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September 30, 2013

ComplianceSigns.com Customer Reviews - September 2013

ComplianceSigs.comHere's what customers had to say about ComplianceSigns.com in September:

Product exceeded my expectations! - Really liked the opportunity to design a sign that fit our needs. Great Quality metal sign.
xoxo - Iowa, 02-Sep-2013

Thanks - Recently was told I needed to put a sign (oxygen in use) on my front door. I live in an apartment and I didn't want to put up just any old sign. The one I received from you is perfect.
Gerbear - Corvallis OR, 02-Sep-2013

I would buy this again - Person on phone very helpful and friendly.
BILL - Cushing,Ok, 03-Sep-2013

Love My Compliance Signs - I like that I can order various types of mounting from magnetic and adhesive to screw attachments. These signs fit my needs perfectly.
yarddawg - Fresno, CA, 04-Sep-2013

September 26, 2013

Drive Safely Work Week Materials now Available in Spanish

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) today announced the 2013 Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) toolkit is now available in Spanish.

Drive Safely Work Week will be nationally recognized October 7-11. This year's campaign theme is "Gear Up for Safe driving - Mind, Body, Vehicle."  The free toolkit is available to download from NETS' Website at http://www.trafficsafety.org/drivesafelyworkweek.

September 24, 2013

How to Protect Your Feet from Workplace Injuries


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Do your feet ever hurt? The human foot and ankle contain 26 bones, 33 joints and more than a hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. So, it's no wonder injuries to the foot can be especially painful - and slow to heal if you work on your feet all day. That's why properly fit and protective footwear is so important on the job.

A recent post at the SafetySmart blog identifies common workplace foot injuries as:
  • Struck by a falling object. Even a lightweight object can cause a painful injury to a foot.
  • Run over by moving equipment such as a handcart or pallet jack.
  • Stepping on a sharp object. Nails sticking out of boards and broken glass are common examples.
  • Struck by a tool such as a power saw.

  • The post goes on to give suggestions for avoiding foot injury. It's a good read for anyone who works on their feet.

    September 18, 2013

    September 2013 Workplace Safety News and Notes

    Farm Safety and Health Week Materials Available
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    at ComplianceSigns.com

    The agriculture sector accounted for 475 deaths in 2012 with a fatality rate of 21.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers - the highest of any industry sector. National Farm Safety & Health Week, Sept. 15-21, emphasizes the importance of worker safety in the agricultural industry. Farm Safety and Health Week has been observed annually since 1944 during September as farmers prepare for harvest. The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety has posted informational safety and health materials on its website at
    www.necasag.org.

    Drive Safely Work Week is October 7-11.
    Toolkit Available for Download at No Cost.

    October 7–11 is Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW). This year's DSWW toolkit provides easy-to-use Web-based resources for employers, including downloadable graphics and activities tailored for each day of the campaign week. Download the kit here.


    No cell phone use while driving - It's the law sticker
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    Illinois Bans Hand-held Cell Phone Use while Driving in 2014
    The Illinois governor has signed into law two bills aimed at combating distracted driving: one prohibits the use of all hand-held mobile phones while driving on Illinois roads, and the other increases penalties on drivers whose behind-the-wheel use of an electronic device leads to a crash. Under the new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2014, fines for a first offense are $75. Penalties increase by $25 for subsequent offenses to a maximum of $150. Calls made to report an emergency situation are exempt from the law. Read more here.



    Follow the Signs to a Safer Workplace

    "Workplace safety signs and tags prevent accidents. Select and place them with care." That's good advice from Safety.BLR in a recent blog post by Chris Kilbourne. He goes on to identify key issues with workplace safety signs and tags, including:
    • Identifying all hazards
    • Selecting appropriate signs
    • Using proper wording
    • Positioning signs carefully
    • Identify safety and fire protection equipment
    • Using tags properly and effectively
    Perhaps most important is the advice to review your sign and tag program whenever new hazards are introduced.

    Safety Tip: Lockout / Tagout Procedures

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    The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.147, outlines practices and procedures to disable machinery or equipment, thereby preventing the release of hazardous energy while employees perform servicing and maintenance activities. These tips will help keep your workers safe and in compliance with LOTO standards.
     
    Lockout/Tagout procedures apply in the following circumstances:
    • While servicing or maintaining equipment, when unexpected startup of the machine or release of stored energy could occur
    • During normal production when workers must remove or bypass a guard or safety device
    • During normal production when workers place any part of their body into the danger zone or near the machine’s point of operation
    • During all set up activities 

    NIOSH recommends that workers follow the regulations contained in their employer’s hazardous energy control program and complete all employer-provided training on hazardous energy control procedures.

    Before beginning machine adjustment, maintenance, or servicing work, always do the following:

    September 17, 2013

    Top OSHA Fines Total $4 Million in August 2013

    OSHA was very busy in August, issuing 15 6-figure fines with a proposed total value of more than $4 million. Common citations included LOTO, fall protection and electrical hazards. Here are some details of the cases, which are still pending final decisions:

    $1.14 Million for Willful Fall Protection Hazards at Ohio Steel Plant
    • 15 willful violations of OSHA's fall protection standards. Violations included lack of fall protection while working on girders 66 feet above the ground and 30-foot falls due to missing and damaged guardrails. Workers were also exposed to falls of up to 30 feet above a slag pit and 20 feet above an electric arc furnace and molten steel ladle. OSHA discovered a history of failing to address fall hazards, including two workers seriously injured in falls in 2012, and willful fall hazard violations in 2011.
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    • One repeat violation for failing to post danger signs indicating existence and location of permit-required confined spaces in the melt shop. The same violation was cited in August 2009. Eight serious violations include tripping hazards, use of electrical panels not suitable for wet locations, lack of personal protective equipment, failing to evaluate potential hazards in confined spaces and failure to train workers on hazards and issue entry permits for those spaces. The company will remain in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
    $317,000 and SVEP for Willful Machine Guarding Violations at an Illinois Metal Fabricator
    • Three willful violations include: bypassing machine safeguards on two laser-cutting machines and the failures to lock out sources of hazardous machine energy. Two additional serious violations include unguarded open-sided floors and platforms causing a fall hazard. After the incident, OSHA found other employees exposed to amputation hazards while operating a power press brake because the guard had not been set up properly. OSHA issued a willful violation for this hazard.
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    • Six serious citations were issued for failing to: inspect powered industrial trucks before service and to remove them if they are damaged, mark the load capacity of lifting devices, provide training on hazardous energy control procedures and implement an effective lockout/tagout program to protect workers during machine servicing. OSHA also cited the company for work areas with potentially hazardous accumulations of powder coating dusts and for failing to implement an effective respiratory protection program with worksite-specific procedures.
    $293,450 for Repeat Electrical and Health Violations at Guam Shipyard
    • 46 serious violations include electrical hazards; lack of guardrail protections; failure to establish and implement a lockout/tagout program; lack of a respiratory protection program; failure to maintain good housekeeping practices; and failure to check, inspect and maintain portable fire extinguishers. Workers were also exposed to metal fumes without respiratory protection.
    • Seven repeat violations included inadequate guardrails and fall prevention; lack of eye protection and electrical wiring hazards.

    Do You Really Know How Your Employees View Safety?

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    When your company talks about workplace safety, do your employees roll their eyes? Are higher-than-normal recordable injuries are driving your worker’s comp costs through the ceiling? Even if you answered "no", you should consider a Safety Perception Survey to "check the oil" of what employees think of your safety efforts, according to a new article from Safety Management Group in Indianapolis.

    A safety perception survey is a research tool that delivers a candid appraisal of worker attitudes about safety and their employer’s safety culture. For companies that have never analyzed what employees think about safety efforts, it can be revealing. For companies with well-established safety cultures, surveys verify that measures are working while calling attention to potential areas of concern.

    Companies will usually see some very clear conclusions from a safety perception survey, but in many cases, the survey will also call attention to issues that deserve additional study. Safety perception surveys are most effective when they’re part of an ongoing process.

    The safety experts at Safety Management Group have prepared a helpful article that explains the process and how it can provide excellent data for fine-tuning your safety program and enhance your overall safety culture. Read the full article here, or browse thousands of safety signs at ComplianceSigns.com.

    NIOSH Factsheet Helps Employers Prevent Work-Related Vehicle Crashes Among Young Drivers

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    From 2003 to 2010, 843 workers ages 16 to 24 died in motor vehicle crashes at work. These incidents accounted for 22% of all workplace fatalities in this age group. In 67% of these incidents, the young worker was driving the vehicle involved in the crash. To help curb these numbers, NIOSH has developed a new set of factsheets to help young drivers stay safe on the job.

    Two new NIOSH documents identify risk factors and provide recommendations on how to prevent motor vehicle crashes on the job. "Work-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes: Preventing Injuries to Young Drivers - What Employers Should Know" will help workers, employers and parents understand and address the risks that can lead to crashes among young drivers. The workplace factsheet gives information about Federal and state laws that cover workplace driving, offers recommendations for preventing motor vehicle crashes among younger workers, and provides links to Internet resources.

    Business Resources for National Preparedness Month

    September is National Preparedness Month, and FEMA has prepared a website with resources to help your business survive a disaster. Recent events, from hurricane Sandy to wildfires and Colorado flooding, make it clear that disaster preparedness is serious business:
    • Up to 40% of businesses affected by a disaster never reopen, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
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    • Customers expect delivery of products or services on time. If there is a significant delay, customers may go to a competitor.
    • Large businesses are asking suppliers about preparedness. Those without a plan risk losing business to competitors who do have one.
    • Insurance does not cover all losses and will not replace customers.
    • Disasters can overwhelm the resources of even the largest public agencies.
    • News travels fast, so businesses may need to quickly reach out to customers.
    As part of national Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a comprehensive campaign to build and sustain national preparedness levels. There's a lot a businesses can do to prepare for natural or man-made events, accidents and even widespread illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. The place to start is the business section of FEMA's Ready.gov disaster preparedness website. 

    September 13, 2013

    ComplianceSigns.com Customer Reviews - August 2013

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    Here's what customers had to say about ComplianceSigns.com in August:
     
    I needed electrical safety labels for a standby generator. This site had a variety of labels that I could not find anywhere else.
    Gary O., 30 Aug 2013
     
    The purchasing process was quick and easy, the cost was the lowest of four locations and the delivery time was excellent. I will purchase from ComplianceSigns.com in the future.
    Ross F. - MI, 29 Aug 2013
     
    Have ordered from Compliance Signs for other projects and always get fast delivery and beautiful signs.
    Carolyn P., 28 Aug 2013
     
    Best part? I had to change the number of items ordered AFTER I had entered all my check-out info. When I when back to check-out, it was still there - YEAH - I didn't have to enter it all again, which is what happens at most on-line ordering sites. THANK YOU!
    Holly, 27 Aug 2013
     
    Everything was easy to find and there is a huge selection of stickers for all applications
    Michael B. - WA, 26 Aug 2013

    September 6, 2013

    Chemical Advisory on Ammonium Nitrate Issued by OSHA, EPA and ATF

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued a Chemical Advisory that provides information on the hazards associated with solid ammonium nitrate storage, handling and managementThis advisory contains information on:
    • Recent and past accidents involving AMMONIUM NITRATE (AN)
    • AN hazards
    • How to manage AN hazards
    • Appropriate steps for community emergency planning and proper emergency response.
    It is focused primarily on safe handling and storage of higher density, solid AN used in fertilizers. 

    The advisory includes a list of information resources, including relevant codes and standards, industry publications and applicable statutes and regulations that will help first responders and facilities handling AN better understand the hazards so they can effectively manage the risks.