Poster is free and downloadable

 

poster_largeWASHINGTON – To help ensure that workers have a voice in their workplaces and the protection they deserve, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration today unveiled a new version of its “Job Safety and Health – It’s The Law!” poster. The poster informs workers of their rights, and employers of their responsibilities.

“This poster emphasizes a very important principle when it comes to prevention – that every worker has a voice,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “Workers need to know their rights and be able to use their rights, without fear of retaliation, when they believe that their safety or health is at risk.”

The newly designed poster informs workers of their right to request an OSHA inspection of their workplaces, receive information and training on job hazards, report a work-related injury or illness, and raise safety and health concerns with their employer or OSHA without being retaliated against.

The poster informs employers of their legal obligation to provide a safe workplace. In addition, it has been updated to include the new reporting obligations for employers, who must now report every fatality and every hospitalization, amputation and loss of an eye. It also informs employers of their responsibilities to train all workers in a language and vocabulary they can understand, comply with OSHA standards, and post citations at or near the place of an alleged violation.

Over the agency’s 44-year history, there have been several versions of the official OSHA poster, with the last update published in 2007.

OSHA’s “It’s the Law” poster is free and can be downloaded. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it. Previous versions of the poster do not need to be replaced.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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Rapidly growing occupational safety consulting company has an immediate need for a quick starter degreed and experienced in the safety field. 

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Advanced Safety & Health, LLC is a growing Occupational Safety Consulting company based in Louisville, Kentucky.  We are dedicated to providing high quality professional safety consulting and training services to our vastly diverse client base. We provide onsite safety support services, training and consulting for large- and small-scale operations, conduct OSHA-related audits, injury prevention programs, safety program management support, develop written programs and procedures, provide incident investigations and trending, provide customized training, job safety analysis, risk assessments, and many other related services for both short-term and ongoing contract engagements.

We are currently searching for an individual who is passionate about safety management and training practices, and is able to work with a wide array of organizations and people, including manufacturing, utilities, municipalities, distribution, construction, maritime, and service sectors.

What You’ll Do
The ideal Safety Consultant for Advanced Safety & Health will be located in the Louisville, Kentucky area and be willing to travel as the job requires.  You must be able to conduct onsite safety management support, risk assessments, and training for our growing client base throughout the United States, but primarily focused in Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Ohio areas.

Additionally, you will need to be able to:

  • Conduct full day training sessions that may involve multiple consecutive days
  • Conduct intense multi-day onsite risk evaluation surveys and compile detailed reports and recommendations
  • Assist clients with the development and implementation of safety polices, programs, and procedures specific to each account and loss exposure
  • Provide advanced risk management and consultative services to assigned clients
  • Maintain and demonstrate safety management and expertise in areas such as OSHA, MSHA, injury prevention, workers’ compensation,  and fleet safety
  • Develop, coordinate, and conduct safety/risk management seminars and training programs for accounts to promote OSHA compliance awareness and reduce work-related injury frequency and severity
  • Develop and execute service proposals and plans to large accounts

What It Takes

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Degree must have emphasis in Occupational Safety & Health, Engineering, Management, or Loss Control
  • At least five plus years of safety consulting or safety management work experience
  • High level of independence, organization, and self-motivation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively interact with a diverse customer base
  • Experience in coordinating and servicing large or multi-location accounts preferred
  • Intimate knowledge, understanding, and implementation of OSHA, ANSI, NFPA Standards, and DOT Regulations
  • High level of verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide effective training in a variety of hands-on and classroom type settings
  • Proficiency in basic Microsoft computer programs such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Valid driver’s license, acceptable motor vehicle record, and dependable transportation for travel, including overnight travel
  • Safety designations such as CSP preferred, or willingness to pursue professional designation(s)
  • A proficiency in Mine Safety and Health or Fleet Safety could be an added plus, but not required.

What You’ll Receive

Advanced Safety & Health offers all full-time employees a benefit package that includes:

  • Competitive Compensation with potential for pay bonuses
  • Group Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • SIMPLE retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays

What You Need To Do

Submit your resume, with a cover letter explaining why you should be part of our growing team, your special qualities, and salary expectations to info@advancedsafetyhealth.com.  Please put Louisville Safety Consultant in the email heading.

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Workplace falls kill an average of six Kentuckians each year, seriously injure 4,000

 

ky_fiFRANKFORT, Kentucky – The Kentucky Labor Cabinet will join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which is designed to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls. The stand-down runs May 4-15, and is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about protection against falls. Some of the companies that are participating include Aristeo; Dürr; Gray; Scott, Murphy & Daniel; and Walbridge.

“When you look at the statistics, you see the numbers but you don’t see the pain and suffering from all the friends and family members of each of these working people,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts. “Thousands of Kentuckians are getting seriously hurt in falls every year, and that’s why every worker should be aware of the importance of fall prevention.”

Combining all industries, about six Kentucky workers die each year from workplace falls. On average, 4,085 workers are injured each year in workplace falls that result in days away from work.

Falls are the most common fatal hazard in the construction industry, accounting for approximately half the construction deaths in Kentucky. Of the 26 construction workers who died on the job in Kentucky from 2012-2014, 15 were because of falls.

To learn how to partner with the Labor Cabinet in this stand-down, visit www.labor.ky.gov and see the 2015 Fall Prevention banner. The page provides details on how to conduct a stand-down, be acknowledged for participation, and access free education and training resources, fact sheets and other outreach materials in English and Spanish. Companies that are participating in the stand-down are encouraged to click on the “Stand Up and Be Recognized” icon to register.

The Labor Cabinet’s Division of Education and Training will hold training sessions at various stand-down events in Kentucky during the next two weeks. Two of the sites include 3414 Collins Lane in Louisville on May 4 and the Champion Petfoods Kitchen Project at 12871 Bowling Green Road in Auburn on May 13. Safety consultants will be conducting hands-on presentations regarding personal fall protection. Free brochures and handouts will be available, and participants will be able to ask questions regarding fall protection.

The Labor Cabinet is working in conjunction with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s efforts to raise awareness for fall prevention. Each year in the United States, falls kill more than 200 construction workers and seriously injure 10,000 more.

For information on the national initiative, visit www.osha.gov/stopfalls. For more details on fall prevention, please visit www.stopconstructionfalls.com.

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Nearly $180K in penalties proposed

iStock Sawmill SawHomerville, Georgia – OSHA initiated an investigation of the Dupont Yard Inc. facilities in October 2014, after receiving a complaint alleging safety hazards. As a result of the investigation, OSHA issued 14 citations, including eight repeated violations, to the employer for not keeping the floors and walkways free of debris, exposing workers to falls due to missing guardrails, as well as shock and burn hazards from uncovered wiring in junction boxes and electrical panels, and not providing workers with forklift training. Additionally, the employer was cited for not training employees to operate fire extinguishers and exposing workers to unguarded machine parts while the machines were in operation. Proposed penalties of $179,388 were levied against the company.

Dupont Yard manufactures posts for agricultural projects and highway construction and also produces timber and wood chips.

Since 2010, Dupont has received 47 citations for safety hazards at its Homerville, Georgia facility. The company has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. Under the program, OSHA may inspect any of the employer’s facilities or job sites.

“Every day, Dupont Yard employees are being put at risk of serious injury, including amputations, burns or blindness, and in some cases even death,” said Robert Vazzi, director of OSHA’s Savannah Area Office. “Management’s continual disregard for safety standards is endangering workers, and as long as this is happening, OSHA will hold employers’ accountable for providing a safe and healthful workplace.”

View the citations here: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/DupontYardInc_1002675_0417_15.pdf

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iStock_000011040755SmallMany workers and their employers do not fully understand that tobacco use in their work­places can increase — sometimes profoundly — the likelihood and/or the severity of occupational disease and injury caused by other hazards present. This can occur in various ways. A toxic industrial chemical present in the workplace can also be present in tobacco products and/or tobacco smoke, so workers who smoke or are exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS) are more highly exposed and placed at greater risk of the occupational disease as­sociated with those chemicals.

For the past half century, public health efforts to prevent disease caused by tobacco use have been underway, but more still needs to be done to achieve a society free of tobacco-related death and disease. Marking 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s Report on the health consequences of smoking, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released new scientific information about the occupational hazards of smoking in a bulletin entitled Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury through Workplace Tobacco Policies.

Issues addressed in the bulletin include:

  • Tobacco use among workers.
  • Occupational health and safety concerns relating to tobacco use by workers.
  • Existing occupational safety and health regulations and recommendations prohibiting or limiting tobacco use in the workplace.
  • Hazards of worker exposure to SHS in the workplace.
  • Interventions aimed at eliminating or reducing these hazards.
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Lenovo3LARGEName of product:  ThinkPad Notebook Computer Battery Packs

Recall Number:  15-117

Recall Date:  April 21, 2015

Hazard:  The battery packs can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately turn off their ThinkPad notebook computer, remove the battery pack and contact Lenovo for a free replacement battery pack.  Consumers can continue to use their ThinkPad notebook without the battery pack by plugging in the AC adapter and power cord.

Consumer Contact:  Lenovo at (800) 426-7378 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.lenovo.com and select Support at the top of the page, then click on the link to the recall page in the News and Alerts section at the bottom right of the page for more information.

Units:  About 148,800 in the United States and 17,700 in Canada (About 34,500 in the United States and 2,900 in Canada were recalled in March 2014.)

Description:  This recall involves Lenovo battery packs sold with the following ThinkPad notebook computers: the Edge 11, 13, 14, 15, 120, 125, 320, 325, 420, 425, 430, 520, 525 and 530 series; the L412, L420/421, L512 and L520 series; the T410, T420, T510 and T520 series; the W510 and W520 series; and the X100e, X120e, X121e, X130e, X200, X200s, X201, X201s, X220 and X220t series.

The battery packs were also sold separately. The black battery packs measure between 8 to 11 inches long, 1 to 3 inches wide and about 1 inch high. Recalled battery packs have one of the following part numbers starting with the fourth digit in a long series of numbers and letters printed on a white sticker below the bar code on the battery pack: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4740, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4816, 42T4822, 42T4826, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840, 42T4862, 42T4868, 42T4874, 42T4880, 42T4890, 42T4944, 42T4948, 42T4954, 42T4958, 45N1022 and 45N1050.

Incidents/Injuries:  Lenovo has received four reports of incidents of battery packs overheating and damaging the computers, battery packs and surrounding property. One incident included a consumer’s skin being reddened and burn marks on the consumer’s clothing.

Sold at:  Computer and electronics stores, authorized dealers nationwide, and online at www.lenovo.com from February 2010 through June 2012 for between $350 and $3,000 when sold as part of ThinkPad notebook computers. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $80 and $150.

Importer(s):  Lenovo Inc., of Morrisville, N.C.

Manufactured in:  China

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Staffing company fails to train temporary workers in safety procedures

Work AccidentCHICAGO – Left unguarded, dangerous machines with moving parts cause hundreds of thousands of workers to suffer finger, hand or foot amputations and other serious injuries each year in the United States. Despite these dangers, one Chicago-based manufacturer has repeatedly ignored the risks and has been found in violation of safety and health standards four times in the last five years.

Edsal Manufacturing Co. was inspected again in September 2014 by OSHA investigators and cited for five repeated and 16 serious violations, including electrical hazards and failing to train workers in forklift operations and machine hazards. Edsal faces proposed penalties of $294,300 and has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

“When a machine lacks safety features, one slip and a worker can lose a hand,” said Kathy Webb, area director of OSHA’s Calumet City office. “With stakes this high, Edsal Manufacturing must ensure the safety and health of its 1,200 employees. This company has shown, time and time again, it does not take worker safety seriously. That attitude needs to change.”

Responding to a complaint, agency investigators saw workers endangered by machine hazards. While operating mechanical power presses, workers were exposed to unguarded foot pedals, point of operation and chains and sprockets. The inspection resulted in five repeated violations. Edsal Manufacturing was cited for similar violations at this same facility in 2010 and 2012. The company also failed to store pallets of paint properly; provide training to workers on hazardous chemicals in the workplace; maintain fire extinguishers; inspect cranes periodically for safety issues; and provide welding screens and eye protection. Electrical safety hazards and lack of training were also noted. A total of 16 serious safety and health violations were issued.

OSHA has also cited KG Payroll & Staffing Services Corp., which provides temporary labor to the plant, for failing to train workers on personnel protective equipment needed for the job and the potential hazards of chemicals used in the facility. The company has a contract with Edsal Manufacturing to provide training for any temporary workers it assigns to the plant. The Berwyn company was issued two serious safety violations with proposed penalties of $11,000.

View the current citations at:

http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/EdsalMfgCoInc996548.pdf

http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/KGPayrollandStaffing1014962.pdf

http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/EdsalMfgCoInc997058.pdf.

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Discount chain retailer has history of OSHA violations

iStock_000017378933XSmallBOWDON, Georgia – Dollar General Corp. has been cited again by OSHA, this time for four repeated safety violations found in a December 2014 inspection of the Bowdon store at 203 Wedowee Street. OSHA initiated the inspection after receiving a complaint and has proposed penalties of $83,050.

Dollar General stores around the country have received more than 40 citations after more than 70 OSHA inspections since 2009. The violations typically found include blocked exits and electrical panels and improperly maintained fire extinguishers.

“Dollar General has been repeatedly cited for blocked exits and electrical panels in stores around the country, but we continue to find these hazards. This appears to be an example of a corporation not sharing safety information with all its entities and employees,” said Christi Griffin, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-West Area Office. “The company needs to address these issues at its locations immediately.”

Repeated citations were issued for the employer failing to ensure that exit doors were unlocked and exit routes and electrical access panels were not blocked by merchandise, display racks or supplies. Store management also failed to have portable fire extinguishers inspected annually.

A repeated violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. This employer was previously cited for these same violations in 2014 and 2010.

With headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Dollar General is a discount retailer with more than 100,000 employees nationwide. Workers are typically engaged in stocking shelves and selling merchandise.

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OSHA cites company for 2 willful, 4 repeat, 12 serious safety violations

welderBARRON, Wisconsin – Once again, workers were exposed to dangerous amputation hazards while fabricating metal products because safety mechanisms were not in place at Koser Iron Works Inc. During an October 2014 inspection, OSHA inspectors found two willful, four repeated and 12 serious safety violations, including lack of training and personal protective equipment. The agency has proposed fines of $102,180 for the Barron-based company, a  facility that primarily cuts, forms and welds steel and steel products.

“Workers pay the price when companies fail to follow safety standards,” said Mark Hysell, OSHA’s area director in Eau Claire. “Machine hazards are among the most frequently cited by OSHA. All manufacturers should examine their procedures to ensure they are in compliance. It takes seconds for a worker to be severely injured, but often a lifetime to recover.”

While Koser employees made die changes on punch presses, the company failed to use energy control procedures, including powering off and affixing locking devices to prevent unintentional operation of a press. The company also failed to ensure safety mechanisms were in place on its power presses and lathes. Similar hazards were found in a 2013 investigation after a complaint prompted an inspection at the same facility.

Inspectors also found that lift truck operators were not trained before operating equipment, a violation also noted in 2013, which produced a second repeated violation. OSHA issues repeated violations if an employer was previously cited for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the past five years.

Workers were also found to be exposed to explosion and fire hazards because Koser failed to store flammable liquids properly; electrical equipment and lift trucks were not approved for areas with flammable atmospheres; and the company failed to install a required ventilation system in the storage room.

Koser Iron Works also failed to ensure the use of eye protection or to evaluate employees medically before they used respirators. Damaged welding and electrical equipment were also noted. In total, 12 serious violations were issued.

To view the current citations, visit http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/KoserIronWorksInc_998042.pdf

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Proposed penalties exceed $49,000

iStock_000002377862XSmallIn October 2014, OSHA initiated an inspection of the main post office in Des Moines after receiving an employee complaint alleging that unsafe forklifts were being used at the facility. OSHA issued one repeated and two serious safety violations involving standards for powered industrial vehicles, tugs and forklifts being the most commonly used.

“The Postal Service has a responsibility to make sure equipment is maintained in good working order,” said Larry Davidson, OSHA’s area director in Des Moines. “Each year hundreds of workers are injured after being hit by forklifts. Having operating lights and other safety equipment helps to prevent such incidents.”

OSHA’s investigation found one forklift and two tugs were operating without such functioning flashing lights. OSHA previously cited the same facility for this violation in 2010. OSHA issues repeated violations when an employer has been previously cited for the same or a similar violation in the past five years.

Two serious violations were cited for failing to make repairs on a forklift and to remove it from service until fully functioning.

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