JANUARY 2019
DELIVERING   SAFETYTop
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Soft Stop Table Saw Press Release

Great Lakes Safety Training Center  (GLSTC) is proud to announce a recent donation to Midland County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH)  to purchase a SawStop table saw.  A SawStop saw is very unique and offers a new standard of safety.  The saw prevents injuries by applying a small amount of electric voltage to the blade of a table saw and monitors the current.  When skin contacts the blade, the signal changes because the human body is conductive.  The change to the signal activates the safety system and brakes the blade.  SawStop has an aluminum brake that springs into the spinning blade, stopping it in less than 5 miliseconds.  The blade's angular momentum drives it beneath the table, removing the risk of subsequent contact.  Power to the motor is shut off preventing injury.
Executive Director Kelly Juday of GLSTC is excited for the safety the SawStop will provide volunteers at MCHFH.  "Great Lakes Safety Training Center is proud of our partnership with Midland County Habitat for Humanity and couldn't think of a better way to spread our safety message than by providing funding to have the best safety technology available for MCHFH's staff and volunteers. MCHFH does a great job providing the personal protective equipment (PPE) their teams need and this is the next logical step.  This donation strongly supports our mission of "Preparing People to Live and Work Safely Every Day" said Juday
According to the Woodworkers Guild of America, table saws cause more injuries each year than other woodshop equipment.  There are an estimated number of 39,750 annual injuries from table saws.
Jennifer Chappel, Chief Executive Officer of MCHFH said: "The safety of volunteers is immensely important to Midland County Habitat for Humanity! We are thankful for Great Lakes Safety Training Center's continued support of the Mission of Midland County Habitat for Humanity and the safety of our construction volunteers. The grant in support of purchasing the SawStop is another example of our continued relationship with GLSTC!"  
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8 Winter Safety Tips You Didn't Know
WINTER SAFETY TIPS

Working during winter feels more like survival of the fittest than an everyday challenge. The risks are even tenfold for employees who have to work and drive outdoors. Here are nine winter safety tips that should keep you safe during this trying season.

1. BRING OUT THOSE HANDS
Hold it! Don't remove those gloves or mittens yet. I mean, just think twice before walking outside with your hands in your pockets. Why? Keeping your hands in your pockets increases the  risk of you falling or completely losing your balance in case you slip while walking on ice or snow.

2. MITTENS VS. GLOVES
Gloves sure look fashionable but donning mittens can actually save your life. With your fingers touching each other inside mittens, they generate more body heat than when they're inside gloves.

3. WARM UP BEFORE SHOVELING
Before you get rid of all the snow and ice at your workplace, do some stretching exercises first. You can also march in place or walk for a couple of minutes. With your muscles all warm, not only will you work more efficiently, you also reduce the risk of injuring yourself.

4. FORGET COFFEE AND CIGARETTES
Before shoveling or doing any strenuous work, avoid caffeine and nicotine. They increase your heart rate and may cause your blood vessels to constrict.

5. ROCK SALT + KITTY LITTER = SAFER WALKWAYS
Have some rock salt and kitty litter on hand. Rock salt helps melt the ice on slippery surfaces. Kitty litter gives temporary traction.

6. TIN CAN + MATCHES + CANDLE + SNOW = DRINKING WATER
Yes, you read the equation right. Before going on the road, you better prepare a tin can, candle, and some matches. Should you get stuck in the middle of the road and run short on water, you can always melt some snow with the supplies above as part of your emergency kit.

7. WARM UP BEFORE DRIVING OFF
While it pays to do some stretching exercises before delivering goods or driving to work, you should warm up your vehicle, too. This helps reduce the moisture condensation on the inside of your car windows. Remember, though, not to warm up your vehicle in a closed garage.

8. REPORT THOSE DAMAGED LINES
And finally, after a winter storm, immediately report any downed power lines or broken gas lines in your area or workplace.  
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Save The Date For The GLSTC 2019 Annual Meeting
Mark your calendar to join GLSTC on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, from 5 pm - 8 pm for our Annual Meeting!  You do not want to miss our keynote speaker, David D. Teater, as he presents "Distracted Driving - Impact on Employee Safety, Productivity and Employer Liability." 

David D. Teater of Spring Lake, MI, is a nationally recognized speaker and corporate consultant on the topic of distracted driving. Mr. Teater's 30-year business career has included serving as CEO of several private companies, including 20 years at an automotive supplier.

In January 2009, Mr. Teater joined the National Safety Council after their call for a nationwide ban on all forms of cell phone use while driving. From 2009-2015, Mr. Teater led the NSC's advocacy efforts to reduce fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.

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Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS)


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Ensure you are steps ahead of the competition in the new year by earning the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist® (COSS) designation. There is undeniable value in having COSS behind your name as many past graduates have said they are headhunted based solely on their designations.
 
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist┬« (COSS) training focuses on empowering employees to recognize, identify, and avoid hazards while on the job site.
 
The course consists of 40 hours of hands-on, face-to-face learning, delivered by an OSHA 500/501 Authorized Outreach Training Provider.
 
Walk away with these core competencies:
 
* The psychology of safety
* Hazard recognition
* The true cost of an accident
* How to start a health and safety program
* An understanding of the rights employees have under OSHA
* And much more!
 
Register by February 1, 2019, to receive the early bird discount!
 

**February Class deadline: The class price will increase by $50 on February 1st-3rd, and by $150 on Febru
ary 4th-7th, 2019.  Final enrollment deadline is February 7th at 12:00 pm. 
 
REGISTER TODAY!
                    Call 989-837-2332  or email  enrollment@glstc.org                      
Members
Welcome GLSTC's Newest Members!

~ Clark Contracting Services
~ Diversified
~ Infosys Limited

 
ClassesUpcoming Specialty Classes
Hazwoper 8 Hr Refresher
January 11, 2019 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Fall Protection Authorized User
January 16, 2019 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Confined Space Entry
January 16, 2019 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Confined Space Rescue
January 17, 2019 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED
January 17, 2019 (8:00 AM - 1:30 PM)
February 14, 2019 (8:00 AM - 1:30 PM)

Leadership Institute
January 23 - January 24, 2019 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

Hazwoper 40 Hr Initial
January 28 - February 1, 2019 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)

MIOSHA - Recordkeeping and Cost of Injuries
January 29, 2019 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

COSS - Certified Occupational Safety Specialist
February 11 - February 15, 2019 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

 









 
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