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August 23, 2016

August 2016 Workplace Safety News & Notes

Here's some safety-related news from around the web this month:

September is National Preparedness Month
Emergency Evacuation Muster Point

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, a time to recognize the importance of preparing for the types of emergencies we could encounter where we live, work and visit. has a developed a variety of materials, including resources for business preparedness planning and a free communications toolkit you can use to spread the word to employees and your community.

OSHA Launches Noise Safety Challenge

OSHA and NIOSH are challenging inventors and entrepreneurs to help develop a technological solution to workplace noise exposure and related hearing loss. The Hear and Now - Noise Safety Challenge has goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation. The competition seeks ideas related to occupational hearing protection. Suggested topics include technology that can: Enhance employer training and improve effective use of hearing protection; Alert workers when hearing protection is not blocking enough noise to prevent hearing loss; Allows workers to hear important alerts or human voices while remaining protected from harmful noise. Get more information here.

Free Toolkit for Drive Safely Work Week October 3-7

The Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) campaign for 2016 aims to raise self-awareness and stir motivation to change driving behaviors that contribute to 94 percent of crashes. The campaign includes self-assessment tools for overall driving behavior and daytime sleepiness. Materials address the importance of healthy sleep habits, distracted driving, speeding and seat belt use. Why not consider a DSWW campaign at your business? Get the free toolkit here.

NIOSH Engineering Control Solutions Database

NIOSH's new Engineering Controls Database contains descriptions of controls, effectiveness summaries and schematics of engineering control technology evaluated by NIOSH during laboratory and field investigations. The database serves as a central repository of current NIOSH information on engineering control technology, but does not include a comprehensive list of engineering control technologies or manufacturers and products. Visit the site.

Recognize N95 Day on 9/5
Wear mask Respiratory irritants in this area

If N95s are part of your workplace respiratory protection program, NIOSH encourages you to take some time on September 5 - N95 Day - to recognize the importance of respiratory protection in the workplace and familiarize yourself with the resources available to help you make educated decisions when selecting and wearing a respirator. Many workers across a wide range of industries depend on the N95 for respiratory protection from hazardous airborne particles, including nurses, construction workers, emergency responders, painters and gardeners. Learn more.

Upcoming Safety Webinars from OH&S

  • 9/1 - New Standard for High Visibility and How it Applies to Gloves
  • 9/8 - Layering Do’s and Don’ts for Arc Flash Protection
  • 9/14 - Global Standards for Hand Protection
  • 9/15 - Controlling Hazardous Energy Sources During Confined Space Entries
Learn more or sign up here.

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