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

23rd Annual Day Star Customer Appreciation Day BBQ and Safety Expo

Smokin Guns BBq

Mark you calendar - Hope to see you there!
Friday, September 28TH – 11AM-1PM
Great food, great vendors, and great fun!

September is National Preparedness Month!


Enter a drawing to win an AED Plus that ZOLL will donate to a school or charitable organization of your choice in honor of National Preparedness Month.

Whether you are a school welcoming students back, or a business preparing your workplace to be a safe environment, AEDs should be an integral part of the plan.

AED Plus

The AED Plus is the first and only full-rescue AED to offer Real CPR Help. By providing real-time feedback on the depth and rate of chest compressions, it guides you to provide CPR that meets American Heart Association guidelines.
Did you know about 5,900 children 18 years old and under suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year from all causes — including trauma, cardiovascular issues, and sudden infant death syndrome? (
Source: American Heart Association)

Having AEDs in your school could be the difference between life and death.

Enter the drawing now to win an AED Plus that ZOLL will donate to a school or a charitable organization in your community! The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on October 15.



We are celebrating our 21st year at our current location in North Kansas City, Missouri. Time flies when you are having fun! Stop by and visit our walk in display area the next time you are in North Kansas City. 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 2011-12 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 >>.



Are you up to date with your First Aid/CPR/AED training? We have certified instructors available for onsite training at your facility. For more information contact Mark Calvert at 816-221-3230 x120 or



Use of Respirators: A Plain-Language Look at OSHA Requirements
OSHA encourages employees to use NIOSH-approved respirators for voluntary use, but this is not specifically required.

It is not uncommon for employees to approach their supervisor or safety manager and ask about wearing a respirator just because they will "feel more comfortable" doing the work. It is also not uncommon for the supervisor or safety manager to be unclear on whether to allow this type of voluntary use and, if so, what OSHA requires of the employer:

"Is a fit test required?"

"Do we have to train them?"

"What about medical evaluations?"

All of these are questions that employers have from time to time when it comes to voluntary use.

Voluntary Use Defined
The first thing the employer must do is make sure that the respirator use is actually "voluntary" as defined in the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134. In order for the use to be voluntary (and, thus exempt from many of OSHA's respiratory protection requirements), two factors have to be considered:

Is there an atmospheric hazard that necessitates the use of respiratory protection?

Does the employer require the respirator use?

If either of the above questions can be answered "yes," then the usage is not considered voluntary. In other words, if the employer requires employees to wear respirators, even if there is no hazardous atmosphere, then all of the applicable Respiratory Protection Standard requirements (e.g., fit test, medical evaluation, and cleaning) apply -- even for a dust mask respirator.

Why Would an Employee Want to Voluntarily Wear a Respirator?
In order to become more comfortable with voluntary respirator use, it helps to understand why employees may want to wear a respirator, even though the employer has proven there's no hazard.

One example, perhaps the most common, is illustrated in OSHA's Preamble to the Respiratory Protection Final Rule:

". . . some employees who have seasonal allergies may request a mask for comfort when working outdoors, or an employee may request a dust mask for use while sweeping a dusty floor. . . "

But there are other reasons. For example, an employee who works with a smelly solvent to clean parts may find comfort in a respirator, even though the employer has evaluated the exposure and determined it is within acceptable limits. In these situations, the employer may know there isn't a health risk but still wants employees to be comfortable when doing the job; this might be a case where voluntary respirator use is appropriate. Note: The employer still would want to keep track of the hazards, especially if any change in the process would increase the exposure.

Two Sets of Voluntary Use Requirements
When deciding whether or not to allow voluntary use of a respirator, there are two sets of OSHA requirements with which employers must be familiar. One set is for dust masks (known as filtering facepiece respirators). The other set is for all other types of respirators.

Voluntary use of a dust mask
If an employee wants to use a dust mask on a voluntary basis, then there are very limited requirements with which employers must comply. OSHA places two requirements on employers when it comes to allowing employees to wear dust masks voluntarily:

1. Employers must determine that the masks themselves do not pose a hazard to workers; and

2. Employers must provide the information found in Appendix D to 1910.134 of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard to workers on a one-time basis. This appendix provides important information the employee needs to know about wearing dust masks.

Employers are not required to provide any medical evaluation or fit test for voluntary use of a dust mask.

Respirators other than dust masks
For voluntary use of respirators other than dust masks, the OSHA requirements are more involved. They still don't rise to the level of that required under the full Respiratory Protection Program, but do require employers to take quite a few protective measures.

The employer must:

Determine that the respirator use will not in itself create a hazard,

Provide the respirator users with the information contained in the standard's Appendix D,

Ensure that the respirator users are medically qualified to wear respirators, and

Ensure that the respirators are properly cleaned, stored, and maintained.

These types of respirators, such as tight-fitting negative-pressure respirators, place a much greater physiological burden on employees, so OSHA requires more of employers when allowing their use even on a voluntary basis. OSHA believes that by requiring employers to implement the above aspects of the Respiratory Protection Program for voluntary use, it will ensure that the respirator is used properly and does not create a hazard to the user. If these provisions are not implemented, potential hazards or problems could result:

A respirator wearer's health could be jeopardized due to an undetected medical condition (e.g., asthma, heart condition).

A dirty respirator could cause dermatitis.

A dirty or poorly disinfected respirator could cause an ingestion hazard.

Who Must/Can Provide Voluntary-Use Respirators?
Either the employer or the employee can provide the respirator for voluntary use. The employer doesn't have to pay for the voluntary-use respirators, but the employer does have to pay for any expenses related to providing the Appendix D information, as well as any necessary medical evaluations and respirator cleaning equipment.

OSHA does encourage employees to use NIOSH-approved respirators for voluntary use, but this is not specifically required.

What About Facial Hair?
Unlike for required respirator use, OSHA does not prohibit employees from having facial hair when they use a tight-fitting respirator voluntarily -- because the air is safe to breathe. But, OSHA does discourage this and recommends following sound industrial hygiene practices, as well as the manufacturer's instructions, even for voluntary use.

Making Your Decision
There are many reasons employees may want to wear respirators voluntarily. In the majority of cases this will involve dust mask use, where the OSHA requirements for employers are not daunting. But, for other types of respirators, voluntary use carries with it more involved requirements for the employer.

The employer's respiratory protection program administrator ultimately must make the call as to whether the voluntary use is permissible. To do that requires a sound knowledge of the work practices, but also an understanding of what OSHA requires.

ANSI has made some recent changes on the standard for Self Retracting Lifelines.  The standard went into effect August 20, 2012.  Capital Safety has provided a write-up regarding the changes of the standard.  Please select the link below for more details.

ANSI Z359.14-2012 Standard Review



CAOHC Course

CAOHC Certification/Recertification Course
Day Star will be offering the CAOHC 20-hour certification and the 8-hour recertification course on October 9th-11th, 2012 or those individuals performing audiometric testing. For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 or go online to

Essentials of Fall Protection
An Advanced Fall Protection Seminar
Capital Safety and Process Marketing Group are pleased to announce three Fall Protection Seminars for 2012 in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Omaha.

The seminar will consist of a full day of training, giving you the opportunity to learn about Fall Protection, engage in hands on training/demos, along with receiving your Competent Inspector Certification.

Download our brochure and sign-up online

October 9, 2012 - St. Louis, MO
October 10, 2012 - Kansas City, MO
October 11, 2012 - Omaha, NE

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Teresa Rothanzl.
Phone:  402-426-9254
Fax: 866-208-0912



Occupational Safety & Health Consultant (8/24/12)
The Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program within the Missouri Department of Labor has an immediate opening for an industrial hygienist in the Kansas City area. Please apply for both the Occupational Safety and Health Consultant I and II positions. Below are links to each position’s job description.

Occupational Safety and Health Consultant I
Occupational Safety and Health Consultant II

To apply for this position, you will need to complete a state of Missouri Application for Employment (by hand) at the link below.

State of Missouri Application for Employment

If anyone has any questions regarding this position, please contact Daniel Stark, CIH, Program Manager at 573-751-3403 or by email
Industrial Hygienist
It is likely that two new jobs will be announced for the Kansas City District Environmental Branch of the Army Corp of Engineers within the next quarter.  The experienced hygiene position will review plans according to USACE H & S criteria, prepare plans and reports, and provide field oversight according to the OSHA HAZWOPER Standard, 29 CFR 1926.65 et al. Experienced Risk Assessors need to have performed risk assessments according to Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund (RAGS). For more information, please contact Charles Colbert at



Heart of America ASSE Chapter –September 10th –12:00 to 1:30 PM – Figlio’s – 206 West 46th Terrace – Kansas City, Mo.  64122 – OSHA Update – Richard Fairfax – Assistant Deputy Director for OSHA – To RSVP call Shelly Killingsworth at 816-245-3931 or  You may also pay on-line at

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City – September 5th – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Westport Flea Market – 817 Westport Road – KCMO -  Please RSVP by Friday, August 31st, by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Chuck Rutledge, Secretary/Recorder at

AIHA Mid-America Local Section – September 10th – 12:00 to 1:30 PM – Figlio’s – 206 West 46th Terrace – Kansas City, Mo.  64122 – OSHA Update – Richard Fairfax – Assistant Deputy Director for OSHA – Please RSVP at

Wichita ASSE Chapter –September 10th – 11:30 AM to 1 PM –ISI Building – Please RSVP by Friday, March 30th  to Deb McDaniel at

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group – September 14th – 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 – September 11th –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 – September 20th –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 – September 12th – 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 – September 12th –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. – September 18th – 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 – September 5th – 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 – September 27th – 11:30 AM to 1 PM – China Garden – Please RSVP to Adam Burks at



Safety Fore Kids Golf Tournament

Safety & Health Council of Western Missouri & Kansas

Safey Fore Kids Golf Classic

This is our 17th Annual Golf Tournament. We host it to raise money for our Safety Fore Kids program which gives out around 300 car seats to children who would otherwise not have them and teach their parents how to properly install and take care of them, and to benefit the MLBPAA. It is very important to get these seats to the kids so that we can keep them safe on the roadways. The tournament will be held at Deer Creek Golf Club, which is located at 7000 W 133rd St, Overland Park, KS, on Monday October 8, 2012. The tee time will be at 10:00am.

Not only will you get the chance to play a great course with some friends but you will get to play with a retired Major League Baseball player. We hold this event in association with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Past ballplayers who have attended are Jeff Montgomery, Brian McRae, Kevin Seitzer, Willie Aiken and more.

To register go to Then click on the online registration tab. You can also sign up by calling the office at 816-842-5223.

One CSG Golf Tournement 2012

This year's Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 7th at Shoal Creek Golf Course in Liberty, MO. To sponsor this tournament or participate, please contact one of the current officers or call (816) 595-4158.

Mark Your Calendars!



Kansas Department of Labor

63rd Annual Safety and Health Conference
Hyatt Regency Wichita
400 W. Waterman
Wichita, Kansas 67202
October 2 - 5, 2012

Contact Us
Dena Ackors
Conference Coordinator
(785) 296-4386
(785) 296-1775 FAX

5th Annual Environmental Conference

Held at Regional Police Training Academy
6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road Kansas City, MO  64119
Date: Friday October 26, 2012  Time: 8am to 4:30pm
Attendee prepaid fee: $79.00 if prepaid by 10-19-2012 or
$99.00 if paid after 10-19-2012
Online Registration:



AIHce 2012

AIHce 2012

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