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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.

22nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day

We wish to thank each of you who took the time out of your busy schedule to attend our 22nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day BBQ & Safety Fair. Over 250 of our customers and vendors enjoyed a beautiful fall day and Arthur Bryant’s barbeque at our facility. See you next year!

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.2010-11 Safety Products Catalog


Bob Ripplinger

We want to welcome Bob Ripplinger as our new salesperson who will be covering north central and southern Missouri, including the Sedalia, Columbia, Jefferson City and the Springfield areas. He comes to us with two years of experience in selling personal protective equipment. Bob, his wife and two young boys reside in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Bob will be contacting you in the near future to set up an appointment to introduce himself and learn about your company’s safety culture. You may contact Bob at 800-0747-1401 x122 or at

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.

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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


OSHA issues 2011 annual inspection plan for protecting workers in high-hazard workplaces

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting* 2011 (SST-11) program to help the agency direct enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

The SST program is OSHA's main programmed inspection plan for non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers. High-hazard workplaces identified in the SST program reported above-average work-related injury and illness rates, based on data collected from a 2010 OSHA Data Initiative survey of 80,000 larger establishments in selected high-hazard industries. Establishments are randomly selected for inspection from a primary list of 3,700 manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and nursing and personal care facilities.

"By focusing our inspection resources on employers in high hazard industries who endanger their employees, we can prevent injuries and illnesses and save lives," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels. "Through the SST program we examine all major aspects of these operations to determine the effectiveness of their safety and health efforts."

Two changes have been made to this year's SST program. In 2010, only those establishments in the selected industries with 40 or more employees were subject to inspections under the SST plan; this year, that number has been reduced to 20 or more. An evaluation study measuring the program's impact on future compliance with OSHA standards has also been introduced for the 2011 program.

In addition to the SST program, OSHA implements both national and local emphasis inspection programs to target high-risk hazards and industries. OSHA currently has 14 National Emphasis Programs that intensify inspections related to amputations, lead, crystalline silica, shipbreaking, trenching/excavations, petroleum refinery process safety management, process safety management covered chemical facilities, hexavalent chromium, diacetyl, recordkeeping, federal agencies, air traffic control tower monitoring, primary metals and combustible dust. OSHA also has approximately 140 Regional and Local Emphasis Programs (REPs and LEPs).

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

OSHA Modifies Its Guidance on AWP Fall Protection: What This Means For Users

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has rescinded its January 2009 letter of interpretation #20070823-7896 on the use of shock-absorbing lanyards in aerial work platforms (AWPs).

The 2009 letter of interpretation had created uncertainty in the industry by suggesting that a manufacturer’s requirement for a minimum anchorage point elevation of 18.5 feet would prevent the use of a fall protection system (6-foot lanyard with shock absorber, full body harness) in an aerial lift. This question was previously put to OSHA due to concerns that at times the distance between the platform and the ground would be less than 18.5 feet.

The OSHA Directorate of Construction (DOC) has now rescinded the above letter of interpretation in an August 2011 memorandum to its regional administrators. In a carefully worded statement, it stated:

"OSHA did not ban the particular lanyard but stated, based on the manufacturer's instructions, which stipulated a minimum anchor point height of 18.5 feet, that it was likely that the lanyard's use would not comply with OSHA standards at lower height. In such cases, use of the lanyard below 18.5 feet would apparently not provide adequate fall protection. This determination has raised questions about the use of body harnesses, typically married to appropriate lanyards, for fall protection in aerial lifts. To help avoid any confusion on the issue, DOC is rescinding the January 2009 letter."

Tony Groat, IPAF USA, commented: "In rescinding this letter, OSHA is not concluding that the application described above is acceptable, rather it is clarifying that fall protection systems should not be based solely on information provided by the manufacturer, but should also take into account OSHA regulations and results of the job-specific risk assessment. IPAF believes that the primary choice for fall protection should be a restraint system, which stops the fall in the first instance."

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) continues to stand behind its 2007 technical guidance H1 which provides clear and simple recommendations for personal fall protection (PFP) in AWPs. This guidance states that:

"When working from a boom-type AWP, it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with an adjustable lanyard be used to provide work restraint. The lanyard should be adjusted to be as short as possible (and may have a shock absorbing section if permitted by the AWP manufacturer)."

IPAF has also worked with other industry associations to produce the Statement of Best Practices of Personal Fall Protection Systems for Aerial Work Platform Equipment. This educational document clarifies when and how to use PFP systems on AWP equipment and is based on ANSI standards.

Both this document and technical guidance H1 are available at the Publications section of and American Work Platform Training (AWPT) is the North American subsidiary of IPAF.

Study Confirms Cash Not the Best Employee Motivator

"When used properly, non-cash awards, like merchandise and travel, have indeed proven to be more effective and therefore more efficient than traditional forms of compensation when used properly in a total-rewards mix," said IRF President Melissa Van Dyke.

The belief that cash incentive awards are the most effective employee motivator has been questioned in a new research review conducted by the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and the Incentive Federation. Examining a wide variety of studies in various industries, the audit found that non-cash awards can actually capture an employee's imagination better than cash—thereby motivating them to increase performance.

"When used properly, non-cash awards, like merchandise and travel, have indeed proven to be more effective and therefore more efficient than traditional forms of compensation when used properly in a total-rewards mix," said IRF President Melissa Van Dyke. "Our research review showed that non-cash's influence over people can often be more powerful—and as such more profitable—than cash alternatives."

Van Dyke said non-cash incentives such as travel, entertainment, and merchandise, are being increasingly used by businesses as a way to control spending and motivate employees. "It is a real competitive tool in an economy defined by growing austerity," Van Dyke added.

According to Incentive Federation Chairman Karen Renk, it is incumbent on the incentive and recognition community to teach the nuts and bolts of non-cash strategies to business leaders.

"The current business economy is challenging everyone," said Renk. "Like any other business expense, the funding of reward programs attracts intense scrutiny from business leaders looking to slash costs. For that reason the importance of these findings cannot be over stressed: travel and merchandise awards often produce greater bottom-line benefits than other incentive alternatives."

Jeff Broudy, chairman of the IRF board of trustees, concurs. He said such measurable outcomes include increased sales, decreased waste, and reduced absenteeism. "Tangible awards capture employee attention," Broudy said. "That attention yields better performance and drives several practical business outcomes. The old notion that cash is preferred by employees and is therefore always more impactful is not true. Businesses need to change with the times and their awards strategies must as well." The full findings outlined in “The State of Tangible Incentive Research: The Use of Tangible Incentives” are available at

The Ultratech Stormwater Minute

Most Cities in the US have separate storm drains from the sewer systems, though there are a handful that still share both due to the construction prior to the 1930's such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington DC.  A storm drain is designed to drain excess rain and groundwater from paved streets, parking lots, sidewalks, roofs, etc..

First flush from urban runoff is typically full of contaminants due to the impervious surfaces that tend to collect oil, heavy metals (typically from brake dust and tires), trash, fertilizers and more.  Over 70% of storm drains flow right into lakes, rivers and streams with no filtration.  Storm drains are separate from sanitary sewer systems, which assist in preventing the wastewater treatment systems from becoming overwhelmed during a rain event.

On a regular basis there are incidents where the sanitary sewer system will get a blockage and overflow into the street and into the storm water system.  The Public Works department has to respond and to protect the Storm water systems and clean up the overflow.  The Ultra-Drain Seal and Ultra-Spill Berm work great to assist in the sealing off of the storm drain systems to protect them.

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 October 11th-13th, 2011 or those individuals performing audiometric testing. For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 or go online to

PMG Process Marketing Group

Innovations in Fall Protection Seminar
Capital Safety and Process Marketing Group are pleased to announce two Fall Protection Seminars in we are hosting in Wichita, KS and Fayetteville, AR.

The seminar will be a full day giving you the opportunity to pick up extensive knowledge on Fall Protection including Competent Inspector Training.  Certificates will be given out following the classes.

Download the flyer on our website:

October 18, 2011 - Wichita, KS
October 19, 2011 - Fayetteville, AR

Contact Teresa Rothanzl for more information.
Phone:  402-426-9254
Fax: 866-208-0912

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 - October 10th - 8:30 AM to 10 AM - Workers Compensation Regulation Update - Speaker - Ramona McEnaney - Lockton Companies - 444 W 47th Street - Kansas City, Mo. 64112 - To RSVP call Shelly Killingsworth at 816-245-3931 or You may also pay on-line at

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - October 5th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Kansas Statutes for Workers Compensation - Presented by the Locton Companies - Builders Association Building - CSG Reservation Line at 816-471-0880 x1369. For more information contact Tom Cowan at 816-985-8619 or

AIHA Mid-America Local Section - October 18th - 6 PM to 8 PM - Evolution in Health & Safety - Al Stewart, CIH, CSP, PE (retired) - Jasper’s - 1201 W 103rd Street -KCMO 64114 - Please RSVP by September 8th at

Wichita ASSE Chapter - October 3rd - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Ethics & Compliance and the Safety, Health and Environmental Organization - ISI Building - Please RSVP by Thursday, September 29th to Deb McDaniel at

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - October 14th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - ISI Building - For more information please contact Tamara Hadley at 316-264-7050 or

OSHAC - Joplin - October 11th - 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 - October 18th - 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 - October 19th - 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 - October 12th - 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. - October 18th - 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 - October 5th - 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 - October 20th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery - Dan Esser - China Garden - Please RSVP by noon on October 17th to George Hampton at or at 573-874-7669.


2011 Environmental Conference - Environmental Programs That Improve A Company’s Bottom Line Presented by the Safety & Health Council of Western Missouri & Kansas

Held at Regional Police Training Academy 6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road Kansas City, MO 64119 Date: October 21, 2011 Time: 8am to 4pm

8:00am-1:00pm A Panel Discussion

Panelist Speakers
Bruce Bowers - Environmental Engineer at Harley Davidson
Rick Robson - Environmental Chemist—Sustainability at Hallmark
Mike Stanfill - Director Environmental programs at BNSF Railway
Jim Price - Environmental Attorney at Spencer, Fane and Britt
Noelle Morris - Program Director at Bridging the Gap

1:00pm—2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm—2:30pm Travel to Harley Davidson
2:30pm—4:00pm An Environmental tour of Harley Davidson

Attendee Cost: $50.00
Vendor Cost: 1 Person $50.00 Each additional Person $50.00

For more information or to register go to

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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