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Chemistry-Related Accidents Spur Action

New safety initiatives and a National Academy of Sciences study have come in response to dozens of accidents in recent years at industrial and academic labs.

The key will be to choose your technology products wisely, keeping in mind this need to integrate everything effectively. (Handheld US photo)

Technology for Technicians: 2013 Trends

Rugged smartphones and small handheld devices end up being a great fit for OHS specialists who spend time at a wide variety of work sites, from oil and gas wells to petrochemical plants to refineries.

Big Ass Fans

(Air) Moving Experience

The simple addition of air movement improves safety, comfort, and productivity.

Utilities consistently had higher rates of hearing loss from 2004 to 2010 than the overall rates for private-sector industries, according to BLS data.

Noise Monitoring Resources

Employers can find assistance in maintaining an effective noise monitoring and hearing loss prevention program from OSHA and NIOSH.

Relationship development is an important contributor to a vibrant safety culture.

Relationships: The Foundation of High-Performance Safety Cultures

What many don't realize is that discretionary effort is only created through the use of positive reinforcement.

Emergency communications are essential for many companies.

Five Ways to Bring Your Emergency Communications Up to Speed

Today's advanced communications systems provide considerably more automation and control than in the past.

This photo was taken while the fires at the Buncefield fuel storage depot in England were still raging.

Same Planning, Different Disasters

Large, man-made disasters are best addressed with a combination of providing the information via communication links and some level of on-site support.

A COOP plan can help an organization recover more quickly from natural disasters, such as this flood in Nashville. (FEMA photo)

Preparing for Long-Term Business Interruptions

Consider what to expect in terms of disruption of services and the length of time it is likely to take for any or all of them to be restored.

This pictogram represents chemicals that cause skin corrosion or burns, eye damage, or that are corrosive to metals.

5 Tips for Managing the Messy Transition to GHS

Safety professionals are finding that the more time they spend with the revised standard looking at training, the more questions they have about GHS adoption in general.

The U.S. infrastructure needs top $2 trillion, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Turning Back to Infrastructure

From NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman to major construction trade associations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, President Obama, and the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, numerous leaders in Washington, D.C., are calling for making major investments to repair America's roads and bridges.

The NHTSA proposed rule would require event data recorders in most light vehicles manufactured after Sept. 1, 2014.

Driven to Distraction

More than 8 percent of full-time U.S. workers commute an hour or longer to work, and 61.1 percent of those with long commutes drive to work alone.

To advance fire and life safety systems and maintain accreditation, hospitals must undergo rigorous, unannounced on-site surveys conducted by an Environment of Care surveyor.

Preparing for The Joint Commission Survey

Next time your systems integrator comes in for the routine fire alarm system inspection, ask for recommendations on preparing paperwork for accreditation.

Patriot Coal agreed in 2012 to cease mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.

Awards Season Arrives

From the NECC fungal infection nightmare to a record payment to NHTSA for not reporting vehicle safety defects in a timely manner, there are more than enough items on 2012's Worst Actor list. Fortunately, Best Actor contenders are even more plentiful.

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., frequently hosts major safety and health conferences.

... and Conference Season Begins

Health care and human factors are in the spotlight in March and April, with AIHce 2013 and Safety 2013 following close behind.

Early refills may be a sign of undertreated pain or possible development of abuse/addiction to the medication.

Trying New Strategies to Curb Drug Abuse

The FDA issued draft guidance Jan. 9 to aid manufacturers trying to devise abuse-deterrent opioids. A county attorney in Arizona and the U.S. Navy recently tried other methods to deter abuse of synthetic drugs.

Hilda Solis was the most pro-worker secretary in the history of the Department of Labor, wrote Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large at The American Prospect.

Who Will Fill Solis' Shoes?

The now-departed secretary was a true friend of organized labor. ASSE President Richard Pollock says OSHA was "a positive partner" under her leadership.

This SuperiorTouch 13-gauge Knit cut-resistant glove from Superior Glove Works Ltd. is made with Dyneema and has a foam-nitrile palm.

The Revolution in Cut Protection

To put it simply, your father would not recognize the new work gloves on the market today. In fact, these are not even your older brother's gloves.

With roughly 75,000 workers now employed in the wind sector, safety becomes a prime concern.

Wind Power's Three Es

Wind energy impacts the economy, environment, and employee safety in significant ways.

Construction workers must hear and be heard over high levels of background noise.

Wireless Communications Boost Safety, Productivity

Is the system scalable? As your needs expand, your wireless system should be able to expand with you.

Westex UltraSoft®, industrially laundered 100 times, in a an HRC 2 arc.

Flame Resistant Clothing: Get 'The Facts,' not 'The Story'

The critical differentiator should be "Proven" vs. "Unproven," because when it comes safety, decisions should be made on facts, not stories and marketing terms

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