May 2003


Duties and Responsibilities of Permit-Required Confined Space Entry Team Members

By Bob Henderson

OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.146, "Permit Required Confined Spaces," contains the requirements for practices and procedures to protect employees in general industry from the hazards of entry into permit-required confined spaces.

Facing the Terror of Nuclear Terrorism

By Raymond H. Johnson Jr., CHP, PE, RSO

OCCUPATIONAL health and safety professionals may be well trained to deal with risks in the workplace, but are we prepared to deal with risks that may confront our own families?

Playing on OSHA's Team

By Mike Avery

FOR most companies, including the majority of manufacturing firms, worker safety is a genuine priority. But when OSHA comes for a visit, safety personnel and management can feel their throats tightening and their heads pounding.

Selecting Between Supplied Air and Powered Air

By Brian Shockley, QSSP

THE process of selecting appropriate respiratory protection can be as important and difficult as the decision about whether respiratory protection is needed in the first place. While the selection process can be complex and time consuming, the consequences of improper selection of respiratory protection equipment can be devastating.

Gas Detection for Alternate-Fuel Vehicle Facilities

By Steve Ferree

REDUCING air pollution emissions from vehicles in urban areas, combined with the desire to reduce dependence upon imported oil, resulted in several new regulations by federal, state, and local regulatory agencies in the 1990s.

What 1,000 AED Users Said About Saving a Life

By OH&S Staff

Editor's note: ZOLL Medical Corp., a producer of defibrillators and pacing devices for hospital physicians, nurses, and emergency medical technicians, introduced its first automated external defibrillator (AED) for public safety professionals and lay responders last year.

Ready for Action

By Judie Smithers

SOME safety equipment blends into the background until it is urgently needed. The only people who probably pay close attention to emergency eyewash and shower equipment are those who inspect it. Even these inspectors may not have done any recent re-evaluations to determine whether the equipment is adequate for your current needs.

OSHA & Light Curtains

By Robert Thomson

THE first in what appears to be a long stream of international machine safety standards was adopted recently by the United States. This standard (IEC-61496, parts 1 & 2) is a product standard for Electro Sensitive Protective Equipment, adopted as ANSI/UL 61496 parts 1 & 2.

Facing Up to the Arc Challenge

By Hugh Hoagland, Bruce Sannar, Kent Givens, John Winn, Luciana Galo

It is commonly thought that low-voltage electrical arc accidents are harmless "poofs" as long as there is no electrical contact, and often this is true. The problem with low-voltage accidents is that the great majority are without consequence.

Outdoor Hazards: They're Out to Get You!

By Robert A. Ernst

WE all enjoy being outside when the weather is pleasant. And after a long winter, warming temperatures and sunny conditions lure our employees out of doors for work-related tasks, at-home yard work, or just for recreation. This creates some unique problems for those responsible for safeguarding the health and safety of workers.

Bioaerosol Evaluation in Indoor Environments

By David C. Breeding, CSP

INDOOR air quality (IAQ) typically refers to the quality of air inside buildings where people work or live. Indoor air quality issues and specific building-related health concerns may result from a complex combination of physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and behavioral risk factors.


The Young and the Reckless?

By Valerie Weadock

LATE last year, two armed robbers stormed a Miami pizza shop, demanding cash and then fatally shooting an employee. The incident hit close enough to home for Steven Erekson, a 16-year old who works at a shop in the same chain less than 60 miles north of Miami, to take notice--but not close enough to make him worry or take any long-term related action.

Beware of the Unintended Consequence

By Jerry Laws

AT first, it's hard to believe a simple red marker light presents a significant fire risk. More than 80 fires documented since July 2001 prove it, however. What is harder to believe is why these loading dock fires are a recent phenomenon: because enforcement of a U.S./Canadian safety regulation enacted in 1968 finally began four years ago.

ROC Your Organization!

By Larry Hansen, CSP, ARM

DOES this sound familiar? It's a scenario repeated in organizations year after year . . . the dreaded annual planning process! It starts at or about the end of the third quarter--Sept. 30, give or take a week. The CEO returns from the annual "Performance Improvement Strategy Session" with the board of directors and calls a Monday morning staff meeting.

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