Thursday, April 25, 2019
We are pleased to offer our May newsletter for your reading pleasure!
It's almost time!!! The 87th NC Statewide Safety Conference
May 16 - 18, 2017 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.

Exhibitor Booth registrations are still open! 

            EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION                
Notes from Dennis

Greetings Friends,

The 87th NC Statewide Safety Conference is rapidly approaching! If you haven't registered as and Exhibitor please do so today. 

Pre-registrations have closed, but you can still register upon arrival in the Heritage Room at the Joseph Koury Convention Center.

This will be the last year that the conference will be "No Cost" to attend. We have provided a free conference for 87 years and have out-lived the free part. In 2018 there will be a nominal registration fee in order to continue to provide a quality conference and we ask that you continue to support us!

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Please give us a call if you have training needs and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Crystalline Silica Standard Delayed

Agency urges employers to take steps to comply in the interim

Enforcement of the construction Respirable Crystalline Silica standard (29 CFR 1926.1153) will be moved back to September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on April 6, 2017. Because of the unique requirements in the standard, OSHA will provide additional educational materials and guidance for employers.
In the meantime, OSHA says that construction employers should take steps to:
  • Come into compliance with the new permissible exposure limit, or
  • Implement specific dust controls for certain operations as provided in Table 1 of the standard.
In addition, they should prepare to implement the standard's other requirements:
  • Exposure assessment
  • Medical surveillance, and
  • Employee training.
Section 1926.1153 had an original enforcement date for construction of June 23, 2017.

Crystalline silica is a common component of sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar.

Exposures to crystalline silica dust occur in construction operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, block, rock, and stone products.

Who goes up must come down 

Use ladders safely

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination, and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries. Here's what you need to know about ladder safety requirements:
  • Maintain ladders free of oil, grease, and other slip hazards.
  • Do not load ladders beyond their maximum intended load or rated capacity.
  • Use ladders only for their designed purpose.
  • Use ladders only on stable and level surfaces unless secured to prevent accidental movement.
  • Do not use ladders on slippery surfaces unless secured or provided with slip-resistant feet.
  • Secure ladders placed in areas such as doorways or passageways or where they can be displaced by workplace activities or traffic. Or, use a barricade to keep traffic or activity away from the ladder.
  • Keep areas clear around the top and bottom of ladders.
  • Do not move, shift, or extend ladders while they are in use.
  • Use ladders equipped with nonconductive side rails if the worker or the ladder could contact exposed, energized electrical equipment.
  • Face the ladder when moving up or down, and maintain three points of contact with the steps, rungs, and/or side rails of the ladder at all times.
  • Use at least one hand to grasp the ladder when climbing.
  • Do not carry objects or loads that could cause loss of balance and falling.
Dockboard do's 
Follow safe practices on and around dockboards

Dockboards are useful devices for bridging the gap between a loading platform and a truck or other vehicle while loading and unloading materials. One of the most common hazards of working on a dockboard is the risk of a forklift running off its edge while loading or unloading materials. Incidents like this can cause serious injuries and damage to materials.

Injuries can also occur if the dockboard moves out of place while workers, either pedestrians or forklift operators, are on it, as well as during handling and positioning of the dockboard. To prevent such incidents, follow these safe practices:
  • Make sure dockboards can safely support the weight they need to hold. Make sure to account for the weight of materials being transferred, the weight of the forklift or other equipment being used to transfer materials, and the weight of the people doing the loading and unloading.
  • Use dockboards that have built-in runoff protection, unless there is no hazard of running off the dockboard edge.
  • Secure portable dockboards by anchoring them in place or using equipment to prevent them from moving out of a safe position.
  • If it is not possible to secure the dockboard, make sure there is enough contact between the dockboard and the surfaces it's connecting to prevent it from moving out of a safe position.
  • To prevent the dockboard from moving out of place while workers are on it, take steps to prevent the truck or other vehicle that materials are being loaded into or out of from moving. Wheel chocks and sand shoes are two possible means of accomplishing this.
  • When using a forklift on a dockboard, drive carefully and slowly. Make sure there is enough space for you to maneuver safely.
  • If the dockboard is 4 feet (ft) or more above a lower level, make sure it has a guardrail system or handrails to protect you from falling. The only time this is not required is if the dockboard is only used for material handling operations using motorized equipment and you will not be exposed to fall hazards greater than 10 ft on the dockboard.
  • Make sure that the dockboards you use have handholds or other means for handling them safely.
  • Keep dockboards in a clean and safe condition. Inspect them for damage every time you use them, clean up spills promptly to avoid slips and falls, and keep them free of mud, water, and debris as much as possible.
  • Before working on a dockboard, correct any hazardous conditions you have the training and ability to fix. If the dockboard is damaged, report it to your supervisor, and do not use it until it has been repaired.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that 88 percent of Millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days. The findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than seven percent. That's the largest single-year increase in 5 decades. 

Here are some specifics from the AAA research: 
  • Drivers aged 19 to 24 were nearly twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or e-mail while driving, and they were 1.6 times as likely to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days.
  • Nearly 12 percent of Millennial drivers said they feel it is acceptable to drive 10 miles per hour over the speed limit in a school zone.
  • About one-half of young drivers reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped.

Other studies show that hearing loss is associated with anxiety, depression, loneliness, and stress. Chronic noise exposure has been linked to worsening of heart disease, increased blood pressure, and other negative health effects. The CDC encourages doctors to ask patients about their exposure to loud noise and hearing issues.
news & notes 

OSHA   Recordkeeping Provision Overturned
Congress uses rare CRA maneuver

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed H.J. Res. 83 disapproving OSHA's 2016 rule that clarified the Agency's stance on citing employers for not keeping accurate injury and illness records throughout the required 5-year retention period.

The rule, a move OSHA had taken in response to a 2012 court decision, codified the agency's long-standing policy that injury and illness recordkeeping violations are "ongoing" violations that could be cited within the OSH Act's 6-month window from the time an inspector first discovered the violation. (The court ruling said that the 6-month period began when the violation actually occurred, not when OSHA learned of the violation.)

Congress repealed the rule through the use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The seldom-used CRA allows Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval to prevent, with the full force of the law, a federal agency from implementing a rule or issuing a substantially similar rule without congressional authorization. The resolution also prevents future administrations from promulgating a similar rule.
The result of the rule's repeal is that OSHA will no longer be able to cite recordkeeping violations that occurred earlier than six months from the time an OSHA inspector discovers the violation. Realistically, the time period is even smaller given the length of time it takes for inspectors to actually prepare case files and get citations issued.

Note: The action does not change or take away any current employer requirements with respect to injury and illness recordkeeping. Employers must continue to keep and maintain records under Part 1904 for the entire five-year retention period called for in the regulations. Nevertheless, OSHA may now be hampered in enforcing the requirements for employers who choose not to comply.

Chemical spotlight:
Manganese is metal found in many types of rocks. Pure manganese is silver-colored but does not occur naturally; it combines with other substances, such as oxygen, sulfur, or chlorine. Manganese also occurs in most foods naturally or as an additive. Manganese is used in steel production to improve hardness, stiffness, and strength. It may also be used as an additive in gasoline to improve the octane rating.

Manganese can be released to the air, soil, and water from the manufacture, use, and disposal of manganese-based products. In water, manganese tends to attach to particles in the water or settle into the sediment. The manganese-containing gasoline additive may degrade in the environment quickly when exposed to sunlight, releasing manganese.

Employees who are required to clean up spills must be properly trained and equipped. In general, if manganese is spilled:
  • Evacuate persons, and control the entrance to the area.
  • Remove all ignition sources.
  • Collect powdered material in a convenient and safe manner, and deposit it in a sealed container for disposal.
  • Ventilate and wash the area after cleanup is completed.
  • Do NOT wash into sewers.
  • Contact your state environmental department or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional office to find out if manganese should be contained and disposed of as a hazardous waste.

News & Notes
The ABC's of SPCC

Understand our facility's plan

The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan, known as the SPCC Plan, is a plan that is specific to oil stored at our facility and describes what measures we have to take to contain and clean up oil spills, if and when they occur, and how to prevent spills from occurring in the first place. We must have an SPCC Plan in place because we have containers and equipment that can hold 55 gallons (gal) or more of oil that, if spilled, could damage waterways.

We follow specific practices to ensure that containers are in adequate condition to prevent oil spills:
  • Oil containers must be closed and in good condition.
  • Containers should be stored away from drains and waterways.
  • Oil tanks and drums with a capacity of 55 gal or more of oil must have secondary containment that can hold at least as much as the tank can hold.
  • If a containment structure is outside, it should be covered whenever possible.
  • If such outdoor structures are uncovered, the containment structure must be kept free of water.
  • If water is taken out of the containment area and the water has a sheen, it must not be disposed of in a sewer system.
When fueling vehicles and tanks, stay with the vehicle, and do not rely on automatic shutoffs. When such shutoffs malfunction, spills may occur.

During monthly inspections:
  • Inspect all oil containers and oil-containing equipment for leaks and damaged or rusted parts.
  • Make sure containers and oil-containing equipment are operating properly.
  • Document the inspection.
When a spill occurs, act fast.
  • Contain the spill as much as you can.
  • Report spills to your supervisor. Information that you need to report includes the amount spilled, what kind of oil or fuel it is, the location of the spill, and what response measures have already been taken.
  • Limit access to the area where the spill occurred.
  • Dispose of all cleanup debris as oil waste.
Remember, the biggest concern during a spill event is your safety and the safety of your fellow employees. If you need a written plan, please give us a call!

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The NC Safety Conference is now offering this polo shirt and cap combination for a limited time only!

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We appreciate your continued support and look forward to you showing your colors!!!

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Indicted contractor faces 7-figure fine in double trench fatality

OSHA says the deaths of two employees in a tragic trench accident could have been prevented if a drain cleaning company had provided basic safeguards and training.

The Boston area contractor, which was cited and fined for similar hazards in 2007 and 2012, was recently cited for 18 alleged violations of OSHA standards, with proposed fines of $1.5 million. In February, a county grand jury indicted the company and its owner on two counts of manslaughter and other charges in connection with the deaths.

According to OSHA, the two workers died in October 2016 when the 12-foot-deep trench in which they were working collapsed. As a result, an adjacent fire hydrant supply line broke, filling the trench with water in a matter of seconds.
Noted OSHA's New England Regional Administrator Galen Blanton, "The deaths of these two men could have and should have been prevented." Despite knowing what needed to be done, the employer chose to ignore its responsibility, he stated.

An OSHA investigation found that the drain service company and its owner, who oversaw the work on the day the fatalities occurred, failed to take required actions, including:
  • Installing a support system to protect employees in the trench;
  • Removing employees from the hazardous conditions in the trench;
  • Training workers in how to identify and address trenching and excavation hazards;
  • Providing a ladder at all times so employees could exit the trench;
  • Supporting structures next to the trench that posed overhead hazards; and
  • Providing employees with hardhats and eye protection.
Because the walls of an unprotected trench can collapse suddenly, cave-in protection must be provided by shoring, sloping the soil, or by using a protective trench box. OSHA reminds employees that they must ensure that workers enter trenches only after adequate protections are in place to address cave-in hazards.

NFPA announces 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator
of the Year Award winner
March 7, 2017 - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Dolly Hulin, Fire and Life Safety Education Division Chief for the Thomasville Fire Department in North Carolina as the 2017 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Hulin will be recognized at NF
PA's 121st Conference & Expo, the premier event in fire and life safety, this June in Boston.
Each year, NFPA bestows the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award on an educator who works for a local fire department or fire marshal's office in the U.S. or Canada; and uses NFPA's materials in consistent and creative ways. The recipient demonstrates excellence and innovation in reaching out to the community, and views NFPA as the leading source for fire safety information.
Hulin has been exclusively using NFPA programs and materials since 2005. She calls NFPA the "one-stop-shop" for all of her fire department's education and prevention efforts. She is known for her extraordinary commitment to fire and burn prevention education and her outreach efforts include Safety Fest, an event she created to raise awareness during Fire Prevention Week. The event is attended by more than 20 area agencies and hundreds of residents. Hulin formed a partnership with a local supermarket, too, to provide NFPA cooking safety tip sheets in each grocery bag containing a Thanksgiving turkey. She also helps nearby communities launch their own fire safety programs, and teaches hunter safety classes, where she makes sure to provide fire safety information to enthusiasts. At every turn, Hulin ensures that all participants know the importance of having smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their cabins and campers.
Hulin goes above and beyond in her fire prevention efforts, often making time to stop by homes in her co
mmunity to install smoke alarms. For her community outreach and education efforts, Hulin received North Carolina's prestigious BT Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award.
For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at

Do you need safety training?

The NC Statewide Safety Conference, Inc. is now offering safety training from individual classes to all-day workshops, water and wastewater credit hours, First Aid/CPR/AED, Flagger Certification, Defensive Driving and more.

For more information, please call or email:

Dennis Parnell
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Training Calendar 
2017 Upcoming 6-Hr Dual Credit Water & Wastewater Workshops                                           
May 16, 2017
NC Statewide Safety Conference
Koury Convention Center 
Greensboro, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
May 25, 2017
Weaverville, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
June 1, 2017
Valdese, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
June 13, 2017
Carrboro, NC

6-Hr Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
June 21, 2017
Carthage, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
June 22, 2017
WSACC Concord, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
July 11, 2017
Swan Quarter, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
July 18, 2017
Franklin, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
August 1, 2017
Durham, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
August 3
Elon, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
August 22, 2017
Mebane, NC

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
August 29, 2017
Goldsboro, NC

August 29, 2017
NC DOT Ferry Division
Manns Harbor, NC
Regional Safety Councils

The NC Statewide Safety Conference, Inc. sponsors 5 Regional Safety Councils. The Western Carolina is now merged with Western Piedmont, Central Piedmont merged with Mid-State, Western Piedmont and Blue Ridge and Southeastern is merged with Mid-State, Blue Ridge and Eastern Carolina. For further information, please give us a call at 252-203-3192 or visit our website look under Safety Councils.

More about safety councils
Incident vs. Accident: What's the Difference?

In a BLR webinar entitled 'Near Misses: Why You Should Treat Near Misses as Wake-Up Calls That Can Prevent Serious Accidents,' Pamela Ferrante, CSP, CHMM, president of JC Safety & Environmental, Inc. of Pittsburgh, PA, discussed the importance of near miss reporting.

Near miss reporting is a piece of a strong safety culture. It is a way to get an organization talking about safety in general. With regard to incidence and near hits and near misses there are some differences in the safety field.

An unplanned, undesired event that hinders completion of a task and may cause injury, illness, or property damage or some combination of all three in varying degrees from minor to catastrophic. Unplanned and undesired do not mean unable to prevent. Unplanned and undesired also do not mean unable to prepare for Crisis planning is how we prepare for serious incidents that occur that require response for mitigation.

Near Miss: 
A subset of incidents that could have resulted in injury, illness or property damage, if given a different set of circumstances, but didn't. Near misses are also known as 'close calls.' Perhaps the better term to consider is 'near hit.'

Definition is often similar to incident, but supports the mindset that it could not have been prevented. An accident is the opposite of the fundamental intentions of a safety program, which is to find hazards, fix hazard, and prevent incidents. 

When we accept that accidents have no cause, we assume that they will happen again. 

Please give us a call to host a Accident Prevention Workshop!
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