March 23, 2016


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The International Safety Equipment Association recently reported that OSHA fines 
are on the rise for the first time in 25 years, and that the cap for penalties OSHA is 
allowed to impose on employers has nearly doubled. 

The new styles are intended for weather-related applications, and hazardous 
chemicals, food processing applications, and construction environments requiring 
high visibility. 

Scott Safety, a Tyco business, is pleased to announce the launch of a new 
Service and Asset Management (SAM) solution, a software application that 
allows fire departments to more efficiently manage inspections, testing, service 
and reporting of their equipment assets. 

Tyco International has announced that five global companies have united under 
one brand to form Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, providing complete gas and flame 
detection solutions.

3M CEO Inge Thulin says China has issues, but there are bright spots in the USA 
in the consumer and health care businesses.

French Gerleman, an independent distributor of automation, electrical supply, 
datacom, power transmission and safety products, announces today their latest 
event, a Product and Technology Expo. The event will take place Tuesday, 
April 26, 2016, at the St. Charles Convention Center.

In a shop, technicians are exposed to many hazards that require the use of a respirator, 
including dust, airborne biological hazards, mists, fumes, sprays and other airborne 

Worker safety can be compromised by using replacement component parts or 
accessories that are not NIOSH-approved for the specific respirator. 

Improved harness sizing designs for protecting workers from falls due to poor fit or 
improper size selection; and a worker-support bracket and safety rail assembly that
provides a guardrail system to protect workers from falling through unprotected roofs 
are among a few other  NIOSH research studies that address falls.

The Pentagon is soliciting technology demonstrations in different categories for an
 exercise later this summer. The categories include: Personal protective equipment,
 life support and air quality monitoring and detection in confined spaces.

Key construction professionals and regulatory representatives will meet at the
I rving Convention Center in Irving, TX, on October 26-27, for the inaugural  2016 

In what the sponsor argued was a pro-active step to ease overregulation of the 
coal industry, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill that would eliminate state safety
 inspections of coal mines.

Some stakeholders are lobbying the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
to incorporate a discussion of what constitutes a safety culture in its planned update 
t o its safety and health program management guidelines, while others say the concept 
is too vague to warrant inclusion.

When developing strategies around the safety of emerging technologies, there are
several key areas to consider.

The Maryland legislature has a chance to significantly strengthen construction worker
safety and, in the process, serve as a model for other states. 

The one-style-fits-all range of high-visibility workwear for men and women is getting 
a makeover.

Send company events and important announcements to include in the MID to 
Lydia Baugh.   For more information on policy related questions please contact Dan Glucksman at 703-525-1695.

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