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February 2018 ComplianceSigns Connection Workplace Safety Newsletter


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Top Workplace Safety News for February 2018:
- March is Ladder Safety Month
- How to Prevent Workplace Foot Injuries
- Top OSHA Fines Reach $1.77 Million in 6 Weeks
- What's New at ComplianceSigns: Arrow Signs, Stairs, Space Constraints
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February 2018 ComplianceSigns Connection Workplace Safety Newsletter

  1. 1. 2/26/2018 Top Workplace Safety News for February 1/4 Visit: | Connection Blog | Subscription Page | View in Your Browser Top Safety News for Dave, February 2018 March is Ladder Safety Month How to Prevent Workplace Foot Injuries Top OSHA Fines Reach $1.77 Million in 6 Weeks What's New at ComplianceSigns: Arrow Signs, Stairs, Space Constraints, more March is National Ladder Safety Month Falls from ladders are preventable, yet they account for 300 deaths and some 20,000 injuries each year. The American Ladder Institute (ALI) has announced March as National Ladder Safety Month to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities. A variety of free training tools and resources are available. Read more here. Workplace Foot Injuries: Causes, Costs and Prevention Foot injuries are among the most common workers' compensation claims, including breaks, fractures and heel injuries. A study of over 250,000 worker's comp claims found the average final settlement for a foot injury is more than $17,000. Learn the causes, costs and prevention steps you can take to reduce foot injuries in your workplace. Read more here. What's New at Stairway, Confined Space and Restroom Signs, and Arrow-Shaped Labels. This month we've added more than 850 new signs and labels on topics including Automatic Doors, Fire Alarms, First Aid, Confined Spaces, Stairway Safety and Restrooms. All these signs are proudly made in the USA and most are available in 6 sizes and 4 materials: aluminum, plastic, vinyl label or magnetic backing. See our most recent sign additions here. Top OSHA Fines Reach $1.77 Million in First 6 Weeks of 2018 OSHA has released information on nine significant fines (over $100,000) so far this year, with five fines at or over $200,000. Common violations include fall, confined space and machine guard violations. The top 3 fines are: Subscribe Past Issues Translate
  2. 2. 2/26/2018 Top Workplace Safety News for February 2/4 $281,583 after a fatal wall collapse at a New Jersey construction company $256,088 for fall and confined space violations at a Georgia manufacturer $212,396 for crush hazards at a Massachusetts foundation company See details and the full list here. Take Care of Company Cars to Improve Safety More than 44,000 vehicle accidents each year are attributed to issues with brakes, tires, steering and engine components, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many of these accidents could have been prevented with proper vehicle maintenance and routine inspections. This article gives some key considerations to help keep your vehicle fleet in top condition. Read more here. Are Music Headphones a Workplace Hazard? We've all heard about the dangers of distracted driving. Now studies have documented the dangers of distracted walking. One article concludes that headphones pose a safety risk to pedestrians, especially in environments with moving vehicles. It's not hard to imagine the same is true in work environments such as construction sites, warehouses or loading docks. Check this article for more information and resources to help you decide what's right - and OSHA compliant - for your workplace. Learn more. February Workplace Safety News & Notes Here's a collection of safety news from around the web: List of Active OSHA Emphasis Programs OSHA currently has nine active National and Special Emphasis Programs under enforcement. They include: Compustible dust, Hazardous machinery, Hexavalent chromium, Lead, Process safety management, Trenching & excavation and others. See the full index and get details on each program here. Updated ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management - Guidelines Now Available The revised ISO 31000:2018 standard includes changes to nearly every section. It provides a common approach to managing risk and is not industry- or sector-specific. It can be used throughout the life of an organization and applied to any activity, including all levels of decision-making. Learn more. OSHA Now Accepting 2017 Form 300A Data Submissions Employers can now to electronically report their Calendar Year 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA. All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. OSHA provides a secure website with three options for data submission: Manually entering data into a web form; Upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time; or users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface). Learn more. CCOHS Offers Guidance to Stop Workplace Violence Most people think of violence as a physical assault. However, workplace violence is a much broader problem. It is any act in which a person is abused, threatened, intimidated or assaulted in his or her employment. CCOHS has assembled a site with resources that describe the problem, identify risk factors and high-risk groups, and give tips on how to prevent incidents. Learn more here. 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) Gaining Traction As of February 1, the 2017 NEC is in effect in 19 states, with 9 more in the adoption process. The 2017 edition addresses the advancement of privately-owned wind and solar power generation and distribution equipment, including higher voltage systems. The 2014 edition is still in effect in 20 states. Eight states are still using 2011 or 2008 versions. See which states are currently using each edition - and track progress toward adoption of the latest rules - here. Subscribe Past Issues
  3. 3. 2/26/2018 Top Workplace Safety News for February 3/4 New ISO Worker Safety Standard Expected in March The final draft of ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety) was recently approved. It provides a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions all over the world. Publication is expected in March. Get details here. Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S Feb. 28 - 6 Tips to Provide Fall Protection Training that Sticks March 1 - Ladder Safety – Plan, Provide & Train to Save Lives March 7 - Identifying and Managing the Hazards of Combustible Dust March 22 - Upgrade Your Safety Management Program On Demand - Making the Case for Contractor Management: Examining the Safety Benefits of Third-Party Management Learn more or sign up. Safety Tip: Use Three Points-Of-Contact on Ladders March is Ladder Safety Month, so here's a ladder fact you should know: About 20% of work-related fall injuries involve ladders. Factors contributing to ladder falls include haste, sudden movement and lack of attention. Improper climbing posture creates user clumsiness that also leads to falls. When using a ladder, it is safest to maintain three points-of- contact to minimize the chance of slipping and falling from the ladder. Check these tips for safe ladder use. Top Safety Articles Last Month These were the most popular items in last month's Connection: 3 Ways to Stay OSHA-Compliant How to Protect Workers from Seasonal Flu Don't Miss Feb. 1 Deadline for Posting OSHA 300A Summary "Prevent the Spread of Flu" Sign Top 10 Workplace Safety Stories of 2017 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. ComplianceSigns CONNECTION Dave Anderson, Editor Edit your subscription profile. Unsubscribe. To help ensure delivery, please add to your email address book. Subscribe Past Issues
  4. 4. 2/26/2018 Top Workplace Safety News for February 4/4 Copyright © 2018, All rights reserved. Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list Subscribe Past Issues