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In response to complaints, OSHA inspectors will ensure that healthcare employers implement a hierarchy of controls and encourage vaccination and other work practices recommended by the CDC.


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In response to complaints, OSHA inspectors will ensure that healthcare employers implement a hierarchy of controls and encourage vaccination and other work practices recommended by the CDC.

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Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Safety articles below.


OSHA Issues Flu Directive for Healthcare Workers

In response to complaints, OSHA inspectors will ensure that healthcare employers implement a hierarchy of controls and encourage vaccination and other work practices recommended by the CDC.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Enhanced Performance Roof Hatch From Bilco

The thermally enhanced hatch is designed with a fully insulated cover and curb.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Ladder Stabilizers By Stablebase USA

The company's line of ladder products include an Extension Ladder Stabilizer, a Step Ladder Stabilizer, and a Staging Stabilizer.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Blue Diamond Backlit Wall Switch

Larco's Blue Diamond Backlit Wall Switch is suitable for automatic indoor and outdoor entryway applications.

Roofs And Winter Weather

The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) offers guidance on how businesses can protect their property from winter weather-related perils, such as roof collapse due to heavy snow loads.

Repurposed Drinking Fountains

At an Ontario hospital, decommissioned drinking fountains were converted into hand washing units as an infection control measure.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Seismic Assessment From VFA, Inc.

This service helps organizations identify their risk of damage from earthquake activity using an industry-accepted methodology.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Rooftops Are No Place For Blowup Dolls

In Houston, TX, the public will no longer be subjected to inflatable marketing devices. This comes after a recent incident on a shopping center rooftop, when an out-of-control blowup gorilla deflated and caused a fire.

Two School Districts Win Safety Device

Through its Traffic Safety Grant awards, All Traffic Solutions is providing radar speed display systems to two facilities.

Free Guide: Steel Buildings And Earthquakes

A new publication from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) provides a broad understanding of earthquakes and how they affect buildings.

ASSE Offers Tips On Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls

With winter weather creating more possibilities for slippery surfaces, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers tips on how to prevent slips, trips, and falls at work.

ASSE Urges Hazardous Materials Communication Rule Completion

The Hazard Communication proposed rule seeks to ensure that the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are evaluated and communicated to employers and employees. Modifying OSHA’s existing HCS could harmonize chemical hazard communications worldwide, help U.S. employers compete in the international marketplace, and increase work safety.

Software Update Needed for ZOLL AED Plus

The previous version of ZOLL AED Plus Self-Test Software did not adequately detect defective batteries, which could lead to a failure to deliver defibrillation shocks during treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Security Analysis By Andrews International

This recently introduced analysis service is based on Andrews’ proprietary Security Effectiveness and Efficiency (SEE) methodology.

EPA Looks At Use Of Recycled Tires

The Agency conducted a limited field monitoring study of artificial-turf playing fields and playgrounds constructed with recycled tire material, or "tire crumb."

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Series 700F Power Processor

This equipment from Controlled Power guards against both high and low voltage conditions.

Winter Maintenance Can Be Eased With Heated Mats

Walt Neilson, maintenance team leader at Mercy Hospital in Grayling, MI, discussed with TFM his department’s use of electric snow melting mats

OSHA Directive Addresses Flu Prevention for Healthcare Workers

OSHA issued a compliance directive on 11/20/09 to ensure uniform procedures when conducting inspections to identify and minimize or eliminate high to very high risk occupational exposures for healthcare workers to the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus.

Employers, Doctors Intentionally Under Reporting Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

New report from the GAO confirms that Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA statistics do not reflect the real risk employees face from workplace hazards.

Landmark Chemical Security Legislation Passes House

On November 6, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2868, the Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009 reauthorizing the DHS program to implement and enforce the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), which are currently set to expire in October 2010.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Body-O-Matic, for the Unsafe Workplace

WorkSafe Victoria has come up with a gruesome campaign to get the point of workplace safety across: The Body-O-Matic vending machine designed to sell spare body parts.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Winning the War on Germs

The uncertain severity and timing of this year’s flu activity means that schools, businesses, and workplaces need to prepare for higher absenteeism rates, along with cases of presenteeism—when someone goes to work or school while sick—leading to productivity declines and the possibility of spreading illness to others.

Crime Risk Assessments For Corporate Facilities

In order to educate companies about the importance of risk management in preventing premises liability lawsuits, CAP Index offers the following tips to corporate security managers.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: SkyGuard From WeatherData Services

This service alerts facilities about potentially damaging weather events ahead of time.

OSHA Reports on Top 10 Safety Violations for 2009

The number of top 10 violations has increased almost 30% over the same time period in 2008.

Safety Inspectors To Promote Safe Use of Infrared Heaters

With many areas of the country beginning to experience a winter chill, infrared heater manufacturers call on safety inspectors to pay close attention to the proper use and maintenance of their installed equipment.

BHMA Issues Revised Door Hardware Standards

BHMA announces the publication of three revised American National Standards: ANSI/BHMA A156.3 -2008 for Exit Devices; ANSI/BHMA A 156.4 - 2008 for Door Controls – Closers; and ANSI/BHMA A156.16 - 2008 for Auxiliary Hardware.

OSHA Begins National Emphasis Program on Recordkeeping

OSHA is initiating a national emphasis program on recordkeeping to assess the accuracy of injury and illness data recorded by employers.

NSF International Certifies Backflow Preventers

Wilkins, a Zurn Company, is the first manufacturer of backflow preventers to meet new lead content requirements in California, which will go into effect January 1, 2010.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Fuse Control Program

This program from Ferraz Shawmut is designed to help plant managers and MROs get control of their plant assets.

WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Safely Down The Slippery Slope

In Guangzhou, China, an unusual method is being employed to deter bridge jumping suicides: butter. The steel bridge in question has long been "popular" with jumpers, and officials have gone so far as to post security guards at both ends in order to thwart attempts--but to no avail.

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10

This weeklong observance was established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire that occurred in 1871.

OSHA Construction Safety Course Mandatory in Seven States

The states with an OSHA law already in effect are Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, and most recently, Missouri. The state of Nevada OSHA training law becomes effective January 1, 2010.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Ice-Away Snow Melt Mat

As winter approaches, this mat from Cozy Products is designed to protect against slip-and-fall accidents and workman's compensation claims.

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