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Once again we want to say ”Thank you” for your business and support in 2010. For over 30 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.

We wish you a safe and happy New Year!!!
Happy New Year

Our 2010-11 virtual catalog is now available for view 24/7 online at where you can also request our new 2010-11 free printed catalog for your facilities.2010-11 Safety Products Catalog

Day Star Online Safety Training is Now Available
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, OSHA 10/30 Hour Outreach, and Hazardous Waste. Some of the Construction courses are also available in Spanish.

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2011 Market Trends, Price Increases and Possible Shortages
We are continually being challenged with high raw material costs which we believed would subside.  However, this has not been the case. Nitrile and nylon continue to run at +15% versus the same time last year and the recent natural disaster in Pakistan has put a strain on world-wide supply of cotton.  Coupled with the near 50% reduction of cotton crops earlier this year from India and speculators who wish to invest in commodities while the world's economies improve, the result is costs for finished goods has increased.

The following graphs represent the costs for raw cotton and latex for the past 12 months.

Raw Material Cotton:
Raw Material Cotton

Raw Material Natural Rubber (Latex):
Raw Material Natural Rubber - Latex

In addition to this, there was a recent increase on peak season surcharges for containers and ocean rates. Exporters are fighting to keep their space and had no choice but to accept the higher rates, which causes an increase on the cost of landed goods.
Over the past year and half there have been numerous influences on the cost of most of our products.

One major change is that the cost of raw latex has risen from 405mr in Feb 2009 to 741mr in Oct 2010. That is an increase of 54%. I have attached charts showing the rise. As of today raw latex is 774 up even more than our last chart shows. Raw materials on cotton have almost doubled in the past six months (see chart). Then we all see the price of oil which affects the PVC and Poly raw material markets.

Other factors that influence our pricing is that the dollar has fallen from 6.838 yuan in Feb 2009 to 6.64 yuan in Oct 2010. That has caused a 3% rise in the cost of all goods from China. On top of that Ocean freight rates have risen by 30-40% due to the amount of goods coming from China as well as a reduction in the number of ships servicing the Pacific to USA corridors. Last but not least is LTL freight movement inside the USA has gone up significantly as driver shortages and federal rules about drive times have affected costs within the USA.


We now offer a graphical lockout procedure service to assist you in complying with OSHA CRF 1910.147, The Control of Hazardous Energy. A project engineer will come to your facility to perform a zero energy state assessment, develop graphical lockout procedures, install lockout procedures, create and install energy source tags and provide easy maintenance of the lockout program. Please call us today for a free proposal or email


AHA, ERC Issue New CPR Guidelines
They emphasize performing compressions before rescue breathing and using automated external defibrillators early.

The 2010 cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines were posted Monday by the American Heart Association and the European Resuscitation Council, offering clear support for early defibrillation using an AED and also for immediate compressions by lay bystanders. These are the first update since 2005. AHA and the ERC are founding members of ILCOR, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.

"Push fast and firmly, and start immediately," said Professor Bernd Bottiger, chairman of the ERC. "If the victim does not respond or react, press down at least five centimeters on the middle of the chest, at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute."

The guidelines make it clear that chest compressions, whether by trained or untrained bystanders, are more important than rescue breathing. Bystanders who are trained and willing should combine the two at a ratio of 30 compressions to two breaths, according to the ERC guidelines. Compressions are paramount because even without rescue breathing, the sudden cardiac arrest victim will suffer irreversible brain damage within five minutes after collapse without compressions.

The new ERC Guidelines clearly recommend using AEDs because early defibrillation, in addition to chest compressions, may save the lives of many SCA victims. These guidelines also recommend cooling the arrest victim to 32-34 degrees C (89.6 to 93.2 degrees F) for 12 to 24 hours because this significantly increases the chance of good neurological survival.

About 500,000 people in Europe suffer a sudden cardiac arrest every year. "We will save 100,000 lives per year in Europe if all -- lay and professional people -- take part in this way and care," Bottiger said.

EPA Adds 16 Chemicals to EPCRA List
The final rule that is effective Nov. 30, 2010, adds them to the section 313 list of toxic chemicals, as EPA proposed in April 2010.

EPA published a final rule Nov. 26 adding 16 chemicals to the EPCRA section 313 list of toxic chemicals, as the agency had proposed in April. Each of the 16 chemicals meets the listing criteria under EPCRA section 313(d)(2)(B) -- the chronic human health effects criteria -- the agency determined.

The chemicals being added individually are: 1-amino-2,4-dibromoanthraquinone; 2,2-bis(bromomethyl)-1,3-propanediol; furan; glycidol; isoprene; methyleugenol; o-nitroanisole; nitromethane; phenolphthalein; tetrafluoroethylene; tetranitromethane; and vinyl fluoride. These chemicals are being added to the category for polycyclic aromatic compounds: 1,6-dinitropyrene; 1,8-dinitropyrene; 6-nitrochrysene; and 4-nitropyrene. This PACs category is a category of persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic chemicals, so it has a lower reporting threshold of 100 pounds.

This final rule takes effect Nov. 30, 2010, and applies for the reporting year beginning Jan. 1, 2011 (meaning for the reports due July 1, 2012). The docket for EPA's action at is Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-TRI-2010-0006.

All 16 chemicals have been classified "Reasonably Anticipated To Be Human Carcinogen" by the National Toxicology Program in its 11th Report on Carcinogens (RoC) document. EPA determined they are expected to be manufactured, processed, or used in quantities that will exceed the EPCRA section 313 reporting thresholds; EPCRA section 313(d)(2) says EPA may add a chemical to the list if any of the listing criteria in Section 313(d)(2) are met. The 313(d)(2) criteria are:

(A) The chemical is known to cause or can reasonably be anticipated to cause significant adverse acute human health effects at concentration levels that are reasonably likely to exist beyond facility site boundaries as a result of continuous, or frequently recurring, releases.

(B) The chemical is known to cause or can reasonably be anticipated to cause in humans:

cancer or teratogenic effects, or

serious or irreversible--

(I) reproductive dysfunctions,

(II) neurological disorders,

(III) heritable genetic mutations, or

(IV) other chronic health effects.

(C) The chemical is known to cause or can be reasonably anticipated to cause, because of

(i) its toxicity,

(ii) its toxicity and persistence in the environment, or

(iii) its toxicity and tendency to bioaccumulate in the environment,

a significant adverse effect on the environment of sufficient seriousness, in the judgment of the Administrator, to warrant reporting under this section.

ANSI/ISEA 103-2010
American National Standard for Classification and Performance Requirements for Chemical Protective Clothing

ANSI/ISEA 103-2010 provides manufacturers, users, specifiers and regulators with a way to match a protective garment to a hazard environment.  It is the first US standard to address the protective apparel needs of workers who require protection from chemical hazards every day, not just in emergency situations.

The standard establishes a set of six hazard-based categories, and includes material and garment performance tests for each:

- Category 1 is a gas-tight chemical protective suit with an internal independent breathing air supply, such as a self-contained breathing apparatus, used where there is an immediate danger to life and health (IDLH), immediate skin hazard or contamination hazard, or unknown atmosphere.

- Category 2 is a gas-tight chemical protective suit with an external independent breathing air-supply, used for responding to an IDLH hazard where the atmosphere is known, and not likely to contaminate the breathing apparatus.

- Category 3 is liquid-tight full body chemical protective clothing, used in non-IDLH atmosphere where the main hazard is from contact with liquid or splash.

- Category 4 is liquid spray-tight full body chemical protective clothing, used in non-IDLH situations where there is a potential for splash from liquids that are not immediately hazardous to the skin.

- Category 5 is particulate-tight full body chemical protective clothing, used in non-IDLH situations where the major hazard is contamination from particles that present no hazard to the skin

- Category 6 is limited spray-tight, full or partial body chemical protective clothing that offers protection for a particular part of the body from liquid penetration, such as protection for medical personnel from bloodborne pathogens.

Within each category there are multiple performance levels for most properties.  This is consistent with the approach used in the European (CEN) and international (ISO) standards communities, and is one of the first attempts to harmonize testing and labeling of chemical protective clothing worldwide.

Performance tests are provided to evaluate garment integrity, depending on the level of protection needed and whether the contaminant is a gas, liquid or particulate.  Material tests evaluate liquid penetration and permeation, as well as burst and tear resistance, abrasion resistance, flex cracking resistance, resistance to ignition and flame resistance.  To comply with the standard, garments must be third-party certified.

User information in the standard includes a discussion of how to use the category system, a decision matrix, an explanation of how the required tests are related to performance and examples of hazard scenarios for each category.
Buy ANSI/ISEA 103-2010

What Was 2010's Top Safety Story?

At least 20 major stories in the world of workplace safety and health might qualify as 2010's top story of the year. Several were disasters that will always make headlines, but others were important events that ended a long-running regulatory action, changed how we are taught to deliver CPR, or showed us how new information technologies are affecting our safety and U.S. labor law.

Take a look at our list and then add a comment explaining why one of them, or perhaps some other story we've left out, was your top story of the year for 2010.

1. April 20, 2010: An explosion kills 11 workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which soon sinks in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coastline. An oil spill follows, and BP's chief executive resigns.

2. Feb. 7, 2010: The Kleen Energy "gas blow" explosion in Connecticut kills six workers.

3. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implements CSA 2010, its new safety measurement system for motor carriers.

4. OSHA's administrator questions VPP's future, saying a new funding source is needed.

5. April 2010: OSHA proposes long-awaited changes in its fall protection regulations.

6. FDA announces it will require grim color photos on cigarette packs to warn smokers.

7. Motorcyclist deaths drop, breaking an 11-year streak of annual increases.

8. NLRB files complaint after a worker was fired for her Facebook post about a supervisor.

9. Explosions kill 29 coal miners in West Virginia (April 5) and another 29 coal miners in New Zealand (Nov. 19). In October, 33 miners are rescued after being trapped for 68 days deep inside a remote Chilean gold and copper mine.

10. Honeywell buys Paris-based Sperian Protection, the world's biggest PPE manufacturer, for $1.4 billion.

11. OSHA considers a new enforcement approach for its noise exposure standards that may require much wider use of engineering controls.

12. Emphasizing compressions, the 2010 CPR guidelines change A-B-C to C-A-B.

13. OSHA audits all of its state plans.

14. Massey Energy battles MSHA over the Upper Big Branch investigation and announces CEO Don Blankenship will retire Dec. 30, 2010.

15. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood targets distracted driving by commercial truckers and the general public. Several DOT agencies propose rules dealing with distracting technologies.

16. OSHA repeatedly fines the U.S. Postal Service, including for allegedly willful violations at some facilities.

17. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidates about 600 decisions that had been issued when the National Labor Relations Board had only two members.

18. CDC predicts 1 billion tobacco-related deaths worldwide will occur during this century.

19. Nearly all 9/11 responders accept a financial settlement of their illness claims.

20. MSHA reforms its pattern of violations scheme and warns 13 mines they must correct their S&S (significant and substantial) violations prompt.

OSHA Issues New Compliance Directive for Fall Protection in Residential Construction

OSHA published a notice Dec. 22 that it is issuing a new compliance directive for fall protection used during residential construction. The new directive, STD 03-11-002, Fall Protection in Residential Construction, rescinds compliance directive STD 03-00-001, Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction, which became effective June 18, 1999.

The change took effect immediately. The effective date of STD 03-11-002 for enforcement purposes is June 16, 2011. It was recommended by the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, the National Association of Home Builders, the AFL-CIO, and the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association, according to OSHA's notice.

This is significant to homebuilders and their workers because 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13) requires that workers engaged in residential construction 6 feet or more above lower levels generally must be protected by conventional fall protection (guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems) unless the employer can demonstrate such fall protection is infeasible or presents a greater hazard. The rescinded directive, however, allows employers engaged in any of four types of construction activities to use alternative procedures rather than conventional fall protection without having to show the convention protection was infeasible at that particular site. The four types are:

* GROUP 1. Installation of floor joists, floor sheathing, and roof sheathing; erecting exterior walls; setting and bracing roof trusses and rafters.

* GROUP 2. Working on concrete and block foundation walls and related formwork.

* GROUP 3. This group consists of the following activities when performed in attics and on roofs: installing drywall, insulation, HVAC systems, electrical systems (including alarms, telephone lines, and cable TV), plumbing and carpentry.

* GROUP 4. Roofing work (removal, repair, or installation of weatherproofing roofing materials such as shingles, tile and tar paper).

"Fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace deaths in construction. We cannot tolerate workers getting killed in residential construction when effective means are readily available to prevent those deaths," Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels said in a news release. "Almost every week, we see a worker killed from falling off a residential roof. We can stop these fatalities, and we must."


CAOHC Course

CAOHC Certification/Recertification Course

Day Star will be offering the CAOHC 20-hour certification and the 8-hour recertification course on January 18th-20th, 2011 or those individuals performing audiometric testing. For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 or go online to


Heart of America ASSE Chapter -January 10th -12 PM to 1:30 PM - Figlio’s Italian Restaurant - Kansas City, Mo. - Pain Management for Injured Workers - To RSVP call Holly Shores at 816-349-6639 or You may also pay on-line at

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - January 5th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Legends of Asia - Blue Springs, Mo. - High Angle Rescue and Confined Space Technical Rescue Rigging Practices - Mr. Kent Saturday an Overland Park, Ks. firefighter and owner/operator of Rescue 360 will also be presenting: how too, techniques, and equipment used to perform these operations - Please RSVP by Monday, January 3rd by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Tom Cowan at 816-985-8619 or

AIHA Mid-America Local Section - January 11th - 6-8:45 PM - Manny’s Restaurante - Kansas City, Mo. - Dr. Chitaranjan Saran, PhD, PE, CPE, CHCM will speak on what he and other participants learned and observed at The 5th China International Forum on Work Safety, Beijing and about his presentation topic: SHEEP (Safety, Health, Ergonomics, and Environmental Protection) Systems. Please RSVP by Friday, January 7th at

Wichita ASSE Chapter - January 6th -11:30 AM to 1 PM -ISI Building -Effective Preventing Cumulative Trauma Disorders and Back Injuries in the Work Place - Speaker: Dr. Michael McIrvin, Sr. Injury Prevention Specialist, BACKSAFE/SITTINGSAFE Programs - Please RSVP by Monday, January 3rd to Jenna Hackler at

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - January 14th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Ryan’s Steakhouse on North Rock Road - For more information please contact Tamara Hadley at 316-264-7050 or

OSHAC - Joplin - January 11th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - Red Hot & Blue - For more information please contact Michael Mulhall at 417-869-2121 or 800-334-1349 or

OSHAC - Monett - January 18th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - Happy House Restaurant - For more information please contact Michael Mulhall at 417-869-2121 or 800-334-1349 or

OSHAC - Springfield - January 19th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - The Pasta House - For more information please contact Michael Mulhall at 417-869-2121 or 800-334-1349 or

OSHAC - West Plains - January 12th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - Primas - For more information please contact Michael Mulhall at 417-869-2121 or 800-334-1349 or

OSHAC - Harrison, Ar. - January 18th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Western Sizzlin - For more information please contact Michael Mulhall at 417-869-2121 or 800-334-1349 or

OSHAC - Northwest Arkansas - January 5th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Johnny Carino’s - Rogers, Ar. - For more information please contact Greg Knight at or Fred Norwood at

Mid-Missouri Section ASSE - January 20th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - China Garden - Please RSVP by noon on December 14th to George Hampton at or at 573-874-7669.

2nd Annual Builders Association Midwest Construction Safety Conference & Annual Safety Excellence Awards Breakfast - March 3rd & 4th, 2011 - Adams Pointe Conference Center - Blue Springs, Missouri - For more information go to

2011 ASSE / AIHA Professional Development Conference (PDC) - April 1st, 2011 - MCC Business & Technology College - Kansas City, Missouri - You can register and pay online at For more information you may contact Keith Rosenblum at 816-977-8145 or

Mid-America Safety, Health & Environmental Conference and Expo - May 11th-13th, 2011 - Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel at Branson Landing in Branson, Missouri - For more information go to


National Safety Congress Expo

National Safety Congress & Expo - October 31st - November 2nd, 2011 - Philadelphia - For more information go to

ASSE 100 Years

ASSE’s 100th Anniversary Celebration - June 12th-15th, 2011

SAFETY 2011 will include special events and displays that will celebrate the American Society of Safety Engineers' 100th Anniversary. Founded in 1911, the Society was formed in the wake of tragic events such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Join ASSE and the thousands of Safety 2011 attendees in this commemoration of 100 years of dedicated service to workplace safety and health. For more information go to

PCIH 2011

AIHA - PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE on INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE - November 5th-8th, 2011 - Baltimore, Md. - For more information go to

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