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A Source for Workplace Safety News and Notes - from ComplianceSigns.com

August 31, 2010

ComplianceSigns.com Ranks #12 in Manufacturing on Inc. 5000 List

Inc5000_100ComplianceSigns.com has been ranked as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. as ranked by Inc. magazine.

With three-year sales growth of 350 percent, we ranked number 12 among manufacturing companies and number 859 overall on the Inc. 5000 list, which ranks companies according to percentage revenue growth from 2006 through 2009.

"Being recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America is a great honor," says company founder and president Paul Sandefer. "It highlights the confidence our customers place in ComplianceSigns.com every time they order, and we thank them for that confidence."

"This award is also a testament to the hard work, dedication and extraordinary quality of our employees - especially in a major recession," says Sandefer. "They have embraced our simple strategy: Discover what our customers want, then maximize customer satisfaction through easy shopping, fair prices, high quality and fast fulfillment."

Inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list puts ComplianceSigns.com in good company. Previous lists have included Microsoft, Timberland, Under Armour and Zappos, to name but a few.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”


The complete 2010 list is available at www.inc.com/inc5000/list.

August 2010 - Welcome

August has been a big month for ComplianceSigns.com. We were honored with inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America - and we have you to thank for that. 

Inc. 5000 recognition is big news for us, but you'll also find some important safety news in this month's issue:
Blue_Bullet_Small New OSHA crane regulations
Blue_Bullet_Small Motor carrier assessments online
Blue_Bullet_Small 10 top tips for OSHA visits
Blue_Bullet_Small New DOT drug testing procedures

Thanks again, and have a safe month!
Paul Sandefer, President

New OSHA Crane Rule Announced - Effective Date Nov. 8

OSHA just published a new standard addressing the use of cranes and derricks in construction, replacing a decades-old version. The new rule addresses provisions for crane operator certification and crane inspection, set-up and disassembly. The rule takes effect Nov. 8 and will impact some 267,000 construction, crane rental and crane certification establishments and 4.8 million workers.

The previous rule, which dates to 1971, was based on 40-year-old standards. Stakeholders from the construction industry recognized the need to update the safety requirements, methods and practices for cranes and derricks and to incorporate technological advances to provide improved protection for those who work on and around cranes and derricks.

“After years of extensive research, consultation and negotiation with industry experts, this long-overdue rule will address the leading causes of fatalities related to cranes and derricks, including electrocution, boom collapse and overturning," says OSHA.

OSHA held a stakeholder Web chat on the new cranes and derricks rule on July 28. More than 1,000 participants submitted close to 600 questions. OSHA is developing additional compliance assistance materials and outreach efforts, which will be made available beginning next month.

What's New at ComplianceSigns.com - August 2010

Service Animal Signs. One major U.S. retailer recently paid $250,000 following a Department of Justice Investigation into claims that service animals were denied access to public stores. Now you'll find more than 30 Service Animal and No Pets signs and labels on our new Service Animals page

Shoplifting and Neighborhood Watch signs and labels. We've added serious and humorous new signs on a Security - Shoplifting page, and also created colorful new Business Watch and Neighborhood Watch signs for our No Trespassing - Neighborhood Watch page.

Employees and visitors appreciate Room Name Signs that help them find their destinations - and keep out of other areas. We've added a number of new items to our Office - Room Name Signs page, as well as OSHA and ANSI headers and engraved room name signs.

Motor Carrier Safety Assessments Now Available Online

Motor carriers now can view their FMCSA safety assessments online. The ratings became available August 16, when the CSA 2010 website was updated. Assessments for each Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) are based on carriers’ roadside inspections, crash data and investigation findings. For now, assessments are available only to motor carriers and enforcement personnel, but they will become public when the program is implemented in December 2010.

August News & Notes

Updated Dept. of Labor web site makes accommodating disabled employees easier. Use the site's Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) database to find specific accommodation information. SOAR suggests accommodations for more than 50 different classes of conditions that might work for employees. Read a recent upi article on ADA accommodations.

The Department of Transportation is amending certain provisions of its drug testing procedures to create consistency with many, but not all, new requirements established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Changes include testing for Ecstasy and lower testing levels for cocaine and amphetamines. The new rule is effective October 1, 2010. Read full details here (pdf).

Whooping Cough outbreaks in several states. Several states are now reporting an increase in whooping cough cases, including a state-wide epidemic in California. Take action by making sure vaccinations are up-to-date, including a Tdap booster. Read up on Whooping Cough at the CDC site.

Safety Tip: 10 Things to Do (or NOT do) During OSHA Inspections

(Two OSHA inspectors provided these tips at the American Society of Safety Engineers’ 2010 annual conference.)
  1. Don’t make me wait. It just tells me you’re not ready. Nothing you can do at the last minute is going to make much difference anyway.
  2. It’s best to be open with me.
  3. Don’t try to block my line of site by bringing a bunch of employees along on the walk-through. I’ll wait until I get to see what I want to see. Some of us use digital cameras. Some of us even videotape the inspection.
  4. Be prepared to answer questions. Have all required OSHA documents, including those outlining safety plans, ready for me.
  5. Don’t discourage employees from talking to me. I’ll talk to them one way or another. I find ways to slip employees my business card, and once I do, they usually call. If necessary, I’ll get a subpoena to talk to your employees.
  6. Don’t lie to me. That makes me angry.
  7. Think about hazards, not just standards, when you evaluate your workplace for safety. I look for hazards, not standard violations.
  8. Have your training documents in order. I do look at them. If you have Hispanic employees, make sure you have documentation that they understood your safety training.
  9. Plan ahead and designate a person or people who will meet with me. Make sure the person is prepared. It doesn’t matter to me whether you have a full-time safety manager or not. That doesn’t make me any tougher or easier on a company.
  10. Check out OSHA’s Field Operations Manual for inspectors. It’s a great resource to prepare any company for the possibility of an OSHA inspection.

August 24, 2010

ComplianceSigns.com Ranked on National Fastest-Growing Companies List

ComplianceSigns.com earned exclusive ranking as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. as ranked today by Inc. magazine.

With three-year sales growth of 350 percent, ComplianceSigns.com ranked number 12 among manufacturing companies and number 859 overall on the exclusive Inc. 5000 list, which ranks companies according to percentage revenue growth from 2006 through 2009. ComplianceSigns.com, founded in 2004, is a leading manufacturer of workplace safety and compliance signs and labels.

Inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list puts ComplianceSigns.com in good company. Previous lists have included Microsoft, Timberland, Under Armour and Zappos, to name but a few. Despite the fact that qualification for this year’s list took place during the latest recession, total revenue and employment numbers for listed firms increased from previous years.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

“Being recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in America is a great honor,” said company founder and president Paul Sandefer. It highlights the confidence our customers place in ComplianceSigns.com every time they order, and we thank them for that confidence.”

“This award is a testament to the hard work, dedication and extraordinary quality of our employees - especially in a major recession,” says Sandefer. “They have embraced ComplianceSigns.com’s simple strategy: Discover what our customers want, then maximize customer satisfaction through easy shopping, fair prices, high quality and fast fulfillment.” The company employs approximately 30 workers, most at a lean manufacturing facility in Chadwick, IL.

The U.S. Small Business Administration reports there are 6 million private small businesses with less than 500 employees in the U.S., and that these businesses generated two out of every three new jobs over the past 15 years. While many small businesses have suffered in the latest recession, members of the Inc. 5000 list, including ComplianceSigns.com, have achieved significant sales and employment growth despite the many challenges of the current economy.

ComplianceSigns.com produces workplace safety signs, parking signs, no smoking labels, Braille restroom signs and other safety-related signs. Many of their products are used by other small businesses to comply with state, federal and local safety requirements, such as OSHA, ANSI, DOT and NFPA standards. Company clients include industrial manufacturers, retailers, schools, health care facilities, military and government agencies, professional buildings and churches.

The company sells signs exclusively through its website at http://www.compliancesigns.com/. As an Inc. 5000 honoree, ComplianceSigns will receive public recognition by the magazine, including a company profile on its website. The complete list is available at www.inc.com/inc5000/list.