SCM’s Winter Newsletter 2019

 In Industry News, Tip of the Week

Safety Compliance Management, Inc.HAPPY HOLIDAYS! We have some interesting information in this Newsletter. You will find The Best of 2019 Quiz, a blog from Safety Differently Capacity by our own Ron Gantt, and News from OSHA, the CDC, as well as from SCM. Read on…

A popular feature in our SCM Safety Tip of the Week, is the quizzes we offer on the last Monday of each month. We thought we’d bring back some of the questions from 2019. See how much you can remember. Answers will be at the bottom of the newsletter.

1.What is the list of potential hazards in a Permit-required confined space in the OSHA regulation? (from January 28, 2019)

A.  A known or potentially known atmosphere.

B. An entrapment configuration of the space.

C. Inwardly sloping walls or floor that could cause an engulfment or asphyxiation hazard.

D. Any other serious safety or health hazard.

E. All of the above.

F. Only A, B and C.


2. Employers provide emergency lighting in some areas, including emergency exit routes, which has to be inspected to make sure it is working properly. The NFPA requires that emergency lighting has to be able to function for at least 90 minutes. Emergency lighting has to be tested on a regular basis for a minimum time frame. What is the frequency and time frame? (from February 25, 2019)

A. Monthly, for 30 seconds.

B. Weekly, for 90 seconds.

C. Weekly, for 30 minutes.

D. Monthly, for 90 minutes.


3. A Competent Person is: (from May 27, 2019)

A. The job site foreman.

B. The person who has the ability to recognize hazards and authority to promptly correct the hazards are corrected.

C. The person who can identify hazards. They don’t have authority to correct the hazards, only the Supervisor can do that.

D. The supervisor who corrects the hazards at a work site.


4. It is 80 degrees F. You need to run to the store. Your dog is along for the ride. You roll up the windows to prevent the dog from jumping out of the car while you are in the store. The check-out line takes longer than you thought. You are in the store for just 20 minutes. About how hot is it inside your car when you return? (from July 29, 2019)

A. 95 degrees F.

B. 101 degrees F.

C. 109 degrees F.

D. 120 degrees F.


5. When you are about to assist someone who is sick or injured, one of the first considerations should be Universal Precautions, or putting a barrier between you and anything that could contaminate you. Which of the following are good to have as protective barriers? (from August 26, 2019)

A. Gloves for you to wear.

B. A plastic bag, or sandwich bag (useful when gloves are not available).

C. Depending on the circumstance, possibly safety glasses and face protection.

D. All of the above.

E. Only A and C are protective barriers..


BONUS QUESTION:  You can’t have a safety quiz without talking about training.  Which of the following training topics is not required annually? (from March 25, 2019)

A. Respiratory Protection.

B. Use of Fire Extinguishers.

C. Confined Spaces.

D. Hearing Protection.

E. Bloodborne Pathogens.



by Ron Gantt, Reflect Consulting

Capacity is fundamentally about the ability or potential to do something. However, I differentiate between ability and capacity. When people use the word ability, they tend to mean more what an individual can do. Capacity involves individual ability but is also more than that. Capacity relates to a systemic ability or potential to do something.

When we talk about building capacity to do something, we are meaning creating conditions when features of the environment interact with the features of the individuals involved to create the outcomes we are looking for. This is what differentiates capacity from other approaches to dealing with people. Whereas other approaches often seek to limit the negative aspects of people or perhaps even to eliminate people from the system altogether, approaches based on capacity seek to work with the innate potential of people. This does not mean that we see people as perfect. Instead, we recognize that what we call “error” is merely a product of human-environment mismatch. If we create more capacity within the situation, not only do we eliminate ‘errors’, but we create more success.

To build capacity, you first need to start by asking what it is you are trying to do. In the case of the clip above, the producers wanted the viewers to have the capacity to identify the situation as serious. They created multiple cues pointing in that direction and minimized cues that would contradict that assessment. But in your role, capacity will likely be quite different. Below is a list of things to consider when determining what capacity is necessary to complete a task. Please do not consider this list exhaustive. It is only for illustration.





OSHA: The holidays bring additional work and seasonal workers. Does the added work increase the potential for unsafe conditions? What about the added stress and fatigue? And how can you best manage winter weather hazards? OSHA has a webpage devoted to answering these questions and more. OSHA HOLIDAY WORKERS


CDC: E-cigarettes and vaping products are on the rise, and so are related illnesses and fatalities. The CDC provides the most up-to-date information on the issues. CDC VAPING RELATED ILLNESSES


AAA: Winter driving. We tend to do more driving during the holidays, whether it’s a trip to see the relatives, picking up friends at the airport, or trying to get that last minute gift at the mall. Follow this link to read more about safe driving during the season. AAA WINTER DRIVING

Many of you like to know where Ron Gantt, a popular and in demand symposium presenter is speaking next. Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

March 4th, Bay Area ASSP symposium. “Six Lies Safety Pros Believe About Work” To find out more and/or register, follow this link: SAFETY BAY AREA 2020


June 23 – 25th, ASSP National Conference. To Register and find out more, follow this link: ASSP2020




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Charity Begins at Home:


This is the time of the year when people traditionally make their charitable donations. SCM regularly supports World Vision, Convoy of Hope, the Wounded Warriors Foundation and Agape Villages, a local foster child organization. In recent years, we have become increasingly concerned about the local homeless situation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Once again, this season, instead of giving each other gifts at the SCM office, we are all chipping in to purchase and prepare gift bags filled with warm socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs, chap stick, and other similar items to give out to those who really need some help during this season. Last year we donated more than 50 bags and are on target to give more this year. We challenge our readers to look for similar organizations in your own area. Who needs your help locally? It could be your local SPCA, a shelter for women and children escaping abusive relationships, a Veteran’s group, or any other non-profit organization. Thank you.



  1. E; 2. A; 3. B; 4. C; 5. D; Bonus: C.


Our SCM Safety Tip and Newsletter Editors will be taking a much appreciated break for the holidays. The Safety Tip of the week will return on January 6, 2020.





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