Presentation on theme: "Workplace Safety & Health Challenges in the 21 st Century Don Jones PE, CSP, SGE, MBA Past President American Society of Safety Engineers."— Presentation transcript:
Workplace Safety & Health Challenges in the 21 st Century Don Jones PE, CSP, SGE, MBA Past President American Society of Safety Engineers
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS Founded in 1911 Oldest and Largest Professional Safety Society Committed to Protecting People, Property and the Environment More than 30,000 Occupational Safety and Health Professionals are Members throughout the World Members Manage, Supervise, Research and Consult on Safety and Health in All Industries, Government, Labor and Education.
WORKPLACE INJURIES AND ILLNESSES Workplace injuries and illnesses in private industry declined for third straight year and are at all-time low Improvement is encouraging Cannot become complacent Keep focus on creating safest work environment possible Work to create mindset that one injury, one illness or one fatality is one too many!
TRANSPORTATION 2004 Bureau of Transportation Statistics: - 5703 Workplace Fatalities - 2460 Transportation Related Fatalities (43% of workplace fatalities) - Transportation Fatalities (included all modes of travel) *1374 Work-related highway
TRANSPORTATION Work-related transportation accidents are a major concern Transportation-related crashes continue to be the number one cause of deaths Many companies develop and implement rigid commercial vehicle driver safety policies that save lives, increased use of seat belts, etc.
TRANSPORTATION Challenge - Cannot control other drivers - Cannot control conditions of roads and bridges Can Help Employees - Safety Programs - Structured Vehicle Maintenance Program - Vehicles that offer the highest level of occupant protection NEED TO DO MORE!!!!!
AGING WORKFORCE Employers must Recognize and Meet The Needs of the Changing Workforce!! - Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964 age - the labor pool shrinks - By 2014, the 55 and older age group will make up 21.2% of the workforce
AGING WORKFORCE Accommodate Changing Workforce by Providing a Safe Workplace for Aging Workers: - Improve Illumination - Adding Color Contrast - Eliminate Heavy Lifts - Design Work Floors and Platforms that allow some cushioning.
AGING WORKFORCE Accommodate Changing Workforce by Providing a Safe Workplace for Aging Workers: - Reduce Static Standing Time - Remove Clutter From Control Panels and Computer Screens - Use Larger Video Displays - Reduce Noise Levels - Much, Much, More!!
NANOTECHNOLOGY Engineering Small Things Nanometer – One Billionth of Meter Newer Technology Making or Using Things in the Nanometer Size Range Opens the Door to a Multitude of New Opportunities
NANOTECHNOLOGY More Challenges Research is Needed on the Affects on Workers And Consumers Once more is Known, Safety Professionals can Engineer the Risk Out or Control it to Protect Workers and Consumers Products using Nanotechnology will Exceed $1 Trillion by 2015
PANDEMIC FLU An Epidemic (outbreak of an infectious disease) that Spreads across a Large Area (Global) Viral Infection of the Lungs Three Pandemics in 20 th Century - Spanish Flu (500K Deaths in US) - Asian Flu (70K Deaths in US) - Hong Kong Flu (34K Deaths in US)
PANDEMIC FLU Avian Flu Impossible to Predict it will Occur Impact Critical Functions, Business Continuity and the Health Care Industry Employers and Employees - Educate about Risks - Develop Plans to manage and respond to Safety and Health Issues
Disaster Preparedness and Response Prepare!! - Develop Plan - Review and Test Plan - Evaluate Test - Improve Plan - Do review and test on on a regular basis Respond and Recover!! - Implement Plan - Evaluate Response and Recovery - Improve Plan
WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH QUESTIONSANDANSWERS??