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OSHA and NIOSH Issue Hazard
Alert To Warn Of Dangers Of 1-bromopropane Exposure
OSHA and NIOSH have issued a hazard alert to urge employers that use
1-bromopropane to take appropriate steps to protect workers from exposure.
Exposure to 1-BP has been associated with damage to the nervous system among
workers, and it has been shown to cause reproductive harm in animal studies.
The chemical is used in degreasing operations, furniture manufacturing, and
dry cleaning. The hazard alert is issued in response to information on the
increased use of 1-BP as a substitute for other solvents as well as recent
reports of overexposure in furniture manufacturing.
For more information and to download the hazard alert.
OSHA Releases New Fall Prevention Training Guide With "Tool Box Talks" In
A new OSHA Fall Prevention Training Guide with "tool box talks" is now
available a to educate workers on how to stay safe while working on roofs,
scaffolding and ladders. Falls cause more deaths in construction than any
other hazard. In 2011, falls accounted for over a third of the 721 total
construction deaths. Workers performing tasks 6 feet or more above lower
levels are at risk of fatal falls or serious injuries. This training guide
will help you plan how to prevent injuries and fatalities from falls among
your crew, and provide training to your workers.
The training is designed to be:
- Short — Each
Toolbox Talk should last approximately 5-10 minutes. Although some talks
contain more material than others, Toolbox Talks can be given at meetings
before the work shift or during breaks.
- Participatory —
Workers attending the talk should be able to ask questions and discuss the
topic. This increases the likelihood they will remember the information.
- Easy to follow.
For more information and downloads.
NIOSH Develops Advanced
Headforms for Evaluating Respirator Fit
Over three million Americans are required to wear respirators in their
workplaces. In order to strive for the highest level of protection, ongoing
research is essential for learning more about the factors that affect how
respirators fit to the face. As part of this pursuit, NIOSH has developed a
new robotic manikin headform (called an “advanced headform”) for respirator
fit evaluation research. Use of advanced headforms will greatly expand the
opportunities for research into respirator inward leakage, which includes
the penetration of particles through the filter itself combined with the
leakage around the faceseal. This technology has the potential to aid in
respirator design and contribute to the advancement of respirator
certification and consensus standards.
NIOSH is focusing on certified N95 filtering facepiece
respirators (FFRs) for the initial fit evaluation research using the
advanced headform. NIOSH-approved N95 respirators are commonly used in the
healthcare industry to reduce exposure to respiratory pathogens such as
influenza and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This research is being performed
in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (Panama City Beach,
FL) and is funded by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development
Authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For the full report.
wearers must pass a medical evaluation and be fit-tested before using
negative pressure air-purifying respirators
White House Releases Executive Order
On Improving Chemical Facility Safety And Security
The President signed an Executive Order to improve the safety and security
of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to
workers and communities. Incidents such as the devastating explosion at a
fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April are tragic reminders that the
handling and storage of chemicals present serious risks that must be
addressed. The Executive Order directs Federal agencies to work with
stakeholders to improve chemical safety and security through agency
programs, private sector initiatives, Federal guidance, standards, and
To read the Executive Order.
Upcoming Webinars on Respiratory
Protection and Fit Test Panels
NIOSH and the University of IOWA’s Heartland Center for Occupational Safety
and Health will host a webinar on August 27 on respiratory protection: How
to Best Protect from Workplace Exposures. The objectives of this webinar
include sharing recent clinical events and related research findings on
breaches in respiratory protective compliance as well as suggested
strategies to reinforce healthcare workers’ proper use of respiratory
protection. The webinar will begin at 11:30 CDT and is open to all who wish
To register for the free webinar.
From NIOSH - Simple Safety
Solutions And Tips For Residential Construction Workers
A new booklet from NIOSH describes safe work practices to help residential
construction workers avoid manual material handling injuries. Home building
is physically demanding work and manual material handling may be the most
difficult part of the job. Manual material handling includes all of the
tasks that require you to lift, lower, push, pull, hold or carry materials.
These activities increase the risk of painful strains and sprains and more
serious soft tissue injuries. Soft tissues of the body include muscles,
tendons, ligaments, discs, cartilage and nerves. Soft tissue injuries cause
workers pain, suffering and lost income. They can also restrict non-work
activity, like sports and hobbies. Builders’ and employers’ costs include
loss of productivity and high workers’ compensation insurance premiums.
Download the document.
Can an electrical worker that is exposed to 50 volts or more wear metal
frame glasses. (safety or non-safety glasses)?
"Eyeglasses with exposed metal parts are
considered "Conductive apparel". As noted in the middle of column 2 of page
32007 of the preamble published in Volume 55, Number 151 of the Federal
Register on Monday August 6, 1990, the Electrical Safety Related Work
Practice standard at 1910.333(c)(8) prohibits employees from wearing
conductive objects in a manner presenting an electrical contact hazard.
Normally, the wearing of eyeglasses containing exposed metal frames (or
metal parts of frames) is not considered to present an electrical contact
hazard. However, when the glasses have a metal type frame and the employee
is working with his or her face extremely close to energized parts or when a
metallic chain strap is attached to the frame for wearing around the neck,
an electrical contact hazard can be present. In such cases, the standard
permits the hazard to be removed by eliminating the chain and wearing either
a protective face shield or appropriate safety glasses over the metal frame
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And Employers Prohibiting Firearms
On The Premises Should Post Signs Accordingly
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ISO to Develop New Global Occupational Health and Safety Standard
Following the tragic deaths of thousands of garment factory workers around
the world in the past year, including over 1,100 people in a factory
collapse in Bangladesh, the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) has announced that it will develop a new standard for global
occupational health and safety (OH&S) with the goal of providing
governmental agencies, industry, and other affected stakeholders with
effective, usable guidance for improving worker safety in countries around
the world. The work will be overseen by ISO Project Committee (PC) 283,
Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements.
To support this effort, ANSI and the American
Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) are seeking participants for a U.S.
Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO PC 283. All U.S. experts and
interested stakeholders in OH&S management are strongly encouraged to get
involved and help influence the development of this important standard. The
U.S. TAG to ISO PC 283 will advise ANSI on voting positions relevant to the
proposed OH&S management standard, and will carry out detailed discussions
on issues related to its development. As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI
accredits U.S. TAGs to develop and transmit U.S. positions on ISO technical
activities. Following the TAG’s accreditation by ANSI, ASSE will head up the
U.S. work effort by serving as the U.S. TAG administrator to ISO PC 283.
Source: American Society of
Pilot Program Announced To Evaluate The Effectiveness Of Paperless Hazard
The Federal Register announcement states that Pipeline and Hazardous
Materials Safety Administration invites volunteers to participate in a pilot
program to evaluate the safety and security impacts of a paperless hazard
communications system for shippers and carriers. The pilot program is
authorized by ‘‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’’
(MAP–21), a surface transportation funding bill signed into law in July
View/Download the Federal Register document.
Realization Strategy: The Five Safety Questions Your CEO Needs to Ask
- Is every employee and
business partner positively and actively engaged in our safety program and
if so, how and to what extent? (This sets the stage for ownership,
diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.)
- Where is our next incident
likely to occur? (This starts a structured risk assessment process.)
- How are we measuring our
successes and are we focusing our safety program performance on the past
or the future? (This encourages a goal reassessment process and places
importance on leading indicator measurement systems.)
- In your view, whom can I
hold personally accountable for assuring a workplace free of recognized
hazards? (This inspires the acceptance of organizational accountability.)
- If I were to walk up to a
member of your organization tomorrow and ask them who their safety
champion is, whom would they name? (This motivates performance through
the full report.
Source: EHS Today Magazine
Culture of Safety: A Window on
There are many “markers” or characteristics of your Culture of Safety that
can be used to diagnose not only the level of your safety performance, but
your organization’s values. Housekeeping is probably the most
expedient diagnostic tool. It is the most visible sign or marker of your
Culture of Safety; the first impression most visitors, clients, and
compliance inspectors will get of your operation. Not only do
companies who make use of a Culture of Safety create positive impressions in
the marketplace, but they also build trust in their brands and grow
revenues. Download our free white paper, A Window On Your Workplace, to
learn how one multi-billion-dollar cosmetics company sends the right message
to employees and customers through its strong commitment to safety and
Download the White Paper
Source: Honeywell Safety
2014 'Safe-in-Sound' Nominations Accepted Now
The Safe-in-Sound Excellence and Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention
Awards honor excellent hearing loss prevention (HLP) practices in the work
environment. Applicants are evaluated against key performance indicators in
a review process designed to evaluate hearing loss prevention programs in
each of three work sectors: construction, manufacturing and services. In
addition, a fourth award for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention
recognizes individuals and/or business entities, regardless of sector/NAICS
code affiliation. The awards are given by NIOSH in partnership with the
National Hearing Conservation Association to recognize excellence in hearing
loss prevention. The deadline for self-nominations is September 6, 2013. The awards recognize those who demonstrate, by example,
the benefits of developing or following good hearing loss prevention
practices. Safe-in-Sound Award™ winning stories are shared and showcased at
special award ceremonies and in press releases disseminated to the
occupational health and hearing research communities. Those selected will be
recognized for their role in improving working conditions in the United
Free Hearing Protection Seminar in the Midwest - HearForever: Best Practices
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The Science of Behavioral Safety 101: A Little Praise Goes a Long Way
We probably have all heard the old adage: “You catch more flies with honey
than with vinegar.” Well, there’s plenty of science to support it. Never
underestimate the power of acknowledging people for behaving safely or
supporting others to do the same. Psychological research has shown us time
and again that positive reinforcement is the single most powerful tool in
our arsenal for eliciting and maintaining desired behavior. It’s true when
it comes to parenting children and it’s true when it comes to creating safe
work environments. Strategic use of positive reinforcement is effective and
the full story.
Source: EHS Today Magazine
Applying Personal Protective Grounds
Personal protective grounds go by several names in the
industry: "temporary protective grounds," "ground sets," "ground clusters,"
or just plain "grounds." Personal protective grounds are used whenever
workers perform tasks on electrical power systems that may become
reenergized for some reason, possibly by the reclosing of switches or
circuit breakers, static voltages, induced voltages in outdoor substations
or lines, and capacitive discharges. While most technicians think of using
personal protective grounds when working on higher-voltage systems, they are
also needed when working on low-voltage systems, especially when there may
be capacitors connected into the circuit (UPS systems and variable frequency
drives) or when the circuit may be subject to one of the issues mentioned
earlier. The use of personal protective grounding is covered by OSHA
1910.269(n), "Grounding for the Protection of Employees," and the NFPA 70E
Section 120.3, "Temporary Protective Grounding." Both sources contain very
the full report.
Source: Occupational Health &
On The Personal Side - Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips
Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the
family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off
barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons.
- •Propane and charcoal BBQ
grills should only be used outdoors.
- •The grill should be
placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and
- •Keep children and pets
away from the grill area.
- •Keep your grill clean by
removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the
- •Never leave your grill
Source: NFPA - National Fire
How OSHA conducts inspections
Warning - Your Electrical Gloves May Not Be
insulating products must be subjected to periodic electrical tests as required
by OSHA 29CFR1910.137(b)(2). The Voltgard Test Lab is uniquely qualified
to perform this service.
- Industry accredited for
testing of all rubber insulating products and related tools and
testing is in full compliance with applicable ASTM specifications and OSHA
rubber insulating gloves and sleeves are cleaned, then visually inspected
inside and out. Other rubber insulating products are cleaned, then
inspected on all outer surfaces.
For more information and a testing service order form.
Europe: Lead Young People To Safer Working Lives
Imagine, for a moment, being unfamiliar with the environment you find
yourself in, with new people, processes, systems and machinery all around.
You have a strong drive to prove yourself and show that you know what you
are doing, even if you don’t. This can be the frame of mind of a young
person starting out in the world of work. One has only to look at the
numbers of injuries and deaths at work in Europe and beyond to understand
just how important Health and Safety (H&S) is in the modern workplace. Of
major concern is the prevalence of accident, injury and death involving
young people (15-24 year olds) at their place of work. In Europe, the
agricultural sector has the highest incidence rate of fatal accidents among
young workers, followed by construction and transport and communication.
Young people therefore need special attention when developing safety policy
and in methods of implementation.
For the full report.
Did You Know?
There is danger around every
vision into aisles and
around corners. Shatter-resistant acrylic safety mirrors are
available for indoor and outdoor installations. Select quarter-dome,
half-dome, or full-dome mirrors for 90-360 degree vision.
Saf-T-Gard has the expertise
and the products you need.
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As I see it ...
It is August 2013. I am thinking about
whether change and stability are contradictory. Static vs. dynamic?
Everything changes - it's managing that change that can be a positive or
negative. As I look out my window, it is obvious that the seasons change
but the cycle of 4 seasons is stable. The computer on my desk is not the
same computer I had 5, 15, 25, or 35 years ago. Change can be good.
The safety industry is changing, and industry's need for safety is changing.
New challenges arise, and new technologies, products, and processes to keep
workers safe are coming to the market - and that change is good. I am
thinking about the ways we interact with our customers. A lot of
customers like to speak to a real person, and that is why our telephones are
answered by real people, not computers, during normal business hours. We
have an outstanding customer service team that really likes talking to customers
and solving problems. Our sales people are highly trained to address the
safety issues facing industry today. But for those customers who have
changed how they want to do business, our tool bag is full of options: print
catalogs, mail, e-mail, fax, online catalog, EDI, and very soon punch-out
capabilities to interface with integrated industry purchasing systems like Ariba.
And the options for getting the product to the user are changing as well.
We offer delivery per order, scheduled release blanket orders, and now
point-of-use vending machine solutions that can be integrated with purchasing
and HR systems. The more things change, the more our commitment to safety
solutions for industry remains unchanged. We are Saf-T-Gard, - passionate about industrial
safety for 4 generations.
Here is how
to get started.
Richard Rivkin, President
GOT THE HEAT? -
Zetex Plus treated fiberglass gloves and mittens with wool linings
withstand temperatures up to 2000 ° F.
GOT THE TOUCH? -
Polyurethane-coated nylon gloves such as
Flex P provide maximum tactile sensitivity,
particularly when handling small parts.
GOT THE SMELL? -
Not if you are using a properly fitted air-purifying respirator. All
users of negative-pressure air-purifying respirators must be fit-tested.
GOT THE VIEW? -
New wide-angle goggles
combine superior peripheral vision with impact and splash protection.
Styles available to fit over prescription eyewear.
GOT THE SOUND?
- Your workers deserve
hearing protection products that are comfortable and
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September 24, 2013
NFPA 70E 2012 - 110.3 States that
Qualified Workers shall be retrained in intervals not to exceed 3 years.
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Question and Answer
- What are the
definitions of "flame retardant" and "flame resistant" in regards to apparel
covered by paragraph 1910.269(l)(6)(iii) of the
electric power generation, transmission, and distribution standard, 29 CFR
Answer - The
source of the terms used by OSHA with respect to the paragraph
1910.269(l)(6)(iii) Apparel requirement is the American Society of Testing and
Materials Standard, ASTM D 123-93, Standard Terminology Relating to Textiles.
This ASTM standard includes the following definitions:
Flame Resistant: The
property of a material whereby flaming combustion is prevented, terminated, or
inhibited following application of a flaming or nonflaming source of ignition,
with or without subsequent removal of the ignition source.
Having received flame-retardant treatment.
Flame Retardant: This
terminology should not be used as an adjective except in the terminology:
flame-retardant-treated (or flame-retardant treatment). Used as a noun, "flame
retardant" is a chemical used to impart flame resistance.
Note - FR or Flame-Resistant
is not the same as arc-rated.
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- Two-strap design with four
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- Suggested applications:
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- Anything else: "Looking
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