Safety & Health
Director: David Mullen
2017 National Safety Stand-Down Announced
The National Safety Stand-Down is scheduled for May 8-12, 2017 and is focused on reducing injuries associated with falls. This event is associated with OSHA, NIOSH and CPWR's Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction. The goal is to raise awareness and prevent fall fatalities and injuries. It is an opportunity for employers to pause work and have a conversation with workers about fall hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies, goals and expectations. Workers should take this opportunity to talk with management about fall hazards they are exposed to and see.
Falls are a leading cause of death for workers, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities and 648 of the 4,836 fatalities in all industries recorded in 2015 (BLS data). But they are also preventable! Hazard elimination,proper training, and use of fall protection can change these numbers.
Over the last few years, thousands of companies participated in the Stand‐Down reaching millions of workers across all 50 states and internationally! Over 130 public events were held across the country last year. You can organize your own stand‐down on your jobsite(s), join with others in your area to hold an event, or check out a list of regional events open to the public at www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/calendar.html.
The Campaign website stopconstructionfalls.com provides ideas for participation on your jobsite through a 5‐Day Plan, Success Story examples of past events, and a variety of resources such as toolbox talks, inspection check lists, videos, and free hardhat stickers that can be ordered at stopconstructionfalls.com/online‐ordering‐form/ while supplies last.
After you’ve participated, don’t forget to get an OSHA certificate at www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/#cert!
National Ladder Safety Month | March 2017
Every step matters: From step stools to extension ladders, make sure you're putting the right foot forward.
Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. In 2016 the IBEW reported 5 serious injuries related to ladder safety.
Mark your calendar to join the American Ladder Institute (ALI) in celebrating the first-ever National Ladder Safety Month, designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities.
What is National Ladder Safety Month?
National Ladder Safety Month is the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety, at home and at work. During March 2017, National Ladder Safety Month will bring heightened awareness to the importance of the safe use of ladders through resources, training and a national dialogue.
The goals of National Ladder Safety Month are to:
- Increase the number of ladder safety training certificates issued by ALI
- Increase the frequency that ladder safety training modules are viewed on www.laddersafetytraining.org
- Lower the rankings of ladder-related safety citations on OSHA’s yearly “Top 10 Citations List”
- Decrease number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities
- Increase the number of competent ladder inspector trainings
- Increase the number of companies and individuals that inspect and properly dispose of old, damaged or obsolete ladders
Sign up to receive more information from ALI on how you can participate in spreading awareness about ladder safety at work, ladder safety at home, and proper ladder inspection and disposal.
2017 IBEW Safety Caucus and National Safety Council Labor Division Spring Meeting
The IBEW Safety Caucus spring meeting is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, April 5, 2017, through April 6, 2017, at The Inn at Opryland, 2401 Music Valley Drive Nashville, Tennessee. Safety issues and initiatives important to IBEW members from all trade jurisdictions will be discussed during the caucus, along with specific training and information sessions. All IBEW local unions are encouraged to send delegates to the caucus. The registration fee of $35.00 should be paid at the meeting by cash or check payable to the IBEW Safety Caucus.
This year’s spring meeting of the NSC Labor Division will be held Sunday through Wednesday, April 2, 2017, through April 5, 2017, and will also take place at The Inn at Opryland. Please note the NSC Labor Division spring meeting is a separate meeting and requires a separate registration and fee. Delegates to the IBEW Safety Caucus are not required to attend the NSC Labor Division meeting.
For reservations for the Safety Caucus and the NSC Labor Division Meeting, please contact The Inn at Opryland at (615) 889-0800 and reference the group name “NSC Labor Division 2017 Spring Division Meeting” to get the rate of $135.00 per night. Hotel reservations must be made on or before Friday, March 10, 2017.
Hotel reservations may also be made online at the following link: http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel
OSHA's Interpretation of Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Standard
The memorandum addresses an employer's reporting procedure, drug and alcohol testing employees who report work-related injuries or illnesses, discipline for employees who report injuries or illnesses and safety incentive programs.
Read the OSHA Memo here. OSHA Compliance guidelines.pdf
2017 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY CODE IS PUBLISHED
IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) announces the release of the 2017 National Electrical Safety Code® (NESC®). The NESC is the authoritative code for ensuring the continued practical safeguarding of persons and utility facilities during the installation, operation and maintenance of electric supply and communication facilities.
Some impactful changes to the code include adding definitions for communication and supply space, adding exceptions for underground cable grounding requirements, revising and reorganizing the guy insulator placement rules, revising and reorganizing the Grades of Construction application rules and revising the Part 4 worker safety rules to align with changes in the OSHA work rules made to 29 CFR.
The 2017 NESC introduces new, helpful tools so users can more easily access and utilize NESC content. Later this fall, IEEE will be offering a series of new educational online courses based on the NESC 2017 Edition, as well as introducing a mobile app for enhanced access to NESC content in the field.
NESC will be conducting a workshop October 18-19, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. A review of the changes in all sections of the code will be presented on the first morning. Additional segments will discuss renewable energy generation, microgrids, distributed energy resources, and interconnection as new technologies to be considered for future iterations of the code. Registration for the NESC Workshop is open now on the NESC website.
The 2017 NESC and handbook are available for purchase at the IEEE Standards store and available for subscription at the IEEE Xplore digital library.
IBEW Safety Caucus
The IBEW convenes an exclusive IBEW only safety caucus twice yearly. Both meetings are held in conjunction with the National Safety Council Labor Division’s regularly scheduled meetings - first in the spring, and again in the fall. The spring meeting program is set for one and a half days, and because of time constraints the fall meeting program is scheduled for one day. The safety caucus provides the 100-plus IBEW members that regularly attend the caucus necessary time to discuss issues that are critical in furthering occupational safety and health for IBEW members.
International President Stephenson continues to affirm the commitment from his office to the future of the caucus, and directs delegates to align their focus toward an advisory role to the international office on safety matters affecting IBEW members.
For more information about the meetings or the NSC, you may contact IBEW Safety Director David Mullen at 202-728-6040 or email@example.com.
About the Safety & Health Department:
The Safety and Health Department is assigned responsibilities related to safety and health involving all trade jurisdictions of the IBEW. The department’s primary focus is occupational safety, although home, community, and personal safety and health issues frequently require departmental attention.
Local unions are required to report serious lost time accidents and fatalities using the web based accident reporting system.