November 1, 2012 / Volume 10, Number 21
MSHA Warns to Watch Out for Winter Hazards
Don't Slip on Safety Measures
OSHA Updates State Plan Monitoring Guidelines
Evaluate OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Website
Get Safety Going
Concussions are Underreported
MSHA Warns to Watch Out for Winter Hazards
Winter Alert campaign launches

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) advised mine operators throughout the United States to beware of winter-related risks, according to a MSHA press release. Launching its yearly Winter Alert campaign, MSHA pointed out that cold weather alters the mining environment and poses various safety risks. Among the changes to watch for are:
  • Low humidity
  • Low barometric pressures
  • Seasonal drying of many areas in underground coal mines.
These three conditions can contribute to mine explosions. Indeed, statistics reveal that most coal mine explosions take place between October and March. Other hazards cited by MSHA are:
  • Poor visibility
  • Icy haulage roads and walkways
  • Freezing and thawing of highwalls at surface mines.
To help prevent these hazards, MSHA encourages operators to:
  • Remove snow and ice in travelways
  • Use salt and sand as necessary
  • Apply liberal amounts of rock dust
  • Check stability of highwalls
  • Provide sufficient ventilation
  • Perform frequent and thorough examinations
  • Review emergency measures that prevent ignitions and explosions.
For more information, read MSHA's press release and visit MSHA's website.
Don't Slip On Safety Measures
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Share this brief quiz with your employees to brush up their slip, trip and fall safety awareness:
  1. Which of the following is a common cause of trips in the workplace?
    1. Loose wires and cables
    2. Slippery floors
    3. Powder and dust spills
    4. Mud and leaves

  2. Which of the following plays a vital role in preventing slip and trip hazards?
    1. Stairs
    2. Good housekeeping
    3. Unmarked ramps
    4. Blocked exits

  3. What should you do if you are unable to stop a leak that may cause a slip hazard?
    1. Lay tools and equipment around it
    2. Notify the building supervisor or maintenance staff immediately
    3. Come back to it when your shift is over and clean it up then
    4. Perform lockout/tagout on the equipment

  4. Which of the following is NOT a step in the "to do" checklist for mounting and dismounting equipment?
    1. Ensure steps are clean and dry
    2. Grab hand holds
    3. Jump off if you are in a hurry
    4. Have three contact points at all times

  5. Which of the following is considered a safety guideline "don't"?
    1. Surrender to multitasking pressure
    2. Rearrange your load in smaller containers
    3. Stay on designated walkways
    4. Pay attention to change in floor surfaces
How did you do? Check the answer key.

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OSHA Updates State Plan Monitoring Guidelines
OSHA Administrator sends memo

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its guidelines for monitoring the efficiency of OSHA state plans, according to a memorandum from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. OSHA allows individual states to set up their own safety and health plans as long as they are "at least as effective" as those of federal OSHA. The changes pertain to requirements and procedures on:
  • Planned versus actual inspections
  • Percent of total inspections in the public sector
  • Average number of work days to initiate compliant investigations
  • Average number of work days to initiate compliant inspections
  • Percent of fatalities responded to in one work day.

Evaluate OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Website
Survey now open

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is asking the public to assess the agency's website for the Water-Rest-Shade safety campaign, a heat illness prevention initiative.

OSHA put out a 15-minute online survey that helps evaluate the usefulness of the site and identify possible updates in the future, according to the October 15 issue of OSHA QuickTakes.

No personal information will be collected, only assessments and opinions.

Access the survey.
Get Safety Going
Developing Safety Awareness

STOP™ For Each Other is based on the idea that we need to look out for ourselves and for one another. This means looking for safe and unsafe situations that could lead to an injury to you or to someone else – developing safety awareness.

How will you know you're developing safety awareness? Here are some ways:
  • Before you begin a job, you consider how to do the job more safely.
  • You make sure you know how to use all personal protective equipment needed.
  • Check that your tools are right for the job and are in good condition.
  • When you enter a work area, you scan it to see what is going on.
  • As you work, you check your position to reduce strain on your body.
  • If you spot an unsafe act or unsafe condition, you correct it or take steps to see it's corrected.
  • While you're working, you become aware of any changes in the area – people coming or going, jobs beginning or ending.
  • You start talking with others about safety.
  • You start taking safety home in a new way – with safety awareness.
Learn more about STOP™ and how it has helped reduce workplace injuries for over 30 years.

Attend a STOP™ Overview Workshop near you. Or, join us for a FREE one-hour webinar!

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Concussions are Underreported
Lack of awareness involved

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) found that 50 percent of people surveyed and who may have had a concussion did not consult with health professionals; they thought that the symptoms weren't serious or that they were only having a headache.

Of the 1,303 respondents to the online survey, only 369 thought that they had had a concussion; 129 thought the same for their children. The survey results were released during the Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition last month.

According to Concussion Awareness 101 from the AOA, the symptoms of a concussion are:
  • Pain in the area of head injury
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion or inability to focus
  • Memory loss or cognitive difficulties
  • Coordination and motor skill difficulties
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Slurred or incoherent speech
  • Irritability or anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss of consciousness.
The AOA advises individuals who may have had a concussion to consult a medical professional.
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