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OSHA Issues Final Rule to Help Prevent Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA Final Rule

OSHA has issued a final rule that modernizes workplace injury data collection to help more effectively inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards.

Employers in high-hazard industries will need to now send the injury and illness data that they already collect to OSHA, and that data will be posted on the OSHA website.

OSHA officials feel this public disclosure will motivate employers to focus more on the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses.

This final rule also supports an employee’s right to report injuries and illnesses without worrying about retaliation.

The rule also requires employers with 250 or more employees (in industries that must follow the recordkeeping regulation) to electronically submit injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 to OSHA. Companies with 20-249 employees must submit information from only OSHA Form 300A.

The new rule goes into effect on Aug. 10, 2016; phased in data submissions begin in 2017.

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NY “Moving Forward” with Handicap Icon Change


Buzz is swirling around the “new” handicap icon that has been signed into law in New York as of July 25, 2014, the first state to accept the new “accessibility” remake on the more than 45 year old standard. Still in the classic blue and white, there are many new “moving parts” to the revised icon.


Which is better? You decide! What we can tell you is that the new sign is ADA compliant and it goes into effect as of November 25, 2014. This new legislation does not require any immediate action but when it does come time for new installation the use of the old handicapped signs are now prohibited!

Created by the Accessible Icon Project,  the reasoning behind the push for change revolves around the advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities and to destigmatize the current “outdated” accessibility icon.

While New York is the first to officially adopt the icon change, many businesses outside of the New York area are also voluntarily making the switch.

Take a look at what the new signage looks like here.

To read the official New York State press release click here.


What type of eyewash unit is best for your workplace?

Does your facility need an eyewash station?

OSHA requires that any place where a person’s eyes or body can be exposed to corrosive materials must have a suitable method or facility for drenching or flushing the eyes and body. This faciilty must be within the work area for immediate use if there is an injury. There are also certain industries that must include an eye wash station in every single facility.  (To view the full regulations, visit OSHA’s web site).

So, if you do need an eyewash in your facility, what type of eyewash unit is best for you? Here are a few of the options you have to choose from:

Faucet Mount Eyewash: These types of units attach directly to goose neck and standard faucets to turn them into eyewash units. The attachment delivers a concentrated stream of cold water to the eyes without the need to install new plumbing. They can be used with any sink or basin so they are a great no-hassle option.

Counter-Top Mount Eyewash: Counter-top eyewash units attach directly to any table or counter top. Some can swivel and therefore can be easily used from any angle. Like many eyewash units, they deliver aerated sprays to flush the eyes and face.

Wall Mount Eyewash: This is a great option if you do not have a faucet in an area where you need an eyewash unit. You can simply attach it to the building’s plumbing system.  They do not take up a lot of space, but they are a permanent installation. You can buy them in plastic, stainless steel and other materials.

Portable Eyewash: You can take a portable eyewash unit with you anywhere. This is great for non-permanent job sites or in places where sinks and/or plumbing systems are not available. They work just like any other eyewash unit, gently spraying water on the eyes and face. You can even store the water in the portable eyewash units for up to six month  if there is an anti-bacterial additive in the eyewash solution.

Combination Eyewash and Drench Hose: These provide flexible use for any industrial area. In addition to a standard eyewash unit, this system includes a drench hose that can be used to direct water to the affected area not only on the face, but any part of the body.

Shower/Eyewash System: Depending on the brand, eyewash/shower systems can have a variety of different features and capabilities. The main benefit of this type of station is that it can be used to rinse the entire body in the event of an accident, not just the eyes and face. It’s a great option for any facility where an accident involving a corrosive substance could affect the entire body.

How Individual Food Companies can Make America’s Food Safer

With the ongoing debate on the Senate floor waging about the safety of food there is still much that needs to be done and that can be done by individual companies in order to keep the food that Americans consume safer. Food companies all across the country that excel as far as sales and exports go usually have one thing in common; they have outstanding compliance and traceability.

One of the more common functions in obtaining better compliance and tractability at food companies is the formation of a cross functional improvement team. Such a team is made up of individuals who possess a vast knowledge of the industry as a whole and will see these individuals implement new and innovative techniques to better safeguard the production, processing, and shipping of any and all food items.

Furthermore, food companies should make employees accountable for their roles. Proper training is the key ingredient here and if an employee knows that there is an oversight group watching they will also know that any problems may be traced back to them. This ensures that proper care in preparation is more often taken and that oversight happens less.

Finally, companies need to implement technologies that will help with the safety of their food production whenever it is applicable. Waiting for the government to mandate rules and regulations is a sure way to see a food company to the bottom of the food chain as far as reliability goes. If there is a technology that has come out and it will help a company to further enhance safety measures then it behooves that company to implement it sooner rather than later as a better and safer product means more to the bottom line.

While many companies are doing their parts to implement safety on their own, there is much more that needs to be done. The government is already on its way so a quality company will go ahead and beat the government to the punch.