OSHA enforcement activity is on the rise and so are penalties for non-compliance. Following are just a few examples:

Wisconsin Corn Milling Facility Fined Over $1.8 Million After Fatal Grain Dust Explosion
Didion Milling Inc. faces $1,837,861 in proposed fines after five workers died and 12 others were injured in an explosion at the corn milling facility in Cambria, Wis. More Info

Pennsylvania Employer Pleads Guilty to Violating OSHA Regulation, Causing Worker’s Fatality
The owner of Pittsburgh-based business A Rooter Man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of willfully violating an OSHA regulation, resulting in the death of a worker. In September 2015, an employee was fatally injured when the trench he was working in collapsed. More Info

Two Florida Companies Cited Following Hazardous Chemical Release
OSHA inspectors responded to a hazardous incident at Tampa Electric Co.’s facility in Gibsonton, Florida, that sent four workers to the hospital. Inspectors determined that anhydrous ammonia, a chemical refrigerant, was released when a relief valve activated after a pipeline became over-pressurized. More Info

Washington State Cites Construction Company After Fatal Fall
The Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) issued $115,740 in penalties to Sayde Construction Inc. for safety violations identified after a worker installing roof trusses fell about 20 feet to his death. More Info

Arizona Fines Air Conditioning Company for Safety Violations That Contributed to Worker Fatality
The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) issued $88,000 in penalties to Process Cooling International in Saint Helena for safety violations following the death of a worker who fell through a skylight. More Info
Pennsylvania Company Cited For Exposing Workers to Falls and Confined Space Hazards
OSHA has cited US Environmental, Inc., for 12 safety violations, including willfully exposing workers to confined space and fall hazards at its Downingtown, Pa., location. The company faces penalties of $333,756. More Info
Texas Pottery Manufacturer Reaches Settlement with OSHA Following Worker Fatality
Marshall Pottery, Inc., has reached a settlement agreement with OSHA after the death of an assistant plant manager who was servicing a kiln and became trapped inside when it activated. Proposed penalties total $545,160. More Info

Stay on top of the latest OSHA news, initiatives and products to help identify and prevent workplace hazards.

New and Revised Fact Sheets on Silica Now Available More Info

Redesigned Webpages Make It Easier to Find OSHA Training Resources More Info

FDA Warns of Risks From Inaccurate Results From Certain Lead Tests More Info
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Single-Sign-On (SSO) will soon be available to our subscribers! If your organization utilizes SSO, you'll have the option available through our app by March of this year. For those not familiar with SSO, it allows employers to give their employees access to multiple company-issued apps, as the name implies, using a single login.

The obvious advantage is that employees only need to remember a single username and password when accessing company-issued apps, but, for the employer, managing multiple apps for their employees becomes much easier. If an employee leaves the organization, access to all company issued apps can easily be deactivated through SSO making administration a breeze. Security is also greatly enhanced!

New Apps Coming
Look for new apps to be released in 2018. In addition to our Inspection App, we're working on apps that will allow you to document Incidents, Observations, Notes, Training, JHA's and more!

In addition to new apps and SSO, Safety-Reports is updating our Administrative site to provide better reporting capabilities and more robust dashboards to trend and evaluate your data!

Good, Fair, Poor

Until recently, if you scored below 70 percent within a category in the app, the check mark on the Category page moved to the red column indicating "poor" compliance. And if you scored between 70 and 89 percent the check mark would move to the yellow column indicating "fair" compliance. And, if you scored 90 percent and above, the check mark would move to the green column for "good" compliance. 

In late December, we made a change so the check mark now only moves to the green column if you score 100 percent. It moves to the yellow column if the category score is between 70 and 99 percent and the red column if the score is below 70 percent.

eCAT Update

We've recently made a couple of changes to our eCAT (Electronic Corrective Action Tracking) System. We added an eCAT ID number to make it easier to tie our corrective action records to Work Orders and other internal systems used for tracking purposes.

We also modified the eCAT report. Previously, we included both the date of inspection and the date opened. The "Open Date" was the date the report was submitted, which wasn't always the same as the inspection date. Now, the inspection date will always be considered the "Open Date" so there's no need to differentiate between the two. 

Checklist Update
We recently added a new checklist for those doing construction inspections in Washington. Washington has their own state standards and our new checklist references the WAC Standards and links to them.
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 Great photo from one of our subscribers. This picture was added to a report under the PPE section with a reference: Old dog wearing protective socks to prevent falls.

  Upcoming Safety Conferences
If you want to meet us in person and learn more about our app, we encourage you to attend any of the safety conferences below.
Safety-Reports will be exhibiting our app at these events and would love the opportunity to meet with you!

Ag Safety Director's Leadership Conference
January 10, 2018
Council Bluffs, IA
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Altoona, IA
February 27-28, 2018
Booth #211
Blue Springs, MO
Mar. 15-16, 2018
Booth #30
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
May 9-10, 2018
Booth #46

ASSE Professional Development Conference & Expo 2018
San Antonio, TX
June 3-5, 2018
Booth #442

Oct. 22-24, 2018
Booth #839

NSC Safety & Health Summit 2018
Omaha, NE
November 8, 2018
Booth #TBA

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