November Meeting Announcement

The next SAFER meeting is this Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 8 to 10am at NEIT.


Personal Protection Equipment Utilization: “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.”

We have all seen the outrageous images of a worker with a square of foam in lieu of a hard hat, with a sheet of newsprint used in lieu of an appropriately shaded face shield, or inverted bucket in lieu of motorcycle helmet.  In a moment, without much consideration, the use of these materials can be determined to be inappropriate.

Why then, in a market were appropriate PPE (and instructions for use) are readily available do we find misapplication (and even non-use).

The group will exam ways to improve PPE utilization through an interactive discussion.  OSHA has provided useful resource information – see OSHA PPE SLTC, which includes among other resources: eLCOSH PPE Training Guide.

LESSONS LEARNED: Jason Berard of ORCPG we share a lessons learned with the group.

SPONSOR: Old Republic Construction Program Group (ORCPG)

Drive Safely Work Week 2014

Thank you to Maryann for providing the following:

From Joseph McKillips, Chairperson, NETS Board of Directors:

“This year marks the 18th year of the DSWW campaign sponsored annually by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS.)

It is often said that a strong corporate or organizational safety culture is a journey, not a destination. With that in mind, this year’s DSWW campaign materials are designed to make the case for integrating elements of safe driving into an organization’s core safety culture. Nearly everyone drives—whether for work, commuting to and from work or tending to daily errands outside of work. Regardless of the reason for the trip, time spent behind the wheel is very likely the most dangerous part of an employee’s day.

If your safety programs don’t currently integrate policies, procedures, communication tools and/or practices related to safe driving for all employees, DSWW could be your opportunity to introduce these concepts. If you already have programs in place, it’s a great time to repeat, reinforce and maybe even rethink your safety communications as they relate to driving.

We invite you to share these materials with your organization’s executive leadership. Whether through video messages, town hall meetings or letters to employees, it is our hope they will consider getting involved and use the ideas in this year’s DSWW tool kit to emphasize the importance of road safety for all employees – during the campaign week, and throughout the year.

Thank you for downloading the Drive Safely Work Week tool kit. Working together, we can reduce the number of traffic crashes that impact our workforce, members of our families and the communities in which we all work and live.

Wishing you safe travels,

Joseph McKillips

Sr. Manager, Commercial Program Support, Global Environment, Health, and Safety
Chairperson, NETS Board of Directors”

Visit the website for more information….

October’s Meeting Held

The first meeting of the 2014/15 year was held October 1, 2014. The topic was “Boots on the Ground: “Hazard Identification and Mitigation.” Thank you to Sam Brusco, of Brusco Design & Renovation, for his table top exercise, and Joseph Werbicki, M.S., CSP, Safety and Health Consultant, for his presentation on individual safe behavior. SAFER would also like to thank Ocean State Risk Management (OSRM) for sponsoring a Continental Breakfast and NEIT for sponsoring the meeting place.

For those who missed it the following link is for the BTEA Newsletter that was passed around.

3M Horizontal Lifeline Recall

From 3M:
“A recent analysis of 3M™ Model Number SWSW Series Mobile SkyWalk horizontal lifeline systems identified that these systems may not satisfactorily meet the minimum requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.66, 1926.502 regulations and may not arrest a fall in the working clearances stated in 3M user manuals. This system was previously sold under the name Aearo Series Mobile SkyWalk system or SafeWaze Series Mobile SkyWalk system”.

You can find the recall notice in the SAFER Recall link under “Fall Protection”.

Updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule

From OSHA’s QuickTakes September 15, 2014 · Volume 13, Issue 18

OSHA expands requirement for reporting fatalities and severe injuries and updates the list of industries exempt from recordkeeping requirements.

A final rule announced Sept. 11 requires employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015 for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

“Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. We can and must do more to keep America’s workers safe and healthy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable, and these new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them.”

“Hospitalizations and amputations are sentinel events, indicating that serious hazards are likely to be present at a workplace and that an intervention is warranted to protect the other workers at the establishment,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA’s regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.

Employers can report these events by telephone to the nearest OSHA Area Office during normal business hours or the 24-hour OSHA hotline 1-800-321-OSHA [6742], or electronically through a new tool which will be released soon and accessible at

In a final rule posted in the Federal Register on Sept. 11, OSHA has also updated the list of industries that, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates, are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep injury and illness records. The rule will go into effect Jan. 1, 2015 for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

The previous list of exempt industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification system and the new rule uses the North American Industry Classification System to classify establishments by industry. The new list is based on updated injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The new rule maintains the exemption for any employer with 10 or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, from the requirement to routinely keep records of worker injuries and illnesses.

OSHA has posted a new website with plain language materials about the new requirements. For more information on the industries now exempt from keeping records or new industries now covered, please visit OSHA has also posted training material and other guidance on how to keep OSHA records to make it easy for newly covered employers to comply.

All employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA’s new severe injury and illness reporting requirements. For more information, see the news release, Assistant Secretary Michaels’ statement, and OSHA’s new Web page on the revised rule.

2014-15 Seminar Series Announced

The 1014-15 seminar series schedule has been posted to the “Mtg Schedule” page of the website. The schedule may be tweaked during the year to accommodate instructors conflicts and/or severe weather. Thank you to the Steering committee for their hard work and to the Sponsors who have committed to some of the meetings. Anyone else who is interested in sponsoring a Continental breakfast should contact Bob Kunz. SAFER looks forward to seeing everyone.

September’s Meeting Kicks Off the 2014/2015 Year

Building SAFER in RI community – We hope that you have plans to enjoy the last few beach days and the holiday weekend. We look forward to seeing you on September 3, 2014 for the first meeting of the 2014 -2015 program year. We have an exciting schedule to share with you. The information for the first meeting follows:

Date: Sept 3, 2014, 8-10 am.

TOPIC: A Fresh Perspective on Construction Safety : “Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks.”

Michael Soares, of Stillwater Associates LLC, will speak about the lessons learned from oil industry, the crude by rail industry and share several vignettes and anecdotal references to illustrate how a construction safety program can be enhanced by the embracing and utilization of multi-industry approach.

SPONSOR: New England Laborers Health and Safety Fund (NELHSF).

RSVP: Please join us for some calories and coffee before the meeting. To ensure that we can accommodate all interested individuals, please respond to with SAFER in subject line.

Bob Kunz, SAFER Steering Committee Chairperson

Preventing Back-Over Injuries

 From Maryann:

Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Backing Construction Vehicles and Equipment at Roadway Construction Worksites


Workers on roadway construction worksites are exposed to possible injury and death from moving construction vehicles and equipment [NIOSH 2001].

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that specific procedures and controls be in place at roadway construction worksites to help prevent injuries and deaths from backing construction vehicles and equipment.

Click her for the rest of the article.


Thank You Maryann!

MaryannThxSAFER wishes to publicly thank Maryann Mederios, MPH, CSP, Compliance Assistance Specialist for OSHA, Providence, RI.

Her true dedication to safety has helped countless employees and employers over the years throughout the Rhode Island area in both General and Construction industries.

We wish her great success with her recent promotion as the Area Director for OSHA’s Augusta Area Office in Maine.

Follow-up Info from May’s Meeting

From Maryann:

Hello Everyone – Just a few follow-up items from this morning:

1.  Here is a link to the NIOSH Science blog which discusses the most accurate sound level meter apps:

2.  Here is a link to the new OSHA page on  Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment (includes

3.  Here is a link from OSHA Quick Takes to the four free webinars on electrical safety (includes minimum approach distance calculator:

 OSHA and partners to host new regulation Subpart V webinars

Edison Electric Institute, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and OSHA will host a series of webinars on topics relating to recently published regulations on Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment.

There are a total of four webinars on the following subjects: Minimum Approach Distances, Fall Protection, Host Employer/Contractor and Arc Protection. These webinars are open to the general public. Click here to see an agenda and to register