Welcome to our monthly newsletter for May 2020!
Our goal for the newsletter is to connect our members to relevant safety resources, all linked together in one convenient location every month. We hope you find this resource useful and valuable!
Please share with your colleagues!
- [Safety Crash Course] Bloodborne Pathogens (Live). This is a live recording of the 1st of 3 Safety Crash Course – Part 2 presentations at our monthly workplace safety luncheon on March 5, 2020. The topic was Bloodborne Pathogens Basics and it was presented by Brenda Allen, Certified Trainer, Swift First Aid. (14:56)
- [Safety Talk] Thunderstorms & Lightening. Here’s some safety tips from Ready.gov on what to do during thunderstorms & lightening! (3:25)
- [Safety Talk] Floods. Here’s some safety tips from Ready.gov on how to prepare for and what to do during a flood! (5:11)
- [Safety Talk] Power Outages. Here’s some safety tips from Ready.gov on how to prepare for and what to do during a power outage! (4:33)
- May’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
- First Aid Response Times: May’s Safety & Hygiene Corner.
- PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher & You Tube! local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone! Subscribe today!
- FY20 Refund Notice: Deadline to respond is June 1, 2020. Any unclaimed refunds will be adsorbed back into the PCSC to support future programming. Follow link for more info.
- Get Outside campaign posters (11×17) & flyers (8.5×11) by Portage Parks have been downloaded well over 300 times! Follow links to download and print your own!
- COVID-19 Program Updates: The latest program updates from the PCSC as a result of COVID-19. More info coming soon!
- Event Cancellations: All PCSC events have been cancelled through June 2020.
- Overcoming Loneliness During COVID-19. According to the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, “loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!” As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we asked Jennifer Parmenter, Clinical Counseling Supervisor at Family & Community Services, Inc., in Kent, OH, to call in to give us some tips on how to overcome loneliness & avoid its deadly consequences! (56:32)
- How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19. Jennifer Parmenter, Clinical Counseling Supervisor at Family & Community Services, Inc., in Kent, OH, called in to give us some tips on how to take care of ourselves and our mental health during the COVID-19 crisis! (28:37)
- Staying Active at Home During the Lockdown. Leslee Keegan of I’m Power Fitness Center in Ravenna, OH, called in to give us tips on how to stay active at home during the COVID-19 lockdown! Check out her Facebook page for more info today! (12:31)
- How Stress Affects Workplace Safety. Is stress really a safety concern? In this episode, Mike & Nic chat about stress before & during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it significantly impacts your workforce, even in regards to safety! (22:52)
GET OUTSIDE CAMPAIGN:
Question: What is OSHA’s current interpretation of the response times for first aid in response to life-threatening bleeding, including active shooter incidents?
Answer: OSHA’s current interpretations of the response times for first aid in response to life-threatening bleeding are addressed in letters of interpretation. These letters state in part:
In workplaces where serious accidents such as those involving falls, suffocation, electrocution, or amputation are possible, emergency medical services must be available within 3-4 minutes, if there is no employee on the site who is trained to render first aid…While the standards do not prescribe a number of minutes, OSHA has long interpreted the term “near proximity” to mean that emergency care must be available within no more than 3-4 minutes from the workplace, an interpretation that has been upheld by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and by federal courts…The basic purpose of these [first aid] standards is to assure that adequate first aid is available in the critical minutes between the occurrence of an injury and the availability of physician or hospital care for the injured employee… Medical literature establishes that, for serious injuries such as those involving stopped breathing, cardiac arrest, or uncontrolled bleeding, first aid treatment must be provided within the first few minutes to avoid permanent medical impairment or death…
These time limits are maximums. OSHA does not prohibit but encourages shorter response times when feasible. In order for OSHA standards to more comprehensively address response times to uncontrolled bleeding, it would entail a notice of proposed rulemaking and comment effort.
These recommendations are consistent with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments. This standard requires that emergency medical services ideally respond within one minute of turnout, that first responders take 4 minutes to get to the scene, and that other units should arrive within 8 minutes.
*Provided by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.
The Portage County Safety Council took 1st place in the 2019 regional safety council “Stand Down for Safety” Challenge!
23.9% of PCSC member companies participated resulting in 10,587 individuals trained in the month of May!
A special thank you to Keith Greathouse (pictured far right) from the Ohio BWC Canton Service Office and Bridgette Frank (pictured far left) from the OSHA Cleveland Area office for hosting this contest and joining us in July to celebrate!
Please Note: these are not PCSC sponsored events but they do qualify for 1 external training credit for PCSC members.
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Learn fall protection and prevention! Attend a BWC stand-down event
In 2017, there were 971 construction fatalities nationwide; 366 of them resulted from falls from elevation.
Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) again lists fall protection in construction as its most frequently cited standard.
To raise awareness and reduce injuries and fatalities, OSHA promotes its annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls. The stand-down encourages employers across the nation to hold events in conjunction with the multi-day event, May 6-10 this year. As always, the stand-down encourages employers to pause during their workday for topic discussions, safety demonstrations, and trainings in hazard recognition and fall prevention.
We have scheduled four FREE training events open to the public during the week of the stand-down. We’ve listed information for each below.
Garfield Heights event
- When: 8 a.m. to Noon May 7
- Where: BWC’s Garfield Heights Service Office – 4800 E. 131st, Garfield Heights, OH 44131
- Event details: Presentations by experts from T. Allen Incorporated, The Albert M. Higley Co., Werner Ladder, Honeywell and the Cleveland OSHA Area Office
- Register: Visit the BWC Learning Center and enter Stand-Down Event in the search field then enroll for the Garfield Heights event.
- When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 7
- Where: MHS Industrial Supply – 70 Sawyer Parkway, Mansfield, OH 44903
- Event details: Presentation by experts from FallTech; co-hosted by MHS Industrial Supply
- Register: Visit the BWC Learning Center and enter Stand-Down Event in the search field then enroll for the Mansfield event.
- When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 10
- Where: BWC’s Ohio Center for Occupational Safety and Health – 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147
- Event details: Presentations by experts from Guardian Fall Protection with Pure Safety, LBJ Inc. and the Columbus OSHA Area Office
- Register: Visit the BWC Learning Center and enter Stand-Down Event in the search field then enroll for the Pickerington event.
- When: 7:30 – 9 a.m. May 7
- Where: Boak & Sons, Incorporated – 75 Victoria Road, Austintown, OH 44515
- Event details: Presentation by experts from 3M and a drop demonstration truck; co-hosted by Boak & Sons, Incorporated
- Register: Email David Costantino or call 330-301-5825; email David Loughner or call 216-538-9720
We may add more events in the coming weeks. Also, don’t forget the BWC Library offers an extensive collection of audiovisual materials related to fall hazards and fall prevention. Additionally, we offer year-round classes throughout Ohio to address fall protection requirements.
It’s not too late for your company or organization to plan a stand-down event. We’re here if you need help planning your activity. Just call 1-800-644-6292 for assistance.
What: In honor of OSHA’s “National Stand‐down to Prevent Falls” the BWC Canton/Cambridge Service Offices are hosting a Safety Council Challenge. We want to encourage every Safety Council member to perform safety training on preventing falls.
It’s easy. Training materials are linked below (or you can use your own) and all you need to do is:
- Perform the training to as many employees as possible (but 100% is not required to participate in this challenge)
- Document your attendance (keep it for your own records) and
- Submit the information (Click here for the form) to your safety council by Monday, June 3, 2019.
- When: The entire month of May
- Who: Every Profession – Industry, Healthcare, Construction, Service or any others
- Where: Your own facility or in the field at your jobsite
- Why: Falls are the number one reason for fatalities in Construction, but it doesn’t stop there. Every employer has a risk of employees slipping, tripping or falling. It may be the Ohio weather or the fact that all employees walk at some point during the work day. The risk is there, so the Safety Council challenge is for you to “stand‐down” and talk about it. Any employer can hold a stand‐down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” in your specific workplace and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.
The council with the highest member participation percentage will be presented with an award at a regular meeting!
Links to more information, training materials, training events, resources & more!
Greetings Safety Council Members!
Our next meeting is Thursday, May 9, 2019, 11:30am-1:30pm, at the Ravenna Elks Club which is located at 776 N Freedom St in Ravenna. PLEASE NOTE: The ending time has been extended to due to the nature of this event.
This month will be our Annual Safety Awards & CEO DAY! Click here to view winners.
We’re very excited to announce that our special keynote speaker will be Coach Frank Hall!
On February 27, 2012, Coach Hall chased a gunman from the Chardon High School cafeteria just seconds after three students were mortally wounded and another three were injured from gunfire. Coach Hall chased the gunman from the school, putting his own life on the line to protect the school’s children and staff.
Frank has been the focus of the media, both locally and nationally, because of his show of courage. He was featured on the cover of a June 24, 2013 Sports Illustrated article entitled “A Coach’s Courage,” a story that chronicles Coach Hall’s life and what lead to the collision of his life’s path and the tragedy at Chardon High School on February 27, 2012.
Click here to make a donation to the Coach Hall Foundation!
This training is ideal for everyone! Please invite everyone you can especially your CEO!!!
Come enjoy a delicious meal catered by “Guido’s”. Cost for lunch is still just $15/person for members and $20 for non-members
Please RSVP online no later than 12pm on Monday, May 6. Please make your check payable to: “Portage County Safety Council.” If you would like to pay by credit card prior to the event, please email us for an invoice.
CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW
This Meeting is Sponsored By
Congratulations to all the 2019 Annual Safety Awards winners for an outstanding safety performance throughout 2018!
Click here to view the slideshow.