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September 25, 2017

September Workplace Safety News & Notes

Here's a collection of current safety news from around the web:

NIOSH Offers Webinar on Aging Workforce Sept. 28

NIOSH is hosting a free webinar, Interventions and Promising Practices in the Aging Workplace, as part of the Productive Aging and Work webinar series and in observance of National Employ Older Workers Week. The webinar will provide an overview of interventions and promising practices for addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by an aging workforce. Date is September 28 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM EDT. Continuing education credits are pending for this activity. Register here.

OSHA Proposes Extended Deadline for Crane Operator Certification

Certified crane operatorOSHA intends to extend the employer's responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018. OSHA issued a final rule in September 2014, extending the deadline by three years for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The final rule also extended by three years the employer's responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely. Read more.

Alliance Formed to Protect Grain Handling Workers

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and OSHA have formed an alliance to focus on preventing exposure to hazards associated with grain bin entry, machine guarding, respiratory protection, falls, heat exposure exposures, combustible dust, struck-by equipment and lockout/tagout. Participants will share recommended practices and effective approaches to recognize and prevent grain handling hazards with OSHA staff and industry safety and health professionals. Participants will also support and promote events such as the Grain Industry Stand-Up, which focuses on engulfment prevention. Learn more.

Increased Commercial Vehicle Enforcement During Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21

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Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. Throughout the week, enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors, including: speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt, tailgating, improper lane changes and failure to obey traffic control devices. A similar event in June encompassed more than 62,000 driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses resulted in 23 percent of vehicles and 4.2 percent of drivers being placed out of service. Learn more about the October event.

New NIOSH Fact Sheet Tells How To Prevent EMS Worker Injuries and Exposures

More than 22,000 EMS workers visit emergency departments each year for work-related injuries, according to a four-year study. A new NIOSH fact sheet, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides EMS employers with recommendations for preventing injuries and exposures among workers. Download the sheet. (pdf)

New DSWW Campaign To Be Released in October: Impaired Driving

Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) has been an annual campaign sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) for many years. In order to continue this successful campaign, we are updating the structure to focus more tightly on changing specific behaviors, delivered more frequently. That is why DSWW is now being offered on a more frequent basis, with modules focused on specific driving behaviors. The next DSWW campaign will be held the first week of October and will focus on the topic of impaired driving. Visit the DSWW site.

Joint Effort to Protect Workers from Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals

OSHA and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) have established a two-year alliance to raise awareness of how workers are exposed to diisocyantes, and promote safe practices for their use in the polyurethane industry. Isocyanates are raw materials used to make polyurethane products, such as insulation, car seats, foam mattresses, shoes and adhesives. Exposure to isocyanates can cause irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. More serious health effects include asthma and other lung problems. The alliance calls for the creation of a web-based training program on the safe use of chemicals and the potential routes of exposure to users. It will also develop guidance on medical surveillance and clinical evaluation techniques for employers and workers using the chemicals. Learn more here.

Deadline Nears for Updating Tennessee NO FIREARMS ALLOWED Signs

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Tennessee updated its law governing signs to prohibit weapons at certain meetings in July, 2016. The law (39-17-1359. Prohibition at certain meeting - Posted notice - Handgun carry permit holder) specifies sign size, language, text size and image. Old signs must be replaced by January 1, 2018. offers Tennessee Firearms signs and labels that meet all new requirements.

Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S

  • Oct. 5 - Protecting Workers in the Electrical Utility Industry
  • Oct. 11 - The Truth Behind the Real Cost of Burns
  • Oct. 26 - Changes and Updates in NFPA 70E Latest Edition Related to Electrical Safety 
  • On Demand - Global Standards for Hand Protection: Overview of ANSI/ISEA 105 and EN388 Changes 
  • Learn more or sign up.

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