BMSA's Safety First!
October 2015
BMSA's New and Updated Safety, OSHA & DOT Manual

Purchase BMSA's New and Updated Safety, OSHA & DOT Manual. This manual is designed specifically for the Building Material Industry to keep your business in compliance with OSHA's latest regulations. The updated manual covers everything from: general safety rules, forklift safety, hazard communication, emergency plans, personal protective equipment, workers compensation, fleet safety, OSHA regulations, safety recognition programs, and much more.

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OSHA's New Reporting Requirements

OSHA's new reporting requirements began on January 1, 2015. Under these requirements, employers in federal OSHA jurisdiction are required to report to OSHA any work-related fatality or any work-related injury resulting in an employee being formally admitted to the hospital or any work-related amputation or loss of an eye. Since the implementation of these new requirements, OSHA estimates that it is receiving 200 to 250 reported incidents each week. 

According to OSHA, roughly 40 percent of those reported injury cases are resulting in an on-site inspection by the agency. In about 50 percent of the cases OSHA is instituting the "rapid response investigation" and sending the employer a letter requesting additional information about the incident and the employer's corrective actions. In roughly 10 percent of the cases, no agency action is taken either because the event was not reportable under the new requirements or OSHA does not have jurisdiction.

(Source: Smart Safety Group)
Ensure Fire Safety: Save Lives Save Property

Earlier this month was Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10, 2015). Fire prevention is very serious and should be recognized year round to protect your business. Fires can destroy not only buildings and property, but also people's livelihoods, sense of security and succession plans.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 1,240,000 fires in 2013, which resulted in more than $11.5 billion in financial loss, injured more than 16,000 people, and killed more than 3,000. An in-depth study of Federated Insurance's clients' fire-related losses shows the leading causes to be:
  • Spontaneous combustion of improperly stored, oil-soaked rags and other combustible materials
  • Over-loaded electrical circuits and improper use of electrical cords and surge protection
  • Careless smoking
  • Improper storage of flammable liquids
(Source: Federated Insurance)

Each of these fire risks can be avoided by following proper prevention steps.
  • Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.
  • Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it.
  • Don't overload your circuits.
  • Turn off electrical appliances and equipment at the end of each day.
  • Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.
  • Have an effective system to alert you of a fire.
OSHA's Top Violations

1. Fall Protection - 6721 violations
2. Hazard Communication - 5192 violations
3. Scaffolding - 4295 violations
4. Respiratory Protection - 3305 violations
5. Lockout/Tagout - 3002 violations
6. Powered Industrial Trucks - 2760 violations
7. Ladders - 2489 violations
8. Electrical - Wiring Methods - 2404 violations
9. Machine Guarding - 2295 violations
10. Electrical - General Requirements - 1973 violations

(Source: OSHA)
Yard & Delivery Managers Workshop
Don't Delay, Register Today!

Ken Wilbanks, your instructor, applies his Operational Excellence Methodology to teach yard and delivery managers to be effective managers with rock solid core best practices and standards that really work! At the seminar, he will help attendees to improve the safety of their yards, warehouses, and delivery operations. You only get one chance to make a first impression and this seminar teaches you how to make the right first impression every time on the yard.

"From the On-Time/In-Full to the Will-Call Programs and the General Leadership Training - this seminar was very helpful to our business. We brought back new ideas that we put in place and continue to find beneficial. I highly recommend it!" - Thad Shuler, Southern Lumber & Millwork
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Spanish Reference Manuals

Don't forget BMSA has a Spanish version of the Lumber and Building Material Reference Manual for sale. $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. If you would like to purchase a manual, please contact Jane Gillespie at 800-849-1503 or
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