The news does not stop, nor does the need for security experts to be informed. However, occasionally they have to take a step back to see the bigger picture.
For that cause, EHS today searched the web for news you may have missed. We hope this information will empower, energize or infuriate you to redouble your commitment to creating a safer workplace.
Feel free to share what you read in the comments below.
The CDC quantifies the number of COVID-19 casualties
COVID-19 is the third leading cause of all American deaths in 2020.
There were 345,323 deaths in the U.S. attributed to COVID-19, behind heart disease (690,882) and cancer (598,932), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Weekly report on morbidity and mortality. And the people in color felt the blow disproportionately the most.
In other words, COVID-19 has been reported either as the primary cause of death or as the cause of death for some 11.3% of deaths in the United States. He replaced suicide as one of the 10 leading causes of death.
The report also found that the age-adjusted mortality rate increased by 15.9% in 2020, the first increase in three years. Overall mortality rates were highest among non-Hispanic blacks and Native American Indians or Alaska Natives.
The reports are based on provisional data from the CSC’s national vital statistics system.
Read the complete summary here.
A closer look at OSHA’s implementation of COVID-19
Original author’s investigation Wall Street newspaper OSHA is not delayed. A piece of almost 2,200 words is an amazing read from the beginning:
“The Occupational Safety and Health Administration faced one of the greatest occupational safety challenges in its 50-year history when the coronavirus struck.
“He didn’t fill the moment.”
The piece thoughtfully explains why OSHA was not prepared to act quickly at the federal or state level and describes in detail the cases when these deficiencies resulted in lost lives. Worse, the investigation quantifies how much workers feared last year: OSHA received 72% more complaints from February 2020 to January 2021 than u the previous 12 months, and 61% of them were associated with COVID-19.
To be fair, the legislators who helped create OSHA probably couldn’t have imagined a global pandemic like the one we’ve been living with for the past year and how challenging employers were to determine if COVID-19 was caught in the workplace or community and how to classify deaths . It is unclear how different the situation could have been if OSHA had taken different actions, but it reveals these problems – and we hope it will spark conversations about what employers can do to protect workers in the future.
Read the full story here.
Lessons about happiness
More than a year since the global pandemic, The New York Times takes a look at the most popular Yale University classes ever.
Psych 157: Psychologists and the Good Life, informally known as the happiness class at Yale, has been adapted into a 10-week online course, The Science of Prosperity, which is offered free of charge on Coursera.
Since the course became available on Coursera in March 2018, nearly 3.4 million people have enrolled – and many have turned to the course as they took their place.
“Everyone knows what they need to do to protect their physical health: wash your hands and social distance and wear a mask,” said Laurie Santos, a course instructor and psychology professor. Times. “People struggled with what to do to protect their mental health.”
Past students shared what the course taught them and whether it made them happy. As some past students have explained, the keys to happiness are not exactly a secret; you just need to practice them.
Read the full story here.
DHS invests in respiratory research
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $ 14 million grant to a federal laboratory to research personal protective equipment and workplace safety technology.
The National Laboratory for Personal Protective Technology in South Park, Penn, is investigating whether a reusable respirator can be used in healthcare facilities, especially during global health emergencies. Elastomeric respirators are made of thick silicon and have protruding filters on each side that can remove 99.7% of air particles. They are bulkier than the N95 respirator and are used more in industrial workplaces than in healthcare facilities.
“The important role of PPE in providing potentially rescue protection for workers has never been clearer,” said John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Last year, the lab teamed up with the Allegheni Health Network and MSA Safety manufacturer to study masks.
The results so far are encouraging. In a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, lead MSA scientist Safeti Zane Frund found that elastomeric masks cost the Allegheni Health Network about 94% of the time and cost at least 10 times less than a month with disinfection and reuse. N95.
Read more about the lab and its connection to mining safety from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.