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July 22, 2014

Workplace Safety News and Notes - July 2014

Here's a collection of recent safety news and resources, with links to more information:  

Women and PPE: Finding the Right Fit face and hand protection PPE 
A new article in National Safety Council's Safety + Health magazine reminds employers to keep women in mind when purchasing PPE. In industries such as construction it can be challenging to find effective PPE that fits women properly. OSHA cites limited PPE sizes and types and employers’ limited knowledge of PPE designed for women as key reasons women have difficulty finding correctly fitted PPE. The article addresses problems of poor fit, PPE design and more, and includes a link to the International Safety Equipment Association's list of suggested manufacturers that provide PPE for women. Read more here.

novice driverNew NIOSH Fact Sheet on Young Drivers and Workplace Vehicle Crashes
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related fatalities among young people in the United States ages 16 to 24. This new fact sheet will help employers be more aware of the risk of motor vehicle crashes among younger and older workers. It gives information about Federal and state laws that cover workplace driving

Effective Discipline for Your Safety Program

THINK Report all unsafe conditions to your supervisor
Most people associate discipline with punishment. Those impressions tend to put discipline in a negative light. But when handled effectively, discipline can actually be a form of positive motivation and reinforcement. For safety professionals, discipline should be a process through which supervisors encourage people to act in the ways they are supposed to, to protect the safety of all workers.

The safety experts at Safety Management Group in Indianapolis have prepared an article that discusses many aspects of discipline as it relates to worksite safety, including discipline vs. punishment, progressive response, assigning responsibility, documentation and more. It also cautions readers to avoid actions that may encourage non-reporting. Learn more about better discipline methods for safety programs here, or browse safety slogan signs and banners here.

July 21, 2014

Safety Tip: Proper PPE Fit For Women

Use personal protective equipment every time.
Workplace surveys continually cite lack of comfort, fit and style as reasons that PPE is not worn. This can be especially true for women. Goggles, safety harnesses and especially gloves designed for men often do not fit women properly. Fortunately, more and more safety equipment manufacturers are designing safety equipment from gloves to welding helmets to fit women.

July 17, 2014

NIOSH Posts New "Buy Quiet" Resources

Notice operator must wear ear protection
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published new online resources to help businesses buy or rent less-noisy tools to help reduce noise-related hearing loss, which is the most common work-related injury in the United States. Some 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise exposures at work each year.

The Buy Quiet program is intended to help employers comply with noise regulations and reduce worker hearing loss. New materials include a video, several posters, and links to Buy Quiet partner websites.

July 14, 2014

New OSHA Resources for the Construction Demolition Industry

DANGER demolition work in progress
OSHA recently updated its demolition website to address common hazards and present safety measures that can be taken to prevent demolition tragedies. The new Demolition page provides information on applicable OSHA standards, hazard assessments, measures that can be taken to prevent injuries and illnesses before site work begins and a link for stakeholders to share stories about demolition safety.

The page describes demolition as "construction in reverse, with additional hazards" -- and that description seems pretty accurate. From 2009 to 2013, OSHA issued nearly 1,000 citations for violations of construction demolition standards. The most common citation was for failure to conduct an engineering survey to determine the condition of the structure prior to demolition. This includes determining whether an unplanned collapse of the building or any adjacent structure would injure those working in the vicinity.

July 2, 2014

Top OSHA Fines Approach $2 Million in June 2014

do not start energy source has been locked outOSHA issued just 9 significant fines in June - down from 16 in May - with a proposed total of $1.77 million. Two staffing agencies were cited along with their client companies. Common #OSHA violations included lockout-tagout, machine guarding, noise and chemical violations. Most are still pending final decisions. Here are some details:

$449,680 and SVEP for 23 willful and repeat violations at a Wisconsin chemical company
OSHA initiated an inspection in December 2013 after the company failed to fix hazards following an April 2012 fire. Five willful violations involve failing to establish safe operating procedures, develop safety information for equipment, correct problems and perform tests and inspections in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation. Two more involve failing to provide specific procedures to protect workers from dangerous machines during maintenance, to provide ventilation for emissions, and to remove and replace temporary wiring installed during the fire restoration project.