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Editor’s note: With 2008 sales of $6.9 billion generated by an integrated network of more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers, and multiple Web sites, Chicago-based W.W. Grainger Inc. is a leading supplier of safety and facilities maintenance products, serving businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, and Panama.

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Qualified or Just Experienced?

Painters, janitors, helpers, apprentices, and any other worker who may come in contact with equipment that could be exposed and energized will require electrical safety training.

Highlights of ASTD's 2009 Conference

Flash mentoring, communicating change, and adapting under fire are only part of the cutting-edge learning to be available both live and virtually during ASTD's 2009 International Conference & Exposition through June 3 in Washington, D.C.

'Leadership Connected' in a Golden Setting

The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona is the site for the Incentive Marketing Association's 10th Annual IMA Executive Summit, with leaders promising access to "the most valuable, intellectual capital in the incentive industry."

Combustible Dust Dangers: Too Dangerous for a 'Wait and See' Approach

Training is critical, including a relevant, compelling message that explains the reasons for precautions as much as the precautions themselves.

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A New Approach to Dressing for the Cold

For users, the key to the new ANSI/ISEA 201 standard is a label that will provide information to make garment selection based on the work environment and tasks.

Nailing Down Safety

Because products used in a nail salon may be extremely flammable, no one should be allowed to smoke in the vicinity. As required by OSHA, employees should be provided training on hazard communication (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200) and on the proper storage and handling of flammable liquids (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.106).

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New Developments in Nano Safety

The promise and potential hazard of nanotechnology are both being explored at a rapid pace, Acting NIOSH Director Christine M. Branche reported recently.

Preventing Occupational Skin Diseases

In a field where hand washing and hygiene is of utmost importance, studies indicate compliance among health care providers is well below 50 percent, on average.

Q&A: HAVS Still a Threat

More than a million U.S. workers are exposed to potentially harmful vibrations from the tools they use at work, says Joseph D. McGarry, president of Gloves-Online.com.

AOHC 2009 Preview: Great Program, Perfect Setting

The 94th annual meeting in the series will take place at the sumptuous Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel in San Diego, Calif.

The View from Inside OSHA

Interviewed by OH&S Editor Jerry Laws by e-mail, OSHA Underground blogger Kane and OSHA Aboveground's Abel answered 30 questions about OSHA's effectiveness, its best leader in recent years and who should now take command, and how employees are affected by the snail's pace of regulations.

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Strike Out Lightning Risks

Lightning has proven to be one of nature's most deadly forces. Having the right tools and information can help you significantly reduce the risks and liabilities associated with this common and dangerous threat.

Competency Model Improves Training for New Workers

Released Jan. 12, 2009, by the U.S. Department of Labor and Associated General Contractors of America, the model gives educators a clearer picture of the skills students needed to succeed in construction careers.