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DAYSTAR NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2013


Once again we want to say ”Thank you” for your business and support in 2013. 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.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!!

“Jesus is the Reason for the Season”
The Reason for the Season.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.

We will be closed on December 25th and January 1st to spend time with our families.


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TWENTY TWO YEARS

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We are celebrating our 22nd year at our current 35,000 sq ft facility located in North Kansas City, Missouri.  Time flies when you are having fun!  Stop by and visit our walk in display room the next time you are in the area.  Hope to see you soon!


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2012-13 VIRTUAL CATALOG IS NOW AVAILABLE

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2012-13 Safety Products Catalog

Our 2012-13 catalog is now available for view 24/7 online at www.daystarsafety.net where you can also request our new 2013-14 printed catalog for your facilities.


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Day Star Online Safety Training is Now Available

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Compliance is critically important, but not difficult if you subscribe and train your staff with the most comprehensive library with courses in areas of Environmental Safety, Occupation Health & Safety, Green Building, Mine Safety, Forklift Operation, Construction Safety, Transportation, HAZCOM, Industrial Hygiene and human resources and more.

We have the solution for the small employer without safety resources or for the employee who missed their initial safety training.

It is as easy as 1-2-3. Choose your course, create a profile, provide billing information, and verify your confirmation.

Most of the OSHA courses offered are 1-4 hours in length and start at just $20.00. The courses pertain to Construction, General Industry, and Hazardous Waste. Some of the Construction courses are also available in Spanish.

Click below to view all of the available courses.

Launch Online Training Center >>.

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REGULATION NEWS & INFORMATION

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OSHA's Top 10: Present and past

OSHA's most cited violations and largest penalties for FY 2013 - plus a look at data from previous years.

OSHA's Top 10

This year's presentation of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations includes some comparisons with data from previous years.

Due to the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1 and ended Oct. 17, finalized data for fiscal year 2013 - covering the period of Oct. 1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2013 - could not be obtained.  Data for FY 2013 presented on these pages was received Sept. 13 and should be considered preliminary.

2013 Preliminary Standards


Manufacturing Wants Its Jobs Back - But Can It Find The Workers?

Skilled labor is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Whether it's due to more conservative hiring practices, changing demographics or negative perceptions of “manufacturing” jobs, the demand for high-skill labor is growing faster than supply. Businesses across the globe are finding it hard to hire and retain enough workers to support their growth despite a rising global population; and industry experts are predicting the situation will worsen over the next twenty years. The implications for manufacturing organizations are clear - hire, train and invest in a skilled workforce now to insulate against what many are calling the perfect storm of a future skilled labor shortage.

A Changing Labor Landscape for Manufacturing

Manufacturing is growing globally, accounting for approximately 16 percent of global GDP and 14 percent of employment (McKinsey Global Institute, The Future of Manufacturing). Consequently, many country leaders have hailed this sector as a vital component to economic recovery, offering government grants and other incentives to encourage industry investment. Yet manufacturers across the global are finding it increasingly difficult to staff adequately due to a lack of interest by younger workers, an aging demographic, and changing skill requirements.

Negative Perception of “Manufacturing”

A recent survey conducted by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), found that 52% of U.S. teenagers have little or no interest in a manufacturing career. When asked why, the young respondents said they thought manufacturing was a declining field, with unprofessional, dead-end jobs, dirty factories and frequent layoffs.

An Aging Workforce

Older employees are leaving the workforce at a faster rate than qualified workers are being hired to replace them. Consider these statistics from the US Census Bureau:

1. 7918 people turn 60 years of age every day; 330 an hour
2. The number of US people age 55 and older will increase 73% by 2020
3. The number of younger workers will grow only 5%

And, this is not just a United States trend:

- Over the next 15 years, 80% of workforce growth in developed economies in North America, Europe and Asia will occur among people 50 years or older.

- If current low birthrates and longevity trends continue through 2050, the number of older persons in the world will exceed the number of children.

However, it is not only the lack of manpower causing problems when older workers leave a company. The seasoned workforce also takes with them a wealth of in-the-trenches experience and company DNA.

Quantity vs. Quality

A shortage of workers may seem counter intuitive when one considers the United Nations predicts at least 8 billion people on Earth by 2050. Yet, it isn't the quantity of people that poses a problem. Rather, it is the smaller number of skilled workers that is the issue. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “60 percent of the new jobs that will emerge in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20 percent of the current workforce.” Manufacturing positions are migrating from unskilled, manual labor, to highly specialized professional careers.

Opportunities for Investment

Manufacturing companies are in a race. They are racing to capture knowledge held by older workers, racing to retain an existing workforce, and racing to attract younger talent from a limited pool of resources. Missteps in any one of these areas could mean the difference between success and failure. Fortunately, advancements in operational software and systems are giving companies new ways to address each of these issues. For example, 3D visualization technology provides a natural, intuitive technology interface, which makes it easier for workers to store and share information. Intelligent machines provide the ability to analyze “big data” in real-time and at the point of work to enable better decision making in the face of rapidly changing market demands. Also, workers can now monitor and take action in the field by using mobile devices to access mission critical information such as product traceability and recalls, inventory movements and operational status.

Government subsidies should help stimulate interest in manufacturing opportunities. But it is up to the organizations themselves to attract, train and support the workforce with cutting edge systems. Investing in these types of solutions today will help weather the labor storm of tomorrow.

Source: Forbes.com


In and Out

OSHA issues rule to update regulations and decrease burden on businesses

On Nov. 20, OSHA issued a direct final rule, along with a companion notice of proposed rulemaking, that revises requirements of OSHA's standard for mechanical power presses, which punch, form or assemble metal or other materials. Workers can be exposed to hand, finger or arm injuries-often resulting in amputation-if parts of a press are worn, damaged or not operating properly. The new rule eliminates a requirement for employers to document mandatory weekly inspections of these presses while clarifying the responsibility of employers to perform and document any maintenance or repairs necessary to protect the safety of workers who operate them. The final rule will be effective Feb.18, 2014, unless OSHA receives a significant adverse comment by Dec. 20, 2013. See the news release and Federal Register notice for more information and go to www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal, to submit comments electronically.


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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 January 21st-23rd, 2014 or 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.


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