Accident Investigation Safety Mastermind starts Oct 6!

We’re excited to announce that our first Safety Mastermind group starting on Tuesday, October 6, 2020!  This group is free for members ($100 for non-members) and will focus on accident investigation & analysis. See below for more information. Click here to view the flyer.

Why join a safety mastermind?

  • Learn, grow and take your safety program to the next level
  • Network & problem solve with peers
  • Facilitated by an Ohio BWC industrial safety consultant

DETAILS:

  • Meets every other Tuesday, 1pm-2pm, via Zoom Meeting, starting Oct 6, 2020, ending Dec 15, 2020.
  • Limited to 10 participants (5 minimum)
  • Must complete Application/Agreement Form (available both as a PDF & Word doc for your convenience)
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, Oct 1, 2020

Accident Investigation Analysis: This program will consist of six sessions completed over a twelve-week time period. Attendees will be expected to attend every other Tuesday from 1:00pm till 2:00pm to participate in live sessions. During these sessions various aspects of safety and health accident investigation will be explored including but not limited to: written investigation procedures, facility accident report development, training of investigators, Managed Care organizations role and expectations and OSHA recordkeeping requirements. After each session participants will be matched with a new accountability partner and assigned projects to complete and report back on at the next session.

What is a Safety Mastermind? The Safety Mastermind Series is a set of 1-hour meetings facilitated by a safety & health expert in which individuals will collaborate on a specific topic. During each of the session’s individuals will work on developing and improving areas within their organization based on the stated topic. Participants can expect to end the session with a deeper understanding of the subject matter, improved policies and procedures within their own facilities and an overall improvement in their safety culture. The series is designed to allow for a deeper dive into a specific subject and create an environment of accountability and improvements. This series also creates great networking opportunities for information and idea sharing related to safety and health issues. Due to the interaction and feedback sessions attendance will be limited to 10 attendees and registration is first come first serve.

Temporary Workers: October 2019 Safety & Hygiene Corner

Question: What are the employer responsibilities to protect temporary workers?

Answer: There is a joint responsibility of the host employers and the staffing agency.

While the extent of responsibility under the law of staffing agencies and host employers is dependent on the specific facts of each case, staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for temporary workers – including, for example, ensuring that OSHA’s training, hazard communication, and recordkeeping requirements are fulfilled.

OSHA could hold both the host and temporary employers responsible for the volatile condition(s) – and that can include lack of adequate training regarding workplace hazards. Temporary staffing agencies and host employers share control over the worker, and are therefore jointly responsible for temporary workers’ safety and health.

OSHA has concerns that some employers may use temporary workers to avoid meeting all their compliance obligations under the OSH Act. Therefore, it is essential that both employers comply with all relevant OSHA requirements.

A key concept is that each employer should consider the hazards it is in a position to prevent and correct, and in a position to comply with OSHA standards. For example: staffing agencies might provide general safety and health training, and host employers provide specific training tailored to the particular workplace equipment/hazards.

  • The key is communication
  • Staffing agencies must ensure that they are sending workers to a safe workplace. They also must verify that the host has fulfilled its responsibilities for a safe workplace.
  • Ignorance of hazards is not an excuse.
  • And, just as important: Host employers must treat temporary workers like any other workers in terms of training and safety and health protections.

OSHA has updated their page on responsibilities and temp workers

https://www.osha.gov/shpguidelines/communication.html

https://www.osha.gov/temp_workers/

*Brought to you by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

Fire Extinguisher Inspection: November 2018 Safety & Hygiene Corner

Provided by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

Question: How do I correctly perform a monthly fire extinguisher inspection?

Answer: First, know this monthly inspection is mandatory via OSHA and National Fire Codes.  This inspection is commonly done inhouse by an employee.  There are a variety of items you want to inspect monthly on fire extinguishers:

  • The extinguisher is properly mounted and not blocked or covered from view.
  • The extinguisher is charged (in the green) and ready for use.
  • The tamper seal is on and is holding the pin in.
  • There isn’t any physical damage to the extinguisher.
  • Nothing is blocking the nozzle (look in it)
  • The extinguisher is full by weighing it. (mandatory for CO2)
  • The nameplate is visible when you remount the extinguisher.
  • There is a valid maintenance tag on the extinguisher that the inspector signs and dates.

 

Air Monitoring: Oct 2018 Safety & Hygiene Corner

Provided by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

Industrial Hygiene Air Monitoring “Rule of Thumb”

Question:  Since my air monitoring results were all below the Occupational Exposure Limits, are there any further actions needed to be taken (other than recordkeeping requirements)?

Answer:  Just because air contaminant concentrations are below the current occupational health standards and guidelines, does not always mean they should be ignored. When evaluating the results of an Industrial Hygiene air survey, a general rule of thumb is often used when attempting to determine whether or not an exposure has exceeded an acceptable risk level.  This rule of thumb states that if a measured exposure level exceeds one-half of the value of the lowest current occupational health standard or guideline, an action level has been reached.  When an action level has been reached, it is time to begin investigating engineering, administrative or personal protective equipment measures to prevent workers’ exposures from reaching harmful concentrations.