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Thinking Safety May Newsletter

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June is National Safety Month

May 2012  |  Issue #2

Safety FAQ

QWhat percentage of slips and falls occur on level ground? ASurprisingly, approximately 70 percent of slips, trips, and falls occur on level walking surfaces. For more information, view our Quick Tip 351: Slips, Trips and Falls: Prevention and Regulations. See Granger's anti-slip floor coatings and anti-skid tapes.

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The National Safety Council (NSC) designates June as National Safety Month, and encourages organizations to participate in the event every year. The goal of National Safety Month is to educate and influence behaviors around the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Each week of National Safety Month carries a specific theme to bring attention to today's critical safety issues.

June 3-9 promotes employee wellness. The theme is "Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference" on our health and wellness. If people made the choice to eat healthier, exercise on a regular basis and quit smoking, at least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes and up to 40% of cancer could be prevented, according to NSC site statistics.

June 10-16 is devoted to ergonomics, i.e., designing the work environment to fit the person. Ergonomics is working smarter and preventing injuries through well-engineered work site design. This can be done with the use of adjustable workstations, matting, hand tools and office equipment.

June 17-23 is dedicated to preventing falls by reducing exposure to slip, trip and fall hazards. Falls are not typically the result of clumsiness or not paying attention and most are preventable. Preventing falls includes eliminating or reducing risk. Risk factors can include but are not limited to: physical hazards in the workplace, age-related issues and health conditions of the individuals.

June 24-30 is committed to safe driving. Driving is one of the most dangerous activities we do each day. As our time behind the wheel increases during the summer months, we need to remind everyone about the safety issues relating to cell phone use, wearing seat belts, impaired or aggressive driving. Stay safe whether you are driving for work or pleasure.

For more information about National Safety Month, please visit the National Safety Council. You will find more materials dedicated to each week's theme, including fact sheets and posters. NSC members also have access to additional free materials including posters, games, and weekly webinars.

View Grainger Online SafetyManagerSM for more tips on how to manage your safety program. Grainger Online SafetyManager is an easy-to-use online management tool that can help you manage facility safety and risk more efficiently and cost effectively.

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Ask a Certified Safety Professional

Ask a CSP   by Wes Maertz, CSP

Technical Support Specialist
Certified Safety Professional
B.S.E. in Occupational Safety
14 years at Grainger

Question: John is 16 years old and recently took a summer job at the regional distribution center of XYZ Corp. While not his full-time position, John is occasionally required to operate a fork truck to move pallets. Is John required to receive fork truck operator training?

Interpretation: No, because OSHA does not allow anyone under age 18 to operate a fork truck, so no such training is required by OSHA.

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Hurricane Season Is Here

Hurricane season in the Atlantic officially begins June 1st and ends November 30th.The Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially begins May 15th and also ends November 30th. In an effort to raise awareness about hurricanes, May 27th through June 2nd has been designated National Hurricane Preparedness Week by the National Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center has implemented a few changes for the 2012 hurricane season. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale has been modified slightly as well as the tropical cyclone forecast cone reducing its size.

View more announcements and changes to The National Hurricane Center including updated texts.

Get even more information on hurricanes, including a list of recommended items you should have on hand to help you prepare for hurricanes.

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OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

What do OSHA's VPP, SHARP and Challenge programs all have in common? They are all types of Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. These programs help employers identify and correct workplace hazards before workers are injured. Currently there are 34 states that either require or actively encourage implementing these injury and illness programs. Despite this, there are still approximately 4,500 workplace fatalities and 4.1 million serious work-related injuries or illnesses every year in the U.S.

More Safety Resources

Learn more about OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Programs

OSHA Injury and Illness White Paper

Visit workplace safety training resources and safety awareness signs.

Check out Grainger Online SafetyManager online management tools to help you manage safety and risk more efficiently and cost effectively.

Check out our upcoming safety webinars

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Teen Employment Restrictions: What You Should Know 

Do you have a teen that is in the workforce now or hopes to join soon? Did you know that there are certain jobs that teens cannot legally perform? Did you know there are also limits on specific job functions teens can perform?

While most teen employment restrictions are spelled out in labor laws, the job of enforcing them is the responsibility of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Their mission is to keep all workers (teens and adults) safe from injuries.

According to OSHA, teens under the age of 18 in non-agricultural jobs may not perform the following:

  • Drive a motor vehicle as a regular part of the job or operate a forklift at any time
  • Operate many types of powered equipment like a circular saw, box crusher, meat slicer or bakery machine
  • Work in wrecking, demolition, excavation, or roofing
  • Work in mining, logging, or sawmills
  • Work in meat-packing or slaughtering
  • Work where there is exposure to radiation
  • Work where explosives are manufactured or stored

*Agricultural classified youth jobs differ from these.

If your teen wants to earn extra money and is excited about getting that first job and is 14 or 15 years old, there are additional restrictions on what they can do.

There are several websites and online resources that can help parents and teens learn more about the laws and risks involved in teen employment. OSHA provides a complete teen worker site that discusses related laws, hazards and provides links to additional resources. They also provide an in-depth eTool that covers teen worker safety in restaurants.

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May Webinar: NFPA 70E and Navigating the Standard & Tools for Compliance 

Do you know where to look for the information you need in the NFPA 70E Standard? Join Grainger Technical Product Support Specialist and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Wes Maertz, for a webinar on Thursday, May 31st at 1 p.m. as he tackles all things NFPA 70E related. Topics include navigating the standard, tools and resources that can be used to determine your hazard risk category and PPE offerings.

Register Now!

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Please Note
The content in this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only. This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific compliance questions should refer to the cited regulation or consult with an attorney.

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