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Department of Labor – Required Poster

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 26, 2020 2:07:40 PM

The Department of Labor has issued a new poster for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Employers must post this in their workplace. You can find the poster at this link: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

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Illinois Manufacturing Helpline Tip of the Day: COVID-19 Respirators (N95 Filtering Facepiece)

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 25, 2020 4:26:31 PM

Are your employees wearing N95 filtering facepiece respirators to protect themselves? Please Note: the information in this blog pertains only to N95 filtering facepiece respirators. Other respirator types may follow different requirements.

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Illinois Manufacturing Helpline Tip of the Day: Employee Safety During Stay at Home Order

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 24, 2020 3:44:43 PM

Yesterday we wrote about companies being essential businesses and staying open during the "Stay at Home" order. If you do remain open, here are some recommendations to help keep employees safe while they are at work:

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Illinois Manufacturing Helpline Tip of the Day: Essential Businesses and the "Stay at Home" Order

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 23, 2020 5:07:44 PM

Many companies have been asking whether their business is essential and, if they are essential, do they have to require employees to come to work. The Illinois Executive Order issued this past Friday caused much concern and confusion.

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Caring: One Path to Improve Workplace Safety

Posted by Mary Hallock on Feb 19, 2020 11:33:31 AM

Workers play a strong role in keeping themselves safe due to their willingness to take personal responsibility for decisions that will keep them safe. Safety training and policies are commonly used tools to help encourage risk-free behaviors through building safety knowledge. However, these practices alone will not be enough to create a complete safety culture.

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Effective Communication: Listening

Posted by Mary Hallock on Apr 24, 2019 9:33:17 AM

Recently I’ve been doing some supervisory training focused on communication. When I ask supervisors about some of the problems they face “Communication” is nearly always raised as an issue. This seemingly simple response can lead to a quite complex topic. How exactly should we address improving communication?

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Electronic Submissions of Reports to OSHA

Posted by Mary Hallock on Nov 12, 2018 10:13:00 AM

computer and mouseHopefully by now you are aware that OSHA has started requiring the electronic filing of OSHA 300A logs. Covered establishments (check here to determine whether or not this applies to you) were required to electronically submit information from their 2017 OSHA 300A log by July 1, 2018 through a portal on the OSHA website. If you missed the July 1 deadline you can still file the information, although it will be flagged "late" by OSHA.
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The time is now! Submit your OSHA 300A logs electronically

Posted by Mary Hallock on Apr 27, 2018 11:08:31 AM

More than a third of workplaces did not submit... Are you on the naughty list?

By the end of 2017, select employers were required to submit 300A forms containing 2016 data. Unfortunately for OSHA, only two-thirds of the anticipated 350,000 submissions were recorded. These organizations are now facing potential scrutiny and fines for these "other-than-serious" citations, and will be conducting inquiries until June 15, 2018.

Did you find yourself on the OSHA target list for not submitting? As a reminder, establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses are required to submit. 

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Next time you want to identify waste on your shop floor, visit an art museum

Posted by Mary Hallock on Jan 8, 2018 11:14:57 AM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist

In lean we talk about “seeing the waste” and using visual tools. Many of us that use these terms  have had a lot of training in engineering, manufacturing and other highly technical areas. However, the skills needed to “see” problems may lie more firmly in the study of art.

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Deadline Approaching: OSHA Injury and Illness Reporting

Posted by Mary Hallock on Nov 20, 2017 9:54:22 AM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist and OSHA Authorized Trainer

UPDATE (12/1/17) – OSHA has extended the deadline to December 15 for electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses.

ATTENTION: The OSHA electronic reporting of injury and illness records has gone into effect!

Certain employers are required to submit information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Most manufacturers fall into those certain industries.

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