Here's a collection of safety news from around the web:
ISO Adopts New Arc Flash Symbol
There was no single standardized graphic for an arc flash explosion hazard until ISO adopted a symbol meaning “To warn of an arc flash.” The new arc flash symbol has been registered in ISO 7010 Graphical symbols – Safety colors and safety signs – Registered safety signs. The symbol went through a three year registration process prior to its adoption into ISO 7010. ComplianceSigns.com has arc flash safety signs and labels with the new symbol.
September MSHA Initiative Focuses on Less-Experienced Miners
MSHA data show that less-experienced miners, both at a mine and at a specific occupation, suffer injuries at a higher rate than more experienced miners. To address this trend, the agency has launched a training assistance initiative to focus on younger workers. Staff from the agency’s division of Coal Mine Safety and Health and training specialists from Educational Field and Small Mine Services will visit coal mines through September 30 to focus on training of inexperienced miners. Learn more.
New Drive Safely Work Week Campaign on Distracted Driving Released
Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) has been an annual campaign sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) for many years. Instead of a single campaign, DSWW is now delivered more frequently, with a tighter focus on specific behaviors. The current module targets distracted driving. A new campaign in October will feature impaired driving. All materials are available at no cost. See more on DSWW campaigns.
The Risks of Prolonged Sitting - or Standing - at Work
Should workers sit or stand to reduce health risks? Depends who you ask. Some research suggests prolonged sitting can contribute to diabetes, heart disease and other health conditions. But other studies show workers who stand on the job most of the time are at greater risk of heart disease than workers who predominantly sit. One study says that even after taking into account a wide range of personal, health and work factors, people who primarily stand on the job are twice as likely as people who primarily sit on the job to have a heart attack or congestive heart failure. Review the sitting information here and the standing research here.
OSHA Electronic Injury Reporting is Live - Sort Of
OSHA launched its long-delayed electronic Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on August 1, allowing employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. OSHA plans to extend the deadline for submitting 2016 Form 300A to Dec. 1, 2017, to allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system. That's good, because the site was experiencing "technical difficulties" earlier this week and not all pages were available. Read more on electronic reporting.
Upcoming Safety Webinars Presented by OH&S
- August 31 - Industrial Hygiene - Functional Processing of Collected Metrics
- September 7 - How to Evaluate the Safety Performance of Contractors
- September 14 - Global Standards for Hand Protection: Overview of ANSI / ISEA 105 and EN388 Changes
- September 20 - ANSI / ISEA 107-2015