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March, 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  


MultiVapor Computer Tool For Estimating Respirator Cartridge Change-Out
     MultiVapor™ is a computer tool for estimating breakthrough times and service lives of air-purifying respirator cartridges manufactured to remove toxic organic vapors from breathed air. It can also be used for larger filters and for carbon beds of any size prepared for laboratory studies. MultiVapor™ 2.2.3 replaces the 2.1.3 version which expired several years ago. With this update, 66 new compounds, including TDI, MDI, and Stryene have been added to the library. In addition, the typical OV cartridge parameters are more representative of commonly used cartridges. They were obtained by averaging three popular cartridge parameters.
     A breakthrough time is the time following the first and continuous use of a cartridge after which the user of the cartridge could be exposed to a selected concentration of a harmful vapor. This is the consequence of the cartridge being used up. Service life is the breakthrough time with, possibly, a safety factor applied. MultiVapor™ is intended to help an industrial hygienist or other qualified person to set cartridge change-out schedules. It is not a substitute for regulatory requirements or professional judgments.
     Users must assume full responsibility for any application of the MultiVapor™ computer software. No warranties related to the software are expressed or implied by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or its contractors. This software is intended to provide estimates based on the latest scientific information. The accuracies of any such estimates will depend in part on the accuracy and validity of the data entered by the user.

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Worth Repeating - 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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OSHA Revises Outreach Training Program Requirements to Provide Greater Transparency
     OSHA has recently revised requirements that authorized trainers must follow when conducting and reporting Outreach Training Program classes. Under the revised requirements, trainers cannot advertise that outreach training is OSHA compliant and pre-printed language on course completion cards cannot be obscured or covered, a provision intended to further protect the integrity of the OSHA course completion card. The revised requirements also clarify how requests for make-up training are handled, restrictions on webinar, video conferencing and training outside of OSHA jurisdiction, length of a training day and procedures for adding 20 more hours to a 10-hour training course to receive a 30-hour course completion card. The Outreach Training Program is voluntary and promotes workplace safety and health by training workers about their rights and workplace hazards.

For more information.


Updated OSHA Fall Protection Fact Sheets in English and Spanish

     In preparation for the approaching increase in construction, OSHA recently released nine residential construction fact sheets in Spanish and English. 

  • Fall Protection: Reducing Falls During Residential Construction: Installing Standing Seam Metal Roofs Fact Sheet
  • Fall Protection: Reducing Falls During Residential Construction: Re-Roofing Fact Sheet
  • Fall Protection: Reducing Falls during Residential Construction: Erecting Exterior and Interior Walls
  • Fall Protection: Reducing Falls during Residential Construction: Floor Joist Installation and Decking
  • Fall Protection: Reducing Falls During Residential Construction: Installing Roof Trusses Fact Sheet
  • Fall Protection: Reducing Falls During Residential Construction: Installing Tile Roofs Fact Sheet
  • Fall Protection: Reducing Falls During Residential Construction: Roof Repair Fact Sheet
  • Fall Protection: Reducing Falls During Residential Construction: Roof Sheathing Fact Sheet
  • Fall Protection: Reducing Falls during Residential Construction: Working in Attics

To access these fact sheets for downloading.


Q & A's for Small Business Employers
     Establishing a safe and healthful working environment requires every employer -- large and small -- and every worker to make safety and health a top priority. The entire work force -- from the CEO to the most recent hire -- must recognize that worker safety and health is central to the mission and key to the profitability of the American company.  OSHA's job is to provide leadership and encouragement to workers and employers to take that responsibility seriously. We continue to help employers and employees focus on reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities and to increase their commitment to improved safety and health. OSHA can help small businesses and others through a variety of tools, including partnership, consultation, compliance assistance, education and training, outreach, and plain language regulations.

For more information and to find your answer.


Searchable Course Schedule Available from OSHA Training Institute
    
The OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers are a national network of non-profit organizations authorized by OSHA to deliver occupational safety and health training to public and private sector workers, supervisors, and employers on behalf of OSHA. Courses offered include OSHA standards and Outreach Training Program trainer and update courses. Additional OTI Education Center course offerings include topics such as recordkeeping, machine guarding, confined space entry, electrical standards, and fall arrest systems. There is currently at least one OTI Education Center in each OSHA Region.

For more information.

For the searchable course schedule.
 

Factoid

Hearing Conservation Programs

     "What is the threshold level for a mandatory hearing conservation program?"

     OSHA Regulations Sec. 1910.95(c)(1)
The employer shall administer a continuing, effective hearing conservation program, as described in paragraphs (c) through (o) of this section, whenever employee noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels measured on the A scale (slow response) or, equivalently, a dose of fifty percent. For purposes of the hearing conservation program, employee noise exposures shall be computed in accordance with appendix A and Table G-16a, and without regard to any attenuation provided by the use of personal protective equipment.

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  • 1910.95(d) - "Monitoring."
  • 1910.95(e) - "Employee notification."
  • 1910.95(f) - "Observation of monitoring."
  • 1910.95(g) - "Audiometric testing program."
  • 1910.95(h) - "Audiometric test requirements."
  • 1910.95(j) - "Hearing protector attenuation."
  • 1910.95(k) - "Training program."
  • 1910.95(l) - "Access to information and training materials."
  • 1910.95(m) - "Recordkeeping"
  • 1910.95(n) - "Appendices."
  • 1910.95(o) - "Exemptions.".


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News You Can Use


Slips and Falls Prevention
     How often do you perform a common job without realizing you are creating a potential danger? Such a situation occurred when a janitorial assistant was mopping a set of stairs just before a coffee break. This seemingly simple task was actually creating a situation where many people could potentially slip and fall on the wet surface. Fortunately an observant employee took action to post signs and a potentially dangerous situation was averted. An unguarded wet floor is only one of the many causes of workplace accidents.

For the full report.

Source: Texas Department of Insurance
 

Protect Yourself Against Electrical Accidents on the Job
     Job sites, especially construction sites, usually have many workers doing multiple tasks at the same time. While many of these tasks are routine, it is easy to downplay the safety risks involved. As part of the “Teach Learn Care” TLC campaign, Safe Electricity urges contractors, or anyone doing construction work, to take appropriate measures to keep themselves safe. According to the American Society of Safety Engineers, construction workers account for six percent of the U.S. workforce, but 20% of the fatalities - the largest of any industry. The majority of electrical injuries on the job site are caused by contact with power lines. Before you start work, locate all power lines, and take these important steps to ensure that you do not land among the statistics:

For the full report.

Source: safeelectricity.org


Wind Turbines As Confined Spaces
     Typically we think of climbing down into tanks, vaults or manholes for confined space entries. Most would not think of wind turbines as having confined spaces. Large enough to enter and perform work, restricted means of entry or egress and not designed for continuous human occupancy…. Wind turbines clearly have components that meet the definition of a confined space AND they have potential hazards.  With the push towards green energy, wind turbine installations are increasing rapidly. In 2012 wind energy became the number one new energy source, with over 45,000 wind turbine installations currently in the U.S., according to AWEA (American Wind Energy Association). While green technology may be good for the environment, it is not without hazards to the workers who install and maintain the technology. As OSHA has previously indicated, “Green jobs are not necessarily safe jobs”.

For the full report.

Source: National Fire Protection Association.


Online Resource - Apprenticeship Safety Training Programs Designed for Students (Apprentices) Preparing for the World of Work
     Program one includes eight easy lessons teach students to take precautions in the workplace that might otherwise be taken for granted. Each lesson also helps students to better understand the variety of dangers they might encounter or be exposed to on the job and the best safety practices. Program two covers basic health and safety information to help prevent getting injured while on the job. Both programs include student manual and instructor's guide.

Access the resources.

Source: Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry


Public Health Experts: Workplace Wellness Programs Shouldn’t Discriminate
     The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has presented formal comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on the proposed rule, “Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs in Group Health Plans” promulgated by DHHS and the Departments of Labor and Treasury. The proposed rule, announced in the November 22 Federal Register, offers amendments to regulations, consistent with the Affordable Care Act, regarding non-discriminatory wellness programs in group health coverage. Specifically, the proposed regulations would increase the maximum permissible reward under a health-contingent wellness program offered in connection with a group health plan (and any related health insurance coverage) from 20 to 30% percent of the cost of coverage. The proposed regulations would increase the maximum permissible reward to 50% for wellness programs designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use. The regulations also include other proposed clarifications regarding the reasonable design of health-contingent wellness programs and the alternatives they must offer in order to avoid prohibited discrimination.

For the full report.

Source: Industrial Safety and Hygiene News


U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case Regarding Paid Time for Donning and Doffing Protective Equipment
     The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Sandifer, et al. v. U.S. Steel Corp., No. 12-417, a case testing whether workers must be paid for time they spend donning and doffing protective equipment and then traveling to and from their workstations. The case is expected to be argued during the next term of the court, which begins in October 2013. The case involves name plaintiff Clifton Sandifer and several other U.S. Steel employees working at mills in Michigan and Illinois; it arose primarily from the company’s Gary Works. U.S. Steel won the case before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May 2012, and the plaintiffs appealed. The workers' union had agreed with U.S. Steel that time spent "changing clothes" would not be considered part of "the hours for which an employee is employed" -- language taken from the Fair Labor Standards Act, which in section 203(o) allows an employer and a union to agree that time spent "changing clothes' will not be included. The plaintiffs here contend changing into PPE is "a principal activity" they are employed to perform, and thus it triggers the start of the work day under FLSA.

For the full report.

Source: Occupational Health and Safety


Podcast – Higher Level Safety for Both Aging and Younger Workers
     Many companies are in transition, with a mixed population of both aging/experienced workers along with younger ones coming aboard. Each type of worker poses different safety and leadership challenges. Based on successful experience with “Boomers” and “Gen Y/Millenials”, this podcast focuses on practical strategies and skill-sets for motivating and elevating safe actions and performance in this range of employees – toward stepping up safety culture.

For the podcast.

Source: ASSE - American Society of Safety Engineers


Confined Spaces, Deadly Spaces

 


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   Versa-Gard XG gloves feature a warm, fleecy acrylic glove in hi-viz orange or lime yellow color, palm coated with black natural rubber. The flexible crinkle finish provides outstanding grip. Extended continuous elastic wrist. Available in hand sizes 8, 9, 10, 11.

 

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International News

From Canada - Handcart Ergonomics
     Using manual material handling equipment such as a handcart to move a load instead of carrying it can make the job a lot easier and safer for workers. However, even with the added convenience there are hazards involved with pushing, pulling, and guiding handcarts, especially if the equipment is not used properly. These Hazards include overexertion; extremities and limbs being caught, bumped or crushed in the cart and other objects; slips, trips, and falls; and back, muscle, and joint strain injuries.
     By lowering the amount of force that a worker has to use to push, pull or maneuver items, you can greatly reduce the risk of injury. Therefore the following precautions will help reduce the risk of injury associated with using handcarts.

For the full report.
 


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     PortaGas calibration gas is available for hundreds of gas mixtures in various cylinder sizes.  Shipped factory fresh to you within days.  And now offering PortaGreen, a hassle free cylinder return program designed to reduce HAZMAT costs and your carbon footprint.

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As I see it ...

It is March 2013.  This month, let's ask 4 questions.  The business of safety and the safety business can be complicated, and even overwhelming.  If we can focus on the 4 questions, then perhaps the answers will be understandable, relevant, and valuable.  First of all, there are 4 questions that safety products buyers (safety directors and purchasing agents) should ask of suppliers.  One - How is your company different from all other vendors of safety products?  Two - How would you describe your company's expertise in safety products.  Third - How would you describe your personal expertise in safety products.  Fourth - Do not just show me products - describe your approach to improving our safety and productivity in a cost-effective way.  There are also 4 questions that a safety products supplier should be asking of purchasers and users of industrial safety products and personal protective equipment.  First - What is your greatest problem or concern regarding your workers' safety (we really do not have solutions for problems that do not exist)?  Second - What are the top 5 types of injuries that have appeared on your OSHA 300 logs over the past 3 years?  Third - May we show you a fresh approach to the total cost of safety that goes beyond just unit prices and looks at usage, productivity, and the impact on your workers' compensation costs?  Fourth - May we take a tour of your facility in order to get an overview of your operation and identify opportunities for enhanced compliance, worker safety, and productivity?  That's where we have the experience and expertise to assist.  We are Saf-T-Gard,  - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

Want to learn more?

Here is how to get started.

Richard Rivkin, President and CEO


Saf-T-Tips

Saf-T-Tips

  1. QUESTION? - Where is your nearest first aid kit?  Is it full?

  2. QUESTION? - When was the last time your respirator users were fit-tested and had the required medical examinations?

  3. QUESTION? - Do your workers have a choice of suitable ear protection (plugs or muffs)?

  4. QUESTION? - How recently was your last hand protection audit to determine if you are using the gloves with the best combination of properties for your application?

  5. QUESTION? - How are you handling hazardous material handling, storage, and spill control?

Want more information on any of this month's Saf-T-Tips?  E-mail us for a prompt reply.


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New thin white nitrile gloves are the perfect replacement for ordinary latex disposable gloves. 

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  • only 3 mils (0.0762 mm) thick for maximum dexterity, flexibility and comfort
  • 9 inch (23 cm) length to for protection past the wrist
  • reversible to fit either hand
  • textured finger-tip grip
  • totally powder-free
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  • no natural rubber latex

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Question and Answer

Question - Employees at times perform various tasks on construction equipment being used at a construction site, such as checking fluid levels. At times this work is done while the employee is on the vehicle at heights over more than 6 feet. Do any OSHA construction standards require fall protection for employees who are on construction equipment, such as excavators, dump trucks, and bulldozers at heights in excess of 6 feet?

Answer -  The OSHA standards for fall protection in 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M do not apply in this situation because Subpart M explicitly excludes vehicles. 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(1) states: Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems. The phrase "walking/working surface" is defined at 29 CFR 1926.500(b)(2) as: Any surface, whether horizontal or vertical on which an employee walks or works, including, but not limited to, floors, roofs, ramps, bridges, runways, formwork and concrete reinforcing steel but not including ladders, vehicles, or trailers, on which employees must be located in order to perform their job duties. [Emphasis added]. Therefore, Subpart M does not require fall protection for an employee who is on a vehicle in order to perform his or her job duties because 1926.500(b)(2) expressly excludes vehicles from the definition of "walking/working surface."  

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

Mike Henry is a Safety Sales Representative and has been with Saf-T-Gard 3 years.
  • What Mike likes about Saf-T-Gard: "Working with good people and our decades long focus to positively impact the safety of our customers."
  • What makes Mike's day: "Getting a call from a customer who says we did a great job!  And getting orders from old and new customers, especially when I persisted."
  • Mike's' outside interests: "Children, cycling, golf, faith, politics, and home work."
  • Anything else? "I am grateful and fortunate in many ways."

 

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