Posted in 'Health and Safety'

Health and safety is Billy Edington’s passion.

For 28 years the USW Local 9-288 president has trained and mentored thousands of people and made significant contributions to local, regional, national and international health and safety. He also writes safety curriculum, investigates incidents, and conducts safety audits and inspections.

Click here to read the full article at the USW website.

Posted In: Health and Safety, Mazzocchi, OSHA, USW

From Gravitec Systems Inc.:

“The communications package for the Stop Use & Recall Notice for the 3M™ DBI-SALA® Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ edge and Twin-Leg Nano-Lok™ Wrap Back Self-Retracting Lifelines has been updated. The primary changes are adjustments to the cash option & re-emphasis on Twin-Leg.”

- 3M Fall Protection
Stop Use & Product Recall! 3M™ DBI-SALA® Nano-Lok™ edge and Wrap Back Twin-Leg Self Retracting Lifelines







Click here to view the updated recall notice.

Posted In: Health and Safety

From Gravitec Systems Inc.:

“3M Fall Protection has determined that the 3M™ PROTECTA® Cobra Mobile/Manual Rope Grab AC202D is incorrectly stamped for use with 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter rope on the exterior body of the unit. This Cobra Rope Grab is certified for use ONLY with 5/8 inch diameter polyester or polypropylene rope. All marketing information and the Instructions for Use (IFU) for this rope grab correctly identify the size of rope to be used as 5/8 inch polyester/polypropylene rope.

In the event of a fall from height, a Cobra Rope Grab used with 1/2 inch diameter rope may not arrest the fall and could result in serious injury or death to the worker. To remedy this situation, 3M is launching a Stop Use & Product Recall to replace all AC202D and related Cobra Rope Grabs that are stamped 1/2"—3/4" Dia.”

- 3M Fall Protection
Stop Use & Product Recall! 3M™ PROTECTA® Cobra Rope Grab AC202D

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

To view the recall notice and check your equipment click here. To view Gravitec's notice click here.

Posted In: Health and Safety

Via a News Release from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on July 22, 2019:

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will join businesses and organizations nationwide to recognize the importance and successes of workplace safety and health programs during Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019.

The week-long event encourages employers to implement workplace safety initiatives, and highlight workers’ contributions to improving safety. Businesses that incorporate safety and health programs can help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce workers’ compensation costs, and improve productivity.

“Leadership commitment matters and demonstrates workplace safety is a priority,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “Safe + Sound Week reminds employers that safety and health programs help businesses save money, eliminate injuries, and most importantly save lives.”

Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public, or supply chain partners should participate. Learn more about how to help plan and promote safety and health plans.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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Media Contacts:
Simone Walter, 202-693-4686, Walter.Simone.R@dol.gov

Denisha Braxton, 202-693-5061, Braxton.denisha.l@dol.gov


Release Number: 19-1201-NAT

To view the original webpage, click here.

Posted In: Health and Safety, OSHA

A new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) tool will help users assess areas of dampness in buildings and prioritize remediation of problems areas. Users will be guided to assess how moisture causes indoor mold to multiply on building materials and surfaces, and learn how people may be exposed to microbes and their structural components, such as spores and fungal fragments. The resource provides information about the assessment cycle, and detailed instructions on how to use the data collection instrument. (via the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health)

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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIOSH:

The health of those who live, attend school, or work in damp buildings has been a growing concern through the years due to a broad range of reported building-related symptoms and illnesses. Research has found that people who spend time in damp buildings are more likely to report health problems such as these:

  • Respiratory symptoms (such as in nose, throat, lungs)
  • Development or worsening of asthma
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (a rare lung disease caused by an immune system response to repeated inhalation of sensitizing substances such as bacteria, fungi, organic dusts, and chemicals)
  • Respiratory infections
  • Allergic rhinitis (often called “hay fever”)
  • Bronchitis
  • Eczema

Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool – General Buildings [PDF – 870 KB]

Suggested Citation

NIOSH [2018]. Dampness and Mold Assessment Tool for General Buildings – Form & Instructions. Cox-Ganser J, Martin M, Park JH, Game S. Morgantown WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2019-115, https://doi.org/10.26616/NIOSHPUB2019115External.

Read the original post here.

Posted In: Health and Safety

John Murawski, The News & Observer

WILMINGTON – More than four months after Hurricane Florence battered the state, rivers of waste are still flowing to landfills in eastern North Carolina in volumes that their managers say they have never before seen.

Uprooted trees, broken furniture, sodden carpets, soggy sheet rock, smashed fencing, crushed carports and moldy clothing make up the mix of items destroyed by the September storm and subsequent flooding. … read more

Posted In: Environment, Health and Safety

From the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Name of product:
DEWALT DWD110 and DWD112 drills

Hazard:
The drill’s wiring can contact internal moving parts, posing a shock hazard.

Remedy:
Repair

Recall date:
February 5, 2019

Units:
About 122,000 (in addition, about 8,000 were sold in Canada)

DeWALT recalls drills due to shock hazard 1DeWALT recalls drills due to shock hazard 2

Photo left: Recalled drill, the DWD110 and DWD112 drills are similar in appearance. Consumers should check the label to determine their specific drill.

Photo right: Recalled DWD112 Drill showing location of model number and date code. The date code pictured is not within the recall range.

For more information regarding the recall, click here.

Posted In: Health and Safety

Shared from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH):

Job Announcement: Associate Director

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking an Associate Director to direct safety and health education, training, research, and advocacy work in the Metropolitan New York area. Candidate must be a self-starter, able to work independently and have a background in safety and health and labor.

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health is a coalition of over 200 local unions and 350 individual safety and health activists in the New York metropolitan area. NYCOSH uses training, education, advocacy, and organizing to improve health and safety conditions in our workplaces and our communities. The job will based in New York City, with regular travel to Long Island and Albany; and national travel required.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working with unions, workers, and/or community organizations
  • Managerial and supervisory experience
  • Occupational safety and health background and knowledge
  • Grant-writing and administration experience
  • Experience working with budgets
  • Organizational and program development skills
  • Excellent writing and communication ability


Desired Qualifications

  • Five years’ experience in a supervisory position within a labor/social justice organization
  • Five years’ experience working within the labor movement
  • Successful demonstration of program/campaign work
  • Demonstrated ability to develop curricula and educational materials
  • Experience working in the New York Metropolitan area
  • Availability for evening, weekend work
  • Written and verbal Spanish language capacity


Responsibilities

  • Direct NYCOSH development, campaigns, and oversee programmatic activity
  • Supervise, and evaluate staff
  • Oversee organizational meetings and staff development
  • Assign work regarding occupational safety and health training to appropriate staff
  • Build NYCOSH’s organizational base and relationships
  • Develop resources and new programming for the organization
  • Grant writing and administration

Employees will receive a generous salary and a full benefits package.

Please email resumes and detailed cover letters to nycoshjobs@gmail.com by Friday, January 25, 2019. Impersonal cover letters will not be considered.

Posted In: Health and Safety

Shared from Gravitec Systems Inc.:

“3M Fall Protection has received a series of inquiries regarding the use of dorsal D-ring extenders with Leading Edge SRL's in environments where sharp edges are present. Examples of 3M dorsal D-ring extenders are shown below, but the concern applies to all dorsal D-ring extenders, regardless of the supplier/manufacturer.” - 3M Fall Protection

D-Ring Extenders

Please click here for detailed information on this advisory.

Posted In: Health and Safety

USWTMC Specialized Emergency Response Trainers (SERTs) initiated deployment to North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence. The SERTs are on the ground to provide guidance and training to union members, workers, communities and volunteers, who are recovering from the destruction. Those who are recovering, cleaning up and rebuilding face a myriad of hazards associated with hurricanes and flooding such as mold, infectious disease transmission and more.

Week one: Sept. 23-29, 2018

Week two: Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 2018

Week three: Oct. 10-17, 2018

Week four: Oct. 18-24, 2018

Arturo Archila of United Steelworkers (USW) Local Union 4-406 and Luzdary Giraldo of Local 4-406 continued their deployment in North Carolina, beginning with facilitating two mold awareness training sessions on Thursday, Oct. 18. They distributed about 40 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) booklets with health and safety information on protecting oneself while facing hazards associated with floods, hurricanes and mold exposure.

On Friday, the SERTs completed more outreach and distributed 15 more NIEHS booklets while also meeting with Chip Hughes of NIEHS. Saturday was a rest day. On Sunday the SERTs continued outreach and distributed about 90 more NIEHS booklets. They worked with previous contacts to translate training flyers from English to Spanish in order to reach a larger audience.

Archila and Giraldo met with Rev. Mac Legerton of the Center for Community Action (CCA), representatives of the Mexican consulate and representatives from the Farm Workers to serve as translators and invite members to upcoming training sessions on Monday.

The following day, the SERTs connected with members of USW Local Union 9-738 at their local union hall. They discussed training opportunities and left 30 NIEHS booklets at the hall. In the afternoon, Archila and Giraldo facilitated a two-hour mold awareness training session. The SERTs will end their deployment on Wednesday.

Posted In: AFLCIO, CWA, Environment, Health and Safety, Labor Institute, Mazzocchi, MRNY, NDLON, USW
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