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June 30, 2013

ComplianceSigns.com Customer Reviews - June 2013

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

Signs came as ordered. Look like they will hold up well.
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Quick and easy to find what I needed.
Steven A. - WI, 29 Jun 2013

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Vicki N. - CA, 28 Jun 2013


Quality workmanship, good value and met all my expectations.
Russ W. - AR, 28 Jun 2013


Easy to navigate pleasantly pleased with service, price, and promptness of delivery.
Richard H. - TX, 24 Jun 2013


We needed the custom sign and this was easy to play with until we got what was right for us. Thanks. The signs arrived faster than expected and look perfect. Totally recommended.
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June 26, 2013

Workplace Safety Apps for Chemicals, Falls, Lifting, OSHA, First Aid and more

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We recently posted about a NIOSH ladder safety app. An increasing number of companies are using mobile devices (tablets and smart phones) for workplace-safety-related inspections, investigations, auditing and more. Here's a partial list of several other workplace safety apps that were discussed this week at ASSE Safety 2013:

ChemAlert – Key chemical safety management information including Hazards and GHS Classifications, Risk and Safety Phrases, First Aid information and recommended Personal Protective Equipment.
Chemical Compatibility Database - Contains more than 24,528 entries covering 584 chemicals and 42 materials.
Chemical Safety Data Sheets – Displays International Chemical Safety Cards [ICSC] produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Office (ILO), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Crane Operator Hand Signals - Gives users instant access to all necessary crane hand signals.
Dakota EHS - Searchable, plain-language digest of federal Environmental Health and Safety regulations. Includes EPA, OSHA, and DOT.
FallProof – Fall Distance Calculator helps accurately calculate the required fall clearance based upon the equipment being used and the height of the anchorage point.
Megaman Lux Meter – Measures light levels of an environment and gives lighting tips.
NIOSH Pocket Guide To Chemical Hazards – Gives information on all 677 chemicals in the database including all the resources of the NIOSH Pocket Guide and more.
NIOSH Lifting Calculator - Evaluate both existing and proposed lifting conditions to determine the Recommended Weight Limit (RWL) of a specific job or task.
OSHA Audit - Performs completely electronic safety audits.
OSHA Heat Safety Tool – Get the heat index for your work site and precautions to prevent heat illness. 
Pocket First Aid – American Heart Association Guidelines on CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care.
Sound Meter – Turns your device into a handheld sound level meter.
USW Safety – An easy and accessible chemical safety reference for workers.
And more new apps are being developed every day.

June 21, 2013

New Ladder Safety Phone App from NIOSH

Ladder safety label - read and follow instructions

NIOSH has a new Ladder Safety app to help workers safely use extension ladders. The app uses visual and audio signals to help workers check ladder angle and also gives tips for using extension ladders safely. The app is available for free download for both iPhone and Android systems.

The app provides feedback to the user on positioning the extension ladder at the optimal angle. It also provides references and a safety guide for extension ladder selection, inspection, accessories and use.

Falls from ladders are a common source of preventable construction injuries, and incorrect ladder angle is a contributing factor. A ladder set too steep is more likely to fall back or away during use, and a ladder set too shallow can slide out. Either way, the worker is in danger.

“The ladder safety app is an innovative way to help keep workers safe ...,” says NIOSH. It was developed with input from the ANSI A14 committee on Ladder Safety, the American Ladder Institute and other stakeholders.

June 17, 2013

New Hotel Fire Safety Tips Video from NFPA

The May 31 hotel fire that killed four Houston firefighters is a somber reminder that hotel fires do happen - and it is critically important for travelers to know what to do in a hotel/motel fire emergency. On average, one of every 12 hotels or motels report a structure fire each year.

Whether you travel for business or pleasure this summer, you should review the NFPA's new video with tips on preparations to make before a trip, once you've arrived and how to respond if the alarm sounds.

June 12, 2013

June Workplace Safety News and Notes

July 25 Webinar on Revised Hazard Communication Standard 

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Hazard Communication 2012: One Year of Implementation will focus on issues associated with classification, labeling, safety data sheets and training. Also on the agenda are ways for manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers to meet compliance requirements during the transition period. The webinar is intended to answer many of the questions OSHA has received in this first year of Hazard Communication 2012 implementation. This webinar is free but registration is required. Get registration information here.

Defining Hazardous Areas
What constitutes a hazardous area? How about janitor closets, electrical closets and fan rooms? The protection of hazardous areas varies throughout the different occupancies covered by NFPA 101, Life Safety Code. So, you can't just go with your gut - you have to look it up. What about those closets? Check this NFPA blog post to find out.




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OSHA Issues Final Rule on Digger Derricks

OSHA has issued a final rule that broadens the current exemption for digger derricks used in the electric-utility industry. The exemption has been expanded to include telecom-munications work in addition to electric-utility work. This final rule provides a complete exemption from having to follow the requirements of Subpart CC of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The rule becomes effective June 28, 2013. Read more here.

PPE Maintenance Tips from SafetySmart
Caring for your PPE is just as important as choosing the right equipment in the first place. Keeping your PPE in good shape improves its life and saves you money. It will also ensure you are getting all the protection your equipment was designed for. Check this post from the SafetySmart blog for helpful tips on maintaining PPE in your workplace.


Tips for Coaching Frequently Injured Employees
Do you have any "accident-prone" workers? You might really have supervisors who are emphasizing the wrong things. A recent blog post from ISHN looks into frequently injured workers and outlines a safety coaching approach that can help you discover and address both issues. Read more here.

What's New at ComplianceSigns.com in June 2013

More than 850 new signs and labels are available at ComplianceSigns.com this month. New products include a collection of floor labels on a variety of topics, Hard hat / helmet labels to identify key personnel, vertical exit signs, electrical transformer signs, elevator safety signs and hundreds of Spanish and English + Spanish signs for swimming pool lifts, chemical safety and more. Here's a sample:

Floor Labels

Floor Labels - Our new floor labels feature dozens of warnings, directions and other messages to help keep your workplace safe. They include permanent acrylic adhesive, but they can be removed for up to 6 months! Available in a variety of styles and sizes to fit your application. See all the new floor labels here.


Hard Hat / Helmet Labels  - Our new hard hat stickers are a great way to identify key workers and promote workplace safety. We offer hard hat labels on a wide range of topics including safety awards, certified training, crew identification and more. Choose from four different styles - all resist chemicals, moisture, abrasion and UV rays for long-lasting good looks. Visit our main Hard Hat Labels page to browse.

Spanish and Bilingual English + Spanish signs for swimming pool lifts, chemical safety and more. We have thousands of Spanish and bilingual sign choices, and they're easy to select. Just browse or search for a sign in English, then look for the alternate Language box below the sign image. The drop-down menu shows other languages available for that sign. For signs with Chinese, Polish, German, Japanese or other translations, visit our International Signs page.

June 11, 2013

National Safety Month Materials Available from NSC

Each June, the National Safety Council encourages organizations to get involved and participate in National Safety Month. This year’s National Safety Month theme is “Safety Starts with Me.” The NSC has developed a variety of materials you can use to help promote National Safety Month throughout June.

2013 Weekly topics are:
Safety Month Materials List

  • Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls   • Employee Wellness
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Ergonomics
  • Bonus topics: Summer Safety and Driving Safety

Downloadable materials include:
  • NSM public poster (English & Spanish)
  • Tip sheets (English & Spanish)

  • Crossword puzzles and answer keys
  • 100 Years of Safety trivia game
  • Access to the PALA + program

Learn more with these links:

Slip and Fall Incidents: Often Overlooked, Always Dangerous

Trip Hazard Label
The National Safety Council reports that slip and fall accidents cost U.S. companies as much as $70 billion every year in medical expenses and workers’ compensation claims. A typical compensation claim resulting from a slip and fall accident amounts to $4,000, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites them as the cause of 18 percent of lost-time incidents.

But slip and fall hazards often don't receive the attention they should in workplaces. OSHA recently cited a company that had let a foot of wood shavings accumulate in a work area, posing a trip hazard. As with most preventable accidents, education is the place to start. The safety experts at Safety Management Group have prepared an article that takes an in-depth look at slip and fall accidents, hazards and prevention. Read the article here, or browse Wet, Slip and Trip Hazard safety signs here.

June 10, 2013

SAFETY TIP: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety On the Job

ATV Trail Sign
ATVs were first introduced in the U.S. for agricultural use in the early 1980s. Since then, ATVs have become valuable assets in many workplaces. ATVs are commonly used by workers in construction, emergency medical response, search and rescue, land management and surveying, pipeline maintenance, farming and forestry. With more than 10 million in use, it is important to know the hazards associated with ATVs and how to operate them safely.

ATVs have a high center of gravity and a relatively narrow wheelbase, which can make them challenging to operate safely. Here are some tips from NIOSH on precautions employers and employees can take to prevent injury and use ATVs safely in the workplace:

Top Nine OSHA Fines in May Total $1.8 Million

OSHA issued nine 6-figure fines in May, with a total proposed value of nearly $1.8 million. Fall hazards and fall protection were common citations, as were willful and repeat violations. Here are some details of the cases, which are still pending final decisions:

1.  $290,700 for Willful & Repeat Fall Hazards at a Construction Site:
Fall Protection Safety Sign
  • Three willful violations due to workers exposed to falls ranging from 9 to 30 feet with missing or inadequate fall protection safeguards. Additional fall hazards stemmed from ladder misuse and personal fall arrest systems that could allow workers to fall more than 6 feet and strike lower levels.
  • Four repeat citations repeat violations including: lack of fall protection training, no eye protection for workers using pneumatic nail guns, ungrounded electrical cords and missing handrails. Three serious citations for wood and metal trusses inadequately braced during installation, missing fire extinguishers and no protection from falling objects.
2.  $261,152.69 for Whistleblower Violation:
  • The company wrongfully terminated a senior engineer for raising safety concerns during construction projects at a nuclear power generating project. The company was ordered to reinstate the employee to his former position with all pay, benefits and rights and pay back wages of $206,360 plus interest, compensatory damages of $50,650 and reasonable attorney fees.

June 7, 2013

New Nail Gun Safety Books in English, Spanish

cover of 2013-149 Straight Talk about Nail Gun Safety is a comic-book-style publication that explains how different types of nail gun triggers operate and discusses typical hazards faced by workers who work with or around a nail gun.

Available in English or Spanish, the information in the publication is based on NIOSH supported research; Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors and focus group discussions with residential building subcontractors, safety specialists and workers.

New nail gun users must receive safety training, not just a copy of this publication. Safety training requirements are described in detail in Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors and can be viewed and printed or downloaded from www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2011-202/.