Deadline Approaching: OSHA Injury and Illness Reporting

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald 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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Avoid Catastrophic Injury with Machine Guarding Fundamentals

Posted by Marketing Support on Nov 14, 2017 1:00:14 PM

Written by Lori Amerman, IMEC Operations Coordinator and OSHA Authorized Trainer

Hazards of machinery can cause catastrophic injuries when employees come in contact.  Crushing and amputations are devastating to the employee’s quality of life.  The employer is faced with many costs of medical expenses, equipment fixes and training.  According to OSHA’s $afety Pays Program, an amputation on average has a direct cost of $77,995 and indirect of $85,794.  At a 3% profit margin assumption these costs would require an additional $2,859,816 in sales to recover.

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Prepare for the Unexpected: October is National Fire Prevention Month

Posted by Marketing Support on Oct 12, 2017 2:57:40 PM

Written by Mary Hallock, IMEC Technical Specialist

October is National Fire Prevention Month -- a great time to ensure your workforce is prepared for all types of emergencies. Start by reviewing any emergency procedures and documentation you have for the organization. Are they up-to-date? Do your staff know how to respond in the event of an emergency?

Fire in a business setting can cause an interruption in production, loss of revenue, and even worse, it could put your team at great risk. Understanding a few simple preparedness techniques may save you from a future catastrophe.

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Update on OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule

Posted by Marketing Support on Jun 19, 2017 1:48:59 PM

The electronic posting requirement for injury and illness logs has been delayed. The following is a quote from the OSHA website: "OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available."

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Sometimes we need to focus on the safety basics

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 13, 2017 11:05:37 AM

Posture, Positioning and People Movement

When we focus our time and efforts on making safety corrections we often focus on machine guarding, lockout/tagout and some of the other programs that require written programs, and regular documented training. However, a good deal of injuries and costs are caused by injuries on walking surfaces or due to ergonomic issues in our work.

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Don't let accidents just "happen" - Update your walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Dec 7, 2016 4:27:52 PM

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

Falls from heights and from the same level happen at workplaces more often than you might think. Injuries from falls are a leading cause of serious workplace injuries and deaths. OSHA has recently updated their walking-working surfaces and fall protection standards for general industry. Make today the day to consider training so your employees are aware of these workplace hazards.

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New OSHA injury and illness reporting coming soon

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 22, 2016 10:07:23 AM

OSHA has issued new reporting standards that will take effect in 2017. For those familiar with the 300, 300A and 301 forms that have been in place for many years, you will now be required to file some or all of those forms electronically. Learn more by visiting the OSHA webpage on the recordkeeping changes: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/finalrule/index.html.

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Inaugural Illinois Safety Award Goes to Marathon

Posted by Marketing Support on Nov 19, 2015 9:14:31 AM

To highlight companies committed to the health and safety of employees, the State of Illinois introduced this year the Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety. With safety of highest importance in manufacturing, refining, and construction, this award will show who’s committed to protecting workers from avoidable, costly, and sometimes deadly injuries.

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Southern Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (SIOSH) Day

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 23, 2015 1:06:49 PM

The Southern Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Day Conference celebrates its 15th Anniversary on October 29, 2015.  The annual event provides expert occupational safety and health management resources for employers of all sizes and industries.

The conference offers breakout sessions and networking opportunities with speakers and vendors from industry, higher education and regulatory agencies.  It is a venue to learn about best practices and ask questions of peers and compliance agents about how standards are practically applied.

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Survey predicts a major industrial cyberattack will occur in US

Posted by Marketing Support on Sep 2, 2015 2:53:34 PM

Results of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, canvassing more than 1,600 leading experts on the Internet and computer systems and networks, predicted that a major industrial cyberattack will occur sometime within the next 10 years that will cause widespread harm to America’s security and welfare. “Widespread harm” was defined as significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft in the tens of billions of dollars.

The International Society of Automation (ISA)—a global leader in industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity standards and compliance, training and certificate programs; and an official IMEC partner—is working with the US government and leaders throughout industry to increase awareness of growing cyberthreats and to underscore how to best combat them.

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