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April, 2013

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New OSHA Resource Provides Overview Of Injury And Illness Prevention Programs
OSHA has published a new slide presentation on the value of injury and illness prevention programs — a proactive process to help employers find and fix workplace hazards before workers are hurt. Not only are these programs effective at reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, but also many employers report that they have transformed their workplace culture and led to higher productivity and quality, reduced turnover, reduced costs, and greater worker satisfaction.
     Many workplaces have already chosen to adopt injury and illness prevention programs as part of OSHA's cooperative programs, and 34 states and many nations around the world already require or encourage employers to implement such programs. The key elements common to all of these programs are: management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement.

For the slideshow.

For more information on Injury and Illness Prevention Programs.

OSHA, NIOSH Present Webinar On Preventing Deadly Falls In Construction

On April 10, at 11 a.m. EST, OSHA's Director of Construction Jim Maddux, and NIOSH's Director of Construction Safety and Health, Dr. Christine Branche, will co-moderate a webinar to discuss ways of stopping the leading killer of construction workers — falls from heights.

To register for the free webinar and to learn more about efforts by OSHA, NIOSH, and CPWR to protect construction workers from fatal falls.


Hazard Communication: Workers Must Be Trained By Dec. 1, 2013
OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard is now aligned with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This update to the Hazard Communication Standard provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires the development and dissemination of such information reflecting the major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard.

  • Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers;
  • All employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces must have labels and safety data sheets for their exposed workers, and train them to handle the chemicals appropriately.
  • Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  • Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.
  • Information and training: Employers are required to train workers by December 1, 2013 on the new labels elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.

     A new fact sheet discusses the training topics that employers must cover for the initial Dec. 1, 2013 deadline. OSHA has prepared a number of additional materials that explain the new changes to the requirements of the HCS, including QuickCards, fact sheets, a list of frequently asked questions and a brief on labels and pictograms. Also available is a useful single page showing the MSDS/SDS conversion timeline.

For more information and to download the materials.

Download the GHS adoption timeline.

Download the OSHA fact sheet.

Updated OSHA Resource Available On Machine Guarding For Abrasive Wheel Grinders
OSHA has updated its abrasive wheel grinder checklist to reflect revisions made to the general industry electrical installation standard in 2007. The checklist is a resource to help employers understand which standards apply to the use of abrasive wheel grinders and to ensure that all proper precautions, including safe electrical grounding techniques, have been taken before workers begin operating the equipment. Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries, and any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded.

Download the checklist.

For more information on machine guarding.




Clarification on the intermingling of flammable and
combustible liquids in a storage cabinet.

     OSHA was asked for clarification on an apparent ambiguity in OSHA's standard for Flammable and Combustible Liquids, 29 CFR 1910.106, specifically clarification on the use of the words "or" and "nor" in the paragraph Design, Construction, and Capacity of Storage Cabinets-Maximum Capacity, 29 CFR 1910.106(d)(3)(i), which states, "Not more than 60 gallons of Class I or Class II liquids, nor more than 120 gallons of Class III liquids may be stored in a storage cabinet."

     This language is an adaptation of similar language in section 4210 of the 1969 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Standard 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids (source standard for 29 CFR 1910.106), which states, "Not more than 60 gallons of flammable or 120 gallons of combustible liquids may be stored in a storage cabinet."
     OSHA never intended to prohibit intermingling flammable and combustible liquids in a storage cabinet or to allow more than 120 gallons of any flammable and combustible liquids combination in a storage cabinet.
     NFPA 30 - 1981 Section 4-3.1 states, "Not more than 120 gal (454.2L) of Class I, Class II, and Class IIIA liquids may be stored in a storage cabinet. Of this total, not more than 60 gal (227.1L) may be of Class I and Class II liquids..." OSHA finds this language represents the intent of 29 CFR 1910.106(d)(3)(i) clearly and unambiguously.


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Toluene Safety in the Workplace


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New Products  


Wraparound design offers a full panoramic view. Rubber eartips provide secure fit. Polycarbonate lens filters over 99% of UVA and UVB ultraviolet light. Meets performance standards of ANSI Z87.1 including “+” high impact.

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News You Can Use

How Much Can Workplace Wellness Programs Save?
     Workplace health promotion programs have the potential to reduce average worker health costs by 18 percent — and even more for older workers, reports a study in the January Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Jonathan P. Dugas, PhD, and colleagues of The Vitality Group, Chicago, combined data from two major studies to estimate the possible savings in medical costs from reductions in key health risk factors. The study focused on seven risk factors or medical conditions typically addressed by workplace wellness programs: physical inactivity, low fruit and vegetable intake, smoking, overweight/obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and alcohol abuse. The results suggested that — if all heightened risk factors could be reduced to their "theoretical minimums" — total medical care expenses per person for all working age adults would be reduced by about $650, or approximately 18 percent. The possible savings increased with age: up to 28 percent for older working adults and retirees.

For more information.

Source: American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Business Case for Workplace Mental Health and Wellness

     Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had a diagnosable mental health condition in the last year and many others are at risk. For almost 20 years, stress-related issues in the workplace have been on the rise. What's more, these conditions tend to strike during our most productive working years, and they are among our nation's most disabling. The numbers are staggering. Every year, mental illness and substance abuse cost employers an estimated $80 to $100 billion in direct costs. Our mental and physical health is inextricably linked together.

For more information.

Workplace Bullying: How to Deal with Intimidation or Harassment at Work
     Workplace bullying has become a hot-button topic over the past few years, with statistics suggesting that up to 35 percent of the work force have fallen victim to this alarming trend. Some suggest that bullying victims simply are people who “can’t take the pressure” at work. Workplace bullying tactics can range from derogatory comments to public humiliation or physical abuse. In any event, they unquestionably lead to decreased workplace productivity. Victims may experience a loss of confidence, debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, clinical depression and even physical illnesses. Central to the issue is the fact that management or supervisors are the most common offenders, and their bullying actions leave the recipient in a difficult employment position. Since many bullies are operating in accordance with a company’s “standard practices,” victims often speculate that they may deserve the criticisms, or they are simply too embarrassed, reluctant or fearful to confront the harasser.

For the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

Implement NFPA 70E & NESC Arc Flash Training Changes
     OSHA hasn’t made major changes to the U.S. electrical safety standards since OSHA 1910.269 was created in 1994. That should change in 2013. OSHA’s regulatory calendar issued last year announced it will update in 2013 this critical standard and some parts of OSHA 1926 (related to electric utility construction) and 1910.300 series related to general industry electrical work. Those familiar with these standards know that they are inadequate to build a safety program around without outside help since much of the language is performance-based without clear guidelines on how to comply. Most of industry turns to the national consensus standards such as ANSI/IEEE’s National Electric Safety Code (NESC) (ANSI C-2) or NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace. These two standards cover electric utility work and other general industry electrical work respectively. In 2013, the updated OSHA standards are scheduled to make changes which most companies have yet to implement in their electrical safety training. These critical changes help put electrical safety programs in line with the new law coming this year.

For the full report.

Source: Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

Choose the Right Trees for Energy Efficiency, Electrical Safety, Reliability and Environmental Benefits when Landscaping
     Whether planting trees to celebrate National Arbor Day, provide a wind break, reduce carbon in the environment or to beautify your landscape, Safe Electricity reminds everyone of the importance of planting tall-growing trees safely away from power lines. Seek help in choosing and placing trees and bushes that provide shade, color and screening that wont grow to interfere with the electric supply. Trees that grow too close to electric lines can create shock and fire hazards as well as power outages. As part of the “Teach Learn Care TLC” campaign, parents and caregivers are urged to teach children never climb trees near power lines. The program also warns to never trim trees that are close to power lines – leave that to the professionals.

For the full report.

Source: Energy Education Council

Stop Trying to Create a Safety Culture
     Safety culture has become the new catch phrase, program focus, and desire of global executives, verbalized in the often expressed, "We need a safety culture!" Safety culture is not new. Stop trying to create it. Safety practices, risk perceptions, and mitigation techniques have been and always will be a part of human conversation, probably more so among those who are more successful in navigating life's risks and able to pass this knowledge to their offspring and descendants. Safety is a part of every culture. Everyone to some degree has, or is influenced by, multiple safety cultures. Organizational safety goals should not be focused on the creation of safety culture, rather on improvement to the existing and ranging cultural foci that already exist in the many influencing groups to which your employees are exposed. Rather than questioning, "Do we have a safety culture?" ask, "Are we managing our safety culture or being managed by it?"

For the full report.

Source: Occupational Health & Safety Magazine

Chemical Safety Application for iPad and iPhone 
     The USW Safety app is designed as an easy and accessible chemical safety reference for workers. Search the New Jersey Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) database by chemical name, DOT number, CAS number, or RTK Substance number to view the entire fact sheet. This includes information on workplace exposure limits, health hazards, workplace controls, personal protective equipment, handling and storage, and emergency information. Flip through an electronic version of the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards or search for a chemical by name in the index to view its properties, exposure limits, recommended personal protective equipment and first aid. For workers who need more information, the final section of the app uses the locator feature to display contact information for the nearest United Steelworkers district office and the OSHA district office.

For more information and for a free download from itunes.

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International News

From Europe - Focus on Maintenance Workers
Regular maintenance is essential to keep equipment, machines and the work environment safe and reliable. Lack of maintenance or inadequate maintenance can lead to dangerous situations, accidents and health problems. Maintenance is a high-risk activity with some of the hazards resulting from the nature of the work. Maintenance is carried out in all sectors and all workplaces. Therefore, maintenance workers are more likely than other employees to be exposed to various hazards.

For the full report.

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As I see it ...

It is April 2013.  As I look out my window, the snow has finally melted so maybe Spring is in the air (at least in the Chicago area).  Springtime is a season of rebirth and renewal.  Grass and plants are starting to wake up from a long cold winter and begin the transition from brown to green.  And in Chicago, dreams of a baseball championship are reborn (again).  Nationally, employment data shows that the overall economy is improving with a gradual increase in employment.  The connection between these is that employment means more workers, and workers need to be safe and productive on the job.  So here is a seasonal and timely reminder that your company's safety program may be due for renewal as well.  From the winter of economic stagnation, spring forward to a fresh approach to industrial safety and personal protective equipment.  Your company posted OSHA 300 illness and injury logs recently.  Mine that data for opportunities to improve worker safety with better protecting and more comfortable PPE (remember, the first P in PPE is Personal and the second P is Protective).  We can help, because that's where we have the experience and expertise to assist.  We are Saf-T-Gard,  - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

Want to learn more?

Here is how to get started.

Richard Rivkin, President and CEO



  1. SPRING CLEANING - Clean out that first aid kit and restock with fresh supplies.
  2. SPRING CLEANING - Many cleaning solvents and agents containing hazardous chemicals.  Use respiratory protection as indicated on the MSDS.
  3. SPRING CLEANING - Times change; jobs change; applications change; hazards change.  Clean out those old Job Hazard Analysis reports and prepare new ones that reflect today's reality.
  4. SPRING CLEANING - Cleaning up outdoors with power-assisted equipment?  Be sure to use industrial eye protection and hearing protection.
  5. SPRING CLEANING - Protective eyewear a little dirty?  Use lens cleaning tissues and sprays.  Protective eyewear a lot dirty?  Replace them!

Want more information on any of this month's Saf-T-Tips?  E-mail us for a prompt reply.

When It Comes To Disposable Gloves - Thin Is Good!

New thin white nitrile gloves are the perfect replacement for ordinary latex disposable gloves. 

Key features
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  • only 3 mils (0.0762 mm) thick for maximum dexterity, flexibility and comfort
  • 9 inch (23 cm) length to for protection past the wrist
  • reversible to fit either hand
  • textured finger-tip grip
  • totally powder-free
  • available sizes S M L XL
  • no natural rubber latex

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Question and Answer

Question - What is OSHA's policy on skin cancer as a risk to outdoor workers.

Answer -  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration does address worker exposure to the sun's radiation indirectly under our 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.132(a) pertaining to personal protective equipment. Employers are to use effective forms of protection such as wide-brim hats and long sleeve clothing. In situations where the only effective means of protection is sun screen, then it too may be used.

If you have an industrial safety question you'd like answered, email saf-t-gardian@saftgard.com

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Saf-T-Gard Spotlight  Saf-T-Gard Spotlight

Francisco Gonzalez has been with Saf-T-Gard over 14 years as a member of our main warehouse team.
  • What Francisco likes about Saf-T-Gard: "The friendly environment around me." 
  • What make Francisco's day: "Seeing all work finished at the end of the day and of course a happy face."
  • Francisco's outside interests are: "Soccer, basketball and reading." 
  • Anything else: "II feel happy to be a part of Saf-T-Gard and help in any way I can to do the best for the company." 


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