DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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 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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