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

January 18, 2012

ComplianceSigns.com Top Safety News - January

  • New ANSI construction / demolition standards for planning and emergency procedures
  • DOT cuts 12 hours/week from long-haul driver hours
  • Lead safety rules for renovation, repair and painting have changed again
  • OSHA will continue targeted inspections of federal agencies in 2012
  • Understanding ANSI / ASME pipe marking systems

Looking Ahead to 2012 - Prepare for the Unexpected

Do you wonder what kind of year 2012 will be? I'd say unpredictable, based on what we've seen so far: Blizzards in Texas; new DOT cell phone and driving rules; OSHA still talking about the Globally Harmonized Standard; and of course the on-going political show.

I think our biggest challenge this year will be preparing for the unexpected. I encourage you to take some time this month to evaluate your safety program, check out new and upcoming safety rules, and plan ahead for a safe 2012.

Have a safe month
Paul Sandefer, President


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ComplianceSigns.com Customer Comments - January 2012

Here's what our customers are saying about us this month:

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ANSI Approves Two New Construction and Demolition Standards

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved two new ASSE A10 construction and demolition standards:
  • A10.1-2011 - Pre-Project and Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning for Construction and Demolition Operations  
  • A10.26-2011 - Emergency Procedures for Construction and Demolition Sites



Emergency Evacuation Sign
The new 10.1-2011 standard establishes elements and activities for pre-project and pre-task safety and health planning for construction.
Its primary purpose is to help make safety and health pre-planning a standard part of the planning processes.


The new A10.26 standard applies to emergency procedures involving: fires, collapses, hazardous spills and other emergencies; emergency rescue of injured or ill workers; on-site first aid and emergency medical care; evacuation and transportation of injured or ill workers and more. It also provides development guidelines for construction site emergency procedures.

What's New at ComplianceSigns.com - January 2012


We opened a new manufacturing facility and added more than 200 new safety signs and labels to ComplianceSigns.com in December. Here's a sampling of new items:

HNo Cell Phone While Driving Signand-Held Cell Phones in Motor Vehicles. We created a variety of new No Cell Phone signs and labels in response to the new DOT ban of hand-held cell phones for commercial drivers. Many are printed as clear labels that can be applied to windows or glass doors, with options for front or back adhesive. See them here or browse other Truck Operation & Safety Signs here.

Now you can create NFPA 704 Diamonds with the SA Special Hazard Rating for Simple Asphyxiants. Create your custom NFPA Diamond sign or label here.

Spanish and Bilingual Ladder Safety Labels that address common safety hazards. To view these new items, select the English version from our Ladder / Scaffold page, then use the Alternate Languages drop-down menu to select a language. See them here.Crane Safety Poster

Crane Hand Signal Posters for Articulating Boom Cranes and Cab-operated Monorail Systems and Underhung Cranes. Our crane operation posters show the universal hand signals for crane operation and movement. Some also show descriptions of each motion and others include a space to include your company name at no additional cost. See them all here.

ComplianceSigns plantA New Manufacturing Plant for Compliance Signs Inc. We completed construction and moved into a new manufacturing facility in late December - right next to our previous location in Chadwick, Ill. The new 9,000-square-foot building gives us room to grow and improve our manufacturing and customer service areas.
 
New W-9 Taxpayer ID Number Form for 2012. A new W-9 form for Compliance Signs, Inc. is now posted at ComplianceSigns.com. The form is commonly used when setting up corporate accounts. Download the latest copy here.


New Truck Driver Hours-of-Service Rules Take Effect Feb. 27

A new DOT final rule reduces by 12 hours the maximum number of hours some truck drivers can work within a week. The rule mainly affects drivers who work more than 70 hours a week on a continuing basis - mostly long-haul truckload drivers. Local drivers and less-than-truckload drivers, who rarely work more than 5 days a week, are unlikely to be affected.

Truck Safety SignsUnder the old rule, truck drivers could work on average up to 82 hours within a seven-day period. The new HOS final rule limits a driver's work week to 70 hours. In addition, truck drivers cannot drive after working eight hours without first taking a break of at least 30 minutes. Drivers can take the 30-minute break whenever they need rest during the eight-hour window. The final rule retains the current 11-hour daily driving limit. The new on-duty time provisions are effective February 27. Rest break and restart rules take effect July 1, 2013.

Companies and drivers that commit egregious violations of the rule could face the maximum penalties for each offense. Trucking companies that allow drivers to exceed the 11-hour driving limit by 3 or more hours could be fined $11,000 per offense, and the drivers themselves could face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense.

"Trucking is a difficult job, and a big rig can be deadly when a driver is tired and overworked," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This final rule will help prevent fatigue-related truck crashes and save lives. Truck drivers deserve a work environment that allows them to perform their jobs safely."


ComplianceSigns Repeats 99% Customer Satisfaction Rating in 2011

99 Percent Customer Satisfaction GraphFor the third year in a row, 99 percent of ComplianceSigns.com customers said they would purchase from us again, and they also gave us high marks for product quality, value, on-time delivery and order accuracy. We also retained our 4.8-star rating from Google Checkout users.

That means we're almost where we want to be - so we'll keep working hard every day to provide absolutely the best service, products, prices and shipping. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and our experienced professionals aren't happy until you're happy. Thank you for choosing ComplianceSigns.com for your signage needs.

EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Update

On July 15, 2011, The EPA issued a final rule (now in effect) amending provisions of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule:


  • Certified renovators can collect a paint chipRenovation lead caution sign sample and send it to a recognized laboratory for analysis.
  • Vertical containment or equivalent extra precautions are required on exterior renovations occurring within 10 feet of the property line.
  • Additional clarifications were made to the prohibited or restricted work practice provisions and the requirements for high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums.
Minor changes were also made to the training program accreditation application process; Standards for e-learning in accredited training programs; Minimum enforcement provisions for authorized state and tribal renovation programs; and Training and certification requirements for renovators.

Since April 2010, federal law has required renovation, repair and painting contractors to earn lead certification and use lead-safe work practices. Lead-safe practices include posting warning signs and establishing barriers around the work area. According to the Environmental Protection Agency: Signs should be in the primary language of the occupants and should say 'Do Not Enter - Authorized Personnel Only' and 'No Eating, Drinking, or Smoking'.

Overview of ANSI / ASME Pipe Marking Standards

Chemical Pipe MarkerComplianceSigns.com offers an extensive selection of pipe marking labels, stencils, wraps, tapes and valve markers. This article offers an overview of ANSI/ASME pipe marking standards for hazardous materials. For complete specifications, consult the ASME A13.1-2007 Standard.


The ASME A13.1 standard provides a system to identify hazardous materials transported in above-ground piping systems, as well potential hazards if the contents were released into the environment. It's commonly used in industrial and power plants, but is also recommended for use in commercial and institutional buildings and those used for public assembly. Pipe labels can be invaluable in an emergency situation, and will also help you comply with A13.1 standards.

Label Placement
Labels should be positioned on pipes so they can be easily read. Labels are required at the following locations:

  • Near valves and flanges
  • Where direction changes
  • On both sides of walls or floors the pipe passes through
  • At regular intervals on straight runs, spaced for easy identification
Label ContentPipe Marking Color Table
Pipe marking labels must effectively communicate the contents of pipes and give additional detail of any special hazards, such as pressures or extreme temperatures. Pipe labels should indicate both the content of the pipe and its direction of flow. Arrows at one or both ends indicate flow; content is indicated by text and by a standard color scheme. If contents can flow both directions, arrows in both directions shall be displayed.

Label Color
The current version of the ANSI / ASME code uses a color scheme with six standard color combinations and four user-defined combinations, based on the contents of the pipe. In general, the most hazardous feature of the contents should determine the color used. ANSI Z535.1 specifies exact safety colors for pipe labels.

Previous editions of the pipe-labeling code used a four-color scheme. The 2007 code applies only to new facilities; new labels in existing facilities should conform to the label scheme already in use to avoid confusion.



Note: This chart is presented for reference use only.
For complete specifications, consult the ASME A13.1-2007 Standard.

OSHA Extends Targeted Inspection Program for Federal Agencies

No Trespassing SignOSHA recently updated its Federal Agency Targeting Inspection Program (FEDTARG) directive that focuses on federal agency service/operating locations reporting high numbers of lost time cases. The directive outlines procedures for programmed inspections at some of the most hazardous federal workplaces. OSHA will inspect all establishments reporting 100 or more lost time cases (LTCs) during 2011; 50 percent of those establishments reporting 50 to 99 LTCs; and 10 percent of those reporting 20 to 49 LTCs.

Changes to this directive include provisions for reviewing alternate and supplementary standards for federal agencies (the equivalent of private sector variances from OSHA standards). Other changes include clarifications of how to determine the appropriate number and location of on-site inspections for establishments with multiple services or operations.

January News and Notes

NTSB Says New DOT Hands-free Rule Doesn't Go Far Enoughno cell phone label
A new DOT rule specifically prohibits commercial drivers from using hand-held mobile telephones while operating commercial trucks or buses. But the National Traffic Safety Board says that's not enough, and has called for a complete ban on cell phone use by all drivers, except in emergencies. NTSB says research shows there is no safety benefit to the use of hands-free cell phone devices. Read more about the new DOT rule here, review a NTSB distracted driving fact sheet here, or browse cell phone and texting labels here.

New Report Connects Health Care Worker Fatigue and Patient Safety
The link between health care worker fatigue and adverse events is well documented, with a substantial number of studies indicating that extended work hours contribute to high levels of worker fatigue and reduced productivity. These studies show fatigue increases the risk of adverse events, compromises patient safety, and increases risk to personal safety and well-being. Read more here or download the report here (pdf).
Recycling signs
New Plastics Recycling Website for Recycling Professionals
RecycleYourPlastics.org is a one-stop site for extensive information on plastics recycling, including consumer education programs, sorting technologies, containers, bags and film. The site is designed primarily for community recycling coordinators, solid waste officials and other professionals tasked with helping communities collect and recycle their plastics. Read more here or visit recycleyourplastics.org.
 

Safety Tip: Protecting Workers from Carbon Monoxide

Respirator Safety SignCarbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning causes hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospital visits every year in North America, and the risks increase as windows and doors are closed during the winter months. Internal combustion engines are the most common source of CO in the workplace. There are also exposure risks in boiler rooms, warehouses and many other locations and occupations.

Here are some carbon monoxide safety tips for employers from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety:                     




  • Install an effective ventilation system that will remove carbon monoxide from work areas.
  • Maintain water heaters, space heaters, cooking ranges and other potential CO-producing equipment in good working order.
  • Use equipment powered by electricity, batteries or compressed air as an alternative to gasoline power.
  • Install reliable CO detector alarms that give both visual and audible warnings.
  • Don't allow the use of gasoline-powered engines or tools in poorly ventilated areas.
  • Test air quality regularly in areas where CO may be present, including confined spaces.
  • Have employees wear a certified breathing apparatus or supplied-air respirator in areas with high CO concentrations.
  • Test air quality before anyone enters confined spaces where CO is suspected.
  • Educate workers about CO sources and symptoms, how to protect themselves, and how to respond in case of an emergency.
Employees can help prevent CO poisoning by reporting any potential hazards to the employer, and looking out for ventilation problems - especially in enclosed areas where gases of burning fuels may be released.

SMG SAFETY ADVISOR: Minimize the Hazards of Hazardous Waste

Safety Management GroupHazardous wastes are all around us, especially in workplaces. Essentially, a hazardous waste material is something that can threaten either our health or the environment - and that incorporates a lot of the chemicals and substances workers use every day. Do you and your employees know the three basic keys to working safely around hazardous wastes? The safety experts at Safety Management Group have prepared an article that covers education, training and communication that can help you keep employees safe around hazardous waste. Read more here or browse Hazardous Waste labels here.

Menu Focus: Pipe Markers at ComplianceSigns.com

Pipe MarkersThe article above explains the ANSI / ASME pipe marking system for hazardous chemicals. But regardless what is transported in your above-ground pipes, it's a good idea to clearly label the contents. You'll find many types of pipe marking supplies within the Chemical tab at the top of every ComplianceSigns.com page. Here's what you'll find there:

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