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DAYSTAR NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2017

Once again we want to say "Thank you" for your business and support in 2016.  For over 39 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.

Save the date - 28th Annual Day Star Customer Appreciation Day BBQ and Safety Fair - Friday - September 29th, 2017 - 11am to 2pm

To RSVP go to http://.daystarsafety.com/bbq_rsvp.html or call 816-221-3230 x120.


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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.

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GOLF TOURNAMENTS

23rd ANNUAL
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY GROUP OF KANSAS CITY
SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT

Friday, September 22, 2017
Check-In: 9:00am Tee Time:10:00am
Awards dinner at conclusion of golf play.  

Shoal Creek Golf Course
8905 Shoal Creek Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64157 

For more information contact Scarlett Barbosa at 816-595-4130 or sbarbosa@buildersassociation.com or the website at www.csgkc.org 


22nd ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC
SAFETY FORE KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT
BENEFITTING THE SAFETY & HEALTH COUNCIL
OF WESTERN MISSOURI & KANSAS

Monday, October 2, 2017
Registration: 8:30 am  Tee-Off:10 am 

Creekmoor Golf Club
1112 E 163rd Street
Raymore, Mo.  64083 

For more information go to www.shcmoks.com 


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What You Need to Know About OSHA's Fall Protection Changes

New OSHA rules taking effect in 2017 and 2018 have impacts on both the construction industry and general industry 

Construction Worker on Ladder

While OSHA has made some extensive updates to its guidelines for fall protection, the most recent changes were created with a safety mindset and are intended to help lower fatality and injury rates in workplaces across the nation.

Each year, OSHA releases new rules and modifies its safety standards. As a result, it is crucial for businesses and construction companies to stay up-to-date with these changes. This will not only ensure a healthy workforce but will also protect your business from potential lawsuits and other legal implications.

This year, OSHA's new regulations will affect 6.9 million establishments, where 112 million workers are being employed. They will apply not only to construction businesses but to general industry operations as well.

Here are some recent prominent changes in OSHA's fall protection regulations you should know.

1. Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Systems
Since fall protection has historically been the most violated OSHA standard, the agency has updated a final rule on walking-working surfaces.

Under the new rule, employers have more flexibility when selecting the fall protection systems that are most suitable for their workers.

For example, the use of rope descent systems up to 300 feet above a surface level is now permitted. Personal fall arrest systems can no longer include body belts, which are basically waist belts with D-rings or attachment points. In addition, workers must receive training on fall hazards and personal fall protection systems.

The updated rule reflects the incorporation of new technologies and better industry practices. It became effective on January 17, 2017, and is estimated to prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 injuries each year.

2. Roof Work Changes
Previously, OSHA stated no safe distance when it came to working on an unprotected roof edge. However, under the new rule, if the distance is less than six feet from the roof edge, conventional fall protection systems are required. This includes guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems and safety nets.

If the distance is between six to 15 feet, you need to have a designated area for temporary work and a warning line placed at six feet. For tasks completed at a distance higher than 15 feet, if the work is infrequent and temporary, no additional fall protection is required. 

3. Stairways, Ladders and Guardrails
Did you know that falls from ladders account for 20% of all general industry workplace injuries and fatalities?

The new general industry regulations for guardrails, ladders and stairways are now aligned with those in the construction industry. Employers must provide guardrails for all work at a height of 42 inches (+/- 3 inches) or higher.

For fixed ladders that are over 24 feet, including structures for outdoor advertising, ladder safety systems or personal fall arrest systems are now mandatory. The rule will go into effect by November 19, 2018 for new ladders and by 2036 for all ladders.

Moreover, employers can no longer use chains to close access openings. Likewise, no alternative options for parapets (a barrier that serves as an extension of the wall of a terrace, walkway, or balcony) are allowed. Regarding stairways: they must have uniform risers and tread depth between railings.

4. Workplace Assessments
The new rule puts an emphasis on workplace assessments. All employers must conduct fall hazard assessments before workers can perform their jobs. Each piece of equipment must be identified, tested, certified and maintained properly.

Employers also need to ensure their employees know how to assess and determine whether walking-working surfaces will support the loads that will be placed on them.

For rope descent systems that use anchorages, inspection is mandatory. This will help make sure each anchorage attached to a worker is capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds in any direction. This rule will go into effect by November 20, 2017.

All assessments must be documented. This includes the work that was evaluated, the specific date of the assessment, and the person who authorized the evaluation.

5. Training for Employees
Every single employee who uses personal fall protection and performs high-hazard work must be trained about the dangers of falls and how to properly use fall protection systems. The deadline for implementing this rule was May 17, 2017.

Historically, employee training has always required guidance from a qualified individual. That said, the new rule specifically states what roles a “competent person” must be able to verify in an array of situations, including:

  • When the structural integrity of a walking-working surface needs repair or correction work.
  • Annual inspections of rope descent systems.
  • Inspections of knots in a lanyard or vertical lifelines.
  • Anchorage certifications.
In addition, if there are any changes in workplace operations or equipment, or if an employer believes that additional training would be beneficial, employee re-training is essential. You must also ensure the provided training is written in a language and with vocabulary terms your workers will understand.

6. Alignment between the General and Construction Industries
The new walking-working surface regulation provides more consistency between general industry standards and construction industry standards. These consist of the following:
     
  • The ability to choose the fall protection systems that work best for your employees.
  • The criteria and practice requirements for guardrail systems.
  • Requirements for scaffolds.
  • Fall protection plans for unprotected sides and edges when performing roof work.
  • Requirements for safety net systems.
  • Requirements for rope descent systems.
While OSHA has made some extensive updates to its guidelines for fall protection, these changes were created with a safety mindset and are intended to help lower fatality and injury rates in workplaces across the nation.

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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 24th-26th, 2017 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 Chapter ASSE - September 18th - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - OSHA Update - Midwest Public Risk - 1940 E Valley View Pkwy - Independence, Mo. - You may RSVP and pay on-line at kc.asse.org.

Mid America Chapter - AIHA - September 18th - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - OSHA Update - Midwest Public Risk - 1940 E Valley View Pkwy - Independence, Mo. - Contact Steve Hicks at steven.hicks@kcpl.com or by calling 816-503-1387 if you have any questions about the event or how to register.

Construction Safety Group of Kansas City - September 18th - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM - OSHA Update - Midwest Public Risk - 1940 E Valley View Pkwy - Independence, Mo. - Please RSVP your attendance by e-mail to smount@thomasmcgee.com no later than 12 (Noon) on Monday, September 11, 2017.

Wichita ASSE Chapter - September 11th - 11:30 to 1 PM - Emergency Response Lessons -ISI Environmental Inc - 215 S Laura St - Wichita, Ks - Please RSVP at wichita.asse.org.

Wichita Area Construction Safety Group - No meeting in September - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Monterrey Mexican Restaurant - 5905 W Kellogg Dr - Wichita, Ks -Please contact Haley Sumner at 316-945-0555 or hssumner@dodlingerconst.com.

Mid-Missouri ASSE

Mid Missouri ASSE Chapter - September 7th - 11:30 AM to 1 PM - Silica Update - Missouri Employers Mutual - 101 Keene - Columbia, Mo. - Please send RSVP or questions to bderrick@broadwayergonomics.com or cell 573-808-2392.


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68th Kansas Department of Labor Safety and Health Conference
68th - September 19 - 22, 2017
  Capitol Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS 66612
(800) 579-7937

http://www.dol.ks.gov/Safety/events.aspx

 


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National Safety Council - Indianapolis 2017


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