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OSHA Plans New Approach to Injury Prevention  

Courtesy The Armstrong Report, July 2012

 

Federal OSHA is forging ahead with writing regulations requiring employers to develop injury and illness prevention programs that identify the hazards that are unique to their workplaces, and to develop processes for fixing those hazards. The process, known as risk-based injury and illness prevention (IIPP), which is in use at many of the country's largest employers, has proven successful at reducing injuries when implemented correctly, according to studies.

 

Fed-OSHA's risk-based plan differs from just having a general IIPP in place that follows the safety standards already laid out in OSHA's regulations, David Michaels, OSHA's assistant secretary, recently told the American Society of Safety Engineers at their annual conference.

 

"It's about a process, so we won't use that standard to say 'you didn't abate this,' but it's really about 'can you figure out how to deal with this?'" Michaels said during a seminar at the conference, according to a report in Business Insurance magazine. "How do you categorize your hazards? Did you follow up on injuries to determine what the causes were?"

 

While the risk-based approach to an IIPP is nothing new to larger employers, most small and mid-sized firms typically don't take this track in their own IIPPs.

 

That said, the risk-based approach is highly recommended by industrial safety professionals for implementation in all workplaces, as it focuses on ferreting out potential hazards and reducing the risk of injury based on the identified workplace hazards through policies and training.

 

The risk-based IIPP - dubbed "I2P2" by OSHA - will require employers to have a safety program that maps out a safety program that maps out a plan for indentifying and correcting hazards. That means having in place a flexible plan that focuses on hazards unique to their workplaces (as opposed to a boiler-plate program) and assessing how they can be minimized to a level that includes an acceptable amount of risk.

 

The IIPP would also include provisions for correcting hazards, as well as investigating near misses and putting in place procedures and policies to ensure that they don't occur again. The risk-based approach also includes regular monitoring and reassessment, and changing the plan when new work processes are included.

A risk-based IIPP would typically include:

  • Management leadership
  • Worker participation
  • Education and training
  • A definition of safety goals and risk acceptance criteria
  • Hazard identification, prevention and control
  • Accident/incident reporting and investigation of causes and contributing factors
  • Implementing safety measures and evaluation of efforts
  • Safety review of rules/regulations and work practice

Each of the above elements is important in ensuring the success of the overall program, and the elements are interrelated and interdependent.

 

You should note that every business is different, and a one-size IIPP does not fit all. Employers that implement injury and illness prevention programs must scale and adapt the various elements to meet the needs of their organizations, depending on size, industry sector or complexity of operations.

 

While the final regulations by Fed-OSHA are years away, you can still implement an IIPP in your organization if you have not already done so.

 

And if you do, you should strongly consider the risk-based approach, which is more involved but is more likely to pay off in terms of a reduced likelihood of injuries.

 

If you operate a small or mid-sized firm, you may consider the task of implementing an IIPP as a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. Structured programs can be difficult to establish in a small organization because of tight budgets. However, Fed-OSHA points out that even simple, low-cost approaches have been shown to be effective in small businesses.

 

IIPPs lend themselves to such low-cost approaches because they are highly flexible - the core elements can be implemented at a basic level suitable for the smallest business, as well as at a more advanced, structured level that may be needed in a larger, more complex organization.

 

Creating a culture of safety goes hand in hand with injury and illness prevention programs, Michaels added. "Embracing safety culture can increase profits and help create a better product. OSHA levels the playing field for responsible employers to allow them to compete with those employers who cut corners with safety," he said.

 
 

 

 


 

 

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ASCCA Launces New Consumer Targeted Slogan
ASCCA One Member Can Campaign - Update
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Back to Basics: Safety Tips for Back to School 

 

As the long, hot summer days come to an end, vacations are behind us and the new school year draws closer, the California Office of Traffic Safety wants to encourage Californians to prepare for the increased back-to-school and back-to-work traffic with the following tips to help make every trip, every day, a safe one.

 

Follow the 25 MPH Neighborhood Speed Limit

During the hustle and bustle of the morning commute, drivers should be aware of their speed and surroundings, and adhere to the 25 mph speed limit when driving through residential neighborhoods. Some school zones may even post speed limits as low as 15 mph. Children can quickly dart into the street, and if drivers are going too fast to make a quick stop, it could lead to serious injury or worse. It is also important to come to a complete stop when at a red light or stop sign. Nearly 600 pedestrians were killed and over 10,000 injured in California 2010, with children making up a too large portion of the victims involved.

 

Always Wear a Helmet When Riding a Bicycle

Riding a bicycle is a fun and ideal form of exercise for children and a great method of transportation for everyone. As with any form of recreation, it is important to practice proper safety techniques when riding a bicycle. Installing lights and reflectors on bicycles and teaching the importance of safe bicycle riding, including the use of a helmet, can significantly reduce incidents.

 

Driving in Heavy Traffic

Drive slower in heavy traffic, so you can easily stop quickly and within the available stopping distance.

 

As a general rule, drive slower:

  • In shopping centers, parking lots, and downtown areas
  • On roads with heavy traffic
  • When you see the brake lights of several vehicles ahead of you
  • Over narrow bridges and through tunnels
  • Through toll plazas
  • Near schools, playgrounds, and in residential areas

Always Wear a Seat Belt

Adults and children should always be properly restrained when riding in a vehicle. California is currently at a 96.6 percent compliance rate, thanks to campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, however it is still more important than ever to practice proper seat belt safety during high traffic times. It's also important to note that according to California law, children must be secured in the back seat in an appropriate car seat or booster seat if they are under the age of eight.

 

Share the Road with Motorcycles

 

As a driver, it is important to watch out for motorcycle riders and follow these tips to ensure their safety as well as yours:

  • Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic
  • Don't be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle - motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed
  • Allow increased following distance - three or four seconds - when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency
  • Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars
  • Never drive while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol

As you put your summer vacations behind and return to the faster pace of school and work life, OTS encourages you to keep these tips top of mind when traveling to and from destinations. For more information and tips, please visit the OTS Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS .

 

 

 

ASCCA Launches New Consumer Targeted Slogan         

The ASCCA Public Relations Committee has developed an exciting new slogan with the purpose of ensuring that the ASCCA sign is synonymous with quality automotive shops. The slogan, The Sign You Can Trust! is directed at your potential and existing customers.

 

This exciting new campaign will start by incorporating our new slogan, The Sign You Can Trust! with our existing logo, creating public awareness that will translate into consumers looking for shops displaying the ASCCA sign. The goal of our campaign is to increase your business with new customers and help you retain existing clients. Participate in this new campaign and help strengthen the public's awareness that ASCCA shops are the shops they can trust to meet their automotive needs!  

 

How to use the new slogan:

  • Place on existing letterhead, business cards, brochures and forms.
  • On your website and social media pages.
  • In your printed and electronic newsletters.
  • With your local advertising.
  • Place on Press Releases when producing information for public distribution.
  • Place the adjunct sign with the slogan beneath your ASCCA sign at your shop.
  • Incorporate on promotional material produced for your shop, such as calendars, mugs, magnets, pens, etc.

For more information on getting the ASCCA logo with the new slogan and for purchasing an adjunct sign, contact ASCCA staff at (800) 810-4272 or email Cindi Alvidrez at calvidrez@amgroup.us.  

 

 

ASCCA  One Member Can! Update        

 

The One Member Can! campaign has pushed off with great momentum and we've seen just how much one member CAN make a difference!

 

Since the launch of the One Member Can! campaign in February, ASCCA has seen individual members throughout the state rise to the occasion to reach out and make a difference in their Chapter and for ASCCA!

 

Rory Balmer has already earned his first iPad and is well on his way towards earning more prizes.  Rory (pictured below) was awarded his iPad a
tthe ASCCA Summer Conference, June 23-24 at the Hilton Irvine Orange County.  

 

Rory Balmer (Chapter 14), Mary Kemnitz (Membership Committee Chair), Heather Vigil (Membership Director) 

   

You Can Make a Difference & Be Rewarded Too!

 

Remember when you recruit a new member to send in your coupon on the bottom of the One Member Can! Membership Drive or send an email with your name and the name of the member(s) you have recruited.

 

The One Member Can! informative, 2-page flyer is designed to be printed double-sided on 8 " x 11" sheets of paper, while the one page poster is designed to be a tabletop piece, printed on glossy 8" x 10" stock paper - to be place next to the 2-page flyers. There is also a 16" x 20" poster available. If you would like to display a poster of that size, please contact us directly and the template will be forwarded separately.

 

Please take a moment to read through the marketing material thoroughly. The more you know about our One Member Can! campaign - the better you'll be at using it to engage and enlist new members! The material also contains instructions on how to report your new member sign-ups, and how you can win a new iPad.

 

If you need any additional information or have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Heather Vigil at (800) 810-4272 or hvigil@amgroup.us.

 

 

Click here for the One Member Can flyer.

Click here for the One Member Can Poster
 

 

 

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