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

CDC/NIOSH Ladder Injury Study

From Maryann:

Hi Everyone – There are a lot of falls from ladders.  The CDC/NIOSH has recently published a study about ladder injuries.  This study provides a good deal of data on the height of the fall, gender of employee, type of industry and other issues. Below is a link to the study. This may be useful to you as you plan and provide ladder safety training. NOTE: CDC issued an errata removing a statistic from the sentence “43% of fatal falls involved ladders”.