Safety Notice: STOP USE of GravityŽ Welder Harnesses
This Safety Notice is issued to inform you that MSA received a field report from an end user regarding select MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses and that, as a result of MSA’s findings related to this report, you must take the actions outlined in this Safety Notice.
Upon investigation of the field report, MSA determined that the leg strap and chest strap used in select MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses are 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.
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.
Identifying and Addressing Affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses
Affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses are those marked with one of the following part numbers and a manufacturing date from July 2015 through and including January 2018:
- 10151154 - 304 HARNESS,BLK,KEVLAR,BKD,SD,STD
- 10158954 - 304 HARNESS,BLK,KEVLAR,BKD,SD,XSM
- 10158956 - 304 HARNESS,BLK,KEVLAR,BKD,SD,XLG
- 10158957 - 304 HARNESS,BLK,KEVLAR,BKD,SD,SXL
To confirm whether or not your harness is affected, check the label on the harness for part number and manufacture date that meet the criteria above. See Figure 1 on the attached Safety Notice
for the location of the part number and manufacture date on an MSA Gravity Welder Harness label.
If the part number has been made illegible through use, refer to Figure 2 on the attached Safety Notice
to determine whether or not your harness is affected. If the part number matches the list above, but the manufacturing date has been made illegible through use, consider your harness to be affected.
If your harness is affected, remove it from service, mark it "UNUSABLE" and destroy it.
Note that MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses could also have been ordered as part of kit numbers 10026061, 10026064, 10105480 and 10103470. Harnesses that were provided within these kits are also labeled with the individual harness part number and can be identified as detailed above.
OSHA Form 300A Posting Deadline is February 1 — Are You Ready?
As we approach the February 1 due date for posting OSHA Form 300A as part of OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule, it’s important to remember the exemptions and requirements that apply.
Under the Recordkeeping Rule, covered employers are required to maintain an OSHA 300 Log
of serious injuries and illnesses, and also to post a 300A in their workplace on the first of February covering all injuries and illnesses recorded the prior year. Most employers know that two important exemptions apply to these requirements. However, there are also many misconceptions surrounding them.
Exemption 1: Low-Hazard Industries
The first exemption releases employers in certain low-hazard industries from the requirements of the rule. In 1982, OSHA presented a very broad list of these exempted low-hazard industries, which included finance, insurance, real estate, and more. OSHA then transitioned the exemption to a list based on Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data from the late 1990’s. However, in 2015, OSHA then released a set of entirely new guidelines
for which businesses could claim the exemption. These 2015 guidelines used the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes to identify the exempt industries.
So remember that even if your business was previously able to claim this exemption, that ability might have changed after 2015. To find out if your business is still exempt, you can use the the NAICS webpage
to determine your NAICS code — and when you have your code, you can check it against Table 1 here
to see if you qualify for an exemption.
Exemption 2: Ten or Fewer Employees
The second exemption releases businesses with 10 or fewer employees from the requirements of the rule. However, here too there are a couple of common misconceptions that sometimes confuse businesses. So remember:
- Employers are exempt only if they had 10 or fewer employees “at all times during the previous calendar year.” So if you had 11 (or more) people at any time during the year working for you — even if your current number of employees is back down to 10 or fewer — you are still unable to claim this exemption.
- The exemption is based on company size, not on facility size. Thus, a company with 1,000 employees that has several small facilities with fewer than 10 employees each would still need to have those small facilities post a 300A. A franchise business with very small individual locations would be a good example of a company in this situation.
Key Points for Compliance
Even if you are not focused on qualifying for either of these exemptions, there are still other important things to remember about posting your 300A.
- If you are required to post a 300A, you need to do so whether or not you had any injuries in the past year. It is completely appropriate — and required for covered businesses - to post a 300A saying that you had no injuries or illnesses.
- Sign the 300A when you post it. That is required, and something businesses often forget to do.
- Post the 300A in an accessible location where employees can easily see it, and keep it posted until April 30.
- Be sure to post the 300A, and not the 300. Not only is this problematic because it is the incorrect form, but the 300 contains employee names, so making it public can result in privacy violations.
- You do not need to post the official 300A form from OSHA's website; it is acceptable to post your own, homemade form containing equivalent information if you would prefer to do so.
For more information on OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, visit their recordkeeping webpage
. And remember, by July 1, 2017, covered businesses with 250 or more employees and businesses with 20-249 employees in certain high risk industries must also submit their Form 300A information online, through a website provided by OSHA scheduled to go live in February. This new requirement is the result of a final rule issued by OSHA last year to improve workplace injury and illness tracking. For more information, see OSHA’s overview of the Final Rule here
With February's American Heart Month, we want to specifically focus on and promote making heart-healthy choices. Recognizing that heart disease was the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., President Lyndon B. Johnson declared February American Heart Month on December 30, 1963. At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease (CVD). Fifty-five years later, February is still recognized as American Heart Month in the U.S. Unfortunately, CVD remains the number one cause of death in both men and women - accounting for one in four deaths.
Although CVD is both treatable and preventable, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is not. SCA accounts for approximately 350,000 deaths each year.2 As many of you know, there are no warning signs associated with SCA, and everyone is at risk. The heart will unexpectedly and abruptly stop beating properly when its electrical system malfunctions. This is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). The only effective treatment for VF is an electrical shock administered by an automated external defibrillator (AED) followed by high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Making heart-healthy choices includes diet and exercise, working with your doctors and health professionals to manage conditions, and knowing the risk factors that can have a profoundly positive impact on life expectancy and quality. While the average age of sudden cardiac arrest victims is mid-60s, sudden cardiac arrest is unpredictable and can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime. Some risk factors include:
- A family history of cardiac arrest in a first-degree relative: two-fold increase in risk of SCA
- Underlying coronary heart disease (CHD)
- A personal or family history of inherited disorders that make you prone to arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm)
- A personal history of arrhythmias
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Commotio cordis - a term referring to SCA resulting from a blow to the chest
- Drug or alcohol abuse
To learn more about steps you can take to prevent SCA, as well as how you can educate others, please visit the American Heart Association