July 2004


Falling in Line

By Jerry Laws, Linda F. Johnson, MS, CSP

FALL hazards are a year-round challenge. Some are lurking underfoot in the safest of workplaces; workers encounter others anywhere from a few feet to hundreds of feet above the ground. It helps to have the mindset that fall protection applies at any height, not just at the height where protective equipment is mandatory.

Opportunity Knocks

By Lisa Labosky

WHAT is it that draws women into the realm of safety consultants? Like many others, Pamela Ferrante, CSP, a consultant in Pittsburgh, was searching for a new career that would provide the potential for more income, and she knew that potential could be found in male-dominated fields.

The Power of Training Trainers

By Robert Pater, Paul McClennan

Orbital Intervention

By Chang Hyun Son, Ph.D.

COMPUTER simulation is helping to protect astronauts on board the International Space Station from carbon dioxide buildup when the crew quarters ventilation system is out of service.

No Lift Success Story

By Hans Sigvardsson, Betty Bogue

MANY hospitals today find their financial health in critical condition. Increasing worker's compensation claims, an ongoing nursing shortage, higher operating costs, and reduced government funding contribute to a challenging operating prognosis.

Keeping Your Footing

By Randy DeVaul

WHEN a recognized hazard cannot be eliminated through engineering controls (at the source) or reduced through administrative controls (staff rotation, procedure development), the last line of defense is through the use of personal protective equipment. One common type of PPE that is also often downplayed is foot protection.

I Fell, Ergo I Slipped': Fact or Fantasy?

By David G Curry, Ph.D, CHFP, CXLT, Steven Zebich, S.E., P.E., Kami Kirk-Braland

ACCORDING to the National Safety Council (2000), falls represent one of the most common causes of unintentional injury deaths in the United States annually (approximately 14,200 in that year). Only motor vehicle accidents and poisonings ranked higher, with 42,900 and 14,500, respectively.

Enterprisewide Risk Management: An Opportunity Defined

By Scott Vanlandingham, Paul Pettit, Jim DeLoach

Safe, Practical, Professional Rope Access

By Loui McCurley

MAINTENANCE and inspection of the sloping, 600-foot face of Hoover Dam is not a task that can be accomplished in a great many ways.

Flammable and Combustible Materials

By Craig Schroll

EFFECTIVE management of flammable and combustible materials is a critical fire prevention and protection issue. The essence of fire prevention is keeping potential fuel away from ignition sources.

A Guide to CBT Recordkeeping Software

By Chris Kimmel

DURING the past few years, safety professionals worldwide have been observing the developments in CD-ROM and online training courseware. The advantages of training with these formats are numerous.

Protecting Employees Beyond Our Borders

By Philipe Lavallee

PERHAPS never before have the challenges facing occupational health and safety professionals been so starkly defined and potentially consequential. A rapidly expanding global marketplace is creating opportunities in places that could scarcely have been foreseen a decade earlier.

Managing Hazardous Materials: The Missing Link

By Robert E. Brown Jr.

MANAGING hazardous materials in a safe and compliant fashion can be a complex and daunting task unless proper planning and procedures are in place. Many environmental, health & safety (EHS) professionals turn immediately to OSHA and EPA regulations to determine what is required, then provide guidance to those who will ultimately be held responsible for proper use and storage of the hazardous materials.

Assessing the Hazards

By Michael DeRosier

WHAT do you really know about machine safety? Ask yourself, "Would I be comfortable working on this equipment? What if someone I cared about was working on this machine? A spouse? A brother? A sister? Would I want them working on a machine that is not safe?" If you answered no to any of these questions, why would you let your employees work on an unsafe machine?

A Boost for Access Control

By Jerry Laws

Editor's note: Ambassador Medical Services Inc. of Marlton, N.J., a third-party administrator of federally required testing programs, has seen its business shift from 100 percent DOT testing at startup in 1988 to a 40 percent DOT/60 percent non-DOT mix today.


Eyes on the Road

By Ronnie Rittenberry

STRAPPING yourself behind the wheel of a vehicle and hitting the road is always a dicey proposition. No matter how proficient a driver you are (or think you are), there are always hundreds of others strapped and revving behind their respective wheels just beyond your driveway, and they're all hell-bent on getting there first. With their cellphones turned on.

Let's Clear the Air

By Jerry Laws

I am momentarily taken aback whenever I pass one of the smokers' rooms set aside in some large airports. What I feel at those moments is pity, both because the people inside look unhappy and because they're kept apart from the rest of us almost like zoo animals.