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December 2018 ComplianceSigns Connection Newsletter


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Top Safety News for December 2018
- Workplace injuries / illnesses declined in 2017
- New OSHA crane operator rule now in effect
- NFPA Report: 59,000 firefighter injuries in 2017
- Top 10 workplace safety articles of 2018
- What's New at ComplianceSigns: Easy Custom Signs

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December 2018 ComplianceSigns Connection Newsletter

  1. 1. Visit: | Connection Blog | Subscription Page | View in Your Browser Top Safety News for Dave, December 2018 Workplace injuries / illnesses declined in 2017 New OSHA crane operator rule now in effect NFPA Report: 59,000 firefighter injuries in 2017 Top 10 workplace safety articles of 2018 What's New at ComplianceSigns: Easy Custom Signs Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Decline in 2017 Private industry employers reported nearly 45,800 fewer nonfatal workplace injury and illness cases in 2017 compared to a year earlier, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2017, or 2.8 per full-time equivalent worker. Only manufacturing and finance / insurance sectors showed significant injury rate changes in 2017. Learn more. Happy Holidays from Your Friends at ComplianceSigns! We wish you all the best this holiday season. ComplianceSigns will be closed on December 24 and 25 and again on January 1 so we can enjoy the holidays with our families and friends. We hope you can do the same. Have a safe and happy New Year! New OSHA Crane Operator Rule Now in Effect OSHA issued a final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators. Under the final rule, employers are required to train, certify/license and evaluate operators to safely perform crane activities. Most requirements became effective on Dec. 9. Evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on Feb. 7, 2019. Learn more. Subscribe Past Issues Translate 1/28/2019, 4:31 PM
  2. 2. Across the U.S., most employers are required to display state and federal labor / employment notices in a conspicuous location. Most states update their posters annually, and you can now order 2019 posters from the source you trust for safety and office signs: California, Colorado, Michigan, New York and Rhode Island have not yet finalized their 2019 poster requirements. Learn more or find your state poster. A Worker is Hurt. What Next? When a worker is injured on the job, the steps his or her supervisor takes can affect the health of the employee – and also determine whether your company has complied with workplace safety regulations and may even protect you from serious legal problems. So what next? Here's good advice for immediate response to help the injured worker, document what happened and avoid similar accidents in the future. Read more here. 59,000 Firefighters Injured in 2017 The NFPA estimates that on-duty firefighters suffered 58,835 injuries in 2017, a decrease of five percent from the previous year – and the lowest number since NFPA began analyzing this data in 1981. Of these firefighter injuries, 10,155 (17 percent) resulted in lost time from work. These are in addition to the 60 firefighter deaths while on duty in 2017. Read more. What's New at Sometimes you need a custom sign for a specific situation. Our website team has developed three new tools to help you create exactly the sign or label you need, quickly and easily. Check out these new custom sign design tools: Custom Braille Signs - in 26 color combinations with your custom text and ADA-compliant Braille. Custom Engraved Acrylic Signs - Create colorful engraved acrylic signs for your office or anywhere in 19 color combinations. Custom Parking Signs with Your Own Logo - Make reflective parking signs with your custom text and logo or symbol. It's easy! See our most recent sign additions here. Top 10 Workplace Safety Articles of 2018 These 10 occupational health and safety articles from our Connection newsletters generated a lot of interest in 2018. We do our best to keep you up-to-date on new rules, tools and tips. All these posts are worth a second look as you plan for a safe workplace in 2019. Topics include: New CA Prop 65 warning signs; Free distracted driving resources; Ladder safety month resources; 2016 workplace fatalities; and more. See the list and get more info. Subscribe Past Issues Translate 1/28/2019, 4:31 PM
  3. 3. Here's a collection of safety news from around the web: OSHA Launches Trenching Hazard Initiative in Southern States OSHA area offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi, are reaching out to excavation employers, industry associations, equipment rental organizations, water utility suppliers and plumbing companies to educate them to identify trenching hazards. Compliance assistance specialists will also remind employers of requirements to implement methods to prevent collapses. Learn more. NIOSH Releases New Respirable Silica Monitoring Software Mines can now monitor worker exposure to hazardous respirable crystalline silica more effectively with beta version software developed by the NIOSH Mining Program. The "FAST" tool works with commercially available FTIR analyzers to determine a worker’s exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust, providing detailed results immediately following a worker’s shift. Learn more here. PHMSA Issues New Plastic Piping Rule The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration published a final rule on Nov. 20 that amends regulations for plastic piping systems used in the transportation of natural or other gas. The updates allow for expanded use of plastic pipe products and allow or require use of certain materials and practices. Effective date of the amendments is January 22, 2019. Get details. New NFPA Standard for Public Safety Drone Operations NFPA 2400 is an all-encompassing standard that applies to all public safety departments that operate drones, referred to as Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). The new standard underscores the need for an sUAS coordinator and the importance of knowing airspace requirements, weather conditions, crew readiness benchmarks, resource needs, incident command systems, regulatory requirements and communication strategies. Read more. OSHA Proposes Revised Beryllium Standard for General Industry OSHA has issued a proposed rule to revise the beryllium standard for general industry to clarify the standard and simplify or improve compliance with the standard. The proposed rule would amend selected paragraphs of the standard and replace Appendix A with Operations for Establishing Beryllium Work Areas. Comments on the changes must be submitted by February 9. See more. Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S Jan 10 - How changes to ANSI/ISEA 107 affect your safety program Jan 16 - Regulatory and Internal Demands Impacting Safety Culture in 2019 Jan 17 - 5 Best Practices for Creating a Contractor Safety Management Program Learn more or sign up. Safety Tip: Beware Carbon Monoxide Dangers Every year hundreds of workers experience carbon monoxide poisoning, especially during the winter months with closed buildings and increased use of furnaces, space heaters and generators. Fuel-burning tools also add to the risk. But you can take steps to stop this silent killer. Start with these tips from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Learn more. ComplianceSigns CONNECTION Dave Anderson, Editor Edit your subscription profile. Unsubscribe. To help ensure delivery, please add to your email address book. Subscribe Past Issues Translate 1/28/2019, 4:31 PM
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