The Fall Meeting is ISEA’s largest national meeting. It’s a time for product groups and committees to do the essential work of the association – developing standards, formulating policy positions and planning for the future. It’s also a time for member company representatives to network with peers in the industry.
ISEA member-company experts from MSA Safety, Honeywell Analytics and FallTech presented “Spot the Hazards: Review Confined Space Hazards Missed by Most Safety Professionals, and the PPE Solutions that Meet OSHA Requirements,” an interactive discussion, to a full house at the NSC Expo.
Scott Safety is back at the A+A trade fair in Dusseldorf (27th – 30th October 2015) to showcase the latest technologies, concepts and future-thinking surrounding industrial gas detection and breathing apparatus solutions (Hall 06, Stand F33).
The spotlight will be on the new DuPont Tychem ThermoPro garment, which combines tried and trusted Tychem and Nomex material technologies in a single-layer solution and the novel Nomex MHP fabric for heat and flame protective garments for industrial workers.
Over the decades, safety showers and eye baths have become a common, if seldom used, fixture in the industrial landscape. As a result, very few operators of laboratories or industrial plants seem to pay much attention to them. In fact, the vast majority of safety stations are not alarmed or monitored.
StrongArm Technologies Inc., has crafted two new “Ergoskeleton” products designed to protect blue-collar “industrial athletes” from injuries on the job; 3M has taken a minority equity stake in the company.
One easy target for security awareness training is teaching employees how to deal with phishing emails. According to the latest Verizon data breach report, phishing was implicated in a quarter of all data breaches. And according to Ponemon, the average 10,000-employee company spends $3.7 million a year on dealing with phishing attacks.
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EPA Worker Protection Standard to be Published Soon The Environmental Protection Agency will soon publish its Worker Protection Standard (WPS), which updates occupational health and safety protections for workers who mix, load and apply agricultural pesticides. The agency made a pre-publication version of the final rule available. Type of PPE addressed, and what does the EPA require? A full report from ISEA is coming, but in short, here are some highlights of the rule: Respiratory protection: The EPA is requiring employers to comply with fit-testing, training and medical evaluation requirements set by OSHA. This is significant because in the proposed rule, the EPA sought to exempt filtering facepiece respirators from the regulations. ISEA provided comments including the following: “the exemption of filtering facepiece respirators, if intended by EPA, potentially puts workers at risk.” The association is pleased that the EPA accepted our comments. However, the EPA opted not to require full compliance with OSHA’s respiratory protection program rules. Protective Apparel: The key issue was to address the definition of chemical protective apparel. The EPA had proposed that “PPE must be identified by the manufacturer as chemical resistant.” ISEA and other organizations provided comments that the EPA refrain from including this definition. The EPA accepted the comments and chose to use the following: “material that allows no measurable movement of the pesticide being used through the material during use.” The EPA is clear that protective apparel used while pesticides are mixed, loaded and applied cannot be worn home. In fact, the EPA states that if apparel is doused with dangerous liquid pesticides, it must not be worn again. Eyewash and shower equipment: ISEA called on the the EPA to reference Z358.1. The EPA compromised by referencing the essential points of ANSI/ISEA Z358.1, stating that: “Whenever a handler is mixing or loading a pesticide product whose labeling requires protective eyewear for handlers, or is mixing or loading any pesticide using a closed system operating under pressure, the… employer must provide at each…site immediately available to the handler, at least one system that is capable of delivering gently running water at a rate of least 0.4 gallons per minute for at least 15 minutes, or at least six gallons of water in containers suitable for providing a gentle eye flush for about 15 minutes.” Why the EPA? In the early 1970s, EPA and OSHA agreed EPA’s Worker Protection Standard's decontamination requirements would cover pesticide hazards. EPA stated that the intended reach of the WPS was limited to occupational safety for pesticides and that OSHA was not preempted from regulating any non-pesticide or other workplace hazards in agriculture. The OSHA-EPA agreement also recognized EPA’s authorities for pesticide labeling and use, certification of pesticide applicators, and protection of handlers and workers. (WPS, Proposed rule, page 15454)
The TransPacific Partnership (TPP) includes a wide range of countries including the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Countries that may join the trade pact include Colombia, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan. A dozen Pacific nations closed in on a sweeping free trade pact on Sunday in Atlanta after a breakthrough over how long the monopoly that pharmaceutical companies are given on new biotech drugs should last. The issue has pitted the United States, against 6 other nations.
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), would lower tariffs and set common standards for 12 economies listed above, which together account for 40 percent of global output. The Obama administration relied on Republican votes to win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track trade negotiating authority from Congress in July, setting up a straight yes or no vote on any deal, including TPP. Many Democrats and labor groups have raised questions about what the TPP would mean for jobs in manufacturing and environmental protections. While the TPP members continue discussions it is unclear if this agreement will cross the finish line in the next 450 days. President Obama and congressional Republicans, in general, favor the agreement. The vote to give the President, Trade Promotion Authority is an example of the dynamics here. TPA approval means the content of future trade agreements negotiated by the Executive Branch cannot be altered by Congress, and the final deal is subject only to a yes-or-no vote. In the Senate, those voting against TPA approval included the following candidates for their parties’ Presidential nominations: Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. TPA was approved by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s (T-TIP) 11th negotiating round takes place in Miami, during week of October 19. This possible trade deal would reduce tariffs and trade barriers between the U.S. and the EU. It is perhaps the most ambitious trade deal the U.S. has attempted. Key to ISEA members, the agreement would have all participanting nations to honor each other’s regulatory systems, such as ANSI and EN standards. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman stated that in T-TIP the U.S. and EU seek greater compatibility of health, safety and environmental protections and related standards development efforts. For many years, the U.S. government has fought to reduce non-tariff barriers, also called Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) that prevented U.S. goods from foreign markets. This deal would be a capstone to that effort. OSHA Cuts Number of Inspections, Changes Strategy The agency will focus less on the number of inspections it completes and more on completing complex inspections. OSHA's Top 10 Safety Violations of 2015 Announced at NSC Expo Fall protection was the most common violation in 2015, followed by hazard communication. Health & Safety: You, Me and PPE In 2013, 4,585 workers died on the job. Although fewer people are getting sick and injured at work than in the past, the statistics clearly show that there is more work to do. Without extensive use of personal protective equipment (PPE), imagine how much higher these numbers would be. MIOSHA Launches Exterior Contractor Emphasis Program Beginning Oct. 1 and going through Sept. 30, 2016, MIOSHA intends to inspect more than 50 siding, structural steel and pre-cast contractors at various job sites.
The UK has seen a seven percent increase in accident-at-work settlements in 2014 and a 16 percent increase in registered enquiries, revealing that common workplace accidents such as slips, trips, falls, faulty equipment and unsafe working conditions appear to be on the rise.