December 2012 - Big Sky Chapter - American Society of Safety

ASSE Big Sky Chapter
December 2012
In This Issue
President’s Corner
ASSE/Big Sky Activities
Welcome new members
OSHA Alliance
Safety Sense
Red Cross First Aid App
Stand up for your kidneys
Eye Protection Survey
Distracted Driving
Safety on the job poster contest
Newsletter Distribution
You can receive your newsletter via
e-mail by contacting Marilyn Cameron at:
Big Sky Chapter Board
Members beginning July 1
Tina Smollack – President
Jamey Wheeler –Past President
Mike Wacker – President-Elect
Marissa Morgan – Treasurer
Dawn Schwartz – Secretary
Jon Croston – Prof. Development Coord.
Marilyn Cameron – Communications Coord.
Roger Jensen – Delegate
President’s Corner – Tina Smollack
Big Sky Chapter Newsletter
ASSE/Big Sky Chapter Activities
& Info
Welcome New Members
A big welcome to our newest members since
Student members:
Help a colleague, friend, or associate succeed
professionally when you open their eyes to the world of
benefits and services the American Society of Safety
Engineers provides. Refer a friend, have them put your
name on the application as their sponsor; they can take
$25.00 off the application fee. You can send them a
“ready-made” email right now.
OSHA Alliance
360 Training
360 Training Courses are available through the Big Sky
Chapter Website at There
are industrial safety courses as well as Human
Resources Courses.
The online courses are very inexpensive and a great
way to get training for you or your employees at the
convenience of a computer. Click for a demo of any
ealth_Letter/2012/October/prevent-painfromcomputeruse), which offers tips for preventing pain
when using a tablet or computer.
Holding a tablet computer too low, say on the lap,
forces the neck to bend forward too much, straining
and possibly even injuring muscles, nerves, tendons,
ligaments or spinal discs. Simply placing a tablet on a
table propped at an angle in a tablet case can reduce
neck strain and potential pain, according to research
conducted by Jack Dennerlein, adjunct professor of
ergonomics and safety at the Harvard School of
Health, and his colleagues.
The number one tip for reducing pain, researchers
is taking a break. “Change your position every 15
minutes,” says Dennerlein. Other tips include:
When using an iPad or tablet:
• Use a case that positions the device at a
comfortable viewing angle.
• Routinely shift hands and weight; stand up if
seated, or sit down if standing.
When using a laptop or desktop computer, follow the
same tips for a tablet, plus:
• Use an external keyboard.
• Keep shoulders relaxed and elbows close to the
• Keep hands, wrists, forearms and thighs parallel to
the floor.
Check out video on continuous chest
compression CPR
The University of Arizona’s Sarver Heart Center has
a video that demonstrates Continuous Chest
Compression CPR. It suggests the following
immediate steps:
Have someone to call for emergency assistance.
Immediately start chest compressions at a rate of
100 beats per minute (roughly equivalent to a disco
song such as the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive).
Safety Sense
Reduce Pain Using an iPad
From ASSE EHS Works Blog:
Spending hours using an iPad or other tablet can
cause neck and shoulder problems, according to
experts at the Harvard School of Public Health. A
simple shift in viewing angle can change everything,
according to a recent report from Harvard Health
Don’t check for a pulse or breathing, and don’t
provide breaths to the victim. The vacuum created
by releasing the hands from the victim’s chest after
each compression will create a vacuum that draws
air into the lungs.
The Sarver Heart Center says this technique doubles
a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. The
video is available here:
It’s time for the “Safety on the Job” poster
It’s that time again! ASSE’s annual kids’ ‘Safety
American Society of Safety Engineers
Big Sky Chapter Newsletter
on the Job’ poster contest kicked off September 19th.
Children around the world between the ages of five
and 14 are encouraged to submit their artwork.
Members are urged to help teach kids in their
communities about the importance of workplace
safety and the occupational safety, health and
environmental profession by encouraging them to
illustrate workplace safety and submit an entry for
The ‘Safety on the Job’ poster contest is part of
ASSE’s commemoration of North American
Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week,
which takes place every year during the first week of
May. NAOSH Week 2013 will take place on May 5th11th, 2013.
For additional information on ASSE’s ‘Safety on the
Job’ poster contest visit
Safety Awakenings
FREE workplace safety website. The mission of Safety
Awakenings has always been to help all of our visitors
prevent work related injuries and illnesses, regardless of
which country they live in. At long last, our non-English
speaking visitors will be able to read our pages in their
own native language. We invite you to tell your friends
about our new “multi-lingual” capability.
Check out the safety apps link, too.
The Big Sky Chapter is once again sponsoring our
own contest as well. Check
soon for the rules and prizes. It will be published in
the next few days.
6 Steps to Nail Gun Safety
The Nail Gun Safety Tips can be applied to any
workplace where nail guns are used. This particular
article is geared toward pallet companies, but the tips
are great for anywhere. It's hard to find a pallet plant
without nail guns. But it can be easy to take them for
granted and create unsafe working conditions in the
process. The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration has developed a nail gun safety guide
that is available in both English and Spanish versions.
Although designed for the commercial construction
industry, the guide has many important lessons for pallet
companies, too. MORE
The Most Dangerous Year for New Drivers
The year our teens get their driver's license are among
the most exciting -- and dangerous -- years of their life.
Drive it Home is a resource all parents can refer to, and
contribute to, to share proven and effective ways to help
our teen drivers through this most dangerous year... and
beyond. Some great information if you have teen
American Society of Safety Engineers