Keyboard Ergonomics: July 2022 Safety & Hygiene Corner

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Q: Is there a recommended way of typing or using my keyboard to prevent sore wrists?

A: Yes.  Keep your wrists straight and use a soft wrist rest or keep your wrist from leaning or resting on a hard surface.  Avoid bending wrist when using keyboard.   The goal is to keep neutral posture, arms should be parallel, not resting on anything.

Also, consider frequent rest breaks and stretches to prevent aches and pains.

Others tips for avoiding injury include, maintain proper posture, set up your workstation correctly, pay attention to the position of your hands, monitor your technique.

The BWC has ergonomists that can come to your facility or consult with you virtually to help you though issues like these or other workstation set up concerns.  Please contact your safety council liaison to get you connected.

*Brought to you by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

Loading Powered Industrial Trucks: June 2022 Safety & Hygiene Corner

Q: Does OSHA require inspections of the flooring of trucks, trailers, and railroad cars by Powered Industrial Truck Operators prior to loading and unloading operations?

A: Yes. OSHA states in 1910.178(m)(7) “Brakes shall be set, and wheel blocks shall be in place to prevent movement of trucks, trailers, or railroad cars while loading or unloading. Fixed jacks may be necessary to support a semitrailer during loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor. The flooring of trucks, trailers, and railroad cars shall be checked for breaks and weakness before they are driven onto.”

The condition of the trailer’s floor can severely impact the forklift’s ability to maneuver. Check to make sure the trailer has the weight-bearing capacity to hold the combined weight of its load plus the forklift weight. Also, check the trailer walls and ceilings for damage that could compromise the vehicle’s integrity. Lastly examine the cross members of the undercarriage for missing pieces, excessive corrosion, or permanent deformation.

*Brought to you by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

May 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for May 2022!

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 RESOURCES:

  1. The Real Reason Employees Hate Safety Programs: Article by Safeopedia.
  2. Heat Stress Toolbox Talk: A short video by Ally Safety. (7:25)
  3. Stay Cool! Article by Ohio BWC.
  4. Leading vs. Lagging Indicators: [Audio] Justin Deflumeri, MS, GSP, Owner of Optimal Safety Inspections, joined us to chat about leading vs.lagging indicators. Justin also shares fun stories on how he often makes safety fun and more engaging. (23:38)
  5. ANSI/ISEA standard on workplace first aid kits gets update: Article by Safety + Health Magazine.
  6. OSHA Heat Stress Standard: May 2022 Safety & Hygiene Corner.
  7. Don’t saw off safety: Safety Tips by Safety + Health Magazine.
  8. Ohio BWC Distance Learning: March-June 2022.
  9. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Podbean, Stitcher, & TuneIn/Alexa! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone! Subscribe today!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. The Rebate is Back!!! Renew or enroll by July 31st to qualify for the rebate. Click here to learn how to join now or here for rebate qualifications.
  2. In-Person Meetings/Luncheons Restart July 14th! Starting July 14, 2022, the Portage County Safety Council will meet in-person every second Thursday, 11:30am-1:00pm, at The Ravenna Elks, located at 776 E. Freedom St in Ravenna, OH. Lunch will be $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
  3. FY23 In-Person Sponsorships are Now Available! Sponsorship of a Portage County Safety Council meeting is a cost-effective way to get your business noticed! Follow the link for more info.
  4. Next Virtual Meeting – May 26, 2022: Machine Guarding: Back to the Basics, presented by Brian Basbagill, CSP, Senior Consultant, Safex. Sponsored by Metis Construction.

Mental Health Awareness Resources:

  1. Free Campaign Poster: Feel free to download, print and display at your workplace! The poster is 11×17 and in PDF.
  2. Mental Health Resource Guide: Provided by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, this is a comprehensive guide to local mental health resources.
  3. Community Resource Guide: Provided by Portage County Jobs & Family Services, this is a comprehensive guide to local community resources that includes other services such as food, housing, clothing, basic needs and emergency type services, etc.
  4. Local Mental Health Fact Sheets: A list of community resources & facts sheets provided by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County.
  5. Let’s Talk About PTSD. Kelly Younkins, a Clinical Consultant and a Clinical Supervisor for Family & Community Services, Inc., joined us to talk about PTSD for Mental Health Awareness Month. (37:20)
  6. Let’s Talk About Suicide. Katie Cretella, Director of Clinical Services, Trumbull County Mental Health & Recovery Board, joined us to talk about suicide for Mental Health Awareness Month. (23:30)

OSHA Heat Stress Standard: May 2022 Safety & Hygiene Corner

Q: Does OSHA currently have a heat stress standard?

A: Not at this time, but they will use the General Duty Clause to issue citations.

On October 27, 2021, OSHA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings in the Federal Register. With this publication, OSHA is beginning the rulemaking process to consider a heat-specific workplace standard. A standard specific to heat-related injury and illness prevention would more clearly set forth employer obligations and the measures necessary to more effectively protect employees from hazardous heat. The ultimate goal is to prevent and reduce the number of occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities caused by exposure to hazardous heat.

The publication of the ANPRM initiated a public comment period allowing OSHA to gather information, diverse perspectives and technical expertise on issues that might be considered in developing a heat standard. These issues include the scope of a standard, heat stress thresholds for workers across various industries, heat acclimatization planning, and heat exposure monitoring, as well as the nature, types, and effectiveness of controls that may be required as part of a standard.

The publication of this ANPRM has no impact on OSHA’s current enforcement policies.

*Brought to you by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

Free 2022 Safety Calendars by Zurich

“The Zurich Risk Engineering Safety Calendars are not restricted to Zurich customers – we make them available to anyone who finds them useful.  They provide a ‘memory jog’ with suggested daily topics for safety discussions e.g. ‘toolbox talks’.  There are calendars for a variety of industries.”

Click here to view a list of the safety calendars provided by Zurich.

Submitted by Patric McCon, Sr. Risk Engineering Consultant, Zurich Resilience Solutions.

March 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for March 2022!

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!

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. The Top 4 Levers That Will Drive Safety Forward in 2022: Article by Safeopedia.
  2. Embracing the Long View for Safety. Do you abandon your new safety strategy too soon? In this episode, Mike & Nic chat about the diffusion of innovation model and what it means for safety! Available on most podcast apps. (11:30)
  3. Drive Safe on St. Patrick’s Day. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO reminds us to drive safe on St. Patrick’s Day! (2:20)
  4. Situational Awareness at Work: Informative video by Career coach and corporate trainer, Chrissy Scivicque. (3:45)
  5. Testing PPE: Fun video by Ally Safety (3:48)
  6. Eye Injury Prevention Safety Fact Sheet: By The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC)-Workplace Safety.
  7. Ototoxicity: March 2022 Safety & Hygiene Corner.
  8. Ohio BWC Distance Learning: March-June 2022.
  9. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Podbean, Stitcher, & TuneIn/Alexa! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone! Subscribe today!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. No PCSC Meeting in March: There will be no regularly scheduled PCSC virtual meeting in March due to OSC22.
  2. April 13, 2022 – Statewide Mega Meeting: Hosted by the Ohio BWC. You do not need to pre-register, click link to view the flyer that contains the event link.
  3. Next Virtual Meeting – April 28, 2022: Ohio EPA’s Regulations – What You Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble,  presented by Dan Sowry, Assistant Environmental Administrator, Ohio EPA.

COMMUNITY NEWS:

  • Problem Gambling 101: March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month so here’s a video on problem gambling.

Ototoxicity: March 2022 Safety & Hygiene Corner

Q: What is chemical ototoxicity, and should I be worried?

A: Ototoxic chemicals may cause hearing loss or balance problems to employees who are exposed. Ototoxic chemicals can be found in certain pesticides, solvents, and pharmaceuticals. The chemicals can negatively affect how the ear functions, causing hearing loss, and/or affect balance. The risk of hearing loss is increased when workers are exposed to these chemicals while working around elevated noise levels. What are some common ototoxic chemicals? Toluene, n-hexane, p-xylene, ethylbenzene, trichloroethylene, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, and lead. How do I know if these chemicals are present in my workplace? Review the Safety data sheets for solvents and degreasers. Pay attention to Section 3 that lists the product’s components. What should you do if you use a product containing an ototoxic chemical? Contact a BWC Industrial Hygienist. The Industrial Hygienist can assist you in determining the noise levels at your facility, help you review Safety Data Sheets for ototoxic chemicals and ensure your employees are using proper personal protective equipment.

For more information, see Preventing Hearing Loss Caused by Chemical (Ototoxicity) and Noise Exposure | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)

*Brought to you by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

February 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for February 2022!

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!

OHIO SAFETY CONGRESS 2022

We were invited to interview some of the top speakers to showcase their OSC22 presentations! Follow the links below to listen to each preview or listen on your favorite podcast app. Click here to learn more about Ohio Safety Congress.

  1. Driving Safety Forward with Kindness. Bryan McWhorter, Safety Advisor, Safeopedia (19:15)
  2. Are You Ready to Lead Safety Differently? Pamela Walaski, Senior Program Director, Specialty Technical Consultants Inc., (16:29)
  3. Master the Art of Conflict – for Safety’s Sake! Karen Valencic, Founder of Spiral Impact and author of The Black Belt Edition of Spiral Impact: The Power to Get It Done with Grace. (28:45)
  4. Work Fatigue and Burnout: Why Exhaustion in the Workplace is Different. Emil Kresl, Director of Learning and Development, The University of Texas at Austin.
  5. Ohio EPA’s Regulations – What You Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble. Dan Sowry, Assistant Environmental Administrator, Ohio EPA. (14:35)
  6. Managers and Supervisors as EHS Leaders – Safety is Everyone’s Job. Dianne Grote Adams, President & Owner, Safex, Inc, (13:51)
  7. The Pending Labor Shortage of 2010 is Here. Now What? Tom Mobley, Assistant Professor of Organization Leadership & Human Resources at the University of Cincinnati and the owner of Mobley HR Consulting. (22:06)
  8. Maximizing Employee Engagement. Bob Bethel, VP of HR & Learning Services, The Employers’ Association. (12:46)

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. Winter Driving Safety Tips: Article by Safex.
  2. Resolve to value safety in 2022: Article by Ohio BWC.
  3. Improving indoor ventilation ‘critical’ during cold weather, OSHA says: Article by Safety + Health Magazine.
  4. First Aid Certification Expiration: February 2022 Safety & Hygiene Corner.
  5. Ohio BWC Distance Learning: January-March 2022.
  6. Help prevent clothes dryer fires: Article by Family Safety & Health Magazine.
  7. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Podbean, Stitcher, & TuneIn/Alexa! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone! Subscribe today!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. No PCSC Meeting in March: There will be no regularly scheduled PCSC virtual meeting in March due to OSC22.
  2. Ohio Safety Congress 2022: OSC22 will be online again this year and will take place March 9-10, 2022. Follow the link for more info.
  3. April 13, 2022 – Statewide Mega Meeting: Hosted by the Ohio BWC. You do not need to pre-register, click link to view the flyer that contains the event link.
  4. Next Virtual Meeting – April 28, 2022: Ohio EPA’s Regulations – What You Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble,  presented by Dan Sowry, Assistant Environmental Administrator, Ohio EPA.

April 13, 2022 – Safety Council Mega Meeting

Free webinar designed for safety and human resource professionals alike

Join safety council members across the state to learn how leaders can more effectively handle the unprecedented levels of stress and pressures in today’s workplaces. 

In her keynote presentation Now What? How to Lead by Bringing Your Human to Work, bestselling author and workplace strategist Erica Keswin will explore five ways to help your company thrive.

Prepare to bring your human to work, be confident you can manage the chaos and be ready to rock the hybrid revolution!

Additional details for this webinar, which is open to the public, are found in the attached flyer. No registration required.
Erica Keswin

Wednesday, April 13
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST

At the scheduled date and time, click here to join this live event.

With special appearance by BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud.