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! 

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Notes from Dennis

Greetings Friends,

There is a lot happening across North Carolina this summer! We are offering 6-Hr. Dual Credit Water & Wastewater workshops at many various locations, Defensive Driving classes, Flagger Certification classes, Job Hazard Analysis classes just to name a few. Please visit our Training Calendar.

If you are in the Funeral Services business, we offer three different 5-Hr. Funeral Services Continuing Education workshops and all you need to do is give me a call to set one up at your locations.

We are rolling out our new and improved Root Cause Failure Analysis workshop soon, so be on the lookout for more information later this month.

We can assist you in writing and updating your written safety programs also!

Your safety and health needs are our main concern and we strive to provide the most affordable prices around. Please give us a call at 252-203-3192 to schedule a class or workshop at your location.

July 26th, NCALGESO Semi-annual Conference will be held at Carolina Beach, check it out at and July 27-28, the Wilmington Safety & Health School will be held at the Marriott in Carolina Beach. To register go to

If you have any additions or updates to your contact information, Please contact Elizabeth Ward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will be completely re-vamping our website, in the coming months as well, so please keep checking out our site.

Please give us a call if you have training needs and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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The Kiss o Life -  
A utility worker giving mouth-to-mouth to co-worker after he contacted a high voltage wire, 1967
Taken in 1967 by Rocco Morabito, this photo called "The Kiss of Life" shows a utility worker named J.D. Thompson giving mouth-to-mouth to co-worker Randall G. Champion after he went unconscious following contact with a Low Voltage line. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the low voltage lines at the very top of the utility pole. His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion's lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder. Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived, eventually making a full recovery.
What's even more incredible is Champion not only survived this thanks to Thompson, but he lived an extra 35 years. He died in 2002 at 64 years old. Thompson is still alive today.

Morabito was driving on West 26th Street in July 1967 on another assignment when he saw Champion dangling from the pole. He called an ambulance and grabbed his camera.
"I passed these men working and went on to my assignment," says Morabito. "I took eight pictures at the strike. I thought I'd go back and see if I could rind another picture." But when Morabito gets back to the linemen, "I heard screaming. I looked up and I saw this man hanging down. Oh my God. I didn't know what to do. I took a picture right quick. J.D. Thompson was running toward the pole. I went to my car and called an ambulance. I got back to the pole and J.D. was breathing into Champion. I backed off, way off until I hit a house and I couldn't go any farther. I took another picture. Then I heard Thompson shouting down: He's breathing!"
Rocco Morabito won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Spot Photography for this photograph, called "The Kiss of Life."

Interesting stuff:

Today mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is unnecessary and American Heart Association (AHA) don't recommend using it anymore. One of the big factors in the AHA's decision to lessen the importance of ventilation in the newest resuscitation guidelines, was to make it easier and more likely for bystanders to actually perform CPR. The studies showed that many people would not perform CPR on a stranger because of the mouth-to-mouth part. By reducing the importance, they hope that more people will perform chest compression, which by themselves can be very effective.

The lines above are Low Voltage (50-1000 Volts) and not High Voltage (HV). The worker is working on a transformer. In order to work on the HV part of a transformer, you need an Access Permit (name may change with countries), a document following a strict set of procedures to turn the power off. A High Voltage flash causes massive burns and a huge fireball. The clothes burn away to nothing and hair is burnt off.

In the industry, there is no rescue procedure for HV shock, because by the time it takes to turn the power off to safely retrieve the victim, they are already burned. Their best chance is if they are blown off the pole from the explosion and treated right then.

Give us a call to schedule First Aid/CPR/AED/Bloodborne Pathogen training at your location!

Accidents are hot!


Protect yourself against heat illness

It's that time of year again when heat illness is a particularly important safety concern. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), workers may experience longer or more intense heat exposures and are more likely to engage in strenuous physical activity in the heat than the general public.
What's the big deal about heat?
Heat illness occurs when your body can't adequately cool itself through sweating. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), heat-related illnesses can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage, and even death.
What are the dangers?
If you work in hot conditions, you can be at risk of several heat-related illnesses. The following are heat-related illnesses and what to look for:

  • Heat rash consists of red, irritated bumps and is a sign that hot conditions are affecting your body.
  • Heat syncope (fainting) can occur when a person is not used to working in a hot environment.
  • Heat cramps is caused by a loss of salt when sweating. Severe cramps may require a visit to a medical professional.
  • Heat exhaustion occurs if you have lost too much fluid, salt, or both through sweating.
  • Heatstroke occurs when the body's natural cooling processes stop working, and the ill person stops sweating. Symptoms of heatstroke include hot and dry skin, confusion, convulsions, seizures, and loss of consciousness. Heatstroke is very serious and can lead to death.

What can you do to keep cool?
All of these heat-related illnesses can be easily prevented by taking the following steps while working in hot conditions:

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. In hot conditions, you should aim for about 1 cup every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • Drink sports drinks to help replace the salt you lose when you sweat.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can both cause dehydration.
  • Take frequent breaks in a cool, shady place.
  • If the temperature spikes suddenly or you are new to working in hot conditions, take more frequent breaks, and gradually build up your workload.
  • If you notice yourself experiencing symptoms of heat illness, tell your supervisor, and take a break in a cool, shaded area.

Get fired up!   
Enjoy fireworks safely

July is National Fireworks Safety Month. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recognizes that, despite their dangers, fireworks are about as American as apple pie, so the CPSC offers these safety tips: 

  • Don't make homemade fireworks.
  • Use only fireworks that are permitted in your area. Check CPSC's website for a list of states and which fireworks they permit and prohibit.
  • Obey local laws.
  • Follow fireworks storage instructions, including keeping them in a dry, cool place.
  • Don't allow young children to play with any fireworks, including sparklers.
  • Only allow older children to use fireworks under adult supervision.
  • Light fireworks outside in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves, grass, and other flammable materials.
  • Keep a bucket of water on hand in case of emergency.
  • Pour water over malfunctioning fireworks. Don't try to make them work; soak them and throw them out.
  • Get everyone out of range before lighting fireworks. Also, keep unused fireworks out of the firing area.
  • Never have any body part over a firework when lighting.
  • Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.

Improved heat safety app

Originally issued by OSHA and redesigned by OSHA in cooperation with NIOSH, the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices just in time for the summer heat. The app determines heat-index values, a measure for how hot it feels based on temperature and humidity.
Workers exposed to hot and humid conditions, including construction workers, landscapers, and farmers, are encouraged to use the app to check conditions if they plan to be outdoors. In addition to calculating the heat index, the app provides users with specific recommendations about staying cool, staying hydrated, and scheduling rest breaks.
The app includes:

  • A visual indicator of the current heat index and associated risk levels specific to your current geographical location
  • Precautionary recommendations specific to heat index-associated risk levels
  • An interactive, hourly forecast of heat-index values, risk level, and recommendations for planning outdoor work activities in advance
  • Editable location, temperature, and humidity controls for calculation of variable conditions
  • Signs and symptoms and first-aid information for heat-related illnesses

CLICK HERE to download the app or go to your phone apps and type in OSHA Heat Safety App 

Toolbox Safety Talk that you can download! 
This talk describes the six basic steps to completing a job hazard analysis (JHA). It is appropriate for any employees, supervisors, or managers who participate in or oversee JHAs as part of their jobs. Materials to have on hand:

  • Company JHA forms
  • Sample completed JHA

Terms for attendees to consider during the talk:

  • What is the purpose of a job JHA?
  • How do we prioritize which jobs to analyze first?
  • Do you know the steps of a JHA?


REMEMBER, the NC Safety Conference Safety Consultants can help you with training your employees on Job Hazard Analysis. Call 252-203-3192 today! 

Chemical spotlight:


Arsenic is a silver-grey or white metallic, odorless, and brittle solid. It's a naturally occurring element widely distributed in the earth's crust. When arsenic is combined with oxygen, chlorine, and sulfur it can form inorganic arsenic compounds. Inorganic arsenic compounds are mainly used to preserve wood.
Exposure to high levels of arsenic occur mostly in the workplace, near hazardous waste sites, or in areas with high natural levels. Exposure to lower levels can cause nausea and vomiting. Breathing high levels of inorganic arsenic can cause a sore throat or irritated lungs. Ingesting very high levels of arsenic can result in death.
Arsenic cannot be destroyed in the environment. Many common arsenic compounds can dissolve in water. Most of the arsenic in water ultimately ends up in soil or sediment. Rain and snow can remove arsenic dust particles from the air. If arsenic is spilled:

  • Evacuate people not wearing protective equipment from the area until clean-up is complete. Stop leak if you can do so without risk.
  • Remove all ignition sources.
  • Collect powdered material in the most convenient and safe manner, or use a HEPA-filter vacuum for cleanup.
  • Deposit the material in a sealed container. Do not let arsenic to wash into a sewer.  
  • Arsenic may need to be disposed od and contained as a hazardous waste. Contact your state environmental department or EPA regional office for questions about proper disposal.

News & Notes


What's your role?
Walk-through inspections of underground storage tank (UST) systems must be conducted every 30 days. Inspections conducted this way are on a predictable schedule rather than at random intervals or whenever it is convenient. To conduct UST walkthroughs, you must be a designated operator and must have completed the operator training in order to conduct the walk-through inspection.
Why are these inspections conducted in the first place?
Leaks and spills from USTs can go unnoticed. You can identify and resolve tank equipment problems quickly by conducting monthly walk-through inspection. Your inspections can reduce the chance of potential spills or releases.
What do you need?
When preparing for a walk-through inspection, you must have a checklist or form for completing the walk-through that includes:

  • The operator's name and designation;
  • The facility name and facility location address; and
  • The date of inspection indicated in the mm/dd/yy format.

What do you need to inspect?
When conducting the walkthrough inspection, you should examine:

  • Spill prevention equipment. Look for damage, remove any standing liquid or debris, remove any obstructions in the fill pipe, make sure the fill cap is securely connected to the fill pipe, and check for leaks in interstitial areas if you have installed double-walled spill prevention equipment with interstitial monitoring.
  • Release detection equipment. Make sure the equipment is operating without alarms sounding and that there are no other unusual operating conditions.
  • Containment sumps. Check for damage, make sure there are no leaks to the containment area or to the environment, remove any liquid or debris, and check for leaks in interstitial areas if you have installed double-walled spill prevention equipment with interstitial monitoring.
  • Handheld release detection equipment. Make sure the tank gauge sticks or groundwater bailers are operating.

After completing a walk-through, record your findings and store the documents in a safe place where you can find them quickly. If your facility is inspected, you will have the records easily accessible for the inspector to review.

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

If you need Competent Person Trenching training, please give us a call at 252-203-3192 or email Dennis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
Eric at 919.210-7394 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule.

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Competent Person Trenching Training

Is an excavation inspection by a competent person required to be documented?
OSHA's rule at 29 CFR 1926.650(k) for excavation inspection by a competent person does not require documentation.
However, the OSHA Technical Manual (OTM), Section V: Chapter 2, EXCAVATIONS: HAZARD RECOGNITION IN TRENCHING AND SHORING states, "Inspections shall be made by a competent person and should be documented." In light of this OSHA "should" statement, it may be prudent to keep records of inspections in case an OSHA inspector visits and you can document diligence that inspections were done.


Walking-working surfaces general requirements compliance checklist
Topic: Slips and Falls
Type: Checklists
Jurisdiction: National
Eastern Carolina Safety Council will be presenting an OSHA update on this topic at:
Bum's Restaurant & Catering
566 Third Street
Ayden, NC 28513

July 13, 2017 - 6:00 pm - $15/person

Contact: David Bell 

Phone: 252-559-7375
Cell: 252-361-3764
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Falls are a major cause of accidental death, second only to traffic accidents. They are also the most frequent type of workplace accident. Use this walking-working surfaces checklist to train your workers on slips and falls.
Download checklist

Give us a all for training on this important topic! 

  Breaking: OSHA proposes to delay to December 1 injury and illness reporting deadline 

OSHA has announced that it is proposing to delay to Dec. 1 the date by which certain employers are required to electronically submit workplace injury information from 2016.
The original mandate, as NAHBNow reported in May, would have given builders, contractors and other companies until July 1 to electronically submit their lists of 2016 workplace injuries. OSHA had previously announced a suspension of the July 1 deadline until further notice.
In January, NAHB, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma State HBA, State Chamber of Oklahoma and three poultry associations filed a lawsuit challenging the legal authority of OSHA to issue the electronic reporting rule.
In addition to the lawsuit, on May 5 NAHB and other construction industry associations asked the Department of Labor to put the implementation and enforcement of the rule on hold and to reopen the rulemaking record to reexamine the legal authority for the rule and its impact on workplace safety and health.

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, Funeral Service Workshops and more.
For more information, please call or email:

Dennis Parnell
Executive Director                                                  
(252) 203-3192 or                                             
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Elizabeth Ward
Executive Administrator
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Eric Johnson, Safety Consultant
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Training Calendar 


2017 Upcoming 6-Hr Dual Credit Water & Wastewater Workshops                 
Flagger Certification Class
July 6, 2017
Town of LaGrange, NC

First Aid/CPR/AED Class
July 10, 2017
Town of LaGrange, NC 

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

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop
July 17, 2017
Franklin, NC

Flagger Certification Class
July 25,2017
Town of Mount Olive, 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

6-Hr. Dual Water & Wastewater Workshop with a Shipyard Tour 
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.

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