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Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, April 20, 2015

HazCom, HazCom, HazCom

With the June 1st deadline breathing down your neck and the popularity of our HazCom coverage last week, we're diving in...

Manufacturers Showing ‘Good Faith’ on GHS May Avoid Citations, OSHA says

Some manufacturers of chemical mixtures will not be cited for failing to immediately comply with new Safety Data Sheet and chemical labeling requirements if they exercise “good faith,” a Feb. 9 OSHA enforcement memorandum states.

Manufacturers and importers face a June 1 deadline for using SDSs and labels that are compliant with OSHA’s updated Hazard Communication Standard. But because the classification of chemical mixtures depends on SDSs and labels from raw-material providers, some manufacturers or importers may not have the most up-to-date or accurate information.  >> Find out if this could apply to you

History's Worst Chemical Plant Accidents

Due to the risk associated with them, there are few industrial accidents that cause as much damage as an accident at a chemical plant. Throughout history, we have seen these types of disasters result in catastrophic damage, including fatalities, severe injuries, and unimaginable property damage.  >> Worst U.S. chemical plant accidents


HazCom - FAQs (and the answers)

If you're involved with chemical labeling, let's face it: you have questions. How do you comply with the new rules, what is allowed and what isn't? Here are answers to some frequently asked chemical safety questions.  

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Monday, April 13, 2015

HazCom webinar, safety blind spots, and smoke-free workplaces

HazCom: Are you Ready?

Just in time for the final deadline! Occupational Health & Safety is hosting a free GHS & HazCom webinar on April 23rd. Expert Tom Jacques will guide you through GHS and HazCom confusion, providing a ‘last call’ alert to meet the June 1st deadline and assure your facility is ready.

This live one-hour event will discuss the deadline and implementation problems many workplace safety and health professionals are encountering. Get your questions answered and make sure you’re meeting all the new requirements.


About presenter Tom Jacques: Jacques is a compliance expert and GHS consultant. He has written a book about chemical agents and even invented a portable decontamination system in use by many hospitals as well as the FBI.


Can't attend the webinar, or would like a training resource? Graphic Products offers a free guide to HazCom 2012 best practices. Get it here.

The old, confusing Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), with a different format from every chemical supplier, is gone. Now you'll see information in a consistent, 16-section Safety Data Sheet (SDS). Labels are simpler, too; every chemical label will have the same six parts, from Product Identifiers to Supplier Information, and each hazard will be identified with a bold, recognizable symbol in a red diamond. The free guide walks you through the new requirements.

Safety Blind Spots in the Most Dangerous Industries

Safety industry professionals have made great strides in reducing the number of workplace injuries and fatalities in the U.S. In fact, the number of deaths at work has steadily declined over the last 30 years. That said, workplace accidents still took the lives of 4,405 workers in 2013. This number is still far too high, given what we know today about employee safety, chiefly because many of these incidents could have been prevented. Therefore, breaking down the most common types of accidents by industry will reveal the key safety blind spots for each.  >> Read more


NIOSH Advises Enforcing a Smoke-Free Workplace

Since 1965 publication of the first Surgeon General’s Report on the health consequences of smoking, cigarette smoking in the United States has declined by more than 50 percent among all U.S. adults, to about 18 percent in 2013. In some industries more than others (such as construction, mining, and food services), smoking is still pretty prevalent.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that workplaces should have smoke-free policies for all indoor areas, all areas immediately outside the building entrances and air intakes, and all work vehicles. >> Find out more




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Monday, April 06, 2015

Farmhand Survives 40k Volts, Loading Dock Safety, more

Farmhand Survives 40,000 Volts

In the summer of 1999 Weber went to work like his father before him building grain bins on the Saskatchewan prairies. The summer job was a means to an end – a spot in the junior hockey league in Alberta that fall.

On July 29, 1999 – his third day on the job – those bins and 40,000 volts of electricity nearly cost him his life.

Just before transporting the bin, the crew discussed how the power line had the potential to kill somebody. That someone was Weber. The crane operator failed to lower the boom and backed into the power line. Weber became the ground point for the electricity.  >> Read his story


Three Strategies to make your Loading Dock Safer

When you mix speed, forklifts and foot traffic with trailers and other heavy equipment, what do you get? You get the setting for one in four industrial accidents each year.

Considering the high cost of accidents and injuries, it’s no surprise that manufacturing leaders are reexamining and rethinking the way they approach safety management in their operations – and the loading dock is no exception.  >> Here's how to make yours safer

6 Steps of a Job Hazard Analysis: Infographic

Assessing your workplace and identifying employee health and safety hazards is required by OSHA. But a good job hazard analysis (JHA) has benefits beyond ensuring compliance, like lower risk of work-related deaths, illnesses, and injuries, reducing absenteeism, and increasing productivity.  >> View infographic

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Monday, March 30, 2015

OSHA Injury Log, Preventing Post-Termination Claims, more

Five tips for Maintaining an OSHA Injury and Illness Log

OSHA standard 1904.7 specifies rules for the injury and illness records (the OSHA log) that must be maintained. But what needs to be logged? What happens if you don't keep a log?  >> What you need to know

Using Chinese Suppliers?

A big complaint about items manufactured in China is that quality can be inconsistent. Products can even be unsafe at times, like the recent accusations that Lumber Liquidators sold Chinese-imported laminate containing high levels of formaldehyde.

But some companies known for consistent quality and product safety--like Apple and Target--use Chinese suppliers. How do they ensure quality? Here are six ways.

How to Prevent Post-Termination Claims

With apparent increasing frequency, post-termination claims are being filed against employers who are otherwise doing an excellent job providing a safe work environment and comprehensive safety training. What can you do? >> Strategies for limiting these claims

OSHA-Approved State Plans

Twenty-seven states have OSHA-approved state plans. If yours is one of those, you may be noncompliant and not even realize it. Four states--California, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington--have standards that frequently differ from federal standards.

Take a look to see if your state is on the list.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Don't Do This: Ladder Pics that'll Make you Cringe

Unsafe Ladder Contest

The Results are in, and they're Frightening

The "Idiots on Ladders" contest, held annually, received a record-breaking number of entries this year.

The winning picture received nearly 60 percent more votes than its two joint runners-up. It showed two men inside the bucket of an excavator, 20 feet off the ground, with one of them holding the ladder in the bucket so the other could climb to the top.  >> View top submissions

View OSHA's top ten violations for 2014, with an analysis.


Have you Outgrown your Safety Program?

Many organizations fail to realize in a timely manner that changing workforces require changing safety efforts. New programs are initiated with little regard to how they fit in with existing programs and with few metrics to truly test their effectiveness or efficiency.  >> What can be done?

Sleep Deprivation: Unseen Workplace Hazard

Workers may make the mistake of thinking that sleep-deprivation is a one-time problem, or something that can be overcome by growing accustomed to its effects. But according to James Herdegen M.D., sleep deprivation often is chronic and affects workers even when they feel they can function normally on insufficient sleep.

“Most people feel they’re not at risk, but they are,” he said. “With time, people feel that they’re coping with that sleep deprivation and functioning fine. But if you take those individuals and study them, they’re quite impaired.”

He explained that the consequences of that impairment can happen very quickly. For example, imagine a sleep-deprived truck driver falling asleep for 2 seconds while driving 60 miles per hour. In those 2 seconds, the truck may have traveled more than 100 feet and swerved into another lane. It took only a moment, but that sleep-deprived individual could have caused a major accident.  >> The employer's role

Free Health and Safety Podcasts

Listen online or download them and listen to them later. Choose from topics such as trucker safety, prevent snow from blocking your tailpipe, preventing chain saw injuries, preparing for a hurricane, and emergency wound care. Many are available in Spanish.  >> Get podcasts

Or check out Occupational Health & Safety's podcasts

Free Emergency Response Training, with credits

ERHMS training provides the necessary tools for implementing health monitoring and surveillance of emergency response workers. Continuing education credits can be obtained for those who register and successfully complete the course.  >> View ERHMS training and other resources

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Monday, March 16, 2015

OSHA Whistleblower Investigator Blows Whistle on Own Agency

Employee says Whistleblower Program isn’t Protecting Whistleblowers or the Public

For the past five years, Darrell Whitman has worked in the San Francisco office of OSHA’s Region 9, which oversees four states—California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii—and the U.S. territory Guam. Whitman examines complaints from workers who have been fired for speaking up about problems in 22 industries. 

When people from those sectors blow the whistle, OSHA is supposed to pay attention. But Whitman says that’s not happening. 

“OSHA is hostile to whistleblowers,” he said.  >> Read more


Judge Orders USPS to Pay Damages to Whistleblower

The U.S. Postal Service must pay a worker almost $230,000 in damages for retaliating against him when he helped a co-worker with her workplace health concerns.  >> Read full story



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On-demand Webinar Training Resources

View our free on-demand 5S webinar

Learn how to implement or update a 5S system with a minimum of hassle.

Presenter: Jim Bocci, Project Manager, Graphic Products

These free webinars provide valuable information for anyone involved with visual communication, compliance and safety.

Lean Manufacturing processes continue to gain popularity for the positive impact they have on efficiency and productivity. Of all the Lean Manufacturing practices, 5S is the most easily implemented and provides a sound foundation for launching more complex Lean programs in the future. Harness the benefits and put them to work in your own company after this short power course!

Other on-demand webinar topics include pipe marking and floor marking.

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