SEPTEMBER SAFETY AND HEALTH NEWS AND UPDATES


September's Featured Program 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:30 AM - Tangier's


Conducting Safety Inspections in the Workplace

Brian Zachetti

Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist  ~ Ohio BWC

Workplace inspections help prevent incidents, injuries and illnesses.
Through a critical examination of the workplace, inspections help to identify and record hazards for corrective action. Bring your safety committee members and learn:
    • To recognize the importance of conducting workplace safety inspections
    • To conduct detailed safety inspections and recognize common hazards in general industry settings
    • To Identify OSHA standards and consensus regulations associated with common hazards
    • To gain a general understanding of common OSHA penalties for hazards discussed
Brian A. Zachetti is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Safety Sciences.  Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude and was President of Rho Sigma Kappa Safety Sciences honor society at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Brian has been a Certified Safety Professional by the BCSP since 2002 and has been consulting as an Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist for the Ohio BWC since 1999.  Brian specializes in OSHA Recordkeeping and Lockout/Tagout.
 

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Cari's Safety Corner   
  
Cari Gray 
 Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist (BWC)
                                       
Q:  I am interested in getting a BWC safety intervention grant - What are the proper steps to take and how can I get more information?
 
A:  The Safety Intervention Grant Program is available to any Ohio state-fund or public employer who wishes to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with a task or operation.
 
Private and public employers are eligible for a 3-to-1 matching grant, up to a maximum grant award of $40,000 for each eligibility cycle. This means BWC gives $3 for every $1 the employer contributes. 
 
If you are interested in a BWC safety grant - here are the steps to follow:


 
1.     Check out the BWC safety grant web page 


 

2.     Contact your BWC local service office and ask to speak with the Employer   Service Specialist to request a policy review to determine eligibility.


 

3.     Contact your BWC local service office and ask to speak with the BWC Ergonomist that is assigned to your account. Call them and set up a meeting or discuss your ideas over the phone. They will then guide you through the process of applying for the grant.

 
Really important: Do not purchase any item or put any money down prior to receiving funds from the BWC for the grant. This will make the purchase ineligible.
 
Search for best practices from the BWC Safety Intervention Grant. 



Wellness  Watch   (From SCSC Wellness Committee) 


Great Reasons to Participate in Wellness Initiatives

Are you participating in your company's Wellness Program?  If one is offered, there are many great reasons why you should be:

  • You'll learn the state of your current health and can track your progress 
  • ...with tools like Health Assessments and Biometric Screenings
  • Get help specific to you
  • Many plans offer smoking cessation, health coaching and EAP programs
  • Sense of community, have fun with your co-workers
  • Meet co-workers with common interests, go for a walk on lunch or meet to bicycle on a weekend, go for a hike or share healthy recipes
  • Gifts and Prizes $$$
  • Most wellness programs offer incentives, like gift cards, free gym memberships, or reduced health care premiums

Ask about Wellness where you work. Take advantage of what they are offering and see what amazing chang es come your way!



Workplace Violence Prevention


Check out OSHA's  Workplace Violence Prevention Webpage. You can find ideas on prevention, programs and training. Also - the BWC offers a violence in the workplace half day class.  You can also review the  run, hide, fight training video  at the FBI webpage.
 
Here is a good article from Bollington Insurance

One in 8 employees have experienced workplace violence, according to a recent survey conducted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The HSE defines workplace violence as 'any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work'. This could include verbal abuse or threats as well as physical attacks. Of the nearly 600,000 incidents that were reported in 2014-2015, more than half were instigated by individuals from outside the organization. In addition, more than 40 per cent of employees who have been victims of workplace violence have gone on to report multiple incidents.

Left unchecked, workplace violence, or the probability that an employee may be the target of violence, can quickly erode employee productivity and morale. This potentially hazardous work environment could destroy your organization's overall well-being as it would make it more difficult to retain existing employees as well as recruit new ones. And, by not finding ways to prevent incidents, your organization could experience increased costs as a result of having to pay health and safety fines, hire temporary workers to fill in for injured employees and repair your tarnished public reputation.

To ensure that your organization is able to combat workplace violence, follow these five tips:

1.    Provide training for all employees on what constitutes unacceptable behavior and how to properly report violent incidents.

2.    Develop a comprehensive scheme to prevent workplace violence. This could include providing employees with conflict resolution training and establishing a system for reporting stresses or conflicts. Regardless of whatever your scheme entails, remember to review it at least annually.

3.    Treat verbal abuse and threatening language as workplace violence, as it may develop into a physical incident.

4.    Develop an incident form. This document should include information such as the time and location of the incident, a description and/or name of the assailant, and an outline of any injuries suffered. (Note: All forms and documents related to workplace violence should be available in multiple languages for employees whose first language is not English.)

5.    Provide employees who report an incident of violence with the timeline on the actions that will be taken, and reassure them that they will be protected. In addition, you may want to provide employees with information on available services outside of your organization to help them cope with and process the incident.

While your organization can never truly prevent all incidents of workplace violence, you can implement beneficial procedures and practices to minimize its potential detrimental effects.
 


Final Rule to Update General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards

What are the major changes in this rule?

The rule updates the general industry standards related to hazards from slips, trips and falls, and falls from heights. Among other features, it provides greater flexibility in choosing a fall-protection system, brings general industry scaffold requirements in line with those for construction, adds protections for fixed ladders taller than 24 feet, requires regular inspection of walking-working surfaces, and requires training for employees who use personal fall protection equipment.

When do I need to be in compliance with this rule?

The rule took effect in January 2017, but has several delayed compliance dates for certain requirements on fixed ladders and building anchorages used with rope descent systems. As of May 17, 2017, employers are required to provide training on fall hazards for certain employees. For upcoming compliance deadlines on fixed ladder fall protection, inspections of equipment and anchorages, and more, see the timeline.


 
SCSC Training/Seminar Schedule



September 11, 2018 (8:30 AM to noon)

SCSC Member cost free (includes breakfast)
Non-member cost $15.00 (includes breakfast)



October 16, 2018 (8:00 AM to Noon) (Rescheduled from 6/12/18)
Cost $10.00 (Includes breakfast)

October 11, 2018 (9 AM to 3:00 PM)

SCSC Member cost $20  (includes lunch) 
Non-member cost $70.00 (includes lunch)


Above classes qualify as regular meeting credit and CEO attendance credit for the Safety Council Rebate Program.




 

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Upcoming BWC Class Schedule (North Canton)


339 E. Maple St., Suite 200
North Canton, OH 44720

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**Free** BWC Classes at the North Canton office:


Electrical Hazard Recognition and Abatement) - Sept 11-13
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Awareness - September 27 - AM
OSHA10: Industry Safety Basics - October 3 and 4
Electrical Basics - October 9 - AM
Train the Trainer Techniques for Safety - October 29-30


Above classes qualify for an external training credit for the Safety Council Rebate Program.  Certificate must be presented to Summit County Safety Council.



Upcoming External Training Opportunities




NE Ohio Safety Expo - 10/12/18


Above events qualify for an external training credit for the Safety Council Rebate Program.  Certificate must be presented to Summit County Safety Council.



FY 19 Safety Council Rebate Program Requirements


The FY 19 Safety Council Program year began 7/1/18. 
 
For those members who are eligible to participate in BWC's Safety Council Rebate Program this year, the following requirements must be met between 7/1/18 and 6/30/19:
  • Enrollment with safety council by 7/31/18.
  • Attendance at 10 Safety council meetings/events. At least 8 thru the local safety council. You can get credit for up to two meetings at BWC's safety training courses or other offsite industry-specific training courses/seminars. Certificates must be submitted to safety council no later than 6/30/19. Online courses do not qualify.
  • CEO attendance at one safety council sponsored meeting.
  • Submit semi-annual reports for the 2018 calendar year.
Check your company's participation  here



Sponsor a Safety Council Meeting


Did you know that your company can sponsor a safety council meeting? This is a great way to reach 200+ companies and highlight your services. The average attendance at these meetings is 200-240. 

A $150.00 sponsorship includes your corporate logo in our newsletter (as above) and in the overhead scrolling announcements played 1 hour prior to the meeting for the month you choose to sponsor, 5 minutes of business related commercial time at the podium, a table for display items, an opportunity to giveaway promotional items and two complimentary meals.

Interested in sponsoring a meeting? Have questions or need more information? Call Sally Cox at 330-806-1676 or email summitcountysafetycouncil@gmail.com.


 
Highlights from last month...


Attorney James Yates
Karen Kitchen with USA Mobile Drug Testing




2018 AED Grant Recipients:
Weaver Industries (Valerie Garner) and Alttran (Jordan Mastroc)



And the winner is...


Sally Cox | Summit County Safety Council | 330-806-1676 | summitcountysafetycouncil@gmail.com| www.thesummitcountysafetycouncil.org
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