday Laser-light Display-Responsibly

“Each holiday season for the past several years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  ( ) has received reports from pilots who said they were distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays.

The FAA’s concerns about lasers – regardless of the source – is that they not be aimed at aircraft in a way that can threaten the safety of a flight by distracting or blinding the pilots ( ) . People may not realize that systems they set up to spread holiday cheer can also pose a potential hazard to pilots flying overhead.

So if you’re going to install a holiday laser-light system, please make sure the lights are hitting your house and not shining up into the sky. It may not look like the lights go much farther than your house, but the extremely concentrated beams of laser lights actually reach much further than most people think.

If the FAA becomes aware of a situation where a laser-light display affects pilots, we start by asking the owner to adjust them or turn them off. However, if someone’s laser-light display repeatedly affects pilots despite previous warnings, that person could face an FAA civil penalty.”

Tips for Cold Weather Safety — Be Prepared For Any Winter Weather Anywhere

“Extreme cold and snowstorms can be dangerous, whether you’re at home or on the road. If you live in or are traveling to an area that is prone to severe winter weather, plan ahead with these tips from

Keep an emergency kit in your car. Prepare for three days of self-sufficiency, including food, blankets, and tools like jumper cables and ice scrapers to support your car itself.

Prepare your home for cold weather. Check for proper insulation, learn how to turn off water valves if a pipe bursts, and keep space heaters on hand in case of a heat shutdown.

Be aware of cold-related medical emergencies. Hypothermia and frostbite can hit when you’re exposed to sustained cold weather. Know the signs of these preventable conditions in both children and adults.”

Learn More About Winter Weather Preparedness.

Check out these Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips shared from this Thursday’s VPPPA e-newsletter!

“Thanksgiving is only one week away! However, the key to maintaining a happy holiday is to remember to practice safety – even with friends, family and a busy schedule serving as major distractions. When you think about Thanksgiving, fire safety may not be your first thought, but keeping these tips in mind will keep you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.
Prevent fires by clearing your stove top and oven of grease and dust.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop to keep an eye on the food.
Stay in the home while cooking the turkey, and check it often.
Use kitchen timers if you must step away from the kitchen. Especially if you might be distracted by guests during that time.
Turn pot and pan handles inward and away from the front or edge of the stove.
Deep-frying a turkey is highly discouraged by the National Fire Protection Association. But if you do decide to deep-fry one:
Never use a deep fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or in an enclosed space.
Be sure to wear long, well-insulated cooking gloves for the hot pot, lid and handles.
Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
Be sure that the turkey is completely thawed and thoroughly dried before being placed in the fryer. The water from a frozen turkey can lead to an explosion hazard when mixed with oil.”