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SPECIAL EDITION – March, 2013

Techlines is a quarterly eNewsletter that provides important safety information and news that affects professionals like you. This special edition coincides with the 100th Anniversary of The National Safety Council's Congress and Expo.

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OSHA’s 2013 Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has published its most recent Unified Agenda. Since 1978, Federal agencies have been required by executive order to publish agendas of regulatory and deregulatory activities. The agendas list regulatory actions now in development and under consideration by each federal agency and provide information about each rule and its state of development.

The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tentatively plan to issue eight final rules and seven notices of proposed rulemaking during 2013.

In the most recent agenda, final rules are expected for:.

  • Confined Spaces in Construction
  • Electric Power Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment
  • Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention)
  • Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements--NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions
  • Vertical Tandem Lifts
  • Cooperative Agreements

Two interim final rules are expected regarding whistleblower protection standards related to the Affordable Care Act and three other statutes:

Hypothermia occurs when cold temperatures cause your body to use up its stored energy resulting in a low body temperature (95°Fahrenheit or colder). Low body temperatures can affect the brain making it harder to think clearly. For this reason, hypothermia is especially dangerous. Symptoms begin with shivering, fatigue, loss of coordination and confusion. Victims can develop blue skin, dilated pupils, slow respiration and loss of consciousness. If you believe someone is experiencing hypothermia, call for emergency assistance. Immediately move him/her into a warm area, remove any wet clothing, give warm beverages (if conscious) and wrap the victim in a blanket.

  1. Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), section 1057 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (DFA)
  2. Seaman's Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. section 2114 (SPA)
  3. Section 402 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Notice of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs) are expected on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica, Occupational Exposure to Beryllium, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses and a revision to ease changes to State Plan jurisdictions.

OSHA will also undertake a review of the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030). The review will consider the continued need for the rule; whether the rule overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal, State or local regulations and the degree to which technology, economic conditions or other factors may have changed since the rule was evaluated.

In addition to the Unified Agenda, OSHA’s Regulatory Plan was published in early January. The Regulatory Plan is a statement of the Agency’s regulatory priorities and the actions it wants to highlight as most important and significant. The Plan lists:

  • Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica
  • Occupational Exposure to Beryllium
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Confined Spaces in Construction
  • Electric Power Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment
  • Occupational Exposure to Food Flavorings Containing Diacetyl and Diacetyl Substitutes

The entire Regulatory Agenda can be viewed online at: www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaMain

Sources:
Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
Federal Register, Volume 78, Issue 5 (January 8, 2013)

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Site-Specific Targeting Program Updated

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Site-Specific Targeting Program was updated in early January. This program directs OSHA’s enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces as part of an effort to reduce injuries and illnesses.

Targeted worksites for inspection will come from a pool of 80,000 non-construction establishments with 20 or more employees who submitted data on their days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate and their days away from work injury and illness (DAFWII) case rate.

Targeted facilities include:

  • Manufacturing establishments with DART rates of 5.0 or greater or DAFWII rates of 4.0 or greater, and
  • Non-manufacturing and non-nursing facility establishments with DART rates of 7.0 or greater or DAFWII rates of 5.0 or greater.

This year, nursing and personal care facilities are not included in the site-specific targeting program because they are in the National Emphasis Program — Nursing and Residential Care Facilities.

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Ask a CSP   Tom

Technical Support Specialist
 

Common Questions Regarding the 2012 Edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E)

What are the NFPA 70E requirements for hearing protection?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Table 130.7(C)(16) for Protective Clothing and PPE, ear canal inserts are indicated for hearing protection for Hazard Risk Categories 0 thru 4. An example of this type of product is the E-A-R™ ARC™ Ear Plug, Grainger #1VKA1.

How do OSHA regulations and the NFPA 70E standards work together?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1910.333(a) states that employers must employ safety-related work practices to prevent electrical shock or other injuries resulting from either direct or indirect electrical contact. NFPA 70E is the tool employers can use to meet this OSHA requirement. The OSHA regulations indicate what an employer "must" do and the NPFA 70E national consensus standard helps employers learn "how" to do it.

What new equipment labeling requirements were added to the NFPA 70E 2012 edition?
The 2012 edition requires employers to field mark electrical equipment as part of their arc flash analysis. Examples of equipment that would require field marking would be switchboards, panel boards, industrial control panels, meter socket enclosures and motor control centers. The label must contain the following information.

  • At least one of the following:
    • Available incident energy and the corresponding distance
    • Minimum arc rating of clothing
    • Required level of PPE
    • Highest Hazard/Risk Category (HRC) for the equipment
  • Nominal system voltage
  • Arc flash boundary

The method of calculation and data to support the information included in the label field marking must be documented. The NFPA is allowing an exemption for all labels applied prior to September 30, 2011.

NFPA 70E was updated in 2012. Why has the "2*" designation been removed?
The "2*" was removed to eliminate possible confusion over the use of an arc–rated balaclava.

When is an energized electrical work permit required?
The 2012 NFPA 70E requires an energized electrical work permit when working within:

  • The limited approach boundary
  • The arc flash boundary of exposed energized electrical conductors
  • Near circuit parts that are not placed in an electrically safe work condition

The purpose of the energized electrical work permit is to ensure that all hazards are considered and all precautions are taken before work is performed on energized parts.

There are specific exceptions to the requirement for an energized electrical work permit. They are visual inspections (if the restricted approach boundary is not crossed), testing, circuit identification and troubleshooting.

Do rubber insulating gloves need to be tested and or certified? If so, how often should they be tested?
Once put into service, electrical insulating gloves are required to be retested every six months according to NFPA 70E.

What is the difference between electrical arc flash gloves and rubber insulating electrical gloves?
Electrical arc flash gloves provide protection against the heat and shock/pressure generated by an arc flash, whereas rubber-insulating electrical gloves provide protection against electrical shock.

How often must NFPA 70E training be performed?
The revised 2012 NFPA 70E edition indicates a three year training interval.

Sources:
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Table 130.7(C)(16)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.333(a)

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Beat the Heat

Heat stress results from exertion that causes an individual’s body temperature to rise to dangerous levels. It can strike when you’re working outdoors, under a hot sun or indoors in a hot work environment like a kitchen, a foundry or a laundry. Heat-related illnesses often happen when the outside temperature starts to rise and a victim has not acclimated to the elevated temperatures. Being prepared for when the summer work months arrive is critical to protecting your employees from heat-related injuries.

Heat Illness

The body normally regulates its temperature by sweating. During hot and humid days sweating often isn’t enough to stay cool. Body temperatures can elevate to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken causing heat illnesses. The most common of these heat-related illnesses are:

  • Heat Rash - may be caused by sweating and looks like a red cluster of pimples or blisters
  • Heat Cramps - caused by loss of body salts and fluid during sweating
  • Heat Exhaustion - brought on by the body’s response to excessive loss of water through sweating most
  • Heat Stroke - which can be the most serious heat-related illness that occurs when the body’s regulating systems fails and body temperature rises to critical levels. Heat stroke can escalate quickly and could result in death.

Prevention of Heat-Related Illness

The key to preventing heat-related illness is to educate employees about the hazards that can lead to illness and methods to prevent them. Train your employees to recognize symptoms in themselves and others. New workers or workers who have been off more than a week need to be re-acclimated to the heat. Try to gradually increase the work load and allow more water breaks the first week.

Three simple words can help prevent heat illness: water, rest and shade. Provide workers with plenty of cool water (50-60° F) that is close by and convenient to access. Remind workers to frequently drink small amounts of water to maintain good hydration. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on hot days a worker should drink one cup of water every 15-20 minutes. Make workers aware that there are harmful side effects to drinking extreme amounts of water (which is defined by the CDC as 48 cups of water in 24 hour period).

When possible minimize the physical requirements of the job and schedule more frequent rest periods in air conditioned or shaded break areas. The use of fans to maximize the air speed over a worker will help the heat exchange between the air and the skin surface. Cooling vests with pockets that hold cold packs are comfortable and effective. Accessories like cooling bandanas, dew rags, neck shades, or sweat band have evaporative or moisture wicking properties to assist in keeping the worker cooler.

Phase Change, Ice Packs and Evaporative Cooling Packs

Phase change cool packs usually operate at 58° F - a very comfortable cooling temperature. This temperature means they do not cause skin/tissue damage or cause extreme discomfort which ice or frozen gel can do. These cool packs are effective for a longer period of time between charges than ice because the difference in temperature between ambient air and the phase change product is much less than the difference in temperature between ambient air and ice. That means more cooling is absorbed by the body and less is lost to the air.

Evaporative-type products, by design, retain water so they are always wet. This may make them uncomfortable against a worker’s skin and may also mean they will grow mildew quickly over time (as they rarely dry out). Evaporative-type products can't operate in high humidity environments or under protective clothing, because the atmosphere is already saturated with water and there is no place for the evaporation to go. 

Sources:

OSHA–NIOSH Infosheet – Protecting Workers from Heat Illness

www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2011-174/pdfs/2011-174.pdf

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Computer Vision Syndrome

March is “Save Your Vision Month” sponsored by the American Optometric Association (AOA). It’s also “Workplace Eye Wellness Month” sponsored by Prevent Blindness America. One of the targets of these two annual events is Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS. People who sit in front of a computer screen, whether for work or recreation, for hours on end may often find themselves with a host of uncomfortable health maladies such as headaches, neck strain, back pain and wrist pain. Unfortunately, eye strain, blurred vision and dry eye symptoms are often overlooked. These eye-related symptoms contribute to CVS.

The AOA defines CVS as, “the complex of eye and vision problems related to near work that are experienced during or related to computer use.” WebMD states that, “between 50%-90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye trouble. "Adults who use computers for work are not the only ones at risk. Kids who spend long periods of time looking at portable video screens or playing video games on computer or television monitors may also be at risk for these eye issues.

The AOA gives several tips for adjusting your computer and work environment to minimize eye issues:

  • Adjust the screen resolution to the highest resolution that your monitor will support.
  • Adjust the contrast between the characters and the background so the letters are easy to read.  Also, adjust the brightness to a level that is comfortable to your eyes.  Both brightness and contrast should offer the best clarity.
  • Minimize screen glare by using window treatments, light dimmer switches, and glare reduction filters.
  • Use a higher refresh rate on your monitor.
  • Adjust your monitor to below eye level and approximately 20”–28” away from your face. Use document holders and keep them close to the screen. Keep the keyboard and monitor in line.

What else can be done to ease CVS? The AOA also suggests having regular, comprehensive eye examinations, taking occasional breaks, resting the eyes, blinking forcefully, maintaining proper humidity in the area and using lubricating eye drops. 

Prolonged computer use can take a toll on the human visual system. Tweaking your computer settings, modifying your work environment and giving your eyes a break can help combat these irritating eye issues.

Sources:

Save Your Vision Month: Healthy Vision at the Computer
American Optometric Association
www.aoa.org/x5072.xml

WebMD
Eye Health Center
Computer Vision Syndrome
www.webmd.com/eye-health/computer-vision-syndrome?print=true

2013 Prevent Blindness America Eye Health and Safety Observance Calendar

www.preventblindness.org/2013-prevent-blindness-america-eye-health-and-safety-observance-calendar

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Controlling Facility Noise Exposure

Excessive noise is a common hazard encountered in a variety of industrial facilities. In addition to irreparable hearing loss, continuous exposure to high workplace noise levels can also lead to physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity and make it more difficult to communicate with co-workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s), Occupational Noise Exposure Standard, sets limits on noise exposure levels in the workplace. These limits are based on a workers time weighted average (TWA) exposure over an 8-hour day. OSHA identifies 90 decibels (dB) based on an 8-hour TWA as the upper limit for a safe level of noise exposure. A TWA exceeding 90-dB requires employers to implement control measures so that the exposure is reduced to 90-dB or below. OSHA also recognizes an 85-dB TWA as its action level. While employee exposure to the action level does not force an employer to take measures to reduce employee noise exposure, it does require the employer to establish a hearing conservation program. It mandates that the employer conduct noise exposure monitoring, perform audiometric testing on employees, provide hearing protection to employees who request it, conduct employee training and retain records of these activities.

Noise Control Options
The first line of defense against occupational noise is to institute engineering controls that help reduce or eliminate exposure to loud sounds at their source or along the sound pathway. These controls are typically broken down or categorized based on how the materials being used achieve a reduction in noise levels.

Sound control barriers do not absorb sound waves, but reflect them back in the direction of the source, preventing transmission to people beyond the barrier. To be effective, barriers need to be made of high density, non-porous materials that block the sound and reflect it another direction. The materials should also be flexible to dampen surface vibrations. The Sound Transmission Class (STC) of a barrier identifies its effectiveness in blocking the transmission of noise. The STC is a measure of the decibel loss or reduction at different frequencies.

Sound absorbers are constructed of porous materials such as foam or fiberglass batting that dissipates or “absorbs” the noise within the material. The effectiveness of an absorber is expressed as the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC). NRC is the average absorption of a product across various frequencies. A higher decimal value correlates to a higher level of sound absorption. Noise absorbers are commonly used on the inside of barriers, reducing the amount of noise that is reflected within a room or enclosure.

Vibration absorbers can be effective. Vibrating parts on machinery and equipment are a common noise source. Vibration can be reduced by applying visco-elastic material directly to the vibrating surface, dissipating the vibrations, which in turn reduces the noise being produced. These materials are normally available as adhesive sheets, or mastics that can be sprayed or troweled over larger areas and are primarily used on light gauge vibrating metal. Vibration can also be controlled by positioning the machinery on special rubber pads or spring loaded mounts.

Silencers or Mufflersare effective in dealing with airflow generated noise such as fans or compressors. These devices are lined with acoustical material that absorbs the noise emitted from the intake or discharge of air moving equipment.

Eliminating a noise source is the most effective way to protect workers and should be considered when designing a workplace. However, when this isn’t feasible, instituting engineering controls can mitigate the noise hazard to the extent that further requirements of the OSHA Noise Standard are no longer necessary because they fall below the decibel threshold.

Learn more in our Quick Tips article #260 – Effective Hearing Conservation Program Elements.

Sources:

OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure Standard – 29 CFR 1910.95
www.osha.gov

Industrial Noise Control Inc.
www.industrialnoisecontrol.com

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Green industries and the products they produce are generally thought of as “safer” than their predecessors. These “greener” products and services are often thought of in terms of their reduced environmental impact from emissions (pollution is contrary to the idea of “being green”). The transition to a “green economy” is the new hope to grow the sluggish world economy and to create new employment opportunities. But the road to reliance on green industries could be a bumpy one.

It is important to consider the safety factors in the creation and promotion of green industries and the jobs associated with them. Because many new green industries are in their infancy, many hazards have yet to be discovered. Prevention strategies to anticipate, identify, evaluate and control these potential hazard exposures are vital to the growth of greener businesses.

Safety Concerns Related to Being Green

Solar energy is thought of as free, clean energy gleaned from the sun. But there is a darker side to solar energy. Safety concerns exist in the manufacturing, installation and the eventual disposal of the panels. There are approximately 15 hazardous chemicals used in the production process, including gallium arsenide and cadmium telluride, both known carcinogens. Workers involved in the production process need to be protected from exposure to these chemicals. In addition to chemical exposure, the installation of solar panels presents more traditional safety concerns, such as injuries from improper lifting, falls from heights and possible electrocution. At the end of their useful life, solar panels pose further risk from the recycling or disposal of the hazardous materials.

Wind energy, the clean transformation of summer breezes into electricity, also has its own health and safety concerns. Because wind generators are very tall, they need to be designed with many anchor points to attach fall protection equipment. Many of the components are made of lightweight materials such as fiberglass, styrene, and epoxy resins. Workers may be exposed to harmful dusts, hazardous vapors and fumes during maintenance and manufacturing processes. Protection from electrical hazards is crucial when working in and around wind generators, due to the high voltages generated.

Hydropower produces 17% of the world’s electricity. This makes hydropower the most important source of renewable energy. The hazards associated with hydropower are the same as those encountered in traditional power generation. The risks include injuries from mechanical equipment, electrical hazards from unexpected electrical energy releases and chemical exposures from sulfur hexafluoride and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs).

Bio-energy is the creation of fuels from agricultural products such as sugar cane, soybeans, algae, used cooking oils, etc. The risks and hazards associated with bio-energy are mainly encountered during the thermal processing. This process releases a variety of toxic and possibly carcinogenic fumes into the air.

With any new industry, there needs to be carefully designed plans and programs in place to prevent possible health and safety risks. Hazard communication, electrical hazard, fall protection and respiratory protection programs are very important. The experiences gained from decades of industrial health and safety programs provide a firm foundation for these exciting new jobs to safely flourish.

Sources:

Promoting Safety and Health in a Green Economy
International Labor Organization, April, 2012

Safety Has Not Been Asked to the Prom
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June, 2011

How Safety Fits with Sustainability
Occupational Safety and Health, September, 2010

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Managing Your Safety Programs

As safety continues to become a main priority in the workplace once again, it is also becoming easier to manage. Some of you may be thinking about safety audits, logs, compliance and wondering, “How is managing safety becoming easier?”  The answer is technology. Today’s online capabilities allow safety managers to manage many of the complicated facets of employee safety through online safety programs.

Online safety programs are becoming more and more common. They can help save time by allowing an entire organizations safety training program to be run from a computer. They can help lower costs, for both training and worker compensation. They can also help lower incidence of injuries, accidents and exposure to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines.

Online safety programs generally cover four main areas - analyses/audits, compliance, training and research.

Analyses/audits include performing safety audits and establishing checklists. Audits help employers and employees identify possible safety and health hazards in their workplace and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards that address those hazards. All workplaces, regardless of size, need to identify hazards in their workplace.

Compliance includes written programs, policies and procedures, recording injuries and illnesses that occur in the workplace and reviewing OSHA regulations. OSHA requires employers to record occupational deaths, injuries, and illnesses. Record keeping forms include the OSHA Form 300, OSHA Form 300A and OSHA Form 301. These records are a vital part of proving that your business maintains regulatory compliance.

Written programs help establish safety procedures and best practices for those responsible for the safety and health of your employees. For example, if there are dangerous chemicals present in the workplace, the written program would help communicate the proper chemical handling techniques to your employees. OSHA law requires a written safety program to comply with OSHA regulations.

Federal law mandates that all employers, regardless of size, have written policy guidelines. Policies may include a drug and alcohol policy, an employee safety meetings policy, an employee accident and injury policy and many others.

Training is another critical component to safety programs. OSHA requires employers to provide safety training for their employees and to recognize that the training needs of one workplace can vary from the needs of another.

Research into existing OSHA regulations and effective safety practices is crucial to helping keep employees safe. Employers must continually review their safety programs. Online safety programs helps employers keep up with the latest regulations and to assist with compliance with new and existing OSHA regulations.

There are many resources for online safety programs, including Grainger Online Safety Manager (GOSM). Take a close look at all of them and you’ll discover an easier way to manage your safety program.

Sources:

Grainger Online Safety Manager
www.grainger.com/content/online-safety-manager

OSHA Training – Courses, Materials and Resources
www.osha.gov/dte/index.html

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Preventing Backovers

A backover incident occurs when a worker who is standing, walking or kneeling is struck by a vehicle that is backing up. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 70 workers died from backover incidents in 2011.

Backover incidents can happen in several ways. A worker may not be visible to the drivers of vehicles that are backing up. Drivers may assume an area is clear and may not watch for people in mirrors. Workers may not be able to hear the back-up alarm of the vehicle due to competing loud noises or because the alarm on the vehicle is not functioning. Other causes include workers who fall off vehicles into the path of a backing vehicle. Lastly, many times spotters who may be guiding vehicles fail to notice other vehicles in their area and are struck.

There are many solutions to help prevent backovers. Employee training and awareness is one solution to help prevent backovers. Employees should receive training on where the driver’s “blind spots” are and then be taught to avoid standing or traveling through the blind spots. An effective teaching tool for this is to have the employees sit in the drivers’ seat so they can see where the blind spots are, and how limited rearward vision can be.

Use of spotters is a proven way to help prevent vehicle backovers. In order to keep spotters safe, the drivers and spotters should agree and use a system of hand signals when a vehicle is backing up and being guided. Spotters should always maintain visual contact with the driver while the vehicle is backing up. Drivers should immediately stop the vehicle if they lose visual contact with the spotter. Spotters should concentrate on guiding the backing vehicle – they should not be assigned other duties or responsibilities. Spotters and drivers should not be distracted – no personal cell phones, radio headphones, etc. Spotters should wear high visibility clothing for maximum visibility.

Many vehicles can be fitted with a camera that will let a driver see what is in his/her blind spot. These cameras, if not available as standard equipment, can be purchased as aftermarket accessories. Monitors should be within easy view of the driver, but must not obstruct their vision. Depending on the camera’s field-of-view, multiple units may be required to view blind spots for some vehicles.

Proximity detection systems use radar or ultrasonic technology. Radar systems bounce a signal off objects which is then collected by the receiver. If the signal detects a solid object the driver is alerted via a visual and/or an audible warning. Ultrasonic systems emit ultrasonic waves that when striking an object generate an “echo” which then is converted to the distance from vehicle to object. The driver is alerted with a visual and/or audible warning.

Current tag-based systems are made up of field generator and field-detecting devices. The vehicle is equipped with the generator and the spotters are equipped with the field-detecting device(s), or vice-versa. The system is programmed to alarm if the vehicle and spotter get within a prescribed distance from one another.

Employers can create internal traffic control plans which give drivers guidelines on where they can drive in order to reduce the need to back their vehicles up. These traffic control plans can also be used to separate workers on foot from vehicles. The plan routes paths of equipment, workers, and vehicles at the worksite to eliminate or minimize times when workers and vehicles cross paths.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has implemented standards for safely backing equipment for both construction and general industry. These can be viewed online at: www.osha.gov/doc/topics/backover/regulation.html.

Source:

Preventing Backovers
http://www.osha.gov/doc/topics/backover/index.html

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Worth Noting

Lifting: Before your employees start picking up boxes, you may want to determine the safe weight limit for the task. Oregon OSHA recently released a lift calculator app that factors in reaching, twisting, number of lifts and the duration of lifting to calculate the maximum weight for a given object.  The app is available for free online and for Android phone users.

Cadmium: OSHA recently released an interactive online tool to help protect workers exposed to cadmium. The Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor is primarily intended to be used by experienced medical professionals who assess workers’ cadmium exposure. It is also useful as an educational tool – it provides information on what constitutes overexposure and what to do to prevent exposure on the job.

Comments Please: The FDA is seeking public comment on two proposed food safety rules. The first rule requires makers of food to be sold in the U.S., whether produced at a foreign- or domestic-based facility, to develop a formal plan for preventing their food products from causing foodborne illness. The proposed rule also requires them to have plans for correcting any problems that may arise. The second rule proposes enforceable safety standards for the production and harvesting of produce on farms.

Exhaust: OSHA and the MSHA are warning workers and their employers about hazardous exposure to diesel engine exhaust. The health effects of short-term exposure can be headache, dizziness, and irritation of the eye, nose and throat severe enough to distract or disable workers, while long-term exposure can increase the risk of cancer. The Hazard Alert offers information for employers and workers on engineering controls to help mitigate exposure, as well as the OSHA and MSHA enforcement standards for a variety of industries. It is important to keep a balance between safety, quality and productivity. When one is emphasized over the others, one or both of the remaining factors can suffer. Maximum results are achieved when all three elements are at equilibrium.

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Safety Calendar

Upcoming Events

April 15–18
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Symposium and Exposition
Las Vegas, NV
(800)241-8014
www.aaohn.org

May 18–23
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition
Montreal, Canada
(703)849-8888
www.aihce2013.org

June 1–30
National Safety Month
National Safety Council
(800)621-7615
www.nsc.org

June 10–13
National Fire Protection Association Conference and Exposition
Chicago, IL
(617)770-3000
www.nfpa.org

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On The Job

On The Job

On the Job is a FREE online Webinar series designed to provide industry information and updates to help keep you informed about the latest trends affecting your business or organization.

Upcoming Webinars


March 21:

  • Respirator Fit Testing: Your Guide to Compliance

April 04:

  • NFPA 70E: Choosing the Right Personal Protective Equipment in the Workplace

April 18:

  • Heat Stress: Stay Cool and Compliant

May 9

  • GHS: Countdown to Compliance

May 16:

  • AED Basics: Don’t be Intimidated

June 6

  • Slips, Trips and Falls: Small Measures Can Save You Big Dollars

June 20:

  • Emergency Eyewashes: More than Just a Bottle

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