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The Orange County Convention Center housed the National Safety Congress & Expo in October.

NSC 2009: Headlines and Optimism Return

Many companies introduced new products and initiatives at the Oct. 26-28 expo, and while attendance was mediocre, exhibitors generally were upbeat.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson laid out new principles for revising the Toxic Substances Control Act in late September.

A New Kid on Our Block

Seen by some as OSHA's much bigger brother, EPA waded into several big safety issues this fall.

A standardized stretching program with ergonomics training helped one manufacturer reduce lost-time injuries significantly.

The Benefits of Stretching

Outcome measures helped to make this manufacturing company's workplace stretching program stick.

Consistent and often is how to train the employee for long term use of PPE.

The Flinch Factor

A panicked reaction during one unprotected moment cost a worker his livelihood and more.

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Protecting Safety in Tough Economic Times

In a tough economy it may be tempting to reduce spending by purchasing lower-cost safety equipment or protective apparel, but at what price?

Overhead view of a train wreck

Leading Through Downsizing

Downsizing doesn't have to be a train wreck, even though in today's world of Twitter and Facebook, a single employee's bad experience can have a very broad audience.

This U.S. Air Force photo by Abner Guzman shows Tech Sgt. Eric Rozzanno of the 62nd Maintenance Squadron calibrating a voltage standard.

Fall Safety Campaign Under Way at McChord AFB

More than 10,000 personnel at McChord Air Force Base, near Tacoma, Wash., provide a fast, flexible, responsive airlift capability to DoD. Motor vehicle accidents are a special concern as the holiday season approaches.

How Facilities Can Cope with the Unthinkable

Having well-documented information about the pre-disaster condition of your facility helps you pinpoint the spots that are at greatest risk.

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Best Practices in Emergency Alerting

One of the best options for effective emergency communications is a multi-modal notification system that incorporates an institution's existing modes of communications with newer technologies, such as mobile phones.

MedPro Safety Products develops a precision prototype, takes it to the market to see how it is accepted, then goes back and make changes if necessary to optimize it.

Taking Safer Sharps Where They're Needed

Bringing new technologies to market with a goal of keeping costs where less-affluent countries can afford them, MedPro Safety Products Inc. wants to address the home health market, as well.

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Solis: 3.6 Fatality Rate Not Good Enough

Although BLS' preliminary total of 5,071 deaths in 2008 means the fatal injury rate for U.S. workers dropped to 3.6 per 100,000 from the previous year's 4.0, celebration may be premature: Delayed processing by state agencies may bump the totals more than in past years, BLS said.

Assistant Secretary David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, who is the leader of OSHA, is shown in a GWU photo

Stage is Set for Change

The president's nominee to lead MSHA spent years advocating for stronger health protection for miners and more enforcement. The OSHA choice, Dr. David Michaels (shown here), studied the illnesses suffered by nuclear weapons industry workers and is credited with starting the program to compensate them.

This Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics photo shows a chemical protective garment from its ONESuit line.

How ISO 16602 Can Assist the Safety Professional

Although only introduced in 2007, ISO 16602 is already recognized and accepted internationally. It is clear that ISO 16602 will become the common global language for expressing CPC performance.

Selecting Garments That Will Be Worn

Make sure to balance protection with comfort, fit, and style when selecting protective apparel.

NIOSH recommends good industrial hygiene practices, including providing both PPE and hand washing facilities

Nanomaterials: The Unseen Enemies

NIOSH recommends providing both PPE and hand washing facilities in its March 2009 "Approaches to Safe Nanotechnology" guidance document.

Use a Scientific Approach to Prevent Slips and Falls

A written and enforced floor safety policy and procedures guide will improve floor safety while demonstrating management's commitment to prevention. Slip-resistant footwear is part of the solution.

When it gets too hot indoors, worker performance levels decrease.

Feeling the Heat

The ideal temperature for indoor work is to some degree subjective, but the range for what is acceptable is fairly narrow.

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Keep An Eye on Medications

Many workers are medicated today for various ailments, but few are aware of the dangers their drugs can cause with heat stress.

Impactable dock doors are designed to make open and closing easier.

Dock Design for a Changing Workforce

Following these suggestions will promote productivity out of your most experienced workers while avoiding the costs of accidents and injury.

This photograph shows signage indicating the area may have hydrogen sulfide hazards.

Oil and Gas Drilling Rig Hazards

With rigs in use in many non-traditional areas, emergency responders and company health and safety professionals must work together.