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March 2019 | Volume 13 Issue 3.2 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM) initiative, funded by the Children’s Bureau (CB), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. Each year, the White House and many states issue proclamations to raise awareness and to encourage communities to take steps to improve the well-being of children. Help raise public awareness about preventing child maltreatment and enhancing child well-being in your community. Spread the word, create interest, and encourage those in your network to get involved! These free tools can support your promotional, outreach, and social media activities.


April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Just one second of distraction behind the wheel is all takes to change a life forever. Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation’s roadways in 2018, and distracted driving is a major contributor. During the month of April, the National Safety Council (NSC) is leading an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in workplaces, homes and communities. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) encourages employers and workers to make safe driving a priority. Visit the campaign website for public education materials to help eliminate fatalities caused by distracted driving.

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Restroom Access for Transgendered Workers. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide all workers with sanitary and immediately-available toilet facilities (restrooms). The sanitation standards (29 CFR 1910.14129 CFR 1926.51 and 29 CFR 1928.110) are intended to ensure that workers do not suffer adverse health effects that can result if toilets are not sanitary and/or are not available when needed. OSHA published the Best Practices publication, A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers, to provide specific guidance to employers regarding restroom access for transgender workers.


Bounce House Regulations; Enforcement Lacking as Injuries Soar. Inflatable attractions may seem less menacing than roller coasters or carnival rides that send thrill-seekers spinning through the air, but they can be just as dangerous and are far less regulated. According to a October 30, 2017, Stateline Article by Jen Fifield, the estimated number of injuries on the attractions soared from 5,311 in 2003 to 17,377 in 2013, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report analyzing U.S. hospital records. A Stateline analysis found that the trend continues, with an estimated 20,700 injuries in 2016. Only half of states have regulations governing permits, inspections and insurance. But even where rules are in place, a Stateline investigation found major shortcomings. In several states that require all inflatables to be permitted, dozens of companies advertise inflatable rentals online, but do not have permits on file with the state. That means the state has no way of knowing if they have been properly inspected or are insured. Few states scout for events where inflatables will be set up, or search online for company listings. When they find illegal operators, states rarely issue fines or fees. And in a few states, the regulating agencies don’t have the authority to punish operators, even if they wanted to. In addition, state laws about amusement rides are often unclear, leaving operators unsure about whether inflatables are regulated and what the penalties are for those who don’t follow the rules. Click HERE to read the full article, and HERE for a list of commercial inflatable regulations by state.


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Save The Date: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), wildfires across the United States have taken more than 100 lives and cost more than $25 billion dollars in property losses in just the last two years. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to improve the wildfire safety of your home, business and community. Take the first step on your journey to wildfire preparedness by participating in projects on May 4th. You can help your neighborhood create a sense of community by working together on a project that can make a difference. You can help promote wildfire safety by encouraging residents to work together on a project or event. Participation helps create a sense of community, where neighbors begin to look out for each other. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day projects can also help strengthen relationships between residents and the local fire department, land management agencies, community leaders, and elected officials. The NFPA has the tools to get you and your community off and running with your own project for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.


Recorded Webinar Available on OSHA Compliance for Small Businesses. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) teamed up with SCORE, a nonprofit association that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, to create a free webinar to educate small businesses on how to comply with OSHA requirements. A recording of the webinar is available online. It provides an overview of the agency, key safety and health requirements for small businesses, and resources available to help small businesses comply with OSHA standards and keep workers safe.


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