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DAYSTAR NEWSLETTER MARCH 2012

Once again we want to say ”Thank you” for your business and support in 2011. For almost 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
Bill Calvert
Bill Calvert has been with Day Star for 21 years and has served in various job capacities. He began in customer service and is now our senior technician in our instrumentation department. Bill and his wife, Christina, have two beautiful daughters, Abigayle and Isabelle. On Sunday's, Bill is usually in Topeka with his dad watching NASCAR races. When the weather is nice he enjoys playing Frisbee golf. Bill can be contacted at 816-221-3230 x127 or bcalvert@daystarsafety.com.


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2011-12 CATALOG IS NOW AVAILABLE
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2011-12 Safety Products Catalog

Our 2011-12 catalog is now available for view 24/7 online at www.daystarsafety.net where you can also request our new 2011-12 printed catalog for your facilities.


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Day Star Online Safety Training is Now Available
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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, OSHA 10/30 Hour Outreach, 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 >>.

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DAYSTAR SAFETY SERVICES
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If you have a Hearing Conservation Program, annual audiometric testing is required. We can provide on-site mobile service with certified technicians to fit your schedule. We also can perform a noise survey for your facility. Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com for more information.


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MANUFACTURER NEWS & UPDATES
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Effective May 1, 2012 the Comfo Elite Half-Mask Respirator will be discontinued from the MSA air-purifying respirator product line. M SA will continue to manufacture the Comfo Classic® Half-Mask Respirator and Comfo threaded cartridges.

Honeywell Safety Products has announced that they will be transitioning the North emergency eyewash products to the Honeywell (formerly Sperian/Fendall) eyewash line. North eyewash inventory will be available for the next 30-60 days or until inventory is depleted. The Honeywell eyewash 16 oz and 32 oz replacement bottles will fit the existing North eyewash wall stations.

More than 30 Million Gas Cylinders Recalled
Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin, LLC is voluntarily recalling 29,026,000 Map Pro, Propylene and MAPP Gas Cylinders in the United States and 1,371,100 in Canada.

A large recall of gas cylinders is under way by Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin, LLC, which is voluntarily recalling 29,026,000 Map Pro, Propylene and MAPP Gas Cylinders in the United States and 1,371,100 of them in Canada, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Feb. 23 notice.

The seal on these cylinders can leak after torches or other fuel-consuming equipment is disconnected from them, which will pose a fire hazard, CPSC said. No injuries have been reported.

The American-made 14.1-ounce Map Pro, 14.1-ounce Propylene, and 16-ounce MAPP Gas cylinders contain propylene gas. They are used in soldering, brazing, cutting, and welding operations. They are about 11 inches tall, 3 inches in diameter, and are colored yellow or black. They were sold alone and in kits and bear various labels, and they were sold at plumbing and HVAC distributors and at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Ace Hardware stores nationwide from October 2004 through January 2012, priced at $7-13 for cylinders and $45-75 for torch kits.

Unused cylinders that have never been connected to a torch or other device should not be used. Return these to the point of purchase for exchange or a full refund. A partially used cylinder currently connected to a torch or other device should not be disconnected; take it outdoors, ignite the torch, and burn off the entire contents of the cylinder. Disconnect the torch from the empty cylinder and dispose of the empty cylinder per cylinder label instructions or return it to where it was purchased for exchange or a full refund. A partially used cylinder not connected to a torch or other device should be taken outdoors. The user should conduct a leak test at the top of the cylinder with soapy water. If bubbles develop, attach the torch, ignite it, and burn off the contents of the cylinder. Remove the torch from the empty cylinder and dispose of the empty cylinder per cylinder label instructions or return it to where it was purchased for exchange or a full refund. If no bubbles develop, do not use the cylinder; return it for exchange or a full refund.

For more information, contact Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin toll free at 866-511-8967 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST weekdays, email


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REGULATION NEWS & INFORMATION
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OSHA Local Emphasis Programs Region VII

Local Emphasis Programs (LEPs) are enforcement strategies designed and implemented at the regional office and/or area office levels. These programs are intended to address hazards or industries that pose a particular risk to workers in the office's jurisdiction. The emphasis programs may be implemented by a single area office, or at the regional level (Regional Emphasis Programs), and applied to all of the area offices within the region. Often times, these LEPs will be accompanied by outreach intended to make employers in the area aware of the program as well as the hazards that the programs are designed to reduce or eliminate. This outreach may be in the form of informational mailings, training at local tradeshows, or speeches at meetings of industry groups or labor organizations.


REGION VII:  (IA,** KS, MO, NE)
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CPL 02-11-07 Crystalline Silica [Word*]
CPL 2-06-11C Auto Body Shops [PDF*]
CPL 2-06-15E Residential Construction in Jefferson County, MO [PDF*]
CPL 2-07-01C Logging and Sawmill Industries [PDF*]
CPL 2-07-02E Residential Construction in St. Charles County, MO [PDF*]
CPL 2-07-03A Demolition Activities That Occur During the Destruction, Restoration, and Renovation of Buildings and Structures [Word*]
CPL 2-07-04E Powered Industrial Trucks in Construction and in General Industry [PDF*]
CPL 2-07-06E Powered Industrial Trucks and Other Material or Personnel Handling Motorized Equipment in Construction and General Industry [PDF*]
CPL 2-07-11E Powered Industrial Trucks in Construction and General Industry [PDF*]
CPL 2-07-13E Oil and Gas Operations [PDF*]
CPL 2-07-14A Amputations [Word*]
CPL 2-07-14A Amputations (Amendment) [Word*]
CPL 2-07-21D Grain Handling Industry [PDF*]
CPL 2-08-02B Electrical Hazards in General Industry Establishments [Word*]
CPL 2-08-05C Commercial and Residential Construction [PDF*]
CPL 2-08-07C Grain Handling Industry [PDF*]
CPL 2-09-01C Covering Maritime Employers [PDF*]
CPL 02-11-01A Work Places With Noise and Respiratory Hazards [PDF*]
CPL 02-11-02A Recycling and Scrap Hazards in General Industry Establishments [PDF*]
CPL 02-11-03A Grain Handling Facilities [PDF*]
CPL 02-11-04A Recycle and Scrap Material Hazards in General Industry Establishments (ARRA) [PDF*]
CPL 02-11-06A Workers Compensation [PDF*]
CPL 02-12-01 Commercial and Residential Construction - Omaha [PDF*]
CPL 98-02M Region-wide Problem Solving Initiative on Falls, Scaffolds, and Electrocutions from Overhead Power Lines in Construction [Word*]


OSHA Releases New Videos on Proper Use of Respirators
Topics include OSHA's Respiratory Standard, respirator use, training, fit-testing, and detecting counterfeit respirators.

OSHA has posted a series of 17 videos to help workers learn about the proper use of respirators on the job.

These short videos, nine in English and eight in Spanish, provide information to workers in general industry and construction. Topics include OSHA's Respiratory Standard, respirator use, training, fit-testing, and detecting counterfeit respirators. The videos are available with closed captioning for streaming or download from OSHA's website.

OSHA's Safety and Health topics page on Respiratory Protection also includes additional training materials, information about occupational respiratory hazards in different industries, and details of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134 and 29 CFR 1926.103)

Are you Ready for OSHA’s GHS Adoption?

Q. How will the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) affect my HazCom Standard communications?

A. The Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard is a rule designed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to prevent or minimize employee exposure to hazardous chemicals. As part of that standard, applicable employers must create a HazCom program to keep their employees safe [29 CFR 1910.1200].

At a minimum, this program must include:
  • A hazard determination,
  • A labeling system,
  • A system for making Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) available, and
  • Training. [29 CFR 1910.1200(b)]
Over the past several years, the United Nations has worked to create a Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Classification and Labeling (GHS). The GHS is a standardized international code for classifying hazardous chemicals, and communicating those hazards through labels, warning statements, and safety data sheets. OSHA and other agencies of the U.S. government have been working to harmonize American rules and regulations with these evolving international standards in order to facilitate safety and commerce on a global scale. On September 30, 2009 (74 FR 50280), OSHA published a proposal to amend the HazCom Standard with the GHS.

The most significant changes that OSHA proposes would be to standardize the form and content of hazard labels and MSDSs.

Currently, under the HazCom Standard, there is no standardized labeling system. Employers can use any system of labels, as long as they train their employees to recognize and understand the labels in the workplace. Current labels need only to identify which materials are hazardous chemicals and give “appropriate” hazard warnings. [29 CFR 1910.1200(f)]

On the other hand, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) includes a specific set of labels with a consistent format and standardized pictograms. This would apply equally to all employers subject to the standard. Many of these labels contain common pictograms used in other sets of regulations (like the DOT hazmat regulations). If you would like to see these labels, click here.

The GHS would also make changes to MSDSs. As noted above, employers must make an MSDS available to their employees for each hazardous chemical in the workplace. Currently, OSHA has no particular format requirements for MSDSs, as long as twelve specific pieces of information appear, including but not limited to: the identity of the chemical, the physical and health hazards associated with that chemical, and emergency and first aid procedures [29 CFR 1910.1200(g)].

Under the GHS, MSDSs would actually be called SDSs (Safety Data Sheets). SDSs require sixteen pieces of data, instead of twelve, and must be organized in a specific format. Some additional things that were not previously required, but would now be required, include sections on disposal considerations and transportation information. If you would like more information on SDSs, click here.

Additionally, any changes to your labeling or MSDS system would have to be updated in your written HazCom program and training plan. But there is no need to rush a rewrite today, although OSHA is expected to finalize these changes to the HazCom Standard within the next few months, they are also planning for a three year phase-in period before enforcing the new standards. If you’d like more information on classification of hazardous chemicals, click here.

U.S. Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses Cost $250 Billion Annually: Study
The study suggests that the U.S. should place greater emphasis on reducing work-related injury and illnesses, especially since the costs have risen by more than $33 billion (inflation adjusted) since a 1992 analysis, the author said.

A UC Davis researcher has estimated the national annual price tag of occupational injuries and illnesses at $250 billion. This figure is $31 billion more than the direct and indirect costs of all cancer, $76 billion more than diabetes, and $187 billion more than strokes.

The study suggests that the U.S. should place greater emphasis on reducing work-related injury and illnesses, especially since the costs have risen by more than $33 billion (inflation adjusted) since a 1992 analysis, the author said.

"It's unfortunate that occupational health doesn't get the attention it deserves," said J. Paul Leigh, professor of public health sciences at UC Davis and author of the study. "The costs are enormous and continue to grow. And the potential for health risks are high, given that most people between the ages 22 to 65 spend 40 percent of their waking hours at work."

Published in the December issue of the Milbank Quarterly: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Population Health and Health Policy, the study is based on Leigh's evaluation of more than 40 datasets from sources that track work-related injuries and illnesses as well as their direct medical and indirect productivity costs.

In generating the estimate, Leigh gathered 2007 data on occupational injuries and illnesses and their costs for U.S. civilian workers, including agricultural and self-employed workers.

Injury and disease data came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available epidemiological research on the percentages of diseases—such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer—that can be attributed to occupational exposures was also considered. Leigh accounted for underreported illnesses and injuries using estimates based on reporting to BLS and workers' compensation systems.

Cost data came from the National Council on Compensation Insurance, the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Total costs were calculated by multiplying the number of cases of occupational injury or illness by the average cost per case.

The study estimates that in 2007 there were:
  • 8,564,600 fatal and non-fatal work-related injuries, which cost $192 billion
  • 516,100 fatal and non-fatal work-related illnesses, which cost $58 billion
The study also estimates 59,102 combined deaths from occupational injuries and diseases, which is higher than all deaths from motor vehicle crashes (43,945), breast cancer (40,970), or prostate cancer (29,093) in the same year.

Leigh noted in the study that workers' compensation premiums do not currently account for these figures. In fact, less than 25 percent of the costs of workplace injuries and illnesses are covered by workers' compensation. As a result, many occupational health issues go unresolved, and the bulk of the costs are absorbed by employer-provided medical insurance and Medicare and Medicaid, Leigh said.

The study, which was funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), also highlights how greater attention to workplace safety and health could have broad economic benefits.

"In the four decades since the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act were signed, there has been significant improvement in the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses," said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "However, much work lies ahead of us, and a study such as this one is important for highlighting the economic burden of occupational illness. Gaining a better understanding of the burden helps NIOSH and our partners make the case that preventing work-related injuries and illnesses is part of a wise national strategy for economic recovery and growth. Such data also may inform innovative approaches for building or enhancing corporate safety and health cultures."

A copy of the study -- "Economic Burden of Occupational Injury and Illness in the United States" -- can be downloaded at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-0009.2011.00648.x/full

What's in your drain?


This Stormwater Minute is mostly visual. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. And this is a perfect example. The photo above shows what was removed from 50 catch basin filters after 2 weeks in storm drains in the southern California area.

We could give you test reports, case studies, fancy graphs and charts but none of it would be as visually impactful as this one image. Imagine what is going into our stormwater system each day from unprotected drains.

The Ultra-Drain Guard is the flagship product of our stormwater management product line. Simple in concept but, as you can see from the photo, incredibly effective.

Help your customer stay in compliance with NPDES and other stormwater management regulations. Call us today for more details on the Ultra-Drain Guard and other stormwater products.


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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 12th-14th, 2012 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.


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Indian Creek Half Marathon


This is our second race of the year and we hope that you can come out and join us for it.  We had a great time at the first 5k on New Years Day and we know that this one will be just as good.  It should be a great spring day outside and that means a good time to go running.  This is a half marathon and a 5k run so you can sign up for either with a registration form. To get the registration form Click Here.  We hope you can make it out and we will have a great time.  The proceeds of this race will go to the Safety and Health Council of Western Missouri and Kansas to help out with our community programs. We thank everyone who comes out and we will see you there!


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Safety Specialist, Kansas City, MO
Posted 23 hours ago
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, 2012
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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Safety Manager, Milan, MO
Posted Jan 4th, 2012
Employment Opportunities Farmland Meats Group Farmland Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Corporate – Safety Representative - Kansas City, MO
Posted Dec 6th, 2011
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 - St. Joseph, MO
Posted Dec 1st, 2011
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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Heart of America ASSE Chapter -March 12th -12 PM to 2 PM - KCMO Office of Emergency Management - 635 Woodland Suite 2107 - Kansas City, Missouri - To RSVP call Shelly Killingsworth at 816-245-3931 or shelly.killingsworth@kcpl.com. You may also pay on-line at www.kc.asse.org.

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - March 7th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Builders Association Training Center - 105 W 12th Ave - NKC, Mo. - Mark Damon with Process Marketing Group will be presenting an update on Fall Protection in the workplace - Please RSVP by Monday, March 5th by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Chuck Rutledge, Secretary/Recorder at chuck.rutledge@faith-technologies.com.

AIHA Mid-America Local Section - March 20th - 6 PM to 8 PM - Manny’s Mexican Restaurant - 207 SW Boulevard - KC, Mo. - UCM Student Presentation - Please RSVP at aihamidamerica@live.com.

Wichita ASSE Chapter - March 5th -11:30 AM to 1 PM -ISI Building - Severe Weather Preparedness - Chance Haye, NOAA. Please RSVP by Friday, March 2nd to Deb McDaniel at mcdanield@kochind.com.

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - March 9th - 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 constructionsafety@isienvironmental.com.

SCO Safety Alliance - Joplin - March 13th -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 blee@nsozarks.org.

SCO Safety Alliance - Monett - March 22nd -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 blee@nscozarks.org.

SCO Safety Alliance - Springfield - March 21st -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 blee@nsozarks.org.

SCO Safety Alliance - West Plains - March 14th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - Primas - For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or blee@nscozards.org.

SCO Safety Alliance - Harrison, Ar. - March 20th - 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 blee@nscozards.org.

SCO Safety Alliance - Northwest Arkansas - March 7th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Johnny Carino’s - Rogers, Ar. - For more information please contact Greg Knight at greg.knight@tyson.com or Fred Norwood at fred@multicraft.com

Mid-Missouri Section ASSE - March 15th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - OSHA Update by Mark Banden, Compliance Officer - China Garden - Please RSVP to Adam Burks at aburks@midwestusa.com.


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2012 Midwest Conference

HEART OF AMERICA ASSE AND MID AMERICA AIHA PDC
Metropolitan Community College BTC, 1775 Universal Avenue, Kansas City, Mo 64120
April 20, 2012 from 7:15 am - 4:15 pm


MID AM Conference

April 30 - May 4, 2012
All Aboard for Safety
Tan Tar A Resort, Lake Ozark, Missouri
Please note that the conference dates have changed from the originally published dates


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