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April 2019 Connection Newsletter


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Top Workplace Safety News for April:
- Free resources for construction safety stand-down
- More workers testing positive for drugs
- $5m in OSHA fines
- SDS Chemical signs, more

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April 2019 Connection Newsletter

  1. 1. Visit: | Connection Blog | Subscription Page | View in Your Browser Top Safety News for Dave, April 2019 Free Resources for National Safety Stand-Down in May Positive Workplace Drug Test Rate Highest in 14 Years OSHA Fines Reach $5 Million in First Quarter of 2019 What's New at ComplianceSigns: Easy Chemical Sign Selection Tool Resources For National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 6-10 Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees. To help reduce construction falls, employers and workers are invited to participate in the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction, to be held May 6-10. The week-long outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the work day to talk about fall hazards and prevention. Learn more. New SDS-Based Chemical Sign Selector Makes It Easy to Find the Signs You Need Chemicals commonly found in many workplaces require a variety of signs or labels to identify their potential hazards. But defining which signs to use for each chemical is a challenge. Safety Data Sheets are the best source for details on safe chemical use, so we analyzed sheets for the most common industrial chemicals to develop our new, easy-to-use chemical sign selector tool. Using the new tool, you enter a chemical name, CAS number or UN number to quickly view a unique ComplianceSigns Chemical Safety Collection of relevant signs for that chemical. Sign and label choices include PPE, GHS, Hazmat, NFPA, DOT and more. You can even access a free SDS for each chemical. Now you can find appropriate signs in seconds, including dozens of new GHS and ISO-format chemical PPE safety signs we added as a result of our research. Give it a try. Positive Workplace Drug Test Rate Highest Since 2004 The rate of positive workforce drug test results hit a fourteen-year high in 2018, according to a new analysis released this month by Quest Diagnostics. Analysis of more than ten million workplace drug test results shows increases in marijuana positivity across nearly all employee testing categories. Post-accident positive tests increased in all groups. Learn more. OSHA Fines Reach $5 Million in First Quarter Federal OSHA has released details on 20 significant fines (over $100,000) totaling $4,992,945 from January to March 2019. The highest single penalty in the 1st quarter was $1.3 million, and the top 5 fines accounted for more than $2.5 million. Common citations included machine and dust hazards, trenches and machine guards. Get more details. Subscribe Past Issues RSSTranslate 4/30/2019, 11:55 AM
  2. 2. When workers use harmful chemicals or contaminants, workplace safety becomes a matter of life and death. Federal regulations mandate that any workplace requiring employees to wear respirators must operate under a Respiratory Protection Plan, because safe respirator use requires comprehensive efforts. Learn about different respirator types, what OSHA requires and more in this article. Learn more here. April Workplace Safety News & Notes Here's a collection of safety news from around the web: #MySafeSummerJob: Social Media Campaign Aimed at Young Workers Every minute, one young worker under 25 is injured in the workplace. OSHA, NIOSH and a number of safety organizations have partnered on the #MySafeSummerJob campaign, which highlights a different safety message each week. Help spread the word or use the materials with your own young workers. Check campaign materials here.. New Video Available on Drug Exposure Dangers to First Responders NIOSH just released a new video to help emergency responders understand the risks and to communicate what they can do to protect themselves from exposure to illicit drugs. Using actual police body cam footage, the video shows what happens when an officer is exposed to illicit drugs like fentanyl and provides recommendations on how other officers and responders can prevent it from happening to them. Watch here. New Canadian Welding Standard Recently, the seventh edition of the national standard CSA W117.2:19, Safety in Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes was published. The new edition has many progressive updates that reflect changes that have occurred in the Canadian industry since the first edition was published 45 years ago. Many of these updates are in response to the most recent reviews of injuries and fatalities within the industry. Learn more. Safety Resources for Craft Brewers The craft brewing industry has grown exponentially in the past decade, and with that growth comes an increased risk of workplace hazards. To address the risk, WorkSafeBC has developed new health and safety resources for the craft-brewery industry. Read more. Happy 100th Birthday to the Hard Hat The first U.S. hard hat was produced in 1919. In honor of its one hundredth birthday, EHS Today penned an article with the inventor's great granddaughter that recounts how this essential piece of safety equipment was invented and how it redefined workforce protection. Interesting story and photos. Learn more. Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S May 2 - Preventing Injuries and Opioid Use Disorder Among Construction Workers May 22 - How Will Your FR Workwear Perform in the Seconds After a Heat or Flash Fire Emergency? May 23 - Fall Protection: When Your Job Takes You to the Edge On Demand - Eye Injury Prevention Learn more or sign up. Safety Tip: Emergency Exit Procedures When you think of fire safety, you probably think of firefighters and local fire codes. But OSHA also has requirements for exit routes to help protect workers. Typically, a workplace must have two exit routes in case one is blocked. However, depending on the number of employees, the size of the building, and the arrangement of the workplace, they may require more than two. Check these tips on OSHA exit route requirements. Learn more. Make Your Life Easier with a SignHub Account Whether you order signs every week, every month or just on occasion, a SignHub account at can make your job easier. Your SignHub account helps you with: Order History - Track shipping status on current orders, view old orders or buy items again Custom Signs - Easily access custom signs you've created and saved Saved Wishlist - Store a list of favorite items for quick access Your Account - Update your account information for fast checkout It's safe, secure - and free! Learn more or create your account here. Subscribe Past Issues RSSTranslate 4/30/2019, 11:55 AM
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