Sanitizer Storage: March 2021 Safety & Hygiene Corner

Question: I have a lot of alcohol-based hand sanitizer on hand, due to the pandemic. Is there anything special about storage or placement of dispensers that I should know?

Answer: Yes, alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is greater than 20% alcohol falls under a Class 1B flammable liquid according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Here are some requirements to consider:

  • Individual dispensers located in a hallway must be 0.5 gallons or less (no gallon jugs).
  • Dispensers must be installed at least 1 inch away from electrical receptacles and light switches and must be separated from another dispenser by at least 4 feet horizontally.
  • Dispensers must not be installed above carpeted floors, unless the area is sprinklered.
  • Automatic dispensers (touch free) are required to be tested each time they are refilled, can only activate when the object is within 4 inches of the dispenser and will only dispense the amount required as determined by the United States FDA.
  • The Ohio Fire Code requires the storage of more than 10 gallons in a flammable liquid cabinet or flammable liquid storage room. The NFPA 30 code dictates storage considerations starting at 5 gallons. No storage is permitted in basements.

If you have specific questions about safe storage and handling, consult the Safety Data Sheet for the product or call your local Authority Having Jurisdiction for fire code enforcement. 

*Provided by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

February 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for February 2021!

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. Building Trust to Improve Retention. Dawn Yoder, CEO at Anderson Management, shares how she flipped one company’s retention rate from 25% to 75% in just one year! Dawn is also a Global Priority Solutions consultant, check out their podcast, Living Like a Leader, available on your favorite podcast apps. (12:34)
  2. [Inspiring Safety] Creating Space for Employees to Grow. Safety specialist Katie Woodhall, Organizational Development & Leadership Advisor at Sparrow Tale, joined us to chat about how she inspires safety by creating space for employees to grow! (22:41)
  3. How to Build a Culture of Success & Legacy (Live). This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020. The topic was The Power of Words: How to Build a Culture of Success & Legacy, and it was presented by Coach James Lovejoy, Streetsboro High School Assistant Football Coach & 2019 Streetsboro Citizen of the Year. (34:24)
  4. Avoiding Burnout During COVID-19 & Beyond. Dr. Kristen Dickerson, Statewide Health, Wellness, & Special Program Manager at the Ohio Center for Occupational Safety & Health (Ohio BWC), joined us to talk about how to avoid emotional burnout caused by social pressure during the pandemic and more!  (32:28)
  5. How to Prevent Cold Stress. What is cold stress & how can we prevent it? This episode is a great snapshot from OSHA’s Cold Stress Guide! (6:12) Ideal for a toolbox talk!
  6. How to Avoid Slips, Trips & Falls in Winter Weather Conditions. Cari Gray, Safety Consultant Specialist for the Ohio BWC, called in to share some tips on how to avoid slips, trips & falls in winter conditions! (7:20) Ideal for a toolbox talk!
  7. BBP Trainer Qualifications: February Safety & Hygiene Corner.
  8. 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. Celebrating 200 Episodes!!! Mike & Nic celebrate 200 episodes and over 50 hours of original workplace safety & wellness content! Join them as they discuss this, the top 10 downloaded episodes and more! (21:21)
  2. FY21 Sponsorships are sold out!
  3. FY21 Membership Renewal: It’s not too late to #LevelUp in safety! Join today!

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

  1. OSHA’s COVID-19 F.A.Q.’s
  2. Ohio Dept of Health COVID-19 Dashboard
  3. Portage County Health District’s COVID-19 Page
  4. CDC COVID-19 Page
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Celebrating 2020!

2020 was a tough year for all of us but we’re happy we made the turn and had another effective year!

The list below is a simple snapshot of what we’ve done together through all the hard times. Thank you for your continued support and participation in the Portage County Safety Council. We look forward to an even better, healthier & safer 2021 with you all!

Overview:

  1. Launched Virtual Safety Program (9 Virtual Meetings in 2020)
  2. 16 On-Demand Video Recordings (7 bonus videos)
  3. Launched the first ever Safety Mastermind Group
  4. 66% more visitors to website than 2019
  5. Launched a new YouTube channel in Feb.

Campaigns:

  1. Healthy Workers are Safer Workers
  2. Get Outside! 14 related podcasts released, posters downloaded 687 times!
  3. Overcoming Stress (on-going)

Podcasts:

  • 67 episodes published, nearly 21 hours of content created (37% increase from 2019)
  • Downloads increased 21% from 2019
  • Downloaded in 46 states (44% OH, ME 8%, CA 8%, MI 7%, VA 6%) and in 52 nations (84% USA)
  • Became available in 2020 on Pandora, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music & Alexa

December 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for December 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 RESOURCES:

  1. Dealing with Others During the Holidays. Dawn Yoder of Global Priority Solutions & Tanya Miller of Anti-Virus Youth Education, joined us on Zoom and gave us some tips on how to handle people different than us during the holidays! Check out their podcast, Living Like a Leader, available on your favorite podcast apps. Please note: this is an excerpt from e193. (12:09)
  2. [Safety Talk] How to Prevent Cold Stress. What is cold stress & how can we prevent it? This episode is a great snapshot from OSHA’s Cold Stress Guide! (6:11)
  3. How to Engage Gen Z at Home & Work. Tanya Miller of Anti-Virus Youth Education and Dawn Yoder of Global Priority Solutions, joined us on Zoom to talk about how to engage with Gen Z workers & family members. As a CEO, Dawn flipped a company’s annual retention rate from 25% to 75% in one year by engaging employees better! She describes her experience starting at around 20:00. (56:54) Video
  4. [Safety Blast] Dressing Properly in Cold Weather. Here are some tips from OSHA’s Cold Stress Guide on how to dress properly in extreme cold weather! (1:58)
  5. [Safety Blast] Christmas Driving Safety Tips. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO gives us some tips on how to stay safe driving for Christmas! (4:15)
  6. [Safety Blast] Driving Safe on New years. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO, reminds us to drive safe when celebrating New Years! (3:59)
  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. Our podcasts are now available on Pandora!!!
  2. Only 6 Sponsorships are still available in 2021! Follow link for more info.
  3. Overcoming Stress Resources: Audio & video resources to help you and your staff to overcome stress.
  4. FY21 Membership Renewal: It’s not too late to #LevelUp in safety! Join today!

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

  1. OSHA’s COVID-19 F.A.Q.’s
  2. Ohio Dept of Health COVID-19 Dashboard
  3. Portage County Health District’s COVID-19 Page
  4. CDC COVID-19 Page
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November 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for November 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!

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SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. Ladder Safety for Work and the Holidays. This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2020. The topic was Ladder Safety for Work and the Holidays, and it was presented by Dave Dennison, End User Safety Specialist, Werner Ladders (Flaherty Sales) (54:27) Listen/Download via Google Drive. Current members can access the full length video recording here.
  2. [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.
  3. [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)
  4. [Video] Dealing with Stress at Work Since COVID-19. [Public] Clinical Consultant, Kelly Bako Younkins, joined us to talk about dealing with stress at work since COVID-19. (58:40)
  5. [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)
  6. [Safety Blast] Driving Safe for Thanksgiving. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO, called in to share a few tips on how to drive safe this Thanksgiving! (2:58)
  7. [Safety Break] That Won’t Happen to Me. In this episode, George Nelson, CSP encourages us to discover and lead people through “bulletproof attitudes.” (4:54)
  8. [Safety Blast] Winter Walking-Working Surfaces Standard. Cari Gray, Safety Consultant Specialist for the Ohio BWC, gives us a snapshot of OSHA’s walking-working surfaces standards in regards to inclement winter weather often experienced in Northeast Ohio and beyond! (2:19)
  9. Documenting Training: November’s Safety & Hygiene Corner.
  10. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Podbean, Stitcher, & TuneIn/Alexa! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone! Subscribe today!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. Only 6 Sponsorships are still available in 2021! Follow link for more info.
  2. Overcoming Stress Resources: Audio & video resources to help you and your staff to overcome stress.
  3. FY21 Membership Renewal: It’s not too late to #LevelUp in safety! Join today!

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

  1. OSHA’s COVID-19 F.A.Q.’s
  2. Ohio Dept of Health COVID-19 Dashboard
  3. Portage County Health District’s COVID-19 Page
  4. CDC COVID-19 Page
  5. [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.
  6. A Closer Look: 4 Keys to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 at Home or Work. Dr. Kristen Dickerson, Statewide Health, Wellness, & Special Program Manager at the Ohio Center for Occupational Safety & Health (Ohio BWC), joined us for a post-presentation interview to take a closer look at COVID-19 and answer some of the tougher questions. (29:54
  7. [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.

COMMUNITY NEWS:

2020 Stress Survey Results

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.

Documenting Training: November Safety & Hygiene Corner

Question: We have made changes to our training programs, what things should be considered for the documentation and proof of training?

Answer: Whether the training is virtual or in person, the need for documentation is the same.  We have heard “if it’s not documented it wasn’t done, so document, document, document…

Here is a list of things you can include in your documentation:

  • Topic – such as Hazcom, LOTO, Emergency Preparedness
  • Agenda – what did you cover – keep details so you don’t forget
  • Format-online, webinar, in-person, hybrid
  • Date(s)
  • Name of trainer and/or company
  • Assessments– These are great to gauge understanding of a topic.  You can create simple few questions prior to the training and feel free to review as part of the training.
  • Post survey on training effectiveness

Additionally, make sure there is a chance for employees to easily pose questions and give feedback.

Times are challenging but this is a good time to think outside the box and try some hybrid trainings or virtual options. Draw from your staff and keep contact during these times. You just may find some things that can improve your training programs for the future.  Always feel free to contact your BWC safety staff for additional information.

*Provided by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

September 2020 Newsletter

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!

Please share with your colleagues!

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SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. [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)
  2. [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)
  3. [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)
  4. Episode 182 – Stay Cool! How to Reduce Stress During COVID-19 (Live). This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2020. The topic was Stay Cool! How to Reduce Heat Stress During COVID-19 and it was presented by Shelly McCullough, Certified First Aid, CPR, AED Trainer, Swift First Aid. (35:42)
  5. Lockout/Tag Out: September’s Safety & Hygiene Corner.
  6. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Podbean, Stitcher, & TuneIn/Alexa! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone! Subscribe today!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. 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.
  2. September 24, 2020 –The Power of Words: How to Build a Culture of Success & Legacy, presented by Coach James Lovejoy, Streetsboro High School Assistant Football Coach & 2019 Streetsboro Citizen of the Year. Sponsored by Ving. Follow link to register today!
  3. FY21 Membership Renewal: It’s not too late to #LevelUp in safety! Join today!
  4. Podcast Apps: Our podcasts are now available on Amazon Music & iHeartRadio!


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.