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January 29, 2013

New Safety Pro Certification Program Introduced

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The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) has developed a new certification program to recognize those employees whose duties include performing occupational safety and health management activities either on a part-time or full-time basis. The new certification is known as the Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP).

The new certification recognizes those who have attained a level of knowledge, training and experience to manage a safety and health assignment, but who have taken a less formal safety and health education path. Requirements include 5 years of full-time professional safety and health management experience. A CSMP could be an active safety team participant, line manager, human resources professional or a wage associate.  

January 24, 2013

January 2013 Workplace Safety News and Notes

OSHA 300A Summary Must be Posted by Feb. 1
The deadline for posting OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses is February 1 - approaching fast. The OSHA 300A summarizes entries from the full OSHA From 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. OSHA requires companies to post this form no later than February 1 each year and keep it posted through April 30 in a conspicuous place where employee notices are typically posted. Companies must also ensure that the posted summary is not altered, defaced or covered by other material during that time period. Review the OSHA Annual Summary Standard 1904.32 here.

DOT Offers Free Emergency Response Guidebook App
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The Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced a free mobile Web app of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2012. This new safety tool is designed to provide the nation's emergency responders with fast, easily accessible information to help them manage hazardous material incidents. The mobile ERG will make it easier for firefighters, police and other emergency first responders to quickly locate the information they need, thanks to an electronic word search function, and will ensure easy reading even during nighttime emergencies. The 2012 version of the ERG includes new evacuation tables for large toxic gas spills and standard response procedures for gas and liquid pipeline incidents. The ERG 2012 app is available for iPhone and Android devices from the iTunes and Google Play sites.

What's New at - January 2013

You'll find new stencil material and nearly 100 new signs and labels at this month, including:
  • Wi-Fi / Internet signs and labels to let your customers and guests know you provide free wireless Internet access. They're available as flat wall signs, table signs, and standard or clear labels for doors or windows. They're great for restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, cafe's or anywhere with a wireless interface.
  • No Cash On Premises signs are new on our No Trespass - Security / Shoplifting page. Choose from labels, signs and window decals in a variety of sizes and colors. They're just right for retail shops, convenience stores and many other locations.
  • New Plastic Stencil Material. offers hundreds of stencils for marking pipes and conduits, swimming pools and spas, floors and other areas. Now our stencils are made of a flexible plastic substrate that is durable and paint-resistant. NOTE: Although images in the store show a brown substrate, the new material is white.
See them all on the New Signs page at

Safety Strategies for Excavating Around Underground Utilities

Nothing brings construction projects to a halt faster than the discovery of a gas pipe, electrical line, sewer tile or water pipe that nobody knew was there. If the crew is lucky, they recognize the line before any damage is done, or they quickly determine that it’s a short segment of a long-abandoned leg. If they’re not so lucky, they may get to see themselves on the news that evening. 

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of unexpectedly encountering underground utilities. It takes extra planning in the early stages of a project and a little bit of additional investment, but that’s a small price to pay when you consider the schedule disruptions such discoveries create - or the cost of repairing the damage your project created to a major utility line. The safety experts at Safety Management Group have prepared an article on how to plan, coordinate and respond to surprises that may arise. Read more here or browse burried utility signs at

January 23, 2013

Safety Tip: Handcart Use and Design

Using manual material handling equipment such as a handcart to move a load instead of carrying it can make the job a lot easier and safer for workers. But there are hazards involved with pushing, pulling, and guiding handcarts, especially if the equipment is not used properly. These tips from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety will help your employees avoid injuries and property damage from improper hand cart use.
  • Keep aisles clear of clutter.
  • Ensure aisles are wide enough to allow the worker to stand behind the cart and push.
  • Ensure corners can accommodate the moving cart without stopping and starting.

  • Use winches for large ramps; on smaller ramps use power assists (battery powered pushing devices).
  • If there are multiple ramps, consider using powered carts.
  • Include a hand or foot brake on the cart to help the operator control heavy loads.

January 22, 2013 is Your 5-Star Safety Sign Vendor

We're proud to once again share our near-perfect customer satisfaction score: 4.8 out of 5 stars across three separate customer rating systems in 2012. We're grateful to our many customers who took time to share their opinions, and also to our dedicated employees who take pride in their work every day.

This year we implemented two new customer rating services to help us monitor and track what we're doing well, and what we can improve. You rated us 4.7 stars or higher for Delivery, Product Quality and Price, and gave us a perfect 5 stars for Customer Service. We're also honored that 95% of you said you'd recommend ComplianceSigns to a friend, and 97% said you'll buy from us again.

Just as important as your star ratings are the comments you provide to describe what you did - or didn't - like about your products and your shopping experience. We monitor all comments closely and use them to continually look for new ways to improve our store, our products and our service to you.

You can check our ratings in three ways:
  • Click the Shopper Approved image at the top of our home page to see comments and ratings from people who recently completed a purchase.
  • Select the Product Reviews tab on any product page to see customer reviews of similar products in our store.
  • Click the Google Wallet logo toward the bottom of our home page to see ratings from Google customers.
Thanks again to our loyal customers for giving us such high marks. We'll do our best to earn them again in the year ahead.

Top 10 Workplace Safety and Safety Sign Articles of 2012

Here's a list with links to our most popular workplace safety articles of 2012:
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  1. Understanding ANSI/ASME Pipe Marking Standards
  2. Are Music Headphones a Workplace Hazard?
  3. What's New at - May 2012
  4. Easy-to-Use Custom NFPA Sign Generator
  5. Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2012
  6. Safety Council Promotes Ergonomics Week
  7. December Workplace Safety News and Notes
  8. New Indiana Smoking Law Takes Effect July 1
  9. OSHA Regulations Related to Occupational Asbestos Exposure
  10. NIOSH Posts Small Business Safety Resource Guide

January 15, 2013

Vehicle Crashes Cited as Leading Cause of Death for Oil and Gas Workers

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NIOSH researchers describe the leading cause of death to U.S. oil and gas extraction workers in a recent study published in Accident Analysis and Prevention. The study found that from 2003-2009, 202 oil and gas extraction workers were killed in motor vehicle crashes, resulting in a fatality rate more than eight times higher than all U.S. workers.

The authors found a lack of federal regulations for light-duty trucks, low safety belt use, and employment by small establishments among the risk factors for crashes in this industry.

Regardless of your industry, increased motor vehicle safety efforts can save lives.

January 8, 2013

National Research Council Finds OSHA Lead Standard "Inadequate"

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A new report from the National Research Council (NRC) states that the current OSHA lead standard offers inadequate protection for workers. According to a NRC press release, blood lead levels below the level deemed safe by OSHA’s standards have been shown to cause nervous system, kidney, heart, reproductive and other health problems.

OSHA established lead exposure standards in 1978 for most industrial workplaces, but a large body of research on the health effects of lead exposure has emerged since then. Under OSHA's lead standard, employees should not be exposed to lead concentrations in the air higher than 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air. This limit was set so that workers' blood lead levels would not exceed 40 micrograms per deciliter of blood. However, recent evaluations performed by the U.S. National Toxicology Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offer compelling evidence that health problems can be caused by blood lead levels between 10 and 40 micrograms.

January 3, 2013

Language Barriers Can Cue Workplace Disasters

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On June 27, 2011, a worker at a poultry processing plant in Arkansas inadvertently created and released chlorine gas into the plant when he poured sodium hypochlorite into a container with residual acidic antimicrobial solution. The plant was evacuated, and more than 350 employees required medical treatment. Five were admitted to intensive-care units, and three developed reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), an irritant-induced form of asthma that can persist for life.

How could this happen? The worker who mixed the solutions knew such a mixture was dangerous but did not recognize the drum and could not read the label to ascertain its contents. The drum was labeled in English, but the worker could read only Spanish. This incident underscores the danger posed by chlorine gas and the importance of employers providing adequate training and communication of health and safety precautions to employees. Multi-lingual safety labels could have prevented this incident.

January 2, 2013 Customer Comments - January 2013

Here's what customers are saying this month:

Fair price. Good product. Quick delivery. No problems. I'll do my future sign business with ComplianceSigns if you offer what is needed. Thanks.
Francis D. - GA, 20 Jan 2013

Have ordered signs from you before. Excellent experience good price compaired to local area and fast shipping. Thanks.
R.S., 20 Jan 2013

I buy all of my signs with you guys and you're great!
Jessica H., 19 Jan 2013

Not many sites with the evacuation assembly area.I like "one stop shopping." Putting site in my "favorites." Hart M. - SC, 18 Jan 2013