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

Happy Thanksgiving

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2010-11 Safety Products Catalog
In 1789, following a proclamation issued by President George Washington, America celebrated its first Day of Thanksgiving to God under its new constitution. That same year, the Protestant Episcopal Church, of which President Washington was a member, announced that the first Thursday in November would become its regular day for giving thanks, "unless another day be appointed by the civil authorities." Yet, despite these early national proclamations, official Thanksgiving observances usually occurred only at the State level.

Much of the credit for the adoption of a later ANNUAL national Thanksgiving Day may be attributed to Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, the editor of Godey's Lady's Book. For thirty years, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day, contacting President after President until President Abraham Lincoln responded in 1863 by setting aside the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving. Over the next seventy-five years, Presidents followed Lincoln's precedent, annually declaring a national Thanksgiving Day. Then, in 1941, Congress permanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday.

Lincoln's original 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation came - spiritually speaking - at a pivotal point in his life. During the first week of July of that year, the Battle of Gettysburg occurred, resulting in the loss of some 60,000 American lives. Four months later in November, Lincoln delivered his famous "Gettsysburg Address." It was while Lincoln was walking among the thousands of graves there at Gettysburg that he committed his life to Christ. As he explained to a friend:

When I left Springfield [to assume the Presidency] I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.

As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving each year, we hope they will retain the original gratefulness to God displayed by the Pilgrims and many other founding fathers , and remember that it is to those early and courageous Pilgrims that they owe not only the traditional Thanksgiving holiday but also the concepts of self-government, the "hard-work" ethic, self-reliant communities, and devout religious faith. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and God bless America!!!!


2010-11 Safety Products Catalog

Our 2010-11 virtual catalog is now available for view 24/7 online at where you can also request our new 2011-12 free printed catalog for your facilities.

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.

Click below to view all of the available courses.

Launch Online Training Center >>.


We are now selling Safety Training Kits for the most common OSHA standards. Each training kit contains one training DVD and one CD. The following printable items are located on the CD: Program Outline, Customizable Topical Safety Manual, Employee Quiz, Answer Key, Training Certificate, Training Log and Wallet Cards. CD also contains a topical PowerPoint® Presentation. The complete training kit sells for $125.00 and the basic training kit sells for $99.00. Most are available in both English and Spanish. For more information please contact Mark Calvert at 800-747-1401 x120 or at


Manufacturer recalls self-retracting lanyard

St. Paul, MN - 3M recently announced a recall of GW-7 and GW-11 Series Self-Retracting Lanyards.

Some units do not lock up properly during pre-inspection pull tests, which conflicts with user instructions and OSHA regulations, the company said. 3M said to stop using the product and contact the company for return information. The recall includes the following model numbers: GW-7, GW-11, GW-7-0241A, GW-7-0241H, GW-11-0241A, GW-11-0241H, GW-11NS, DLGW-7, DLGW-7-0241A and DLGW-11-0241A.

The Ultratech Back To The Basics

In the early 1970's the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire due to industrial dumping of pollutants from factories, as well as many other sources.  This led to the EPA's Clean Water Act in 1972, enacted to prohibit discharge of pollutants to waters of the US unless authorized by a NPDES permit.  Since its introduction, the NPDES or National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, is responsible for significant improvements to our nation's water quality.  Each state and municipal regulatory requirements vary based upon the federal regulations with additional provisions to address specific pollutants and conditions of watersheds in their specific geographies.

Why break down the stormwater regulations to specific applications in industrial, construction, and municipalities?

Lets discuss Industrial first...

It is pretty obvious why, after the Cuyahoga River caught fire, that we needed to regulate and control pollutants from entering and contaminating our waterways.  There are a variety of pollutants that come from Industrial plants from industrial waste to potential spills of loading and unloading raw materials.

Construction ...

Prior to the construction of roads, homes, industrial complexes, etc., when it rained the water would simply seep into the ground naturally.  After we build the roads, parking lots, construct buildings and parking lots the water can no longer naturally seep into the ground.  It is directed to the stormwater system through a series of storm drains picking up contaminants along the way into the local lakes, rivers, streams and oceans.  Thus the need to create regulations to filter and limit those contaminants.

Municipalities ...

Municipalities are a bit more complex.  Prior to the 1930's many stormwater and sewer systems were combined, one system, which would create problems due to overwhelming the systems for wastewater treatment facilities when it would rain.  Municipalities have their own maintenance yards as well that can create contaminants for storm drains, as well as maintaining the city storm drains as they drain to waterways.  Other potential issues, such as sewer overflows getting into the stormwater systems create issues as well.

A recent IH position became available in McPherson, Kansas. They are seeking experienced IH candidates who would enjoy working in the pharmaceutical industry. Certified Industrial Hygienists are preferred. Please contact Elisabel Puskar for more information.    

Elisabel R. Puskar, CIH
Manager, EHS Global Operations
Hospira Inc.
Global Environmental Health and Safety
Tel. 224-212-4984,

The Safety Sciences programs located in the School of Environmental, Physical and Applied Sciences at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) have initiated a search to fill a full-time faculty position. We are searching for an assistant professor with expertise in occupational safety and health, risk analysis and management, and industrial hazard control. The position may be tenure-track or non-tenure track based on qualifications. The full job description is attached. Candidates should visit the Human Resources website at to apply.

Central serves over 10,000 students in more than 150 areas of study. UCM is located in Warrensburg, MO, a community of 18,000 people, situated approximately 45 miles east of Kansas City. Safety Sciences has a distinguished faculty and well established programs that allow students to specialize in multi-disciplinary fields. The programs include two ASAC/ABET accredited degrees: a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health. To learn more about the university or Safety Sciences, please visit

APAC - Missouri & Kansas City is looking for a Specialist to assist their EHS Department in reviewing a site in Springfield, MO for process safety issues (OSHA 1910.119) as well as the development of a site specific LOTO and Confined Space program. Have you worked in the Process Safety field previously?  Do you have experience with oil and liquid asphalt terminals? If you are interested in this opportunity or know someone which might be interested, please contact: Christopher R. Schwedtmann, CSP, Operations Manager, EHS/HR Services, APAC-Missouri & Kansas City, 573-489-5444.


CAOHC Course

CAOHC Certification/Recertification Course
Day Star will be offering the CAOHC 20-hour certification and the 8-hour recertification course on January 24th-26th, 2012 or those individuals performing audiometric testing. For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 or go online to

2011 Missouri Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention & Excavation Safety Summit
The 2011 Missouri Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention & Excavation Safety Summit will be held November 9th & 10th at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Columbia, MO. We invite you to visit the links below to register for the event. A confirmation e-mail of your selections will be sent. Your completed registration is essential so that we can adequately plan for all meals and courses. Please indicate which events you will be attending and note the assigned times for each course.

For the first time in Missouri, a conference specifically focused on damage prevention and excavation safety will give participants an opportunity to learn about practices designed to keep them safe near the utility infrastructure that crosses every corner of Missouri. Collectively, nearly 40 hours of FREE educational training, an Excavator Rodeo, a Locator Rodeo, Equipment Expo, and Tradeshow and other fun events will provide attendees with options all at NO COST! All meals, certifications, educational sessions and prizes and awards are offered free because of the generosity of our Summit Sponsors. Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place finishes in each of the events for the Excavator Rodeo and for the top 3 finalists in each of the 4 divisions for the Locator Rodeo. Additionally, a high-definition television, shotgun, and rifle will be among other prizes awarded for attendance.


Heart of America ASSE Chapter - November 14th - 12 PM - The Future of Safety - Dr. Charles Ambrose - University of Central Missouri - Manny’s - 207 Southwest Boulevard - KCMO 64108 Street - To RSVP call Shelly Killingsworth at 816-245-3931 or You may also pay on-line at

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - November 2nd - 11:30 AM to 1 PM -Safe Work Practices Concerning Excavations & Confined Spaces -Dan Minor-Safety Manager - Dwayne Cosby-Safety Officer - Robert Oxler-Safety Officer - Kansas City Water Services Department - CSG Reservation Line @ 816-471-0880 x1369. For more information contact Tom Cowan at 816-985-8619 or

AIHA Mid-America Local Section - November 15th - 4 PM - Tour of Heritage Environmental Hazardous Waste Treatment Center - 8525 Northeast 38th Street -KCMO 64161 -Please RSVP by November 14th at

Wichita ASSE Chapter - November 7th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM -Pre Fire Planning & Emergency Response - Lt. Martin Gutierrez with the Wichita Fire Department - ISI Building -Please RSVP by Thursday, November 3rd to Deb McDaniel at

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - November 11th -11:30 AM to 1 PM - ISI Building - For more information please contact Tamara Hadley at 316-264-7050 or

OSHAC - Joplin - November 8th -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 - November 15th -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 - November 16th -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 - November 9th -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. - November 15th - 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 - November 2nd - 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 -November 17th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Debbie Surrell - Lieutenant with the Columbia Fire Department - China Garden - Please RSVP by noon on November 3rd to Adam Burks at

2012 Midwest Conference

Metropolitan Community College BTC, 1775 Universal Avenue, Kansas City, Mo 64120
April 20, 2012 from 7:15 am - 4:15 pm


National Safety Congress Expo

National Safety Congress & Expo - October 31st - November 2nd, 2011 - Philadelphia - 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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