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February 2019 | Volume 13 Issue 2.2

Save The Date: 2019 Safe + Sound Week. Join the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019. Safe + Sound Week is nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. Safe workplaces are sound businesses. Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started or energize an existing one. Organizations of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public, or supply chain partners should participate. Participating in Safe + Sound Week is easy. Click HERE to get started. Select the activities you would like to do at your workplace. You can host an event just for your workers or host a public event to engage your community. After you’ve completed your events, you can download a certificate and web badge to recognize your organization and your workers.

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™.  The 2019 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) will take place on Thursday, June 20th. This will be the tenth year for the global event and TEAM WLSL™ will continue with its goal of reaching more than one billion with the message Swimming Lesson Save Lives™ by 2019. Local WLSL events will take place at hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries on five continents over the course of 24 hours. The WLSL event serves as a platform to help the global aquatics industry work together to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-14. Research shows risk of drowning can be reduced by 88 percent if children participate in formal swimming lessons between the ages of 1-4. Yet, a survey conducted by the American Red Cross in 2014 found that more than half of Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills. This CAN and SHOULD change and this is the mission of TEAM WLSL™. Registration opens on February 14, 2019 at WLSL.org.

OSHA Issues Final Rule to Protect Privacy of Workers. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to submit information electronically from OSHA forms 300 and 301 to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to submit information electronically from OSHA Form 300A. The final rule helps avoid the risk of publicly disclosing sensitive employee information. The rule does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain the OSHA forms and employee records. The deadline for electronic submissions of 2018 data from the OSHA Form 300A is March 2, 2019. For more information, read the news release.

March is National Ladder Safety Month. Every year over 100 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Join the American Ladder Institute (ALI) and participate in the third annual National Ladder Safety Month February 24 – March 30. This important month was designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities. ALI believes ladder accidents are preventable, but without better safety planning and training and continuous innovation in product design, we will continue to see far too many fatalities. Please join ALI and its members in sharing this message with the world year-round. Sign up HERE to receive more information from ALI on how you can participate in spreading awareness about ladder safety at work, ladder safety at home, and proper ladder inspection and disposal. Additional Ladder Safety Tips are available on our Resource Library.

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External Aquatic Operation Assessment. External Aquatic Operation Assessment services can provide an unbiased, objective review of the aquatic safety operations and identify areas for improvement. Additionally, such assessments help keep facilities accountable to recommendations and regulations providing an additional layer of protection by offering more than one perspective. They provide aquatic leaders the opportunity to learn how staff are performing and identify safety and response issues with the facility. They also allow aquatic leaders to ask a professional for help, ideas, or guidance. By inviting a different set of eyes to view and assess your facility and lifeguarding operations you can enhance the quality and value of your risk assessment efforts. External aquatic operation assessments can validate your risk management efforts as well as reveal new areas which may need focus and improvement. YMCA’s specifically, should be aware that the Y-USA Aquatic Safety Guidelines for Y’s recommends an independent assessment of the aquatic facility operations annually, at a minimum. Safe-Wise Consulting specializes in aquatic operations assessments based on aquatic industry guidelines and core safety philosophies. Our staff are cross trained on the most up-to-date American Red Cross (ARC), YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) & the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) lifeguard & BLS courses, and work closely with the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC). Please contact your Safe-Wise consultant or Safe-Wise Consulting HERE to request an Aquatic Operation Assessment today.

Employers Must Post 2018 Injury/Illness Summary Beginning Feb. 1. Employers are reminded of their obligation to post a copy of the Occupational Safety & Health Administrations (OSHA) Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2018. Each year, from Feb. 1 to April 30, the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements. Visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.

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