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DAYSTAR NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2015

Once again we want to say "Thank you" for your business and support in 2015. 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.


26th Annual Customer Appreciation Day


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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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We are now an authorized distributor for Grace Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of lone worker safety solutions.

Grace Industries, Inc.


HAVING A RESCUE PLAN IS CRITICAL

Can You Provide a Prompt Rescue? 

Can You Provide a Prompt Rescue? 
It may seem contradictive, but rescue after a fall is a good problem to have.  It means that a worker was wearing their fall protection, and using their anchorage points and gear properly. Without a prompt rescue, the worker is at risk of sustaining medical complications or multiple worse possibilities as an outcome of their fall.
 
Additional Information:
View our infographic here: Rescue Info
More details from our Senior Training Specialist here: Rescue After Falls
Download your free copy of Capital Safety's rescue plan here: Get My Rescue Plan


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Updated comprehensive guide to OSHA training requirements now available

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OSHA has posted a fully updated version of its guide to all agency training requirements to help employers, safety and health professionals, training directors and others comply with the law and keep workers safe. Training Requirements in OSHA Standards* organizes the training requirements into five categories: General Industry, Maritime, Construction, Agriculture and Federal Employee Programs.

The safety and health training requirements in OSHA standards have prevented countless workplace tragedies by ensuring that workers have the required skills and knowledge to safely do their work. These requirements reflect OSHA's belief that training is an essential part of every employer's safety and health program for protecting workers from injuries and illnesses. For a list of educational materials available from OSHA, please visit the Publications webpage.



OSHA issues long-awaited proposal to protect workers from beryllium exposure; labor-industry collaboration is key

OSHA Beryllium exposure

On August 7, OSHA issued a proposed rule to dramatically lower workplace exposure to beryllium, a widely used material that can cause devastating lung diseases. The long-sought proposal would reduce allowable exposure levels by 90 percent and add other protections. The proposal gained renewed momentum after the nation's primary beryllium product manufacturer, Materion, and the United Steelworkers, the union representing many of those who work with beryllium, approached OSHA in 2012 to suggest a stronger standard.

For Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, the development had special significance: In 1999, as assistant secretary of energy for environmental safety and health, he issued the final regulation lowering allowable worker exposure to beryllium in nuclear weapons facilities. "OSHA's new proposed rule is the beginning of the final chapter of our making peace with the past," he wrote in a DOL blog. "Once we finish, workers exposed to beryllium will be protected and we will save the lives and lungs of hundreds."

OSHA estimates that every year the rule would prevent almost 100 deaths and 50 serious illnesses among the approximately 35,000 workers exposed to beryllium in occupations such as foundry and smelting operations, machining, and dental lab work.

Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted until Nov. 5, 2015, to www.regulations.gov. For more information see news release, statement and webpage on the proposed rule.


OSHA updates National Emphasis Program on amputations

OSHA updates National Emphasis Program on amputations

OSHA has issued an updated National Emphasis Program on Amputations. The NEP has been in existence since 2006 and is targeted to industries with high numbers and rates of amputations. As in the prior NEP, OSHA is using current enforcement data and Bureau of Labor Statistics injury data to assist with site selection targeting.

According to the most recent BLS data, 2,000 workers suffered amputations in 2013. The rate of amputations in the manufacturing sector was more than twice that of all private industry. These serious injuries are preventable by following basic safety precautions.

This updated directive applies to general industry workplaces in which any machinery or equipment likely to cause amputations are present. Inspections will include an evaluation of employee exposures during operations such as: clearing jams; cleaning, oiling or greasing machines or machine pans; and locking out machinery to prevent accidental start-up.

On Jan. 1, 2015, OSHA issued new requirements for reporting work-related fatalities and severe injuries. Employers must now report fatalities within eight hours of learning of the incident and any in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye within 24 hours of learning of the incident. Employers can report an event by telephone to the nearest OSHA area office or to OSHA's 24-hour hotline at 800-321-6742. For more information, see the news release.


OSHA provides guidance to compliance officers for enforcing the revised Hazard Communication standard

Hazard Communication

OSHA has issued instructions to compliance safety and health officers on how to ensure consistent enforcement of the revised Hazard Communication standard*. This instruction outlines the revisions to the standard, such as the revised hazard classification of chemicals, standardizing label elements for containers of hazardous chemicals, and specifying the format and required content for safety data sheets. It explains how the revised standard is to be enforced during its transition period and after the standard is fully implemented on June 1, 2016.

OSHA revised the standard in March 2012 to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The revised standard improves the quality, consistency and clarity of chemical hazard information that workers receive.

Under the standard, employers were required to train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheets by Dec. 1, 2013. Chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors had to comply with revised safety data sheet requirements by June 1, 2015. Manufacturers and importers had to comply with new labeling provisions by June 1, 2015. Distributors have until Dec. 1, 2015, to comply with labeling provisions as long as they are not relabeling materials or creating safety data sheets, in which case they must comply with the June 1 deadline.

Additional information on the revised Hazard Communication Standard may be found on OSHA's Hazard Communication Safety and Health Topics page.

Please visit the enforcement news releases page for more on OSHA enforcement activity.


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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 27th - 29th, 2015 for those individuals performing audiometric testing. For more information or to register you may call 800-747-1401 or go online to www.daystarsafety.com and click on Training Classes.

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Heart of America ASSE Chapter- September 21st - 12 to 1:30 PM - OSHA Update-Midwest Public Risk - 19400 E Valley View Parkway - Independence, Mo. - You may call Dave Hallerud at 816-809-02811 or at dkhallerud@fedins.com. You may also pay on-line at www.kc.asse.org.


Lakewood Oaks Golf Club


Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - September 21st - 11:30 to 1:00 - OSHA Update - Midwest Public Risk - 19400 E Valley View Parkway -Independence, Mo. - Please RSVP by noon on Monday, September 14th, by calling the CSG reservation line at 816-471-0880 ext. 1369 or contact Sharon Mount, Secretary/Recorder at smount@thomasmcgee.com.


CSG Golf Tournament

SAVE THE DATE:
2015 CSG Golf Tournament is SEPT 18, 2015
CLICK HERE for info


Wichita ASSE Chapter - September 14th -11:30 to 1 PM -ISI Environmental Inc - 215 S Laura St - Wichita, Ks - Please RSVP to Brent Cothran at brent.cothran@westarenergy.com.

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - September 11th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Buffet City - Plaza West Shopping Center - Wichita, Ks - For more information please contact Tamara Hadley at 316-264-7050 or constructionsafety@isienvironmental.com.

Mid-Missouri Section ASSE - September 24th - 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM - HyVee Conference Room - Conley Road - Columbia, Mo. - Please RSVP to members@midmoasse.org


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66th Annual Kansas Department of Labor Conference

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National Safety Council - Atlanta 2015

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