2018 Crain’s Cool Places to Work

Midland Tool & Supply was named one of the 2018 Cool Places to Work in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business, ranking 45 of 100 selected companies. The awards program was created in 2012 and is a project of Crain Content Studio, the marketing storytelling arm of Crain’s Detroit Business and Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Michigan, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2018 Cool Places to Work in Michigan list is made up of 100 companies in three size categories: small (15-49 U.S. employees), medium (50-249 U.S. employees) and large (250+ U.S. employees).

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

– Have at least 15 employees working in Michigan;
– Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
– Be a publicly or privately held business;
– Have a facility in the state of Michigan; and
– Must be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Cool Places to Work in Michigan. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Michigan and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

Midland Tool & Supply will be recognized on August 20th in a special publication by Crain’s Detroit Business.

For more information on the Cool Places to Work in Michigan program, visit http://www.crainsdetroit.com/awards/cool_places_to_work/2018

OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Rule

 

WHEN DOES THE NEW SILICA RULE TAKE EFFECT?
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WHAT IS CRYSTALLINE SILICA?
Crystalline silica is an industrial material found abundantly in the earth’s crust. Quartz – the most common form of silica – is a component of sand, stone, rock, concrete, brick, block, and mortar. Materials containing quartz are found in a variety of workplaces.

HOW CAN EXPOSURE TO CRYSTALLINE SILICA AFFECT WORKERS’ HEALTH?
Silica dust is hazardous when very small (respirable) particles are inhaled. These
respirable dust particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause disabling and sometimes fatal lung diseases, including silicosis. lung cancer, and kidney disease.

HOW DOES EXPOSURE TO CRYSTALLINE SILICA OCCUR?
Occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica occurs when cutting, sawing, drilling, and crushing of concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, rock, and stone products. Occupational exposure also occurs in operations that process or use large quantities of sand, such as foundries and the glass, pottery and concrete products industries. OSHA estimates that more than 2.3 million workers in the United States are potentially exposed to dust containing crystalline silica with nearly 90% of those workers employed in the construction industry.

WHAT INDUSTRIES AND OPERATIONS RISK EXPOSURE?
Exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) can occur during common construction tasks, such as: when using masonry saws, grinders, drills, jackhammers and hand held powered chipping tools; when operating vehicle-mounted drilling rigs or crushing machines; milling; when using heavy equipment for demolition.

WHAT DOES THE STANDARD REQUIRE?
The standard requires employers to limit worker exposures to RCS and to take other steps to protect workers, such as providing HEPA vacuums, dust extraction, eye protection and respirators.

Reference:

“United States Department of Labor.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/. Accessed 18 Sept. 2017.