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June 15, 2012

Workplace Safety News & Notes - June

Michigan OSHA Offers Updated Residential Fall Protection Tool.
Residential contractors could find Michigan OSHA's revised residential fall protection sample plan very helpful. The plan was recently revised to comply with OSHA's revised directive. It includes a slide presentation with definitions and photos showing acceptable fall protection systems, as well as unacceptable practices. It includes the text of the Michigan regulation, a sample job hazard analysis, and the MIOSHA revised enforcement policy. The full document is available here (pdf).

Hurricane Safety signUpdated Hurricane Season Preparation Tools Now Available.
National Hurricane Preparedness Week was observed May 27-June 2 and served as a lead-in to the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 9-15 named storms this year. Hurricane hazards include storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes and rip currents. Here are several resources related to hurricane safety:

Feds Recommend Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Reduce Needlestick Injuries.
A new joint safety communication document from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, NIOSH and OSHA strongly encourages health care professionals to use blunt-tip suture needles rather than standard needles when suturing fascia and muscle, to decrease the risk of needlestick injury. The paper cites published studies showing blunt-tip needles reduce the risk of needlestick injuries by 69 percent, with the slight difference in cost balanced by the economic savings associated with needlestick injury prevention. Read the full statement here

Webinar: Implementing NFPA 70E for Arc Flash Safety.
Arc Flash safety signApplying NFPA 70E to real-world situations can be confusing and at times overwhelming. Lewellyn Technology will present a webinar on June 20 with practical information you can begin to apply immediately at your workplace, including: How OSHA and NFPA 70E work together, what changes occur when implementing NFPA 70E at your facility, proper use of Personal Protective Equipment and more. Learn more here.

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