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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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Too Much Sports Drink Causes Illness!

During one of our recent training classes we had a student share a lesson they learned a few years ago that we feel is worth sharing.  They said they became ill and passed-out on the job one day when the heat index was about 110. Their employer allowed them to go home and rest instead of sending them to the clinic for treatment.  So they went home, showered, went to bed, and woke up 3-days later!!  After waking they decided to go to the hospital to get checked-out.  Several tests were ran and in addition to dehydration, a high amount of potassium was found in the employee’s system.  Upon further investigation it was determined that this individual was consuming large amounts of highly concentrated sports drinks and not enough water.  They shared that the company they were working for at the time would only provide sports drinks in 5 gallon coolers, but they would fill the […]

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OSHA Requires Electronic Incident Reporting

OSHA just released a revision to their 29 CFR 1904 Recordkeeping Rule.  This revision will now require many companies to report their “Recordable” injuries to OSHA electronically each year.  Here are some quick bullet points that summarize the key highlights of this change… All companies with 250 or more employees (at any one time the previous calendar year) will be required to submit data electronically each year from their OSHA 300A, 300, and 301 forms .  This requirement will be phased in by only requiring the 300A to be submitted by July 1, 2017; then requiring all forms to be submitted the next year by July 1, 2018; and finally submitting all forms for the following year and every year thereafter by March 2.   Companies with 25-249 employees (at any one time the previous calendar year) will be required to submit data electronically each year from their OSHA 300A (not the OSHA […]

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OSHA Silica Standard for General Industry

Did you know that silica is the most abundant mineral found in the earth’s crust? Other than “dirt”, it’s also found in rock, sand, graphite, coal, concrete, asphalt, brick, clay, porcelain, and even in some roofing materials, abrasives, and paints! Approximately 320,000 employees are exposed to silica in industrial settings. When silica is contained within a natural resource or product it’s harmless. However, when it becomes airborne it can be deadly if inhaled. The danger of silica inhalation has been known for longer than you probably realize. The US Department of Labor published a video in 1938 about the hazards of silica exposure (click here to see that video).  Yes, 1938! That’s 32-years before OSHA was even founded. Recent research has linked silica to lung cancer, silicosis, chronic lung disease, and also kidney disease. If you would like to learn more about how silica effects your lungs, click here to watch a […]

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Indiana Chamber’s 2016 Indiana Safety and Health Expo and Conference

RMS Safety had the pleasure of sponsoring and attending Indiana Chamber’s 2016 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo, from March 21-23rd. We love sponsoring this event, as this year was not our first, and have so much fun meeting other people in the industry and seeing business associates. This year there was over 700 attendees, 110 exhibitors and over 60 education sessions. Our own Manager of Construction Services, Kevin Beswick, led a session on “The Art of Correcting Unsafe Behavior”, where he spoke about how to become more effective at changing long-term behaviors and different motives that drive safe and unsafe behaviors. The theme this year was “Be the Champion of Safety”, and they cleverly used basketballs as part of that theme. We were very inspired and  decided to have some fun with our giveaways. We gave away two Club-Level seats for the March 31st Pacer game to a very lucky attendee, and a […]

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Reminder… The last GHS deadline is June 1! Are you ready?

This is just a friendly reminder to our clients and friends that OSHA’s last deadline for their new GHS standard is quickly approaching (June 1, 2016)!  By this date you need to make sure that your written “Hazard Communication Program” reflects the new standard, and replace your old MSDS with new SDS.  Have you done this?  Have you even started yet?  These are not quick and easy things to accomplish so we would recommend getting started soon if you haven’t already!

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Good Video for Forklift Training

We found a video that you might want to incorporate into your Forklift Operator Training.  This is a good example of how employees will find ways to get the job done when they aren’t provided the right equipment to do it safely. Please enjoy!  

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EMR no longer a calculation in CCS certification

As of January 1st 2016, CCS (formerly MICCS) will not require your EMR to be a deciding factor on your certification. This does not change any other part of the certification process. As long as the OSHA 300A numbers fall in line with the DART and TRIR requirements for their company, you meet all minimum criteria of their SPRS review, and meet minimum criteria during a home office audit, you can be a Qualified company in the CCS certification program. However, the CCS site still requires companies to input their EMR and upload either a letter stating their EMR from their insurance company or their workers comp worksheet, due to some companies still wanting the EMR as part of their personal qualification process.        

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OSHA’s Response to Reported Injuries

As we all know by now, OSHA revised their reporting requirements which became effective on January 1, 2015.  Companies are now required to report any work-related death to OSHA within 8-hours, and report any amputation, eye loss, or the inpatient hospitalization of one (1) or more employee within 24-hours.  This has drastically increased the number of investigations the agency has had to manage and it’s no secret that they have struggled to keep-up.  We know several cases where employers have reported injuries as required, but never heard back from OSHA.  So what’s the deal?  Do they just respond to the more serious cases and let the rest go unless they aren’t busy?  Well… kind of. OSHA knew they would face challenges with the increased volume of cases being reported, so they adopted a new protocol that was designed to help them effectively manage this burden.  This protocol basically involves the agency categorizing each case as […]

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OSHA… What’s on Tap for 2016???

With 2016 being the last year of the current administration, we are likely to see some regulatory action. According to OSHA’s published agenda here are some of the things we may see… FINAL RULES The Final Rule on reducing the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of Crystalline Silica is expected to be released by February 2016. The Final Rule on the electronic maintenance and submittal of OSHA Injury & Illness Logs is scheduled to be released by March 2016. The Final Rule for updating the 1910 Subpart D standard on Walking Working Surfaces is supposed to be released by April 2016. PROPOSED RULES OSHA is talking about making several modifications to their Crane Standard (1926 Subpart CC) to correct inaccuracies within the standard. OSHA is planning on updating their Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) on Beryllium. OSHA is revising their current protocol on respirator fit testing. ENFORCEMENT TRENDS The final implementation of the new […]

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