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Have an idea on how to lessen hearing loss?

According to OSHA, every year, 22 million workers risk losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards. Hearing loss disability costs businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers’ compensation. To help inspire creative ideas and raise awareness for workplace safety innovation, they have kicked off the  “Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge” The Department of Labor is challenging inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss. The challenge ends September 30. Ten finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on October 27 in Washington D.C. Winning ideas will get noticed by NIOSH Research to Practice (r2p) and interact with U.S. Patent and Trademark office representatives. The competition is open to all ideas related to occupational hearing protection. Suggested topics include: Technology that will enhance employer training and improve effective use of hearing protection. Technology that alerts […]

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OSHA Shares Electricity and Tree Care Work pamphlet

Contact with electricity is one of the leading causes of death for tree care workers. To help small business owners and front line supervisors, OSHA has published a pamphlet that should prepare for the risks of tree-trimming operations near sources of electricity. These include training workers about potential hazards, making sure workers maintain a distance of at least 10 feet from overhead power lines, and providing proper gloves and shoes for hazards present where tree work is being performed. Click here for the pamphlet in English, and here for Spanish.  

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OSHA Penalty Increase To Take Effect After August 1, 2016

For the first time in 26 years, OSHA is increasing their monetary penalty charge. Moving forward, they will adjust for inflation based on the Consumer Price Index. Adjusting the penalties should lead to significant benefits for workers and responsible employers. The new civil penalty amounts are applicable only to civil penalties assessed after Aug. 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after Nov. 2, 2015. To provide guidance on the implementations of the new policies, OSHA will issue revisions to it’s Field Operations Manual by August 1st. To address the impact of these penalty increases on smaller businesses, OSHA will continue to provide penalty reductions based on the size of the employer and other factors. Type of Violation                      Current Maximum Penalty                                            New Maximum Penalty Serious […]

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Spotter Safety Video

  Many OSHA regulations require a spotter on the job to make sure that equipment and people work together safely. The spotter must be properly trained and competent to do the job. Below is a very informative video about spotter safety created by ACSASafety. Topics include: • When is a spotter needed • Assessing the hazards • Working around overhead utilities • The expectations of a spotter • Signals to be used, communication • What to do in an emergency  

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Construction Company Owner Indicted For Manslaughter

A construction company owner was indicted for manslaughter after the death of an employee at a Coney Island construction site in April of 2015. The employee was smoothing concrete on the sixth floor of the work site when he reached the edge and fell to his death. He was not wearing a harness, nor was fall protection installed as required by OSHA and the New York City Building Code. Salvatore Schirripa, the owner of the construction company, was indicted for failing to adhere to safety regulations after four warnings and citations given to him since 2011 from OSHA and the New York City Department of Buildings for failing to provide effective fall protection. Schirripa pleaded “not guilty” to charges including second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, falsifying business records and violation of the workers’ compensation law. He’s expected back in court Sept. 7, and faces up to 15 years in […]

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Mobile Applications That Can Promote Safety In The Workplace

Below is a list of mobile applications that can be used to help promote safety in the workplace. These are the highest rated, most user friendly, and recommended applications from safety professionals. All applications are available on both Apple and Android mobile products, with the exceptions listed below.   Ladder Safety – The NIOSH Ladder Safety application features a multimodal indicator, which uses visual, sound, and vibration signals to assist the user in positioning a ladder at an optimal angle. Furthermore, the application provides graphic-oriented interactive reference materials, safety guidelines and checklists for extension and step ladders selection, inspection, accessorizing, and use. The application is intended to help a wide range of ladder users, employers, and safety professionals, with their ladder-related safety needs OSHA Heat Safety Tool – The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to […]

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Heat Safety For Outdoor Workers

Even though we have not had the first official day of summer (June 20), we have already had some extremely high temperatures in the Midwest. With extreme heat, comes extreme illnesses and effects to the body. The most common illnesses are Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Cramps and Heat Rash. In 2014 alone, 2630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. Thankfully, heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. A few year ago, OSHA started the campaign Water. Rest. Shade.  This campaign covers all areas of precaution and safety for outdoor workers. Listed below are OSHA’s recommendations for prevention: A Person Designated to Oversee the Heat Illness Prevention Program Hazard Identification Water. Rest. Shade Message Acclimatization Modified Work Schedules Training Monitoring for Signs and Symptoms Emergency Planning and Response Download the app! Android and Apple both have the app “Heat Safety Tool” free […]

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CCS to put QR Code on Newly Issued Drug Cards

CCS (formerly MICCS) has decided to place QR codes on the newly issued CCS certified drug cards. A QR code is a scannable, two dimensional bar code.  In this case, it will have the most recent drug testing information regarding the person assigned to the card. This added benefit will save you time when reviewing employee’s drug cards.To be able to utilize this new feature, you still need to log in to Safetsite, and a QR code scanner will need to be downloaded on a mobile device. If you don’t want to download the scanner application to use this new feature, you can still use Safesite. Check your mobile app store for the highest rated QR scanner options. Click here for more details on this change.      

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NSC Unleashes Free Self-Assessment Tool

The National Safety Council has provided a Safety System Assessment, which is free when you sign up for The Journey to Safety Excellence. The Journey to Safety Excellence is a cycle of improvement that aims for a continual reduction of risk with a goal of zero incidents. When you sign up, you receive: A free benchmarking measurement tool, rooted in research and tested in practice A thorough analysis of the eight safety program categories outlined in the Journey to Safety Excellence: Management Leadership and Commitment Motivation, Behavior and Attitudes Workforce Involvement Operational Processes and Procedures System Management and Communication Training and Orientation Hazard Identification and Risk Reduction; Assessments Audits and Performance Measures Your results compared against the NSC Database of nearly 500 companies An opportunity to set a baseline measurement against which future improvements can be gauged This is a wonderful opportunity to utilize the tools the Nation Safety Council has […]

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New Fact Sheets on Confined Space Rescue, Ladder Jack Scaffold & Zika Virus

     OSHA publishes fact sheets about all things safety and workplace related. They recently published a few fact sheets regarding very important topics you might be interested in Click on the links below to read the most recent publications. Confined Space Rescue Ladder Jack Scaffold Zika Virus

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