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DAYSTAR NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 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 assistance in getting your company set up and approved with ISNetworld.  Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com.

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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


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Employers must post 300A injury/illness summary form February through April

Form 300A

OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA's Form 300A which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2015. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2016, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.

Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in specific low-hazard industries are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. Due to changes in OSHA's recordkeeping requirements that went into effect Jan. 1, 2015, certain previously exempt industries are now covered. Lists of both exempt and newly covered industries are available on OSHA's website. Visit OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.

 

2016 Changes to Hand Safety Standards - Cut Testing Explained

ANSI/ISEA Cut Test Standards

Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know:

The standards for cut protection as outlined in the ANSI/ISEA 105 American National Standard for Hand Protection Selection Criteria and the EN 388 European regulatory standard for protective gloves (CE) are changing in 2016. While the American ANSI/ISEA standards have been finalized, the EN388 changes are in the final stages of approval.

Why the Change?

The need was recognized for a more consistent and accurate testing method between ANSI/ISEA and European safety standards. While these changes do not create parity between the two standards, they do begin to bridge the gap. There are three main reasons the standards are changing:

  • The two standards are very different in classification and testing methods, yet both provide a 1-5 ranking scale which causes confusion.

  • The standards were created prior to advances in PPE technology, and they don’t address current high cut resistant materials.

  • The 1-5 scale for both EN388 and ANSI/ISEA 105 includes large gaps between some of the levels (ANSI/ISEA cut level 4 includes 1500-3500 grams of cut resistance), creating the potential for the use of insufficient PPE.

Understanding the Changes to the ANSI/ISEA 105 American National Standard

The new ANSI/ISEA 105 standard will now use a 9-level scale (called out as A1-A9) that extends from 0 -6000 grams of cut resistance, which allows for more accurate identification of protection in PPE. The biggest change with this scale is that the current “Cut 4” will be divided into three separate levels, arming safety managers with a greater ability to dial in on the needs of a specific application. The following chart shows the changes:

Cut Resistance Rating System

In addition to a more accurate scale, the ANSI/ISEA 105 will require testing using the ASTM F2992-15 method which dictates use of the Tomodynamometer (TDM) machine (previously the TDM or CPPT machine was accepted). The test method will remain the same except for reducing the distance the blade travels from 25mm to 20mm.

Understanding the Changes to the EN 388 European Cut Standard

Although the ANSI/ISEA changes are set to be released in February 2016, the EN 388 cut changes are still being finalized. The proposed EN388 changes address the inconsistencies with the Coup Test and will provide an additional cut score for high cut materials.

  • High cut resistant materials will be required to use the ISO 13997 cut method which requires the use of the TDM machine. Results will be based on the weight required to achieve cut through at the distance of 20mm (same as ANSI/ISEA 105), reported in Newtons, and given a six-step letter score (A-F).

Newtons Gram Conversion

As you can see, this scale roughly correlates to the ANSI/ASEA scale for cut levels A1-A6, but still falls short of differentiating highly cut resistant materials. For that reason, as well as the continued use of two potential testing protocols in the EN 388, we suggest using the ANSI/ISEA standards when evaluating PPE.

  • The Coup test will still be used in the interim for lower cut resistant materials. The test parameters will be altered to address variations that occur due to blade sharpness. If there are variations in the Coup testing, materials will need to be tested with the ISO/TDM test.

The Bottom Line

While these changes may sound confusing, the bottom line is that there is an effort being made to better standardize testing between ANSI/ISEA, ISO and EN 388, which will help safety managers globally better protect their people.


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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 March 14th - 16th, 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.

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Heart of America Chapter - ASSE - February 12TH - 4:30 TO 6:30 PM - Free Meeting - UCM/PSU Student Section Meeting Trivia Event - Brio Tuscon Grille - 502 Nichols Drive- Kansas City, Mo. - You may rsvp and pay on-line at www.kc.asse.org.

Mid America Chapter - AIHA - February 9th - 6 - 8:30 PM - Johnny Cascone's - 6863 West 91st Street - Overland Park, Ks. - The program will focus on Occupational Health & Safety issues in the telecommunication industry. The speaker will be John Malone, CSP, CIH, CHMM, Senior Manager of EH&S Technology, ATT Services, Inc. - For more information you may contact Steve Hicks at 816-863-1997 or John Zey at 660-909-6081.

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - February 4th - 11:30 to 1:00 - Mark One Electric - 909 Troost - Kansas City, Mo. - We will have Larry Huskey present on "DOT Most Violated Regulations and Regulatory Updates." - Please RSVP by noon on Monday, February 1st, 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 - February 1st -11:30 to 1 PM - PSU's Technology Safety Program - The speaker will be Clifford Morris with Pittsburg State University - ISI Environmental, Inc. - 215 South Laura Street- Wichita, Ks - Please RSVP to Ben Chavez.

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - February 12th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM -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 - February 19th - 11:30 AM to 2 PM - "Active Shooter" with Tactical Solutions - Please note that this is a Friday due to scheduling requirements of our presenter. This will be a 2 hour presentation hosted by Bekki Howard, HS& E Coordinator with Watlow Electric Mfg Co., 2101 Pennsylvania Drive, Columbia, MO 65202. Please RSVP to members@midmoasse.org.


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Midwestern Construction Safety Conference
Adams Pointe Conference Center, Blue Springs, Missouri
March 24th & 25th, 2016

Safe Con Expo

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


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National Safety Council - Anaheim 2016

National Safety Council - Anaheim 2016

American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition
Baltimore, Maryland
May 21st-26th, 2016

ASSE Professional Development Conference & Exposition
Atlanta, Georgia
June 26th-29th, 2016


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