This Alert is to remind you of the deadline for electronic submission of your OSHA Form 300A data to OSHA is July 1, 2018. This is the second year this requirement has been in place and all establishments required to report should already have an account set up in the Injury Tracking Applications (ITA). Below is the OSHA announcement reminding you that your establishment is required to submit 2017 Injury and Illness record keeping data prior to the July 1, 2018 deadline.  Beginning in 2019, the submission deadline will be changed from July 1st to March 2nd

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Respirable Silica - The Who, What, and How

SEI Alert! - RecordkeepingWorkers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica dust are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases. OSHA’s standard requires employers to take steps to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

 What Is Respirable Crystalline Silica? Crystalline silica is a common mineral that is found in materials such as stone, artificial stone, and sand. When workers cut, grind, or drill materials that contain crystalline silica, or use industrial sand, they can be exposed to very small silica dust particles. These tiny particles (known as “respirable” particles) can travel deep into workers’ lungs and cause silicosis, an incurable and sometimes deadly lung disease. Respirable crystalline silica also causes lung cancer, other potentially debilitating respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. In most cases, these diseases occur after years of exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

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The FMCSA’s final Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule was published December 2015. Considering the mandate applies to over three million drivers on the road today, it’s important you are aware of the ELD regulations.  Simply put, an ELD is an electronic device that enables truck drivers and commercial motor carriers to easily track Hours of Service (HOS) compliance.  At this point, everyone should be aware that by December 2017, all CDL drivers required to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) must use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules.  By December 18, 2017, the ELD mandate will require most commercial drivers to use electronic logging devices to record their hours of service.

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SEI NEWSLETTER March 1, 2017

A safe workplace is sound business

 This article continues the introduction of OSHA’s Safety and Health Program which includes six recommended practices of which two will be highlighted in each of the first three quarterly SEI Newsletters of 2017.  The six recommended practices are:

  • Management Leadership
  • Worker Participation
  • Hazard Identification and Assessment
  • Hazard Prevention and Control
  • Education and Training
  • Program Evaluation and Improvement

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Celebrating 20-Years of Service on November 15, 2016!

As I take time to reflect on the past 20-years it is absolutely amazing how quickly time does fly!  It seems like only yesterday that I was hired to run the QC Lab at the IMC-Americus granulation plant.  After my 17-year career with IMC came to an unexpected end, I found myself without a job for the first time in my adult life.  After out-placement training, numerous unsuccessful job interviews, and a gracious offer to “finance any business that you want to start” from a long-time Christian businessman I realized that God was calling me to step out in faith and trust Him completely with my family and my future. 


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