November 2004


Cover Story

Power Tools for Your Program

By John L. Hierbaum

DOUBTLESSLY, you have heard that "You must use the proper tools to make the job easier and to end up with the desired result!" Well, this statement applies not only to the traditional hand and power tools you use for home projects and specialized tools you use on the job, but also to the sound respiratory protection program that should be followed in the workplace.


Features

Symposium Gets 'Steps to a Healthier US Workforce' Initiative Moving

By Fred Drennan

ON June 20, 2002, President George W. Bush signed an Executive Order to promote personal fitness in the general public.


Danger Overhead

By Jerry Laws

THE biggest electrical threat to workers is no secret: Power lines, especially overhead power lines, are Public Enemy Number One. Contact with power lines is killing about 133 American workers each year--mostly but not entirely in the construction industry, with victims working mostly but not entirely for small businesses, said Michael G. Clendenin, executive director of the Electrical Safety Foundation International in Rosslyn, Va.


Predicting the Effect of High RH on Organic Vapor Cartridge Performance

By Erik Johnson

OSHA regulations for the use of chemical cartridges require the establishment of change schedules based on objective information. One of the most commonly used mathematical models for estimating the service life of organic vapor (OV) cartridges was developed by Wood.


Innovative Uses of Thermal Imaging

By Stan Kummer

IN the workplace, excessive amounts of heat emitted by machinery or escaping from containers can be a sign of something more serious.


You'd Better Watch Out

By Fred Elliott

OLD Man Winter brings to mind two safety concerns in particular: hypothermia and slip-and-fall injuries.


The REDON Alternative

By Andy Coats

WHEN performing a quantitative respirator fit test (QNFT), the "way it's always been done" has been to perform several exercises as stated in the accepted protocols listed in the respiratory protection standards of the Federal Register (29 CFR 1910.134).


A Business Case for Sustainability

By Nancy Westcott

AS the realities of resource depletion and global environmental degradation become more evident, we can see a maturing and strengthening of the public's concern for and knowledge of the broad goals of environmental issues.


International Influence

By Jerry Laws

PUBLISHED in August 2003, ANSI Z87.1-2003, the revised American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection Devices, brought end users, eye care practitioners, and PPE suppliers a new classification system--"Basic Impact" and "High Impact" protectors--with testing requirements and performance criteria to support it. Z87.1


Finding the Right Approach

By Robert Brown

I started (and continue) my professional career, for better or worse, in the Golden State of California. As a result, much of my early understanding of health and safety management practices was framed around the early requirements of California's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Cal/OSHA).


Options in Driver Training

By Jim Smith

DESPITE billions of dollars spent on vehicle safety improvements, highway fatalities in 2003 reached their highest level since 1990. Traffic accidents remain the number one cause of on-the-job deaths.


Departments

We're Getting the Message About Drugs

By Jerry Laws

OUR company recently instituted drug tests for prospective employees. We could be doing much more: I believe our policy should include reasonable cause, post-accident, and possibly random testing of every employee. Shouldn't workplace drug testing be almost universal by now?


Depicting the Scene

By Ronnie Rittenberry

BAD traffic accidents usually bring them out. Drive-by shootings, rapes, homicides, and other crimes can summon them, as can natural disasters.


Claims Management as a Key to Your Safety Program

By Andrew N. Reyburn

ALTHOUGH compliance is important, it is no longer the driving force in modern safety management. What is? Reducing costs, specifically reducing insurance premiums, is the primary driver.