MIOSHA eNews - August 3, 2021


Heat Illness Prevention

Did you know nearly three out of four heat illness fatalities happen during the first week of work? Without a built-up heat tolerance, new and returning workers are particularly susceptible to heat illness — both indoors and outdoors.

No matter the season, workers can suffer from dangerous heat exposure. Here’s how workers can stay safe in the heat:

  • Drink cool water — even if you aren’t thirsty, drink at least one cup of cool water every 20 minutes.
  • Take frequent rest breaks — give yourself enough time to recover from heat, depending on the temperature, humidity and general conditions.
  • Seek shade or a cool area — take breaks in a designated shady or cool location as needed.
  • Dress for the heat –consider wearing a hat and light-colored, loose-fitting and breathable clothing.
  • Watch out for each other — consistently monitor yourself and others for signs of heat illness.
  • If wearing a face covering, be sure to change it if it gets wet or soiled.

For more on the signs and symptoms of heat illness and what to do in the case of a medical emergency, view osha.gov/heat.

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Save the Date — Webinar: Improve Workplace Safety and Maximize Profit Margins

Michigan Challenge Program (MCP)

Don’t know how to identify unsafe work conditions? Need help preventing costly workplace accidents? The Michigan Challenge Program can help you develop and implement a winning strategy that will support your employees’ safety and health and your company’s bottom line.

Mark your calendars for September 2, 2021 to join the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for a free webinar on how to build a safer, healthier workplace.

What: The Michigan Challenge Program Webinar — Boosting Health, Safety and Profit

Cost: Free

When: Thursday, September 2, 2021 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.                                                    Presenters: Chris Johnson and Deborah Ziel, MIOSHA Consultants

Disabling occupational injuries and accidents cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars each year. These work-related injuries and deaths can create unnecessary financial burdens and quickly and dramatically slash into already thin profit margins. Meanwhile, aging equipment and frequent failures further increase the risk of employee injuries. 

Whether you have employees who are unfamiliar with new equipment and exposing themselves to potentially serious injury, or you have a new management team, it’s always the right time to learn strategies to create a safe work environment and increase your profit margin.

Stay tuned for webinar registration information to learn how MIOSHA can help you improve your safety culture and maximize profit margins. 

Significant Case — Michigan Sugar Company

MIOSHA’s General Industry Safety and Health Division (GISHD) recently conducted three inspections of Michigan Sugar Company at 122 Upton Dr. #300 in Bay City, Michigan. The first inspection was a safety inspection in response to a report of a fatality; the second was a health inspection to cover items related to the fatality; and the third was a companion inspection to the health inspection. 

As a result of three current MIOSHA inspections, 25 serious, two willful-serious, three repeat-serious, and two other-than-serious violations were issued. Citations involved the following standards: General Industry (GI) Part 2, Walking-Working Surfaces; GI Part 85, The Control of Hazardous Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout); Occupational Health (OH) Part 490, Permit-Required Confined Spaces: OH Part 451, Respiratory Protection; GI Part 529, Welding, Cutting and Brazing; OH Part 315, Chromium (VI) in General Industry; and OH Part 590, Silica in General Industry. The total penalty of the three inspections was $343,000.

Take A Stand for Workplace Safety and Health August 9-13!

Connecting MIOSHA to Industry

Across the state on August 9-13, 2021, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is inviting employers to "Take a Stand" for workplace safety and health.

For this 17th annual "Take a Stand Day," MIOSHA  is dedicating its professional staff to visit Michigan high-hazard industries targeted by the MIOSHA Strategic Plan. MIOSHA safety and health professionals — including compliance staff, outreach consultants, managers and supervisors — will be scheduled to provide a day of one-on-one consultations. 

There will be no CITATIONS or FINES for participating workplaces. The only requirement is that participants must agree to correct all serious conditions.

Part 62. Plastic Molding Rule Changes — Updated Fact Sheet

The MIOSHA CET Division recently updated this fact sheet to reflect changes to Part 62. Plastic Molding Rule.

Participate in Safe + Sound Week August 9

2021 Safe + Sound Week

You're invited to join with thousands of organizations around the nation in recognizing Safe + Sound Week during August 9-15, 2021. This nationwide event recognizes the adoption of programs to improve workplace safety and health. Implementing a safety and health program can improve businesses' safety and health performance, save money, improve competitiveness, and more.

Visit the Safe + Sound Week webpage to register to participate and for ideas and resources to help you plan your very own event.

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Comprehensive Review of Industrial Hygiene Course Enrollment Now Open

For an intensive, high-level review of a wide range of industrial hygiene topics by a panel of 14 experts, employers are encouraged to enroll in the Comprehensive Review of Industrial Hygiene Course offered by the Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering.

This course has gained the reputation of being one of the premier courses for individuals who are preparing to take the Board for Global Credentialing (BGC)/American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) certification exam or are looking to broaden or refresh their industrial hygiene knowledge base.  

Dates: Aug. 24 - Oct. 26, 2021 (9.5 weeks)
Times: Tuesday and Thursday 12 - 2 p.m. EST, each week
Mode: Virtual (Zoom)
Cost: $1,100 (Early Bird)
Contact: Sheryl Ulin

Course Highlights:

  • Synchronous Online Delivery: Zoom platform with monitored chat/Q&A
  • Comprehensive Review of Industrial Hygiene: Carefully prepared presentations cover all 17 rubrics defined by BGC/ABIH for the Certified Industrial Hygiene (CIH) exam
  • Highly Qualified Instructors: 14 topic experts comprising University of Michigan faculty and seasoned industrial hygiene professionals/trainers

View course information and registration

Additional Course Highlights:

  • Problem Solving Session: Walks through calculations for representative exam-style questions on selected topics (ventilation, sampling, and statistics)
  • Digital Notes: Editable PDF file of all lecture material is extensively bookmarked; allows keyword search, note taking, and text highlighting
  • Quizzes: Help test knowledge and retention of presented material (daily) 
  • Ethics Session: Two-hour dynamic, interactive presentation
  • Continuing Education Credit: 35 hours for industrial hygiene; two hours for industrial hygiene ethics
  • DataChem Software: Trial access and 15% discount available
  • Recorded Lectures: Available for six months following course completion
  • Certificate of attendance: Provided upon completion of all lectures

Visit the UM Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering website for more information on continuing education courses and webinars or email ce.programs@umich.edu.

Michigan Worker Deaths of 2021

To date, there have been 15 work-related fatalities reported to MIOSHA in 2021. The information below shares preliminary details about the most recent fatalities reported to MIOSHA which are believed to be covered by the MIOSH Act. The description reflects information provided to MIOSHA at the initial report of the incident and is not the result of the official MIOSHA investigation.

Preliminary summaries of the most recent 2021 incidents:
On July 21, a 66-year-old maintenance technician was working on a wheelabrator shot blast machine when he was fatality crushed between the tumbler door and machine wheel housing.

On July 16, a 50-year-old electrician accessed a platform adjacent to a crane runway. The platform did not have handrails, it had a horizontal lifeline. The victim was walking along this platform without the use of fall protection when he fell approximately 50 feet below onto piping and other structures.

On July 9, employees were unloading a crane when it tipped over, pinning and crushing the 64-year-old laborer. 

Michigan Worker Deaths of 2020

To date, there have been 72 work-related fatalities reported to MIOSHA in 2020. The information below shares preliminary details about the most recent fatalities reported to MIOSHA which are believed to be covered by the MIOSH Act. The description reflects information provided to MIOSHA at the initial report of the incident and is not the result of the official MIOSHA investigation. To report fatalities/catastrophes, call MIOSHA at 800-858-0397.

Preliminary summaries of the most recent 2020 incidents:
On June 22, a 72-year-old behavioral health associate was intervening in an altercation when he was shoved/pushed and fell to the ground where he struck his head. He later passed away due to his injury on Aug. 7, 2020.

On Dec. 21, a 62-year-old service technician fell approximately 15 feet through an outdoor roof and soffit onto the pavement below. The employee was transported to a nearby hospital where he was placed on life support systems and later died from his injuries. 

Every life is precious. Our mutual goal must be that every employee goes home at the end of every shift unharmed.

If you need help or assistance in ensuring your workplace is safe, MIOSHA is here to assist you. The CET Division provides workplace safety and health training and consultations to employers and employees throughout Michigan, free of charge. Contact CET today at 800-866-4674 or request CET services online.

Agency Instructions Issued

July 21, 2021 - Power Press Injury Reporting and Investigations
July 6, 2021
- Hazard Communication Standards - Inspection Procedures
July 6, 2021
- Post-Emergency Response Operations - Inspection Guidelines
July 1, 2021
- Targeting Industries Under Emphases 1.1 and 1.2 of the Strategic Plan
June 28, 2021
 - Process Safety Management (PSM) National Emphasis Program (NEP)
June 9, 2021 
- Noise Inspections


Variances from MIOSHA standards must be made available to the public in accordance with Part 12, Variances (R408.22201 to 408.22251). MIOSHA variances are published online at michigan.gov/mioshavariances.

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