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October 21, 2015
In This Issue
ISEA News Safety Industry & Member News Washington Update  Emerging PPE & Global News
ISEA NEWS
Register for ISEA’s Fall Meeting, Speakers Include OSHA, NAM

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. Network with industry peers, and hear from the following guest speakers: Dr. David Michaels from OSHA; David Goch, Partner at leading Washington DC law firm Webster, Chamberlain & Bean on new labor laws and the implications to employers; Leann Paradise, Manager of External Relations from the National Manufacturers Association (NAM) on building political power through plant tours and round tables, and Howard Fineman, political analyst for NBC and MSNBC and the Global Editorial Director of the Huffington Post.

ISEA Announces Public Review for High-Visibility Apparel, Hand Protection Selection Standards

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) is seeking public comment on draft revisions to its voluntary consensus standards for high-visibility safety apparel and hand protection selection.
SAFETY INDUSTRY & MEMBER NEWS
Avon Protection Acquires Argus TIC Business
 
Avon Protection Systems has acquired the thermal imaging camera business Argus, a subsidiary of E2V Technologies plc.
 
MSA Safety Incorporated Completes Acquisition of Latchways plc
 
MSA announced that it has completed the acquisition of Latchways plc, a United Kingdom-based provider of innovative fall protection systems and solutions.  Latchways employs approximately 250 people globally and had 2015 revenues of approximately $50 million.
 
The No. 1 Leadership Trait a CEO is Unlikely to Admit (MSA Safety)
 
Confident. Intelligent. Strategic. Tenacious. These are some characteristics of great leaders that first come to mind.
 
Swap MAG, Innovative Glasses-to-Goggles Bifocal Safety Eyewear, is New Product of the Year (Gateway Safety)
 
Swap MAG is Gateway Safety’s newest bifocal eye protection product. It’s an extremely unique, glasses-to-goggles solution that offers bifocal magnification in 1.5, 2.0, & 2.5 diopters.
 
What's Next in Safety Defined at A+A 2015 (Scott Safety)
 
The event, which attracts over 63,000 global industrial professionals, will be the launchpad for Scott Safety´s latest additions.
 
Airgas Names John F. Sheehan as President - Airgas South Division
 
John F. Sheehan has been named President - Airgas South Division, reporting to Andrew R. Cichocki, President - Airgas USA, LLC. 
 
Grainger: Industrial Slowdown Presents Challenges, Opportunities
 
Grainger joined several other industrial distributors in lamenting the "challenging industrial economy" in North America. 
 
Controlling the Cost of Safety
 
Prices of safety equipment and products are influenced by changes in demand, as well as the cost of key inputs. Plastics are a primary or auxiliary component in the manufacturing of many safety products, including hard hats, hearing protection, safety eyewear, respiratory equipment, joint protective equipment and other safety apparel.
WASHINGTON UPDATE
OSHA Proposes Biggest Fine in Nebraska History
 
The company faces penalties of $963,000. OSHA also placed the company in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. 
 
House Transportation Committee Unveils Six-Year Highway/Transit Bill
 
House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and ranking Democrat Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) released Oct. 16 proposed legislation to reauthorize the federal highway and public transportation programs for six years.  
 
Oregon OSHA May Cut Construction Trigger Height to 6 Feet
 

The change from 10 to 6 feet would be effective Jan. 1, 2017. Also, slide guards could no longer be used as a primary fall protection system as of Oct. 1, 2017.
 
Cal/OSHA Responds to Fed/OSHA Criticisms, Promises Tougher Enforcement
 
The employee watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibilities (PEER) has taken issue with Cal/OSHA’s performance in all of these areas—and has drawn responses from both federal OSHA (Fed/OSHA) and Cal/OSHA of interest to employers.
 
UIC Helps Protect Health Care Workers from Ebola, New Diseases

Officials want to know how much protection is afforded by personal protective equipment, work practices and other infection-control precautions caregivers use to reduce exposure to pathogens and risk of infection.

Health Care Worker Gown, Glove Procedures Key to Contamination Risks
 
Personal protective equipment protocols in health care are often developed by medical practitioners, without actual training in industrial hygiene or experience in contamination control.

Ask a Trooper: High Visibility Clothing Required for Roadside Workers
 
Requirements from Federal OSHA and the Federal Highway Administration on the mandatory use of High Visibility Garments include when employees are working on a street, road, highway, etc., and where workers are exposed to moving motor vehicle traffic.
EMERGING PPE & GLOBAL NEWS
Growth and Development in Indian Economy Result in Greater Investments in Fire and Protection Industry (Scott Safety)
 
The Indian fire-protection industry is expanding to meet the growing demand from the user segment. Innovative fire safety products with new technology are being introduced in the Indian markets.
 
Helmet Designed in New Zealand Wins Elite Award
 
The helmet addresses the issues that firefighters around the world have with their personal protective equipment—weight and comfort.
Send company events and important announcements to include in the MID to Lydia Baugh: Lbaugh@safetyequipment.org.
 

For more information on policy related questions please contact Dan Glucksman via email or at 703-525-1695.


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