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UPCOMING SAFETY ROUNDTABLE

TIME TO REGISTER–October 16 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Our presenter will be Kevin Cannon, Senior Director of Safety and Health at the Associated General Contractors of America. He currently serves on the Federal Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) which advises the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA on regulations, standards and policies that impact the construction industry.

This event includes Kevin’s presentation, ‘Best Practices from the 2019 AGCA Safety Award Entries and OSHA Updates and Forecasting.’ and a facilitated discussion. 
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NCSHP 2019 FALL MEETING

October 24, 2019 | Quarry Oaks Golf Club, Ashland
8:00am – 3:30pm | Cost $45 per person
Click here for registration form. Register by October 18

SAFETY INITIATIVE E-NEWS

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CONGRATULATIONS–NEBRASKA’S SAFEST COMPANIES 2019

Congratulations to the following Nebraska Building Chapter member firms for OUTSTANDING SAFETY ACHIEVEMENTS from Nebraska Safety Council for 2019!

Nebraska Safest Companies with Distinction Award Recipients
Safety records are 50% better than their industry National average
30 years Kiewit Building Group
12 years MCL Construction
9 years Darland Construction
4 years Danielson Incorporated
3 years Jeff MacTaggart Masonry

Nebraska’s Safety Companies Award Recipients
Safety records are better than their industry National average
11 years Seedorff Masonry, Inc.
7 years Falewitch Construction Services
3 years Midland Mechanical, Inc.
2 years Davis Erection
2 years Rasmussen Mechanical Services
1 year Beckenhauer Construction
1 year Continental Fire Sprinkler

NATIONAL

WAKING UP TO THE RISKS OF WORKPLACE FATIGUE

The failure to prioritize rest is a growing concern – and taking a toll on U.S. workers. “Most employers underestimate how little sleep deprivation is necessary to result in detrimental outcomes,” one expert says. Read More Posted 10-2019

 

COURT UPHOLDS OSHA’S RESPIRATORY PROTECTION STANDARD

OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard was upheld last week by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that employers must properly evaluate potential respiratory hazards to determine if a respirator is needed and what type is appropriate. The ruling came after ten years of appeals from OSHA and marine vessel repair company Seward Ship’s Drydock, which offered respirators to welders on a voluntary basis in 2009. Read More Posted 10-2019

 

NEW FOOTWEAR SAFETY STANDARDS TAKE EFFECT IN OCTOBER

The deadline for complying with three new ASTM International safety standards for footwear is next month. The new rules cover performance requirements for protective toe cap footwear and soft-toe protective footwear and testing for foot protection. Posted 9-2019

 

HOW TO CREATE A CULTURE OF SAFETY

Implementing a culture of safety can help address risk, according to Donna Chrobak, vice president at Summit Recognition Solutions. “Creating a culture of safety requires understanding the hazards in your working environments, defining processes for minimizing the risk of accidents, and creating a culture of safe working and reciprocal protection between employees,” she writes. Read More Posted 9-2019

 

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH—

OSHA’s Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage provides information to protect workers responding to hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters. Posted 9-2019

Nebraska Preparedness Partnership, https://www.neprep.org/about/ established in 2014 for the purpose of engaging Nebraska businesses, critical infrastructure, key resources, and citizens. NPP will build the readiness of private stakeholders in Nebraska to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters through advocacy, training, and public partnerships. Posted 9-2019

 

PRESCRIPTION OPIOID AND HEROIN EPIDEMIC AWARENESS WEEK—September 16-22, 2019

Nebraska Receives $4 Million To Fight Opioid Addiction Crisis
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new federal funding to combat the opioid addiction crisis, including $4 million for the state of Nebraska. Read More posted 9-2019 

 

OSHA ISSUES RFI TO EXPAND TABLE 1 OF THE SILICA STANDARD

Aug. 15, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a request for information (RFI) seeking information on additional engineering and work practice control methods that effectively limit exposure to silica for the equipment and tasks currently listed on Table 1. In addition to seeking information on existing equipment and tasks, OSHA is also requesting information about other construction equipment and tasks that generate silica that should be considered for inclusion on Table 1. Expanding Table 1 to include additional engineering and work practice controls, equipment, and tasks could provide employers with more flexibility and reduce regulatory burdens while maintaining protections for employees. If information submitted in response to their request indicates that revisions to the silica standards are needed, OSHA will then publish the proposed revisions in the Federal Register for public comment. AGC is working with its members, chapters, and coalition partners to submit comments in response to the RFI. Comments are due by October 15, 2019.

For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org or Nazia Shah at (703) 837-5409 or nazia.shah@agc.org. Posted 8-2019

 

CONSTRUCTION WEARABLES’ FUTURISTIC FEATURES ARE MORE FEASIBLE THAN YOU THINK

The technology can help prevent accidents, improve efficiencies and enhance quality of life for construction workers, says an insurance official working with contractors on pilot programs. Click to Read. Posted 8-2019

 

OSHA SAFE + SOUND WEEK—AUGUST 12-18, 2019

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. Click here for more information. Posted 8-2019

 

6 SUMMER WORKPLACE HAZARDS

Hazards related to heat exposure aren’t just because of the sun.
OSHA is reminding employers to address workplace hazards that lead to a higher instance of injuries and fatalities during summer months.
The agency provides practical advice on how an organization can integrate procedures into their safety and health programs.
“OSHA encourages employers to develop safety and health programs, hold safety stand-downs and toolbox talks, and conduct daily safety meetings to discuss common hazards,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Kimberly Stille in Kansas City, Mo. “Employers are required to provide workplace safety training to improve employees’ ability to identify, evaluate, and effectively prevent safety and health hazards on the job.”
Risks in agricultural operations have been at their highest in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska in July, August, and September in the past three years, according to the agency.
Click here to view the slideshow to learn six hazards that peak during summer months. Posted 8-2019