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  • SAFETY NOTES
    Updated On: Jul 01, 2014
    SAFETY NOTES
    A few reminders about on the job injuries:
      
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    Time: 6:00pm   4th Tuesday of each month
    Location: Mount Vernon Trailer 301 Anderson Road

    Details: This meeting is for the open discussion and education of the members about safety concerns.

    Contact: safety@ibew191.com

    OSHA emphasizes importance of acclimatization in protecting outdoor workers from heat illness

    Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers

    The Department of Labor and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up again to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses. Heat-related injuries and fatalities in outdoor workers continue with record-breaking heat waves over the last three summers. In 2012 alone, at least 31 workers died of heat related illness and 4,120 more were made sick.

    In a June 19, 2014 call with meteorologists and weather reporters across the country, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels and NOAA's Deputy Undersecretary Vice Admiral Michael S. Devany discussed the dangers.

    "Every year, dozens of workers are killed by heat, and thousands more experience heat-related illnesses," said Michaels. "We have found that the workers who are most at risk for heat-related illnesses are those who are new to outdoor jobs – especially temporary workers – or those that have returned from more than a week away. Workers are particularly at risk if the weather has just gotten hot, and they have not been acclimatized to the heat."

    Seasonal workers can be considered new even if they have been working every season for several years. Gradually increasing the workload and giving workers time to acclimate allows them to build tolerance to the heat. This is critically important for workers who are new to working outdoors in the heat, who have been away from working in the heat for a week or more, or at the beginning of a heat wave. Visit OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention page for more information and to get OSHA's free Heat Safety Tool smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 138,000 time to date. To order quantities of OSHA's heat illness educational materials in English or Spanish, call OSHA's Office of Communications at (202) 693-1999.

    SAFETY NOTES
    A few reminders about on the job injuries:
    • Always tell your employer if you are injured on the job. Injury symptoms
    may not be fully apparent until later. For example a head injury. You
    may feel fine, but later experience headaches, vision problems, and
    drowsiness, all of which could indicate a concussion.
    • According to Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries,
    you have the right to choose your own doctor. You may see a company
    doctor if you wish.
    • Also, according to L & I you have the right to decide who, if anyone, you
    want to accompany you to the doctor. You have the right to decline to
    have the company nurse or any company representative accompany you
    to the hospital, doctor, or other medical visit.
    • You have the same rights and benefits if your company is self-insured.
    • Your employer may not discriminate or retaliate against you for filing a
    claim.
    9/6/2012



    Act in time to

    Heart Attack Signs


    Fast action is your best weapon against a heart attack. Why? Because

    Clot-busting drugs and other artery-opening treatments can prevent or

    limit damage to the heart – but they need to be given immediately after symptoms begin. The sooner they are started, the more good they will do and the greater the chances are for survival and a full recovery.

    Know the signs

    Pay attention to these common heart attack warning signs:

    Chest discomfort

    Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.

    Discomfort in other areas of the upper body

    This may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

    Shortness of breath

    This often occurs with or before chest discomfort.

    Other signs

    Other signs may include:

    Ø Breaking out in cold sweat

    Ø Nausea

    Ø Lightheadedness

    FAST ACTION SAVES LIVES

    Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have symptoms!

    If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more symptoms of a heart attack, CALL 9-1-1 right away. Don’t wait!

    If you are having symptoms and cannot call 9-1-1 have someone else call for you.

    Do not drive to any fire station as the firefighters may be out on calls and there may be no one there to help you. Never drive yourself to the hospital unless you have absolutely no other choice.

    This information brought to you by: Snohomish County Fire District One

      


     
    Falling off ladders can kill: New fall prevention resource available
    OSHA has published a new bilingual English-Spanish booklet on safe ladder use, "Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely" (*PDF). Developed in partnership with the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Council and Ministry of Manpower, the booklet provides clear, easy-to-follow information about ladder hazards and using ladders safely, featuring simple illustrations and plain language writing.
    Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, and OSHA is working with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Occupational Research Agenda to get the word out about how to "Plan, Provide, Train" to prevent fatal falls. To learn more, visit www.osha.gov/stopfalls.
    On April 10, OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR co-hosted a free webinar on preventing fatal falls in construction, welcoming an audience of more than 700 participants. An archived version is available for view.

    Join the campaign to prevent fatal falls in construction: New outreach resources available
    Falls are the leading cause of death in construction, accounting for one third of all work-related deaths in the industry. To stop these preventable tragedies, OSHA has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Center for Construction Research and Training, kicking off a second year of the Campaign to Prevent Fatal Falls.
    In a new blog post, OSHA Director of Construction Jim Maddux discusses the human and economic costs of falls, encouraging local employers, stakeholders and community and faith-based organizations to join the campaign to prevent falls. As he explains, "We know that the real difference to be made is in the communities where workers are getting hurt, and we can't do that alone."
    To assist stakeholders in promoting the campaign and reducing fatal falls in their local areas, CPWR also has a new guide (PDF*) on how to launch a local initiative. The CPWR website has a number of campaign resources including an interactive fatality map, training guides and handouts, as well as information on how to sign on as a campaign partner. To learn more about OSHA's Fall Prevention campaign, visit www.osha.gov/stopfalls, and order or download fact sheets, posters, and other educational materials—including a new wallet card in Portuguese—by calling OSHA's Office of Communications at 202-693-1999 or visiting OSHA's Publications page.
     
    sun Water. Rest. Shade. The work can't get done without them.
    Home Educational Resources: Factsheets / Posters / Training Material Using the Heat IndexTraining Media Resources

    A slideshow with photos depicting various workers being proactive about heat illness prevention.
    Photos by: CAL-OSHA

    Welcome to OSHA's Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers

    HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable.

    OSHA's nationwide Heat Illness Prevention Campaign aims to raise awareness and teach workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide valuable resources to address these concerns. Begun in 2011, the Heat Illness Prevention Campaign has reached more than 7 million people and distributed close to half a million fact sheets, posters, quick cards, training guides and wallet cards. OSHA is again joining with other federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations to spread the word about preventing heat illness. For example, OSHA is continuing its partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service to include worker safety precautions in their Excessive Heat Watch, Warning, and Advisory Products.

    Available on this web page are numerous resources that can be used to prevent heat illnesses:

    • The Educational Resources section links to information about heat illnesses and how to prevent them. Many of these resources target vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency and/or low literacy.
    • The Using the Heat Index section provides guidance to employers to develop a heat illness prevention plan.
    • The Training section includes a guide/lesson plan for employers and others to use in instructing workers on heat illness.  There are links to additional resources in other languages.
    • The Media Resources section includes news releases, public service announcements (PSAs), drop-in articles about heat illness prevention that you can customize to share and campaign artwork.
    • The Fatality map shows locations of outdoor worker, heat-related fatalities between 2008 and 2012. It is not an exhaustive list of all worker fatalities from heat exposure. The map provides a geographic reminder that Water.Rest.Shade. are vital to providing a safe and healthful environment when working outdoors in the heat.

    The Heat Illness web page and many resources are available en español.

    We hope you will join with us in this effort by helping to reach workers and employers in your community with the resources you will find on this site.


    Who is affected? Workers exposed to hot and humid conditions are at risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions.

    What is heat illness? The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention and can result in death.

    How can heat illness be prevented? Remember three simple words: water, rest, shade. Employers should educate their workers on how drinking water often, taking breaks, and limiting time in the heat can help prevent heat illness. They should include these prevention steps in worksite training and plans. Employers should also teach employees to gradually build up to heavy work in hot conditions because this helps you build tolerance to the heat - or become acclimated. They should take steps that help workers become acclimated, especially workers who are new to working outdoors in the heat or have been away from work for a week or more. Lastly, during the first week of work, employers should gradually increase workloads and allow more frequent breaks. You should plan for an emergency and know what to do - acting quickly can save lives!

    Highlights
    Heat Safety Tool
    Smartphone App

    Heat Safety Tool - Smartphone App
    Shows locations of outdoor worker, heat-related fatalities between 2008 and 2012.
    Shows locations of outdoor worker, heat-related fatalities 
    between 2008 and 2012.

    Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on the Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness
    Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on the Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness
     
    Drink water often - Rest in the shade - Report heat symptoms early - Know what to do in an emergency
    Plan. Provide. Train. Three simple steps to preventing falls.
    Home Educational Materials and Resources Training Media Resources
     
    Plan. Provide. Train. Three simple steps to preventing falls.

    Welcome to OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign

    FALLS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CONSTRUCTION. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable.

    Falls can be prevented and lives can be saved through three simple steps:

    This website is part of OSHA's nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. The educational resources page gives workers and employers information about falls and how to prevent them. There are also training tools for employers to use and posters to display at their worksites. Many of the new resources target vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency.

    We invite you to join in this effort by helping to reach workers and employers in your community with the resources you find on this site. OSHA will continue to add information and tools to this page throughout the year.

    OSHA has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) - Construction Sector on this nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented and lives can be saved. Here's how:

    PLAN ahead to get the job done safely
    When working from heights, such as ladders, scaffolds, and roofs, employers must plan projects to ensure that the job is done safely. Begin by deciding how the job will be done, what tasks will be involved, and what safety equipment may be needed to complete each task.

    When estimating the cost of a job, employers should include safety equipment, and plan to have all the necessary equipment and tools available at the construction site. For example, in a roofing job, think about all of the different fall hazards, such as holes or skylights and leading edges, then plan and select fall protection suitable to that work, such as personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).

    PROVIDE the right equipment
    Workers who are six feet or more above lower levels are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. To protect these workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job, including the right kinds of ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear.

    Different ladders and scaffolds are appropriate for different jobs. Always provide workers with the kind they need to get the job done safely. For roof work, there are many ways to prevent falls. If workers use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS), provide a harness for each worker who needs to tie off to the anchor. Make sure the PFAS fits, and regularly inspect all fall protection equipment to ensure it's still in good condition and safe to use.

    TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely
    Falls can be prevented when workers understand proper set-up and safe use of equipment, so they need training on the specific equipment they will use to complete the job. Employers must train workers in hazard recognition and in the care and safe use ladders, scaffolds, fall protection systems, and other equipment they'll be using on the job.

    OSHA has provided numerous materials and resources that employers can use during toolbox talks to train workers on safe practices to avoid falls in construction. Falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented and lives can be saved through three simple steps: Plan, Provide and Train.


    Accessibility Assistance: Contact the OSHA Directorate of Construction at (202) 693-2020 for assistance accessing PDF, EPUB, MOBI and Video materials.

    *These files are provided for downloading. EPUB is the most common format for e-Books. If you use a Sony Reader, a Nook, or an iPad you can download the EPUB file format. If you use a Kindle, you can download the MOBI file format.

    Highlights
    What's New
    What's New
    • Complete Fall Prevention Campaign Web Page available in Spanish [en español]
    • NEWLadder Safety Guidance
      • Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely - Booklet
        [1.3 MB PDF* | EPUB* | MOBI*, 16 pages]
      • Safe Use of Extension Ladders - Fact Sheet (English) [554 KB PDF*, 3 pages]
      • Safe Use of Job-made Wooden Ladders - Fact Sheet (English) [656 KB PDF*, 2 pages]
      • Safe Use of Stepladders - Fact Sheet (English) [515 KB PDF*, 2 pages]
    • NEWFall Protection: Roofing. Washington State Video.
    • NEWFall Protection: Trusses. Washington State Video.
    • American Ladder Institute Training Videos. Now available in Spanish
    Prevention Videos (v-Tools)
     
    Campaign Partners
    PLAN ahead to get the job done safely. PROVIDE the right equipment. TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely.
     
    A Falls Prevention Poster
    Poster
    English: HTML | PDF --- En español HTML | PDF
    A Falls Prevention Fact Sheet
    Fact Sheet
    English: HTML | PDF --- En español: HTML | PDF
    Polish/Polski: PDF | Russian/???????PDF
    Multiple printed copies can be ordered by any of the following methods.

    Online 
    Visit OSHA's Publications web page

    Fax 
    Send your request via fax to 202-693-1635. 

    Telephone
    Call 1-800 321-6742 (OSHA) or 202-693-1999. 

    Mail
    Send your request in writing to: 
    U.S. Department of Labor 
    OSHA Office of Communications
    200 Constitution Ave., NW 
    Room N3647 
    Washington, DC 20210


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