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OSHA Releases Fact Sheet on
Internal Combustion Engines as Ignition Sources
Investigations by OSHA and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) have
documented a history of fires and explosions at workplaces (oilfields,
refineries, chemical plants, and other facilities) where an internal
combustion engine was identified as or suspected to be the source of
ignition. Internal combustion engines present an ignition hazard when used
in facilities processing flammable liquids and gases. If flammable vapors or
gases are released in these facilities, an internal combustion engine could
ignite the flammable materials with catastrophic consequences. OSHA’s new
Internal Combustion Engines as Ignition Sources Fact Sheet helps employers
and workers understand the risks involved in the use of internal combustion
engines, as well as some of the control strategies that should be used to
prevent such catastrophic events.
Download the fact sheet.
Study Reveals Risks for Low-wage Workers
A new obesity study uncovers risks for low-wage workers. Rather than
focusing on sedentary lifestyles, a New England community partnership study,
funded by NIOSH and the National Institutes of Health, on obesity/overweight
and the role of working conditions looks at low-wage workers toiling in
heavy labor and how their work conditions contribute to weight gain and
For the full report.
OSHA Now Incorporates Updated
ANSI Standards in OSHA Head Protection Regulations
OSHA has published a notice confirming the effective date of the direct
final rule for OSHA's head protection standards. This final rule updates the
incorporation by reference of national consensus standards to include the
latest edition of the consensus standard. It updates references in OSHA's
standards to recognize the 2009 edition of the American National Standard
for Industrial Head Protection, and deletes the 1986 edition of that
national consensus standard because it is out of date. The final rule
applies to the personal protective equipment provisions of its general
industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, marine terminals, and
construction standards that detail requirements for head protection. OSHA
included the construction industry in this rulemaking to ensure consistency
among the agency's standards.
For more information about ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2009.
NIOSH Alert: Preventing
Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures Caused by Dampness in Office
Buildings, Schools, and Other Nonindustrial Buildings
Office buildings, schools, and other nonindustrial buildings may develop
moisture and dampness problems from roof and window leaks, high indoor
humidity, and flooding events, among other things. For this Alert, we define
"dampness" as the presence of unwanted and excessive moisture in buildings [AIHA
2008]. This can lead to the growth of mold, fungi, and bacteria; the release
of volatile organic compounds; and the breakdown of building materials. We
use the term "mold" for a group of fungi that are common on wet materials.
Outdoors, molds live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter.
There are thousands of species of molds and they can be any color. Different
mold species can adapt to different moisture conditions. Research studies
have shown that dampness-related exposures from building dampness and mold
have been associated with respiratory symptoms, asthma, hypersensitivity
pneumonitis, rhinosinusitis, bronchitis, and respiratory infections in
research studies. Individuals with asthma or hypersensitivity pneumonitis
may be at risk for progression to more severe disease if the relationship
between illness and exposure to the damp building is not recognized and
Download the report.
Center For Construction Research and Training Launches Online Resource to
Help Workers and Employers Identify
and Control Silica Dust
A new online resource from the Center for Construction Research and Training
provides information and tools to help identify silica hazards, understand
the health risk, and easily find equipment and methods to control the dust.
The site also features a “Create a Plan” tool that generates job-specific
silica control plans based on user responses to a series of questions about
the tasks that will be performed and the materials that will be used.
Common workplace operations involving cutting, sawing,
drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone products
(such as in construction operations), and operations using sand products
(such as in glass manufacturing, foundries, and sand blasting), can result
in worker inhalation of small silica particles in the air. Inhalation of
these particles has long been known to cause silicosis, a disabling and
sometimes fatal lung disease.
Access Working Safely
With Silica Resources.
More information is available at OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Safety and Health
Employers shall make hearing protectors available to
all employees exposed to an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels
or greater at no cost to the employees. Hearing protectors shall be
replaced as necessary.
- Employers shall ensure that hearing protectors are
- By an employee who is required by paragraph (b)(1) of
this section to wear personal protective equipment; and
- By any employee who is exposed to an 8-hour
time-weighted average of 85 decibels or greater, and who:
- Has not yet had a baseline audiogram established
pursuant to paragraph (g)(5)(ii); or
- Has experienced a standard threshold shift.
- Employees shall be given the opportunity to select
their hearing protectors from a variety of suitable hearing protectors
provided by the employer.
- The employer shall provide training in the use and care
of all hearing protectors provided to employees.
- The employer shall ensure proper initial fitting and
supervise the correct use of all hearing protectors
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News You Can Use
Is Your Home Ready, and Safe, For
Heavy accumulations of ice
and snow coupled with fluctuating winter temperatures can bring down utility
poles, trees and limbs with the ability to disrupt power for days on end.
With this comes a threat to property and also to life itself. In a
winter storm emergency, restoring power and heat to consumers is the highest
priority, and electric utility crews work around the clock to restore
service. Severe damage to power lines and distribution systems may take days
to repair, especially if the icing conditions are ongoing. Avoid going
outside if possible. Downed power lines could be submerged in snow and ice
and difficult to identify. When outside, treat all downed and hanging lines
as if they are energized electric lines: Stay away, warn others to stay away
and immediately contact your utility company. Remember that downed power
lines do NOT have to be arcing, sparking or moving to be live and deadly.
Safe Electricity stresses the importance of being
prepared for dangerous winter storms and the power outages they may cause.
Preparing ahead of time in order to have the right supplies and the
knowledge to stay warm safely are keys to weathering a winter storm
Source: Energy Education
70E: A Roadmap to Compliance - Six Steps Can Reduce Arc Flash Hazard and
Protect Workers and Equipment
There are five important steps that companies should take to reduce the
occurrence of electrical accidents and better protect workers and employers
from the physical, financial, and statutory consequences of electrical
accidents. These steps are required as part of the National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA) standard 70E-2012, which provides a detailed reference
for facilities to meet the requirements of electrical workplace safety. A
sixth step assists the facility owners with fine-tuning the electrical
system for safety and operability.
- Step 1: Establish and
audit an electrical safety policy with defined responsibilities
- Step 2: Perform an arc
flash hazard analysis and label the electrical equipment
- Step 3: Provide adequate
supplies of PPE and insulated tools
- Step 4: Train and retrain
- Step 5: Maintain equipment
for personnel safety
- Step 6: Develop solutions
to the arc flash problem
the full report.
Source: Plant Engineering
Effectiveness of N95 Respirator Filters Against Nanoparticles
With the exponential growth of the nano-technological products and their
potential impact on the workers' health and safety, the N95 filtering
face-piece respirators (FFRs) are commonly recommended to protect them from
the exposure to nano-particles in workplaces. This publication reports the
outcomes of a series of experiments carried out to characterize the
performance of NIOSH approved N95 filtering face-piece respirators against
particles in nano-range.
Download the report.
Source: Institut de recherche
Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)
Joins 85-3 Coalition For Increased Worker Hearing Protection
In its efforts to encourage increased hearing protection for workers, the
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced that it has joined the
85-3 Campaign to confront the “silent epidemic” of occupational hearing loss
in the U.S. The 85-3 Campaign recognizes organizations and employers that,
as part of their hearing protective strategy for workers, have adopted the
85 dBA (decibel) noise protection level. Earlier this year, ASSE urged
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to focus its
efforts to improve hearing protection on lowering OSHA’s permissible
exposure limit (PEL) for noise from the current 90 dBA (decibel) to 85 dBA.
Noise intensity is measured in dBA and time of exposure to noise is measured
in hours and minutes. Hearing loss is a serious problem. According to
NIOSH, when people are exposed to harmful noise—sounds that are too loud or
loud sounds that last a long time—sensitive structures in the inner ear can
be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). These sensitive
structures, called hair cells, are small sensory cells that convert sound
energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, hair
cells cannot grow back.
the full ASSE statement.
more information about the 85-3 Coalition
Fighting the Cold Indoors Can
Ignite Home Safety Hazards
During the winter months, heating equipment is responsible for the majority
of residential fires, notably space heaters which pose the greatest risk.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2004-2008,
most home heating fire deaths (82%) and injuries (64%) and half (51%) of
associated direct property damage involved stationary or portable space
heaters. That’s why UL (Underwriters Laboratories) warns it’s important to
safeguard against possible fire and carbon monoxide dangers.
the full report.
Flu in the Workplace: Why Should
Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of the United States population
gets the flu. Estimates of the effects of the common flu strain on
productivity vary, but most statistics indicate that absenteeism, healthcare
costs and presenteeism are costly for business. According to the U.S.
Department of Labor, the average employee is off work 2.8 days with a case
of the flu. If 15 million workers get the flu in a winter, that translates
into a cost of nearly $20 billion for U.S. employees. This figure doesn't
even include the cost incurred when employees go to work sick and can't
perform at their peak. It is estimated that these employees who come to work
with the flu increase lost workdays by 10 percent to 30 percent. The Center
for Health Research Rural Advocacy at Geisinger Health System in Danville,
Pa., calculated the total cost of presenteeism in the United States to be
more than $150 billion per year. Sick workers are less productive, take
longer to get better and often infect their colleagues. In a typical year,
it is estimated that flu alone can result in as much as $10 billion in lost
the full report.
Source: EHS Today Magazine
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Canada - Breast Cancer Risk and Your Job
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in
industrialized countries; in North America, the rates are amongst the
highest in the world. Some of these cancers will be related to work, but
very little research has been done in this area. A recent Canadian study set
out to identify occupations associated with elevated rates of breast cancer.
This new study identifies occupations linked to higher rates of breast
For more information.
Download the complete report.
Did You Know?
The Alphabet of Respiratory Safety
MFR, FFR, PAPR, IDLH, SCBA, SAR, NIOSH 42CFR84, N95, P100, OV, AG, EEBA.
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As I see it ...
It is December, 2012.
The year 2012 is winding down, and thoughts turn to
seasonal holidays and traditions spanning the religious to the secular.
And similarly, personal safety awareness must span from the workplace to the
home, from employer to family, and of course to travel which has its own safety
hazards at this time of year. As we all gather with friends and
family at this time of year, we look around to see the other "stakeholders" in
each of our personal commitments to safety. In the words of one of our
vendor partners, "Safety Is A Family Value". [Click
here to order a 24x28 inch poster that brings home this message very clearly.]
We think that we are stakeholders, too - doing our part to provide the product
and services, experience and expertise, to help ensure that workers go home safe
and sound to their families after every work day. Many traditions of the
season involve gift-giving, and a very wise person once stated quite clearly
that the greatest gift one can give is the gift of time - especially time with
family. And a culture of and commitment to safety, on and off the job,
enables each of us to enjoy the gift of time.
From the Saf-T-Gard family
to you and yours, best wishes for a joyous, healthy, happy, and safe holiday
season. We are Saf-T-Gard, - passionate about industrial
safety for 4 generations.
Here is how
to get started.
Richard Rivkin, President
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FASHIONABLE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING -
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- Outdoor workers need
protective apparel that meets ANSI/ISEA 107 requirements - traffic vests, rainwear, etc.
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- Level A
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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.
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.
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Question and Answer
- Are adhesive stickers or paints allowed on protective helmets?
OSHA's general requirements for PPE
are set forth in 29 CFR 1910.132. The specific requirements for head protection
(protective helmets) are outlined in 29 CFR 1910.135, which incorporates by
reference American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z89.1-2009. Both 29 CFR 1910.132 and 1910.135 do not contain provisions that
explicitly prohibit painting or the placement of adhesive stickers on helmet
shells. However, the employer's ability to comply with the existing requirements
of these standards may be adversely affected by the painting or placement of
adhesive stickers on the helmet's shell.
For instance, OSHA standard
29 CFR 1910.132(a) requires that PPE be "...maintained in a sanitary and
reliable condition..." [Emphasis added.] To ensure a helmet is and remains in a
"reliable" condition, the helmet must be inspected prior to use for signs of
dents, cracks, penetration, and any damage due to impact, rough treatment, or
wear that might reduce the degree of protection originally provided and used and
maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Paints and
stickers may eliminate electrical resistance and – depending on the location and
quantity – conceal defects, cracks, penetration, and any damage that would be
otherwise readily identifiable during the employee's inspection to ensure
reliability. Another concern is that paints, thinners, and solvents, as
discussed in Appendix A of ANSI Z89.1-2003 and the appendices of the 1986 and
1997 versions, can also attack or damage the shell of a helmet and reduce
For these reasons, painting
or applying stickers must be performed in accordance with the manufacturer's
instructions, unless the employer can demonstrate that the altered protective
helmet is equally as effective and protective as those meeting the requirements
of Z89.1. Protective helmet manufacturers usually provide very specific
instructions regarding paints, stickers, or decals that will not negatively
affect the performance of a protective helmet. OSHA would consider painting or
placing adhesive stickers acceptable if the manufacturer authorizes the
alteration or the employer can demonstrate that the reliability of the helmet is
not affected by the paint or the adhesive on the stickers; and the paint or
placement of stickers would not reduce the ability to identify defects (i.e.,
use of see-through stickers) or other conditions that would indicate a reduced
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