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'The Big Easy' Awaits Safety+ in 2019

Coming off a 2018 symposium that set records for attendance and the expo, the 2019 event will take place Aug. 27-30 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans.

Justice Department Releases Fentanyl Safety Video for First Responders

Fentanyl: The Real Deal provides guidance for law enforcement and first responders on how to safely work around the increased presence of fentanyl in the illicit drug market.

The primary objective of outerwear in cold weather is to provide warmth. However, sub-zero work have the potential for exposure to an electric arc or a flash fire event.

Winterizing Employees Who Work Outdoors

Introducing cold weather work tips and other outdoor cold weather safety concepts in trainings during the early fall can help workers get into the mindset.

A reverse-study means savings on cost and time. It doesn

Incident Energy Analysis—One Way or Another

Having labels with warnings on them is just one piece of the pie when it comes to a robust electrical safety program.

NFPA 70E, Section 110.1 requires a written document that directs activity appropriate for the risk associated with electrical hazards. (Lewellyn Technology photo)

Workplace Safety: Culture, Plans, and Actions

A comprehensive approach is critical for workplace safety, and its benefits will go beyond compliance: Operational excellence will follow.

The George R. Brown Convention Center opened in downtown Houston in 1987. It boasts 1.8 million square feet of space, with more than 500,000 square feet dedicated to its exhibit halls.

NSC Congress & Expo Heads to Houston

More than 14,000 safety professionals are expected to attend this year's NSC Congress & Expo, being held in Houston from Oct. 20 through 26.

Strategic Leadership Discipline

When leaders start by taking personal control of their approach to discipline and responsibility, they're more able to kickstart and sustain superior results.

One of the easiest ways to monitor safety metrics is by using a safety management software. As you improve your safety performance analysis, you’ll need a system that can handle the influx of data, give you access to real-time metrics, and help you glean valuable insights hidden within the flood of information.

Five Key Safety Metrics to Improve Performance

Pay attention to in-depth incident metrics, make adjustments to your safety practices accordingly, and you won’t have to worry as much about your TCIR rate.

Identifying chemicals by particular hazards, such as flammable, carcinogens, volatile/reactive, combustible, etc. is always a good idea.

Your Blueprint for Chemical Safety Training

This type of training must occur early, often, and as close or specific to the actual location and usage scenario as possible.

If you work in an industry where silica dust is present, it

Three Dangerous Misconceptions Surrounding OSHA's Silica Dust Standard for General Industry

On June 23, most provisions of OSHA's silica standard for general industry became enforceable. Many employers still have a long way to go to achieve full compliance.

The purpose of additional weekly functional checks is to ensure the equipment is operating correctly and is capable of providing proper first aid in the event of an emergency. (Haws photo)

Testing Your Emergency Equipment to Meet ANSI Z358.1

Compliance is an all-day, every-day requirement.

Transparency is an important part of the new Z359.18 standard.

A New Standard for Fall Protection Anchorage Connectors

ANSI Z359.18-2017 increases testing rigor—and it introduces field application testing, anchorage connector types, and labeling requirements.

Undertaking a walk-through survey using a hand-held, real-time sampler would give instantaneous indication of concentration. It also could be used to check the effectiveness of control measures. (Casella U.S. photo)

Combustible Dust Explosions: Are You at Risk?

Awareness training, good housekeeping, reference to safety data sheets, and adopting best practice should, in combination, minimize the potential for an explosion.

Park the Ducks — Permanently

"On amphibious passenger vehicles that cannot remain afloat when flooded, canopies can represent an unacceptable risk to passenger safety," NTSB's 2002 report said.

TOSHA Administrator: Every Employer Should Join VPP

There are 37 VPP sites in the state program, with two initial certifications under way this year and eight recertifications accomplished in 2017. "Frankly, it's something every employers should do," he said. "They could do that."

Safety+ Session Demonstrates Path to Employee Engagement

The exercise showed the presenters' point clearly: When managers allow employees to collaborate and strategize, they will find and use a successful solution. But putting pressure on employees to perform, with no input or collaboration allowed, is less likely to succeed.

NTSB Sets Sept. 11 Meeting on Motorcycle Safety

While the safety board doesn't typically investigate motorcycle crashes, it conducted a motorcycle safety forum in 2006 and issued recommendations from that forum two years later. It has been more than 10 years since NTSB has issued new recommendations to help reduce motorcycle crashes and improve safety.

ASSP Foundation Accepting 2019 Scholarship, Grant Applications

"Our scholarship and grant program has helped hundreds of students and professionals advance their education and careers in a meaningful way," said ASSP Foundation Chair Linda M. Tapp, CSP. "Our donors have consistently supported the occupational safety and health profession by contributing awards that range from $500 to $15,000."

PA Agencies Collaborate to Improve Highway Safety

PA Agencies Collaborate to Improve Highway Safety

With PennTIME, the agencies aim to reduce the time it takes to respond to and clear highway incidents and improve safety for first responders.

Survey Reveals Workplace Hand Washing Habits

Fifty-six percent of workers reported frequently or occasionally seeing work colleagues leave the restroom without washing their hands, according to Bradley Corporation’s annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey.

Labor Secretary Acosta Defends Compliance Assistance Approach

"Enforcement is critically important, but it will not solve every problem," he said at the VPPPA Safety+ symposium here at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.

VPPPA Members Backing Codification Bills

They're supporting two identical bills before Congress, HR 1444 and S 1878, to codify VPP nationally and make it permanent.

OSHA Official Gives Update on VPP Plans

Eliminating backlogged applications at some OSHA regional offices and instituting a national process for handling them are two goals the agency is working on.

Safety+ Symposium Setting Records

Safety+ Symposium Setting Records

The VPPPA annual national conference has more than 3,500 attendees and its largest exhibitor number ever, Director-at-Large J.A. Rodriguez, Jr. and other officials reported Aug. 28.

Cal/OSHA Cites Outdoor Ad Company

Cal/OSHA issued three citations to Outfront Media totaling $32,435 in proposed penalties. Since 2015, the state agency has opened 11 inspections of outdoor and display advertising employers.

DOL Planning to Update Overtime Rule

DOL's news release did not elaborate or mention what the department has in mind, saying only that DOL "plans to update the Overtime Rule, and is interested in hearing the views and ideas of participants on possible revisions to the regulations."

Florida Firefighters Receive Decontamination Kits

Florida Firefighters Receive Decontamination Kits

Each decontamination kit contains a 5-gallon bucket, detergents, scrub brushes, spray bottles, and hoses. These materials are used to help emergency responders wash soot and other possible carcinogens from their work gear.

Colorado Construction Companies Cited after Fatal Fall

Montes Construction LLC was previously cited in January 2018 for failure to provide fall protection, and now faces a willful citation.

Cincinnati Looking to Protect Bus Drivers and Stop Assaults

Cincinnati Looking to Protect Bus Drivers and Stop Assaults

The city is looking into adding plexiglass dividers between drivers and riders to cut down on assaults.

Controlling the Uncontrolled: HAZWOPER Training at Cleanup Sites

Controlling the Uncontrolled: HAZWOPER Training at Cleanup Sites

To protect personnel and manage compliance with OSHA’s HAZWOPER Standard at “uncontrolled hazardous waste sites” (e.g., Superfund sites), EHS professionals must have a full understanding of the Standard—especially the training requirements.