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November 25, 2012

November Workplace Safety News and Notes

Residential Fall Protection Deadline is December 15
OSHA extended its temporary enforcement measures to help reduce falls in residential construction until December 15 - less than 3 weeks from now. The measures include free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to ensure consistency, and increased outreach. A variety of educational and training materials are available on the OSHA Residential Construction and Fall Prevention Campaign web pages.

It's Time For Flu Vaccinations
Flu Symptoms Sign
Influenza activity is increasing in parts of the country across certain key indicators. Further increases are expected in the coming weeks and months. It takes two weeks for immune protection to fully develop after vaccination. The 2012-2013 vaccine protects against two viruses that are different from those in last season's vaccine. Visit the CDC flu page for resources, or visit for vaccine information and more. Browse Hand Washing signs here.

"Digital Stories" Facilitate Worker Safety Training
The California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program has posted a group of award-winning "digital stories" that can be used to kick off educational training sessions and facilitate discussion of work-related fatalities. The stories combine photographs and prevention recommendations from FACE fatality investigation reports with re-creations of the fatal event, personal narration and family photos. Viewers visit incident scenes and see work hazards up close. Each digital story has its own "action page" that provides discussion questions and fact sheets for training and education, a link to the corresponding FACE investigation report, and video download instructions.
Visit the FACE Digital Stories page here.

Nail Gun Safety Guide Now Available in SpanishSpanish Nail Gun Safety Guide
OSHA and NIOSH have developed a Spanish version of their "Nail Gun Safety - A Guide for Construction Contractors" to help Spanish-speaking construction workers prevent work-related nail gun injuries. The guide highlights information on nail gun injuries, describes common injury causes and provides six practical steps contractors can take to prevent these injuries. It includes actual workplace cases along with a short section on other types of nail gun hazards and sources of additional information.
Download the guide here (pdf).

Storm Responder Safety
Storm responders should be extra vigilant for hazards likely to appear during cleanup from major storms like Hurricane Sandy, notably carbon monoxide exposure, improper generator safety and chainsaw / tree removal hazards.
Go to the NIOSH Storms research page to learn more.

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