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January 2019 ComplianceSigns Connection Newsletter

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Top Workplace Safety News for January 2019
- What Employers Can - and Can't - Do About Guns in the Workplace
- Workplace Fatalities Drop in 2017
- OSHA Fines Top $4.6 Million in 4th Quarter
- Plan Ahead to Keep Your New Business Safe
- What's New at ComplianceSigns: Gender Neutral Signs, Signs for Your State

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January 2019 ComplianceSigns Connection Newsletter

  1. 1. Visit: ComplianceSigns.com | Connection Blog | Subscription Page | View in Your Browser Top Safety News for Dave, January 2019 What Employers Can - and Can't - Do About Guns in the Workplace Workplace Fatalities Drop in 2017 OSHA Fines Top $4.6 Million in 4th Quarter Plan Ahead to Keep Your New Business Safe What's New at ComplianceSigns: Gender Neutral Signs, Signs for Your State Workplace Fatalities Drop, But Falls Hit New High There were a total of 5,147 workplace fatalities recorded in the United States in 2017, down slightly from the 5,190 fatal injuries reported in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. The fatal injury rate decreased to 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers from 3.6 in 2016. Yet fatal falls were at their highest level in 26 years. Learn more. What's New at ComplianceSigns.com When you need a specific sign for your workplace, you'll find it at ComplianceSigns.com. We monitor customer requests as well as state legislation to provide compliant, affordable signs for nearly any situation. Here are some examples: ADA Braille Gender Neutral Restroom Signs in 26 color combinations to match your decor. State-specific No Smoking Signs to help you comply with local rules State-specific Accessible Parking Signs to keep your parking areas in compliance with state and federal laws Guns in the Workplace: What Employers Can – and Can’t – Do Every year, 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence. In 2014, 409 people were fatally injured in work- related attacks, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An active shooter situation is by far the deadliest incident. But what can employers do to limit firearms on company property? The answer varies greatly depending on your location. Learn more. Subscribe Past Issues Translate 1/28/2019, 4:36 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 for all states from the source you trust: ComplianceSigns.com. Learn more or find your state poster. Opening a New Business? Plan to Keep it Safe Is 2019 the year you make your dream come true and open a new business? Before you start hiring, you need a solid safety program that not only keeps your employees and visitors safe, but also keeps your business safe from a variety of potential hazards. It's not as exciting as opening day, but a safety plan is an essential early step for any business. Learn more here. OSHA Fines Top $4.6M from October - December Federal OSHA has released details on 25 significant fines (over $100,000) totaling $4,677,912 from October to December 2018. The highest penalty was $398,545, and the top 5 fines accounted for nearly $1.7 million. Several roofing companies received fines, and common citations included fall protection, confined spaces, crush hazards and machine guards. Read more. January Workplace Safety News & Notes Here's a collection of safety news from around the web: OSHA Fines Increasing in 2019 OSHA fines will be increased to adjust for inflation in 2019, once the Federal Register is published again. New penalties will be: $13,260 per violation for serious, other-than-serious and posting violations; $13,260 per day for failure to abate, and $132,598 per instance for willful or repeated violations. Read more (pdf). Report Explores New Types of Respiratory Protection for Use in Health Care A new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine explores the potential of half- facepiece elastomeric respirators in the U.S. health care system. It focuses on economic, policy and implementation challenges and opportunities. The report examines both routine and surge use. A free pre-publication copy of the report is available. Learn more. Post Your OSHA 300A Summary by February 1 Remember, February 1 is the deadline for posting a copy of OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2018. The summary must be displayed from Feb. 1 to April 30 in a common area where employee notices are usually posted, even if you had no incidents last year. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and some others are exempt. Get details here. ANSI Shares Basic Cleanroom Requirements and Classifications Having the proper level of cleanroom control is essential for product quality as well as the safety of employees and customers. ANSI has shared some key facts about their standards and classifications, including classes of air cleanliness. Read more here. Study Shows Increased Hearing Loss Risk for Older Construction Workers Researchers studying workers at nuclear power sites found that 58 percent of former construction workers had some form of hearing loss and, overall, had “significantly increased risk of hearing loss compared to reference populations.” In addition, those who worked more than 30 years were nearly four times more likely to experience hearing loss than workers with fewer than 10 years on the job. Learn more. Subscribe Past Issues Translate 1/28/2019, 4:36 PM
  3. 3. OSHA has developed a collection of compliance assistance resources to address falls in the workplace, the leading cause of worker fatality in the construction industry. Resources include a series of fall safety videos, a fall prevention training guide, fact sheets and a brief video, 5 Ways to Prevent Workplace Falls. See more. Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S Jan 30 - NFPA 70E 2018 and Normal Operating Condition, No PPE Required? Feb 20 - Top 3 Challenges to Improving Safety Culture Feb 21 - What You Really Need for OSHA-compliant Fall Protection Anchorage Feb 26 - Legal Marijuana and Workplace Safety - Recipe for Disaster Learn more or sign up. Safety Tip: Prevent Workplace Electrical Injuries Every workplace today operates on electricity, so workplace electrical injuries are a real threat in any location. Fortunately, most office electrical injuries can be prevented by using the information in this post to understand how electrical injuries happen, identify common electrical hazards and follow simple prevention tips. 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 ComplianceSigns.com 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 Connection@ComplianceSigns.com to your email address book. Copyright © 2019 ComplianceSigns.com, All rights reserved. Want to change how you receive these emails? Subscribe Past Issues Translate 1/28/2019, 4:36 PM
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