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February, 2013

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OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury/illness Summaries Beginning February 1
Employers who are required to keep the OSHA Form 300 Injury and Illness log must post a summary of the log. Employers must post OSHA's Form 300A from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2013 in a common area wherever notices to workers are usually posted.  The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2012. All establishment summaries must be certified by a company executive. Copies of the OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available for download on the OSHA Recordkeeping webpage. See OSHA's Recordkeeping Handbook for more information on posting requirements for OSHA's Form 300A.

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Hazard Communication: Workers Must Be Trained In GHS System 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. The revised standard is improving the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. The first deadline in the implementation phase is Dec. 1, 2013. By this date, employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet format. OSHA has prepared a number of materials that explain the new changes to the requirements of the HCS, including a list of frequently asked questions, QuickCards, fact sheets, a webinar that provides an overview of the rule and a downloadable PowerPoint presentation.

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Laboratory Workers Protected By New OSHA Laboratory Standard
     To better protect today's laboratory workers, OSHA has published updates to a non-mandatory appendix of its Laboratory Standard. Updated with assistance from the National Academies of Science, the appendix now includes developments in the ways that labs can promote safer handling of chemicals and use safety and health management systems to find and fix hazards before workers are hurt. OSHA has also incorporated issues raised in recent U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigations, including new information on the hazards of reactive chemicals, physical hazards and working alone.

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From the NIOSH Science Blog: Hypertension and Low Wages
     If workers earning low wages didn’t have enough stressors in their lives, they can now add hypertension to the list. Our new research finds that low wages are a risk factor for hypertension among working people. The research was recently published in the European Journal of Public Health, “Are Low Wages Risk Factors for Hypertension?”, and was partially funded by NIOSH.   Whereas low Socio-economic status (SES) has been linked to hypertension, the reasons why are unclear. This is the first study to examine wages, the largest component of income (one part of SES), as a risk factor for hypertension. Why is this important? Wages are an indicator of job quality and may be linked to feelings of self worth. Low wages can also create financial stress for families that find themselves short of funds to pay for rent, electricity, heat, and gas for their cars. Additionally, there are steps policy makers can take to adjust wages. For example, governments can raise minimum wages, make it easier for unions to organize, and increase the pay of low-wage government workers.

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Catching the Flu: NIOSH Research on Airborne Influenza Transmission
     As we enter another influenza season, one question continues to vex medical and public health professionals: How do you stop people from catching the flu? The best way to prevent the flu is by getting an influenza vaccine every year. However, in the event of a large-scale influenza outbreak of a new virus strain or a pandemic, when influenza vaccine may not be promptly available, we will see tremendous demands on the health care system and its workers. Thus, it’s critical to understand how influenza is transmitted from person to person so that we can determine the best ways to protect health care workers while still enabling them to do their jobs.
     The typical incubation period for influenza is 1-4 days (average: 2 days). Adults shed influenza virus from the day before symptoms begin through 5-10 days after illness onset. However, the amount of virus shed, and presumably infectivity, decreases rapidly by 3-5 days after onset in an experimental human infection model. Young children also might shed virus several days before illness onset, and children can be infectious for 10 or more days after onset of symptoms. Severely immunocompromised persons can shed virus for weeks or months.

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Interpretation of First Aid Standard 29 CFR 1910.151

"Must an employer have individuals trained to render first aid?"

Yes. The OSHA requirement at 29 CFR 1910.151(b) states, "In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid. Adequate first aid supplies shall be readily available."


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News You Can Use

Lifting Calculator APP Available

     Oregon OSHA has developed a lifting calculator app using a modified version of the NIOSH lifting equation.  The Easy Lift App uses various lifting scenarios to provide the user with a maximum safe weight.  The app is available in both online versions and Android smartphone versions (also available on the Google Play App Store).

     How to use the app:

  1. Indicate where your lift begins.
  2. Estimate the number of lifts per minute and the hours of lifting per day.
  3. The app calculates the maximum safe lifting weight, with an additional limit for more than 45 degrees of twisting during lifting.

For more information and to use or download the app.

Arc Flash Protection: From High Touch to High Tech

     What if you found out putting on a jacket would save your life-would you take the time to put it on? It only takes a few minutes on YouTube to see how real a threat arc flash is to front-line workers. It's critical to generate awareness about arc flash, and arc flash protection and training is a good place to start.
     "Our greatest concern is the risk of the employee getting burned and/or temporarily going blind from the arc flash," said one person with a Midwest electric power company. "Inhaling the arc flash-I cannot imagine the pain," said General Foreman Ron Massey of Central Electric Cooperative (CED) in Redmond, Ore.
     "Training is crucial. It should cover the care and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), giving the qualified worker the empowerment to make life safety decisions," said Bryan Rupert, electrical system reliability and safety consultant for Facility Results.
     Arc flash protection is vital. We're only human. We make mistakes. Machines are prone to issues and occasional unpredictability. It seems like common sense for workers to wear protective gear when working in close proximity to potentially dangerous electrical equipment. Not all do, however.  Yes, PPE slows you down. It can be cumbersome, sweaty and takes time to put on. A person might think the repair will be quick or unlikely to be much of a risk "this time." Many people have spent the rest of their lives regretting that moment of thinking-if they weren't instantly killed.

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Source: Utility Products Magazine

Identifying the Psychological Health and Work-Related Determinants of Occupational Disability in a Target Sector
     The IRSST (Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute Robert-Sauvé) published a research project that develops a systematic approach for identifying the determinants of the inability of workers with psychological problems to maintain an active working life.  The researchers identify these determinants in order to prevent distress and presenteeism, which, in turn, will offer the possibility of implementing the best practices for preventing occupational disability that are appropriate. The proposed instruments are applicable to several job categories and are designed to be useable in other work contexts where the issue of occupational disability is present. The added value of this study is that it documents the factors related to the work environment as well as those related to the individual’s environment. The study innovated by proposing a pre-tested instrument that both focuses on employees’ actual and prescribed work in terms of the perceived difficulties and takes into account the workload perceived by the employees.

For the full report.

Source: Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute

Back to the Basics in Fall Protection
     Every day on work sites all across the world, workers are put in situations where they are performing work at height. Any time a worker stands near an edge, climbs a tower, accesses a roof, or gets into a boom lift, there is an inherent danger of falling. During the past 20 years, the fall protection industry has grown at a rapid pace as small manufacturers have been swallowed up by large corporate entities and fall protection has become big business. With this growth, legislative regulations and product standards have been enhanced, and great strides have occurred with respect to fall protection equipment design, quality, and performance. However, despite the advancements in the industry, workers are still being injured or dying every year from falls from height. To many, it would seem that with the assistance of a sufficiently strong anchor, proper connecting means, and a harness there should be no deaths, and only minor injuries should result from falls from height, right? Unfortunately, the more common scenario is to see a worker lying on the ground after a fall with a nice new harness and lanyard, rather than nothing at all. Why is this? We have the technology, we have the we have the equipment, and fall protection as a whole is not difficult to understand.

For the full report.

Source: Occupational Health and Safety Magazine

Home Fire Safety for Older Adults Safety Awareness Program Toolkit
     Knowledge and awareness are the keys to preventing fires. ESFI, the Electrical Safety Foundation International, urges older adults to take a proactive approach to home fire safety by learning about potential fire hazards and how to prevent them.  This toolkit includes safety tip sheets that provide information about fire hazards related to cooking, heating, and electrical equipment, major causes of home fires every year. Tip sheets for smoke alarms and escape planning are also included. The Home Fire Safety Checklist is a convenient tool for giving your home a fire safety "check-up." While the Emergency Information Sheet and Smoke Alarm Maintenance Calendar are handy reference tools.  All of the resources included in this toolkit are provided by ESFI at no cost. Consumers are encouraged to use them to promote fire safety awareness among older adults in your community.

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Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International

Best Ways to Reward Employees Without Promotions or Pay Raises
     Sometimes it’s not always practical or possible to recognize employees with a cash bonus, pay raise or promotion. Even though extra money is helpful and useful in a tough economy, it doesn't mean employees will be any more motivated or committed. In fact, often cash isn’t even what employees value the most. We know this because employees most frequently say they want a cash reward but, in repeated and controlled experiments, their behavior says something quite different. Most recently, according to the Currency of Reciprocity – Gift-Exchange in the Workplace, August 2011, workers were given an award equivalent 20% of wages or a non-cash semi-equivalent award where they could choose how to redeem. The results were eye-opening. The cash gift had virtually no measurable increase in productivity whereas the less costly non-cash award, resulted on average a 25% higher work performance. Interestingly, the more time and thought the company put into the reward, the higher the performance – giving further credence to the old adage that it is truly "the thought that counts."  With the data confirming that companies will get a bigger bang without the buck...this report features some creative ways to recognize and reward high performing employees with no budget or low budget:

For the full report.

Source: Workplace HR and Safety

Lockout: a guide to safe work practices


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International News

From Europe - Promoting Occupational Safety and Health Through the Supply Chain 
     EU-OSHA has issued a new report that sheds light on occupational safety and health (OSH) within complex supply chain networks. Based on a literature, policy and case study review it attempts to give an overview of how OSH can be managed and promoted through the supply chain, and which drivers, incentives and instruments exist for companies to encourage good OSH practices among their suppliers and contractors.  The report focuses specifically on two main networks or relationships between companies and the members of their supply chain: the primary network (a company and its suppliers of certain goods and materials) and the secondary network (a company and its contractors and subcontractors providing specific services such as maintenance, construction, cleaning or catering activities).

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Saf-T-Gard Unlocks
The Alphabet of Respiratory Safety

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As I see it ...

It is February 2013.  We are 30 days into the new year 2013 and time for a reality check.  Let's focus on resolutions, intentions, and expectations.  At the start of the new year, many people make New Year Resolutions - a reflection on the past and focused determination and goals for the future.  Sometimes the resolutions are humorous, sometimes the resolutions are serious, sometime the resolution process is just an exercise with a a half-life measured in days or weeks.  How do resolutions differ from intentions and expectations?  Resolutions are the start of the process - identifying shortcomings and resolving to improve.  Resolutions, when carefully thought out and developed, are the mind-set necessary to identify the goal.  The next step is to refine the resolutions into intentions.  Resolutions with no intention of fulfillment are either an annual game or a mindless exercise.  Intentions are the action plan that implement the resolutions.  They transform resolutions into reality.  The third element, expectations, are the measuring device to evaluate the process.  Expectations can be objective or subjective, quantified or qualified.  So intentions are the connective tissue that binds resolutions to expectations.  By this time you, the reader, may be wondering what this all has to do with industrial safety!  Resolving (developing a resolution) to improve worker safety and productivity may be thought of as a continuous process, but often needs the periodic push (annual or new year resolutions).  Intentions draw the other stakeholders into the process, including workers, supervisors, plant management and corporate management.  Expectations are the measure of success, such as quantifiable reductions in worker comp claims or OSHA recordable incidents.  But remember that those quantifiable measures have real people behind the data, and the first P in PPE is still Personal.  That's where we have the experience and expertise to assist.  We are Saf-T-Gard,  - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

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Who Should Attend
  • Safety directors

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  • Supervisors who work directly with 480V or greater voltage equipment or oversee those who do



What You Will Learn
  • One NFPA 70E page cuts your PPE training by 75%. This one concept can fool-proof and simplify your PPE approach

  • Two Common places for an Arc Flash

  • Three misunderstood NFPA 70E concepts

  • Four fixable things you don’t know about your electrical system that could wreck your plant

  • Seven Habits of Highly Safe Electricians

  • Full, practical understanding of the NFPA 70E and great ideas from trainers who have implemented it!

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Question and Answer

Question - OSHA's recordkeeping regulation requires employers to record work-related illnesses (such as SARS or MRSA) on the OSHA 300 log. Does this requirement apply to recording illnesses that are spread through workplace contacts with contaminated surfaces (e.g., shared keyboards)?   

Answer -  For an illness to be recordable, an employee must be infected as a result of a workplace exposure, and one of the following must also be true: a) medical treatment is provided; or b) the employee misses at least one full day of work. In addition, an injury or illness is recordable if it meets one or more of the criteria outlined in 29 CFR 1904.7 through 1904.11.

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

Dan McGivern is Sales Vice President and has been with Saf-T-Gard over 11 years.
  • What Dan likes about Saf-T-Gard: "We are in business to help keep our customer’s employees safe each day. That is a huge responsibility and at the same time extremely rewarding. Our company makes it easy for us, as managers and employees, to get this done each day."
  • What makes Dan's day: "To hear from my team how he or she helped their customer. Either being proactive to anticipate their customer’s needs…seamlessly. Or if necessary, react quickly and decisively to correct any mistakes we may have made. "
  • Dan's' outside interests: "Spend as much time as I can, laughing and catching up with my family and friends. Run. Play piano. Learn to play guitar. Anything outdoors! Live a healthy life."
  • Anything else? "Nothing is impossible…just need to think of another way to do it…."


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