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‘The House that Little Giant Built’ Addresses OSHA’s Safety Violations
SPRINGVILLE, UT -- Little Giant Ladder Systems, a ladder safety innovator, is addressing OSHA’s top 10 serious safety violations by building a 13,500 square-foot house to show the world a major construction project can be completed faster, better, and more safely from start to finish using only Little Giant ladder equipment. [FULL STORY]

Ergodyne Names Lead Dog Program Winners
ST. PAUL, MN -- Ergodyne, a developer of personal protection equipment, has announced the 2014 winners of the annual Lead Dog sales and marketing program. Lead Dog qualifiers and winners are determined based on overall excellence and are chosen from among Ergodyne's independent sales agency partners. [FULL STORY]

Gateway Safety Receives President’s Club Award for Achievement in 2014
CLEVELAND, OH -- Gateway Safety has received the President’s Club Recognition award for achievement in 2014 by the Industrial Buyers Group (IBC). Suppliers and distributors are recognized by IBC for their contributions over the year and rated on percentage growth. [FULL STORY]

Liberty Mutual Releases Index; Lists Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injury
HOPKINTON, MA -- The Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has released its 2014 Workplace Safety Index, which ranks the 10 leading causes of workplace injuries and their associated direct workers compensation costs. [FULL STORY]

NSC Names Breathalyzer Inventor 2015 Borkenstein Awardee
ITASCA, IL -- The Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division of the National Safety Council has named Dr. Richard Compton recipient of the 2015 Robert F. Borkenstein Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol/drugs in relation to traffic and transportation safety. [FULL STORY]

CSB to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a public meeting to present the third and final investigation report and safety recommendations regarding the crude unit fire that occurred at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, Calif. in 2012. [FULL STORY]

Survey Shows Mixed Attitudes towards Mental Illness in the Workplace
TORONTO -- Although nearly four in 10 workers wouldn't tell their manager if they had a mental health problem, half said that if they knew about a coworker's illness, they would desire to help, a new survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows. [FULL STORY]

Metro Alloys Named to ISRI Circle of Safety Excellence
EAST POINT, GA -- Metro Alloys, Inc., a processor of industrial scrap metals, has announced its inclusion in the ISRI Circle of Safety Excellence, an industry-wide initiative focused on improving operational safety for recycling businesses. [FULL STORY]

AlertDriving Partners with California Safety Training
TORONTO -- AlertDriving has announced a new addition to its Global Partner Program with California Safety Training Corporation (CSTC), a consultant and provider of occupational risk management tools throughout California and the continental U.S. [FULL STORY]

ASSE’s SeminarFest Offers Safety Pros Opportunities to Grow Skillsets
DES PLAINES, IL -- The American Society of Safety Engineers SeminarFest 2015 is offering occupational health and safety professionals a chance to hone their knowledge and skills and potentially earn recertification points. SeminarFest 2015 takes place Feb. 6-12, 2015 in Las Vegas. [FULL STORY]

Inside the Latest Issue...
New Standard takes effect Jan. 1
Risk Assessment Key to Robotic Machine Guarding Compliance
BY ERIC ESSON

The development and implementation of industrial machine guarding systems has always been an exercise in assessing risk. However, that assessment process is about to get much more important, particularly as it relates to automated and robotic processes.

Thanks to the passage of the Robotic Industry Association (RIA) R15.06 standard in 2013, risk assessments will be required as of January 1, 2015. Many professionals responsible for plant safety have been conducting risk assessments to increase safety as a matter of practice. These new regulations mandate risk assessments be conducted.



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