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July, 2013

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Welcome to the SAF-T-GARDIAN, a monthly e-mail newsletter from Saf-T-Gard International.  We designed the SAF-T-GARDIAN to be timely and useful.  You are receiving this newsletter either as a valued Saf-T-Gard customer, company associate or supplier, or you have visited our website at www.saftgard.com.  Some of the links are time-sensitive and may move or expire as the news changes.  Some sources may also require registration.

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OSHA Provides Resources To Educate Employers and Workers About The Health Risks of Various Forms of Chromium
     Occupations that may involve exposure to chromium include painters, abrasive blasting welders, battery, dye and candle makers and cement workers. Chromium exposure can cause asthma, eye irritation and damage, perforated eardrums, respiratory irritation, pulmonary congestion and edema, upper abdominal pain, nose irritation and damage, skin irritation, and erosion and discoloration of the teeth. Chromium exposure can also cause kidney damage, liver damage and respiratory cancer. OSHA's chromium web page contains a link to the updated OSHA page on hexavalent chromium, as well as fact sheets on controlling exposures to chromium and OSHA requirements for protecting workers from chromium exposures in general industry, shipyards and construction.

For more information.

Free Webinar, Other Resources Available On New Hazard Communication Requirements
As part of its Alliance with OSHA, the Society of Chemical Hazard Communication will host a free webinar from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 25, 2013. The webinar will focus on classification, labeling, safety data sheets and training, as well as how manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers can meet the compliance requirements during the transition period. Register by July 24 to participate.
     By December 1, 2013, all employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must conduct new training for workers on the new label elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding. OSHA has prepared a number of materials to assist employers in complying with the new updates. The Hazard Communication Web page explains the changes and contains a number of materials including: a new fact sheet (PDF*) that reviews the new training requirements, new QuickCards that review the new pictogram label requirements and a brief (PDF*) on labels and pictograms.

To register for the webinar.

For more resources.

New NIOSH Smart Phone App Addresses Ladder Safety

     The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announces the availability of a new Ladder Safety smart phone application (app). This new app uses visual and audio signals to make it easier for workers using extension ladders to check the angle the ladder is positioned at, as well as access useful tips for using extension ladders safely. The app is available for free download for both iPhone and Android devices. Falls from ladders are a common source of preventable construction injuries. Misjudging the ladder angle is a significant risk factor for a fall. If the ladder is set too steep it is more likely to fall back or away during use, and if it is set too shallow then the bottom can slide out.
     The app provides feedback to the user on positioning the extension ladder at the optimal angle. It also provides references and a safety guide for extension ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing, and use. It was developed with input from the ANSI A14 committee on Ladder Safety, the American Ladder Institute, and other stakeholders.
The app is based on a multimodal inclination indicator for ladder positioning that has been recently awarded a US patent.

To learn more and download the Ladder Safety app visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/falls/

Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Disorder Consortium
     In 2000, NIOSH started a collaborative research program to prevent work-related upper limb musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs, conditions involving the nerves, tendons, muscles, and supporting structures of the upper limb). The program has research partners at six universities and one state agency. The goal of the program is to determine the risk for work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis of the forearm and wrist, and shoulder disorders.

For more information.

Free Smart Phone App Provides Easy-to-Access Information on Heat Index, Safety Measures
     OSHA's newest addition to its heat illness prevention materials is the OSHA Heat Safety Tool smart phone app, with vital safety information to help keep outdoor workers safe from the heat. The app allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite. Based on the heat index, the app displays a risk level to outdoor workers. With a simple "click," users can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness.

Get the free OSHA Heat App for Android or iPhone.

CDC Partners With 104 Employers for National Healthy Worksite Program
     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through its partner Viridian Health Management, has identified 104 employers in eight counties across the nation that have voluntarily chosen to participate in the National Healthy Worksite Program, a new initiative aimed at reducing chronic disease and building a healthier, more productive U.S. workforce. The initiative primarily focuses on small and mid-sized employers. CDC’s National Healthy Worksite Program is supported through the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, and is designed to assist employers in building successful workplace wellness programs by implementing science-based disease prevention and wellness strategies to help reduce chronic diseases. All program and implementation support to participating employers will be provided by Viridian Health Management over a 12- month period. Viridian was selected as an implementation partner through a competitive process.

For more information.

Safety Stand-Downs Stand Up For Protecting Construction Workers From Falls
As part of OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Falls in construction, the agency is partnering with industry and community partners to sponsor safety stand-downs nation-wide to raise awareness about the hazards of falls -- the leading cause of jobsite deaths in the construction industry. 

To find the OSHA office nearest you.

To learn more about OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign



     Respirator Training

     "Is training required before a respirator is used?"

     Yes, training must be provided to employees who are required to use respirators. The training must be comprehensive, understandable, and recur annually, and more often if necessary. This training should include at a minimum:

  • Why the respirator is necessary and how improper fit, use, or maintenance can compromise its protective effect
  • Limitations and capabilities of the respirator
  • Effective use in emergency situations
  • How to inspect, put on and remove, use and check the seals
  • Maintenance and storage
  • Recognition of medical signs and symptoms that may limit or prevent effective use
  • General requirements of OSHA's respirator standard, 29 CFR 1910.134


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Working Safely With Nanomaterials




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News You Can Use

Advancing Workplace Health Protection and Promotion for an Aging Workforce
     The workforce of the twenty-first century is aging, with increasingly larger proportions of the workforce 55 years of age and older. This development is the result of a convergence of demographic and societal trends.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more workers aged 55 years and older in the workplace than ever before. The number of workers aged 65 years and older increased by 101% between 1977 and 2007,3 and in the 25 years between 2005 and 2030, the number of Americans aged 65 years and older, overall, will almost double—with a significant number of them continuing to work.4 The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2006 and 2016, the number of workers aged 55 to 64 years will increase by 36.5%, while workers aged between 65 and 74 years and older than 75 years will increase by 83.4% and 84.3%, respectively.5 By 2015, one in every five workers will be a baby boomer.6

For the full report.

Source: Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Is There Too Much Emphasis Placed on Reducing Workplace Injuries and Not Enough Concern For Work-Related Illnesses and Exposure to Hazardous Substances?
     Globally, 2.3 million people die each year due to workplace hazards. While 318,000 of these deaths are due to occupational injuries, most – 2.02 million – are due to work-related illness. Although the greatest emphasis in most industries and workplaces is focused on reducing workplace injuries, the biggest killers of workers are cancers and work-related circulatory diseases, which between them account for 55 percent of all worker deaths. Injuries account for 18 percent.  While workplace injury rates are dropping in industrialized countries thanks to prevention efforts, rates of work-related illnesses are on the rise and can have long latency periods and their onset often is linked to aging.

For the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

Sleep Loss Costs US Workers … and Industry’s Bottom Line
     The Sleep and Shift Work: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity Symposium reported that insomnia costs US industry an estimated $63 billion per year based on a loss of 8 days of productivity per year determined in a survey of nearly 8000 people. Turning to an example of impact on working people, shift workers (who have disturbed sleep) have a 5-fold increased chance of developing diabetes.

For the full report.

Source: Oregon Health & Science University

World Health Organization Proposes New Pandemic Flu Alert Levels
     The World Health Organization (WHO) proposed a new pandemic alert system, one that's designed to focus more on disease risk than geographic spread and to streamline communications to the public. It includes interim guidance reflects lessons learned during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.  A few months into the 2009 H1N1 pandemic the WHO faced tough questions from countries about its pandemic alert phases. During the 2009 World Health Assembly (WHA) some countries urged the WHO to go slow on declaring a full-scale pandemic, and they argued that pandemic phases should reflect the severity of the disease as well as its geographic spread. The pandemic plans of some member states had response actions, such as the purchase of pandemic vaccine, that were triggered by the WHO's pandemic phase declarations.  At the time, WHO officials said the pandemic alert phases in use were crafted in the shadow of threat from H5N1 avian influenza, which was causing severe disease in humans. The 2009 H1N1 virus spread quickly around the world and caused mainly mild-to-moderate illness. The WHO had said it would seek expert advice to consider possible changes to its pandemic phase definitions. The WHO described the alert phase in its interim guide for pandemic influenza risk management, which when finalized would replace its 2009 document. The new 4-phase alert system would replace the current 6-phase one that includes an additional post pandemic level.

For the full report.

Download the WHO report.

Source: World Health Organization and Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, University of Minnesota

Clearance Calculator for Fall Protection Lanyards and Lifelines
     When working at height, it is important to know your fall clearance and swing fall whether using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. Calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is critical to your safety. When using the Miller Fall Clearance Calculator, calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is now easily accessible any time, any place whether working from a desktop, smart phone or tablet! In addition to being available in English with imperial measurements, the Fall Clearance Calculator now includes a Spanish-Latin American language option with metric measurements - Providing a Region-wide Resource! While especially designed for use with Miller® fall protection products, the interactive Fall Clearance Calculator can be used with any brand of fall protection equipment that meets ANSI standards.

For more information and to download the Fall Clearance Calculator

Source: Honeywell Safety Products

The Safety Newsletter: Making Safety Communications Part of Everyday Life
     Many elements contribute to the successful management of an organization's safety program. In OSHA's fact sheet, "Effective Workplace Safety and Health Management Systems," a checklist of essential tasks stresses that employers should "develop and communicate a safety and health policy to all employees."  In evaluating this checklist, it becomes clear that communication is fundamental to successful program implementation. Many organizations, including the firm I work for, have in-house communication professionals who use available communications channels, such as an intranet, emails and webinars, to disseminate significant safety information to the work force.  Developing and distributing a quarterly safety newsletter can provides a dedicated means of communicating vital safety-related information, including but not limited to: announcing new safety practices and guidelines and reviewing existing guidelines; sharing quarterly accident statistics and trends; encouraging employees to submit safety concerns and questions; raising safety awareness; announcing safety alerts; reviewing the organization's safety resources; providing executives a forum to share safety insights; announcing assessment results; publicizing special emphasis awareness campaigns; reviewing safety equipment specifications; sharing regulatory or compliance updates; announcing company safety awards; and more.

For the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine


10 Commandments of Workplace Safety


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International News

From  Canada - Don't Let Safety Slip Away: Tips to Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls
If you've ever slipped on an oily patch of floor or tripped over a loose piece of carpeting you know how easy it can be to take a fall. And if you did fall, you would join the more than 42,000 people who get injured each year in work-related falls. That's about seventeen percent of the "time-loss injuries" across Canada as well as a lot of economic loss, pain and suffering, and sometimes even death.
     You may be surprised to learn that most falls don't happen from roofs, ladders, or any other heights. In fact, around sixty-six percent of falls happen on the same level, caused by slips and trips. Here are some things you should know to prevent "falls on the same level".
     Slips and trips happen when there is some unexpected change in the contact between the feet and the ground or floor. Keeping that in mind, there are four factors that should be addressed in preventing fall accidents: 1) good housekeeping; 2) quality of walking surfaces (flooring); 3) proper footwear; and 4) pace of walking.

For the full report.

Did You Know?

There is danger around every corner?

     Improve 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.

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As I see it ...

It is July 2013.  Maybe, just maybe, the economic recovery is gaining some traction.  While unemployment rates remain stubbornly high, employment is increasing together with some other positive signs in the economy as a whole.  So let's roll up our sleeves and get back to work (we have many types of sleeves ranging from disposable plastic to high voltage rubber).  There is a lot of extraneous noise in the economy about what's no good or what hasn't improved yet, so filter out that noise (we offer a broad range of hearing protection from disposable earplugs to dielectric earmuffs).  And if it seems like some politicians and economists are still blowing a lot of smoke, let us know (we can suggest respiratory protection devices ranging from filtering facepiece disposable respirators to supplied air and SCBA systems).  I hope that this is all not giving you a headache already (our first aid and medicinal selection includes all popular pain relievers) unless the risk of the headache is external in which case we need to know what color safety cap you want!  It's OK if hands get dirty in the process (we have gloves for that!).  Do you have a clear vision yet about the point I am trying to make (we offer hundreds of styles of protective eyewear including products with corrective reading segments).  There's a lot more to our story, and despite my lame attempt at humor, we really take safety seriously.      We are Saf-T-Gard,  - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

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  1. FIRST AID FIRST - First aid kits are available in a variety of sizes and fill contents appropriate for your work area.
  2. FIRST AID FIRST - Specialized first aid kits are available for CPR, vehicles, aircraft, watercraft, bloodborne pathogen/body fluid clean-up and more.
  3. FIRST AID FIRST - Outdoor workers have unique medical and first aid requirements including sunscreens, insect repellent, and treatments for insect stings and snake bites.
  4. FIRST AID FIRST - When was the last time you checked your first aid kit to be sure the contents were full?
  5. FIRST AID FIRST - And, by the way, OSHA 29CFR1910.151(b) requires that first aid supplies be readily available and Appendix A to 1910.151(b) identifies ANSI Z308.1 as a reference for first aid kit types and contents

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Question and Answer

Question - Is there an OSHA requirement that obligates employers to ensure that their employees can communicate with supervisors and co-workers in English at construction sites so that they can understand safety training and instructions and coordinate safely with co-workers?

Answer -  While there are construction standards that require training and instructions, there are no OSHA construction standards that specifically require that such information be conveyed and understood in English. For example, 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2) states:

The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.

Certain OSHA construction standards supplement the requirement of 1926.21(b)(2) by requiring that employees receive training in specific topics.  One example is 29 CFR 1926.503(a)(1), which provides:

The employer shall provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards.  The program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.

The employer's duty under the construction standards to train and instruct employees in how to comply with OSHA standards and to avoid hazards in the work environment necessarily means that employers must present information in a manner that employees are able to understand.  As OSHA stated in the OSHA Training Standards Policy Statement, dated 04/28/2010:

[R]egardless of the precise regulatory language, the terms "train" and "instruct," as well as other synonyms, mean to present information in a manner that employees receiving it are capable of understanding.

In addition, it is common that, for safety reasons, construction employees need to be able to communicate with supervisors and co-workers.  However, an OSHA obligation in that regard would be met by any system in which that communication could reliably occur; there is no OSHA requirement that the communication system be based on the English language.

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

Cathy Tomczak has been with Saf-T-Gard for about 1 1/2  years as a Safety Sales Representative.

  • What Cathy likes about Saf-T-Gard: "The people I get to work with.  I was given the opportunity to learn more about what drives safety and how I can be more of a resource"
  • What makes Cathy's day: "Knowing that I can help people get home safe everyday."
  • Cathy's outside interests are: "I have a horse that I compete in lower level dressage.  My boyfriend and I do charity work for Make-A-Wish with our Star Wars Community Group."
  • Anything else? "It is really wonderful to work at Saf-T-Gard.  There is a great feeling of team work between departments."


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