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October 2017 Conection Workplace Safety Newsletter


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Top Safety News for October 2017
• Top OSHA Violations of 2017
• What are OSHA fall protection training requirements?
• Protect Your Hearing Month
• Beat Solvent Safety Challenges
• New at ComplianceSigns: PPE and Facility Signs

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October 2017 Conection Workplace Safety Newsletter

  1. 1. Visit: | Connection Blog | Subscription Page | View in Your Browser Top Safety News for Dave, October 2017 • Top OSHA Violations of 2017 • What are OSHA fall protection training requirements? • Protect Your Hearing Month • Beat Solvent Safety Challenges • New at ComplianceSigns: PPE and Facility Signs Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2017 Once again, Fall Protection tops OSHA's preliminary list of most-often- cited safety violations in 2017, followed by Hazard Communication and Scaffolding. The Top 10 list has been quite consistent in recent years, but Fall Protection Training slid into the #9 spot this year, bumping Electrical, General Requirements off the list. See the Top 10 List here. What Are OSHA Fall Protection Training Requirements? Fall Protection – Training Requirements violations were cited 1,523 times by federal OSHA inspectors this year. But what exactly are the training requirements that employers are failing to meet? Here's an overview of Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, Fall Protection - Training Requirements (1926.503). Read more here. What's New at In the past monthwe've added more than 2,600 new signs and arrows to our online safety sign store. Topics include: • PPE signs for Hearing protection, Foot protection, Hand protection and General PPE topics • Recreation policy signs for weight rooms, golf courses, pools, ball diamonds, parks and more. • Facility policy signs such as trash reminders, fragrance notices, electronics rules and more. All these signs are proudly made in the USA and available in 6 sizes and 4 materials: aluminum, plastic, vinyl label or magnetic backing. All are Subscribe Past IssuesSubscribe Past IssuesSubscribe Past IssuesSubscribe Past Issues TranslateTranslateTranslateTranslate Page 1 of 4Workplace Safety News for October 10/30/2017
  2. 2. backed by our Lowest Price Promise. See our most recent sign additions here. October is Protect Your Hearing Month - Here's What To Know About Workplace Hearing Loss Hearing loss disability costs businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers' compensation. October is Protect Your Hearing Month - a good time to review your hearing protection program and to remind workers that noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. Check hearing loss info, risks by industry and how to minimize hearing risks. Read more here. Raised Pallet Work Platforms Can Be Deadly OSHA is warning employees and employers about the dangers of using a pallet raised by a forklift as a work platform. This potentially deadly combination is sometimes used to perform tasks such as reaching upper levels of shelves or storage racks. A new OSHA FatalFacts sheet gives advice to help avoid tragedy in your own facility. Read more here. How To Address Solvent Safety Challenges Chemical solvents are so common at work and home that workers may not give them the safety attention they deserve. Yet solvent exposure can damage skin, eyes, internal organs and respiratory tissue - as well as cause fires and explosions. Workers and employers need to be aware of solvent hazards, steps to protect themselves and action to take in the event of a spill or injury. Read more here. Fatal Traffic Crashes Increased in 2016 - What Can Employers Do? More than 37,000 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015. The increase in fatalities involving large trucks indicates an area of concern for trucking companies and operations with commmercial drivers, but managing risks is complicated. Here's advice for employers on preventing work-related crashes. Read more. October Workplace Safety News & Notes Here's a collection of safety news from around the web: OSHA Enforcing Crystalline Silica Standard in Construction The 30-day enforcement phase-in of OSHA's respirable crystalline silica standard for construction is now over, so inspectors are free to issue citations for employers not in comnpliance with the new rule. OSHA has also published a silica compliance guide to help small businesses comply with the new requirements. Read more about the new silica rules. Hallowen Safety Tips Page 2 of 4Workplace Safety News for October 10/30/2017
  3. 3. Check out these tips from the CDC to help make Halloween and other fall festivities fun and safe for employees, trick-or-treaters and party guests. Get Halloween Safety Tips. New No-Cost Respiratory Protection Program Training Available NIOSH and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) recently released a new, no-cost Respiratory Protection Program Training. The program includes a respiratory protection course and accompanying resources for occupational health professionals who want to learn more about OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard and the role of the respiratory protection program administrator. Learn more at the AAOHN website. Deadline for New OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Rule is Nov. 17 Late last year, OSHA published new standards for walking-working surfaces and fall protection in general industry workplaces. Much of the rule took effect on January 17, 2017, but OSHA gave employers additional time to comply with many of the provisions. Inspections and certifications of permanent anchorages used in rope descent systems must be completed by November 17, 2017. Read more here. OSHA Silica Webpage Updated Information on silica hazards and related OSHA standards are now in one location on OSHA’s website. The updated silica page contains links to guidance on complying with OSHA’s silica standards in both construction and general industry and maritime, as well as information on silica sampling and analysis, health effects of silica exposure, and answers to frequently asked questions. Visit the OSHA Silica page. Easy Custom Safety Signs Need a fast and easy solution for creating and ordering custom safety signs? Check out the ComplianceSigns custom sign design tools. In a matter of minutes, you can select a design, enter your custom text and symbol, select size and material and order your signs. It's that easy. Make your own custom safety signs. Free Workplace Fatigue Cost Calculator How much is fatigue costing the workplace? The National Safety Council has teamed with Brigham and Women's Hospital to develop an easy-to-use tool providing specific information about fatigue in the workplace. Answer four simple questions and receeive an email report. Check it out here. Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S • November 2 - NFPA 70E Changes For 2018 and Practical Implementation • November 8 - The Elements of an Effective Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) • November 16 - Executing a Confined Space Rescue • On Demand - Protecting workers in the Electrical Utility Industry • Learn more or sign up. Safety Tip: Noise / Hearing Protection for the Workplace Every year, 22 million workers risk losing their hearing from workplace noise hazards. Hearing loss disability costs businesses an estimated $242 million annually in workers' compensation. Find out what OSHA requires, what resources are available, and what steps employees and employers can take to help ensure hearing is protected in the workplace. Read more here. Top Safety Articles Last Month These were the most popular items in last month's Connection: • How to Comply with OSHA's Updated Walking-Working Surfaces Rule • Industrial Hazard safety signs and labels • NIOSH Studies 3-D Printer Emissions • New Policies / Regulations signs and labels • New NIOSH Software Monitors Emergency Responder Health and Safety ComplianceSigns CONNECTION Page 3 of 4Workplace Safety News for October 10/30/2017
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