Driving during the winter season can be hazardous and scary – especially for people living in states that don’t typically get a lot of snow and ice. OSHA has tips that can help make a trip safer, or help motorists deal with an emergency.
Test your knowledge about winter driving. Take the Risk Control Winter Driving Quiz or print the quiz by logging in to the Risk Control Customer Portal at the top of this page and searching “winter driving”. Also, be sure to check out the Travelers Prepare and Prevent web page to see more tips about safe winter driving.
Are you looking for additional driver training resources? Our Safety Academy offers defensive driver training for most types of vehicles using our Driving Safely Series program. To learn more, log in to the Risk Control Customer Portal and click on Education Center.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the launch of the National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW). The new virtual center, the first to be hosted by the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health®, focuses on the safety of workers of all ages, promote their lifelong well-being, and advance the concept of productive aging.
The timing of the center’s formation is more relevant today than ever before. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, one in four American workers will be over the age of 55, many of them with no plans to retire anytime soon. The mission of NCPAW is to develop a research plan for improving the safety and health of workers of all ages, facilitate collaboration among researchers and partners, develop new interventions, and highlight best practices for creating “aging-friendly” workplaces. Additionally, the center will help NIOSH advance national policies related to aging-friendly work and further important collaborations with other federal agencies, academic institutions, and stakeholders.
The center will also advance the concept of productive aging—providing a safe and healthy work environment for all workers, and creating conditions that allow workers to function optimally and thrive from their first day on any job until the last day before full retirement. It also recognizes the benefits that accrue to organizations as they retain the institutional knowledge and extensive skills of long-term, older workers.
For more information on productive aging and work, including the latest NIOSH research, tools, guidelines, data, and statistics, click here.
NIOSH’s Office for Total Worker Health supports approaches to worker safety, health, and well-being that integrate occupational safety and health protection with workplace policies, programs, and practices that promote health and prevent disease. For more information on Total Worker Health®, visit cdc.gov/niosh/TWH/.
To view more Risk Control information about the aging workforce, log in to the Risk Control Customer Portal at the top of this page and search “aging workforce” in the Keyword Search function.
Trench and excavation work are among the most hazardous operations in construction. Because one cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car, an unprotected trench can be deadly. OSHA's updated guide to Trenching and Excavation Safety highlights key elements of the applicable workplace standards and describes safe practices that employers can follow to protect workers from cave-ins and other hazards. A new section in the updated guide addresses safety factors that an employer should consider when bidding on a job. Expanded sections describe maintaining materials and equipment used for worker protection systems as well as additional hazards associated with excavations.
To view more Risk Control information about trenching and excavation safety, log in to the Risk Control Customer Portal at the top of this page and search “excavation” in the Keyword Search function.
Crowd-related injuries can occur during special sales and promotional events. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing their workers with safe and healthy workplaces. OSHA encourages employers to adopt effective safety and health management systems to identify and eliminate work-related hazards, including those caused by large crowds at retail sales events.
OSHA has prepared these guidelines to help employers and store owners avoid injuries during the holiday shopping season, or other events where large crowds may gather. Crowd management planning should begin in advance of events that are likely to draw large crowds, and crowd management, pre-event setup, and emergency situation management should be part of event planning.
To view more Risk Control information about “crowd control,” log in to the Risk Control Customer Portal at the top of this page and search “crowd management” in the search function.
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a Travelers alliance: “Autumn is the best time for businesses to begin preparing for the arrival of freezing temperatures, snow and ice that may damage commercial property and interfere with daily operations. Milder fall temperatures make it easier to inspect your premises and conduct routine maintenance and repairs, which can help prevent costly damage and a lengthy shutdown.”
Find more from IBHS, including a checklist that can help you identify your winter weather maintenance/repair priorities, as well as links to articles that provide greater detail about specific tasks.
To view more information about protecting your property from severe winter weather, log in to the Risk Control Customer Portal at the top of this page and go to Advanced Search and choose “Weather Considerations” under “Topic”. Also, be sure to check out the Travelers Prepare and Prevent web page to see more tips about facilities management during severe winter weather and generator safety.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 150 people in the U.S. die each year from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning associated with consumer products1. These products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, portable generators and fireplaces. Read these safety tips from the CPSC.
To view more Risk Control information about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning, log in to the Risk Control Customer Portal at the top of this page and search “carbon monoxide poisoning” in the Keyword Search function. Also, be sure to check out the Travelers Prepare and Prevent web page to see more tips about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning and generator safety.