Savings and Safety Tips for August, 2015 from All Safety Products, Inc.OSHA issues proposed rulemaking clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses Young Workers' Safety - (OSHA Trade News Release, dated 7/28/15)
WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that clarifies an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness throughout the five-year period during which the employer is required to keep the records.
"Accurate records are not simply paperwork, but have an important, in fact life-saving purpose" said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "They will enable employers, employees, researchers and the government to identify and eliminate the most serious workplace hazards - ones that have already caused injuries and illnesses to occur."
OSHA is issuing this proposed rule in light of the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in AKM LLC v. Secretary of Labor (Volks)to clarify its long-standing position that the duty to record an injury or illness continues for as long as the employer must keep records of the recordable injury or illness. The proposed amendments add no new compliance obligations; the proposal would not require employers to make records of any injuries or illnesses for which records are not already required.
The proposed rule will be published in the July 29, 2015, issue of the Federal Register. Members of the public can submit written comments on the proposed rule at https://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. See the Federal Register notice* for submission details. Comments must be submitted by Sept. 27, 2015.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov .
Driving Safety Tip for Workers: NHTSA says snow does a lot of dangerous things, but ... Surprise... the deadliest driving weather is rain!
A new analysis of federal data shows that rain causes more driving fatalities than snow in 39 of the 50 states. The Auto Insurance Center compiled the report from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. The analysis finds that drivers are often less cautious in rain than in winter conditions.
There is no breakdown of the various types of rain. If there were, it would include the misty drizzle that clouds over the windshield before you turn on the wipers and defrosters. The pitter patter of normal rainfall makes it harder to concentrate on driving, especially if someone is talking to you. Then there are the genuine storms that make you decide whether or not to join others who have pulled off the road.
The aftermath of a heavy, concentrated rain on the road or highway can cause your car to hydroplane, making it very difficult or impossible to steer or stop. Flooded underpasses are a perennial problem. Even when drivers see the underpass is flooded, they might expect to make it through if they drive the area a lot. Drivers can't tell how deep an area of water on a road may be or whether the road underneath it has been washed away. In actual flooding situations, a car may be swept away by rushing water. What's more, these conditions and hazards can occur in all 50 states.
Yes, the deadliest driving weather is rain, but in that category there's a lot to consider. The insurance center report reminds us that far more people are killed as a result of reckless driving, speeding and drunken driving. But rain and its aftermath can still be very dangerous. In North Dakota, for example, snow and rain caused an equal number of fatal crashes last year.
A Health Tip for Workers: Know the warning signs of retinal detachment
Some eye disorders, such as retinal detachment, can lead to vision loss if left untreated. Retinal detachment is painless, but occurs in nearly a quarter of adults at midlife, age 50 and beyond. The internal cavity of the eye is filled with a clear substance called vitreous.
Over the years, vitreous changes in consistency and partially liquefies. It shrinks and pulls away from the interior surface of the eyeball, which may cause flashes of sparkling lights that are more obvious when the eyes are closed or you're in a darkened room.
Sagging vitreous may cause a retina tear. Or small holes may develop where the retina has become thin. These areas of the retina can no longer be nourished well, and vision begins to blue. Causes of a retinal detachment include: trauma to the eye, advanced diabetes, extreme nearsightedness, a previous surgery, an injury or a disorder involving the eye, all of which increase your risk.
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say that events leading up to a retinal detachment frequently produce these warning signs:
- Sudden appearance of many floaters in the eye
- Sudden flashes of light
- Sudden burning in your peripheral vision
- A shadow or a curtain falling over a portion of your visual field as the detachment progresses.
Outpatient surgery is the only effective therapy for a retinal tear, hole or detachment. It's usually performed under local anesthesia. It may take several weeks for your eye to heal.
Staying Healthy Involves Healthy Cooking. A healthy fresh vegetable recipe for Farm-Fresh Summer Succotash
Since the first week of August is National Farmers Market Week, and you spent a good half-day drooling over the plethora of seasonal choices while chatting with the local farmers and other shoppers, your kitchen is stocked with a week's worth of ultra-fresh, locally grown vegetables.
It's the height of summer, and outdoor dining is still your family's favorite. No one minds one more meal of BBQ ribs, burgers or chicken. But the star of the meal can be a side dish that features vibrantly colored, just-picked ingredients from the market. How about cooking something that's colorful, crunchy, and creative? And most of all, easy, quick and so delicious, it will earn you a high-five. Oh, and you might mention that the succotash is healthy and low-calorie.
Farm-Fresh Summer Succotash
- 3 cups fresh corn kernels (4 ears)
- 1 cup zucchini, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup diced yellow or red onion
- 1 cup fresh green beans, blanched and cut in half-inch pieces
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Butter (for sauteing)
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute onion in butter about 2 minutes.
- Add chopped zucchini and saute 3 minutes.
- Stir in corn, green beans and tomatoes.
- Add basil, cilantro, salt and pepper. Heat until mixture is hot.
That's it! Total time is a mere 20 minutes. Serve it from the skillet and keep it hot on a corner of the grill for second servings.
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