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OSHA Requirements for Reporting Severe Injuries


Federal OSHA recently announced new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates for the list of industries exempt from recordkeeping requirements. These new rules are effective in federal OSHA states on January 1, 2015. The following article is an excerpt from OSHA's September 11, 2014 News Release.


Please click here for a printable bulletin regarding changes to the OSHA Illness & Injury Recordkeeping Standard.


For more information regarding these changes, please visit OSHA's website at: http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014.



Using Partnership to Achieve Powerful Results


Since 1962, Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. has been helping clients reduce their exposures to risk and the steep costs that accompany them. Our risk management expertise stretches well beyond our established leadership position in Claims Management services. In 1968, Gallagher Bassett began to provide professional loss control services through the Risk Control Consulting Services (RCCS) division. Today, RCCS provides services for more than 700 clients and approximately 2,700 client locations.

Gallagher Bassett's Risk Control Consulting Services division has helped organizations of all types develop and maintain successful safety and risk control programs. Our mission is to provide you with timely delivery of quality consulting service designed to:
  • Reduce your exposures to liability and loss;
  • Lessen the frequency and severity of your losses;
  • Safeguard the health and safety of your personnel; and
  • Protect your assets and profitability.
We work with you in close partnership to accomplish this mission--listening to what you tell us about your organization and its unique needs, studying your business and exploring situations to develop an action plan that addresses your needs.

The result is a tailored program that aggressively manages workers compensation and related loss costs, improves operational efficiencies and most importantly, affords you the opportunity to focus on your first priority--your business.

Gallagher Bassett's risk control programs are designed to initiate the positive change necessary to establishing an effective, long-term safety culture. Let Gallagher Bassett's experienced professionals help you plan your risk control program and achieve the results you desire.

Click here to learn more about what Gallagher Bassett Risk Control Consulting Services
can do for you.
 

October is Fire Prevention Month

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has proclaimed October 5-11, 2014 as "National Fire Prevention Week." This year's theme is "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month." The GB Risk Control web platform provides a number of programs to help you train and inform your staff on Fire Safety related topics including:

  • Fire Prevention Practices
  • Fire Prevention and Protection Safety Short
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers-Part I
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers-Part II
Click here for a one-page bulletin on the safe operation of a fire extinguisher. For more information and resources on fire prevention safety, please visit the National Fire Protection Association's website at: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information
 

New OSHA Requirements for Reporting Severe Injuries

Federal OSHA recently announced new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates for the list of industries exempt from recordkeeping requirements. These new rules are effective in federal OSHA states on January 1, 2015. The following article is an excerpt from OSHA's September 11, 2014 News Release.


Please click here for a printable bulletin regarding changes to the OSHA Illness & Injury Recordkeeping Standard.


For more information regarding these changes, please visit OSHA's website at: http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014.

 

Along with the joy of the holiday season, dangers also surround putting up and taking down decorations. The task, if not done with safety in mind, could turn joy into sorrow. Please see the following article: Safely Undoing the Holidays for some tips on how to safely remove the holiday decor within facilities.

Safely Undoing the Holidays
 

Now that spring is officially here, it is time to be prepared for the possibility of spring storms. Although the following program is geared towards schools, any organization can benefit from the precautions discussed in this program.

The topics discussed in this program go beyond a basic understanding of tornado safety and include:

  • Establishing expectations
  • Identifying shelter areas
  • Completing pre-season tasks and drills
  • Developing a pre-storm checklist
  • Implementing a post-event plan

Please click here to view Gallagher Bassett's Tornado Preparedness for Schools program.
**Please note that viewing the module through this link will not register the module as completed on your training report.


To access the Tornado Preparedness Checklist, click here.

 

Staying Cool in the Heat


The attached article explains how heat can adversely affect the body and provides first aid tips for three types of heat emergencies including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.


Please click here to access the Staying Cool in the Heat-Tips and First Aid Procedures safety bulletin.

 

The following cold weather safety reminders are helpful for the subzero temperatures many of us experience during the winter months. Consider using these tips both at work and at home.

Extreme Cold Weather Precautions Article


Subzero and freezing temperatures have the potential to cause unplanned loss due to water intrusion. Fire, flood and plumbing leaks, including frozen and broken water pipes, are just some of the events commonly associated with cold weather emergencies. Water issues that are not addressed eventually result in mold problems.

Whether the source of the water problem is obvious or not, Aires Consulting can help! Click on the link for information on Aires' Water Intrusion and Mold Remediation Services. Aires' approach combines the best elements of traditional response mechanisms with independent engineering and scientific evaluations to reduce remediation, demolition and reconstruction costs, and most importantly, get you safely back into your facility fast.

For more information, contact Aires at 1-800-247-3799, send an e-mail to sales@airesconsulting.com or visit www.airesconsulting.com.

Aires Water Intrusion and Mold Remediation Services Information

 
Creating a Safe Holiday Celebration

The holidays certainly can be a wonderful time of year in businesses and in homes. Holidays are typically "very anticipated" periods during the year full of traditions and revelry. During these joyous times, it is important for individuals and organizations to maintain a clear focus on safety-related matters and not forget to use common sense and good judgment when transforming their properties into "Winter Wonderlands" or when acknowledging other national, seasonal, ethnic and traditional holidays.

It is important to promote a festive atmosphere to celebrate certain times of the year in accordance with established societal norms. In doing so, it is essential to ensure that the end result is not a hazardous condition or environment that jeopardizes the safety of building occupants, conflicts with applicable safety codes and Best Practices or impedes emergency responders from gaining access to a property during an emergency situation or potential crisis.

Occasionally people lose sight of safety when trying to create a "special effect" that promotes a holiday or seasonal theme. This can be especially true when those involved with the decorating process may not be directly responsible for safety compliance.

Please visit the following resources for tips on creating a safe holiday celebration.

National Safety Council (NSC) Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)