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August 2017 ComplianceSigns Connection Workplace Safety Newsletter


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Top Workplace Safety News for August 2017:
• New OSHA Silica Guide for Small Business
• Free Resources to Help You Plan for a Disaster
• New Fact Sheet on Confined Spaces in Construction
• NIOSH App for Safe Lifting Can Save your Back
• ComplianceSigns Honored for 8th Time on Inc 5000 List

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August 2017 ComplianceSigns Connection Workplace Safety Newsletter

  1. 1. Visit: | Connection Blog | Subscription Page Top Safety News for <<First Name>>, August 2017 • New OSHA Silica Guide for Small Business • Free Resources to Help You Plan for a Disaster • New Fact Sheet on Confined Spaces in Construction • NIOSH App for Safe Lifting Can Save your Back • ComplianceSigns Honored for 8th Time on Inc 5000 List New OSHA Guide Helps Small Businesses with Silica Rule OSHA has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for General Industry and Maritime to help small business employers comply with the agency's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect employees in general industry and maritime from the hazards associated with silica exposure. Enforcement of the final rule is scheduled to begin in June 2018. Employers in the construction industry should refer to a similar guide for Construction. Read more here. Free Preparedness Month Resources Help Protect Your Business from Disaster September is National Preparedness Month 2017 - a time to take steps to prepare for emergencies including tornados, fires, floods or civil emergencies. Up to 40 percent of businesses affected by a disaster never re-open. Your organization is more likely to survive if you plan carefully. A variety of free resources are available for business owners, including posters, planning worksheets and more. Read more here. ComplianceSigns Honored by Inc Again in 2017 Eight consecutive years on fastest-growing companies list For the 8th consecutive year, ComplianceSigns has been designated one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., as ranked by Inc. magazine. We achieved revenue growth of 54 percent over the past three years. ComplianceSigns ranks as the 7th fastest-growing manufacturer in Illinois and 114th in the entire country. We are among 32 U.S. manufacturers and just 3 Illinois manufacturers who have made the Inc list 5 times or more. We say a sincere "Thank You" to our loyal customers Subscribe Past IssuesSubscribe Past IssuesSubscribe Past IssuesSubscribe Past Issues TranslateTranslateTranslateTranslate Page 1 of 4Top Workplace Safety News for August 9/25/2017
  2. 2. and our fantastic employee team for making this possible. See our profile here. New NIOSH Lifting App Helps Save Your Back NIOSH says its new NLE Calc app is a quick and simple way for workers to assess their risk for injury before they manually lift an object. The free app determines a score based on data about the lifting task, provides simple visual evaluations and recommendations to help optimize the task and prevent injury. Read more here. What's New at Our product development team never stops searching for new and different safety signs to meet your needs. In the past month, we've added more than 2,400 new signs and labels to our online store, including: • Slippery When Wet signs • Phone Location signs • School Texting Policy signs • Industrial Notice labels • No Trespassing signs • Even signs with new Georgia Swiming Pool Rules. See our most recent sign additions here. National Safety Council: 97 Percent of Workers Report Fatigue Factors If you feel tired at work from time to time, you're not alone. A new report shows that 97 percent of Americans are at risk of fatigue that can reduce their ability to think clearly, make informed decisions and be productive on the job. More than three of four Americans say they feel tired at work and 44 percent have trouble focusing. Our recent article tells more, including how to prevent workplace fatigue. Read more here. New OSHA Fact Sheet on Confined Spaces in Residential Construction OSHA recently released a new fact sheet to help builders and remodelers understand provisions of the OSHA standard for Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA) regarding spaces such as attics, basements and crawl spaces. According to the fact sheet, the vast majority of the standard’s requirements only apply to permit-required confined spaces. Attics, basements, and crawl spaces in a residential Page 2 of 4Top Workplace Safety News for August 9/25/2017
  3. 3. home will not typically trigger these requirements. Read more. Study Shows Workplace Deaths Rising Among Older Workers A study conducted by the Associated Press shows older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the overall rate of workplace fatalities decreases. In 2015, about 35 percent of fatal workplace accidents involved a worker age 55 or older. There are steps employers can take to help improve safety for older workers, and recent research shows younger workers also benefit from increased safety efforts. Read more. August Workplace Safety News & Notes Here's a collection of safety news from around the web: ISO Adopts New Arc Flash Symbol There was no single standardized graphic for an arc flash explosion hazard until ISO adopted a symbol meaning “To warn of an arc flash.” The new arc flash symbol has been registered in ISO 7010 Graphical symbols – Safety colors and safety signs – Registered safety signs. The symbol went through a three year registration process prior to its adoption into ISO 7010. has arc flash safety signs and labels with the new symbol. September MSHA Initiative Focuses on Less-Experienced Miners MSHA data show that less-experienced miners, both at a mine and at a specific occupation, suffer injuries at a higher rate than more experienced miners. To address this trend, the agency has launched a training assistance initiative to focus on younger workers. Staff from the agency’s division of Coal Mine Safety and Health and training specialists from Educational Field and Small Mine Services will visit coal mines through September 30 to focus on training of inexperienced miners. Learn more. New Drive Safely Work Week Campaign on Distracted Driving Released Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) has been an annual campaign sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) for many years. Instead of a single campaign, DSWW is now delivered more frequently, with a tighter focus on specific behaviors. The current module targets distracted driving. A new campaign in October will feature impaired driving. All materials are available at no cost. See more. The Risks of Prolonged Sitting - or Standing - at Work Should workers sit or stand to reduce health risks? Depends who you ask. Some research suggests prolonged sitting can contribute to diabetes, heart disease and other health conditions. But other studies show workers who stand on the job most of the time are at greater risk of heart disease than workers who predominantly sit. One study says that even after taking into account a wide range of personal, health and work factors, people who primarily stand on the job are twice as likely as people who primarily sit on the job to have a heart attack or congestive heart failure. Review the sitting information here and the standing research here. OSHA Electronic Injury Reporting is Live - Sort Of OSHA launched its long-delayed electronic Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on August 1, allowing employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. OSHA plans to extend the deadline for submitting 2016 Form 300A to Dec. 1, 2017, to allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system. That's good, because the site was experiencing "technical difficulties" earlier this week and not all pages were available. Read more on electronic reporting. Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S • August 31 - Industrial Hygiene - Functional Processing of Collected Metrics • September 7 - How to Evaluate the Safety Performance of Contractors • September 14 - Global Standards for Hand Protection: Overview of ANSI / ISEA 105 and EN388 Changes • September 20 - ANSI / ISEA 107-2015 • Learn more or sign up. Safety Tip: Quick Sleep Tips for Truck Drivers Page 3 of 4Top Workplace Safety News for August 9/25/2017
  4. 4. The NHTSA estimates some 100,000 drowsy-driving crashes every year result in more than 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in losses. Commercial drivers are at increased risk for drowsy driving because of their long hours and overnight schedules. NIOSH and the CDC have published a brochure with tips to help truck drivers get the sleep they need and understand the benefits of adequate sleep. Read more here. Top Safety Articles Last Month These were the most popular items in last month's Connection: • What to include in your annual safety inspection checklist • OSHA electronic injury reporting set to go live August 1 • Lockout / Tagout inspections - What you need to know • Emergency Contact signs and labels • Safety Labels on rolls ComplianceSigns CONNECTION Dave Anderson, Editor Edit your subscription profile. Unsubscribe. To help ensure delivery, please add to your email address book. Copyright © 2017, All rights reserved. Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list Page 4 of 4Top Workplace Safety News for August 9/25/2017