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June, 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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NIOSH Hearing Protection Device Well-Fit™: The Future is Fit-Testing
     For workers and others who are exposed to dangerously loud noises which cannot be reduced or eliminated, hearing protection devices (HPDs) are absolutely necessary to save their hearing. But if HPDs are not properly selected or correctly worn, the devices may not block out enough noise and the wearer may still risk a loss of hearing. How can a person tell if their HPDs are fit correctly? A new development from NIOSH – HPD Well-Fit – can quickly and inexpensively test the performance of hearing protection. This fit testing technology is a huge advancement in efforts to save workers’ hearing.
     HPD fit-testing is not a new concept, and several fit-testing systems have been developed over the past decade. However, until now, limitations of fit-testing technology have made it impractical to implement on-the-job. Commercially-available systems require expensive specialized equipment and can take as long as 30 minutes to complete a test. For many employers, these barriers prohibit widespread implementation of fit-testing at their jobsite. Furthermore, some systems can only test certain HPDs or require specially-modified hearing protectors. NIOSH developed the HPD Well-Fit fit-testing system specifically to address these technical limitations and provide a feasible method to obtain measures of earplug performance in the workplace. HPD Well-Fit utilizes technology that is built into just about every computer sold today, requires only 4-7 minutes to measure HPD performance, and can be used with any earplug.

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.

Do You Use The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG)?
     What do you want from a mobile NPG?  Since its first printing in 1978, the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) continues to be the Institute’s most popular document. The NPG provides general descriptive, exposure, and protective and emergency recommendations for 677 chemicals commonly found in the work environment. Workers, employers, and occupational health professionals all use the NPG in the course of their work and often in emergency situations. Fire fighters, for example, use the NPG to prepare themselves for exposures they might encounter on fire scenes.
     The current printed pocket guide is a 424 page, 3 inch by 7 inch, pocket-sized book. We know many people rely on the printed version, particularly in times of emergency when power may be out or signals down or overextended. The NPG will continue to be available for print. We also know that there is a growing demand for the NPG in a mobile version that could offer users more convenience and flexibility.

To add your comments on the NIOSH blog.

Educational Resources Available For Young Workers
With the summer job season right around the corner and new workers preparing to enter the workforce, OSHA has many safety and health resources for young workers, their parents, employers and educators. Information and resources on workers' rights and summer job safety are available on OSHA's Young Workers page  Workers under the age of 25 are twice as likely to be injured on the job as older workers and are often unaware of their workplace rights.

For the resources available.


OSHA Seeks Applications For $1.5 Million In Susan Harwood Safety And Health Training Grants
     OSHA is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to fund training and education for workers
and employers in recognizing workplace safety and health hazards and prevention measures, and understanding their rights and responsibilities. Target audiences include underserved and low-literacy workers, as well as those in high-hazard industries.  Two types of safety and health training grants will be awarded: targeted topic training grants and training and educational materials development grants. Both types of grants are for one year and support the development of quality training materials and programs for workers and employers addressing workplace hazards and prevention strategies. OSHA has designated the following topics: fall protection in construction, agricultural safety including grain handling operations, hair and nail salon hazards, ergonomic hazards, hazard communication for/and chemical exposure, injury and illness prevention programs, and work place violence. See the news release for more information.

For more information.

NIOSH Announces a New Center for Workers' Compensation Studies
     Work-related injuries and illnesses pose immense burdens on workers, their families, their communities, and our economy. According to one study from 2011, costs associated with work related injuries and illnesses in the U.S. are estimated at $250 billion annually. It is NIOSH's mission to identify, define, and apply ways to reduce these burdens and impacts. One way in which we do this is by conducting surveillance and research using rich sets of data. Workers’ compensation systems are one such source of data. Workers' compensation systems come into play after a worker suffers a job-related injury or illness. However, for NIOSH’s purposes, data about the nature, severity, and circumstances of a compensated injury or illness may provide valuable scientific evidence for better safeguarding other workers from similar pain and impairment, with attendant cost savings for employers. This new Center hosted within the NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies will encourage collaboration of NIOSH scientists with insurers and other private and public sector organizations to reach several goals related to surveillance of and research on occupational injury and illness. These goals include:

  • Identifying trends in work-related injuries-illnesses.
  • Understanding the use and limits of workers’ compensation information.
  • Integrating workers’ compensation data with other health-related data.
  • Understanding the total economic impact of work-related injury-illness.
  • Identifying ways to prevent and reduce the severity of work-related injury-illness.
  • Developing best practices for prevention and disability management.

For the full report.


     With regard to lockout/tagout training and requirements, can general awareness training of affected employees and other workers be satisfied and documented with a biennial article in a safety newsletter addressed to each individual employee?

     No. The standard, at §1910.147(c)(7)(i)(B) requires that each affected employee be instructed in the purpose and the use of the energy control procedure. Furthermore, §1910.147(c)(7)(i)(C) requires that all other employees, whose work operations are or may be in an area where energy control procedures may be utilized, shall be instructed about the procedure and about attempts to restart or energize machines or equipment which are locked out or tagged out. An article in a newsletter does not provide the specificity required to train the affected and other employees on the use of the energy control procedures particular to their work area. Additionally, if there is a change in their job assignment or there is a change in their equipment or processes that present a new hazard or there is a change in the energy control procedures, the affected employees must receive retraining. See 29 CFR §1910.147(c)(7)(iii)(A). A biennial newsletter would be inadequate in providing this retraining.
     Additionally, relying solely on a biennial article in a newsletter for training is problematic in several other ways. First, there is no way to ensure that each affected employee has read and understood the material. Second, this mode of training does not afford employees the opportunity to ask questions when the material is unfamiliar to them or may be ambiguous in certain areas. Industrial operations, and in particular hazardous energy control operations, can involve many complex and potentially hazardous tasks. It is imperative that employees be able to perform such tasks safely. On the other hand, OSHA believes that periodic articles in a newsletter can be used as part of an effective safety and health training program to help satisfy OSHA training requirements, if its content provides employees with appropriate information and knowledge.


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News You Can Use

June is National Safety Month
     Each June, the National Safety Council encourages organizations to get involved and participate in National Safety Month. NSM is an annual observance to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. This year's theme, "Safety Starts with Me," was inspired by the pillar of Leadership and Employee Engagement from the Journey to Safety Excellence. Successful organizations engage everyone in safety and create a culture where people feel a personal responsibility not only for their own safety, but for that of their coworkers, family and friends. While leadership from the top is important, creating a culture where there is a sense of ownership of safety by all, makes everyone in the organization a safety leader.

For more information.

Anaphylaxis in the Workplace
     The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine offers an entire library of videos and PDF downloads on anaphylaxis and workplace safety.
Topics include:

  • Anaphylaxis in the Workplace: What It Is - video
  • Anaphylaxis in the Workplace: Risk Reduction - video
  • Anaphylaxis in the Workplace: Emergency Response - video
  • Implementation: Anaphylaxis Guidelines for a Safer Workplace - video
  • Managing Anaphylaxis in the Workplace Checklist - PDF download
  • Employer: Anaphylaxis Executive Summary - PDF download
  • Employee: Anaphylaxis What You Can Do Fact Sheet - PDF download

To access these resources.

Source: American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Foundations of Eyewash/Safety Shower Protection
     Eyewash and safety shower emergency assistance is at hand. Your safety program may have it all -- the latest in PPE, new and improved chemicals, storage and removal inside in a beautiful facility. What about all of the emergency assistance and comprehensive eye and face protection? More than just first aid kits or calling the rescue squad, safety showers, eyewashes, and drench hoses and among the most important items, yet they stay quietly in the background. These emergency equipment items are truly the unseen heroes of exposure and are not given the value they deserve.

For the full report.

Source: Occupational Health & Safety Magazine

Guide for Safe Use of Isocyanates - An Industrial Hygiene Approach
     Since isocyanates give rise to most occupational asthma cases in Quebec, a guide was developed in 2000 to facilitate the safe use of this substance, which among other things is used in automotive paints and polyurethanes. However, over the last 10 years industry has introduced new applications of isocyanates, greatly increasing the number of workers potentially exposed to this substance. By conducting a review of the scientific literature and consulting manufacturer databases, the researchers will update scientific and technical knowledge in this area, particularly toxicological data, regulations, processes and ways of controlling exposure.

Download English or French documents

Source: IRSST - Canada

Injuries Can Have Positive Consequences
Not all consequences are bad, even when we are talking about injuries. Yes, it is true that every injury in a manufacturing environment adds a whopping $15,000 to the premium, on average, and it is also true that every injury has the potential to explode into a nightmare of litigation. However, every injury also provides an opportunity to prosper. Since the vast majority of injuries are avoidable, we know that the decisions workers make determine the company’s injury record. The way employers choose to influence those decisions is a key to their safety culture. One of the most important ways to influence behavior is to show the consequences of unsafe or careless behavior.

For the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

Stay Safe on the Water with Advice from Safe Electricity
     If you own a boat or dock, take steps now to help prevent a tragedy. Last year saw some horrific fatal accidents. A 26-year-old woman was swimming in the Lake of the Ozarks and was electrocuted when she touched an energized dock ladder. Also at Lake of the Ozarks, a 13-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother received fatal electrical shocks while swimming near a private dock; officials cited an improperly grounded circuit as the cause. In Tennessee, two boys, ages 10 and 11, lost their lives while swimming between house boats on Cherokee Lake, a result of on-board generator current apparently entering the water through frayed wires beneath the boat.
     An important step in preventing such tragedies is to ensure proper installation and maintenance of boat and dock electrical equipment. Safe Electricity in conjunction with the American Boat and Yacht Council and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/National Electrical Contractors Association recommend that:

  • At a minimum, all electrical installations should comply with articles 553 (residential docks) and 555 (commercial docks) of the 2011 National Electrical Code which mandates a GFCI on all dock receptacles. A GFCI measures the current in a circuit. An imbalance of that current, such as a discharge into the water, will trip the GFCI and cut off power.
  • The GFCI should be tested at least once a month or per the manufacturer’s specifications. The GFCI should be located somewhere along the ramp to the dock so it can be easily found and tested by local fire departments as needed.
  • The metal frame of docks should have “bonding jumpers” on them to connect all metal parts to a ground rod on the shore. That will ensure any part of the metal dock that becomes energized because of electrical malfunction will trip the GFCI or the circuit breaker.
  • Even if your dock’s electrical system has been safely installed and inspected, neighboring docks can still present a shock hazard. Ensure your neighbor’s dockside electrical system complies with the National Electrical Code and has been inspected.
  • All electrical installations should be performed by a professional electrical contractor.
  • Because docks are exposed to the elements, their electrical systems should be inspected at least once a year.

For more information.

Source: SafeElectricity.org

Electronic Waste Recycling: Working Safely
     Workers may encounter hazards in electronic waste (e-waste) recycling, including the risk of injury, hearing loss, and exposure to toxic dusts and other chemicals. These hazards can cause permanent and serious health problems that could begin without workers being aware of them. This fact sheet from the State of California describes actions e-waste recycling companies can take to control these hazards and ways workers can protect themselves.

Download the document.

Source: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and California Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Branch

A bright arc:
A video guide to powerline safety


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International News

From  Europe - Are Green Jobs Safe?
With pressure to reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and the proportion of renewable energy, the EU is set for a rapid growth in the number of ‘green jobs’ – jobs which help to protect or restore the environment. But with new technologies and processes being introduced in the green economy, what are the implications for workers’ health and safety? With the publication of a new Foresight report, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) turns the spotlight on the occupational safety and health (OSH) risks of green jobs.
     The EU is committed to balancing economic growth with efforts to protect the environment, and has set a number of challenging targets for reductions in carbon emissions and waste, and increases in energy efficiency and in the proportion of renewable energy. Meeting these targets will result in a rapid expansion in the green economy. But there is already evidence that the ‘greening’ of the economy in the EU has resulted in workers being put at greater risk.
     New technologies and processes call for new combinations of skills to deal with them, but the rapid growth in this area of the economy, together with economic and political pressure, could lead to skills gaps, with workers being dangerously inexperienced and untrained in the work they are doing.

Download 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 June 2013.  In our part of the country, the brown and gray of wintertime bleakness has (finally) given way to sunshine and green.  And on the subject of green, we are Saf-T-Gard have a multitude of green initiatives.  We offer a full line of spill control sorbents manufactured primarily from recycled fibers.  Some of our low cost general purpose work gloves are made from recycled textile fibers as well.  And new on the market are biodegradable disposable gloves.  Many other products on the market are totally PVC-Free.  Check out the new product listed above - a Safety Data Sheet binder made from 99% recycled aluminum.  Internally, we replaced all of our building lighting with highly energy-efficient products.  To save on paper, we have encouraged our customers to permit us to send order documents (acknowledgements and invoices) by fax or e-mail and we make a contribution to UNICEF for every customer that chooses one of these options.  And we recycle our corrugated cardboard as well.  If your company has an environmental green initiative, we may have solutions for you.  And if your company has a financial green initiative (like reducing costs), we may have solutions for you in this regard as well.  We are Saf-T-Gard,  - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

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Richard Rivkin, President and CEO



  1. OUTDOOR WORK WORKOUT - Outdoor workers need high-visibility protective apparel that meets ANSI/ISEA 107 requirements - traffic vests, rainwear, etc.
  2. OUTDOOR WORK WORKOUT - Don't get "burned" overlooking the need for sunscreen and insect repellent in convenient towelettes.
  3. OUTDOOR WORK WORKOUT - Don't fall for carelessness.  Working 6-feet or more above a lower level requires a fall protection system.
  4. OUTDOOR WORK WORKOUT - Keep your temporary workspace safe with reflective traffic cones, plastic barricades with flashing lights, and warning barrier fences.
  5. OUTDOOR WORK WORKOUT - Update your protective eyewear with fashionable frames featuring indoor/outdoor shaded lens.

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Question and Answer

Question - What's the difference between bump caps and safety caps?

Answer -  OSHA regulations in 29CFR1910.135 state: "The employer shall ensure that each affective employee wears a protective helmet when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects. ... Protective helmets purchased after July 5, 1994 shall comply with ANSI Z89.1..., "American National Standard for Personnel Protection-Protective Headwear for Industrial Workers-Requirements, "which is incorporated by reference as specified in Sec. 1910.6, or shall be demonstrated to be equally effective.  In addition, OSHA has issued interpretative ruling letters expanding the scope with language such as: "...Although there is a minimal chance of head injury from falling objects, employees are exposed to bumps, cuts and scalp injuries..."  The bottom line - bump caps do NOT comply with ANSI Z89.1.  Safety caps will have permanent marking certifying compliance with ANSI Z89.1 and therefore compliance with OSHA 29CFR1910.135.

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


Chris Weismann has been with Saf-T-Gard for about 8 1/2  years as an accountant.

  • What Chris likes about Saf-T-Gard: "The teamwork within my department and the challenging responsibilities I have."
  • What makes Chris' day: "When all my numbers tie out!"
  • Chris' outside interests are: "Running my kids to their many activities."


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