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November 21, 2011

November News and Notes

NFPA OffElectric Vehicle chargins station signers Electric Vehicle Safety Training for Emergency Responders.
NFPA's Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is a nationwide program to help firefighters and other first responders prepare for the unique challenges posed by the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the U.S. Topics include: identifying electric vehicles, power down procedures, recommended fire practices and general operation of the vehicles. For additional information on the training, visit the NFPA Electric Vehicle Safety Training website.

ANSI Issues Revised Sign / Label Standards.
ANSI recently revised six standards relating to safety signs and colors used in public spaces, workplaces, and industrial and consumer products. These standards guide the design, evaluation and use of safety signs, colors and symbols intended to visually alert people to potential hazards All ANSI format signs at meet the new standards. Use our new
ANSI Instant Sign / Label Finder to quickly find ANSI safety signs.

Crane Inspector Certification Launched.
Crane signs at ComplianceSigns.comThe National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) and the Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA) launched a new CCO national crane inspector certification program on November 1st. The new program allows workers with at least five years of crane-related experience to earn a professional credential that demonstrates their qualification to inspect cranes. NCCCO reviews each application and individually approves candidates before permitting them to apply to take the crane inspector exams. Read more here.

OSHA lab safety guideOSHA Publishes New Safety Materials for Laboratory Managers and Workers.
New OSHA materials can help laboratory managers protect their workers from exposure to chemical, biological, and physical hazards. The materials include a Laboratory Safety Guidance document that describes how electrical hazards, fire, explosions, falls and other hazards can be minimized or eliminated if employers use safety plans, worker training, engineering controls and personal protective equipment. The materials also include fact sheets focused on specific hazards of laboratory environments. Read more here, or download the guidance document (pdf) here.


OSHA Offers Crowd Management Guidelines for Retail Safety.
As hectic holiday shopping approaches, OSHA encourages major retail employers to take precautions to prevent worker injuries during Black Friday and other major sales events. The agency's Crowd Management fact sheet recommends elements including trained security personnel, barricades or rope lines for pedestrians and having security personnel or customer service representatives explain approach and entrance procedures to the arriving public. The National Retail Federation has released 2011 Crowd Management Guidelines, as well.
Read more from OSHA here; Review the fact sheet here; or Download the Crowd Management Guidelines here.
Two Arc Flash Webinars Available.
Arc Flash Safety SignOn-Demand Anytime: Protective clothing manufacturer Ansell Healthcare has posted two informative arc flash videos from the National Safety Congress & Expo on their website. View them here.

Thursday, Dec. 1: Occupational Health and Safety and Westex will present, "The Arc Flash Hazard and Changes to 70E," at 2 p.m. EST on Dec. 1. Causes and consequences of arc flash will be examined with emphasis on historical data, real accidents, body burn and non-FR vs. FR clothing. Highlights include new HD super slow-motion video of arc flashes on real 480V equipment with clothed manikins in typical working positions. Arcs from 0.6 up to 40+ cals will be shown. Hazard analysis and FR clothing performance testing will also be discussed. Duration is one hour. Get more information here.

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