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When toe protection is needed, a safer approach for everyone in an industrial setting is to wear ASTM F2413-17 conforming shoes. (Red Wing Shoe Company photo)

A Guide to Safety Footwear Regulations

Good shoes make better employees.

Eliminating the need for replacement is the most sustainable practice we can have as manufacturers. By design, durability is one of the most important factors in reducing environmental impact. (Nydree Flooring photo)

The Future of Sustainability

In the next five years, we'll see sustainability in commercial projects moving from a luxury to a requirement. Examining your product and its performance now will put you ahead of the curve.

Using Software to Unlock Your Health & Safety Potential

Looking at most "world class" health and safety organizations, technology plays a vital role in their success. They view software as one of many tools, not the sole solution.



Routine tasks such as moving items in and out of bins can become hazardous if workers have to reach into barrels or other receptacles that contain sharp materials. (Magid photo)

Hand Protection—Beyond the Glove

While hands may be protected with gloves, arms without proper protection are vulnerable to cuts, abrasions, and burns.

Moving From Ergonomic Objections to Objectives

I recommend four ergonomic objectives that can apply to any company member who walks, lifts, pushes, uses tools, pulls, climbs or just sits or stands in place.

New hi-viz liners can act as an indicator when the outer coating is cut or compromised, prompting workers to replace their gloves before any harm is done. (Ansell photo)

Chemical Growth Fuels Innovations in Hybrid Cut and Chemical PPE

Workers are speaking loud and clear—with increased cut risks abundant in today’s machinery-heavy workspaces, cut protection can be as critical a factor as chemical protection.

OSHA recommends as a best practice that employers designate one person the responsibility of choosing the types and amounts of first aid supplies, as well as maintaining them and the kit.

Meeting OSHA's First Aid Requirements

Employers must evaluate their first aid response and preparedness programs based not only on OSHA compliance, but the needs of their workplace and employees.

Selecting the Right Shoe Can Make All the Difference

Test results demonstrate that an employee is indeed safer while wearing a pair of safety-toed shoes.

There are significant benefits of having healthier employees, both in savings in medical costs and related insurance premium reductions, and in productivity though better well-being and fewer sick days and time off.

IRF Trends Study Shows Focus on Culture, Wellness

This year's Trends Study said the largest number of net increases reported by respondents was for including wellness components in their programs.

Health effects of breathing welding fumes include eye, nose, and throat irritation; possible lung damage; various types of cancer; kidney and nervous system damage; and suffocation when oxygen-displacing gases are involved in welding in confined or enclosed spaces.

Steering Clear of the Fire and Shock Hazards

Hot work should not be done where flammable vapors or combustible materials exist. Both the work and the equipment being used by the welder should be placed outside any hazardous area.

A Job Hazard Analysis is the most critical part of the job—this gives us an opportunity to go in the field with operations and review, recognize, and control hazards at the job site or in the area. (Priority One Safe-T, LLC photo)

Fire Safety: Managing Risks for Industrial Hot Work

A Job Hazard Analysis is the most critical part of the job—this gives us an opportunity to go in the field with operations and review, recognize, and control hazards at the job site or in the area.

The Hidden Dangers of Chemical Fertilizers

Because the damage caused by chemical fertilizers is often long-term and cumulative, it may be wiser to consider alternative and sustainable methods of fertilizing the soil.

Enjoying the 2018 Safety Trade Shows

Great customer service never goes out of style.

Self-Assess Your Current Safety Strategy

Culture will be why your compliance or advanced efforts fail. It will also be why your overall strategy succeeds or fails.

To fight any fire effectively, the person operating the extinguisher must be able to move around easily and safely while holding the extinguisher. (Johnson Controls photo)

Taking Control with the Right Flow, the Right Extinguisher for Class B Fire Suppression

Is your plant prepared for pressurized flammable liquids and pressurized gas fires?

Inhibitors, while not as destructive as poisons, still have a negative effect on the sensor. If combustible gases and inhibitors are present at the same time, the catalytic bead sensor may not detect the combustible gas. (Industrial Scientific Corporation photo)

Are Poisons and Inhibitors Lurking in Your Workspace?

Just because a poison or inhibitor wasn't applied directly to the instrument doesn’t mean that it may not have been exposed to something while in a tool box, storage locker, or anywhere else gas detection equipment may be stored.

OSHA Cites New Jersey Construction Company Following Employee Fatality

The company was cited by OSHA for using an improper lifting device and for failing to train employees on lifting equipment hazards. The company’s citations include one willful and three serious violations, and proposed penalties totaling $151,352.

Controlled Environment Agriculture Growers Form Food Safety Coalition

“By coming together, these leaders will advance food safety for controlled environment growers and for the fresh produce industry as a whole, which in turn will benefit consumers and public health,” says Bob Whitaker, Ph.D, Produce Marketing Association's chief science and technology officer.

Maryland’s First Stabilization Center to Open in Baltimore

Maryland’s First Stabilization Center to Open in Baltimore

According to city officials, the center will be a safe place for people under the influence of drugs and alcohol to sober up and receive short-term medical and social interventions, medical screening and monitoring, and referrals to behavioral health and social services.

NSC Calls for Distracted Driving Legislation

The NSC believes a full ban on use of electronic devices while driving is the best way to keep drivers safe. While many states have implemented partial distracted driving laws, data collected by NSC shows that other states are behind in addressing the issue.

PG&E Announces Community Wildfire Safety Program

PG&E is working closely with first responders, civic and community leaders, and customers for this program. Their goal is to reduce wildfire threats and improve safety before the wildfire season begins in Northern and Central California.

Deadline Nears for Michigan Energy Excellence Awards

Anne Armstrong Cusack, Michigan Agency for Energy acting executive director, says the contest "is a chance to celebrate leaders in innovation all over the state. Past winners have cut energy usage without sacrificing productivity or comfort. They have seen firsthand that the cheapest, most reliable, and greenest energy is the energy you don't need."

OSHA Cites Massachusetts Contractor for Fall Hazards

Guallpa was cited by OSHA for exposing employees to fall hazards of up to 25 feet, for ladder and head protection violations, and for failing to provide effective training. OSHA cited Guallpa for similar hazards in 2014 and 2015.

A nuclear waste cask is loaded onto a barge during the Sandia National Laboratories "triathlon." (Photo courtesy Sandia National Laboratories)

Sandia Details 'Transport Triathlon' Results

The eight-month test involved a waste transportation and storage cask fresh off the assembly line being loaded with three surrogate fuel rod assemblies from the United States, Spain, and South Korea and then traveling from Spain to Colorado and back again by truck, ship, and train.

Oregon, Canada, DEA Announce New Steps in Opioids Crisis

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is issuing an executive order declaring addiction and substance abuse to be a public health crisis in Oregon, and Canada’s minister of health announced new research projects and amendments to expand access to treatment options.

Review Finds Fire Service Delayed Two Hours Responding to Manchester Bombing

"The Fire Service was effectively 'outside the loop,' having no presence at the rendezvous point established by the Police, little awareness of what was happening at the Arena, and only a very limited and belated presence at Strategic Gold Command," the report on preparedness and emergency response after the May 2017 Manchester Arena suicide bombing says.

Sydney Businesses Checked for Forklift Violations

Between July 2014 and July 2016, 1,355 workers were injured in forklift incidents, a number that included three fatalities. Those incidents cost the New South Wales workers' compensation system more than $30.5 million.

Alere Settles Case About Point-of-Care Diagnostic Devices

According to the government's allegations, Alere received customer complaints that put it on notice that certain devices it sold produced erroneous results that had the potential to create false positives and false negatives that adversely affected clinical decision-making, but the company failed to take appropriate corrective actions until FDA inspections prompted a nationwide product recall in 2012.

Alaskans Marking 1964 Earthquake Anniversary

On March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m., Alaska experienced the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American history and the second-largest earthquake recorded worldwide, with a magnitude of 9.2. The quake and subsequent tsunamis in Alaska, Oregon, and California killed 139 people and caused widespread property damage.

BSEE Raising Inspection Time Offshore

The key is using technology that allowing for access to electronic records onshore, giving inspectors significantly more time to inspect operations offshore and work to ensure safe operations at more than 2,200 facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.