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Modern noise dosimeters are small, lightweight, feature multiple virtual instruments, and have many useful options to better describe the complete hazard during the shift. (Sensidyne, LP photo)

Recent Developments in Personal Noise Dosimetry

Modern noise dosimeters are small, lightweight, feature multiple virtual instruments, and have many useful options to better describe the complete hazard during the worker's shift.

Bard Leadership

We've seen how numerous companies have been able to greatly "Shake" up mediocre performance and culture through trained "Peer" Safety leaders, even without positional power.

Ten 'Critical Traits' of Respected Field Safety Professionals

It should be noted that even if you are not a new safety professional and have been in the organization for years, it is never too late to change your approach.



Regular maintenance is going to lead to loading dock equipment and in-plant equipment that performs better and helps keep energy costs low. (Rite-Hite photo)

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Planned maintenance can boost safety, increase efficiency, and lower long-term costs.

Ammonium Nitrate Regional Emphasis Program Launched in Seven States

The program begins Oct. 1 with a three-month period of education and prevention outreach to encourage employers to bring their facilities into compliance with OSHA standards. Enforcement activities will begin after the outreach period and will continue through Sept. 30, 2019, unless it is extended.

Some businesses are taking training to an entirely new level with authentic simulations that bring extraordinary detail to proper active shooting response. (Silverback Safety & Training Solutions photo)

Playing It Safe

U.S. businesses, schools, and even churches are preparing themselves for proper response to active shooters.

The expo will take place inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, which opened on the east side of downtown Houston on Sept. 26, 1987. (Julie Soefer Photography)

Get Ready for the Year's Biggest Trade Show

Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center is the site for this year's NSC Congress & Expo.

DOT clearly has jurisdiction over the truck on the highway, but OSHA regulations generally govern workers’ safety and health and the responsibilities of employers to ensure their safety at the warehouse, the dock, and in all places trucker drivers go to deliver and pick up loads.

OSHA and DOT Laws—Which Apply to Facility and Operations and When?

Employers and safety professionals must know which particular law applies to the specific "working conditions" and hazards in order to be in compliance.

Many companies tout a focus on safety, but few fully achieve the goal. Giant billboards at plant entrances proclaiming world-class compliance with quality and safety standards may shade a different reality inside the plant.

The Economics of Workplace Safety

Numerous case studies revealing the positive relationships between safety and productivity are backed up by organizations that gather global statistics on accidents and incidents.

Ergonomic lift tables improve the bottom line. (Alfacon Solutions photo)

Making the Business Case for Ergonomic Materials Handling Lift Tables

The business benefits of ergonomics extend beyond the management of musculoskeletal disorders.

OSHA Out with New Trenching Safety Materials

Trench-related injuries are preventable when workers are properly trained and the required protections are in place, OSHA notes. The agency is making new compliance assistance resources available.

NFPA Stresses Fire Prevention Week 2018 Theme

"Because we have reduced the overall number of fires, there is a general complacency and a lack of action around home fire preparedness and planning. Our goal for Fire Prevention Week is to make sure people recognize that fire remains a very real risk and that everyone needs to take action to protect themselves and their families," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA's vice president of outreach and advocacy.

DOL Proposes Change in HO 7 on Patient Lifts

The NPRM points out that some members of Congress have sought this change for several years, contending that the current HO 7 discourages health care employers in their states from employing 16- and 17-year-olds, which deprives the teens of training opportunities and causes staff shortages in health facilities, particularly those located in rural areas.

Governor's Lifesaving Awards Presented at Spokane Conference

The Sept. 26-27 conference was sponsored by the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Washington state Department of Labor & Industries.

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Calls for Hours of Service Changes

"Today's truckers have never faced more regulations or greater enforcement and compliance with those regulations. Yet, crash numbers are going in the wrong direction," the comments from Todd Spencer, president of OOIDA, state. "A solution to reverse this trend is to give drivers more control over their own schedules."

Cal/OSHA Cites Waste Collection Company After Fatal Accident

The worker who died was making a turn while operating the truck from the right-hand side when he fell out and was run over. Cal/OSHA investigators determined the truck had a safety chain for the truck cab opening that could not be used because a part was missing.

Waste Recycler Settles RCRA Case with EPA

The settlement requires Rho-Chem, LLC to complete a supplemental environmental project to purchase and provide at least $352,992 worth of emergency response instruments and communication and computing equipment to the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Homeland Security/Hazardous Materials Response Section.

Wyoming Becomes 38th NRC Agreement State

The agreement signed Sept. 25 transfers regulatory authority over certain radioactive materials to the state. NRC transferred responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, inspection, and enforcement activities needed to regulate source material involved in uranium or thorium milling and the management and disposal of milling waste.

FDA Releases New Guidance on Drug Compounding

Anna Abram, deputy commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation and Analyis, said FDA frequently finds insanitary conditions during its inspections of compounding facilities, "such as vermin, insects, and microbial growth in areas where drugs required to be sterile are produced."

DOT to Fund Two New University Transportation Centers

Applicants will compete for awards of $7.5 million for each center, and applicants must submit a required letter of intent by Oct. 12, 2018.

First Los Alamos Global Security Medal Awarded

Established earlier this year, the medal recognizes exceptional achievements of active or recently retired laboratory employees who have made significant contributions to the LANL global security mission.

UN Prioritizes Tuberculosis Prevention for High-Risk Occupations

"The UN General Assembly is taking an important step in highlighting the need for governments and global health funders to invest in primary prevention to reduce silica dust hazards in high-risk workplaces. This UN action recognizes that we can take action to prevent TB, and not just treat it," said Perry Gottesfeld, executive director of OK International.

Treating marijuana the same as alcohol is impossible for several reasons. There are no measurements for marijuana impairment that relate across the board to how we understand alcohol impairment.

NY Listening Sessions on Legalizing Marijuana Under Way

"As we begin the process of creating a model regulated marijuana program, it is critical that we reach communities across the state in order to hear what New Yorkers have to say," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.

DARPA Holding Subterranean Challenge Competitors Day This Week

The goal of this Challenge is to discover innovative solutions to rapidly and remotely map, navigate, and search complex underground environments, including human-made tunnel systems, urban and municipal underground infrastructure, and natural cave networks.

NFPA Offers Fire Safety Tips Amid Massachusetts Gas Cutoff

Authorities are distributing 24,000 space heaters and 7,000 hotplates to residents of three communities whose natural gas service may be shut off until Nov. 19. Columbia Gas is replacing 48 miles of pipeline following a series of Sept. 13 gas explosions.

72,000 Insect Zappers Recalled for Shock Hazard

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Stinger Insect Zappers, unplug them, and contact Kaz to return the product for a full refund. The company has received three reports of units exhibiting internal grid detachment, but no injuries have been reported.

Life Sciences Glovebox Heading to Space Station

"The Life Sciences Glovebox is on its way to the space station to enable a host of biological and physiological studies, including new research into microgravity's long-term impact on the human body," asid Yancy Young, project manager of the glovebox at Marshall Space Flight Center.

Application Deadline Extended for Rail Infrastructure & Safety Improvement Grants

"These CRISI grants will help make rail systems safer and more efficient for local communities throughout the country," said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory.

Modern data centers are energy-hungry, and competition for efficiency and reliability is fierce.

Arc Flash and Power Protection Lessons Learned from Data Centers

An energy-intensive data center requires multiple high capacity sources to function. When there is a failure, the arc flash energies are also notably greater than a small industry network.

Workwear is the Key to Fighting Heat Stress

In a perfect world, we would all work in weather-controlled environments where heat wouldn’t be a factor and comfort could be maximized. Many workplaces, however, deal with very high temperatures, and heat stress is a constant risk that requires serious consideration.