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October is National Protect Your Hearing Month

Keeping your ears safe and protected from possible damage is extremely important. Occasional hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. To help promote safety and future hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology is encouraging you to promote awareness of noise for the month of October. An estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability. A report based on a survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as many as 16 percent of teens (ages 12 to 19) have reported some hearing loss that could have been caused by loud noise, meaning it’s never too early to start precaution. So what can you do to prevent hearing loss?  Lower the volume on your electronic devices Have earplugs or earmuffs on hand for when they’re needed Know what noises can cause ear damage If you can’t reduce […]

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3M Recalls a Fall Protection device

Capitol Safety/3M has replace the Lad-Saf™ sleeve with a redesigned next-generation Lad-Saf™ sleeve. The decision was made after potential misuse scenarios that could result in serious injuries or death were identified. They have decided to discontinue any future sales of the original product, and are initiating a full recall on all original sleeves. For more information, read the recall notice here.  

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OSHA’s website now available in Spanish!

Great news! Now, every OSHA webpage is available in Spanish! At the top of every page, they have added a Spanish and English link that will instantly translate. The photo below is an example of what it now looks like. Try it out yourself here.  

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Electrical PPE vs. Sunscreen & Repellent

Do your employees work on or near live energized parts?  If so, hopefully they are wearing dielectric and arc rated protection!  But the simple use of these products is not enough.  Employees must take care of them so the products can actually prevent injury when hazards are introduced.  A dielectric glove with a hole in it can allow electricity to pass through it, and heavily soiled arc rated clothing may not resist heat and flames as long.  Most are aware of these common issues, but what about the hazards associated with wearing sunscreen and insect repellant? Did you know that some petroleum based sunscreens can break-down dielectric rubber products, and insect repellents with DEET can reduce the performance of arc rated clothing?  If this is news to you, don’t worry… you are not alone!  Many are unaware of these issues, and this is why we recommend educating your employees and double checking any […]

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ANSI Glove Ratings Change

The ANSI/ISEA 105 standard for hand protection has been revised.  The reason for this revision is to better identify the amount of protection that a glove truly offers.  Under the current standard (last revised in 2011) a glove that can withstand 1600 grams of applied force and a glove that can withstand 3200 grams of applied force (twice as much) are both classified as “Level 4” gloves.  Under the new standard these gloves will be classified differently.  Here are some brief bullet points that summarize the new changes: There will now be nine (9) different levels of protection. Levels 0-3 will remain the same. Level 4 will now be broken down into 3 levels (4-6) Level 5 will now be broken down into 4 levels (6-9). The letter “A” will be printed in front of each level so users know whether a glove was tested and classified under the previous or new […]

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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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Custom Video Idea for Your Company

We stumbled across a video on YouTube that we thought we would share with everyone.  It’s a brief video of different family members who are encouraging employees to work safely.  Producing something like this would be easy to do and it would help remind your employees WHY they should choose to work safe each day.  Showing something like this at the beginning or end of a safety meeting or during a New Hire Orientation session would be a nice touch!

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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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