Safety Resources

Safety Resources
 

Find content regarding updated safety regulations as well as guides to help you make sure your business remains compliant.

Final Rule Regarding Fall Protection in General Industry

On November 19, 2016 OSHA published a final rule updating the standards for general industry regarding fall protection and walking-working surfaces. Check out the content below to learn how this could affect your business.

 
Safety Overview
 

The Industrial marketplace continues to provide new challenges for your business and workforce. We want you to know that you can count on Fastenal to provide sound product and process consultation. Our goal is to be your trusted source for solutions that protect your workforce, prevent lost time injuries, and positively impact your company’s profitability.

We know that you value your employees and realize that a safe environment increases worker satisfaction and, in turn, productivity. We’re here to answer your questions regarding regulations and create an annual plan that will help drive down incident rates and insurance costs. To those ends, Fastenal has created a Safety Specialist program that addresses the core safety challenges your company may face – before they become problems or citations.

Included in this program is a focus on relevant OSHA standards for personal protective equipment and facility safety. Please note that, for each of these categories, Fastenal and our manufacturer partners are on call to come to your facility and perform assessments or product trials. We hope that this new resource, in conjunction with Fastenal’s infrastructure and inventory management solutions, will create opportunities for us to strengthen our partnership and provide innovative ways to decrease your acquisition costs. Please review the attached line-card which includes a high level overview of the trainings and services we offer.

 
The Assessment Plan
 

Purpose

The purpose of any safety assessment or safety plan is to prevent harm from occurring while managing cost expectations. Fastenal is here to answer your questions regarding regulations and to address occupational hazards that can lead to lost work days.

We can suggest and offer solutions that will help drive down incident rates and reduce insurance costs.

Process

In order for the assessment to be productive, it is essential that the Fastenal Safety Specialist meet with a program champion. This role has proven to work with Safety Directors, Quality Assurance Managers, Plant Managers and Lean Champions. For many global or national partners we find that corporate backing and support is essential to help drive the overall program goals.

An initial meeting or conference call is utilized to get an overall breakdown of your objectives. This provides an opportunity for candid dialogue and fact finding for both parties. After determining a course of action, a site visit, walk through inspection and assessment are scheduled with a Fastenal Safety Specialist.

Safety Process

Findings

During the assessment process it is our objective to identify any immediate and obvious occupational safety hazards. We will document the risk factors which can be controlled in order to provide a safe working environment.

The Fastenal Safety Specialist will provide recommendations as well as offer solutions that are consistent with best in class industry practices. Comprehensive PPE Assessments and training capabilities are included in the listing of safety services on the right half of this page.

In addition to identifying immediate concerns the safety specialist will also spend time working with employees to uncover possible improvements for a specific application that we can apply from another customer interaction or from the customer’s team members. This information may be provided in an anonymous format so that workers can feel comfortable sharing ideas or concerns.

Systematic improvements or control recommendations are accompanied by products that would increase protection for workers, introduce new technology into the plant, or decrease the total cost of worker protection.

We realize that changes to the products people wear are never easy and have a formal testing process established to insure that all necessary parties are engaged prior to a decision being made.

Fastenal Company disclaims all warranties, both express and implied, relating to the information, reports, opinions and analysis disclosed to the Customer by Fastenal Company. Fastenal Company shall not be liable for any errors or omissions, or any losses, injuries or damages arising from the use of such information, reports, opinions and analysis by the Customer.

 
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