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May, 2013

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Safe • Skilled • Ready Workforce Initiative
     Before they join the U.S. workforce for the first time, or start a new job, all workers will have the basic skills they need to contribute to a safe, healthy, and productive workplace. That is the mission of the Safe, Skilled, Ready Workforce Initiative of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The effort recognizes that employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace, but everyone should have basic skills to help protect them on the job now, and throughout their lives.
     Today's workplaces are complex and are part of a new global economy. They need workers with skills to meet 21st century challenges. There are many ways to define what "work ready" means in the modern economy. In general, though, workers should have skills in two areas:

  1. Basic or hard skills (such as reading, writing, and arithmetic).
  2. Applied or soft skills (such as being flexible; being able to self-direct; and having self-control, accountability, responsibility, and leadership skills).

For the full report.

OSHA Launches Initiative To Protect Temporary Workers
     OSHA has announced an initiative to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. A memorandum sent to the agency’s regional administrators directs field inspectors to assess whether employers who use temporary workers are complying with their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Inspectors will denote when temporary workers are exposed to safety and health violations and assess whether temporary workers received required training in a language and vocabulary they could understand. The memo underscores the duty of employers to protect all workers from hazards. In addition, OSHA has begun working with the American Staffing Association and employers that use staffing agencies, to promote best practices ensuring that temporary workers are protected from job hazards. In recent months, OSHA has received a series of reports about temporary workers suffering fatal injuries – many during their first days on a job.

For more information and to read the memo.

OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect Workers Using Cranes and Derricks in Demolition and Underground Construction
     The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction. Application of this rule will protect workers from hazards associated with hoisting equipment used during construction activities. This final rule applies the same crane rules to underground construction and demolition that are already being used by other construction sectors, and streamlines OSHA's standards by eliminating the separate cranes and derricks standard currently used for underground and demolition work. The rule also corrects errors made to the underground construction and demolition standards in the 2010 rulemaking. The final rule becomes effective May 23, 2013.

Read the complete final rule.

Hydrogen Sulfide in Workplaces
     Hydrogen sulfide (also known as H2S, sewer gas, swamp gas, stink damp, and sour damp) is a colorless gas known for its pungent "rotten egg" odor at low concentrations. It is extremely flammable and highly toxic. Hydrogen sulfide occurs naturally in sewers, manure pits, well water, oil and gas wells, and volcanoes. Because it is heavier than air, hydrogen sulfide can collect in low-lying and enclosed spaces, such as manholes, sewers, and underground telephone vaults. Its presence makes work in confined spaces potentially very dangerous. The health effects of hydrogen sulfide depend on how much H2S a worker breathes and for how long. However, many effects are seen even at low concentrations. Effects range from mild, headaches or eye irritation, to very serious, unconsciousness and death.
     Hydrogen sulfide is used or produced in a number of industries and industrial processes, such as

  • Oil and gas refining
  • Mining
  • Tanning
  • Pulp and paper processing
  • Rayon and other textile manufacturing
  • Hot asphalt paving
  • Sewer and wastewater treatment
  • Agricultural silos and pits
  • Food processing

     To protect workers from harmful hydrogen sulfide exposures:

  • Evaluate exposure to know whether H2S gas is present and at what levels.
  • Eliminate the source of hydrogen sulfide whenever possible.
  • If the source cannot be eliminated, control exposures by: ◾Using engineering controls as the next best line of defense.
  • Developing administrative controls and safe work practices to reduce exposures to safe levels.
  • Use personal protective equipment if engineering controls and work practices alone cannot reduce hydrogen sulfide to safe levels.

For more information.

From the NIOSH Science Blog: Workplace Health Is Public Health
     Those of us who work in workplace safety and health know that workplace health is an integral part of public health. The role of workplace health in Public Health is not always clear to the general public. If you were asked to make the case for or provide examples of the importance of workplace safety and health in the broader context of public health, what would you say?  Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Many of us spend a significant portion of our lives at work. In 2011, 65 percent of the population worked full time and year round.
  • Many hazards or exposures that concern the general population are seen first and in much higher concentrations in the workplace.
  • Increasingly, health professionals, employers, and workers see the interactive value of combining workplace health protection with workplace-based health promotion - what we call Total Worker Health.
  • Based on medical costs and productivity losses, in 2007, the cost of work-related fatalities and nonfatal injuries and illnesses was estimated at approximately $263 billion in 2010 dollars. This amount exceeds the individual cost of cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
  • Everyone deserves a healthy and safe workplace

For more information and to visit the blog.



Responsibility for Certain OSHA Safety Requirements
Between a Temporary Staffing Agency and its Client. 

     Both the temporary agency and the host employer have the responsibility to ensure that training, hazard communication, and recordkeeping requirements are fulfilled. To ensure that there is clear understanding of each employer's role in protecting employees, OSHA recommends that the temporary staffing agency and the host employer set out their respective responsibilities for compliance with applicable OSHA standards in their contract. Including such terms in a contract will ensure that each employer complies with all relevant regulatory requirements, thereby avoiding confusion as to the employer's obligations.
     In general it is the responsibility of the temporary agency to ensure that employees have received proper training. In practice, even when the temporary agency has provided basic training, the host employer provides the workplace-specific training appropriate to the employees' particular tasks. In order to fulfill its obligation under such circumstances, the temporary agency must have a reasonable basis for believing that the host employer's training adequately addresses potential hazards employees may be exposed to at the host worksite.
     Both the temporary agency and the host employer are responsible for ensuring that employees are effectively informed and trained regarding exposure to hazardous chemicals.  The host-employer holds the primary responsibility for training since the host employer uses or produces chemicals, creates and controls the hazards, and is, therefore, best suited to inform employees of the chemical hazards specific to the workplace environment. The temporary agency, in turn, maintains a continuing relationship with its employees, and would be, at a minimum, expected to inform employees of the requirements of the standard.
     The OSHA injury and illness recording and reporting regulation, 29 CFR § 1904.31, requires that an employer "record on the OSHA 300 Log the recordable injuries and illnesses of all employees on [the employer's] payroll" and of "employees who are not on [the employer's] payroll if [the employer] supervise[s] these employees on a day-to-day basis." 29 CFR § 1904.31(a). The regulation goes on to reiterate that if an employer "obtain[s] employees from a temporary help service, employee leasing service, or personnel supply service," that the host employer is obligated to record any recordable injuries and illnesses if it "supervise[s] these employees on a day-to-day basis." Id. § 1904.31(b)(2). Therefore, if the host employer has full supervisory control over employees, the host employer is responsible for injury and illness recording and reporting. In cases where the temporary staffing agency exercises day-to-day supervision over employees, the temporary staffing agency is responsible for injury and illness recording. In other situations, the temporary staffing agency and host employer share the supervisory role, so OSHA advises that the two employers reach an agreement regarding the responsibilities in question. Please note that only one employer's log should contain a record of injuries and illnesses of the employees.

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Ladder Safety Educational Resource Available For Mobile Devices, eReaders, and Print

OSHA's newest educational resource on safe ladder use is now accessible for mobile devices. The bilingual English-Spanish booklet, "Falling off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely," is the agency's first e-publication and can be downloaded and read on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices as well as on desktop and laptop computers.



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News You Can Use

ISEA Develops a Voluntary PPE Conformity Assessment Standard
     The International Safety Equipment Association is proposing a national consensus standard for conformity assessment of safety and personal protective equipment. This standard provides an organized and systematic way for a supplier to verify that a product meets the requirements of a performance standard, and to communicate that verification to the purchaser and user. It includes standardized requirements for initial and ongoing testing, process quality management, recordkeeping and surveillance, and declaration of conformity. Recognizing the diversity of products, hazards, users and suppliers, it offers three alternative methods of conformity assessment, ranging from in-house testing and monitoring to full third-party certification. It is being submitted for consensus review to a balanced panel of producers, users, regulators and experts, with the aim of becoming an American National Standard (ANSI/ISEA 125) by the end of 2013.

For more information and to read a summary of the proposed standard.

Source: ISEA

Cultures of Safety
     Accidents don’t just happen within a Culture of Safety. There is normally more than one root cause to a serious injury incident, or worse, a fatality. On almost every occasion there are “cues” or “precursors” that play significant roles in the incident. These factors go beyond simple human mistakes or calculated risks. Unfortunately, many companies live in denial. They often embrace complacency when they have overall injury rates that are low, often better than average for their industry. They believe their safety program is working well. Leaders in many of these companies do not think often, or talk much, about safety. They go about their day-to-day business believing the odds are very slim of a life-altering serious injury or a death on their worksite.
     Statistics tell a different story. Approximately 270 million work-related accidents occur annually worldwide, claiming 37 million lives, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).  States the ILO: Preventive safety culture is pivotal for all stakeholders. It does not make sense to have excellent overall results in the primary safety measurements organizations track (total number of injury cases per year), and yet at the same time have the organization stunned and traumatized by a serious injury and fatality.

For the full report.

Source: Industrial Safety and Hygiene News

The Link Between Job Stress and Hazardous Drinking
     Calling alcohol consumption “a major occupational health concern,” researchers who studied Brazilian bank workers uncovered a potential link between job stress and hazardous drinking. Researchers from the State University of Feira de Santana surveyed 1,696 (1,080) employees of a major bank in Salvador, a city in a northeastern Brazil, between December 2003 and April 2004. They uncovered a potential association between high job strain, hazardous drinking and alcohol-related disorders.

For the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

Signs of a Healthy Workplace
     If you're uncertain as to whether your workplace is on the path to wellness, the signs below may provide some helpful tips.

  1. Productive Atmosphere.
  2. Livable Wage.
  3. Reasonable Accommodations
  4. Health, Wellness & Environment.
  5. Open Communication.
  6. Employee Accountability.
  7. Management Accountability.
  8. Work/Life Balance.
  9. Clear & Positive Values.
  10. Fitness.

For more information.

Source: Mental Health America

Three Critical Questions to Ask About Your Gas Detection Program
     In an attempt to keep workers safer, the oil, gas and petrochemical industry has seen much advancement over the years. This article focuses on innovations in portable gas detection that have been embraced by some oil and gas companies to improve worker safety. To determine how advanced your gas detection program is, the article poses three critical questions that every organization should ask themselves.

For the full report.

Source: Industrial Safety and Hygiene News

Hand-Protection 101: How to Develop a Workplace Hand-Safety Program
     It is estimated that hand injuries typically comprise as much as 40 percent of all workplace injuries. EHS professionals should consider implementing a hand-protection program in the following steps.

  • Trend Analysis
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Training
  • Communication
  • Monitoring

For the full report.

Source: Zero Excuses - Campaign for Hand Safety

Advocates for Greater Safety in the Latino Workforce Launch Campaign to Prevent Workplace Falls
     Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW), a common interest group of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) has announced the launch of “SPALW Against Falls” a national campaign to raise awareness among employers and Spanish-speaking workers about the hazards of falls and the importance of fall prevention in the workplace. The campaign urges employers, associations, civic entities, and community organizations that work with the Spanish-speaking Latino workforce to participate in fall prevention awareness training throughout May 2013, which is also Building Safety Month(BSM). During this time, ASSE will provide information and educational materials in English and Spanish directed to the Spanish-speaking Latino worker.

For more information.

Source: American Society of Safety Engineers

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International News

From Canada - Lift Safely
You only have an hour left to work and there is still a truckload of boxes needing to be loaded. Determined to meet the deadline, you pick up the pace, lean over to lift a large package without bending your knees, and suddenly you feel a surge of pain up your back. You've just joined the thousands of workers in Canada who are injured or even permanently disabled by back injuries each year.
     It is probably fair to say that every worker who lifts or does other manual handling tasks is at some risk for musculoskeletal injury. About three of every four workers in Canada whose jobs include manual materials handling (MMH) suffer pain due to back injury at some time, accounting for about one-third of all lost work and 40 percent of all compensation costs. Each year, several thousand workers in Canada are permanently disabled by back injuries. Lifting is the most common cause of low back pain at work in Canada. The number and the severity of injuries can be greatly reduced by preparing and planning for the lift, and practicing safe lifting and handling techniques.

For the full report.

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As I see it ...

It is May 2013.  May Day (May 1) is also known as International Workers' Day - a celebration of the international labor movement.  It is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and is celebrated unofficially in many more.  Concern for workers has been and continues to be a driving force behind the growth of the safety products industry.  Certainly there are compliance issues (OSHA carries a big stick) and financial issues (lost time, medical costs, insurance costs) but the true bottom line issue is the commitment of safety professionals to do everything possible for workers to return home healthy and safe at the end of their work shift.  It is a true and truly equal partnership involving and engaging the employer, the safety products supplier, and the worker.  Like a three-legged stool, all must be equally committed to the process or it falls over.  Mayday (as one word) is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal, derived from the French "m'aider", meaning "help me".  There is a safety connection here, too.  While we all try to avoid emergencies, the concept of "help me" can certainly relate to industrial safety.   Help me keep my facility safe.  Help me keep my workers safe.  Help me with the products and services to enable me (the worker) to do my job safely and productively.  Help me (your safety products supplier) provide you with the most appropriate and cost-effective products for your application by sharing information.  We can help, because 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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Question and Answer

Question -  We are installing a spray booth in our facility for use with lacquer and contact adhesive. A local building inspector indicated that we are required to have a shower and eyewash station in the vicinity of the spray operation. Do OSHA regulations require a shower and eyewash station, and if so, what are the design and use specifications for the shower and eyewash station?

Answer -  The OSHA regulations for spray finishing operations using flammable and combustible materials can be found at 29 CFR 1910.107. While this standard contains a number of provisions relevant to the operation that you have described, it does not require an emergency eyewash or shower in the vicinity of spray finishing operations using flammable and combustible materials. The OSHA requirements for emergency eyewashes and showers, found at 29 CFR 1910.151(c), specify that "where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use." As the standard states, an eyewash and/or safety shower would be required where an employee's eyes or body could be exposed to injurious corrosive materials. If none of the materials used in this work area is an injurious corrosive (as indicated by the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each product), then an emergency eyewash or shower would not be required pursuant to 1910.151(c).
     While not having the force of a regulation under the OSH Act, the current ANSI standard addressing emergency eyewash and shower equipment (ANSI Z358.1-2004) provides for eyewash and shower equipment in appropriate situations when employees are exposed to hazardous materials. ANSI's definition of "hazardous material" would include caustics, as well as additional substances and compounds that have the capability of producing adverse effects on the health and safety of humans. ANSI's standard also provides detail with respect to the location, installation, nature, and maintenance of eyewash and shower equipment.

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


Juan Arriaga has been with Saf-T-Gard for 6 years as part of our warehouse team.

  • What Juan likes about Saf-T-Gard: "Good environment place to work as a team - good communications with the rest of my co-workers."
  • What makes Juan's day: "Knowing that we have work every day and to do my job better and on time. I like to know that by the end of the day we make sure that every customer has his order on the way and make sure that it is what they order."
  • Anything else: "I'm so proud to work for this company."


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