May 21, 2010

In This Update
Digital Photocopiers a Gold Mine of Information
Protecting EMS Responders from Hazardous Substances
Teaching Young Workers About Job Safety
Recycling Mercury-Containing Light Bulbs
Safety & Health Management Systems for Small Businesses
Hi-Viz Safety Code Updated
Workplace First Aid Program Fundamentals
Younger Workers at Double Injury Rate
NIOSH Adds Disaster Responder Safety Page
Pallet Storage Presents Significant Fire Hazards
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Chip DawsonThis health, safety and environment electronic update comes from Chip Dawson and the Rochester Business Alliance as a service to member organizations.
Digital photocopier picDigital Photocopiers a Gold Mine of Information
An investigative report by CBS News published April 15 should serve as warning to any of you with a digital copier. According to CBS, digital copiers manufactured since 2002 contain a hard drive and every image copied, scanned or emailed from such a computer is still on the hard drive! Depending on what's been copied on your machine, you could be releasing highly sensitive information if you send the machine off to a used copier warehouse for resale or reuse. For more on the story, click here.
EMS ResponderProtecting EMS Responders from Hazardous Substances 
As we see increasing potential for hazardous substances emergencies, OSHA has responded with a new guidance document (104 pagers, no less) titled "Best Practices for Protecting EMS Responders During Treatment and Transport of Victims of Hazardous Substance Releases." To download a PDF version of the publication, click here.
talking safety points logoTeaching Young Workers About Job Safety
In our last update, we gave you a link to a NIOSH page on young workers. Since then, we've heard from Peter Zavon, a long-time associate, who pointed us to a state-specific page on the NIOSH site called Youth @ Work that provides a curriculum for occupational safety and health. In Peter's words, "all (the state programs) seem well designed for the teenaged employee or would-be employee, as well as for employees who are recently teens.  It would suitable for sharing with selected teachers of one's children or grandchildren who are entering the summer workforce." The New York curriculum is meant to be used in a classroom or other group training setting and includes instructions for teachers and a step-by-step guide for presenting the material. Links take you to the booklet, teacher overheads and PowerPoint presentations, student handouts, certificates, appendices and a video. Click here to access the Talking Safety page.
Light bulbs imageRecycling Mercury-Containing Light Bulbs
With rapidly increasing use of mercury-containing light bulbs such as compact fluorescents (CFLs), the EPA has responded with guidelines for disposal for both business and households. You can access the EPA site on bulb recycling by clicking here.
Safety Management imageSafety & Health Management Systems for Small Businesses  
Safety & Health Management Systems for Small Businesses, Version 2.0, a self-instructional, training program developed by North Carolina State University and funded by OSHA, is now available free, online. Version 2.0 gives you a helpful tool to implement an effective S&HMS tailored specifically to your needs. To get started, click here.
Hi-Viz Safety Code Updated
The code that establishes criteria for high visibility garments-ANSI 107-2010-has been updated to add three new or revised elements. Flame resistance (FR) criteria is now an optional feature for high-visibility PPE. Where FR material is available, it will be certified by the manufacturer. Also added are service life guidelines based on the Federal Highway Administration criteria. Finally, waterproof and breathability testing requirements have been added in addition to the existing requirements for waterproof and water resistance. To purchase the revised standard, click here.
OSHA CoverWorkplace First Aid Program Fundamentals
It's been in publication for four years, but we still get questions about the topic. If you'd like a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to developing and managing the first aid program in your organization, you'll want to download a copy of the OSHA publication "Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program." To get your copy, click here.
Younger Workers at Double Injury Rate
According to NIOSH, during the period 1998 through 2007 an estimated 7.9 million nonfatal injuries to younger workers were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments (EDs). The nonfatal injury rate was 5.0 ED-treated injuries per 100 full-time equivalent workers and was approximately two times higher than among workers aged  less than 25 years. Employers need to ensure that their younger workers have the requisite training and personal protective equipment to perform their jobs safely. For a full report on the subject, click here.
NIOSH imageNIOSH Adds Disaster Responder Safety Page
Focused primarily on ensuring the health and safety of emergency responders, the page links to topics for emergency responders, terrorism response, storm and hurricane response, disaster site management, PPE, emergency preparedness for business, chemical hazards and natural disasters. In total, there is a huge wealth of information that covers the full scope of emergency management. Just the business resources alone could fill your professional library. To access the page, click here (and be sure to bookmark it).
Pallet photoPallet Storage Presents Significant Fire Hazards
According to Chris Dunn, Finger Lakes Risk Control, there have been some significant fires recently involving storage pallets. Chris reports that there are essentially two types of pallets used in industry-wooden and plastic. Both have their own unique hazards. The wood pallets are dry, burn easily, and the fires can spread quickly. The plastic pallets will burn, release more heat (about twice as hot as wood), and burn longer. For a good list of commonly accepted fire safety precautions to follow to reduce the risk of a pallet fire, click here and then scroll down to "Idle Pallet Storage."

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