Volume 26 / Issue 9 - September, 2021
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Topic: Back to the Basics: Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding

Travis Spagnolo, MBA CSP, Safety Consultant -- Safex


Meeting Begins 9 a.m. - Ends 10 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: NO Charge - Virtual Meeting




Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Topic: Leading From Your Heart - BWC Special Mega Meeting

David Sarkus, MS, CSP, Chief Servant Leader and Founder of David Sarkus International


Meeting Begins at 11 a.m. - Ends at Noon


Virtual Meeting

Cost: NO Charge - Virtual Meeting




LCSC September Presentation --- Lockout - Tagout AND Machine Guarding

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the September virtual/webinar program  ---  Back to the Basics - Lockout - Tagout AND Machine Guarding Safety  -  with keynote speaker Travis Spagnolo, MBS  CSP, SafeX. 

The program is from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021.  This training event is provided to you by the LCSC steering committee.

The presentation will cover critical items concerning the importance of Lockout - Tagout training and safety protocols AND Machine Guarding safety basics and protocols.

Spagnolo is a Certified Safety Professional who conducts on-site safety audits for SafeX construction clients and provides safety support and assistance for various type od companies. He is experienced in delivering toolbox talks, developing job hazard analyses and is a training facilitator for: fall protection, scaffold safety, lockout - tagout, silica, confined spaces and other safety and health topics.

Attendees will learn the basic components of OSHA regulatory standards, training requirements and the best practices for both Lockout - Tagout AND Machine Guarding.

The presentation will cover objectives such as:

---The explanation of both regulations and requirements for the employer

---Training requirements for employees

---Common hazards of machine guarding AND LOTO

---Audits and assessments for both programs

In addition to supporting construction clients, Spagnolo works with numerous manufacturing and industrial clients; performing facility inspections, safety gap assessments and other tasks. He is well versed in OSHA's walking-working surfaces regulation for general industry and is experienced at providing fall protection assessments for general industry clients.

Spagnolo frequently developes lockout - tagout procedures, he serves on the construction safety planning committee for the BWC annual Ohio Safety Congress and is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).


You are invited to this meeting:  When: September 9, 2021 @ 9 a.m.

You will receive an e-mail to register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The September meeting sponsors are:

HzW Environmental Consulting and Lake Health Occupational Services.

Council Director
Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

Council Director Elect
Tymra Gerhart
(440) 352-4079

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director
Gordon Levar
(440) 479-1539

Council Advisor

Council Liaison
Chris Weber
(440) 255-1616

Steering Committee
Donna McCaskey
(440) 951-3514

Lee Silvi
(440) 525-7252

Clifford Smith
(440) 954-7653

Jim Ruttinger
(440) 710-5399

Tobin Hawes
(440) 205-3933

Bob Bradley
(440) 639-4494

Mike Orlando

Council Assistant
Mark Wainwright
(440) 255-1616

Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation Representative

Jennifer Lingafelter
Garfield Heights Office

Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Mark Wainwright for more information.

BWC News

BWC Data in the NIOSH Science Blog

Landscaping is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Young and newly hired workers are at an increased risk. A recent study conducted by BWC and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found workers age 34 and younger experienced 50% of serious injuries in the industry. Injured workers were also likely to have only brief job tenure. These findings suggest better training and supervision of new workers could be crucial to worker safety.

Learn more by reading this NIOSH Science Blog, Workers Compensation Data Sheds Light on Hazards in Landscaping co-authored by Steve Naber, Division of Safety & Hygiene's Business Intelligence & Analytics Manager.

BWC Safety Talks

The BWC website has 57 Safety Talks designed for safety leaders to help you increase safety awareness and improve performance in your organizations. They add more talks regularly. Check the site for new materials.

Deadline Approaches for COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program

Funds are still available for the COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program. Eligible facilities have until October 15 to apply.

The program provides reimbursement for eligible applicants to help cover the costs of inspections, assessments, maintenance, and improvements to indoor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to control the spread of COVID-19. It also provides reimbursement for secondary devices designed to destroy bacteria and mold, and to inactivate viruses.



Updated Safety Handbook

OSHA and NIOSH revised the Small Business Safety and Health Handbook. This updated handbook has self-inspection checklists for a variety of safety topics such as hazard communication, respiratory protection, and fire protection. The handbook covers implementation of a safety and health program and describes multiple sources of safety and health resources for small business owners.

Updated COVID-19 Guidance

On August 13, OSHA updated its guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace for all industries. It expands information on appropriate measures for protecting workers in higher-risk workplaces with mixed-vaccination status workers Workplaces in these categories include manufacturing; meat, seafood and poultry processing; high volume retail and grocery; and agricultural processing, In these workplaces there is often prolonged close contact with other workers and/or non-workers.

Power Press Standard Update Comments Requested

OSHA is considering updates to the mechanical power press standard first issued in 1971. The agency is requesting information about the need to update the mechanical power presses standard, how closely the standard should follow the current ANSI standard. Also under consideration are the types of presses that should be covered, the use and certification of equipment, presence-sensing device initiation systems, and requirements for press modifications, training, and injury reporting. Comments may be submitted electronically at https://www.regulations.gov/document/OSHA-2007-0003-0028 until October 26, 2021.



Respiratory Protection Week

NIOSH observes Respiratory Protection Week September 7-10, 2021. Events for the week include two webinars, The Future of Respiratory Protection and other Personal Protective Equipment on September 7 and Authorities Associated with Respiratory Protection - The Role of NIOSH, the FDA, and OSHA on September 9. Details and signups for the webinars are available on the Respiratory Protection Week 2021 website.

Safee and Proper Use of Disinfectants to Reduce Viral Surface Contamination in Correctional Facilities

This new NIOSH publication is for correctional facilities staff, as well as incarcerated persons assigned to work details. The document recommends stes to reduce viral surface contamination through safe and proper use of disinfectants. Learn more about these products and how to handle them safely.

Prevent Struck-by Incidents at Crash Scenes

More than 200 law enforcement officers died by struck-by incidents from 2005-2019, which was 24% of officer deaths related to motor vehicles. This new NIOSH infographic  shows four ways that law enforcement officers can lower their risk of being struck by a passing vehicle while outside the patrol vehicle.

Behind the Wheel at Work

The August issue of Behind the Wheel at Work has a list of ten actions you can take to protect drivers at work. This list has the actions that NIOSH considers the most important when starting a motor vehicle safety program at work.



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