February 23, 2015 

In This Issue
Safety Industry & Member News

ISEA 2015 Executive Summit Details and RegistrationESummit


ISEA's Executive Summit will be held May 3-5, at the JW Marriott in San Antonio, TX. Presentations include discussions on distribution and market trends, customer purchasing habits, digital strategy best practices and more.

Craig Wallentine, Global Business Development Manager for DuPont Protection Technologies, Elected to the ISEA Board of TrusteesCW


ISEA is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Wallentine, Global Business Development Manager for DuPont Protection Technologies, to the ISEA Board of Trustees. 

Erratum Issued for ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2014 Standard on Workplace First Aid Kits and SuppliesErratum 


It has been brought to ISEA's attention that ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2014 American National Standard - Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits and Supplies contains a measurement conversion error with respect to the U.S. measurement for minimum application for antibiotic and antiseptic supplies.

Safety Industry & Member News

High-Visibility Apparel (Ergodyne)Hi-vis


With such strict regulations on high-visibility apparel, how can a worker stay comfortable and compliant?

Ansell Launches Single-Use GlovesAnsell


Ansell is expanding its market for Microflex single-use gloves by introducing the portfolio throughout Australasia and China.

Trends in Respiratory Protection (Bullard, MSA Safety and Scott Safety)TrendsIn 


Compliance with OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard (1910.134) could prevent hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses every year, according to the agency. Experts highlight new technologies being used in the respiratory protection industry and offer tips.

Fall Protection Rescue Planning (3M Fall Protection)Fall


While falls continue to be one of the most common workplace injuries year after year, rescue plans are often one of the most overlooked components of fall protection. Rescue plans are a necessity for employers who have workers at height.

An Unyielding CommitmentUnyielding


CB&I teams up with their vendors in research and development to enhance personal protective equipment available to everyone in the industry. 

Washington Update
DHS Funding, Highway Trust Fund, May Safety CampaignsDG

Congress Must Decide on DHS Funding


When lawmakers return next week, the top issues, especially for Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY), will be how to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.  The department's funding expires on Friday, Feb. 27.

Congressional leaders will have five days to deal with the House DHS funding bill that includes policy riders to bar spending on implementing President Obama's actions on deferring the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.  A court challenge to the deportation policy could provide a rationale for breaking the appropriations stalemate.


DHS administers the FIRE Act, which provides federal funds to fire departments to purchase fire fighting equipment and training.  A shut down would freeze spending funds to over 2,000 FIRE Act applicants.


Update on Highway Trust Fund Reauthorization


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster is working on a bill to seek funding from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Shuster has yet to outline a timeline for producing the bill.

In the Senate, Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe will work on the highway portion of the bill, and Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch will address the funding.


PROPOSALS: President Obama floated a $478 billion, six-year surface transportation package in his fiscal 2016 budget plan partly funded by encouraging companies to bring foreign profits home, where they can be taxed.  Obama would impose a lower one-time 14 percent repatriation tax on overseas profits of U.S. companies -- in lieu of the current 35 percent rate.

Various members of Congress are now floating proposals to reduce the repatriation tax from 6.5 - 8.75 percent, with all tax proceeds directed to transportation funding.

Dave Reichert (R-WA), chairman of the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee, commented that taxing overseas profits at a lower rate than the 35 percent tax rate on corporate profits wouldn't be viable. All revenue measures must begin at the Ways and Means Committee. 


OSHA Launches its 2015 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction


On February 18, OSHA announced its 2015 stand-down to prevent construction falls.  OSHA is asking all employers and other organizations, such as labor unions, to hold events during this two-week period.


Construction Safety Week


40 national and global construction firms from the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) jointly created Construction Safety Week (CSW). The CEOs from these companies are part of the Incident and Injury Free CEO (IIF) Forum.


Participating construction companies will hold a stand-down each day of construction safety week, including global locations with active sites. Suggested themes for 2015 are listed below. 


Mon May 4          Fall Protection

Tue  May 5          Health and Wellness Programs

Wed May 6          Soft-Tissue Injuries (strains and sprains)

Thu  May 7          Hand Protection, or Head and Eye Protection

Fri    May 8          Celebrate and Recognize Positive Safety Accomplishments


Please visit the CSW website to view the list of participants. CSW representatives would like to encourage ISEA members to coordinate outreach activities for this campaign.  ISEA will provide more information about CSW as it becomes available.


Please contact Dan Glucksman at 703-525-1695 or at dglucksman@safetyequipment.org for more information on any of these items.

Capital Beat: GOP Hits ˜Pause" on Agency FundsFunding


Lawmakers put a hold on funding - and millions more in federal grants and other outside funds to be used for state projects.

New York State to Obtain $32 M for Ebola Treatment FacilitiesNY

New York will receive $32 million in federal reimbursement funds to cover its Ebola treatment expenses, Senator Charles Schumer announced in a statement.
Get Ready for the 2015 National Fall Prevention Stand-DownStanddown

From May 4-15, 2015, OSHA will host its second annual Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction at workplaces across the country. This year, the agency aims to reach more than 3 million workers at over 20,000 stand-downs, which would represent almost 4 out of 10 construction workers in the country.
OSHA and NIOSH: Protect Workers from Silica Exposure During Countertop InstallationOSHANIOSH

OSHA and NIOSH have identified exposure to silica as a health hazard to workers involved in stone countertop operations in the United States, both in fabrication shops and during in-home finishing/installation. The alert jointly issued by OSHA and NIOSH explains how this hazard can be mitigated with simple and effective dust controls.

USAID Announces Funding for Initiatives To Fight Ebola OutbreaksUSAID

Three of the 12 projects selected to receive funding were:

  • Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design's redesigned personal protective equipment;
  • Modula S' rapidly deployable treatment unit (Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare, 2/13); and
  • Scripps Translational Science Institute's wearable patient sensor, which can monitor Ebola patients' vital signs (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 2/12).
Emerging PPE & Global News

State ill-prepared to Tackle Swine Flu (India)Swineflu


There is an acute shortage of N-95 masks in district hospitals. The personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, used commonly by health workers in case of contamination, have also run out of stock. 

Height Safety Training Facility Set to Expand (UK)Height

The company's core activities cover the product areas of lifting systems, load securing systems and personal safety equipment to protect against falling.

To share company events and important announcements in the MID, please email: Lbaugh@safetyequipment.org.

For more information on policy related questions please contact Dan Glucksman via email or at 703-525-1695.

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