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You May Not Be Thinking About ISO 45001, But Your Customers and Competitors May Be

By Robert Smith, Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions LLC and George D. Adams, Fisher Phillips LLP The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), with the help of Safety and Health experts from more than 70 countries, developed ISO 45001. It is intended to help companies significantly reduce workplace injuries and illness, dramatically improve employee productivity and quality, and increase profitability. The ISO 45001 standard represents the new international consensus and certification standard for occupational safety and health and is being called the...

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Taking an Incremental, Multi-Stage Approach When Upgrading Aging DCS Systems

Addressing gaps, potential risks and islands of automation on a staged basis minimizes costly disruptions to operations and provides greater flexibility as equipment and data needs evolve over time As Distributed Control Systems (DCS) age, there can be increasing risks to the process manufacturer.  An old or obsolete DCS system may no longer be supported by the original supplier, spare parts may no longer be readily available, and system performance issues may begin to appear.  With some DCS systems now...

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KAM joins Kentucky coalition advocating for COVID-19 liability protections for employers

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020 - On Friday the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) joined a coalition calling for COVID-19 specific liability protections for Kentucky employers. The coalition, composed of over a dozen statewide organizations representing businesses of all sizes and industries, sent a letter to Governor Beshear on June 12 urging liability protections specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.  "Kentucky businesses and organizations doing everything in their power to keep employees, customers, and all Kentuckians safe must know that if they...

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2019-2020 Wage and Benefits Report Released

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 2, 2020    Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Releases Results of 2019-2020 Wage and Benefits Survey; Announces 2020 Survey    FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 2, 2020) – Today the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) released the results of its 2019-2020 Wage and Benefits Survey. The survey, which was brought back in 2019 per the request of businesses and economic developers from across the state, is a comprehensive report on the state of manufacturing employment in Kentucky pre-COVID-19.    All manufacturers located in Kentucky were eligible to participate. All companies that participated received complimentary executive summaries of the report, which...

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KAM, KDA Announce Fourth Year Of LAND Forums

Groups To Hold Digital Versions For First Two, Plan To Reassess In-Person Forums Closer To Date FRANKFORT, KY (May 18, 2020) – Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles in partnership with KAM Executive Director Lee Lingo will lead eight forums across the Commonwealth to strengthen ties between agriculture and manufacturing. The first two forums will occur online in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The fourth annual series of LAND (Linking Agriculture for Networking and Development) forums will open June 18 and continue...

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IN EFFECT TODAY: Return-To-Work Guidance Issued by Beshear Administration

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020 - Today the Beshear Administration's Healthy at Work requirements go into effect. Governor Beshear's office released requirements for continuing business and reopening manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain businesses beginning May 11. These requirements are in addition to the Minimum Healthy at Work requirements. Both sets of documents were revised and new versions were released on May 10. On May 10, Cabinet for Health & Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander issued this order, which is dated for...

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KAM Joins Midwest Manufacturing Organizations in Requesting Reopening of State Economies

Earlier this week, a newly-created Midwest manufacturing alliance comprised of the same seven states as the recently-announced Midwest governors' partnership sent a letter to those governors asking for a healthy but timely reopening of state economies. Manufacturing is by far the largest component of Kentucky's GDP according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. "Manufacturing has demonstrated that it can operate safely and provide critically needed products to support our nation’s economy. These companies offer good, high-paying jobs and make the products that will...

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COVID-19 Update

KAM encourages information and "best practices" sharing among Kentucky manufacturers MARCH 12, 2020 - Lee Lingo, Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, released the following statement in regards to the current situation: "We encourage our manufacturers across the state to engage in open information sharing and transparency with both state officials and fellow manufacturers. With so much new information coming to light about this virus every day, it is crucial that our employers develop ‘best practices’ within their companies to...

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Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop Returns to Kentucky

Shared from Spectrum News 1   BY MARIO ANDERSON KENTUCKY PUBLISHED 3:57 PM ET JAN. 29, 2020 LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky (AGC of KY) are touring the Commonwealth with the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas' Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop. The Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop showcases industry-specific, virtual and augmented reality simulators that allow students to experience first-hand potential technical career opportunities. "It's a great way to...

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