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December 2021 Newsletter

Training Exam App

The Importance of Effective Safety Training

Did you know that Safety Reports offers a tool that allows you to send training topics to your employees via text or email? The recipient simply reviews the materials (in PDF format) and will be required to answer a few short questions to confirm their understanding. Once they answer all questions correctly, they will get credit for the training. It’s really that simple!

You can use our preloaded training topics with test questions, or you can create your own through your Administrative Site. Questions can be created as True/False or Multiple Choice. Training content can be added in English and Spanish. Recipients will have the option to select the training content in the language of their choice.

From your Administrative Site, you will be able to view training status (i.e., in progress, completed or not completed). The system will also show you how many attempts were needed to get all of the answers correct. This is important because multiple attempts may be an indication that the employee didn’t take time to actually review the training content and instead may have guessed the correct answer until they got them all correct.

We realize this isn’t a true Learning Management System, but it comes close in a lot of aspects. The best part is the price. You can send unlimited training exams to your employees for just $10 per person. This price drops based on volume.

To learn more about our Training Exam App, please email us at info@safety-reports.com.

Incident App Instruction Guides

We recently added User Guides for our Incident App to our online “Instruction Guide” page. The guides walk users through the process of using our Incident App to record Injuries, Illnesses, Near Misses, Vehicle, General Liability and Property Incidents. Use the link below to navigate to the Instruction Guide page and scroll down to the “Incident” heading. The new guides will be the first ones you see in the list of available options.

Click here to view our Instruction Guides.

Ad Hoc Inspections

The Safety Reports App uses our standard, preloaded checklists to create inspection reports. And for those wanting to do an inspection that doesn’t fall under one of our standard checklists, they have the option to create their own custom checklist.

We recently made a change that is drastically different than our current system. The new option is called “Ad Hoc” inspections. With this approach, you don’t use a checklist, instead, you document your observations manually as you go. You simply select “Positive” or “Negative” and the app will prompt you to enter your observation into a text field (which, by the way, works using voice-to-text as an option). If the observation is negative, you can then add your own recommendations. We also include the option to add photos, assign corrective action, severity and more!

To learn more about our Ad Hoc Inspections, please Contact Us.

Industrial Robotics Checklist

General Industry (1910)We recently added a new checklist to our list of standard checklists called Industrial Robotics. It was built using ANSI+RIA+R15.06-1999+(R2009) as a guide. This new checklist addresses “Safety Requirements” for industrial robotic operations. It includes 9 categories and over 160 questions.

Categories include:

  1. Installation of Robots & Robot Systems
  2. Maintenance of Robots & Robot Systems
  3. Safeguarding Devices: Application Requirements
  4. Safeguarding Devices: Performance Requirements
  5. Safeguarding of Personnel: Implementation
  6. Safeguarding of Personnel: Prescribed Method
  7. Safeguarding of Personnel: Risk Assessment Method
  8. Safety Training of Personnel
  9. Testing, Start-Up of Robots & Robot Systems

 

If you’d like to utilize the new Industrial Robotics checklist, you can activate it from your Administrative Site under “User Profiles” or Contact Us for assistance.

We have the following checklists in development and expected to be released in late Q1 or early Q2 2022:

  • General Industry (Oregon) Checklist
  • EPA RCRA Checklist

App Updates

We expect to release updates in the coming weeks to our Scan App, Incident App, and Inspection App. Be sure to update your apps when prompted. Keep in mind that some devices are set to auto-update, so no action would be needed. We will also send email reminders to our customers when the updates are released.

One of the primary enhancements with these updates will be an improved photo annotation feature and a faster Database Download. And for our Enterprise customers, your app users will have access to “Safety Documents”.

Safety Documents are added by Account Administrators and are accessible to all employee’s using the app. Examples of Safety Documents might include Company Safety Policies, JSA’s, SDS’s, etc.

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OSHA Enforcement

OSHA Enforcement Activity

OSHA enforcement activity is on the rise and so are penalties for non-compliance. Following are just a few examples:

US Department of Labor cites Connecticut aircraft parts manufacturer for failing to protect employees from toxic substance exposures. Kaman Air Vehicles faces $308K in penalties for hexavalent chromium, cadmium violations.
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US Department of Labor finds Midwest trailer sales company failed to ensure workers followed measures to prevent COVID-19 spread. Twelve of 38 Amston Trailer Sales’ workers tested positive in a
month; one worker died.
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Texas hotel operator agrees to pay back wages, damages to worker fired after reporting unsafe work conditions, seeking medical help. All Seasons Hospitality and Investments LLC, owner will pay $7,450 to whistleblower.
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Sunpro Solar’s owner cited again for exposing workers to fall hazards after investigation at Naples work site; faces $160K in penalties. Marc Jones Construction LLC put workers at risk in Texas in 2021, 2020.
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US Department of Labor finds North Georgia contractor bypassed safety requirements in investigation of 24-year-old worker’s death in Dawsonville. OSHA proposes $20K in penalties for Mathis Grading Inc. after worker’s death.
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US Department of Labor orders Houston crane company to pay nearly $24K to worker who refused to violate federal law. Investigation finds Crane Masters Inc. retaliated when driver wouldn’t exceed legal limits.
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US Department of Labor alleges global truck manufacturer fired worker concerned about coronavirus safety at Texas facility. Federal lawsuit alleges Peterbilt Motor Co. in Denton violated whistleblower protections.
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OSHA

OSHA QuickTakes

Stay on top of the latest OSHA news, initiatives, and products to help identify and prevent workplace hazards.

On November 3, Douglas L. Parker was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Read his bio to learn about his commitment to protecting workers.
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Amid national increase, US Department of Labor urges Midwest employers to emphasize electrical safety after 4 workplace deaths in Missouri, Kansas.
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New York On-Site Consultation Program Assists a concrete block manufacturer in reducing noise exposures.
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US Department of Labor extends comment period for COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard.
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As we head into another holiday shopping season, OSHA has resources to help employers keep workers safe.
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Make sure workers are protected from cold stress and other winter weather hazards.
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Katie Kassel
Author: Katie Kassel

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