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July - August 2018 Connection Newsletter


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Top Safety News for July-August 2018
• August 30 is Deadline for New California Prop 65 Signs
• Top OSHA Fines Pass $4 Million in Q2
• New OSHA Rule to Protect Worker Privacy
• The Road to Safer Highway Construction
• What's New at ComplianceSigns: Prop65, more

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July - August 2018 Connection Newsletter

  1. 1. Visit: | Connection Blog | Subscription Page | View in Your Browser Top Safety News for Dave, July-August 2018 August 30 is Deadline for New California Prop 65 Signs Top OSHA Fines Pass $4 Million in Q2 New OSHA Rule to Protect Worker Privacy The Road to Safer Highway Construction What's New at ComplianceSigns: Prop65, more Are You Ready for the August 30 Prop 65 Deadline? Our New Video Can Help Beginning August 30, new rules take effect for California Prop 65 warning labels and signs. The changes are significant, but the Prop 65 office isn't offering much guidance. The OEHHA directed us not to give any advice on whether a sign is correct for a particular location or application, but we've assembled a variety of resources to help you learn how to comply with the new rule, including an informational video. Watch the video and access Prop 65 resources here. Top OSHA Fines Pass $4 Million from April to June OSHA released information on 19 significant fines (over $100,000) in the second quarter of 2018, averaging more than $212,000 each. Common violations include trench, fall and electrical hazards. The top three fines were: $454,750 for trenching, other hazards on a North Dakota municipal project $389,685 court order against a Maine roofing company $281,220 for safety and health hazards at a New York manufacturer See details and the full list. What's New at We now have hundreds of new California Prop 65 warning signs and labels available to meet the August 30 deadline for new warning notices. We've followed the official Prop 65 list to make it easy for you to find the signs and labels you need for more than 800 chemicals, plus products and places identified by California as hazardous. Our new Resources Hub has an updated format that makes it easy to review our Compliance Resource and Product Data Bulletins and browse Subscribe Past Issues Translate 8/29/2018, 8:42 AM
  2. 2. OSHA Proposes Rule to Protect Worker Privacy OSHA has proposed a rule to help protect workers’ identities. However, this new rule would cut out parts of their existing “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule, a change that OSHA believes will make their existing policy easier to comply with, and eliminates their electronic submission requirement for Form 300 injury and illness logs. Learn more. The Road to Safer Highway Construction Highway work zones are inherently dangerous for workers, which is why great efforts have been devoted to improving work zone markings and vehicle flow. But according to NIOSH, workers being hit by passing motorists make up less than half of vehicle-related fatalities among highway workers. In fact, highway workers are more likely to be killed by construction vehicles operating in the worksite. A recent article offers advice to help keep highway construction workers safe. Read the full article by Safety Management Group. August Workplace Safety News & Notes Here's a collection of safety news from around the web: OSHA Extends Some Compliance Dates for Beryllium Standard OSHA has extended the compliance date for specific ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018. It affects only provisions for methods of compliance, beryllium work areas, regulated areas, personal protective clothing and equipment, hygiene facilities and practices, housekeeping, communication of hazards, and recordkeeping. Enforcement of new PELs for general industry, construction and shipyards, and the general industry provisions for exposure assessment, respiratory protection, medical surveillance and medical removal are unaffected by this rule. Read the notice. Black Lung Increasing Among U.S. Coal Miners One in ten underground coal miners who have worked in mines for at least 25 years were identified as having black lung, according to a new report by NIOSH. Coal miners in central Appalachia are disproportionately affected with as many as 1 in 5 having evidence of black lung - the highest level recorded in 25 years. Since 2000, the nationwide prevalence of black lung has increased, especially in progressive massive fibrosis (PMF), the most severe form of black lung disease. Read more. Safety Pays Calculator Assess Impact of Injuries on Profitability The OSHA Safety Pays tool uses your company's profit margin, the average costs of an injury or illness and an indirect cost multiplier to project the amount of sales you would need to generate to cover those costs. The tool is intended to raise awareness of how occupational injuries and illnesses can impact a company's profitability, not to provide a detailed analysis of occupational injury and illness costs. Check it out here. Safety Training vs. Safety Learning A recent editorial piece in ISHN promotes a new approach to safety success. More companies now are engaged in collaborative learning – part of the drive for greater worker engagement – and also a means to improve safety performance. Training, coaching and mentoring will always be important in safety, but team collaboration may offer even greater benefits. Read more. Updated Bird Flu information from OSHA OSHA’s recently updated Avian Influenza page provides information on protecting workers in egg and poultry production, veterinary facilities, pet shops and food services who may be exposed to infectious birds or poultry products. The page includes information on hand hygiene and good housekeeping, as well as recommended precautions, such as PPE, for higher-risk occupations. Visit the avian influenza page. Subscribe Past Issues Translate 8/29/2018, 8:42 AM
  3. 3. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. The official event dates this year are August 13 to 19, but the information and activities can be useful anytime. Learn more. Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S August 22 - Effective Chemical Hazard Communication Sept. 6 - A Two Degree Future - Low-carbon Economy Sept. 12 - Common OH&S Pitfalls in the Utilities Sector On Demand - Leveraging ANSI Standards for a State-of-the-Art Fall Protection Program Learn more or sign up. 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. Safety Tip: Trench Safety OSHA has assessed fines totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars for trench-related violations this summer. When done properly, trenching operations can limit worker exposure to cave-ins, falling loads, hazardous atmospheres and hazards from mobile equipment. Check these excavation and trench safety tips. Top Safety Articles Last Month These were the most popular items in last month's Connection: Prop 65 info at Forklift safety day OSHA state plan employers must report injury and illness data Resources to prevent heat illness NFPA 3000 standard for active shooter/hostile event response 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 8/29/2018, 8:42 AM
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