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Once again we want to say ”Thank you” for your business and support in 2011. For over 34 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.


Meet one of our team members
Sandra Martinez
Sandra Martinez has been with Day Star for 16 years and has served in various job functions. She began in customer service and is now responsible for accounts receivables and payables along with many other duties. She has been married to her husband, Manual, for 18 years and has five children and ten grandchildren. On the weekends she is usually at a lake camping out and fishing with her family.
What a gal !!!


2012-13 Safety Products Catalog

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


The Heart of America Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers has been chosen as the 2010-2011 recipient of the Large Chapter of the Year Award!

As a Chapter of the Year Award winner, you are identified as a leader amongst the 150 ASSE chapters throughout the world, with regard to your professional development, chapter communication and superior service to your constituency.

Executive Committee members during the 2010-2011 year were:
Eric Hallerud, President
Cory Rohs, Vice President
Brittany Ohlemeyer, Secretary
Holly Shores, Treasurer
Tom Ireland, Immediate Past President
Dave Hallerud, Member at Large
Shelly Killingsworth, Member at Large
Pat Bush, Member at Large
Bruce Lyon, Member at Large

AIHA Mid-America Local Chapter Emeritus member Dr. Tom Pierce has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Rachel Carson Award (AIHA Environmental Issues Achievement Award).  It will be presented to him at the upcoming AIHCE in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 20th.

This very big honor is given to an EH&S person who has achieved outstanding success and distinction in EH&S business, profession or life’s work.

Congratulations, Dr. Pierce!

Day Star Online Safety Training is Now Available
Just added – Confined Space Entry Training - 8-Hour - $189.00

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 >>.


Do you have harnesses and lanyards that need to be cleaned and inspected? We are now providing that service for all brands with 7-10 days turnaround. For more information contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.


Special Issue: New study finds that OSHA inspections reduce worker injuries while saving employers money

º 9.4% drop in injury claims at workplaces in the four years following an inspection
º 26% average savings on workers' compensation costs compared to similar, non-inspected companies
º $355,000 average savings for an employer (small or large) as a result of an OSHA inspection
º $6 billion estimated savings to employers nationwide
  Key findings of the study on OSHA inspections

It's Official: OSHA Doesn't Kill Jobs. It Stops Jobs from Killing Workers

A landmark new study by business school economists at the University of California and Harvard University confirms that OSHA's inspections not only prevent workers from getting hurt on the job, they also save billions of dollars for employers through reduced workers' compensation costs.

The study, entitled "Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss," appeared in the top scientific journal Science and reports that workplace injury claims dropped 9.4% at businesses in the four years following a randomized OSHA inspection, compared with employers who were not inspected. Those same employers also saved an average of 26% on workers' compensation costs, compared to similar companies who were not inspected. This means that the average employer saved $355,000 (in 2011 dollars) as a result of an OSHA inspection. Benefits were observed among both small and large employers. Nationwide, these savings to employers amount to an estimated six billion dollars.

As researchers David Levine, Michael Toffel, and Matthew Johnson explain, "The benefits of a randomized safety inspection appear to be substantial. These results do not support the hypothesis that OSHA regulations and inspections on average have little value in improving health and safety." Furthermore, the researchers found "no evidence that these improvements came at the expense of employment, sales, credit ratings, or firm survival."

Following an interview with study co-author and assistant professor Michael Toffel, Michael Blanding of the Harvard Business School newsletter described the enormity of the findings:

[T]hose who charge that OSHA regulations cost business money have it completely wrong. In fact, the regulations save money. The magnitude of the results surprised even Toffel and Levine, who expected perhaps a small savings if any. But the strength of the findings, they say, should persuade even skeptical antiregulatory critics.

On May 21, Assistant Secretary for OSHA David Michaels responded to the new findings in an entry on the Department of Labor blog, writing:

The fact is OSHA inspections save lives and jobs at the same time. This is not a surprise to me. I regularly hear from employers, both large and small, that they value OSHA inspections and treat the inspector as an additional, expert set of eyes. The findings should finally put an end to the criticisms that OSHA inspections make running a business more expensive without adding value. The results are in: OSHA saves lives and jobs!

Dr. Michaels' full response to the study is available on the Department of Labor blog. A summary of the findings also appears in a ScienceNow breaking report, and subscribers to the journal can access the study at For more information about what OSHA is doing to protect workers, visit

UltraTech Stormwater Minute

10 Steps to Implementing and Maintaining an Environmental Compliance Stormwater Program

1. Know the rules & regulations for your City, County, State and Federal.  Be aware that different soil types can affect stormwater in different ways, and there are different limitations on what is an acceptable concentration of sediment, heavy metals or other contaminants for different bodies of water.  Many State rules and limitations are stricter than the Federal regulations.
2. Review your site and document findings, both good and bad so you can correct and prevent any potential issues.  Walk your site to create and manage an inspection checklist for review or potential submission to State or Federal agencies.  Evaluate neighboring sites where they are adjacent to yours, to determine if they will add to issues on your site from stormwater runoff or other contamination means.
3. Create your SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan) and submit your NOI (Notice of Intent) to the permitting authorities.  Manage your SWPPP, updating any changes, issues, and tracking inspection reports.  You should also have included all emergency response documents such as what is the procedure if there is a spill or what to do in the case of a BMP failing, etc.
4. Meet with your team and anyone onsite to make they are aware of the SWPPP BMPs and set your expectations. Anyone onsite could see issues and report them to reduce potential larger leaks or contamination.  Discuss non-compliance and ramifications, so everyone is aware and can respond accordingly.  Simplify as much as possible to make it easy for everyone to comply and assist with compliance.
5. Review your procedures and BMPs to see if there is a better or easier way to be in compliance.  Look for simpler or more effective BMPs and be sure to update your SWPPP upon implementation to keep your records up to date.
6. Be sure to follow any sampling of stormwater runoff as required by your County, State or Federal agencies.
7. Maintain good housekeeping and preventative measures.  Make sure you have sufficient secondary containment in case of a leak, spill kits in case of a spill and maintain BMPs, as well as clean up any debris to prevent potential issues.
8. Keep all of your potential contaminants on your own site and minimize any runoff to any adjacent properties or storm drains.  In the case of a construction site, be sure to stabilize the site as you go as it will be easier to maintain.
9. Maintain records and take pictures if possible to show issues and resolutions. It is better to have too much documentation rather than not enough in case of an audit or incident.
10. If you are on a construction site and have finished the job, file your NOT (Notice of Termination), tidy up and leave the site being sure to remove all temporary BMPs and debris that needs to be disposed of.  If not, be sure to constantly maintain your SWPPP and file any annual or quarterly reports necessary for compliance.


CAOHC Course

CAOHC Certification/Recertification Course
Day Star will be offering the CAOHC 20-hour certification and the 8-hour recertification course on June 5th-7th, 2012 for those individuals performing audiometric testing. For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 or go online to and click on Training Classes.

Safety Specialist – Kansas City, MO
Posted May 9th, 2012
Job Title: Safety Specialist Job ID: 31000073 FLSA Status: Non-exempt Grade: 6 Reports To: Mgr, Plant Safety Date Created: Location: Plant Created By: Corp Comp POSITION SUMMARY: This position is…
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Lean EH&S Manager- Kansas City, MO
Posted May 9th, 2012
Lean EH&S Manager Company Overview Milbank builds solutions that move power for the residential, commercial, industrial, utility and transportation sectors. Milbank combines more than 80 years of expertise in electrical…
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EHS Compliance Consultant/Auditor, Overland Park, KS
Posted Mar 13th, 2012
ERM is looking for a motivated, experienced EHS Compliance Consultant/Auditor to join our growing Performance and Assurance team in Overland Park, KS. Working under the direction of a senior auditor,…
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Safety Specialist – Kansas City
Posted February 28th, 2012
Job Title: SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST Job Location: Kansas City, MO Job Description: With annual sales over $10 billion, Praxair, Inc. is a global, Fortune 300 company that supplies atmospheric,…
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Safety & Compliance Manager, Olathe, KS
Posted Jan 10th, 2012v Position Haz-Mat Response, Inc., an Olathe, KS environmental company, is seeking a Safety & Compliance Manager. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: - Developing and implementing safety procedures - …
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Corporate – Safety Representative
Posted Dec 6th, 2011
Location: 10- Kansas City, MO- Corporate State: Missouri Shift: Full Time Job Information: We are Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC), North America’s largest Kenworth truck dealership group. As MHC continues to grow,…
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EH&S Manager
Posted Dec 1st, 2011, St. Joseph, MO
Job Description  Environmental Health Safety (EHS) Manager – St. Joseph, Missouri linkedin Position Summary:   Designs, directs and administers the occupational health and safety function in compliance with all…
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Construction Safety Manager
Key Construction is searching for an onsite Safety Manager for a project located at Ft. Riley, KS.

Onsite Safety Manager
Key Construction is currently seeking an onsite Safety Manager to join our team.  The position is located at Ft. Riley, KS.  This individual will be responsible for the implementation, management and enforcement of the project’s Site Specific Safety Plan.  A degree in Occupational Safety or equivalent is preferred. This position requires a thorough knowledge of construction safety practices and OSHA guidelines. Experience with Army Corps of Engineer’s or other Federal Government projects is a plus.  Job responsibilities will include onsite safety program implementation, onsite worker training, ongoing project safety inspections, daily safety reports, conducting Job Hazard Analyses, drafting/reviewing Safe Work Method Statements and enforcing onsite safety measures. Please send resume to: Key Construction, 741 W. 2nd, Wichita, KS 67203, fax (316) 263-1161. EOE

If you know of anyone interested, they can email their resume to

EH&S Manager
A recruiter from the McPherson, KS Hospira facility is looking for EHS Manager candidates.  Please contact Adrianna White if you are interested in learning more about it and would not have a problem with moving to McPherson, KS. Adrianna’s phone number is: 620-245-6246.

Industrial Hygienist
It is likely that two new jobs will be announced for the Kansas City District Environmental Branch of the Army Corp of Engineers within the next quarter.  The experienced hygiene position will review plans according to USACE H & S criteria, prepare plans and reports, and provide field oversight according to the OSHA HAZWOPER Standard, 29 CFR 1926.65 et al. Experienced Risk Assessors need to have performed risk assessments according to Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (RAGS). For more information, please contact Charles Colbert at


Heart of America ASSE Chapter -No meeting until September

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - June 6th –11:30 AM to 1 PM - The Builders Association Training Center - Dan Jones - Landfill Manager - APAC Kansas - Please RSVP by Monday, June 3rd, by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Chuck Rutledge, Secretary/Recorder at

AIHA Mid-America Local Section - No meeting until September

Wichita ASSE Chapter - June 4th -11:30 AM to 1 PM -ISI Building - Please RSVP by Friday, June 1st, to Deb McDaniel at

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group – June 8th – 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

SCO Safety Alliance - Joplin - June 12th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - Red Hot & Blue – For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance - Monett - June 21st –11:30 AM to 1 PM - Big Baldy’s Bac-Woods BBQ – For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance – Springfield - June 20th –11:30 AM to 1 PM - The Pasta House – For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance – West Plains – June 13th –11:30 AM to 1 PM - Primas – For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance – Harrison, Ar. – June 19th – 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Western Sizzlin - For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

SCO Safety Alliance - Northwest Arkansas - June 6th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Western Sizzlin – Springdale, Ar. – For more information please contact Greg Knight at or Fred Norwood at

Mid-Missouri Section ASSE - No meeting until September

Kansas Department of Labor

63rd Annual Safety and Health Conference
Hyatt Regency Wichita
400 W. Waterman
Wichita, Kansas 67202
October 2 - 5, 2012

Contact Us
Dena Ackors
Conference Coordinator
(785) 296-4386
(785) 296-1775 FAX


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