The Boys are Back in Town!

Life and Safety is happy to welcome back Bobby Olsen to head up our Arc Flash services with the assistance of TC Gore.

Robert Olsen

Robert Olsen started with Life and Safety Consultants, Inc. back in 2009 and after a brief hiatus last year returned to us earlier in the year. He has experience in industry, construction, all trades/crafts with a focus in the electrical field. Robert’s industrial experience includes small shops to national and international companies across the United States and Canada. Robert’s construction experience consists of equipment ranging from hand held tools up to heavy construction and mining equipment. Robert has functioned with all trades during all phases of construction and is familiar with trade specific processes. Robert has assisted companies with implementing Arc Flash and electrical safety programs and training at over 100 locations throughout the continental United States and Canada. He gained experience helping people in medical emergency situations while working with the largest EMS system in South Carolina. He is now focused on training employees how to respond to and act during an emergency.

TC Gore

Life and Safety is proud to welcome T.C. Gore who brings 27 years of medical experience to the team. TC began his career at the age of 15 as a Junior Fire Fighter for a small fire department outside of Atlanta where he learned the skills necessary to provide first aid and CPR. At 16 years old he was awarded the certification of medical first responder. At 18 he joined the United States Navy and worked as a hospital corpsman for 4 years active and 4 years reserve. During that time, he earned his paramedic license and was a technical rescue specialist and dive team leader. After completing his time with the Navy TC moved to Greenville and started working for city of Greer fire department and Greenville County EMS where he also acted as an independent duty paramedic.

With this type of medical experience, TC brings a unique perspective to safety and compliance which allows us to utilize his skills as a certified flight paramedic of which, at this time, there are only about 6000 in the world. With these skills combined we can now provide our clients with expert level knowledge on aviation safety and how it complements and applies to OSHA compliance.

 

Respirable Crystalline Silica Competent Person Training Online

Become compliant with our online services and follow the requirements for 1910.134 or 1926.1153 by taking our respirable crystalline silica competent person training online.

The rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which construction and general industry have one to two years to comply. Construction must comply by September 23, 2017 and General Industry has until June 23, 2018.

To meet this new requirement you must provide the appropriate level of training and protection to your employees. We now offer both employee and competent person online training for the new respirable crystalline silica standard. You also have the option to complete the medical evaluation online.

TRAINING
Our respirable crystalline silica competent person training comes with all the tools you will need to create and maintain a successful silica program. When you sign up for this course you will have access to training documents, forms, files, and templates that you can use to create your silica program and successfully train your people.

Training topics include:
Respirable Crystalline Silica
OSHA General Duty Clause
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Hazard Communication with GHS
Respiratory Protection
Respirator Fit Testing for Supervisors

Sign up here!
http://lifeandsafety.com/enroll/#!/Respirable-Crystalline-Silica-Competent-Person/p/95094025/category=4405370

MEDICAL CLEARANCE AND FIT TEST
Before being fit tested and able to effectively use a respirator a medical evaluation must be performed. Life and Safety is able to offer doctor reviewed online medical evaluations with approval often available in less than 24 hours. The medical evaluation is an optional add on for the training.

Once the medical evaluation has been successfully completed each person must be tested on the respirator(s) they are to use. This fit testing can be performed at our home office located in Greenville, SC or one of the 5000 partner clinics located across the United States.

For fit testing in the Greenville, SC area please call our office at 864.297.4521. For all other areas please contact our partner Occu-Med.

http://www.occu-med.com/how-to-reach-us/

Solar Eclipse Safety

As you all know, on Monday the 21st there will be a total solar eclipse that will cross the entire country and SC is in the path of totality.  If you decide to watch the eclipse we want to ensure you do so safely.  We hope you have fun watching the eclipse but most importantly, keep your eyes safe by wearing the protective glasses.

Instructions for safe use of solar eclipse glasses:

  • Always inspect your solar eclipse glasses before use; if scratched, punctured, torn, or otherwise damaged, discard it. Read and follow instructions printed on the solar eclipse glasses.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses before looking up at the bright Sun. After looking at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter—do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
  • Do not look at the Sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses—the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • If you are inside the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the Sun directly.

Life and Safety Attending Greenville SHRM Conference at Hyatt on August 23

Life and Safety will be attending the 2017 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Greenville, SC next Wednesday August 23 at the Hyatt Regency.
Life and Safety, Dental Sleep Medicine, and True Sleep Diagnostics will demonstrate the health benefits of adequate, quality sleep as well as the potential hazards of fatigue in the workplace.
Effects of fatigue can include slower reaction time, more errors and decreased cognitive ability. Fatigue can occur in all industries and with these new partnerships Life and Safety, Dental Sleep Medicine, and True Sleep Diagnostics aim to educate and mitigate the risks associated with fatigue.

Life and Safety Consultants, Inc.

Life and Safety Consultants, Inc. has been operating out of Greenville, SC since 1997 under the direction of President Don Snizaski. Once an OSHA Compliance Officer, Don has been a leader in the field by providing companies in the upstate with expert environmental, health, and safety regulatory compliance, risk management, and comprehensive safety management systems.

Dental Sleep Medicine

Dr. Lindner has received specialty training in the field of sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing. Dr. Lindner is a member of theAmerican Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a professional dental organization dedicated to the treatment of sleep related breathing disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy working in conjunction with a Sleep Physician.

True Sleep Diagnostics

While delivering treatment options and patient education above and beyond that of competing services, Total Sleep Diagnostics presents a more involved approach to sleep medicine. Home sleeptesting, in-lab sleep studies, presentations on sleep wellness, and consulting are our specialties. Ken Hooks is a respiratory therapist and registered sleep technologist who provides consultation to medical and dental professionals. He often speaks to increase awareness of the dangers of compromised sleep and and the benefits of sleep medicine.

Life and Safety President Joins Editorial Board of Upstate Business Magazine

SC Manufacturing MagazineLife and Safety president, Don Snizaski, joins the editorial board for South Carolina Manufacturing magazine.

As a leading safety professional in South Carolina Mr. Snizaski has over 25 year of industry experience. Once an OSHA Compliance Officer, Don has led the field in providing companies in the Upstate and beyond with expert environmental, health, and safety regulatory compliance, risk management, and comprehensive safety management systems.

Founded in 2015 South Carolina Manufacturing is the only trade publication and website dedicated to providing content, news and information exclusively for the manufacturing community in South Carolina via print and electronic communications.

Manufacturing is a critical component of the South Carolina economy. South Carolina Manufacturing provides insight and perspective not available in other places. The magazine is supported by an editorial board that encompasses many aspects of manufacturing including:

  • Workforce Development and Education
  • Economic Development
  • Manufacturing Lending
  • Manufacturing Programs and Advancement
  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing and Patent Law
  • Private Equity and Investment for Manufacturing

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Life and Safety Puts Inland Waste “Ahead of the Curve”

After finding that it was not very productive to have a safety manager at each of their locations because of the internal comradery and level of available talent, the company decided to look at third party options for safety programs. “First we went to our insurance company and asked what do you recommend for a third-party program. And two years ago, we actually ended up hiring a third-party, Life and Safety, to do our safety program for the whole company. They do site visits on a schedule and after each one, they’ll give recommendations, discuss any deficiencies and put programs in place to take care of them. They will also give us daily training tidbits and hold weekly training at our safety meetings. It really puts us ahead of the curve for a company of our size to have a resource like that at our fingertips. They are constantly coming to us with ways to improve our safety and it has helped us a lot,” explains Begley.

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Life and Safety Collaborates to Offer Virtual Safety Training

Life and Safety Consultants Inc. and Interactive Visualization Center are collaborating to create virtual safety training simulations of on-site training scenarios, worker training and safety, equipment repair and facility design. Life and Safety will focus on the training side of the equation, and IVC will provide the virtual product. The companies will share a booth at the 2015 Auto Summit February 23-25 in Greenville, SC. Read the entire story, featured on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in GSA Business here.

 

Hand Safety – Making a Hands On Connection

When I spoke at an EHS Today/Dyneema forum during the 2014 ASSE Professional Development Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., I conducted an informal hand safety poll. I asked the audience: “How many people have cut their hands?” Everyone in the room raised a hand.

When I asked how many people have had stitches on one of their hands, many people in the room kept their hands raised. Then I asked, “How many people have had stitches more than once?” In a room full of safety professionals, I learned that most people have scratched their hands, and many have had stitches multiple times.

Ever scar on your hand has a story. They key to improving workplace hand safety is helping others see and feel the same lesson that you learned from your hand injury – without the pain.

For example, several years ago, I used a utility knife to cut plastic. The plastic was harder than I expected, and I had to apply pressure to make the cut. When I applied the pressure, the blade broke and my hand slammed into the broken blade stuck in the plastic. I didn’t want to look at the damage because I knew that I’d made a mistake. The incident cost me six stitches and a good dose of humility.

As a result of the incident, I cringe every time I see a utility knife. I have a personal, hands-on connection with the risk. A productive hand safety initiative helps others see the reality of the risk without the painful experience.

The Hands-On-Safety Champion Program is a process that reduces hand injuries with employee involvement and a hands-on reality check. I cringe when I see a utility knife, and my instinct is to pull back when I have to use one because I remember my lesson. The goal of the program is to instill the same instinctive reaction in others without the pain.

Here’s how the Hands-On-Safety Champion Program works.

You choose natural leaders (champions) in your workforce and give them a responsibility to focus on hand safety. The program is a 360-degree process that promotes identification, coaching, and mentoring through positive peer-to-peer influence.

Champions conduct focused hand safety surveys with survey cards. The cards have 10 specific bullets that help champions evaluate common risks that cause hand injuries. Champions also use the platform to coach and mentor coworkers. The focused surveys are an opportunity to share their stories or make hands-on connection.

STEP 1: Select your Safety Champions

You need good people to lead the charge. Each supervisor should appoint a safety champion for his or her team. The champions lead the initiative to coach, mentor, and observe safe hand behavior in their areas.

Safety champions should possess the following qualities:

  • Positive attitude
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Interest in safety
  • Conscientious
  • A desire to achieve safety goals

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Safety Success with a Temporary Workforce

A Four-Step Process For Safety Success With a Temporary Workforce

Chances are, if you haven’t utilized temporary employees in your workplace, you’ve interacted with or heard accounts from someone who has. The use of a variable workforce to minimize human capital expense has resulted in substantial cost benefits for employers with fluctuating production schedules. In turn, there is an abundance of staffing agencies popping up, eager and ready to recruit for and fill those contingent positions.

With the demand for high-quality workers in large quantities coupled with short time-to-fill requirements, it is easy to see how certain details are skimped on in the process and employee safety, believe it or not, is a huge one. OSHA’s April 2013 initiative to protect temporary workers sought to bring attention to the issue of safety for temporary workers and change how worker safety is handled by both the host and actual employer. There are responsibilities for employee safety on both sides of the employment fence, and I will identify where partnership opportunities lies between a host employer and staffing agency.

As the former safety leader for a large staffing company, I can say with confidence that when asked, “What does safety mean to you?” leaders from nine out of 10 staffing companies will tell you plainly: “workers’ comp.” To a safety professional, that response sounds like nails on a chalkboard.

Read the entire article here.

Best Practices: Incident Investigations – Four Critical Stages

When I was an OSHA compliance officer, I performed several fatality investigations. One of my early investigations involved a fatality in a grain silo. The silo’s bottom part had an auger that transported corn. The corn had formed a crust over the auger and prevented the flow of corn. Two teenage cousins entered the silo to shovel the corn to another opening in the side of the silo. They had to walk on top of the 15-ft pile of corn to do so.

While they moved the grain to the side opening, they dislodged the crust above the bottom auger. As corn began to funnel through the bottom auger, the flow created a whirlpool effect and the boys could not escape. It was as if they were stuck in quicksand. They screamed for help but the response was too slow. One boy stood on a board on top of the corn holding his cousin’s hands as he was sucked into the grain funnel. He could not hold him and he watched as his cousin was pulled into the corn where he suffocated. The incident happened in the early 1990s, and I remember the investigation as if it were yesterday. I had to relive the incident in an interview with the surviving cousin. That was one of the hardest conversations I ever had because I could picture every word he described and I could feel the pain he felt for his loss. My memories of the investigation are vivid; but can you imagine how vivid the memory is for the cousin who lived? Incident investigations are designed to answer the question “why” so that we can prevent future incidents. No one wants to investigate an incident because it is a reminder that injuries impact people. An investigation process is vital to the success of any SH&E program because it turns a reactive process into a proactive tool. Investigation processes driven by systematic urgency and discipline prevent future problems when they identify the real cause of the problem—and management takes action to solve the problem(s). We learn from mistakes to avoid future interviews similar to the one I had with the survivor.

What characteristics do great investigation programs have?

Read David Lynn’s entire article here: Incident Investigations – Four Critical Stages from Professional Safety Magazine.