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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving is on the rise. In 2017, there were over 40,000 motor vehicle fatalities, which is up 6% from 2015. The National Safety Council has designated April 2018 Distracted Driving Awareness Month. By clicking on this link and providing your name and email, the NSC will provide you with free materials to share. You can also take a Distracted Driving course online for free, and download plenty of marketing and images for your social media. Click here for more information on how you can prevent Distracted Driving. Click here to to sign up for free distracted driving materials.

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The 6th Edition of the Construction Chart Book has been released

The Center For Construction Research and Training, and OSHA Alliance participant, has revised and published it’s latest version of The Construction Chart Book – The U.S. Construction Industry and it’s Workers. The fifth edition was published in 2013. This book was produced by support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This series of books provides extensive statistical information covering economic, demographic, employment/income, education/training, and safety and health issues in construction. This new edition not only offers on-demand access to the charts and data, but also includes interactive features that enhance the user’s experience. Users can click on terms to access definitions instantly, and easily enlarge charts and tables within each page. References, citations, and databases are also hyperlinked to enable users to further explore these sources. To download the new edition, click here. 

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Task Force Created to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure

On February 15, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and fellow Cabinet members to outline a federal strategy to reduce childhood lead exposure and associated health risks. “Children perform better at school and in life if they live in a healthy home,” said  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. “Far too many Americans are exposed to lead in their workplace,” said Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. “Finding solutions to better protect these workers and minimize the amount of lead that is taken home, and potentially exposed to their children, is a priority.” Do you know the most common jobs with lead exposure? • Painting • Building renovation • Radiator repair • Bridge work • Shooting range work • Demolition • Battery manufacturing • Metal production • Metal scrap cutting and recycling • Ceramic work • Soldering • Plumbing   Click here to see OSHA’s resource that […]

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Safety Notice for MSA Gravity Welder Harness

MSA has issued a Safety Notice regarding their Gravity Welder Harness. MSA has determined that the leg strap and chest wrap used in this harness incompatible. Although the harness can be donned, in the event of a fall, the shoulder straps may extend and affect the protection offered by the harness. From the notice: MSA is advising all MSA Gravity Welder Harness customers to immediately stop use of affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses produced from July 2015 through and including January 2018. The harnesses are to be removed from service, marked “UNUSABLE” and destroyed. Affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses are those marked with one of the following part numbers and a manufacturing date from July 2015 to January 2018:  10151154  10158954  10158956  10158957 For the full Safety Notice, click here.    

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Exciting Changes for RMS Safety

CLIENTS & FRIENDS:   We hope all of you had a safe and prosperous 2017 and are gearing up to continue your success in 2018.  As for us, we have closed the books on a successful year and see nothing but continued growth and opportunity ahead!  We actually have some very exciting news to share with all of you.  First, we are celebrating our 20th year in business!  We have come a long way from one local safety professional in 1998 to a consulting firm of over 25 employees in 2018.  We would like to thank each of you for your business and relationships over these past 20 years, and we look forward to continuing them.   The other news that we would like to share is that our founder, John Lindenschmidt, has implemented a plan that will transition the management of our company to current employees Kevin Beswick and […]

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The 25 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

…and other interesting statistics. Logging Workers Fatal injuries in 2016: 135.9 per 100,000 workers Most common accident: Struck by object Fishers and Related Fishing Workers Fatal injuries in 2016: 86.0 per 100,000 workers Most common accident: N/A Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers Fatal injuries in 2016: 55.5 per 100,000 workers Most common accident: Overexertion and bodily reaction Roofers Fatal injuries in 2016: 48.6 per 100,000 workers Most common accident: Falls, slips, and trips Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors Fatal injuries in 2016: 34.1 per 100,000 workers Most common accident: Falls, slips, and trips Structural Iron and Steel Workers  Fatal injuries in 2016: 25.1 per 100,000 workers Most common accident: Struck by object Drivers/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers Fatal injuries in 2016: 24.7 per 100,000 workers Most common accident: Overexertion and bodily reaction Farmers, Ranchers, and other Agricultural Managers Fatal injuries in 2016: 23.1 per 100,000 workers Most common accident: Falls, slips, and trips Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers Fatal injuries in 2016: 18.0 per 100,000 workers Most common accident: Falls, […]

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OSHA Increased Civil Penalties For Health & Safety Violations By 2%

As of January 2, 2018, OSHA has raised it’s penalties for violations issued in 2018. The DOL has explained the 2 percent increase is mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act), which requires certain divisions of the department to adjust its monetary civil fines in step with the rate of inflation by January 15 of each year.  Click HERE to read the full Federal Register notice. The 2018 maximum penalties are: Other-than-Serious: $12,934 Serious: $12,934 Repeat : $129,336 Willful: $129,336   The new penalty levels will apply to all violations occurring after November 2, 2015, with penalties assessed after January 2, 2018.   OSHA Violation Jan. 2017 penalty levels Jan. 2018 penalty levels Any willful violation of OSHA rules or standards Minimum  $9,054 Max $126,749 Minimum $9,239 Max $129,336 Any repeat violation of OSHA rules or standards Max $126,749 Max $129,336 Any serious violation of OSHA rules […]

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OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Criteria Updated!

OSHA released new Outreach Training Program Requirements on January 1 that will go into effect on April 1, 2018.  Here are a few highlights of the more significant changes… “Introduction to OSHA” is now only required to last 1-hour instead of 2-hours. “Optional Topics” for General Industry & Construction courses increased by 1-hour for the 10 & 30 hour. “Fall Protection” is now required to last 1.5 hours instead of 1.25 hours in Construction courses. New OSHA 10/30 Hour trainers must complete the OSHA 510 Course within 7-years of taking the OSHA 500 Course. Outreach trainers must use their legal name on all documents. For more information or a complete list of all changes, please click here.

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