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ASSE To Change Name To ASSP

UPDATE: 74% of member voters decided to move forward with the change, making it official. ASSE will change their name to ASSP in 2018. Click HERE for the News Release.   The ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) will be changing their name to ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals), per the approval of members. The ASSP is a global association for occupational safety and health professionals. After feedback and input, research and planning, they decided to change the name and brand to make it more inclusive. Click HERE to read their story and check out their new website. Click HERE to read their President’s blog about the change. 

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NSC’s Study on Ranking State Safety

The NSC conducted a year long study to grade the states on actions and policies they have taken to reduce risks for their residents. Not one state received an “A” grade. Click HERE to see how your state was graded, and what the problematic issues are.

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Proposed Rule to Modify Beryllium Standards for Construction and Shipyard Sectors

OSHA announced a proposed rule in June that would modify the recent beryllium standards for the construction and shipyard sectors. The general industry standard will remain unaffected by the proposed rule. Click here to see the proposed rule, click here for the official OSHA news release.

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OSHA Proposes Delay in Electronic Reporting Compliance Date

OSHA has proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injury and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule. The agency has determined that a delay will allow additional review into questions of law and policy. Click here for the OSHA News Release. To read the Rule “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”, click here.

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Fact Sheet on Confined Space in Residential Construction

OSHA has developed a new Fact Sheet on Confined Space in Residential Construction. This was developed to clarify some of the standard’s provisions and their application to residential construction work. One important update is that a “Competent Person” does not have to enter the space in order to assess hazards. Click here to download the new Fact Sheet.  

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Heat Safety

As we enter the warmest time of the year, it is recommended to be prepared for heat illness and heat related injuries. OSHA has developed a Heat Safety Tool application for mobile devices. The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. You can also get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. For the Android version click here. For the Iphone version, click here.   For an OSHA Heat Safety Fact Sheet, click here.

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Join us at the 2017 National Safety Council Congress and Expo!

We are very excited to announce that we will be participating in this year’s NSC Congress and Expo, September 23-29. This year the event is held in downtown Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Convention Center. We would love to see you there! Click the link on the left to Register for the event, and add us to your Exhibitors.  

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June’s Unsafe Photos

Our June compilation of funny, unsafe photos. Enjoy!                    

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Do you have what it takes to be America’s Safest Company?

EHS Today is having their 15th annual America’s Safest Company competition. Do you strive to be the best and safest possible? If so, you could win the title that over 200 companies in America have won since 2002. From EHS Today: To be considered one of America’s Safest Companies, organizations must demonstrate: support from leadership and management for EHS efforts; employee involvement in the EHS process; innovative solutions to safety challenges; injury and illness rates lower than the average for their industries; comprehensive training programs; evidence that prevention of incidents is the cornerstone of the safety process; good communication about the value of safety; and a way to substantiate the benefits of the safety process. Winners will be expected to attend the America’s Safest Companies Awards Night Out on September 12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Winners also receive two free passes to the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference, September 11-13 in Atlanta, GA […]

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NUCA Calls for Trench Safety Stand-Down

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) is encouraging all municipalities and contractors who work in excavations to participate in a nationwide Safety Stand Down during the week of June 19, 2017.  In case you’ve never facilitated or participated in a “Safety Stand Down” they are basically a scheduled meeting with all employees about a specific topic of interest.  Although it may sound a lot like a standard “Toolbox Talk” they are a little different in a few ways.  First, they are usually endorsed by a recognized entity (like NUCA).  Second, they typically involve multiple companies and are usually held over a large geographical area (in this case it’s nationwide).  They are also heavily advertised in advance in order to make the event more meaningful. The obvious reason for holding a Stand Down is to raise awareness about an ongoing problem.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the fatality rate in the US for excavation […]

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