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Space Heater Safety

    INdiana Labor Insider has published a great “end of the year” newsletter. Specifically, there is some very useful information on Space Heater Safety. Do you consistently plug in your space heater directly into the wall, not an extension cord? Take a look at the information below. Be sure that your space heater: Is listed by Underwriters Laboratories or another nationally recognized testing laboratory (Ensures the device meets certain safety requirements), features automatic power-off for tip-overs, temperature control, etc. Read and follow all manufacturers instructions of operation Check space heater prior to use every time (Attachment cord, switches, protective grill cover, etc.) Plug the space heater directly into a wall outlet; Never plug into an extension cord, power strip or surge protector Never run cords under rugs, carpet or other material. Always place the device on the floor; Never place space heaters on tables, desks, stacked objects or other […]

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Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather is here! Do you feel prepared for the cold weather and snow? Did you know it’s not safe to let your gas fall below half-full in freezing temperatures? Do you have a Winter Survival Kit in your car in case of emergencies? IN.gov has released some very good winter driving tips.  Please click here and read what precautions you should use this season.  

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OSHA and American Staffing Association form an alliance

During one of the busier seasons of the year, OSHA and the American Staffing Association have formed an alliance to ensure the safety and health of temporary workers. The Department of Labor has issued a video explaining the shared responsibility of host employers and staffing firms in regards to this safety issue. Click here to watch the informative video.   Click here for guidance documents and recommended practices.  

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HAZCOM June 1st, 2015 Deadline Was Widely Missed

As of June 1, only about 35% of manufacturers had met the deadline to convert their MSDS’s into the new GHS/SDS  format.   Now, in the 4th quarter of 2015 that number has increased to an estimated 50%- 65%, with a full 100% not being complete until possibly the first quarter of 2016. Click here to see if the June 1st change applies to you.   It is the responsibility of the suppliers to send the revised SDS’s to the employer.  The employer is not required to proactively search for updated SDS’s.  OSHA has said “OSHA would not issue citations for maintenance of MSDS’s when SDS’s have not been received.”  Source of Information provided by M3V.   Want to create and print your own custom labels? Check out these sites below. http://www.sdslabels.com/ http://www.mysafetylabels.com/ http://www.thecompliancecenter.com/labels/ghs/ http://www.avery.com/avery/en_us/Products/Industrial-Solutions/UltraDuty-GHS-Chemical-Labels-Software.htm Click here to read the OSHA letter of clarification.

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OSHA Increases Penalties

Yes, this is really happening! In an effort to catch up on inflation, OSHA will be increasing their penalty amounts. The new two-year bipartisan budget, signed by President Barack Obama on November 2, 2015, requires OSHA to raise its citation penalties. OSHA was one of three federal agencies that were specifically exempted from a 1990 bill that required federal agencies to raise their fines to keep pace with inflation. As of August 1st, 2016, the new penalties should be as follows:                                     New Penalty                        Current Penalty Other than Serious violations:                           Up to $12,600                     Up to $7,000 Serious violations:                             […]

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Seeing Blood…Recordable or not Recordable?

OSHA decided to issue a “Letter of Interpretation” regarding an ongoing and interesting issue. If you faint or lose consciousness due to the sight of your blood, caused by a work-related  event, is this a recordable issue? Click here to read the full details!

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Ashley Furniture Fined by OSHA for Third Time in 2015

In October, OSHA cited Ashley Furniture for the third time this year with $481,000 in fines. This brings the total to over $2,200,000 in just 2015. Ashley Furniture made a statement saying they will “vigorously challenge” all allegations due to OSHA inspectors “based their allegations on assumptions”. Click here for the OSHA release. As we know, fines do happen more often than we would like. For comparison, here is a list of the top OSHA penalties from 2010 through August 2015.   BP: $63,860,860 Louis Dreyfus (parent of Imperial Sugar): $6,063,600 Republic Steel: $2,635,000 Tesoro: $2,532,355 Olivet Management: $2,359,000 Dollar Tree: $2,153,585 Ashley Furniture: $1,869,745 Kehrer Brothers  Construction: $1,822,800 Renco: $1,535,475 Black Mag LLC: $1,218,500   Source for OSHA penalties: Violation Tracker

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Safe Ways to Grind Tungstun

Do your employees Tig weld?  If so, they are likely grinding the tip of the tungsten rod into a point before they start the welding process.  This is necessary in order to ensure a high quality weld.  However, do you know how are they doing this?  If they are welding in a shop, they are probably using a bench grinder (which is safe).  But if they are welding in a location that doesn’t have a bench grinder nearby (i.e. construction site) they may be using a hand-held angle grinder.  As you can imagine… this is NOT a safe practice!  Can you imagine trying to hold an angle grinder with one hand and hold/rotate a welding rod with the other?  Or what about having a buddy hold the rod while you operate the grinder?  Even putting the rod in a vice and rotating the grinder around the rod to try and sharpen it wouldn’t […]

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Software for Reinforcing Training Content

We recently talked with a company who provides a software program that can be used to reinforce training content with students AFTER a class ends.  To put it simple… their software utilizes “gaming” technology to push content in front of students two-minutes per day for as many days as you want it to.  This software is also functional on smartphones.  To learn more about this company and their software, click here.  

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Good Picture for Vehicle Safety Training

A good friend of ours was sitting in their vehicle and waiting for their son to get out of school when they looked up and saw someone sitting at a picnic table that was traveling down the road at 20 mph!  And you thought you had seen everything.  Think again!

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