November 15, 2010 | Volume 8, Number 22
  Thankful For Retail Safety Measures
Shortening The Training Day
Get Safety Going™
New Confined Space Entry Training Series
Have You "Set Your Clocks and Checked Your Stocks?"
NIOSH Schedules Meeting On Respirator Standards
Thankful For Retail Safety Measures
Thanksgiving safety is on the OSHA agenda.

Seeking to prevent another death during the Thanksgiving holiday season, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent a letter and a crowd management fact sheet to 14 major retailers, asking them to take precautions to help ensure safety during Black Friday and other sales events.

The fact sheet recommends crowd-management measures, such as:
  • having security staff or police officers at the stores
  • putting up barricades or rope lines to control the flow of shoppers
  • setting up emergency procedures
  • asking staff to explain entrance-exit procedures
  • limiting number of shoppers inside the store
  • keeping exits and doors free from obstacles.
The document has procedures for event planning, pre-event set-up, the day of and emergency situations.

All are designed to help prevent a Thanksgiving tragedy like that in 2008, when shoppers poured through a large retail store and trampled a worker to death.

Other retailers and establishment are also encouraged to implement these crowd-control plans. Read a copy of the letter or see the press release.

Shortening The Training Day
OSHA revises Outreach Training Program.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is limiting the time a student may spend in OSHA 10- and 30-hour classes to a maximum of seven and a half hours a day, according to an OSHA press release.

The reduction aims to maximize retention and optimize learning. Prior to the revision, training time had no limitations, sometimes reaching up to 13 hours day. With the change, OSHA hopes to prevent information overload among enrollees, avoid mental fatigue, and facilitate better learning.

The 10- and 30-hour classes are part of the voluntary Outreach Training Program (OTP), wherein workers can sign up and learn the ropes of safety and health, their rights, and OSHA regulations. The OTP boasts over 1.6 million enrollees in the last three years and has certified over 17,000 trainers.

According to the Program Guidelines, other changes are:

  • A new required two-hour module -- Introduction to OSHA Training
  • 10-hour courses must take at least two days
  • 30-hour courses must take at least four days.
Trainers must contact their authorizing training organization for new Outreach Training Program reports. Exceptions to the revisions are given under extenuating circumstances, which do not include cost savings, trainer availability, time limits, and missing work. A trainer can file exception requests at least 8 weeks prior to the start of the class.

For further details and instructions, visit the OSHA Outreach Training Program page.

Get Safety Going™
STOP™ For Ergonomics

Raising awareness of ergonomic incidents and lost-time injuries is challenging in today's work environments. If proper ergonomic safety is not a regular practice in the workplace, neither managers nor employees have a path toward correcting the negative impact that work-related stressors - like repetitive motion, vibration and poor posture - have on performance and production.

Even in high-impact industries, STOP™ For Ergonomics prepares participants for making ergonomic observations and identifying ergonomic issues in the workplace. Through ergonomic safety audits and peer-to-peer communication, these observations are key to implementing safe ergonomic practices that can help improve performance.

Important STOP™ For Ergonomics Concepts include:
    • Complete prevention.
    • Safety in numbers.
    • We depend on each other.
    All ergonomic injuries can be prevented. Ergonomic safety is everyone's responsibility. Peers rely on themselves and each other to prevent injuries and address issues.
STOP™ For Ergonomics is appropriate for all levels of employees regardless of organizational structure. It can serve as an effective entry point into the STOP™ program for organizations working to improve their safety record. It can also serve as an effective follow-up for work sites that have completed STOP™ For Supervision or STOP™ For Each Other.

STOP™ For Ergonomics focuses on:
    • Hazard awareness.
    • Risk identification.
    • Injury prevention.
    • An educational approach.
    STOP™ For Ergonomics increases the awareness of ergonomic hazards in the workplace. Observing for ergonomic risk factors is a key theme of STOP™ For Ergonomics. Supervisors and employees learn to identify static posture, awkward posture, forceful exertions, repetitive motion, contact stress and vibration. STOP™ For Ergonomics emphasizes preventing injuries related to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and the suffering they cause. STOP™ For Ergonomics focuses on looking at safety in a new way using ergonomic observation categories:
    • Posture
    • Force
    • Repetitive motion
    • Contact stress
    • Vibration.
As with all STOP™ programs, the training employs sound instructional design in its use of a three-pronged approach with five unit workbooks, field activity and an informative DVD program followed by group discussion to reinforce the learning.

The STOP™ For Ergonomics observation checklist data can be entered into STOP DataPro™ to generate reports that help provide leading indicator insights and actionable knowledge on ergonomic hazards in the workplace.

For more information, call 877-714-2324 or email

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New Confined Space Entry Training Series
Three programs help shed light on the hazards.

Every year numerous injuries and fatalaties occur in confined spaces. DuPont Sustainable Solutions has put together a three-part series, including Confined Space Entry: Plan And Prepare, Confined Space Atmospheric Testing, and Confined Space Ventilation, to help your workers avoid the dangers of working in these hazardous atmospheres.

Each program can stand alone or be used together for a powerful lesson on how to work safer. Test your confined space knowledge with this quick quiz:

1. A Confined Space Entry Permit is an OSHA-required document that serves as a record and game plan for any confined space entry as well as the work to be done once inside.
    a) True
    b) False

2. Which is not a characteristic of a confined space?
    a) A space that has a limited opening for entry and exit.
    b) A space that is large enough for a person to enter.
    c) A space that is not intended for continuous human occupancy.
    d) A space that is too small to perform work in.

3. In certain circumstances, it's okay to enter a confined space without an attendant present.
    a) True
    b) False

4. One should conduct atmospheric testing before entering a confined space and at regular intervals during the operation in the following order:
    a) Oxygen levels, Flammable gases, Toxic vapors.
    b) Toxic vapors, Flammable gases, Oxygen levels.
    c) Oxygen levels, Toxic vapors, Flammable gases.
    d) All are an acceptable order when conducting atmospheric testing.

Check your results.

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Have You "Set Your Clocks And Checked Your Stocks?"
Preparing for emergencies all year round.

The rhyming motto of the American Public Health Association's (APHA) campaign highlights the importance of emergency preparedness as we adjust to Daylight Savings Time.

The campaign, "Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks," aims to help Americans prepare themselves, their families, and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, and natural disasters.

In particular, the campaign is devoted to reminding people to always having basic resources at hand, providing checklists and fact sheets on:
  • Stockpiling
  • Water stockpiling
  • Budget stockpiling
  • Pets stockpiling
  • Cold & flu supplies
  • Grocery shopping
  • Stockpiling recipes.
In the stockpiling checklist, the APHA says that each family should have:
  • At least a three-day supply of food and water
  • At least a gallon of water per person a day
  • Food that does not require refrigeration and is low in salt
  • Flash lights, manual can opener, radio, and batteries
  • Copies of vital documents
  • Medical supplies, contact lens solutions, pet food and diapers.
The checklist also recommends where and how these stockpiles should be kept, how often they should be refreshed or rotated, and how to determine if food and water is still safe after a long storage period.

Download the checklists and fact sheets.

NIOSH Schedules Meeting On Respirator Standards
Mark your calendars and head to Pennsylvania.

Got fresh ideas on respiratory safety?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) will hold a public meeting on respirator standards on December 9, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh, PA.

Up for discussion are respirator standards development projects, including:
  • NIOSH Regulatory Agenda for updates to 42 CFR part 84
  • CBRN Combination Unit Respirator Performance Requirements
  • NIOSH policy on SCBA Buddy Breathing.
Interested parties can make presentations during the meeting. To do so, they have to send a request to the NIOSH Docket Officer by mail, phone, fax or e-mail.

The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited. However, those who can't make it to Pittsburgh will be able to listen to the presentations via Audio/Live Meeting Conferencing and remote access capabilities. There will be an open period for questions and comments.

Get more details and mailing and contact information.

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