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DAYSTAR NEWSLETTER JULY 2015

Once again we want to say "Thank you" for your business and support in 2014. 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.

SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY – OCTOBER 2ND, 2015 - 11 AM - 1 PM

26TH ANNUAL DAY STAR CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY
BBQ & SAFETY FAIR

Customer Appreciation Day 2015


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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.

ISN Collect. Verify. Connect.


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We are now an authorized distributor for RAE Systems, a manufacturer of portable gas detection equipment.

RAE Systems


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OSHA differences between General Industry & Construction Confined Space Standards
There are 5 key differences from the construction rule, and several areas where OSHA has clarified existing requirements. The five new requirements include:
  1. More detailed provisions requiring coordinated activities when there are multiple employers at the worksite (for more detail, see question below). This will ensure hazards are not introduced into a confined space by workers performing tasks outside the space. An example would be a generator running near the entrance of a confined space causing a buildup of carbon monoxide within the space.
  2. Requiring a competent person to evaluate the work site and identify confined spaces, including permit spaces.
  3. Requiring continuous atmospheric monitoring whenever possible.
  4. Requiring continuous monitoring of engulfment hazards. For example, when workers are performing work in a storm sewer, a storm upstream from the workers could cause flash flooding. An electronic sensor or observer posted upstream from the work site could alert workers in the space at the first sign of the hazard, giving the workers time to evacuate the space safely.
  5. Allowing for the suspension of a permit, instead of cancellation, in the event of changes from the entry conditions list on the permit or an unexpected event requiring evacuation of the space. The space must be returned to the entry conditions listed on the permit before re-entry.
 
In addition, OSHA has added provisions to the new rule that clarifies existing requirements in the General Industry standard. These include:
  1. Requiring that employers who direct workers to enter a space without using a complete permit system prevent workers’ exposure to physical hazards through elimination of the hazard or isolation methods such as lockout/tagout.
  2. Requiring that employers who are relying on local emergency services for emergency services arrange for responders to give the employer advance notice if they will be unable to respond for a period of time (because they are responding to another emergency, attending department-wide training, etc.).
  3. Requiring employers to provide training in a language and vocabulary that the worker understands.
Finally, several terms have been added to the definitions for the construction rule, such as "entry employer" to describe the employer who directs workers to enter a space, and "entry rescue", added to clarify the differences in the types of rescue employers can use.


Resources available: Fatal Facts on confined spaces in manholes, OSHA It's the Law poster
Mancover
A new addition to OSHA's Fatal Facts series emphasizes employers' responsibilities to protect workers from confined space hazards while working in sewer line manholes*. Fatal Facts describe cases where employers failed to identify and correct hazardous working conditions before they resulted in fatalities at their worksites. This Fatal Facts is based on a case where a construction worker suffocated after entering a manhole. It includes references to the new Confined Space in Construction Standard that takes effect on August 3, 2015.


OSHA issues temporary enforcement policy for confined spaces in construction

Confined Spaces

OSHA is instituting a 60-day temporary enforcement policy of its Confined Spaces in Construction standard. Full enforcement of the new standard, which goes into effect Aug. 3, is being postponed to Oct. 2 in response to requests for additional time to train and acquire the equipment necessary to comply with the new standard.

During this 60-day temporary enforcement period, OSHA will not issue citations to employers who make good faith efforts to comply with the new standard. Employers must be in compliance with either the training requirements of the new standard* or the previous standard. Employers who fail to train their employees consistent with either of these two standards will be cited.

Factors that indicate employers are making good faith efforts to comply include: scheduling training for employees as required by the new standard; ordering the equipment necessary to comply with the new standard; and taking alternative measures to educate and protect employees from confined space hazards.

OSHA issued the Confined Spaces in Construction final rule on May 4, 2015. OSHA estimates that the rule could protect nearly 800 construction workers a year from serious injuries and reduce life-threatening hazards. For more information, read the news release.


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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 July 28th - 30th, 2015 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 ASSE Chapter - No meeting until September -


Lakewood Oaks Golf Club


Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - August 6th - 11:30 to 1:00 PM-Pat Flynn from Pittsburg State University will be discussing the current safety program, curriculum changes and what is ahead for the future. Builders’ Association - 105 W. 12th Street -North Kansas City, MO - Please RSVP by noon on Monday, August 3rd, by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Sharon Mount, Secretary/Recorder at smount@thomasmcgee.com.


CSG Golf Tournament

SAVE THE DATE:
2015 CSG Golf Tournament is SEPT 18, 2015
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Wichita ASSE Chapter - No meeting until September -

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - August 14th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM -- For more information please contact Tamara Hadley at 316-264-7050 or constructionsafety@isienvironmental.com.

Mid-Missouri Section ASSE - July 23rd - 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM - HyVee Conference Room - Conley Road - Columbia, Mo. - Please RSVP to members@midmoasse.org


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66th Annual Kansas Department of Labor Conference

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National Safety Council - Atlanta 2015

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