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ESFI and NFPA advise using battery-operated candles in place of traditional candles.

Holiday Reminders

The holiday season in the United States typically is marked by fires, driving hazards, and increased fall and electrical hazards at home. What better time to focus on safety at home, at work, and on the road?

OSHA published a final rule in March 2012 revising its Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910, to conform it to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, known as GHS.

Year in Review: A Tale of Two Regulations

One completed OSHA action ushered in the era of workers' right to understand, while a still pending crystalline silica rule could have international significance.

AWEA reported third quarter results on Oct. 18, announcing the domestic industry exceeded 50,000 megawatts (MW) of total installed electrical generation capacity in August 2012.

Wind Power Showdown Looms

The American Wind Energy Association and its allies are pleading with Congress to prevent the Production Tax Credit from expiring this year.

APHA Annual Meeting participants discussed issues ranging from influenza and other infectious diseases to prescription drug abuse, disaster preparedness, obesity, violence, stress, wellness, and many more.

Wellness, Preventable Illnesses in Focus at APHA Meeting

"Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span" was the theme of the 140th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association last month. One keynote speaker, Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, spoke of "a tsunami ... a tidal wave of preventable illness [that is] coming into a delivery system that we cannot afford."

Better-funded organizations can gain by sharing lab-safety training materials.

Open Source Training Makes Labs Safer for All

Sharing lab safety training curriculum among organizations to improve safety culture is the right way to improve lab safety for all concerned.

This FEMA photo taken Aug. 28, 2012, by Patricia Brach in Mannford, Okla., shows the aftermath of the Creek County wildfire there. Heat from the fire melted the glass in this car parked in the driveway of a burned-out home. (FEMA/Patricia Brach)

The Rising Risk of Wildfires

Two recent reports warn they are an increasing threat both in the United States and abroad.

Many factors contribute to workplace falls, including wet floors, poor lighting, cluttered aisles, and improper use of equipment.

Know the Requirements for General Industry

General industry fall protection can be a real challenge.

At least two recent multistate foodborne illness outbreaks were traced to prepared or raw foods sold by U.S. restaurant chains.

Focused on Food Workers' Training

The National Restaurant Association's ServSafe 6th Edition is available to help managers meet the 2011 supplement to the 2009 Food Code.

The marcus evans 3rd Process Safety Management Conference for the Chemical, Petrochemical, & Refining Industries (Sept. 12-14, Houston) will promote awareness on the evolution of risk mitigation and safety processes.

Promoting Safe Practices through Management of Change

Electronic MOCs have given all affected personnel easier and more effective access to the information required to be reviewed prior to operating the process, says Mike Whitten, a speaker at next month's marcus evans 3rd Process Safety Management Conference for the Chemical, Petrochemical, & Refining Industries.

Everybody involved on the project -– from senior management to the newest employee -– has responsibilities in the safety program. (Medcor Inc. photo)

Construct a Safety Plan with a Solid Foundation

Conduct research, assess and plan, and hold people accountable. It's never too late (or too early!) to integrate a safety plan or policies into a project.

The National Roadside Survey of 2007 was a national field survey of alcohol- and drug-involved driving conducted among nighttime weekend drivers and daytime Friday drivers.

Taking Aim at Drugged Driving

Distracted driving has dominated the headlines, but two federal agencies are cooperating to combat another safety hazard: drugged driving.

This LOCOG photo shows both sides of the gold medal to awarded during the London 2012 Olympics.

Wise Advice for Attending the Olympic Games

Vaccinations, travel health insurance, and knowing the location of emergency exits while at large events are among CDC's tips for U.S. travelers.

The six-blade design puts less stress on the building structure, offers longer life, and creates less sprinkler obstruction. (Serco photo; www.sercocompany.com)

HVLS Fans Beat the Heat

Freeman Audio Visual's operations manager found a six-blade fan worked better for its Dallas distribution center, where the summer heat can make workers uncomfortable.

Sparklers burn at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Safely Lighting the Fourth

Burns and lacerations to the hands, face, and head were the most commonly reported consumer injuries in 2010, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Workers employ safe behaviors every time, not just when there is an incentive or threat of punishment.

Improve Safety, Efficiency, and ROI

What almost all of today's top-performing safety programs have in common is that they're overcoming "human limitations" by leveraging technology and a system-based approach to safety management.

Staying hydrated, getting sufficient rest, and staying alert for symptoms of heat illnesses are essential for workers who are exposed to excessive heat.

Are You Ready for Those Pesky Summer Hazards?

Driving, working outside, and even petting animals at county fairs can be dangerous activities during the summer months.

Many people incorrectly believe police or fire personnel clean the accident scene after a factory or home accident.

Accident Cleanup

In a larger facility, it may be well worth the investment to have custodial workers trained to handle accident cleanup operations.

Enclosure safety systems are engineered to provide visual monitoring of enclosure components without requiring unnecessary exposure to arc flash hazards. (Photo courtesy of Pentair Technical Products, Hoffman)

Implementing Enclosure Solutions to Minimize Arc Flash Exposure

Industries continue to become more technology driven, with a heightened need for electronic components on the plant floor. Those working around energized equipment must be prepared for increased arc flash dangers.

Midwest Generation is an independent power producer that operates six electric power-generating plants in Illinois and supervises operation of the EME Homer City generation plant in Homer City, Pa.

Generating Safety Power

Here's how one company transformed its culture and achieved a major milestone on its path to zero injuries.

The Greater Manchester Police are bent on reducing the death toll on roads this year.

Dicing with Death?

The police force in Manchester, England hopes a direct and scary message will reduce traffic fatalities this year.