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DDAYSTAR NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2016

Once again we want to say "Thank you" for your business and support in 2016.  For over 35 years we have been providing safety equipment, training , services, and solutions for many companies in the Midwest.  This would not be possible without you, our valued customer.


ZOLL - October is sudden cardiac arrest awareness month

Sudden cardiac arrest doesn't discriminate, and it can strike anyone at any time. That's why automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are now being installed in many places, and, in some cases, AED installations are even mandated by law.

Enter now for a chance to win an Zoll AED Plus® to be donated to a school or charitable organization in your community! The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on November 15, 2016.

The Zoll AED Plus?is the first and only full-rescue AED to offer Real CPR Help® for depth and rate of chest compressions. This real-time feedback assists the rescuer in providing the best manual CPR in a cardiac arrest. 


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We can now provide a Confined Space Standby Rescue Team.  Rescue Teams provide a cost savings alternative to maintaining equipment and personnel for an onsite team. Our Rescue Teams provide emergency retrieval systems, supplied air units, personal protective equipment and medical trauma kits for potential rescue in IDLH atmospheres. Rescue personnel monitor all activities inside and outside the space to ensure a safe confined-space entry.  A 2-man trained rescue team with equipment is $175.00 per hour.  Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com for more information.

Confined Space Rescure Logo

 

We can now provide MDNR Operator Renewal Training for drinking water, distribution and wastewater operators. Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com for more information.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

 

We have been providing Arc Flash Hazard Analysis and labels along with 2015 NFPA 70E, OSHA and NEC training. Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com for more information.

Arc Flash and Shock Hazard Label

 

We can now provide assistance in getting your company set up and approved with ISNetworld.  Contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or markc@daystarsafety.com.

ISN Collect. Verify. Connect.


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3M recalls fall prevention device over safety concerns

3M recalls fall prevention device over safety concerns

Capital Safety/3M is voluntarily recalling its original Lad-Saf™ sleeve used to prevent falls from fixed ladders. The sleeve connects the user to a cable and locks onto it in the event of a fall. A review in the field by the manufacturer found that potential misuse of the device, such as interference with the braking mechanism or attaching the sleeve upside down, could result in serious injury or death. The company is urging that any use of the original Lad-Saf™ sleeve be stopped immediately and that 3M Customer Services be contacted for information on how to return the product and receive a replacement. For more information, see the recall notice.


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Reports of amputations lead to improved workplace safety through employer settlements

1,500 Worker Amputations so far this year

OSHA's severe injury reporting requirement, now in its second year, continues to show a disturbing trend of seven reported amputations a day at U.S. workplaces. The positive news is that the reports are leading to inspections, citations, and agreements with employers to make changes that will protect many more workers from injury.

An analysis of the first full year of the requirement, under which employers must report any worker's hospitalization or amputation, showed that 2,644 amputations were reported in 2015. So far this year, as of July 31, OSHA has received 1,500 amputation reports. The rate works out to be about 7 amputations per day for both years.

Some resulting inspections found pervasive violations at worksites, but as part of a settlement process, employers have agreed to make extensive worksite improvements. Schwan's Global Supply Chain created a comprehensive safety and health program for all its facilities nationwide, and hired a professional to run it, after two workers suffered amputations in less than three months. Ohio Gasket & Shim Company agreed to use OSHA's On-site Consultation Program and implement a comprehensive safety and health program, along with other specific improvements, after a worker lost three fingers in an unguarded machine press.

"In case after case, the prompt reporting of worker injuries has created opportunities to work with employers that we wouldn’t have had otherwise," said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. "The result is safer workplaces for thousands of workers."

 

OSHA Language Requirements for Safety Training & Compliance
Some of the most common questions asked by employers pertain to language requirements that OSHA has established for employee training. It is vitally important that all employers understand the answers to these questions. Common questions on this subject include: 

Q: Do I have to provide safety training in languages other than English?
A: It depends. In practical terms, this means that an employer must train its employees using both a language and vocabulary that the employees can understand. For example, if an employee does not speak or comprehend English, instruction must be provided in a language the employee can understand. By the same token, if employees are not literate, telling them to read training materials will not satisfy the employer's training obligation. 

Q: An employee speaks some English, so am I required to provide training in their primary language also?
A: As a general matter, employers are expected to realize that if they customarily need to communicate work instructions or other workplace information to employees at a certain vocabulary level or in a language other than English, they must also provide safety and health training to employees in the same manner. This is commonly accomplished using Spanish training videos or other foreign language materials. If foreign language training materials are not available, then the employer may need to employ a translator or otherwise ensure that the training is properly conveyed in a language that is understood. 

Q: How can I make sure employees understand workplace training?
A: Many OSHA regulations require that employees receive safety training in order that work can be performed in a safe and healthy manner. With this goal in mind, there are several steps to ensure training for all employees is adequate. First, during the training session allow employees to ask questions and obtain answers. Second, give employees a short written quiz (verbal for illiterate employees) and review any questions that were answered incorrectly. Thirdly, observe employee actions during their work shift and determine if their actions indicate they understood the content. Lastly, analyze safety and injury records to see if training is effective in the workplace. 

If at any point these steps determine that training was not adequate or was not properly understood, then training should be repeated using better training methods. 

Q: What are the consequences of not providing proper training to my employees?
A: The most important answer to this question is that in the absence of proper safety training then employees may be injured or killed while at work. Additional consequences could include, increased workers' compensation expense, employee lost time due to injuries and the potential for OSHA fines. 

Q: Will OSHA fine my company if the employee does not understand the training?
A: Yes, if the compliance officer determines that a deficiency exists in the employer's training program, he/she must document evidence of any barriers or impediments to understanding, as well as any other facts that would demonstrate that employees were unable to understand the training and apply it to their specific workplace conditions. If a reasonable person would conclude that the employer had not conveyed the training to its employees in a manner they were capable of understanding, then the violation may be cited as serious with a fine up to $12,471.00 per violation. 

Q: Where can I get training materials that help me train my employees?
A: Day Star offers training on hundreds of workplace safety topics. Most of these training topics are available in either English or Spanish. English DVDs are also Closed Captioned for the Deaf. Items available include, Digital Downloads, DVDs, Booklets, Posters and more.


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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 October 25th-27th, 2016 for those individuals performing audiometric testing.  For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 oror go online to www.daystarsafety.com and click on Training Classes.

   

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Heart of America Chapter - ASSE - October 10th - 12 AM to 1:30 PM - Silicia Update - KCMO Police Academy - 6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road - KCMO - You may RSVP and pay on-line at www.kc.asse.org

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - October 6th - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Benefits of Stretching - Leslie Borden -  Legends of Asia - 1853 MO-7  - Blue Springs, Missouri.  Please RSVP by 12 PM on October 3rd by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Steve Ratliff, Secretary/Recorder at sratliff@holmesmurphy.com

Mid America Chapter - AIHA - October 18th - 6 PM to 8 PM - General Safety/Evaluation and Control of Exposure to Biological Agents in Hospital Research Laboratories - Andrea Mulvenan, Industrial Hygienist for the University of Kansas Medical Center - Manny’s Mexican Restaurant - 207 Southwest Boulevard - KCMO - RSVP at or contact Steve Hicks at 816-503-1387 or shicks@ucmo.edu

Wichita ASSE Chapter - October 3rd - 11:30 to 1 PM - Resilience Planning - Rich Shellenbarger - The Sedgwick County Emergency Management Office -ISI Environmental Inc - 215 S Laura St - Wichita, Ks - Please RSVP to Kent Perry by September 30th at 316-721-4053.  

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - No meeting in October - 11:30 AM to 1 PM  - Buffet City - Plaza West Shopping Center -Wichita, Ks - For more information please contact Haley Sumner at 316-945-0555 or hssumner@dodlingerconst.com

Mid-Mo ASSE September Meeting 2016 - October 13 City of Columbia - Material Recovery Facility Tour  Please join us on Thursday, October 13 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM for a tour of the City of Columbia Material Recovery Facility, 5700 Peabody Road, Columbia, MO 65202. We will meet in the Landfill Operations Center (Please see map below) and have a catered lunch and tour. Please RSVP to bderrick@broadwayergonomics.com by October 3, 2016 so we know how many professionals to expect. Thank you and see you there!

The City of Columbia Solid Waste Utility is a full-service operation that provides refuse and recycling collection, materials recovery, composting, a sanitary landfill that utilizes bioreactor technology and sells landfill gas to the electrical production bioenergy plant on site, and a vast community volunteer network that assists with waste-reduction activities.

The Material Recovery Facility (MRF) manages all recyclable material collected by the City of Columbia Solid Waste Division. After received at the facility, the recyclables are manually sorted by City staff, bailed and shipped to businesses who purchase the recycled paper, plastic, glass and metal. The City's recycling efforts reduces the amount of waste generated by the community and thus helps to conserve natural resources.


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67th Annual Kansas Safety & Health Conference
Double Tree by Hilton, Wichita Airport
October 18th-21st, 2016


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National Safety Council - Anaheim 2016


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