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Once again we want to say ”Thank you” for your business and support in 2013. 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.

Happy Thanksgiving

Quote of the month: "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo



We are celebrating our 22nd year at our current 35,000 sq ft facility located in North Kansas City, Missouri. Time flies when you are having fun! Stop by and visit our walk-in display room the next time you are in the area. Hope to see you soon!



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 2013-14 printed catalog for your facilities.

Day Star Online Safety Training is Now Available


Compliance is critically important, but not difficult if you subscribe and train your staff with the most comprehensive library with courses in areas of Environmental Safety, Occupation Health & Safety, Green Building, Mine Safety, Forklift Operation, Construction Safety, Transportation, HAZCOM, Industrial Hygiene and human resources and more.

We have the solution for the small employer without safety resources or for the employee who missed their initial safety training.

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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.

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In Memory of Al Stewart, CIH & CSP

The industrial hygiene profession lost one of its oldest and most dedicated members last week.  Albert E. Stewart, a CIH and CSP who was well-known and respected throughout the area, passed away November 1, 2013, at his home in the Kingswood Senior Living Community after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 85.  A celebration of his life will be held at the Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131, on Friday, November 8, at 11:00.  A visitation will be held to greet members of the family prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00.

Al, as he was known to most acquaintances, started on his road to the industrial hygiene profession by first earning a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas. In 1950, he joined the United States Army, serving as a Radiation Safety Officer for a series of atomic weapons tests known as Operation Upshot-Knothole.  During this time, he witnessed thirteen nuclear detonations, including the only test of the Army's atomic cannons, one of which sits visible atop a hill near I-70 across from Ft. Riley, Kansas. As a result of participating in those blasts, he received what was considered back then, a lifetime dose of radiation for his age group.

Al served in the Army and reserves until 1962, earning a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and later teaching chemistry at Van Horn High School, Kansas City, Mo., from 1958 to 1961.  In 1962, Al officially entered the field of industrial hygiene by applying for a job as a hygienist with the Bendix Corporation in Kansas City. “I had no idea of what industrial hygiene was,” he recalled. “They sat me down at a bench and threw a book at me that must have been six inches thick and said, ‘Here, read this.' That was my introduction to the world of industrial hygiene.”

Al served as Bendix's industrial hygienist for several years before moving to the Kansas City Gulf-Western Research Lab as an industrial hygienist. While there, he left the field briefly to serve as a bench chemist for the company, but felt compelled to step back into the role of hygienist when the misuse of a flammable gas meter caused it to malfunction, resulting in erroneous readings which in turn led to an explosion and a death.
In 1971, the newly formed OSHA hired him as its first field investigator for the region. As an OSHA compliance officer, Al conducted many ground-breaking investigations involving lead, sound, dioxin, radiation and other chemical hazards. One lead case in particular was influential in establishing OHSA's housekeeping rules regarding lead exposure. While working for OSHA, Al received his certifications as a CIH and CSP and in 1976, the Kansas City Star featured an article on his tireless efforts to ensure worker safety.

Seeing a need for industry to have access to industrial hygiene services, Al left OSHA in 1977 to start one of the area's first private industrial hygiene consultation practices, Stewart Industrial Hygiene and Safety, Inc. He continued to run his practice until the end of June, 2010. During that time, Al hired many interns and students from the University of Central Missouri, helping over 50 individuals get their feet wet in the world of occupational health and safety. As teaching was always his first love, he relished the opportunity to instruct young people in the field of IH while providing them valuable experience. He also taught a few classes for UCM while he was in private practice. In addition to running his own firm, Al also received an MBA from UMKC during this period.

Outside of his own business, Al contributed to the IH profession in many others ways. He helped establish Missouri's OSHA Consultation Program and sat on the advisory boards for Asbestos and Lab Safety in Missouri. He also served on the editorial review boards of two safety publications.  As a longtime member of both the national and local chapters of AIHA, Al believed in participation and was present at the very first meeting of the AIHA Mid America Chapter, serving as Secretary in the course of his association with the group. When AIHA held its 1994 annual conference in Kansas City, he helped organize and ensure a successful convention. As a staunch supporter of the IH profession, he was a longtime financial contributor to both the national and local AIHA chapters. He also spent two weeks in China with People to People lecturing on “How to Recognize Chemical Hazards Using Only Your Senses,” a subject he was well suited to speak on. Those who were well acquainted with him knew Al possessed a keen nose, sense of vision and awareness about his surroundings, coupled with an ability to see the whole picture but still zero in on the fine details among the environmental “chatter.”

In 2007, the Mid America AIHA voted him a “Fellow” of the local chapter. In 2008, that honor was extended to him at the national level of AIHA as well.  A week before his death, the local chapter again honored him with a plaque for his dedication and contribution to the field of industrial hygiene. No doubt his tireless efforts in the profession saved hundreds of lives over the years.  Above all, Al Stewart was a champion of occupational health and safety who never lost sight of the fact that, in order to really protect people, you really have to “give a damn about them.”

Rest in peace, Al, knowing you made the world a better place for your fellow human beings, both professionally and personally. You will be sorely missed.

Albert Stewart 1974 Article


New local emphasis program announced for inspections of industries that use hazardous chemicals

Hazardous Chemicals

OSHA is launching a local emphasis program in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri for programmed health inspections of industries known to use hazardous chemicals that have reported the release of such chemicals to the Environmental Protection Agency. These chemicals include ammonia; hydrochloric and sulfuric acids; hydrogen fluoride; N-hexane; styrene and various metal compounds. Industries selected for inspection are based on data from EPA's list of industry establishments that have released chemical quantities of 100,000 pounds or greater. The new LEP will help OSHA improve education for company management and strengthen protections for workers exposed to these chemicals. See the news release for more information.

Following the tragic events in West, Texas, President Obama signed an executive order directing federal agencies to work with stakeholders to improve chemical safety and security through agency programs, private sector initiatives, federal guidance, standards and regulations. To learn more, read the executive order.

OSHA proposes new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses

OSHA porposes new rule

On Nov. 7, OSHA issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor Statistics' release of its annual Occupational Injuries and Illnesses report, which estimates that three million workers were injured on the job in 2012.

"Three million injuries are three million too many," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "With the changes being proposed in this rule, employers, employees, the government and researchers will have better access to data that will encourage earlier abatement of hazards and result in improved programs to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer's obligation to transmit these records to OSHA."

The new proposal would require that establishments with more than 250 employees who are already required to keep records to electronically submit the records on a quarterly basis to OSHA. The agency is also proposing that establishments with 20 or more employees, in certain industries with high injury and illness rates, electronically submit their summary of work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA once a year. For more information on the proposed rule, read the press release and visit the Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Rulemaking Web page.

The public will have 90 days, through Feb. 6, 2014, to submit written comments on the proposed rule. On Jan. 9, 2014, OSHA will hold a public meeting on the proposed rule in Washington, D.C. For information on how to participate, read the Federal Register notice.

Hazard Communication: Workers must be trained by Dec. 1, 2013

Hazard Communication

OSHA's updated Hazard Communication Standard provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. The first deadline in the implementation phase is Dec. 1, 2013, the date by which employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet. Find information and resources, including QuickCards, a training fact sheet (PDF), a list of frequently asked questions and a brief (PDF) on labels and pictograms on OSHA's Hazard Communications page.

Hazard Communication: Workers must be trained by Dec. 1, 2013

American Journal of Industrial Medicine

Workers in the United States were killed on the job at three times the rate of their peers in the United Kingdom in 2010, according to a study published online Sept. 30 in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Authors John Mendeloff and Laura Staetsky also found that U.S. construction workers' fatality rate was four times the U.K. rate in 2010 - a difference that has grown substantially since the 1990s. Read the abstract for additional details about the study findings.



Altair 5X Multigas Detector

The discontinued MSA Orion Multigas Detector will No longer be supported
It has become difficult to source components for the Orion Multigas Detector, discontinued December 31st, 2010. Due to this challenge, as of December 31, 2013, MSA will no longer support Orion instrument components.
When this product was discontinued in 2010, MSA remained committed to supporting components for service and repair for the following three years.  But since it has become increasingly difficult to source components, as of December 31, 2013, we can no longer support Orion instrument components. However, replacement sensors will continue to be available after this date.

The ALTAIR 5X Multigas Detector is the recommended product to fulfill your multigas detection needs.  It provides multiple advantages in durability, speed of response and calibration gas usage.

Please contact Day Star for a demonstration of the ALTAIR 5X Multigas Detector

Product Discontinuation Notice - 3M Escape Only Mouthpiece Respirators

Due to challenges with ensuring the ongoing availability of the 3M Escape Only Mouthpiece Respirators, 3M Personal Safety Division will be discontinuing the 3M Escape Only Mouthpiece Respirators effective December 31, 2013.
Please see the chart below for the discontinued products

Part No.

3M Stock #

Product Name



3M™ Reusable Escape Only Mouthpiece Respirator 5502, Acid Gas 20/Case



3M™ Reusable Escape Only Mouthpiece Respirator 5512, Acid Gas/N95 20/Case



3M™ Disposable Escape Only Mouthpiece Respirator 5602, Acid Gas 10/Case



3M™ Disposable Escape Only Mouthpiece Respirator 5604, Ammonia/Methylamine 10/Case



3M™ Escape Only Cartridge 5002, Acid Gas 30/Case



3M™ Escape Only Cartridge/Filter 5012, Acid Gas/N95 30/Case



3M™ Escape Only Mouthpiece and Nose Clip 510E 10/Case



3M™ Escape Only Respirator Replacement Storage Bag 513E 20/Case



CAOHC Course

CAOHC Certification/Recertification Course
Day Star will be offering the CAOHC 20-hour certification and the 8-hour recertification course on January 21-23, 2014 or 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.





Heart of America ASSE Chapter - November 4th -Breakfast meeting - location TBD - To RSVP call Dave Hallerud at 816-809-02811 or at  You may also pay on-line at

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - November 6th - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Cinzettis Italian Market - Membership meeting - Please RSVP by 12 pm on November 4th by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Tom Ruzicka, Secretary/Recorder at

AIHA Mid-America Local Section -November 12th - 6 PM to 8 PM- Hereford House at Zona - The topic is Active Shooter - What to Do and How to Survive and the speaker is John R. Kendall, Retired US Army.  Please RSVP at

Wichita ASSE Chapter - November 4th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM -ISI Building - The topic is Accident Trends and the speaker is Kansas State Trooper, Gary Warner.  Please RSVP to Wayne Kordonowy at

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - November 8th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Golden Corral on East Kellogg - For more information please contact Tamara Hadley at 316-264-7050 or

SCO Safety Alliance - Joplin - November 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 - November 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 - November 18th - 7:30 AM to 9 AM - Safety Council of the Ozarks office - For more information please contact Barbie Lee at 417-869-2121 x106 or 800-334-1349 or

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

SCO Safety Alliance - Harrison, Ar. - November 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 - November 6th - 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 21st - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - HyVee Conference Room - Conley Road - Columbia, Mo. - Please RSVP to Adam Burks at

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