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Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

In 2016, a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States, a 7% increase from the fatal injuries reported in 2015.1 This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities in the United States. Deaths from falls, slips, or trips increased 6% to 849 in 2016 and 25% overall since 2011. Moreover, falls increased more than 25% for roofers, carpenters, tree trimmers and pruners, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers and accounted for nearly 39% of deaths in the construction industry during 2016.

OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards

Year after year, Fall Protection – General Requirements remains on OSHA’s Top 10 most frequently cited standards. The Top 10 OSHA standards cited for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017) are as follows:

Fall Protection Training

New to the Top 10 list is No. 9: Fall Protection – Training Requirements. Per this standard, employers must provide a training program for each employee including potential exposure to fall hazards. This training must include: the nature of fall hazards in the work area(s); procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling and inspecting fall protection systems; use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, safety monitoring systems, controlled access zones, and other protection; role of each employee in the safety monitoring system when this system is used; limitations on the use of mechanical equipment during the performance of roofing work on low-sloped roofs; correct procedures for the handling and storage of equipment and materials and the erection of overhead protection; and role of employees in fall protection plans.

Following training, employees must be able to identify fall hazards and safety procedures that minimize fall hazard risks. Proper training is a continual process and retraining may be required. An employee must be retrained any time there is evidence that the individual no longer demonstrate the understanding or skills required to properly identify fall hazards and procedures to minimize fall hazard risks. Employers must actively work to recognize inadequacies in an employee’s knowledge and use of fall protection systems or equipment through frequent and periodic inspections and training check-ins. If necessary retraining should occur promptly if knowledge or understanding is not clearly exhibited. Further, changes in the workplace or processes that render previous training obsolete, such as changes in the types of fall protection systems or equipment used, signal the need for retraining.

Consider the following safety measures commonly used in work places with fall hazards. Note, these are not exhaustive lists, and a job hazard analysis (JHA) should be conducted to identify job-specific and site-specific hazards:

Challenges of Training

Training plays a significant role in worker safety throughout all industries and sectors. With the increase in an aging workforce in the United States, challenges of training multi-generational staff can be surmounted by careful consideration, implementation and accommodations, if needed. It is the employer’s responsibility to provide training in a manner that is understandable to the employee.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that young workers have high rates of job-related injury and that limited, or no prior work experience and a lack of safety training contribute to high injury rates.1 Young and new employees in particular may not have enough experience to “know what they don’t know” and may be hesitant to speak up when unsafe acts or conditions arise in the workplace. Providing training upon hire eliminates the guessing game of whether an employee knows how to work safely.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports workers age 65 and over had the highest fatal injury rate of all workers in 2016.2 Consideration for physical fitness of employees is an important part of training, retraining and evaluation of the worker. A common challenge in training older or experienced workers is introducing changes or new procedures. If an experienced worker is set in his or her ways and does not want to adopt safe work practices as outlined in the safety training, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the training content is not only provided but implemented and enforced. Training a worker to do one thing but allowing him or her to do another does not constitute providing a safe work environment. Retraining must be provided to workers who fail to follow procedures – whether intentionally or not. A company’s safety culture is strengthened when all employees are held to the same standard for safety policies regardless of age or experience.

Documentation of Training

Records of training must be kept on file including the names of employees trained, dates of training, and signature of trainer. Documentation may be in hard copy or electronic form. Periodic review of recordkeeping documents allows employers to certify compliance with training requirements as laid out in the Fall Protection standard.

Evaluation of Fall Prevention Program

Documentation is a powerful tool in the evaluation of a company’s Fall Prevention Program as a whole. Consider the following criteria for evaluation: incident reporting and root cause analysis; periodic on-site audits; review of training documentation; and employee feedback and interviews.

Reviewing documentation of incident reports, inspections and training records can reveal deficiencies in the program and allow management to implement necessary changes for continual improvement. Soliciting feedback from workers at all levels encourages employee engagement in safety.

Achieving Full Compliance

In summary, developing a Fall Prevention Program, posting fall hazard signs in the workplace and making protective equipment (such as harnesses and lanyards) available to employees alone is not enough. Training is a key component to ensuring employees understand and follow all elements of the program. As evidenced by its presence on OSHA’s Top 10 list of commonly cited standard for 2017, fall protection training requirements are under increasing scrutiny. Is your program compliant?


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• 3M
• Honeywell
• GE
• Intellinium
• Human Condition Safety
• Seebo
• Alpha ProTech

Smart Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market : By Application

Oil and Gas

Smart Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market : By Type

Protective Clothing
Hand Protection
Protective Footwear
Head, Eye, and Face Protection

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PPE Market Report 2023

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The Industrial Internet of Things can help safety leaders become more connected to their workers.Read More
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LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today a simple cost-effective way for companies to improve productivity and regulatory compliance by connecting their existing inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) using Honeywell's cloud-based Safety Suite software and specialized electronic tags.

This new Connected Worker solution uses Honeywell's ultra-high frequency radio identification (RFID) tags that can be attached to any safety equipment and are designed to withstand the tough conditions characteristic of many commercial work sites. The tags can be scanned directly into Honeywell Safety Suite software, which means equipment can be tracked for usage, maintenance and training, resulting in better, money-saving inventory management decisions and compliance reporting.

"Our newest Connected Worker offering allows customers to connect virtually any piece of personal protective equipment – hard hats, fall protection gear, gloves, ladders, fire extinguishers – and track the equipment with Honeywell's cloud-based software," said John Romano, vice president and general manager of High Risk Safety for Honeywell. "This cost-effective tracking solution leverages Honeywell's Safety Suite software to extend connectivity to a company's entire ecosystem of safety equipment to drive more productivity for safety managers."

Three types of tags are available to cover the broadest range of worker tools, safety devices and personal protective equipment: a tag that adheres to various flat, non-metallic surfaces; one that can be mounted to metallic surfaces; and a sealed, rigid RFID tag that can be attached even to devices with irregular or odd-sized surfaces.

When equipment is scanned into Honeywell Safety Suite, safety managers can track and manage their inventory of PPE, making sure it is tested on schedule or repaired or replaced as needed, reducing the frequency of equipment failure or non-compliance. The data pulled from the tag can be compiled automatically into reports, thus eliminating time-consuming manual audits and data logs. The ultra-high frequency RFID tags also enable longer-range scans, helping speed up and simplify scanning of multiple devices and workers.

Honeywell is the global leader in personal protective equipment, including a broad line of Connected Worker solutions. Its products include equipment to protect workers from helmet to boot, including hearing protection, safety harnesses, respiratory and electrical safety equipment, turnout gear for first responders, and protective eye-, hand- and footwear.

For more information about Honeywell's Industrial Safety products and services, visit http://www.honeywellsafety.com.

Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) provides products, software and connected solutions that improve productivity, workplace safety and asset performance for our customers across the globe. We deliver on this promise through industry-leading mobile devices, software, cloud technology and automation solutions, the broadest range of personal protective equipment and gas detection technology, and custom-engineered sensors, switches and controls. We also manufacture and sell a broad portfolio of footwear for work, play and outdoor activities, including XtraTuf and Muck Boot brand footwear. For more news and information on Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions, please visit http://www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Don Galman
Honeywell Industrial Safety
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Custom PPE signage

3/3/2018 11:13 AM

Standard and customizable personal protective equipment signs can be wall-mounted or mobile to fit your application and environment. Common messages include identifying designated areas that require PPE; statement of 5S and lean safety goals; visual examples of personnel properly outfitted in required safety attire; and identifying safety stations with first aid supplies, policies and emergency procedures.


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‘Tis the season for blizzards! How wonderful they are for children building snowmen! However, employees working in harsh winter weather are at increased risk for slips, frostbite, car trouble and other cold-weather maladies.

OSHA does not have a cold-weather standard and it expressly states employers do not need to pay for items “used solely for protection from weather,” but employers do have a general duty to eliminate known hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.

Rather than grapple with whether frostbite likely will cause death, employers should err on the side of caution by decking their halls with winter personal protective equipment (PPE), training employees on its use and closely monitoring weather conditions and PPE usage.

Here are some tools and tips to assist your employees and customers through the winter. For detailed information, I encourage you to contact product manufacturers or their insurance representatives.

A shirt made of polypropylene:

Wool, silk, or synthetic fabrics, such as polypropylene, hold more body heat than cotton, especially when wet.

Hard-hat liners:

Hoods or stocking caps may cause hard hats to slip, fit poorly or impede vision. Employees may forego the hard hat, leaving them vulnerable to an impact, or they may go without extra coverage leaving them exposed to frostbite or windburn. Give them the best of both worlds with a hard-hat liner.

Waterproof boots:

Ever heard of trench foot? It’s as unpleasant as it sounds and results from prolonged wet and cold feet. Invest in waterproof, insulated footwear or rubber overshoes.

Warm drinks:

It may seem silly, but sweetened liquid quickly will raise a person’s body temperature. Bonus: Who can stay crabby while sipping hot cocoa?

Chemical hot packs:

Single use, disposable hot packs provide instant warmth for up to 30 minutes when placed inside gloves and boots.

Loosely layered clothing:

The air between clothes acts as an insulator and will be more efficient than one heavy layer. The looser the layers, the more effective the insulation.

Insulated gloves with grips

: Gloves are a no-brainer, but if your employees lift, carry or maneuver equipment in the cold, consider models with rubber grips.

Radiating heat:

Warm up work stations in drafty warehouses or rickety job trailers with portable radiant heaters.

Salt or sanded sidewalks:

Salt pros: Melts ice that has already formed, prevents ice from forming and is relatively inexpensive. Salt cons: Does not work if temperature falls below 12° F. It can be harsh on grass, vehicles and other surfaces and creates other environmental concerns.

Sand pros

: Creates traction at any temperature. Sand cons: Does not melt ice, so it becomes ineffective if snowed upon. Collects in drainage areas which may cause flooding if not removed in the spring. Alternatives: Kitty litter, saw dust, wood ashes or a snow blower.

Survival kit:

If your business puts employees behind the wheel, give them the tools they’ll need to weather the side of the road until help arrives.

Footwear cleats:

Slips, trips and falls are the most common workplace injury and are the second-leading cause of workplace deaths (behind motor-vehicle collisions). Employees who walk on ice with regular shoes are begging for a workers’ compensation claim. Equip your team with ice cleats to increase traction and reduce slips and falls.

Door mats:

Catch snow, water and dirt at the door with highly absorbent, anti-slip rugs.

Now that you’re prepared, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


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Cranberry Township, PA — Personal protective equipment manufacturer MSA has issued a Stop Use notice for certain welding harnesses.

After a field report and an MSA investigation, the company is advising customers to stop using Gravity Welder Harnesses made between July 2015 and Jan. 29 that are marked with the following part numbers:

  • 10151154 - 304 HARNESS,BLK,KEVLAR,BKD,SD,STD
  • 10158954 - 304 HARNESS,BLK,KEVLAR,BKD,SD,XSM
  • 10158956 - 304 HARNESS,BLK,KEVLAR,BKD,SD,XLG
  • 10158957 - 304 HARNESS,BLK,KEVLAR,BKD,SD,SXL

    Affected harnesses should be taken out of service, marked “UNUSABLE” and destroyed, MSA states in the Jan. 29 notice.

    The leg strap and chest strap of the affected harnesses are incompatible, MSA states. In case of a fall, the shoulder straps might extend and alter the protection provided by the harness.

    MSA provides instructions for finding the part numbers and manufacture dates on labels, as well as directions for finding them if the labels are illegible from use. If the part number matches the list above but the date of manufacture is illegible, MSA advises customers to treat the harness as unusable.

    MSA adds that the Gravity Welder Harnesses could have been ordered as part of kit numbers 10026061, 10026064, 10105480 and 10103470. Harnesses in these kits also are labeled with the individual harness part number and can be identified as detailed above.
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    Editor’s Note: Achieving and sustaining an injury-free workplace demands strong leadership. In this monthly column, experts from global consulting firm DEKRA Insight share their point of view on what leaders need to know to guide their organizations to safety excellence.Read More
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