To get an idea of how stressed local employees have been since COVID-19, the Portage County Safety Council surveyed its members in late October 2020. In this video, we discuss the eye-opening but not surprising results.
[Video] How Stressed are Your Employees?To get an idea of how stressed local employees have been since COVID-19, the Portage County Safety Council surveyed its members in late October 2020. In this video, we discuss the eye-opening but not surprising results. (19:40) Power Point.
[Video] When to Know You Need Help.Jennifer Parmenter, Clinical Counseling Supervisor at Family & Community Services, joined us to talk about how stress is affecting us since the pandemic. She also gives us advice on when to know we need help beyond self-care and our personal support systems. (45:37)
[Video] How to Talk to Employees About Stress.Stress at work during COVID-19 is at an all-time high! Nearly half of our members said stress likely causes them to occasionally work unsafely and well over half (59%) said their companies rarely or never talk about it to employees. Luci Payne and Barb Furst of IMPACT Solutions joined us to discuss how we can talk to employees about stress. Power Point.(46:10)
[Video] Portage County COVID-19 Update.This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, October 8, 2020. The topic was Portage County COVID-19 Update, and it was presented by Becky Lehman, Director of Health Education and Promotion, Portage County Health District. Power Point.Podcast.
[Video] COVID-19: Unmasking A Novel Pathogen. This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2020. The topic was COVID-19: Unmasking A Novel Pathogen and it was presented by Kristen Dickerson, PhD, Statewide Health, Wellness, & Special Program Manager, OCOSH-Ohio BWC. Power Point.Podcast.
Stress was already an issue in American culture before COVID-19 but we all know the pandemic took it to new levels previously unimaginable to our generation.
Understanding this, we wanted to take a closer look and measure its impact on our members and their employees. On October 28, 2020, we emailed our members a survey asking them about stress since COVID-19. To view the results, click here.
Welcome to our monthly newsletter for September 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!
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[Inspiring Safety] Consistency is Key.Matt Mohler, Facilities Director & Safety Manager at Delta Systems, Inc. in Streetsboro, OH, joined us to chat about how he inspires safety while reminding us that consistency is key for every safety initiative! (12:42)
[Inspiring Safety] Making Safety Fun.Justin Deflumeri is the Health & Safety Manager at Monogram Foods in the greater Boston area overseeing the safety of over 600 employees. He also serves as a member of ASSP’s Executive Board. He joined us to chat about inspiring safety and how to make it fun for employees! (9:48)
[Inspiring Safety] Partnering to Solve Problems. Linda F. Martin, PhD, joined us to chat about inspiring safety and partnering to solve problems! Dr. Martin is the founder of The Soteria Society and currently serves as the Department Chair for Safety Programs (BS, MS, and PhD) at Capitol Technology University. (12:53)
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.
Question: What are the requirements for Pathways Lighting and maintenance of Emergency Lights?
Answer: Many folks are aware of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.37 Exit Routes and Emergency Planning requirements for Exit signs and routes. However, for the requirements for pathway lighting to exits and maintenance, you must refer to Ohio Fire Code.
Section 1008 Means of egress illumination 1008.3 Emergency power for illumination. The power supply for means of egress illumination shall normally be provided by the premises’ electrical supply and 1008.3.1 General. In the event of power supply failure in rooms and spaces that require two or more means of egress an emergency electrical system shall automatically illuminate all of the following areas: aisles, corridors and exit access stairways and ramps.
For Testing and Maintenance look at Ohio Fire Code 604.6 Emergency lighting equipment.
604.6.1 An Activation test – shall be completed monthly. The activation test shall ensure the emergency lighting activates automatically upon normal electrical disconnect and stays sufficiently illuminated for not less than 30 seconds. 604.6.1.1 Activation test record- Records of tests shall be maintained and shall include the location of the emergency lighting tested, whether the unit passed or failed, the date of the test and the person completing the test.
604.6.2 Power test – For battery-powered emergency lighting, a power test of the emergency lighting equipment shall be completed annually. The power test shall operate the emergency lighting for not less than 90 minutes and shall remain sufficiently illuminated for the duration of the test. 604.6.2.1 Power test records – shall be maintained. The record shall include the location of the emergency lighting tested, whether the unit passed or failed, the date of the test and the person completing the test.
Now is a great time to incorporate your monthly test with your other inspections. You can add them to your Fire Extinguisher check list. You can also add the yearly testing to your preventative Maintenance program to ensure annual testing is completed.