October 2007

  • Prevention of Water Jetting Injuries
  • Selecting Proper Safety Footwear
  • Breaking the Cycle of Slips, Trips, and Fallas
  • Certified vs. Non-Certified Anchorages

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Technology Boosts Carriers' Performance

By Chuck Haffenden, Ken Yeomans

WE live and work in a performance-driven culture. Everything is defined by how well it performs, from the companies we invest in and the vehicles we drive to the laptop computers, i-Pods, and cellphones we use to increase our personal productivity and individual performance. Interestingly, sometimes devices designed for a much humbler purpose turn out to be a bridge to other functional data that prove to be a significant boost to productivity, personal accountability, and major leaps forward in organizational performance.

The City Where 'Safety Works'

By Ronnie Rittenberry

"THE Windy City." "Second City." "Chi-town." More recently, "Da Chi." Chicago is known the world over by these and other monikers, but it is the nickname coined by the city's former Mayor Richard J. Daley (father of current long-term Mayor Richard M. Daley) that the National Safety Council has apparently found most appealing. He called his hometown "The City That Works," and, riffing on that, NSC has made "Safety Works" the theme for its annual Congress & Expo.


Workplace Walkabout

By Karen D. Hamel

To help ensure that hazardous chemicals are used and handled safety in the workplace, OSHA created the Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200, in 1994. The standard requires employers to create a program to properly handle hazardous chemicals in their workplaces.

Warding Off H5N1

By Evan Lipstein

Very few individuals, families, companies, hospitals, cities, or even countries are properly prepared to prevent or minimize the human morbidity and mortality, the social disruption, and the economic consequences caused by the results of an H5N1 avian influenza pandemic.

Putting Employee Safety First

By Paul Tyree

Safety directors at oil refineries today are required to keep up to date with an ever-increasing list of regulations from a number of sources. State and federal regulations govern everything from the maintenance of equipment to training of operators, and new regulations are proposed continuously.

Overshoes Make the Grade

By Patrick Smyth

LONG considered the "ugly duckling" of the safety footwear business, the safety toe overshoe developed from the venerable galosh has a new lease on life. To be fair, there have been some pretty ugly ones, and even some that were downright dangerous. However, the "gumshoe" has come a long way since African-American inventor Alvin Longo Rickman first patented an overshoe in 1898.

Certified vs. Non-Certified Anchorages

By Tracey K. Riepenhoff, P.E., CSP, C.P.E.

WHILE many new topics are addressed in the ANSI Z359 family of fall protection standards--which was available for purchase in late August and takes effect Oct. 15--one of the critical concepts presented is certified and non-certified anchorages for fall protection systems.

IT Disaster Recovery: Are You Prepared?

By Elizabeth Donley

Recovering from a disaster is never easy, whether it's a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, fire, flood, or thunderstorm. These events have the potential to cause loss of equipment, power failures, non-functioning communication systems, and missing or otherwise preoccupied personnel.

Breaking the Cycle of Slips, Trips, and Falls

By David Natalizia

THE night he fell, Gary was working as a line cook at the signature restaurant of a newly opened, 5-star resort hotel. With more than 10 years of experience in restaurants, he had never experienced an injury on the job beyond some occasional cuts and burns--those all minor and mostly when he was learning the ropes. He was glad to have a nice assignment in this prestigious restaurant; the spacious kitchen and gleaming new equipment made for a very pleasant work environment.

Human Health Effects from Exposure to Low-Level Concentrations of Hydrogen Sulfide

By Scott Simonton, Ph.D., PE, Morgan Spears

EXPOSURE to high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas is a well-documented and understood hazard. OSHA and NIOSH standards have long recognized this acute risk with appropriate short-term maximum exposure levels for workers. However, long-term, chronic exposure to low levels of hydrogen sulfide is not as well understood.

Fit Testing of Hearing Protectors

By Brad Witt

We live in a world of labels. We trust some labels to be precise: We expect a 250 mg capsule to deliver 250 milligrams of medication, and our 2-liter soft drink bottle undoubtedly holds two liters. But we also accept that some labels provide us only with an estimate.

Attributes of an Injury-Free Culture, Part 3: Measurement and Metrics

By Don Groover, CIH, CSP

IN the previous two articles, we discussed the need for clear ownership and a driving focus on exposure in creating an injury-free culture. These two attributes in themselves may compel leaders to reorient their thinking around safety. There is a third attribute, however, where the injury-free culture truly begins to take shape: measurements and metrics.

Is Software the Answer to Efficient Regulatory Data Management?

By Scott Williams

In recent years, the health and safety industry has recognized and embraced technology in an effort to find a better way to manage chemical information. MSDS management, in particular, has found a ready audience for technology.

Prevention of Water Jetting Injuries

By W. David Yates

ONE of the most rapidly emerging service industries is that of industrial maintenance, and more specifically, water jetting or water blasting. As with any new or growing industry, specific standards and regulations are non-existent, and the industry is left to regulate itself. Fortunately for the water jetting industry, most of the companies providing this service are professionally oriented and strive to take every precaution necessary to protect the interests of employees and clients.

High-Level Hazards Averted

By Steve Brunson, Paul Scarberry

ACCORDING to recent information from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace fall-related deaths in the industrial and construction sector rank second only to occupationally related traffic accidents. When it comes to industrial fall protection systems, while challenges exist in designing systems that facilitate workflow, worker protection and safety must come first: Failure is not an option.

Safety and the Law

By Larry Wilson

You wouldn't let a lawyer operate on you. You wouldn't let a lawyer design a bridge or skyscraper. You wouldn't even let a lawyer drill your tooth. So how on earth did lawyers become the definitive authority on accidental injury causation? Maybe more to the point, why did the safety profession let them? The "I got hurt, so who do I sue?" mentality is spreading rapidly across North America.

Selecting Proper Safety Footwear

By Mark Reilly

WORK and safety footwear is developed for a specific end user, whether that person is an electrician or a drywaller. Choosing the proper safety and work boot can be as easy as breaking down what is most important to keep safe and comfortable on the job. Here are a few things to consider.

Industrial Noise Control

By Patrick J. Brooks, P.E.

In any work environment, there can be many reasons to keep sound levels within a reasonable range. Sound levels above this range are perceived as "noise." Noise can distract the workforce, creating an unsafe workplace. Or, worse yet, it can cause hearing loss.


Earning Your Wings: Top Gun Tactic #1 to Win in Business and Life

By Waldo Waldman

CAPT. Scott Perko. That name never leaves me. He was at first my nemesis--and then, over time, my best friend. It was the first day of Undergraduate Pilot Training at Williams Air Force Base in Phoenix, Ariz., and it wasn't just the blistering heat of the Arizona sun in June that made me sweat. As my assigned Instructor Pilot (IP) in the Cessna T-37B twin engine jet trainer, Capt. Perko stood between me and something I wanted more than anything else.

The Zen of Safety Leadership

By Robert Pater

ANIL Mathur is the CEO of Alaska Tanker Corporation. He leads according to Lao Tsu's precept, "Things that are not growing are dying." Consistent with this, Anil, an incisive thinker and articulate, no-nonsense communicator, directs safety with strong expectations of watchful and continuous improvement.

Checking Your Culture

By Dr. David L. Goetsch

THIS article deals with the subject of health and safety as cultural imperatives in organizations attempting to compete in a global environment; the article will help determine whether your organization has a safety-friendly corporate culture and provides a 10-step model for establishing such a culture.

Touch and Go

By Ronnie Rittenberry

I am overly attached to my computer mouse--there, I've said it. I cup, grip, push, pull, and otherwise maneuver it merrily all day long, clicking left and right, deftly flinging the cursor, and scrolling with abandon. I keep its pad clean. Sometimes, deep in thought, I think I caress it. I make this confession--providing clearly way too much information--in order to admit at the outset that I have a bias, perhaps even an unhealthy one.

Seeing Border Control in a New Light

By Jerry Laws

IN case you missed it, the heads of state of Mexico, Canada, and the United States announced the North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza on Aug. 21, setting in place a much-needed Northern Hemisphere response to prevent a disastrous health episode. The crux of the plan is Chapter 5, Border Monitoring and Control Measures.