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DAYSTAR NEWSLETTER APRIL 2016

Once again we want to say "Thank you" for your business and support in 2015. For over 35 years we have been providing safety equipment, services, and solutions for many companies in the Midwest. This would not be possible without you, our valued customer.

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We can now provide MDNR Operator Renewal Training for drinking water, distribution and wastewater operators. Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com for more information.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

 

We have been providing arc flash hazard analysis and labels along with 2012 NFPA 70E, OSHA and NEC training. Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com for more information.

Arc Flash and Shock Hazard Label

 

We can now provide assistance in getting your company set up and approved with ISNetworld.  Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com.

ISN Collect. Verify. Connect.

 

Whether you are a business owner, manager, supervisor, or safety director, you have more things to do than time in the day to get them done. Loss control activities (safety, training, environmental, DOT, etc.) can often slip through the cracks, even for safety professionals, due to the tremendous amount of administrative effort that goes into maintaining compliance. We created SafetyPlusWeb™ to help you manage your safety program proactively and to save you time and money in the process.

Our Software as a Service model is not like anything else available - while other providers simply offer an empty database, we offer a complete safety solution that includes a library of online safety training courses, hundreds of free editable safety policies and other documents. This cloud-based solution is available to you anywhere and on any device! At Safety Plus, we pride ourselves on empowering small and mid-sized businesses to protect their human capital, and we want to help you solve your safety and compliance problems.

SafetyPlusWeb™ empowers small and mid-sized businesses to protect their human capital." REQUEST A LIVE DEMO

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We are now an authorized distributor for Grace Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of lone worker safety solutions.

Grace Industries, Inc.

 

We are now an authorized distributor for Little Giant Ladder Systems.

Little Giant Ladder Systems

 

We are now an authorized distributor for Revco welding gloves, clothing and accessories.

Little Giant Ladder Systems

 

MSA Named as a World's Most Ethical Company for 2016

2015 World's Most Ethical Companies

MSA has been named a World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere® Institute for the second consecutive year! This distinction is an outstanding achievement for all 4,600 MSA Associates around the world. The Ethisphere Institute is a global leader in defining and advancing standards of ethical business conduct and practices. This year Ethisphere is celebrating 10 years of measuring corporate integrity and recognizing those that excel.

Ethical Categories

 

Gasco's New and Improved Features

Gasco constantly strives to offer its customers better ways of doing business.
We are happy to present extended warranties on our gas mixes.

Non-Reactive Gases now hold a shelf life of 48 months, while some of our reactive gases have a warranty up to 24 months. The full list can be found here on our website.

We also uploaded Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to our website. Search and download easily. They can be found here. Or visit www.gascogas.com Drop down menu: Resources/Safety Data Sheet.

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OSHA announces final rule to improve U.S. workers' protection from the dangers of respirable silica dust.

Americans across the country quote from Thomas E. Perez

OSHA announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. The rule will curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

"The previous exposure limits were outdated and did not adequately protect workers," said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. "Limiting exposure to silica dust is essential. Every year, many exposed workers not only lose their ability to work, but also to breathe. Today, we are taking action to bring worker protections into the 21st century in ways that are feasible and economical for employers to implement."

About 2.3 million men and women face exposure to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including two million construction workers who drill and cut materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing. OSHA estimates that when the final rule becomes fully effective, it will save more than 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis – an incurable and progressive disease – each year. The agency also estimates the final rule will provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion per year.

A worker cutting granite
A worker cutting granite using a saw that applies water to the blade. The water reduces the amount of silica-containing dust that gets into the air.

Most employers can limit harmful dust exposure by using equipment that is widely available – generally using water to keep dust from getting into the air or a ventilation system to remove it from the air. The rule provides greater compliance assistance to construction employers – many of which run small businesses – by including a table of specified controls they can follow to be in compliance. The rule also staggers compliance dates to ensure employers have sufficient time to meet its requirements.

The final rule is written as two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime. In addition to reducing the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica, the rule includes employer requirements such as limiting worker exposure through work practices and engineering controls (such as water or ventilation); providing respiratory protection when controls are insufficient; training workers; limiting their access to high exposure areas and providing medical exams to highly exposed workers.

Key Provisions
Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.

  • Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.

Compliance Schedule
Both standards contained in the final rule take effect on June 23, 2016., after which industries have one to five years to comply with most requirements, based on the following schedule:

Construction - June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date.

General Industry and Maritime - June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date.

Hydraulic Fracturing - June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date for all provisions except Engineering Controls, which have a compliance date of June 23, 2021.

For more information, see the news release—available in English and Spanish—and a blog post by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, which includes a video featuring one worker's personal experience with silicosis. Visit OSHA's silica rule webpage for factsheets, answers to frequently asked questions, and to sign up for email updates on compliance dates and resources.

OSHA emphasizes need to reduce illness, injury among meat and poultry processors in three Midwestern states

States Map for NE, KS, MO

Workers involved in the meat and poultry processing industries are likely to suffer more serious on-the-job injuries than other private sector workers.

OSHA launched a Regional Emphasis Program in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri focused on reducing musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomic stressors in the poultry processing industry. The agency has also launched a Local Emphasis Program for Nebraska's meat processing industry. Education and enforcement efforts will focus on common industry hazards such as repetitive motion injuries, machine guarding, control of hazardous energy and process safety management. Both emphasis programs are scheduled to end Sept. 30, 2016.

Regional and local emphasis programs are enforcement strategies designed to address high-risk industries

Evaluation: First year of OSHA injury reporting requirement helps agency engage with employers and focus resources where needed.


States Map for NE, KS, MO

During the first full year of a new reporting requirement, employers reported 10,388 severe injuries, including 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. For more statistics and the evaluation of the impact of the new requirements, see the full report*.

In the majority of cases, OSHA asked employers to conduct their own incident investigations and propose remedies to prevent future injuries. OSHA provided employers with guidance materials to assist them in this process. Known as a Rapid Response Investigation, this collaborative, problem-solving approach invites the employer and an area OSHA expert to work together toward the shared goal of fixing hazards and improving overall workplace safety. At other times, the agency determined that the hazards described warranted a worksite inspection.

"In case after case, the prompt reporting of worker injuries has created opportunities for us to work with employers we wouldn't have had contact with otherwise," said report author David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "The result is safer workplaces for thousands of workers." Read Dr. Michaels' blog for examples of workplace safety success stories that resulted from collaboration between employers and OSHA.

Severe Injury Reports 2015

An evaluation of 2015 results found that the requirement met its intended goals of helping OSHA focus resources where they are most needed, and engaging employers in high-hazard industries to identify and eliminate hazards.

"OSHA will continue to evaluate the program and make changes to improve its effectiveness," Dr. Michaels wrote in the report. "And we are seeking new ways to make sure that small employers know about their reporting obligations and the resources available to them.".


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CAOHC Course

CAOHC Certification/Recertification Course
Day Star will be offering the CAOHC 20-hour certification and the 8-hour recertification course on June 6th - 8th, 2016 for those individuals performing audiometric testing. For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 or go online to www.daystarsafety.com and click on Training Classes.

 

A.C.E. Trained Fall Protection Competent Person

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Tentative Dates:
When: Tuesday & Wednesday
Dates: April 12 & 13, 2016
Where: St. Louis, Missouri
Place: To be announced
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Continental Breakfast & Lunch is provided

THE CLASSES FILL UP FAST!
Instructor - Mark Damon ~ Damon, Inc.

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Website: http://www.damonfallprotection.com
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Pay Online: https://squareup.com/market/damon-inc

   

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Heart of America Chapter - ASSE – April 14th & 15th – 7 AM to 5 PM – Annual PDC - MCC Business & Technology Center – 1775 Universal Avenue – Kansas City, Mo. - You may rsvp and pay on-line at kc.asse.org.

Mid America Chapter - AIHA April 14th & 15th 7 AM to 5 PM Annual PDC MCC Business & Technology Center For more information you may contact Steve Hicks at 816-863-1997 or shicks@ucmo.edu or John Zey at 660-909-6081.

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City – April 7th – 11:30 to 1:00 – Cinzetti’s Italian Market Restaurant – 7201 W 91st Street – Overland Park, KS. – Emerging Drugs – Chris Frakes – Johnson County Deputy Sheriff– Please RSVP by noon on Monday, April 4th, by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Steve Ratliff, Secretary/Recorder at sratliff@holmesmurphy.com.

Wichita ASSE Chapter – April 4th –11:30 to 1 PM –OSHA Update – Corey Beacom – OSHA Compliance Safety & Health Officer – ISI Environmental, Inc. – 215 South Laura Street - Wichita, Ks – Please RSVP by March 31st to Ben Chavez at bchavez@isienvironmental.com.

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group – April 8th – 11:30 AM to 1 PM – Underground Utility Damage Protection – Russ Baxter – OneCall –Buffet City – Plaza West Shopping Center –Wichita, Ks – For more information please contact Haley Sumner at 316-945-0555 or hssumner@dodlingerconst.com.

Mid-Missouri Section ASSE – April 28th – 8:30 AM to 4 PM – Please RSVP to our e-mail address at members@midmoasse.org or bderrick@broadwayergonomics.com


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Safe Con Expo

67th Annual Kansas Safety & Health Conference
Double Tree by Hilton, Wichita Airport
October 18th-21st, 2016


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AIHce 2016

ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition

National Safety Council - Anaheim 2016


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