Global Harmonization?????

Global Harmonization? What?
We need to get accustomed to hearing the words Global Harmonization. New regulations regarding MSDS’s (Material Safety Data Sheet), chemical processing and handling have been established and will effect every operation that currently uses MSDS’s. OSHA estimates that more than 5 million workplaces will be affected.

The three major areas of change are in hazard classification, labels, and safety data sheets.

  • Hazard classification: The definitions of hazard have been changed to provide specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures. These specific criteria will help to ensure that evaluations of hazardous effects are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate as a result.
  • Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
  • Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.

This link will help you gather further information to clarify the changes.

http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/hazcom-faq.html#3

The labeling change will help to globally clarify what the hazard is and how to protect the workers.

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Save Money…Better Compliance…Good Idea?

Opportunity:

A laboratory services company that provides analysis of organic, inorganic, biological, hazardous, and other materials. With these types of materials and chemicals, employees cannot wear contact lenses in the facility. Safety Prescription Eyewear must be used. Also, their work staff has a higher percentage of Prescription Eyewear users than the average factory. These aspects exaggerated the cost of an Rx eyewear program.
With the hiring of a new Safety Manager, she was eager to find new ways to keep employees safer and to look for ways to cut PPE cost. Rx Eyewear was a logical first step.
Alternatives:

Each employee was able to choose their own Rx style from their current Rx provider. Though all lenses and frames choices met  ANSI Z87+ standards, employees had little regard to the coverage and protection of the eyewear they chose. Most eyewear was chosen based on style.

Since everyone had different tastes in style, there was no uniformity. This made it difficult for the safety manager to quickly verify everyone was wearing compliant eyewear.

Solutions:

The Klondike Plus with the KDRX prescription insert solved multiple problems.

1st – The KD3 was designed as protective eyewear, therefore offers better coverage and protection than most Safety Rx frames

2nd – The entire facility can now wear the same style eyewear making it easy for Managers to verify if employees are wearing the proper eye protection

3rd – The cost of a KD310 & KDRX ensemble is much less than average Safety Rx frames.

Implementation:

The company stocks product # KD310 in the storeroom for all employees (Rx or no Rx). Employees that need prescription eyewear receive product # KDRX which they take to the local Wal-Mart where the company pays $55 to have their prescription filled. The KDRX insert is affixed to the inside of the KD310.

Observation:

After the first 6 months of implementing the new program, the safety manager, operations manager, and employees saw many benefits from the KDRX program.

Employees had improved field of vision since the KD310 has a wrap around style. Employees didn’t have to continue using scratched and spattered lenses like before since they could throw the outer KD310 glasses away and get a new one when needed. Employees can now choose different lens tint options like Amber, Light Blue, and Indoor/Outdoor. The purchasing manager is happy because of the cost saving…see chart below.

Cost Analysis:

1 pair of Rx Safety Eyewear every year =  $250.00* average cost per pair

Number of employees = 42

Total cost per year  =  $10,500.00

Total cost every 2 years  =  $21,000.00

Versus

Best Case

1  KDRX Insert every 2 years ($55 + $10) = $65

6 pair of KD310 every year (x 2 years) = $40.80

Total cost every 2 years (x 42 employees) = $4,443.60

Cost savings per 2 years   =  $16,556.40

Worst Case

1 KDRX Insert every year ($65 x 2 years) = $130

12 Pair of KD310 every year (x 2 years) = $81.60

Total cost every 2 years (x 42 employees) = $8,887.20

Cost savings per 2 years  = $12,112.80

Time from initial opportunity to implementation:

3 months

Special Thanks to Jay McNeil, Sales Manager for MCR Safety for this case study.

Do OSHA Inspections Work?

* 9.4% drop in injury claims at workplaces in the four years following an inspection
* 26% average savings on workers’ compensation costs compared to similar, non-inspected
* $355,000 average savings for an employer (small or large) as a result of an OSHA inspection
* $6 billion estimated savings to employers nationwide

It’s Official: OSHA Doesn’t Kill Jobs. It Stops Jobs from Killing Workers

A landmark new study by business school economists at the University of California and Harvard University confirms that OSHA’s inspections not only prevent workers from getting hurt on the job, they also save billions of dollars for employers through reduced workers’ compensation costs.

The study was entitled “Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss

** Information From special Edition of OSHA Quick Takes May 29, 2012

Its Five O’clock Somewhere

It’s a Friday evening; you’re almost done with your shift and your thinking about the warm weather this weekend and how many outside chores you can get done so you can be set aside some time to play a little. Right?  Cutting the grass, planting flowers, mulching the flower beds, and wait, we have to set some time to do what we enjoy; go fishing, play some softball, head to the shooting range.

Do you ever think about safety outside of your work place?  If you work in a factory or for a local DOT I’m sure you are wearing a pair of safety glasses, gloves and possibly a class 2 vest.  What do you do when the 5 o’clock bell rings and its time to head home?  Do you leave your safety gear at work or do you take it home with you?

Most of the above “chores” or “sports” can be dangerous to the hand or eye in certain situations.  Are you prepared to explain to your employer why your eye is injured or why your vision is impaired because a piece of debris is imbedded in it?

If you wear PPE 40 hours a week what’s it going to hurt you to wear it a few more hours playing softball or cutting the grass on Saturday morning?

30% Fewer Hand Injuries!

At MCR Safety it is our desire to work closely with our Distributors and End-Users to reduce injuries in the workplace. Periodically I will post case studies that we have worked with End-Users to assist in reduction of hand injuries and/or a reduction in spending. Here is one that we worked with a key Oil & Gas company:

Opportunity:
In May of 2008, MCR Safety and a worldwide leading Oil & Gas production company began collaborating on the development of a glove that would protect workers, reduce hand injuries and set an industry standard in providing hand safety specifically designed for the Petrochemical Industry.  As a worldwide Oil & Gas producer, several different job functions and applications would need to be considered in developing an Oil & Gas glove.  The company is known for their vast expertise and success in crude oil exploration and production and transportation of crude oil and refining and natural gas exploration.

The Consulting and Compliance team worked closely with MCR Safety Product Development Managers, National Account Managers, the Prospect’s Global Management Team and Global Safety & Health Advisors, and their field personnel to develop trial and implement a mandate for the use of the MCR Safety HV100 Oil & Gas glove.

Obstacles:
Two major obstacles were introducing the HV100 Oil & Gas Glove to the prospect’s Approved Contractors which performed services for the worldwide locations both on and offshore, the second was to identify the industrial distributors that were Approved Providers for the prospect.

Solutions:
The Prospect was instrumental in formulating documentation and notification to the Approved Contractors mandating the hand protection policies that would be required by compliance if contracted to perform services.  MCR Safety C&C team members and National Account Managers collaborated to identify the Approved Providers and set pricing guidelines and terms for those selected MCR Safety authorized distributors.

Implementation:
Implementation of the Oil & Gas Glove and Hand Safety Initiative was implemented for all the Prospects worldwide locations as a mandate to comply with their Hand Safety Initiative on October 10, 2009.

Observations:
The HV100 Oil & Gas glove was developed and introduced to meet the needs of primarily the petrochemical industry and was introduced to the industrial distribution channel in the Fall of 2009.  Since the introduction of the HV100 Oil & Gas glove, several other models have been developed to meet further specifications, such as the HV200, Y200 and Y300 and the B100 models with some of these models now offer sizing up to 3X.  The MCR Safety Force Flex series is gaining recognition throughout the industrial distribution channel and the market and is no longer exclusive to petrochemical industry applications.

Success:
At the 2010 NSC, the Prospect confirmed a 30% reduction in hand injuries specifically related to the HV100 glove and the 2009 Hand Safety Mandate and Glove Safety Initiative.

The HV100 continues to gain market share and acceptance from a wide array of end-users. This is not being used only petroleum business.

***Special Thanks to Laura Nardone of MCR Safety’s Consulting and Compliance Team for this case study.

How can you have this type of success? Visit the Consulting and Compliance web page and let us know how you want fewer injuries resulting in a cost savings.

 

Tornado! Are you prepared?

During the spring and summer in the U.S. we have to keep our eyes to the sky looking for potential bad weather. Tornadoes can occur any time of day and form rapidly. There were 1,897 tornadoes reported in the US in 2011 (of which at least 1,688 were confirmed). 2011 was an exceptionally destructive and deadly year for tornadoes. There were estimated confirmed fatalities of 552 in the United States (compared to 564 US deaths in the prior ten years combined)*.

As the season grows we have already seen 274 tornadoes reported in the U.S. in 2012, of which at least 183 have been confirmed. There have been 55 confirmed fatalities in the United States (as of 3.8.12)*.

One can never 100% guarantee that you are protected in a tornado, but there are some valuable ways to protect yourself. I have listed a couple of excellent sources for you to read.

Redcross – Redcross Link
FEMA -  http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

Other items to prepare with:
1) Hard Hats (during & cleanup)
2) Safety Glasses (during & cleanup)
3) Strong shoes/boots (during & cleanup)
4) Dust masks (cleanup)
5) Strong Gloves (cleanup)

Teach your entire family how to use these items and all items in your survival kits.

Before and during a potential disaster:
1) Make a plan – Use the above links to help you design a plan that fits your family
2) Practice your plan – Remember drills from school? Do it at home.
3) Prepare for survival – That is the goal
4) Stay Calm – We work better when we are calm
5) Try to laugh (it may seem weird, but it helps)

This is my son acting crazy while in the bathtub during a Tornado warning.

Please pass this information on to your friends and family so everyone can all remain safe during a potential disaster.
*(source Wikipedia)

Are Standards Necessary?

I’m a firm believer in free enterprise and believe that “over-regulation” of any industry can and will stifle growth, innovation and job creation.  However, as we have seen in recent years no regulation or extremely limited oversight can have disastrous results for consumers.  There must be a balance.  Market forces should be allowed to work and flourish while at the same time there must be protections and oversight in place to keep entities (including manufacturers) from taking dangerous “short-cuts” to drive profits and to keep predators completely out of the market.

The safety PPE market regulation comes in the form of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).  OSHA was created to help protect workers from workplace hazards, by establishing and enforcing workplace safety and health requirements.  OSHA requires employers to provide their employees with a safe workplace and appropriate protective equipment.  A point of confusion sometimes is that while OSHA may mandate the use of a product that meets a certain standard, OSHA does not write any standards or certify any products.

So what is a Standard and why do we need them (specifically in our safety industry)?  In simple terms standards create the “norm” or “what’s expected”.  Standards establish compatibility, suitability and levels of performance.  They put credibility and a certain level of trust behind the products that are manufactured to specific industry standards.

At MCR Safety we are strong supporters of PPE product standards and believe they are vital to assure workers are well protected from the many diverse hazards that may be present in the workplace.  We are a member of ISEA (International Safety Equipment Association).  ISEA is a recognized leader in the development of safety standards in the U.S. and around the world.  The association also works with Congress and government agencies to educate and influence policy makers on the importance of safety regulations and oversight in the workplace as well as the necessity of standards and their enforcement.  For more than 75 years ISEA has worked with its member company’s to promote the standardization of safety equipment.  MCR Safety is an active participant on all product group committees within ISEA for our core product lines.

When you or your fellow coworkers put on a pair of safety glasses you should want to know they meet a standard that has been developed by experts, tested to the rigors of the workplace and is consistently enforced.  This same level of confidence should apply whether you are wearing a respirator, garment or pair of gloves.  There is no room to “short cut” and no place for predators when it comes to protecting life and limb at the workplace!

Celebrate! Not Emergency Room visit!

One way people like to celebrate the New Year is to shoot fireworks. This can be a fun and exciting event. This can also be a dangerous and deadly event. Did you know that sparklers could burn as hot as 1200 degrees?  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has some great tips for fireworks safety.  The video shows some radical explosions and a great testimony of what can happen when you play with fireworks.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Have a happy and SAFE New Year’s holiday!

Some thoughts to ponder!

Our hope is that this season of giving provides you with joy and comfort. Through the holiday season MCR Safety wants to wish you all the best and we look forward to a blessed new year.

 

Please take time over the holiday season to reflect on your blessings:

  • Gloves – You are typing and clicking your mouse due to the blessing of protection from top-notch gloves.
  • Glasses – You are reading this message because you protected your eyes with high quality safety glasses.
  • Garments – And don’t forget how that your garments protected you from quick chemical splash.

We at MCR Safety are thankful that we were able to provide products that protect workers across the globe in 2011 and look forward to protecting you in 2012.

MCR Safety Holiday Schedule

In effort to help with your holiday planning, please be advised MCR Safety will be observing the following schedule:

  • Dec 22 Normal shipping day
  • Dec 23 We will ship orders received until 11am
  • Dec 26 Closed in observance of Christmas
  • Dec 27 Resume regular operations
  • Dec 30 Normal shipping day
  • Jan 2 Closed in observance of New Years

This decision is based on notice that most LTL carriers will not move freight on December 23rd.    UPS and Fedex advise of normal shipping schedules on Friday, December 23rd and closed on Monday, December 26th.

We appreciate your support and hope this helps with your holiday scheduling.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!