Workplace INTEGRA announces 1st quarter 2017 CAOHC and NIOSH class dates

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See below for our course offerings for the first quarter of 2017 for Hearing Conservation and Pulmonary Function Technician Training:

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Certification

January 4-6, 2017 (Toledo, OH)
January 11-13, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
January 18-20, 2017 (San Diego, CA)
February 1-3, 2017 (Louisville, KY)
February 8-10, 2017 (Greenville, SC)*
March 1-3, 2017 (Indianapolis, IN)
March 8-10, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
March 15-17, 2017 (Macon, GA)
March 15-17, 2017 (Bloom-Norm, IL)
March 29-31, 2017 (Sacramento, CA)

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Recertification

January 5, 2017 (Toledo, OH)
January 12, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
January 19, 2017 (San Diego, CA)
February 2, 2017 (Louisville, KY)
February 9, 2017 (Greenville, SC)*
March 2, 2017 (Indianapolis, IN)
March 9, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
March 16, 2017 (Macon, GA)
March 16, 2017 (Bloom-Norm, IL)
March 30, 2017 (Sacramento, CA)

*Greenville classes held at Greenville Technical College


NIOSH Spirometry Initial Training

January 17-18, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
March 14-15, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

NIOSH Spirometry Refresher Training

January 19, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
March 16, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

Our full calendar schedule is here.

OSHA Final Rule Changes for 2017

OSHA is changing their recordkeeping requirements for 2017.  The new rule, which takes effect Jan 1, 2017, requires certain companies to electronically submit their injury and illness data.  The data to be transmitted is the same information that is currently being logged.

The compliance schedule is detailed on the United States Department of Labor website.

Compliance schedule:
The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years.
Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. These same employers will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.
Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

Workplace Integra is committed to making the required changes to our Workplace Applications software customers, so they can comply with this new rule.

OSHA will allow the following methods of transmitting this data:
• Manual entry of data into a webform
• CSV file upload
• Transmission of data through an API

The actual OSHA website will not go live until February 2017, so we will be unable to complete our software changes until then.   However, it appears that there are no changes in the forms themselves, so the last OSHA form revision (Rev 01/2004) will still be used in the software.

We will make the necessary software changes to allow for the upload of the 300A form through a CSV file or through the API as soon as we can obtain the documentation.   An update will be available to our Workplace Applications software users under their current maintenance agreement.

David Pinchot, President


Workplace Integra’s 2017 Conference Schedule:


We’ve updated our site with our 2017 conference schedule below:

NHCA Annual Hearing Conference
February 23-25, 2017 in San Antonio, TX

AAOHN 2017 National Conference
April 24-27, 2017 in New Orleans, LA

NCAOHN Spring Conference
TBD  2017

87th Annual NC Statewide Safety Conference
May 16-18, 2017 in Greensboro, NC

40th Annual Occupational Safety & Health Summer Institute
July 23-28, 2017 in Portsmouth, VA

Georgia Safety, Health and Environmental Conference
September 6-8, 2017 in Savannah, GA

2017 BISE Conference
September 2017 in Greensboro, NC


Doctors Replacing Man’s Ear By Growing A New One From Tissue In His Arm


Source: WFMY News 2

NEW ORLEANS – After a devastating car wreck caused a man to lose his ear, doctors are creating a medical milestone by growing him another ear.

The special thing about this is, is that it’s growing in his arm.

Just before Thanksgiving last year, a mother panicked because she couldn’t find her son for nearly four days.

He was unconscious in the UMC Trauma Center.

In December 2015, Kip Nelson, 31, struggled in physical therapy for independence again. He had no memory of the Kenner Police chase and crash the month before. With no seatbelt on, he went through the windshield, causing brain, neck, spinal cord, facial and shoulder injuries. His mother, Yolonda, is thankful Kip is no longer unconscious, and the feeding and breathing tubes are gone, so she can care for him at home.

See video and full article here.

OSHA Updates


OSHA Update:

Attended the Western Carolina Safety & Health Conference last week.  Listened to Edwin Foulke, Jr. from Fisher Phillips of Atlanta, GA.  Edwin was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety & Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, he served from April 2006 until November 2008.

Some of the WOW slides in the presentation follow:

OSHA Top 10 Most Cited Violations 2015
1) Fall Protection general requirements
2) Hazard communication
3) Scaffolding
4) Respiratory protection
5) Lockout/Tagout
6) Powered industrial trucks
7) Ladders
8) Electrical
9) Machine guarding
10) Electrical- general requirements

OSHA’s New Penalty Increases
11/12/2015 Congress Passed Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act
Allows up to 150% increase based on inflation
OSHA increases will be 78% started August 1, 2016
Serious and other than serious from $7,000- $12,471
Willful and repeated from $70,000 to $124,709

Most Frequent General Duty Clause Citation
1) Forklift hazards- 26.9%
Lack of seatbelts and Improper lifting of personnel
2) Crane hazards 21.7%
3) Dust Explosions- 12%
4) Struck by Vehicle- 10%
5) Ladder Fall- 5.8%
6) PVC Piping Rupture-5.4%
7) Fire and Explosions-5.4%
8) Fall Hazards-5%
9) Automobile lifts and Jacks- 4.6%
10) Storage Rack Hazards-3.6%
*Source- Tracy Cekada and Christopher Janicak-Indiana University Pennsylvania 2016

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Why noise is so harmful to your health

Source: Protectear, October 11, 2016

Like most things in life that affect us if taken at the proper amounts for the proper time frame we will enjoy the benefits, but if taken at too high a level or for too long a time we can see negative effects or if taken a too low a level or for too short a time you may not see any benefits at all.

Sound is no different. Too soft and we cannot enjoy the pleasure of hearing it, too loud and it can produce damaging effects. At the right level sound can have a tremendously beneficial effect on us.

What we need to know then, is at what level noise can be harmful to your health and how that can negatively affect us. Let’s first look at noise levels that harm.

See full article here.

OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements


Recordkeeping Requirements
Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.
 How does OSHA define a recordable injury or illness?

How does OSHA define a recordable injury or illness?
o Any work-related fatality.
o Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
o Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
o Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.
o There are also special recording criteria for work-related cases involving: needlesticks and sharps injuries; medical removal; hearing loss; and tuberculosis.
 How does OSHA define first aid?

See full article here.


Levitate with sound- Get the hoverboard


This Kickstarter project is the first in my series that will teach you the science needed to develop your own technologies in a particular field of interest.

This project focuses on SOUND and more importantly, ultrasonic levitation.  No, this isn’t some kind of free energy or anti-gravity gimmick.  This is real science that works and the videos prove it.

I have always been fascinated with sound and while experimenting with one of my previous Kickstarter projects, Soundlazer, I came across the amazing principle of ultrasonic levitation.   I was surprised to find out that there were no kits or completed circuit designs available on the internet so I decided to bring this project to the Kickstarter community.

See full article here.