Be a Major Hero: Save a Life at the 2017 Starr Group Blood Drive
Last year, The Starr Group held its first annual Blood Drive. Our goal was to collect a minimum of 25 units of blood and through the efforts of the entire staff – donating, recruiting and volunteering – a total of 37 donors had been scheduled and 29 units of blood were successfully collected. Potentially 87 lives were saved! We had no idea how successful the event would be.
On February 16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. will ally with the Blood Center of Wisconsin (BCW) to host our second annual Blood Drive. What makes this year’s event unique is that we will have the BCW Mobile Unit on site to accommodate donors up to 4 people at one time. This vehicle is the inspiration for the M*A*S*H-like theme of this year’s Starr Group Blood Drive.
Volunteers will be on hand to escort donors to the Canteen area to replenish their energy levels with water and a variety of juices. Cookies, fruit, nuts and other snacks will also be available.
To make this year’s effort a success, The Starr Group is in need of a minimum of 30 donors to register for the Blood Drive. For your convenience, anyone interested in helping us reach --- or exceed – our goal for 2017 may find our Blood Drive listed on the BCW website, where you can schedule your appointment while referring to your own calendar!
It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Go to the BCW website by clicking on the link below:
2. Enter the Blood Drive Information as follows:
- Name: Starr Group
- Start Date: 02/01/2017
- End Date: 02/28/2017
3. Click “Schedule”. Select your time slot and make your appointment between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. First come, first serve!
Because we are utilizing the Mobile Blood Unit for the Drive, The Starr Group can only accept donations by Appointment. No walk-ins, please.
If you have any questions regarding the 2017 Blood Drive at The Starr Group, please contact The Starr Group Blood Drive coordinator Terry Weinecke at 414-421-3800.
What's New with Safety in 2017?
Here are some insights from Safety Consultant Ron Humphreys
OSHA’s new Electronic Injury/Illness reporting regulation has generated a good amount of confusion -- and even anger -- as it extends to Anti-Retaliation Protection for workers reporting on-the-job injury. The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data online in addition to recording incidents on the already required OSHA Injury and Illness forms. OSHA believes analysis of this data will help enforce compliance more efficiently. Additionally some of the data will be posted to the OSHA website with the belief that public disclosure will encourage employers to improve workplace safety and provide valuable information to workers, job seekers, customers, researchers and the general public. The amount of data submitted will vary depending on the size of company and type of industry.
Anti-retaliation Protections prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness. Employers are required to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation, which can be satisfied by posting the already-required OSHA workplace poster. It also clarifies that an employer’s procedure for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and not deter or discourage employees from reporting; and incorporates the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. These provisions went into effect December 1, 2016.
Changes in Reporting Rules
Even with these new rules in place, what I often find among employers is lack of preparation for an OSHA inspection or investigation. Investigations have become more prominent due to the reporting rules that went into effect in 2015 requiring employers to report any incident requiring hospitalization of a single employee, any amputation, or loss of an eye. Previously the rule required an employer to submit an injury report if three or more employees were hospitalized, or an amputation injury only if it occurred from a mechanical power press. The uptick in reporting often results in a visit or a letter from OSHA requiring investigation and corrective action. This has also generated more citations/fines for employers.