Market Intelligence Digest

The Market Intelligence Digest appears in ISEA members' e-mail inboxes every Monday morning, with links to the current digest on the Web site.  The current MID is for ISEA members only, but here's a sample from 2010:


Dear Members:

 

Here is the ISEA Market Intelligence Digest (MID) for Tuesday, June 22, 2010.

The MID is a compendium of news reports from a variety of publicly available sources accessed mainly via the Internet.  Its purpose is to convey useful information to ISEA member-company marketers; it is not intended to be a publicity vehicle for any organization.  An explanation of how the MID is assembled is available from me upon request. 

 

You will need your email address and members password to access the complete MID from the “Members” section of www.safetyequipment.org.  If you do not yet have a password, you can create one from the login page.  As always, your feedback on the MID is welcome.  Thank you for your interest.

Best,
Joe Walker, Editor
ISEA Market Intelligence Digest
703-525-1695 or 703-491-3301

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

-- TOP OF THE NEWSInstitute of Medicine Hosts Public Conference on Oil Spill Health Effects

 

-- NEWS FROM ISEA: Oil Spill Creates Need for PPE; ISEA Is Coordinating with BP Contact

 

-- SAFETY EQUIPMENT, MANUFACTURERS IN THE NEWS:

 

(1) June 2010 Products (Ergodyne)

(2) Kimberly-Clark (KMB) Announces Two Executive Promotions

(3) Danner Opens New Portland Retail Store With Recrafting Factory On Display (LaCrosse)

(4) Introducing the Magid CutMaster 93KVFLDPM Cut Resistant Gloves

(5) MSA Releases FAQ on New ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 Standard Update

(6) FLEXcon and Reflexite Announce Alliance

 

-- SAFETY EQUIPMENT WORLD NEWS:

 

(1) Keeping an eye on safety with Sperian emergency eyewash stations and eyecare products

(2) Posties gear up for bright future

 

-- DOL/OSHA/MSHA:

 

(1) OSHA Chief Calls for Criminal Penalties

(2) OSHA’s Severe Violators Enforcement Program Effective June 18

(3) Unions press penalties for workplace violations

(4) OSHA: Methylene Chloride Standard Is Meeting Its Mark

(5) Praise For Safety and Health Pros

 

-- BP OIL SPILL CLEANUP:

 

(1) OSHA Dedicated to Worker Safety in Oil Spill Response

(2) OSHA Limits Don't Protect Gulf Coast Worker

(3) Fears for offshore workers health as BP burns oil.

(4) House to question OSHA chief on worker safety surrounding Gulf spill

(5) OSHA Head Agrees: Gulf Cleanup Workers Need More Training

(6) Health impacts of the oil spill studied

(7) Feds probe Gulf spill health risks.

(8) Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns.

(9) Gulf cleanup training ignores advice from health agency, official says.

(10) BP chief executive Tony Hayward slammed over safety by US Congress

(11) Howard testifies on oil cleanup worker safety

(12) OSHA, Coast Guard leaders to testify on safety of Gulf spill workers

(13) BP Accounts for Nearly All Major Safety Issues in US Refineries

(14) Benzene from Gulf Oil Spill a Concern for Workers and Residents

 

-- HOMELAND SECURITY:

 

(1) DHS creates accreditation program for private sector

(2) Jeannette, Greensburg receive fire grants

(3) Firefighters get grants for equipment, job training

 

-- EMERGENCY RESPONDERS:

 

(1) Advances to new SCBA

(2) Family sues in death of firefighter

 

-- MINE SAFETY: Sherry L. Efaw: Our miners' safety must come first, foremost

 

-- OTHER DEVELOPMENTS AROUND THE NATION:

 

(1) Understanding PPE and the price of safety

(2) ASSE 2010: Implementing US-Style Construction Safety and Health Programs in Africa, Asia and Mexico

(3) Laser Safety Notice Signs

(4) Infrastructure Developments Launches Safety Awareness Program

(5) ASSE 2010: Dr. Nigel Ellis, Bradley Giles and Edward Grund Honored by ASSE at Professional Development Conference

(6) Accidents, fatalities a regular occurrence for 'big oil'

(7) Dispelling Highway Construction Zone Myths

(8) Avoiding Combustible Dust Explosions and Reduce the Risk for a Combustible Dust Incident(9) American Businesses Kill 14 Workers Every Day as the Corporate Media Yawn

(10) Storm is over, but dangers persist

(11) Grand jury indicts executives over workplace accident

(12) Construction safety proves to be food for thought

 

-- INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS:

 

(1) Unanimous votes finalize safety association merger (in British Columbia)

(2) DEWALT organises an innovative & interactive Safety awareness day at Dutco labour camp

(3) Canadian Experts Share H1N1 Pandemic's Lessons 

 

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TOP OF THE NEWS 

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Institute of Medicine Hosts Public Conference on Oil Spill Health Effects

Institute of Medicine Announcement

 

At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Medicine is holding a two-day public conference this week in New Orleans to assess the health effects of the oil spill.  It's June 22-23 at the Hotel Monteleone.  More information, an agenda and registration form may be found at the IOM Web site.  (Editor’s note: The MID will watch for and report any pertinent outcomes in the next issue.)

 

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NEWS FROM ISEA

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Oil Spill Creates Need for PPE; ISEA Is Coordinating with BP Contact

 

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is creating an increasing need for PPE for personnel on the water and on land.  Efforts to cap the oil leak into the gulf, as well as cleanup operations all around the area, are reportedly straining existing PPE supplies.  ISEA has a contact at BP Americas who is coordinating the PPE needs assessment.  He has promised to alert us as soon as he knows what the need will be, both immediate and mid-term (e.g. the next four weeks), and where they may be experiencing shortages.  Note that no one is asking for donations; BP and the agencies involved in the recovery and cleanup operations expect to procure PPE through normal channels.  ISEA's role is to alert members to their needs, so manufacturers and distributors can make the necessary connections. ISEA has assembled a list of people identified by member companies as the contacts for operations in the Gulf -people who can tap into company resources, and locate and possibly expedite shipment of products.  If your company has not responded, contact ISEA President Dan Shipp or 703-525-1695 to get your company on the resource list.  (Editor’s note: Find pertinent news reports about the BP oil spill cleanup under that heading below.)

 

 

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SAFETY EQUIPMENT, MANUFACTURERS IN THE NEWS
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June 2010 Products
AMTOnline.com

 

Ergodyne adds four new safety and productivity products for aerial work, ... For more information call (800) 225-8238 or visit www.ergodyne.com. ...

 

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Kimberly-Clark (KMB) Announces Two Executive Promotions

StreetInsider.com

... implementing Lean operations in manufacturing facilities, streamlining operations, and leading the acquisition and integration of Jackson Safety. ...

 

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Danner Opens New Portland Retail Store With Recrafting Factory On Display
Business Wire

... CEO of LaCrosse Footwear, Inc, parent company of Danner. “The factory within a store concept is something we intentionally brought to our customers, ...

 

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Introducing the Magid CutMaster 93KVFLDPM Cut Resistant Gloves

MarketWatch

Magid Glove & Safety, a leading Chicago manufacturer of leather gloves, safety glasses and other protective equipment selling direct to industry, announces the availability today of its new Magid(R) CutMaster(R) 93KVFLDPM Cut Resistant Gloves.

 

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MSA Releases FAQ on New ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 Standard Update
Occupational Health Safety

A white paper covering frequently asked questions about the new ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 standard for occupational and educational personal face and eye protection ...

 

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FLEXcon and Reflexite Announce Alliance
Product Design & Development

By FLEXcon and Reflexite FLEXcon and Reflexite have teamed up to create pressure-sensitive retroreflective products for truck and trailer, school bus and ...

 

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SAFETY EQUIPMENT WORLD NEWS

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Keeping an eye on safety with Sperian emergency eyewash stations and eyecare products
Infolink Architecture & Building

By Sperian Work-related eye injuries result in over 500 hospital admissions a year, with most workers taking up to two days off from work to recover, ...

 

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Posties gear up for bright future
ABC Online

After a successful trial, posties will take to the roads and footpaths in new fluoro yellow high-visibility uniforms and enhancements for their bikes. ...

 

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DOL/OSHA/MSHA
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OSHA Chief Calls for Criminal Penalties
Occupational Health Safety

Referring to ASSE as OSHA's “older brother,” Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels repeatedly said the agency welcomes and needs the ... 

 

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OSHA’s Severe Violators Enforcement Program Effective June 18

DOL Newsletter

 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Severe Violators Enforcement Program (SVEP) directive becomes effective June 18th. The agency announced in April that it was implementing the program to focus enforcement efforts on employers who willfully and repeatedly endanger workers by exposing them to serious hazards. The directive establishes procedures and enforcement actions, including increased inspections and mandatory follow-up inspections for work sites where a company has a pattern of violations at other sites.

 

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Unions press penalties for workplace violations
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

OSHA's Michaels said his organization and his boss, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, are committed to making the workplace safer, but OSHA and MSHA don't ...

 

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OSHA: Methylene Chloride Standard Is Meeting Its Mark
Safety.BLR.com

OSHA's recent review of its methylene chloride standard indicates the rule is succeeding in protecting workers from the effects of exposure, ...

 

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Praise For Safety and Health Pros

DOL Newsletter

 

Speaking before 2,500 safety and health professionals at the American Society of Safety Engineers in Baltimore, Md., on Monday, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Assistant Secretary David Michaels discussed a number of pertinent issues and praised the group’s efforts to keep workers safe. Topics included modernizing OSHA, open government, the Injury and Illness Protection Program, a regional emphasis program on grain handling, accurate reporting of injuries and illnesses, increasing penalties, updating permissible exposure limits pertaining to hazardous chemicals, at-risk workers who speak little or no English, and the BP oil spill.

 

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BP OIL SPILL CLEANUP

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OSHA Dedicated to Worker Safety in Oil Spill Response

DOL Newsletter

 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues its aggressive role in the coordinated federal response to the oil spill cleanup along the Gulf Coast. The agency’s resources are deployed at every staging area across the region to ensure workers are protected from all hazards associated with their cleanup work. OSHA is dedicated to ensuring workers are properly trained, outfitted with the appropriate personal protective equipment for the job, and kept safe from worksite dangers, especially the heat….

 

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OSHA Limits Don't Protect Gulf Coast Workers
Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)

BP is claiming that because the air concentrations of carcinogens such as benzene are below OSHA limits, the workers involved in cleaning up the Gulf oil ... 

 

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Fears for offshore workers health as BP burns oil.

Agency France-Presse

 

According to chemist Wilma Subra, plans to burn off oil and gas will increase air pollution risks for BP workers near a sunken BP-leased rig as well as for residents on the Louisiana coast more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) away…

 

 

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House to question OSHA chief on worker safety surrounding Gulf spill
The Hill (blog)
David Michaels, head of the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will testify ...

 

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OSHA Head Agrees: Gulf Cleanup Workers Need More Training
ProPublica (blog)

As we've reported, workplace safety experts and a federal official have expressed concern that the ...

 

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Health impacts of the oil spill studied
International Business Times

John Howard, MD., director of NIOSH, spoke about how people can get sick from exposure to oil. "People can be exposed to hazardous substances related to the ...

 

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Feds probe Gulf spill health risks.

Science News

 

Gulf coast residents and workers will likely experience respiratory and skin irritation, and probably behavioral problems, such as stress, depression and anxiety, a panel told members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. The committee also heard charges of BP interference with worker protection… 

 

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Gulf oil full of methane, adding new concerns.

Associated Press

 

It is an overlooked danger in oil spill crisis: The crude gushing from the well contains vast amounts of natural gas that could pose a serious threat to the Gulf of Mexico's fragile ecosystem…

 

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Gulf cleanup training ignores advice from health agency, official says.

ProPublica

 

A federal official said the four-hour safety course that BP is providing to Gulf cleanup workers lacks basic information on health risks and is too short to cover the necessary material… 

 

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BP chief executive Tony Hayward slammed over safety by US Congress
Telegraph.co.uk

Mr Hayward also attempted to deflect questions about BP's safety record – the company has had 760 US safety violations in five years, compared with ...

 

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Howard testifies on oil cleanup worker safety

National Safety Council Membership News Alert

 

 

NIOSH Director John Howard on Tuesday testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the health effects oil spill cleanup workers face.  Howard said the long-term, chronic health effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cannot be fully understood due to a lack of studies into large spills around populated areas.

 

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OSHA, Coast Guard leaders to testify on safety of Gulf spill workers
The Hill (blog)

Leading officials at the Coast Guard, Health and Interior departments will testify this week on worker safety ...

 

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BP Accounts for Nearly All Major Safety Issues in US Refineries
Energy Intelligence (subscription)

The US Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a rating system that ranks the seriousness of safety violations. ...

 

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Benzene from Gulf Oil Spill a Concern for Workers and Residents
Lawyers and Settlements

Greenwire reports that NIOSH sets much lower exposure limits than the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for several chemicals monitored ...

 

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HOMELAND SECURITY

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DHS creates accreditation program for private sector

National Safety Council Membership News Alert

 

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday adopted final standards for an accreditation and certification program in emergency preparedness for the private sector.  The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program establishes a mechanism by which a private-sector organization can receive emergency preparedness certification from a DHS-accredited third party.

 

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Jeannette, Greensburg receive fire grants
FireEngineering.com

... fire personnel in Greensburg will receive hundreds of feet of new fire hose thanks to two Department of Homeland Security grants made public on Friday. ...

 

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Firefighters get grants for equipment, job training
Cherry Hill Courier Post

Grants like these make it possible for fire departments to purchase safety equipment without touching taxpayer dollars needed to cover operations, he said. ...

 

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EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

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Advances to new SCBA
FireRescue1

That effort resulted in Mine Safety Appliances Company MSA being selected. MSA provided what the IAFF Project Team considered to be best design and approach ... 

 

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Family sues in death of firefighter
News-Journal.com

No fall protection, restraint safety belts or other safety equipment was delivered with the truck, according to the lawsuit. ...

 

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MINE SAFETY

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Sherry L. Efaw: Our miners' safety must come first, foremost
Charleston Gazette

My grandmother, Cora Wilson, along with Sarah Kaznoski and several other widows, fought for the mining laws that MSHA uses today. The 1969 Coal Mine Health ... 

 

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS AROUND THE NATION

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Understanding PPE and the price of safety
Reliable Plant Magazine

We get a lot of questions regarding workplace safety and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). One question that seems to come up time and again deals with ...

 

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ASSE 2010: Implementing US-Style Construction Safety and Health Programs in Africa, Asia and Mexico
EHS Today
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n a June 15 ASSE Safety 2010 session in Baltimore, Johnson addressed the challenges and best practices for implementing construction safety and health ...

 

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Laser Safety Notice Signs
ThomasNet Industrial News Room

Laservision offers quality Laser Safety Notice signs required by ANSI standards ... ANSI standards recommend that Laser Safety Notice signs should be posted ... 

 

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Infrastructure Developments Launches Safety Awareness Program
Trading Markets (press release)

Infrastructure Developments announced that it and its subsidiary, Intelspec International, are creating and implementing a construction safety initiative ...

 

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ASSE 2010: Dr. Nigel Ellis, Bradley Giles and Edward Grund Honored by ASSE at Professional Development Conference
EHS Today

He is also a past chairman and member of the National Construction Safety Executives. Giles earned BS and MS degrees from Southern Illinois University (SIU) ...

 

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Accidents, fatalities a regular occurrence for 'big oil'
CNN (blog)

Jordan Barab is with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). On Thursday he also testified before the Senate subcommittee. ...

 

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Dispelling Highway Construction Zone Myths

EHS Today

 

The National Motorists Association is working to dispel two construction highway zone myths - that construction workers have the highest risk of serious injury in highway work areas, and that vehicular traffic is the biggest cause of injury in construction zones.

 

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Avoiding Combustible Dust Explosions and Reduce the Risk for a Combustible Dust Incident
PR Web (press release)

They also learned about how NFPA requirements are applied to dust collection equipment and how to avoid being fined by OSHA. ...

 

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American Businesses Kill 14 Workers Every Day as the Corporate Media Yawn
AlterNet

OSHA cites the employer, slaps it with a modest fine (a median penalty of only $3675 per death in 2007), and points out that simple methods exist to prevent ...

 

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Storm is over, but dangers persist
Post-Bulletin

For any big cleanup project, personal safety equipment including gloves, eye- and ear-protection, and a helmet are advised. If your power has been out for ...

 

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Grand jury indicts executives over workplace accident

Dayton (Ohio) Business Journal

 

A Butler County grand jury has indicted United Oil Recovery Services Inc. and several of its employees on criminal charges in the death of a worker at the company’s Middletown facility.  The indictments — an unusual move that worries some local attorneys — was announced Wednesday in a statement from the Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray’s office, which is prosecuting the case at the request of the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

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Construction safety proves to be food for thought
Austin American-Statesman

Construction is among the industries in which Texas seems to have problems protecting workers, which is why some participated in a five-hour thirst strike ...

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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS

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Unanimous votes finalize safety association merger
Journal of Commerce

The two construction safety associations in BC have almost completed a merger to establish a single society to provide industry specific health and safety ... 

 

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DEWALT organises an innovative & interactive Safety awareness day at Dutco labour camp
Eye of Dubai (press release)

Construction safety is something that each and everyone have to take responsibility. We can all take simple steps that help to keep us safe.

 

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Canadian Experts Share H1N1 Pandemic's Lessons
Occupational Health Safety

A roundtable hosted by CSA Standards produced a whitepaper suggesting how to prepare for the next one, with emphasis on vaccine development and PPE. ...