Archive for May, 2016

News Flash: ANSI’s New First Aid Kit Requirements!

News Flash: ANSI’s New First Aid Kit Requirements!

  • 24th May 2016

On June 17, 2015, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) in collaboration with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) revised its requirements for first aid kits. These new and modified requirements will now be effective this June 17, 2016 and establish the minimum quantity of certain products for first aid kits and supplies. They’ve also introduced two classes of kits, as well as the addition of newly required items. Class A kits are designed to tackle with the most common types of workplace injuries. Class B kits are designed with a wider variety and quantity of supplies to tackle injuries in a more intricate or high-risk environments.

ANSI’s new First Aid Kit requirements are not mandatory. However, reading the reports on shows that, there are now more than 20 states that have adopted ANSI standards as their state recommended requirements. If you are missing a first aid kit in your workplace make sure to have ANSI’s newest version because the quality of the contents have been improved in order to better protect you and your employees. You can buy your new ANSI First Aid Kit here.

How Important Are First Aid Kits for Your Business?

Injuries could happen anytime, anywhere. The severity of any injury could be dependent on the environment, and while it is impossible to avoid all injuries, being prepared for possible occurrences will aid with providing a safe and healthful workplace.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA)  29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.151 requires that there are trained first aid providers, and that adequate first aid supplies be readily available at all workplaces (of any size) if there is no “infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees.”

Meet Upcoming June 1st, 2016 OSHA GHS Deadline

Meet Upcoming June 1st, 2016 OSHA GHS Deadline

  • 23rd May 2016

If you’re not already aware, June 1st marks the final deadline for compliance under OSHA’s new GHS (Globally Harmonized System). Under the new regulations, OSHA requires employers to complete training employees in the new standard designed to create a global system of chemical classification and labeling. If you have hazardous chemicals in your business, you really need to be considering putting in place an effective training program that addresses:

·         The new GHS label elements.

·         The new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format.

Compliance with the new GHS regulations is very important. Employers can face citations of up to $7000 for each serious violation and $70,000 for a repeated or willful violation.

Meeting OSHA safety regulations can be a headache for any business owner. Training programs can provide a comprehensive and effective tool for meeting your obligations under OSHA. You can utilize posters to reinforce information you have imparted during a training session. GHS Wallet Cards provide a handy way for employees to reference critical information on the new GHS pictograms. Hanging a safety data sheet rack and binder allows you to comply with OSHA requirements on the accessibility of manufacturer’s safety data sheets for both employees and first responders.

Many employers want to implement a successful training program for employees but don’t know where to begin. We have a great solution designed to assist our members. The GHS Compliance Kit enables business owners to meet GHS training requirements and to ensure ongoing compliance with the new standard.

The GHS Compliance Kit includes:

·         GHS Label & Pictogram Poster (18″ x 24″)

·         How to Read a Safety Data Sheet Poster (18″ x 24″)

·         GHS Wallet Cards (10 x English, 10 x Spanish)

·         Bilingual SDS Rack and 3″ SDS Binder printed with Pictograms

·         GHS Training Guide – lets you conduct training with your employees

Ensure you have all of the supplies you need to be GHS compliant. You can count on us as your GHS compliance supplier.


Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to Take Effect on December 1, 2016

  • 20th May 2016

The publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative, and professional (“EAP“) employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was announced on May 18, 2016. The final rule is to take effect on December 1, 2016.

The update increases the standard salary level required for exemption from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $913 per week ($47,476 annually) for full-time salaried workers, and highly compensated employees (HCE) total annual compensation requirement from $100,000 to $134,004 per year. This change will extend the right to overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million workers who are currently exempt (and either gain new overtime protections or receive raises to the new salary threshold). Changes to the regulation also allows nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) to satisfy up to ten percent of the standard salary test requirements.

Updates for salary and compensation levels will take place every three years, commencing January 1, 2020.

For more information, visit the United States Department of Labor.

Mandatory Change to West Virginia’s Human Rights Act, Fair Housing Act, and Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act Notice

  • 19th May 2016

The West Virginia Human Rights Commission updated the Human Rights Act, Fair Housing Act, and Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act notice. Persons with disabilities who utilize assistance animals have been added as an additional category under the Fair Housing Act. There is a new provision for the Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act which prohibits discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

Effective date: 4/18/2016

The West Virginia All-In-One State and Federal Poster has been updated to include this new mandatory change on the required postings.


Coming Soon: Machine Guard Safety Training

  • 13th May 2016

Avoid injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Educate staff on the importance and proper use of machine guards and other safety devices. The “Machine Guard Safety” training program offered by Osha4less covers various topics and provides information on machine hazards, the different types of guards, and the proper ways to use them in order to prevent injuries. Contact us at 888.306.7377 to learn more.

Coming Soon: “Bloodborne Pathogens: HIV and Hepatitis” (in Healthcare, Industrial, or Commercial Industries)

  • 12th May 2016

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standards requires that businesses with employees who are occupationally exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials to take certain measures to protect their employees. Osha4less offers three programs: “Bloodborne Pathogens in Healthcare Facilities,” “Bloodborne Pathogens in First Response Environments,” and “Bloodborne Pathogens in Commericial and Industrial Facilities” which provide up-to-date information on the risks of HIV and Hepatitis B and C. Covered topics include symptoms of the diseases, ways by which the disease is transmitted, the exposure control plan, and various preventive safety practices. Contact us at 888.306.7377 to learn more.

Coming Soon: Two New Programs on Bullying and Other Disruptive Behavior in the Workplace

  • 11th May 2016

Bullying can come in many forms and is not a subject to be taken lightly. It can be in the form of verbal abuse, threatening conduct, and/or intimidation and humiliation, which can interfere with not only workflow, but a person’s well-being. Familiarize your staff with being able to identify and prevent bullying in the workplace with Osha4less’s new “Bullying and Other Disruptive Behavior: for Employees” and “Bullying and Other Disruptive Behavior: for Managers and Supervisors” programs. The programs discuss effective ways to prevent bullying and/or disruptive behavior within each level of the organization. Contact us at 888.306.7377 to learn more.

Just Released: The Latest in Forklift/Powered Industrial Truck Safety Training

  • 10th May 2016

Powered Industrial Trucks, commonly known as forklifts or lift trucks, are primarily used to move materials. Utilizing forklifts can cause hazards to the person operating the forklifts and those near the site of operation. Federal law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to operate a forklift or anyone over the age of 18 to operate one without proper training and certification.

Comply with OSHA training requirements with the Forklift/Powered Industrial Safety training program offered by Osha4less. Our program adheres to OSHA standard and provides all the information needed for a comprehensive employee training session. Each DVD program comes with an easy-to-use leader’s guide, scheduling and attendance form, and employee quiz and certificate. Subtitles are included along with menu playback options for ease of use.

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