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February 19, 2015

Workplace Safety News and Notes - February '15

Here's a collection of recent workplace safety news and resources from around the web:
Still No Electronic Reporting for New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Report All Accidents sign
As this newsletter is issued, the electronic reporting form for workplace injuries is not live on the OSHA website. As of January 1, 2015, all employers must report:
  - All work-related fatalities within 8 hours.
  - All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours.
Visit the OSHA Recordkeeping Updates page for more info on the new regulations.

Deadline Approaching for GHS-compliant Safety Data SheetsGHS labels
We're less than 5 months away from the June 1 deadline when all safety data sheets (SDSs) and labels must comply with the new HazCom 2012 standards. This deadline requires companies that manufacture hazardous chemicals to provide GHS-compliant labels and SDSs to downstream users. Manufacturers may not ship products lacking GHS labeling from this point forward. Distributors are under the same obligation but have been granted an extra six months to allow for the depletion of existing inventory. This article from the January OH&S magazine has details.

Safety Podcasts from CCOHS Include Winter Driving Tips and Workplace Violence
This month's Health and Safety To Go! podcasts from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) address timely tips for winter driving and identifying and taking action against workplace violence. Browse the podcast library here.

New Ebola Resources from OSHA
OSHA biohazard signOSHA has developed two new fact sheets related to worker safety and the Ebola virus: PPE Selection Matrix for Occupational Exposure to Ebola - Guidance for common exposure scenarios; and: Safe Handling, Treatment, Transport and Disposal of Ebloa-Contaminated Waste. And speaking of OSHA, do you have the required Job Safety and Health - It's The Law poster? This mandatory poster is available in in English, Spanish, Chinese, Nepali, Korean, Polish and Portuguese. Learn more here.

Three Ways to Increase Warehouse Safety for the Future
With OSHA regulations becoming increasingly stringent, manufacturers need to make sure warehouse safety remains top-of-mind. A recent article by Scott Stone of material-handling company Cisco-Eagle takes a look at three areas organizations can consider to improve warehouse safety now and in the future:

  • OSHA forklift signIntelligent Devices for more efficient and productive industrial operations.
  • Automation offering increased safety for workers, such as forklift-free operations or vision-guided vehicles in the future.
  • Talent Investment. As skilled Baby Boomers retire over the next 20 years, companies can create a knowledge transfer process to effectively capture the safety knowledge of the retiring workforce and transfer it to younger workers.

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