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September 2018 Connection Workplace Safety Newsletter


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- September is National Preparedness Month - Free resources available
- New resources for OSHA respirable silica standard
- Lessons to learn from N95 Day
- Hurricane recovery resources from NIOSH
- What's New at ComplianceSigns: Spanish Prop65, more

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September 2018 Connection Workplace Safety Newsletter

  1. 1. Visit: | Connection Blog | Subscription Page | View in Your Browser Top Safety News for <<*First Name>>, September 2018 September is National Preparedness Month - Free resources available New resources for OSHA respirable silica standard Lessons to learn from N95 Day Hurricane recovery resources from NIOSH What's New at ComplianceSigns: Spanish Prop65, more September is National Preparedness Month The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2018 have proven the importance of preparing for disasters. Every September, National Preparedness Month provides tools and resources to make preparation easier. This year, the focus is on planning, which includes: lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid; checking insurance policies and coverage; and planning ahead for the costs associated with disasters. Learn more here. OSHA Offers New Resources on Respirable Silica Standard New FAQs and training videos now are available for OSHA's respirable crystalline silica in construction standard. The FAQs provide guidance for employers and workers in construction, with separate sections on the standard's scope, exposure control methods, housekeeping, the required written exposure control plan, medical surveillance, employee training and recordkeeping. Learn more. What's New at We now have California Prop 65 warning signs in Spanish. We've followed the official Prop 65 list to make it easy for you to find the signs and labels you need for products, places and more than 800 chemicals California has identified as hazardous. We've also added helpful sign size and construction images to most of our product listings, and our development team has new signs on the way including wind turbines, marijuana smoking areas and more. Survey Reveals Workplace Hand Washing Habits As flu season approaches, a recent study gives reason for employers to worry. Bradley Corporation's annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey revealed that fifty-six percent of workers reported frequently or occasionally seeing work colleagues leave the restroom without washing their hands. Proper hand washing is a key to preventing the spread of seasonal flu. Read more here. Subscribe Past Issues RSSTranslate 9/25/2018, 10:06 AM
  2. 2. N95 respirators are the most widely used respiratory protection in the workplace. Because they are so commonly used to eliminate exposure to hazardous airborne particles, NIOSH designated Sept. 5 as N95 Day to share resources that promote proper use of NIOSH-certified respirators. The observance may be over, but proper respiratory practices are important all year long. NIOSH offers a variety of free resources including fact sheets, articles, graphics and other information. Visit the N95 Day page. Hurricane Recovery Resources from NIOSH Protecting the health and safety of responders and volunteers by preventing diseases, injuries and fatalities is a top priority of the NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response Program. An updated Emergency Responder document focuses on topics including carbon monoxide, chain saws, chemical safety, fall prevention, heat stress and more. Download the document (pdf). September Workplace Safety News & Notes Here's a collection of safety news from around the web: CDC: Construction Workers at Highest Risk of Death from Drug Overdose A new CDC study of fatal overdose data from 21 states found that construction workers are more likely than workers in any other occupation in the U.S. to die of a drug overdose, and they also had the third-highest rate of prescription opioid overdoses. Another recent study in Massachusetts found construction and mine workers there died of overdoses at a rate six times higher than the general working population. The CDC study showed that miners, food industry workers, health-care practitioners and support staff, and personal care workers also had elevated overdose death rates. Review the study. OSHA Offers Updated Info on Protecting Workers from Legionnaire’s Disease OSHA recently updated its Legionellosis Safety and Health Topics page to provide the latest information on preventing, identifying and controlling Legionella bacteria hazards in workplaces. Updates include Chapter 7 of the OSHA Technical Manual and the Legionella eTool. Employers, healthcare providers and health and safety professionals can use the new resource to protect workers and collaborate during worksite investigations. Approximately 6,000 cases are reported each year in the United States. Visit the page. Easier Navigation on Redesigned OSHA Regulations Webpage OSHA has redesigned its Law and Regulations webpage that features information on standards and rulemaking. Now users can search standards by keyword or number, find a list of key resources and see the latest updates on active rulemaking. The page also features information buttons to explain regulatory language that may be unfamiliar to some users. Visit the new page. Did You Meet the August 30 Prop 65 Deadline? Effective August 30, new rules took effect for California Prop 65 warning labels and signs - and you don't have to be in California to be impacted. The new rules apply to goods sold in California, regardless of where they're manufactured. 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. Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S Sept. 25 - Managing Respiratory Protection Programs Sept 26 - Newly Released AGA Fire Study - Takeaways for Fire Hazards in YOUR Industry Sept 27 - NFPA 70E: Are You Compliant or Safe? Oct 4 - The Opioid Epidemic and its Impact On the Workplace 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. Subscribe Past Issues RSSTranslate 9/25/2018, 10:06 AM
  3. 3. Grain Bins and Grain Handling Grain handling is a high-hazard activity that exposes workers 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 and crushing injuries and amputations from grain handling equipment. Before the harvest starts, review our tips and take action to help avoid tragedy. Check these grain bin safety tips. Top Safety Articles Last Month These were the most popular items in last month's Connection: Prop 65 info at Top OSHA fines from April - June 2018 New OSHA rules to protect worker privacy California Prop 65 wood dust warning sign Safety Tip: What to know about trenches ComplianceSigns CONNECTION Dave Anderson, Editor Edit your subscription profile. Unsubscribe. To help ensure delivery, please add to your email address book. 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 RSSTranslate 9/25/2018, 10:06 AM