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Safety Hot Topics
The United States is transitioning this year to a new globally recognized system for labeling of hazardous chemicals. By Dec. 1, 2013, all employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must conduct new training for workers on the new label elements and safety data sheets format. The goal of training is to ensure that all employees understand and recognize the new labeling system.
The new labeling system will bring the U.S. in line with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.
Utilize the resources below to prepare your plant to meet the new requirements.
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New Hire Training and Orientation
Precast Inc. Safety Toolbox
Preventing Workplace Violence
The NPCA Safety, Health & Environmental Committee has prepared this Safety Program to provide precasters with an easy-to-use format for conducting safety programs. Each program consists of:
Manual Material Handling (February 2014)
Silica Safety (December 2013)
Working Around/Under Loads (October 2013)
Fleet Management Safety (August 2013)
Fixed and Portable Ladder Safety (June 2013)
Flammable and Combustible Liquids (April 2013)
OSHA Compliance (February 2013)
Respiratory Protection (December 2012)
Job Function Evaluation (October 2012)
Cell Phone Usage Guidelines (August 2012)
Hearing Conservation Parts I and II (June 2012)
Hazard Classification and Labeling System (April 2012)
Back and Lifting Safety (February 2012)
Injury Management Process (December 2011)
NPDES Compliance (October 2011)
Abrasive Blasting Impact (August 2011)
OSHA's New Cranes and Derricks Standards (Spring 2011)
Truck Driver Safety (Winter 2011)
Managing an OSHA 300 Log and Summary Report (Fall 2010)
Coating Safety Toolbox Talk (Spring 2010)
PPE Toolbox Talk (Winter 2010)
Confined Spaces Toolbox Talk (Fall 2009)
Welding and Cutting Safety Toolbox Talk (Summer 2009)
Power Tool Safety Toolbox Talk (Spring 2009)
Silica Awareness Safety Toolbox Talk (Winter 2009)
Forklift Safety Toolbox Talk (Fall 2008)
Overhead Crane Safety Toolbox Talk (Summer 2008)
Lockout/Tagout Toolbox Talk (Winter 2008)
Chain Sling Safety Toolbox Talk (Fall 2007)
Hazard Communication Toolbox Talk (Summer 2007)
Is your plant operating at its optimal safety level? The NPCA Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Committee encourages members to make safety a top priority throughout the year. Here are a few resources to enhance your safety program.
Safety Express Newsletter
Please visit our Portal to access the Online Store. Safety on the job is an essential component of any successful precast operation. NPCA is committed to protecting its single most valuable resource: its personnel. The association offers a variety of informative safety resources, including:
The Back to Basics Safety Video – Featuring footage taken at NPCA member plants, this video focuses on common hazards related to product lifting, lift trucks, overhead cranes, electricity, chemical and noise exposures and more. This comprehensive resource also addresses helpful personal protective equipment such as hardhats, safety glasses, gloves and hearing protection. Whether you’re in need of a safety overview to share with new employees or an important refresher for plant veterans, this is the tool for you. This video is also available in Spanish.
Basic Safety Administration: Handbook/Safety Officer – This handy resource was written specifically for the new safety officer who has little to no safety training in his or her background. The handbook provides an introduction to key elements of a plant safety program to ensure effective accident prevention strategies.
Mobile Cranes, Third Edition – Developed for operators, riggers, supervisors and other safety personnel who use mobile cranes, this guide includes informative tables, load charts and illustrations to explain crane set up and operating procedures.
Forklift Safety: A Practical Guide to Preventing Injuries – This training manual explains how lift trucks work and addresses driving skill requirements. The guide also addresses types of training, provides inspection and training tips and offers practical case studies and checklists.
Employee Safety Handbook – Available in a practical pocket-size format you can carry around the plant, this little guide offers big tips to assist you in your safety efforts. This handbook is also available in Spanish.
Selected ASTM Standards for Precast Concrete (available in manual or as a PDF on a CD) – NPCA compiles ASTM standards specific to the precast concrete industry into one convenient member resource. The association publishes an updated version annually. This is just a small sampling of the safety materials available in the association’s bookstore. The Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Committee encourages you to make safety a year-round priority at your plant through continued training and education. The end result will be healthy employees and a healthy bottom line for your company!