June, 2016

New members

We are especially pleased that these companies recognize the value of belonging to TRMA, especially in tough economic times:

Hytorc of Norther IL & IA
Southwest Town Mechanical

Meeting Calendar
Environmental Division
To be announced
Government Affairs Division
To be announced
Safety Division
July 7
Aug 11
Sept 15
First Aid/CPR/AED Training;
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $99
June 22 Scaffold Competent Person Development
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $235
June 29 Signal Person Safety & Rigging Hazard Awareness Training
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $235
July 6 Electrical Safety in the Workplace - NFPA 70-E
7:15 am to 11:30 am; $235
July 13 Excavation Competent Person Training
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $235
July 26 Confined Space Entry Training
7:15 am to 4:30 pm; $235
Human Resources Division
To be announced
Prices shown apply to TRMA members. For member and non-member details and registration click here.
Fire Watch with Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training and Confined Space Entry Watch Training

(see announcement for details)
July 13
Aug 10

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Management Alert

OSHA New Rules Address Post-Accident Drug
Testing, Retaliation Claims, and Electronic Injury/ Illness Reporting
By Mark A. Lies, II, Adam R. Young, and Patrick D. Joyce

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA’s new final rules call into question mandatory post-accident drug screenings and safety incentive programs, open the door to new retaliation citations, and will require employers to post OSHA logs electronically.

On May 12, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published new final rules on discrimination and injury and illness reporting. 81 Fed. Reg. 29624. First, a new anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation rule will come into force on August 10, 2016 for all employers, as discussed below. Employees must be informed about the requirements of the anti-retaliation rule relating to reporting injuries and illnesses by that date. OSHA’s interprets this rule broadly to prohibit mandatory post-accident drug testing, concluding that such tests discriminate against employees on the basis of injury and illness reporting. OSHA further explains that incentive programs are retaliatory if they offer benefits to employees or workforces who do not report injuries and illnesses. Finally, OSHA uses the rule-making to allow compliance officers to issue citations for retaliation, upending the current statutory employee retaliation enforcement framework under Section 11(c) of the Act.

The regulations further require employers to post workplace recordable injury and illness information electronically. OSHA will release this employer injury and illness information publicly on its website, believing that its disclosure will “shame” employers into improving workplace safety and health. The electronic data submission requirement will also ease OSHA’s data analysis, presumably to ramp up citations against employers based on the frequency of certain types of injuries (such as OSHA’s renewed focus on “ergonomics” injuries) or injuries caused by exposures to certain chemicals or toxic materials. The remaining provisions of the final rule, including the electronic reporting provisions, will take effect on January 1, 2017.

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MFG DAY Planning is Underway

Three Rivers Education Partnership (TREP) is planning the MFG DAY event, on October 4th at Joliet Junior College’s main campus. MFG DAY engages high school students to consider careers in manufacturing and its related industries by highlighting the diversity of career opportunities AND by demonstrating manufacturing as a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based industry. At the foundation of MFG DAY’s is the partnership between TRMA and Joliet Junior College (JJC). If the past two events are used to indicate the future, we expect to reach capacity with 700 high school students and educators from Will and Grundy counties.

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