Dupont Bradley Curve

From the Dupont website

The DuPont Bradley Curve

Designed to help clients understand and benchmark the journey toward world-class safety performance, this proven, proprietary system has helped enable safety success within DuPont, and for our clients around the world, since 1995.

Using the DuPont Bradley Curve, DuPont Sustainable Solutions consultants help our clients in diverse industries and countries to understand the development of an effective safety culture, from its earliest stages to a mature state.

In a mature safety culture, safety is truly sustainable, with injury rates approaching zero. People feel empowered to take action as needed to work safely. They support and challenge each other. Decisions are made at the appropriate level and people live by those decisions. The organization, as a whole, realizes significant business benefits in higher quality, greater productivity, and increased profits.

 

Understanding the Bradley Curve
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Read more about this curve and what each stage represents on the Dupont website here.


How to Greet a Dog (And What to Avoid)

Came across this leaflet a couple of weeks back on “How to Greet a Dog (and What to Avoid)” at a local fair for pet owners. Reading it, I realized that I was doing everything wrong when it comes to approaching an unknown dog. I’m guessing that you might be as well.

Did you know, for example that you aren’t supposed to approach an unknown dog directly and look it in the eyes? You are supposed to approach sideways and watch the dog with your peripheral vision.

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So head over to Dr. Sophia Yin’s website and fill out a simple form to get the flyer.

While you’re there, there are videos to watch and have your children watch that will teach everyone how to avoid being bitten by any dog, unknown or familiar.



Personal Computer Safety Alert- Microsoft Help Desk callers- Social Engineering Scam

Avoid Microsoft tech support phone scams

Avoid Microsoft tech support phone scams- Some of our employees and local citizens have been receiving calls from people posing as Microsoft Help Desk employees. They are a social engineering scam trying to get access to your computer. Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. If you receive a phone call claiming to be from ‘Microsoft’ or someone claiming to work on their behalf, telling you that you have a virus on your computer which they will help you fix over the phone, It Is A Scam. Hang up the phone, do not let them have remote control access to your computer and do not give them any money.

The scam goes like this;

• Householders receive an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming to be from ‘Microsoft’ and they are told that there is a serious virus problem with their computer and the caller offers to help to fix the problem.

• The householder will get the hard sell from the caller regarding all sorts of bad things that will happen to their computer if they do not sort out the problem immediately.

• To try to gain the unwitting householders trust, the caller will direct them to the Event Viewer in Windows which shows details about various hardware and Windows software issues. This Event Viewer is always full of messages, even on a healthy computer, but the caller will convince them that these are the warning signs of the impending disaster.

• When the caller has their trust, they ask the householder to go to a website and download a remote control program that will help them fix the problem. After downloading this, the caller will take control of the computer, the householder will see their mouse pointer move around while various programs and folders are opened. The caller will claim that they know exactly what the problem is and how to fix it.

• Then they will ask for credit card details for a piece of software that will supposedly remove the ‘virus’.

Customers should hopefully already have alarm bells ringing at the mention of credit card details and end the conversation. The software that they sell to fix the computer will do nothing except tell you every now and then that everything is fine, all viruses have been removed. But in reality, it could be downloading all sorts of malware to your computer.

However, part of the scam’s damage may already have been done when the customer downloaded the remote control software. This software could well have the capability to sit in the background for months or years, stealing personal information from the computer like bank login details and other personal details that could be used for identity theft purposes. These callers could also be using this software to infect your computer with real viruses and malware.

Quote from Microsoft:

“Microsoft takes the privacy and security of our customers and partners personal information very seriously. We are advising customers to treat all unsolicited phone calls with skepticism and not to provide any personal information to anyone over the phone or online. Anyone who receives an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft should hang up. We can assure you Microsoft does not make these kinds of calls.”

They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:

  • Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
  • Convince you to visit legitimate websites to download software that will allow them to take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
  • Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
  • Direct you to fraudulent websites and ask you to enter credit card and other personal or financial information there.

Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes. Cybercriminals often use publicly available phone directories, so they might know your name and other personal information when they call you. They might even guess what operating system you’re using. Once they’ve gained your trust, they might ask for your user name and password or ask you to go to a legitimate website (such as www.ammyy.com) to install software that will let them access your computer to fix it. Once you do this, your computer and your personal information are vulnerable.

Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.

Here are some of the organizations that cybercriminals claim to be from:

  • Windows Helpdesk
  • Windows Service Center
  • Microsoft Tech Support
  • Microsoft Support
  • Windows Technical Department Support Group
  • Microsoft Research and Development Team (Microsoft R & D Team)

Report phone scamsto your local law enforcement.

How to protect yourself from telephone tech support scams. If someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support calls you:

  • Do not purchase any software or services.
  • Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the “service.” If there is, hang up.
  • Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it is a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer.
  • Take the caller’s information down and immediately report it to your local authorities.
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support.

What to do if you already gave information to a tech support person

If you think that you might have downloaded malware from a phone tech support scam website or allowed a cybercriminal to access your computer, take these steps:

  • Change your computer’s password, change the password on your main email account, and change the password for any financial accounts, especially your bank and credit card.
  • Scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner to find out if you have malware installed on your computer.
  • Install Microsoft Security Essentials. (Microsoft Security Essentials is a free program. If someone calls you to install this product and then charge you for it, this is also a scam.)

Note: In Windows 8, Windows Defender replaces Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows Defender runs in the background and notifies you when you need to take specific action. However, you can use it anytime to scan for malware if your computer isn’t working properly or you clicked a suspicious link online or in an email message.

Learn more about Windows Defender

Will Microsoft ever call me?

There are some cases where Microsoft will work with your Internet service provider and call you to fix a malware-infected computer—such as during the recent cleanup effort begun in our botnet takedown actions. These calls will be made by someone with whom you can verify you already are a customer. You will never receive a legitimate call from Microsoft or our partners to charge you for computer fixes.

More information

For more information about how to recognize a phishing scam, see Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently. If you need help with a virus or other security problem, visit the Microsoft Virus and Security Solution Center.

Windows 8 includes antivirus protection that’s turned on by default.

Information from Microsoft and your Plateau ESG Group.

Today’s Post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald, Safety and Security Officer for Plateau

keno@plateautel.com




2014 Top List of OSHA Citations

Last week was the National Safety Conference in San Diego. A couple of our people were there as we usually are. It’s an annual event that features anything and everything related to safety. It’s also the time of year when OSHA traditionally releases its’ list of the top safety violations for the year.

This year, the top 10 most-cited violations is as follows:

  1. Fall Protection in Construction (1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding in Construction (1926.451)
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)
  8. Ladders in Construction (1926.1053)
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212)
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303)

Compare to last years’ list. Top ten remain the same but the order changes a little.

It’s a preliminary list and more detailed information will be released at a later date.



Big Change for OSHA Reporting- Jan 1, 2015

OSHA Makes Big Change in Injury Reporting

Acting a few days after OMB cleared it for publication, OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced that the final rule changing when employers must notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye is about to be published in the Federal Register. DOL’s announcement said the rule also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping requirements and will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

The announcement follows preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. “Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. We can and must do more to keep America’s workers safe and healthy,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. “Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable, and these new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them.”

The rule will require employers to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or an employee’s loss of an eye within 24 hours. OSHA’s current regulations require an employer to report work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees, so a single hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye does not have to be reported under current regulations.

All employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA’s new severe injury and illness reporting requirements. To assist employers in fulfilling these requirements, OSHA is developing a Web portal for employers to report incidents electronically, in addition to the phone reporting options. “Hospitalizations and amputations are sentinel events, indicating that serious hazards are likely to be present at a workplace and that an intervention is warranted to protect the other workers at the establishment,” said Michaels.

OSHA’s leader gave additional comments about the rule during a Sept. 11 news conference. He said OSHA will not commence an inspection based on every report, but it will “interact” with the employers that do report. Calling this a “behavioral economics approach,” he said the expectation is that this interaction will prompt the employers to be more attentive to hazards and to take actions to prevent additional incidents. He also said OSHA hopes state-plan states will implement the same reporting requirements at the same time, Jan. 1, 2015.

Michaels said the reporting changes are long overdue. They have “an important, and indeed lifesaving purpose” because OSHA will be getting notifications when workers are seriously injured and can help to prevent other workers at those employers from being injured, he added.

He said he expects OSHA will receive approximately 25,000 reports next year alone as a result of this rule. “That’s just a guess, we don’t know,” he said. Reporters asked Michaels whether OSHA will post these reports online; while he did not say whether or not online publication is spelled out in the rule, he said OSHA is a public agency that does put reports of work-related fatalities online.

 

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

keno@plateautel.com


New Law to Protect Bicyclists in CA

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According to an article on the Tech Times website:

“A new law in California requires that motorists keep a buffer of 3 feet (1 yard) from bicyclists when passing by or slowing down. Drivers will have to maintain the space to avoid getting fined for violation.”

The new law, which was signed by governor Jerry Brown goes into effect today (Sept. 16th, 2014).

Am I the only one who is scratching in his head over such a law? Apparently previous laws required motorists to pass safely but didn’t specify the distance.

First of all, I’m trying to figure out why you need a law to make drivers not run over bicyclists. I mean, granted, there are jerks out there who fly by bike riders too close and probably think it’s funny to scare them but there will always be jerks on the road and I can’t imagine that they are suddenly going to stop being jerks because of this new law. Is this law going to allow the police to ticker these jerks where they couldn’t before? Couldn’t they just be ticketed for unsafe driving?

Secondly I’m trying to figure out how a driver knows how far a bicyclist is from his bumper when the bicyclist is on the far side of the car? My wife is always telling me that I’m riding too close to the shoulder and I’m constantly telling her that she’s driving too close to the middle of the road. I can’t even properly estimate how much room there is between the front or read bumper when I trying to park. I’ll think I’ve left 3 inches, get out and look and there’s 3 feet.

Finally, I’m trying to figure out who determines if it was 3 feet? The police officer? How close does the officer have to be to adequately judge the distance?

Even Dave Snyder, the executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition admits that the new law “…doesn’t really change what drivers are already supposed to do..” but that it adds a measurement to the law. Really? Unless bicyclists ride around with some kind of 3 foot perimeter around them that will allow us to know when we aren’t at least 3 feet away from them I don’t see this new law making any difference at all.

Can anyone tell me how much this law costs to get passed?