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September, 2012

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West Nile Virus: Protecting Outdoor Workers (And Everyone) from Infection

     The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported an increase in West Nile virus infections in the United States, including more than 1,500 cases in people and at least 65 deaths. West Nile virus is a potentially serious illness transmitted to humans through mosquito bites. Workers at risk include farmers, foresters, landscapers, gardeners, painters, construction workers, mechanics, and other outdoor workers. Preventing mosquito bites reduces risk to outdoor workers. Learn about preventing infection with OSHA's West Nile Virus Fact Sheet (PDF*) and QuickCard (PDF*) and visit the CDC's Fight the Bite! website for additional resources and frequent updates.

Download OSHA West Nile Virus fact sheet

Download OSHA West Nile Virus QuickCard

For more information from the Centers for Disease Control

Help for Small Businesses from NIOSH

     NIOSH’s new Small Business Safety and Health Resource Guide is intended to assist time-pressed small business owners as they seek out regulations, training materials, and recommendations. The guide contains summaries of and links to more than 50 Web sites produced by commercial, academic, and government organizations that can help with occupational safety and health issues for small businesses. . Each resource was reviewed for relevance, ease of use, cost, and credibility. It is intended to help small business owners and managers deal with occupational safety and health concerns. Others involved with the small business community may also find this guide useful. Given the challenges faced by small businesses such as limited personnel and finances, this guide provides a starting point for addressing a broad range of occupational safety and health issues without a major investment of time or money.

For more information and to download the guide.

Staying Safe In Adverse Weather: Important Flood And Hurricane Safety Resources
     As the hurricane season continues, OSHA has educational materials for those in affected parts of the country. Visit OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics pages to learn about Flood and Hurricane Preparedness and Response.

For more information on flood preparedness.

For more information on hurricane preparedness and response.

Can You Hear Me? An Introduction to Hearing Loss Prevention - Free Hearing Loss Webinar

     On September 11, at 2:30 EDT, join NIOSH for a free NIOSH train-the-trainer webinar on preventing work-related hearing loss. Who should participate? Anyone who works with people exposed to loud noise or music. This includes, but is not limited to nurses (e.g. public health, occupational, parish, and in rural communities); educators (e.g. technical, health, science, music and extension); youth leaders, community volunteers, safety managers, and small business owners. This train-the trainer workshop is designed to increase knowledge about preventing noise-and music-induced prevention of hearing loss. CEUs are available.

For more information or to register.

OSHA Publishes Removal Criteria For Employers From The Severe Violator Enforcement Program
     OSHA has published criteria for removing employers from the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). SVEP has been in effect since June 18, 2010, and focuses agency resources on employers who demonstrate indifference to their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act with willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. An employer may be considered for removal from the program by an OSHA Regional Administrator after a period of three years from the date of the final disposition of the SVEP inspection citation items to include: failure to contest, settlement agreement, Review Commission final order, or court of appeals decision. Employers must also affirm all violations have been abated, all final penalties have been paid, all settlement provisions have been completed and abided by, and no additional serious citations have been incurred related to the hazards identified in the SVEP inspection at the initial establishment or at any related establishments.

For more information.


     OSHA has previously maintained the position that hard hats used by employees must be worn with the bill facing forward unless the hard hat manufacturer certifies that the bill facing back meets current ANSI Z89.1 standards. Does OSHA still adhere to this interpretation?

     Section 1926.100(a) provides: Employees working in areas where there is a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from flying objects, or from electrical shock and [electrical] burns, shall be protected by protective helmets. Section 1926.100(b) provides: Helmets for the protection of employees against impact and penetration of falling and flying objects shall meet the specifications contained in American National Standards Institute, Z89.1..., Safety Requirements for Industrial Head Protection.1 In 1992,  OSHA stated: ANSI only tests and certifies hard hats to be worn with the bill forward [;] hard hats worn with the bill to the rear would not be considered reliable protection and would not meet the requirements of 29 CFR 1926.100(a) and (b) unless the hard hat manufacturer certifies that this practice meets the ANSI Z89.1 requirements. This continues to be OSHA's interpretation of this standard. Additionally, note that a manufacturer may certify that it would be acceptable to wear the hard hat with the bill to the rear when the hard hat liner is turned/reversed.

OSHA Publication - West Nile Virus Quick Card



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News You Can Use

Statistically Speaking - Occupational Hearing Loss, 2004–2010 - Manufacturing And Utilities At Greatest Risk

     Occupational hearing loss continues to be an important topic in the safety and health community, especially for employers who try to balance hearing loss safety with prevention costs and for policymakers who try to balance U.S. workers’ right to occupational safety with the potential regulatory burden on businesses. BLS data from 2004 onward show that certain industries have high rates and counts of hearing loss. At the two-digit NAICS level, manufacturing and utilities have had consistently high rates, while primary metal manufacturing always has the highest rate at the three-digit level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report includes findings consistent with those of previous research carried out on the topic of workplace hearing loss and can be used to develop policy to help abate occupational hearing loss in the most efficient ways possible.

For the complete report.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

10 Misguided Reasons to Avoid Getting a Flu Shot
     Feeling lucky? Want a valid reason to call in sick from work? Hoping to lose a few pounds? Want to test the limits of your medical insurance? These are just a few of the worst, most misguided reasons to pass on getting a flu shot this year. It might still be warm weather, but it’s already time to start thinking about getting the one small shot that can pack a big punch when it comes to the state of your health this fall and winter. But for many people, getting a flu shot is not exactly a chore they’re eager to cross off the list. For others, some common myths surrounding flu shots might dissuade them.
     the top 10 misguided reasons to pass on the flu shot:

  1. I’m feeling incredibly lucky this year.
  2. The vaccine is inexpensive, so it probably doesn’t work.
  3. I’m not afraid of body aches, headaches, sore throats or dangerously high fevers ... and I never get sick!
  4. I like the idea of having a real reason to call out sick from work.
  5. That cute little paper mask over my nose and mouth is a trendy fashion statement.
  6. Getting really, really sick is a great way to lose a few pounds without dieting.
  7. I’m not planning to leave my house, or let anyone in, for the next 6 months anyway.
  8. I’m anxious to find out if my insurance company really will cover a hospital stay.
  9. I went to the county fair and didn’t get swine flu, so I must have a natural immunity.
  10. Getting sick with the flu will give me a reason to visit relatives I don’t really like so that I can share the virus with them!

For the full report.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

From the NIOSH Science Blog: How to Avoid Bear Attacks (and other small business concerns)
     Running a small business and camping in the Great Smoky Mountains share a surprising parallel. Read the full report.

New Reference Card Helps Users Prevent, Address and Respond to Workplace Violence
     A new workplace violence prevention reference card from the Security Research Group offers a list of tips to assist in preventing and addressing workplace violence, from identifying behavioral indicators to outlining an action plan for responding to an active shooter. The free Workplace Violence Prevention reference card, which is available as a PDF, includes four main categories: behavioral indicators, violent behavior triggers, preventative measures and active shooter response techniques.
     A brief overview of just some of the suggested tips and actions available on the card include:

  • Behavioral indicators for potential workplace violence risks may include employees who abuse drugs and alcohol, appear depressed, exhibit a dramatic personality change, experience a drop in productivity, make threats and more.
  • Violent behavior triggers for workplace violence may include employees who are being harassed, are being laid off or fired, feel disrespected, experience a poor performance review and more.
  • Preventative measures for workplace violence may include developing a workplace violence prevention program, conducting employee awareness training, developing an emergency “buddy system,” encouraging the reporting of any concerns and many more.
  • Active shooter response techniques include evacuating the workplace, having an escape plan in mind, hiding in an area out of the shooter’s view and, as a last resort and only when in imminent danger, taking action against the shooter.

Download the publication.

Source: EHS Today Magazine

ASSE Offers Critical Tips for Preventing Campus-Related Fires
     Each year several college students are injured and killed in preventable campus-related fires. In an effort to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by fires that occur in college residence halls, off-campus housing, fraternity/sorority houses, and to raise awareness about life-saving fire prevention knowledge as students head back to school, the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Fire Protection Practice Specialty (PS) group is providing free fire prevention and safety information and tip sheets. These tips and tools for fire prevention and awareness provide students, parents and school administrators with valuable information for identifying hazards, planning an escape route in the event of a fire, fire prevention and more.

For the full report.

Source: American Society of Safety Engineers

From Underwriters Laboratories - Identifying the 'Silent Killer' - Safety Tips to Protect Your Family from the Dangers of CO Poisoning
     It's silent, deadly and lurks in the home while your family sleeps. Dubbed the "silent killer," the colorless, odorless and poisonous gas - carbon monoxide (CO) - kills 500 people and sends 20,000 more to the hospital each year. CO is produced and emitted by incomplete burning of fuel, such as propane, kerosene, gasoline, oil, natural gas, wood and charcoal; and because it is odorless and colorless, people can be exposed to CO without even knowing it. However, CO poisoning is avoidable and preventable if the necessary safety measures are taken. UL recommends a three-part strategy that consumers can easily employ to protect themselves and their loved ones from the poisonous gas: INSPECT, PROTECT and DETECT.

For the full report

Source: Underwriters Laboratories

Electrical Fire Safety Checklist

     Electrical Fires do not have to happen. Use this checklist to help you find and fix electrical fire hazards in your home before they can start a fire.  ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International) offers this convenient checklist covering smoke alarms, switches and outlets, cords, lamps and appliances, and electrical panels.

For the full report and to download the checklist

Source: ESFI

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International News

From Canada - Healthy Minds at Work
The workplace can have a significant impact on individuals’ health, safety and overall well being. More than ever the traditional view of workplace health and safety has been replaced with a comprehensive approach to include the total well being and mental health of employees, also referred to as psychological health and safety.
     Healthy Minds at Work can help workplaces increase their understanding and recognition of mental health issues at work, address existing issues, develop and implement effective approaches to promoting mental health at work, and find quality resources and tools on a range of related topics.

For more information and links to the resources.

Did You Know?

Saf-T-Gard Supplies Equipment For Working In Confined Spaces

     Working in confined spaces include all of the normal work hazards, plus a lot more.  Saf-T-Gard has the knowledge, expertise, and equipment needed from oxygen monitors to ventilation equipment and more.

Oxygen detector

Other confined space equipment

As I see it ...

It is September, 2012.  Change is in the air!  The sports seasons are changing with the baseball season winding down (at least for the Chicago Cubs, again) and the football season starting up.  The Olympics are history, at least for another couple of years.  Leaves on the trees are changing colors.  Change can be good.  Yes, many of these changes take place every year.  And at least once a year it is a good practice to do a top-to-bottom review of your company's safety program including the selection of PPE.  This annual review is not simply an exercise for the sake of change, but to identify any changes in operations, applications, and available products that may enhance safety and productivity in the most cost-effective manner.  Like an annual physical or annual insurance review, it is among the best practices where the potential benefits can far outweigh the possible costs.

Some change needs to be tempered with professional common sense and a dose of reality.  I recently heard a radio commercial for a major office supply catalog company touting the fact that they could now offer safety products!  Imagine that - you can now buy safety products from the same supplier as rubber bands and copy paper.  Maybe I am missing something, but I do not understand how the ability to sell pens and pencils qualifies a company to understand industrial safety products, partner with end users to develop an effective PPE program, and supply the essential personal protective equipment and facility safety products necessary to keep workers safe and productive.  I do not know much about the technical details of printer ink or copier toner and therefore I respect someone who does, but that does not entitle them to fit test a respirator or measure sound levels or analyze arc flash exposure or develop effective hand protection programs.  Safety specialists understand safety, and we at Saf-T-Gard back that up with comprehensive training including the industry standard QSSP (Qualified Safety Sales Professional) certification.  Human lives are not a commodity, so selling safety as a commodity like office supplies is downright dangerous.  We promise not to sell copy paper, toilet paper, or sand paper, because we are Saf-T-Gard,  - passionate about industrial safety for 4 generations.

Want to learn more?

Here is how to get started.

Richard Rivkin, President and CEO



  1. PROMOTE SAFETY - Highlight your safety record with a sign featuring the number of days since a lost-time accident or injury.

  2. PROMOTE SAFETY - Recognize your company's safety champions with gold-color safety caps or similar awards.

  3. PROMOTE SAFETY - Take advantage of training tools available from OSHA, the National Safety Council, and similar organizations.

  4. PROMOTE SAFETY - Recognize that the total cost of safety is not unit prices on a product, but includes the benefit of reducing lost time accidents, reductions in workman's compensation insurance premiums, and improved productivity and morale.

  5. PROMOTE SAFETY - And remember, there's a human face to safety - every worker goes home at the end of the workday - safe and healthy.

Want more information on any of this month's Saf-T-Tips?  E-mail us for a prompt reply.

Warning - Your Electrical Gloves May Not Be Safe Now!

All rubber insulating products must be subjected to periodic electrical tests as required by OSHA 29CFR1910.137(b)(2).  The Voltgard Test Lab is uniquely qualified to perform this service.

  • All testing is in full compliance with applicable ASTM specifications and OSHA regulations.
  • All rubber insulating gloves and sleeves are cleaned, then visually inspected inside and out.  Other rubber insulating products are cleaned, then inspected on all outer surfaces.
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  • Replacement service.

For more information and a testing service order form.


Question and Answer

Question - What personal protective equipment (PPE) is required to be in compliance with the requirements for working within the minimum approach distances (MADs) of underground pad-mount transformers? Are both insulating gloves and insulating sleeves required?

Answer -  The requirements for working within the MADs of underground lines and transformers are the same as when working within the MADs of overhead lines. Paragraph 1910.269(l) addresses working on or near exposed energized parts; it is not limited to overhead lines. This paragraph does not differentiate based on nature of the component (line versus equipment), nor does it differentiate on the basis of the location of the energized part (overhead versus underground). Therefore, the requirements found in 1910.269(l) apply regardless of the location or nature of the exposed energized part(s), including those that require electrical protective equipment.
     Regarding your question on the use of gloves and sleeves, 1910.269(l)(2)(i) allows for employees to work within the MADs of energized parts if they are wearing insulating gloves and insulating sleeves in accordance with 1910.269(l)(3). Paragraph 1910.269(l)(3) requires that, if employees are insulated from the energized parts through the use of insulating gloves, then insulating sleeves are also required with two exceptions. There are two conditions noted in 1910.269(l)(3)(i) and 1910.269(l)(3)(ii) that would allow an employee to use insulating gloves without the use of insulating sleeves: 1) if exposed energized parts on which work is not being performed are insulated from the employee; and 2) if such insulation is placed from a position not exposing the employee's upper arm to contact with other energized parts.

If you have an industrial safety question you'd like answered, email saf-t-gardian@saftgard.com

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  • What Dave likes about Saf-T-Gard: "My co-workers and customers."
  • What makes Dave's day: "Solving problems for my customers."
  • Dave's outside interests are: "My family, football, and weight lifting."
  • Anything else: "Saf-T-Gard is a very interesting place to work."


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