Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization.
MHI Video Highlights Hazards at Loading Docks
The Material Handling Industry (MHI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has produced a video on common hazards found at loading docks through its product group the Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA). The video is the third in a series about loading dock safety.
Prevent Accidents and Injuries Near Loading Docks/Doors' instructs viewers on some of the inherent hazards of the fast-moving environment, highlighting how loading doors and docks can be the busiest and most dangerous area of a facility. The animated video, designed for floor managers, health and safety managers, upper management, and shift workers, reveals some alarming and significant statistics: 42% of forklift accidents involve workers getting pinned by vehicles tipping over, and a single forklift accident can lead to over $100,000 in related costs.
Read more and access the video on MHI's website.
NADCA Offers Tips to Avoid Air Duct Cleaning Scams
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a list of steps that consumers can take to avoid air duct cleaning scams.
One tip is to be wary of work that doesn't take long to complete. When done properly, duct work cannot be performed quickly in most cases. Consumers should also be suspicious of contractors that list outrageous claims such as duct cleaning can cure disease or give you a completely dust-free home. It is also wise to ask for proof of insurance and research online reviews for companies before choosing them.
NADCA also advises to avoid the application of unnecessary chemicals. If it is necessary to use chemicals, the company should be able to provide all information about the chemical with the labeled container and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). It is crucial that the chemical information state that it can be used in an HVAC system.
To learn more and read all of the tips, see the NADCA news item.
NCSBN Booklet Offered for Newly Licensed Nurses
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a free booklet in honor of the organization's 40th anniversary.
"NCSBN Welcomes You to the Nursing Profession" is a resource for new nurses that provides information on nursing regulation, the board of nursing (BON), the nursing licensure process, and the responsibilities of nurse licensure. It is written to help bridge the gap from student to working professional, with case studies on a variety of topics from the appropriate use of social media to professional boundaries. Readers will also find links to free online resources with further information.
NCSBN is striving to provide this booklet to each newly licensed nurse in the U.S. The book is also available free of charge for any interested stakeholder in .pdf or hard copy. Learn more and order the free booklet on the NCSBN website.
NCCCO Program Urges Crane Operators to Seek Training and Certification
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), an ANSI member, has developed a new program that encourages crane operators to pursue training and certification in spite of a delay in OSHA's crane operator certification requirement.
It's Not Worth the Wait offers a five-point briefing document and a series of short videos that provide reasons why a responsible, safety-minded employer or operator should not wait to certify. In addition to the safety-related benefits of training and certification, other reasons include:
- If you wait too long, you may not have time to be certified before it's required.
-Insurance premiums may be higher if operators aren't certified.
- You may be missing out on work to employers who have certified operators.
Learn more and access the free briefing document and videos on the NCCCO website.