Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Cutting corners in construction costs lives

In the construction industry, precision matters – corners need to be square, lines have to be level and plans must be followed. Following the rules keeps buildings and people safe. But when construction companies cut corners, workers often pay the price.

From NIOSH Research Rounds

Since the 1980s, the burgeoning nanomaterial field has led to a growing number of manufacturers worldwide making and using these materials in coatings, computers, clothing, cosmetics, sports equipment, and medical devices, among other items.

Monday, 30 May 2016

New certification rolled out for PSM professionals

The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has established a new professional designation for engineers and practitioners working in the chemicals, petrochemicals and affiliated industries. The CCCPS Certified Process Safety Professional certification allows employers to verify an employee or job-seeker's proficiency in, and ongoing commitment to, process safety principles and practices and to verify that they are trained and invested in the latest process safety techniques and knowledge.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

How grieving women laid the groundwork for Memorial Day

1864: Boalsburg, Pa. Women put flowers on the graves of their own Civil War dead (from the nearby battle of Gettysburg) and on other war dead in summer and fall. This is the start of their decorating the graves every year.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Extreme heat: Are you prepared for summer work?

The approach of summer is a reminder to us all of the need to recognize, and act to prevent, the harmful effects of excessive heat. The White House has designated May 23–27, 2016, as Extreme Heat Week, during which Federal agencies will work with community planners and public health officials to enhance community preparedness for extreme heat events. Workers are particularly vulnerable to the health impacts of heat exposure.

Want to live longer? Plant a tree near your house

Women live longer in areas with more green vegetation, according to new research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Women with the highest levels of vegetation, or greenness, near their homes had a 12 percent lower death rate compared to women with the lowest levels of vegetation near their homes.

Plumber dies after being hit by a car

Had his employer properly created a work zone, a passing car on Philadelphia's 63rd Street might not have struck and killed a 27-year-old plumber working to repair an underground leak on a mid-November night in 2015.

Lead paint removal | Considering Lead Paint Removal for Your Home? Painting Over Lead Paint

There are only a few approved methods of removing the paint from the house. The most common methods are wet hand sanding with HEPA approved filters, heat stripping, and wire brushing. Most of these methods are backbreaking work and produce a lot of dust and debris. These need to be removed and the room cleaned many times before it is considered safe for occupation. 

Removing lead based paint is hard work, but it can be done with proper planning and procedures in place without a lot of long-term consequences. ECOBOND® LBP - Lead Defender® PRO is well versed in EPA requirements and your responsibilities as a lead-based paint renovator.   Contact us to see how we can be the first step to putting you and your project on the right side of the law with our patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® formula

Popular herbicide under fire in Europe

A key ingredient in RoundUp, the world's most widely used herbicide, is at the center of a battle over worker and environmental safety in Europe.

PPE-Info Database

How do you know if your personal protective equipment (PPE) will protect you or your workers? To help employers, users of PPE, and others determine which PPE standards must be met by their equipment, NIOSH in collaboration with key partners including the International Safety Equipment Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and other members of the PPE Conformity Assessment Working Group[1] developed the PPE-INFO database.

In 2015, motorcycle crashes helped drive highway death toll to highest level in years

Posted with permission from FairWarning.org: Last year was a bad one for motorcyclists, with a new estimate showing that 5,010 bikers were killed in crashes nationwide, the worst death toll in seven years. The apparent 10 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities, based on an analysis by the Governors Highway Safety Association, coincided with a projected rise of about 8 percent in traffic deaths overall in 2015.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Extreme Heat Week and worker safety

The White House has designated this week as Extreme Heat Week. For federal agencies, it's a time to double down on community preparedness for extreme heat events, with the help of community planners and public health officials.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

CSX retaliates against safety whistleblower

CSX Transportation Inc. violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act when it suspended an employee at its Selkirk locomotive shop after he notified management of numerous alleged safety hazards and FRSA violations, OSHA has found.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Hazardous chemicals pose secret threat to Houston neighbors

All over America and across greater Houston, capital of the nation's petrochemical industry, hundreds of chemicals pose serious threats to public safety at facilities that may be unknown to most neighbors and are largely unpoliced by government at all levels, a yearlong Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1VSg45P) investigation reveals.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

NY manufacturer exposes workers to lead, other hazards

Responding to a report of an elevated blood lead level in a machinist at a Brooklyn brass plumbing fittings manufacturer, OSHA inspectors found that employees at Acme Parts Inc., lacked adequate protections against lead exposure, hearing loss and hazardous chemicals.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Alarm fails to sound after ammonia leak

When a check valve in the pump room of a Massachusetts food plant leaked about nine pounds of anhydrous ammonia last year, the ammonia sensor in the pump room failed to sound an alarm.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

OSHA issues final rule to collect injury, illness data for online posting

OSHA today issued a final rule requiring employers in high-hazard industries to send the agency injury and illness data for posting on the OSHA website. Currently, little or no information about the three million worker injuries and illnesses a year is made public or available to the agency.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Sharp spike in nicotine poisoning among young children

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes has been accompanied by a sharp increase in nicotine poisonings among U.S. children, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute and the Central Ohio Poison Center, both at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Where to Find Key Influencers in Your Niche

f you want to take advantage of influencer marketing and leverage the huge followings of leaders in your business niche, the first step is to find them. Here are some great ways to discover who people in your niche listen to.

Recognized Authors

Look for authors of trade magazines or industry blogs. Since anyone can start and write a blog, look for blogs that are widely read and trusted in your industry. It's even better if the author has an established reputation offline in the media as well. You can do a Google search for blogs using keywords in your niche, take the results with the highest page rank, and look at their authors. Another great way to find influential authors is by searching on Amazon.

Social Media

Use hashtag searches to find influencers on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The great thing about social media is that it delivers stats about influencers directly through their number of followers. However, you shouldn't just go by followers alone. See how much actual activity there is on their profile and the kinds of conversations they're having. You can also search on social media to see who people are mentioning.

Your Followers

Use your followers to find out who else they follow. You can sometimes glean this information by simply looking at their social media profiles and the other content that they share. Social media sites like Facebook allow you to see who your friends and followers like. You'll also see their shared content. Another idea is to simply ask.


A great place to look is offline. Look at trade shows, events, and seminars. Who's hosting them or presenting at them? What are the biggest names? This is a great way to find local influencers in a specific geographical area. An advantage of finding influencers offline is that it gives you a good chance to start building an authentic relationship with them in person, which is much easier than connecting only online.


There are also tools you can use that are specifically designed for finding key influencers. These include Klout, Traackr, Kred, Twellow and more. These tools measure the influence of a person using internet, social media, and search data. Some of them offer very detailed profiles that can help you get a good start on your research.

Once you find an influencer somewhere, you should look for them everywhere else as well. For example, if you attend a trade show and come out with a list of potential influencers, check out each through Google search, social media, tools, and so on. Cross-check to get a big-picture view of just how influential the person is and to whom.

I have recently released a training course on how to Find and Interview Influencers. Learn more: www.InterviewingInfluencers.com

Thursday, 5 May 2016

NFPA emphasizes fire prevention for National Electrical Safety Month

Electricity plays a major role in our daily lives but we can often take its power and the convenience it provides, along with its potential for fire-related hazards, for granted. That is why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) actively supports National Electrical Safety Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), which works to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical fire safety during the month of May.

Lead Paint Demolition: Still A Modern Problem- Industrial Projects Lead Paint Removal

Lead Paint Demolition: Still A Modern Problem- Industrial Projects Lead Paint Removal

Demolition Preparation: Industrial Projects Lead Paint Removal

Demolition might seem like an ideal solution for getting rid of a lead problem. However, it's important to remember that lead dust is a huge health and environmental hazard. If you have lead paint on your walls, there is no surer way to create a huge cloud of dust than by knocking those walls down indiscriminately.

If you're going to deal with a lead problem as part of a demolition project, then you need to remove the lead before you can demolish anything. And, because lead is such a hazard, it's important not to cut corners when it comes to disposing of it. While proper lead disposal can slow down a project, and add cost to the bottom line, there is no shortcut when it comes to lead. Just like asbestos, and other hazardous materials we once commonly built with, we have to deal with the last generation of hazards, and cut them out cleanly before we can proceed with building the future.

ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender®'s patented lead sealant and treatment formula contains an advanced technology that seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. The formula includes lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and high quality water based paint providing up to a 95% reduction in lead hazards* and controls the spread of airborne lead dust by up to 99% and now resists acid rain.**


There is little regulation governing environmental control on gun ranges, but lead contamination contracted on gun ranges impacts both customers and range employees who can then carry contamination home to their families. Unless a conclusive blood-test shows an employee has lead poisoning, OSHA typically will not examine a gun range, yet this OSHA press release documents a long list of safety violation citations and penalties incurred by an Illinois gun range in 2012. Proposed penalties in this case totaled a whopping $111,000.

The onus for safety will fall squarely on range owners. Failure to clean the range will eventually necessitate costly remediation; delaying will invite litigation from customers, employees, and outside contractors, including any under-qualified site cleaners hired for reclamation activity.

Reclamation companies must demonstrate an understanding of how lead is concentrated over a range site, especially if the site is hilly, rocky, full of clay or otherwise difficult to clean. If the range is indoors, the company needs expertise in cleaning ventilation systems. If a company cannot give an accurate estimation of the types of cleaning needed, the time cleaning will take, and the frequency with which the site will need cleaning, it will ultimately deliver a larger-than-expected bill.

A top-notch reclamation company should work within the shooting range schedule rather than disrupt guest activities during normal working hours. They should work field-by-field in order to accommodate any special events, and should explain how reclamation activity will affect existing vegetation. Disruptions in guest activity and surprise landscaping jobs can result in significant loss of revenue.

Reclamation companies must be insured and bonded; they are responsible for preventing blow-off or run-off of lead particles from the site. A reclamation company must show responsibility for possible deleterious

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

OSHA: Worker's double fall preventable

An employee of a Massachusetts gutter cleaning company was working on a rooftop Nov. 29, 2015 when he fell, first striking a lower roof 11 feet below his original location, then falling another 15 to the ground.

Lead Paint Removal | Research Breakthrough: ECOBOND® LBP's NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula

Lead Paint Removal | Research Breakthrough: ECOBOND® LBP's NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula

After extensive research and development, an amazing breakthrough allowed ECOBOND® LBP to enhance their proven and patented lead paint sealant and treatment formula. When dealing with Lead Paint Removal, you must have a product that delivers results.

Upgraded features include superior lead treatment capability as well as:

  • Cheaper: Breakthrough technology allows for lower price

  • Safer: Very low VOC! (less than 15 g/L) & protects against acid rain.

  • Smooth finish: Allowing maximum versatility and quality on projects

  • Maximum adhesion: Reducing prep time and can be used on more types of surfaces

  • Tintable: Opening up a wide-range of color combinations

  • Low odor: No smell

  • Easier to Use: Application with standard paint sprayer, brush or roller

 “We are passionate about restoring our environment and protecting people from the hazards of lead with our patented ECOBOND® lead paint technology. We are pleased to announce our latest breakthrough in lead-paint treatment” stated James Barthel, President and creator of ECOBOND®.

This Patented Technology, is more effective than it has ever been, and to better represent their commitment to “Defend People and the Environment From the Dangers of Lead”, they trademarked a new product name: “Lead Defender®”. 

ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender®'s patented lead sealant and treatment formula contains an advanced technology that seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. The formula includes lead treatment reagents, paint penetrators and high quality water based paint providing up to a 95% reduction in lead hazards* and controls the spread of airborne lead dust by up to 99% and now resists acid rain.**

To further protect the environment, ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender® contains the same proprietary blend of minerals which have been proven to be substantially resistant to environmental leaching breakdown. This provides protection against acid rain water and leaching in landfills or around physical structures that are coated with lead based paint.  This ensures that surrounding areas and the community are protected from Proximity Contamination.

ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender® can be used as an All-in-One interior primer, lead sealant and top coat, or as an exterior primer and lead sealer prior to application of standard exterior topcoat which better resists acid-rain! It is ideal for home, office, commercial facilities, schools, Industrial factories, and DOT structures.

To serve the Industrial and Professional contractor, Ecobond® LBP – Lead Defender® PROgives you these additional features: Best professional-grade quality paint, improved durability, improved hiding and improved coverage.

Over the last 10 years, thousands of residential, commercial and governmental contractors became dissatisfied & frustrated with traditional costly lead paint removal products and made the decision to replace their old expensive encapsulant products. They found that when they started using ECOBOND® LBP's uniquely patented ability to treat lead paint on interior and exterior surfaces, it gave them safer and lower-cost results with low odor, low VOC, quick-dry penetrating resin, firm anchorage and paint application compatibility. They can now treat lead based paint in a leave-on application; they also appreciate that they don't have to merely coat the lead paint, they can now treat the lead for improved safety!

Learn how ECOBOND® LBP Lead Defender® Lead-Based Paint Sealant and Treatment is different than Encapsulants! Why Just Cover it When You Can Treat it.

To learn more visit www.ecobondlbp.com, view their Lead Paint Removal video or download  their free Industry Report: http://www.LeadPaintRemovalReport.com 


Where to apply for registered dietitian jobs | MAKE YOUR ALMOND MILK

This recipe makes approximately 3 cups of almond milk.


1 cup unsalted whole almonds

2.5 cups of filtered water

4-5 pitted dates or honey

½ tsp cinnamon

1 whole vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract

Nut milk bag, kitchen towel, or cheese cloth

¼ cup cocoa powder (Optional for chocolate almond milk)

American Family Insurance | David Lawson Agency Liberty, MO Auto Insurance

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When looking for the best American Family Auto Insurance, you need to make sure to call the Auto Insurance Agent in Liberty, MO with the best customer service. This includes auto insurance as well as quotes for other coverage you have need of all under one roof in Liberty, MO!

When trusting your Auto Insurance to an Agent in Liberty, look no further than:

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ASSE urges participation in National Fall Prevention Events

The risks of working at heights can be deceiving. In workplaces, no matter the height, the risks are too often discounted – until someone falls.

Monday, 2 May 2016

The Growth of Influencer Marketing and How You Can Get in on It

How to Get Started with Influencer Marketing

There are many different ways to get an influencer to market you. You could have them feature one of your products or services. You could create a piece of content for them to publish for you. One extremely easy technique is to interview the influencer or have them interview you. Even the simple mentioning of your name on social media can gain you many new followers.

The first step is to decide what you want to achieve and identify influencers that can help you do that. Choose influencers that have a great deal of reach and that are relevant to your business; in other words, they have the kind of audience you want. Once you've identified some good prospects and narrowed them down to a manageable number, you should start connecting with your influencers and figuring out what value you can offer them.

Influencer marketing is powerful because it's like a referral from a trusted friend. The only difference is that this trusted friend has thousands of fans and followers who are hungry for what you have to offer.

I have recently released a training course on how to Find and Interview Influencers. Learn more:www.InterviewingInfluencers.com