March 2005


Heading Off Disaster

By Linda F. Johnson, MS, CSP

FEW workplace injuries leave more noticeable scars and jagged reminders than head/face injuries. Scarring, burns, pitted or uneven skin texture, severe sunburn or frostbite damage, or disfiguring skin pigmentation changes can be forever present after an injury to the face or head.

Preventing Falls in Bridge Construction

By Charley Bryant

IN bridge-building environments where natural foot-level anchorage points exist, contractors and inspectors can look at installing horizontal lifeline systems for their means of fall protection.

Ear Plugs: A Field Guide

By Bill Sokol

ACCORDING to OSHA 1910.95(b)(1), when harmful workplace noise cannot be controlled by other means, "personal protective equipment shall be provided and used . . . ." This may seem like an easy task, but it's not. With a plethora of product options available and new technologies offering improved capabilities, safety professionals are often at a loss to understand which product is best in which application.

Good Practices for Flammable and Combustible Liquids

By W. Jon Wallace, CSP, MBA

FLAMMABLE and combustible liquids are present in nearly every workplace. Gasoline, diesel fuel, and many common products such as solvents, thinners, cleaners, adhesives, paints, and polishes may be flammable or combustible.

The Portable Oxy-Fuel System Debate

By Kris Bancroft

FOR some years now, there has been a debate over whether it is safer to leave a portable oxy-fuel welding and cutting unit in a constant state of readiness for use, or whether the unit should be disassembled when it will not be used for "X" period of time.

Getting on the Same Page

By Jerry Laws

Editor's note: Private and public organizations can use NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, to set up effective programs for mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery from disasters and emergencies. NFPA ( has made the 2004 edition of the standard freely available on its Web site to allow for widespread use.

Safeguarding Against Heat Hazards

By Fred Elliott

THE basics of heat stress are well known, as are the ways to prevent it from becoming a problem. That anyone remains at risk of heat-related serious illness, or worse, is a sign that the dangers have been forgotten or simply are being ignored.

Writing Machine-Specific Procedures

By Chris Rutter

IN June 2001, a Marietta, Ga., worker was using his feet to tamp down cardboard inside a compactor when his feet became caught in the cardboard and he was pinned inside the machine.


Locking Out the Unexpected

By Ronnie Rittenberry

LIFE is full of surprises. They can either take our breath away with delight or, well, just take our breath away . . . permanently.

Alive and Kicking

By Jerry Laws

ERGONOMICS isn't dead. Reports of its death at the hands of Congress and the president four years ago were exaggerated--by me and many other observers.

Establishing a Coaching Relationship with Subordinates

By Doug Silsbee

MOST people agree coaching is an essential part of managing and leading people, but doing so can be fraught with difficulties. The authority of the coach/boss over the employee and the potential for the supervisor's interests to differ from the individuals' interests are critical factors to consider.