The OSHA 10-Hour Course, Rennselaer, NY, March 27th and April 3rd, 2013

Save the Date! The OSHA 10-Hour Course, Rennselaer, NY, March 27th and April 3rd, 2013.

To aid in your compliance with the various Federal, State and City
regulations requiring this training, the LSM safety department is once
again offering the OSHA 10 Hour Course.
The course is provided by our OSHA certified instructors. Each employee
who successfully completes the program will receive a certification card
from OSHA.

Pre registration is required. Please see attached brochure.

Winter Storm Safety–Please Read!

With
the threat of a severe winter storm hitting the New York area, the Safety
Department of Lovell Safety Management wants to remind you that our priority is
to ensure that you stay safe.  With that in mind, please read the following and
link to whatever winter safety topic is relevant for you.  If you have
questions, please call the Safety Department at 212-709-8899 or email us at safety@lovellsafety.com.
Winter
storms create a variety of hazards and can have lingering impacts on everyday
tasks and work activities. According to the National Weather Service, about 70
percent of injuries during winter storms result from vehicle accidents, and
about 25 percent of injuries result from being caught out in the storm. Learning
about how to prepare for a winter storm and avoid hazards when one occurs will
help keep you safe during the winter season.
 
Employer
Responsibilities and Workers’ Rights
Each
employer is responsible for the safety and health of its workers and for
providing a safe and healthful workplace for its workers. Employers are required
to protect workers from the anticipated hazards associated with the winter storm
response and recovery operations that workers are likely to
conduct.
While
most workers can stay inside during a winter storm, some workers may be required
to go into the storm. These may include utility workers; law enforcement
personnel; firefighters; emergency medical personnel; federal, state and local
government personnel; military personnel; highway personnel; and sanitation
workers.

Some
of the hazards associated with working in winter storms include:
Driving/Vehicle
Hazards
For
information about driving safely during winter, visit OSHA’s Safe Winter Driving
sheet.
What
should I do if a winter storm strands me in my vehicle?
Stay
in the vehicle. Do not leave the vehicle to search for assistance unless help is
visible within 100 yards. You may become disoriented and lost in blowing and
drifting snow. Display a trouble sign by hanging a brightly colored cloth on the
radio antenna and raising the hood. Turn on the vehicle’s engine for about 10
minutes each hour and run the heat to keep warm. Also, turn on the vehicle’s
dome light when the vehicle is running as an additional signal. Beware of
carbon monoxide poisoning
. Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and open a
downwind window slightly for ventilation.
Watch
for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Do minor exercises to keep up
circulation. Clap hands and move arms and legs occasionally. Try not to stay in
one position for too long. If more than one person is in the vehicle, take turns
sleeping. For warmth, huddle together. Use newspapers, maps, and even the
removable car mats for added insulation. Avoid overexertion since cold weather
puts an added strain on the heart. Unaccustomed exercise such as shoveling snow
or pushing a vehicle can bring on a heart attack or make other medical
conditions worse. Be aware of symptoms of dehydration. 
Frostbite
and Hypothermia
What
is frostbite?
Frostbite
is a severe reaction to cold exposure that causes freezing in the deep layers of
skin and tissue. Frostbite can cause permanent damage. It is recognizable by a
loss of feeling and a waxy-white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, nose, or
ear lobes. For more information, see OSHA’s Cold
Stress Safety and Health Guide
, or OSHA’s publication, The Cold Stress
Equation
(also available as a 21 KB PDF, 4
pages).
What
is hypothermia?
Hypothermia
occurs when the body temperature drops to less than 95°F. Symptoms of
hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, slow speech, memory lapses,
frequent stumbling, drowsiness, and exhaustion. For more information, see OSHA’s
Cold
Stress Safety and Health Guide
, or OSHA’s publication, The Cold Stress
Equation
(also available as a 21 KB PDF, 4
pages).
Shoveling
Snow
What
hazards are associated with activities to shoveling snow?
Shoveling
snow can be a strenuous activity, particularly because cold weather can be
taxing on the body, and can create the potential for exhaustion, dehydration,
back injuries, or heart attacks. In addition to following the tips for avoiding
frostbite and hypothermia, such as taking frequent breaks and drinking fluids
(while avoiding ones with caffeine or alcohol), there are a variety of other
precautions workers can take to avoid injuries while removing snow. Workers
should warm-up before the activity, scoop small amounts of snow at a time, push
the snow instead of lifting where possible, and user proper form if lifting is
necessary: keeping the back straight and lifting with the
legs.
Slips
and Falls
How do
I walk safely on snow and ice?
Where
appropriate, clear walking surfaces of snow and ice and use salt or its
equivalent. In addition, the following precautions will help reduce the
likelihood of any injuries:
§ 
Walking
on snow or ice is especially treacherous and wearing proper footwear is
essential. A pair of well insulated boots with good rubber treads is a must for
walking during or after a winter storm. Keeping a pair of rubber over-shoes with
good treads which fit over your street shoes is a good idea during the winter
months.
§ 
When
walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway, take short steps and walk at a slower
pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction.
§ 
When
walking on a sidewalk which has not been cleared and you must walk in the
street, walk against the traffic and as close to the curb as you can.
§ 
Be on
the lookout for vehicles which may have lost traction and are slipping towards
you. Be aware that approaching vehicles may not be able to stop at crosswalks or
traffic signals.
§ 
At
night, wear bright clothing or reflective gear, as dark clothing will make it
difficult for motorists to see you.
§ 
During
the daytime, wear sunglasses to help you see better and avoid hazards. 
Repairing
Downed or Damaged Power Lines and Removing Downed Trees
What
hazards are associated with repairing downed or damaged power
lines?
The
work activities involved with repairing downed or damaged lines entail many of
the activities involved in installing and removing overhead lines and in general
maintenance on overhead lines. The crucial difference is that in emergency
conditions, such as winter storms, there are unknown hazards and the potential
for changing hazards as work progresses. Under these conditions workers must be
extra vigilant and cautious.
Potential
hazards include:
 
Electrocution
by contacting downed energized lines, or contacting objects, such as broken tree
limbs, in contact with fallen lines.
–  Falls
from heights.
– 
Being
struck or crushed by falling poles, towers or parts thereof, tree limbs, ice
accumulation on lines, towers and poles.
 
Being
injured in vehicular accidents when responding to an emergency situation.
 
Burns
from fires caused by energized line contact or equipment failure. 
What
protective measures should be utilized when working on or around downed or
damaged power lines?
Assume
all power lines are energized and stay well clear of any downed or damaged power
lines. Establish a safe distance from the lines and report the incident to the
responsible authority. Only properly-trained electrical utility workers should
handle damaged power lines.
Electrical
utility workers should first assess the hazards present in order to minimize the
chances of exacerbating the situation. Ideally the lines involved should be
de-energized, but this may not be possible in all
situations.
When
working on downed or damaged power lines, electrical workers should utilize
proper electrical safety work practices and personal protective equipment, as
usual. However, as mentioned previously, extra caution should be exercised when
working in winter storms, due to the adverse conditions
present.
What
hazards exist during removal of downed trees during a winter storm, and what
safety precautions should be taken?
Clearing
downed trees is a critical job during a winter storm. When winter storms occur,
downed trees can block public roads and damage power lines. Emergency crews are
often sent out to clear downed trees during a winter
storm.
Potential
hazards include:
 
Electrocution
by contacting downed energized lines or contacting broken tree limbs in contact
with fallen lines.
 
Falls
from trees.
 
Being
struck or crushed by falling tree limbs or ice.
 
Being
injured by emergency equipment such as chain saws and chippers. 
Proper
PPE including gloves, chaps, foot protection, eye protection, fall protection,
hearing protection and head protection should be worn by workers using chainsaws
and chippers to clear downed trees.
Only
appropriate power equipment that is built to be used outdoors and in wet
conditions should be used. All saws, chippers, and other tools should be used
properly and according to their intended application. It is important that all
equipment is well-maintained and functioning correctly in order for use. In
addition, all equipment should have proper guarding, working controls, and other
safety features as installed by the manufacturer.
Powered
Equipment and Snow Blowers
What
are the potential hazards of using powered equipment and snow blowers, and what
precautions should be taken?
It is
important to make sure that powered equipment, such as chain saws or other power
tools, are properly grounded. When performing maintenance or cleaning, make sure
that the equipment is properly guarded and is disconnected from power
sources.
Snow
blowers commonly cause lacerations or amputations when operators attempt to
clear jams. Never attempt to clear a jam by hand. First, turn the machine
off and wait five seconds, and then use a long stick to clear wet snow or debris
from the machine. Keep your hands and feet away from moving parts. Additionally,
refuel a snow blower prior to starting the machine; do not add fuel to a running
or hot engine.
Clearing
Snow from Roofs and Working at Heights

Following
a winter storm, workers should employ standard protections when working at
heights and should also be aware of the potential for unexpected hazards due to
the weather. Employers should provide and ensure the use of fall protection and
provide and maintain ladders. In addition, workers should use caution around
surfaces that have been weighed down by snow, as they may collapse. For more
information, see OSHA’s
Hazard Alert: Falls and Other Hazards to Workers Removing Snow From Rooftops and
Other Elevated Surfaces
.
Stay
Safe

It’s Flu Season–Be Prepared!

It’s flu season–here’s some important info on the transmission of the influenza virus and ways to protect yourself!

Via the CDC:


“As we enter another influenza season, one question continues to vex
medical and public health professionals: How do you stop people from
catching the flu? The best way to prevent the flu is by getting an
influenza vaccine every year. “

Continue reading about flu transmission and protection.

Important information on electrical hazards

Injuries resulting from contact with live electrical circuits can burn
body tissue; skin, initiate heart tremors, and cause explosions or
fires. You can increase your chances of staying safe by following
a few steps. Grounding electrical devices creates a low-resistance path
for the current that connects to earth. Keeping the area around the
electrical device clear of any liquids or conductive metals. 

To learn more about how to keep electrical hazards to a minimum visit www.lovellsafety.com.

Lovell Safety Groups Earn Dividends

Lovell Safety Management Co., LLC, announced the 2011 – 2012 dividend earnings of three of its Safety Groups:

Master Painters and Decorators, Safety Group #135 returned to members a 25 percent dividend. Qualifying members received an advance discount of 25 percent.


New York Paper Products Manufacturers, Safety Group #162 paid a 25 percent dividend. Qualifying members received an advance discount of 25 percent.

Roofers and Sheet Metal Employers of Greater New York, Safety Group #411 paid a 32.5 percent dividend. Qualifying members received an advance discount of 25 percent.

Safer and Healthier at Any Age: Strategies for an Aging Workforce

From the CDC and NISOH Science Blog:
 
Profound changes continue to unfold in the American workforce as Baby
Boomers—Americans born between 1945 and 1964—swell the ranks of our
workplaces. This has led many employers to fear the possibilities of
negative impacts associated with this demographic trend.  

 Read the full NIOSH Science Blog story here.

Lovell Safety Groups Earn Dividends

Lovell Safety Management Co., LLC, announced the 2010 – 2011 dividend earnings of two of its Safety Groups:

Launderers and Cleaners, Safety Group #34 paid a 20 percent dividend.
Qualifying members received an advance discount of 25 percent.

Northeastern Retail Lumber Association, Safety Group #531 paid a 17.5
percent dividend. Qualifying members received an advance discount of 25
percent.

Worker Exposure to Silica during Hydraulic Fracturing

The latest OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert highlights the risks of fracking:
NIOSH’s recent field studies show that workers may be exposed to dust with high levels of respirable crystalline silica (called “silica” in this Hazard Alert) during hydraulic fracturing.

Read the full Alert here.

Susan Fahmy receives two awards from the Safety Executives of New York

Our very own Susan Fahmy received 2 awards from the Safety Executives
of NY. One was for being a past president, and the other was the “Harvey
Siegel Award” which is named after a very famous safety professional
who was one of the founders of safety in NY. It is for outstanding
contributions and is given only when decided upon by the board of the
association. Congratulations Susan!

Treating Chemical Burns

Important info on treating chemical burns:

When dealing
with any kind of burn always treat it as a serious burn. For chemical
burns check the instructions on the container or MSDS, usually you will
need to flush the skin immediately for
15 minutes. Then see your doctor and provide them with the MSDS of the
chemical that caused the burn.