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September 2017 Connection Workplace Safety Newsletter


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Top Safety News for September, 2017:
• NIOSH Software Monitors Emergency Responder Health and Safety
• OSHA Resources Help Keep Workers Safe During Disaster Cleanup
• How to Comply with Updated Walking-Working Surface Rule
• NIOSH Study Finds Surprises in 3-D Printer Emissions
• New at ComplianceSigns: Hazard and Policy Signs

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September 2017 Connection Workplace Safety Newsletter

  1. 1. Visit: | Connection Blog | Subscription Page | View in Your Browser Top Safety News for <<First Name>>, September 2017 • NIOSH Software Monitors Emergency Responder Health and Safety • OSHA Resources Help Keep Workers Safe During Disaster Cleanup • How to Comply with Updated Walking-Working Surface Rule • NIOSH Study Finds Surprises in 3-D Printer Emissions • New at ComplianceSigns: Hazard and Policy Signs NIOSH Releases New Software to Monitor Emergency Responder Health and Safety The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) just introduced ERHMS Info Manager™, a free software tool that tracks and monitors emergency response and recovery worker activities before, during and after their deployment to natural disasters or other public health emergencies. ERHMS Info Manager software is designed to help emergency responder organizations implement the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS™) framework. Read more here. OSHA Offers Worker Safety Resources for Hurricane and Flood Cleanup and Recovery Natural disasters create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted areas. The OSHA website has a variety of resources to help employers keep their workers safe when hurricanes and floods strike - and during cleanup and recovery operations. OSHA recently updated the Worker Safety and Health Resources for Hurricane and Flood Cleanup and Recovery page to provide information for employers and workers across industries, and for workers responding to emergencies. Read more here. What's New at This month we've added more 1,000 new signs to our online store, including: • Industrial Hazard signs that inform employees and visitors where to walk, identify potential hazards, show locations of emergency eyewash stations, required PPE and more. Subscribe Past IssuesSubscribe Past IssuesSubscribe Past IssuesSubscribe Past Issues TranslateTranslateTranslateTranslate Page 1 of 4Top Workplace Safety News for September 9/25/2017
  2. 2. • Policy / Regulation signs that give instructions and warnings related to electricity, automatic doors, pregnancy, vehicles, medical facilities and more, • Dining / Restaurant Policies signs on a variety of topics from food and drink restrictions to kitchen safety instructions. Our 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. NIOSH Studies 3-D Printer Emissions If your business uses 3-D printers, you'll be interested in a recent NIOSH study comparing emissions from 3-D and laser printers that found 3-D printers emit 14 chemicals that laser printers do not. Further, they found that 3-D printed items continued to emit chemicals after printing, raising questions about exposure in storage and other areas. Read more here. How to Comply with OSHA's Updated Walking- Working Surfaces Rule Late last year, OSHA published new standards for walking-working surfaces and fall protection in general industry workplaces. The new rules address horizontal and vertical surfaces including roofs, floors, ramps, elevated walkways, stairs, ladders and scaffolding - and actually give employers greater flexibility than before. The safety experts at Safety Management Group in Indianapolis have written an article that digs into the new standard and provides details on requirements for portable ladders, ropes and anchorage, scaffolding and required training. Read more here. September Workplace Safety News & Notes Here's a collection of safety news from around the web: NIOSH Offers Webinar on Aging Workforce Sept. 28 NIOSH is hosting a free webinar, Interventions and Promising Practices in the Aging Workplace, as part of the Productive Aging and Work webinar series and in observance of National Employ Older Workers Week. The webinar will provide an overview of interventions and promising practices for addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging workforce. Date is September 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM EDT. Continuing education credits are pending for this activity. Register here. OSHA Proposes Extended Deadline for Crane Operator Certification OSHA intends to extend the employer's responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018. OSHA issued a final rule in September 2014, extending the deadline by three years for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The final rule also extended by three years the employer's responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely. Read more. Alliance Formed to Protect Grain Handling Workers The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and OSHA have formed an alliance to focus on preventing exposure to hazards associated with grain bin entry, machine guarding, respiratory protection, falls, heat exposure exposures, combustible dust, struck-by equipment and lockout/tagout. Participants will share recommended practices and effective approaches to recognize and prevent grain handling hazards with OSHA staff and industry safety and health professionals. Participants will also support and promote events such as the Grain Industry Stand- Up, which focuses on engulfment prevention. Learn more. Increased Commercial Vehicle Enforcement During Operation Safe Driver, Oct. 15-21 Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. Throughout the week, enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to Page 2 of 4Top Workplace Safety News for September 9/25/2017
  3. 3. commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors, including: speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt, tailgating, improper lane changes and failure to obey traffic control devices. A similar event in June encompassed more than 62,000 driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses and resulted in 23 percent of vehicles and 4.2 percent of drivers being placed out of service. Learn more about the October event. New NIOSH Fact Sheet Tells How To Prevent EMS Worker Injuries and Exposures More than 22,000 EMS workers visit emergency departments each year for work-related injuries, according to a four-year study. A new NIOSH fact sheet, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides EMS employers with recommendations for preventing injuries and exposures among workers. Download the sheet. (pdf) New DSWW Campaign To Be Released in October: Impaired Driving Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) has been an annual campaign sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) for many years. DSWW is now being offered on a more frequent basis, with modules focused on specific driving behaviors. The next DSWW campaign will be released the first week of October and will focus on impaired driving. Visit the DSWW site. Joint Effort to Protect Workers from Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals OSHA and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) have established a two-year alliance to raise awareness of how workers are exposed to diisocyantes, and promote safe practices for their use in the polyurethane industry. Isocyanates are raw materials used to make polyurethane products, such as insulation, car seats, foam mattresses, shoes and adhesives. Exposure to isocyanates can cause irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. More serious health effects include asthma and other lung problems. The alliance calls for the creation of a web-based training program on the safe use of chemicals and the potential routes of exposure to users. It will also develop guidance on medical surveillance and clinical evaluation techniques for employers and workers using the chemicals. Learn more here. Deadline Nears for Updating Tennessee NO FIREARMS ALLOWED Signs Tennessee updated its law governing signs to prohibit weapons at certain meetings in July, 2016. The law (39-17- 1359. Prohibition at certain meeting - Posted notice - Handgun carry permit holder) specifies sign size, language, text size and image. Old signs must be replaced by January 1, 2018. offers a Tennessee Firearms sign or label that meets all new requirements. Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S • Oct. 5 - Protecting Workers in the Electrical Utility Industry • Oct. 11 - The Truth Behind the Real Cost of Burns • Oct. 26 - Changes and Updates in NFPA 70E Latest Edition Related to Electrical Safety • On Demand - Global Standards for Hand Protection: Overview of ANSI/ISEA 105 and EN388 Changes • Learn more or sign up. Safety Tip: Protecting Grain Bin Workers It's harvest time, and that means more activity at grain bins and facilities across the country. Grain handling is a high hazard activity where workers can be exposed to numerous serious and life threatening hazards, including fires and explosions from grain dust accumulation, suffocation from engulfment and entrapment in grain bins, falls from heights, crushing injuries and amputations. Help keep workers safe with grain handling safety facts and tips. Top Safety Articles Last Month These were the most popular items in last month's Connection: • New OSHA guide helps small businesses with silica rule • Protect your business with free preparedness month resources • New safe-lifting app from NIOSH saves your back • ComplianceSigns honored by Inc 5000 list • Emergency Response Plan Manual sign ComplianceSigns CONNECTION Page 3 of 4Top Workplace Safety News for September 9/25/2017
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