OH&S Magazine February 2010

February 2010

  • CONFINED SPACES: Check Your Monitors in a Split Second
  • AEDS & CPR: Next Stop: Blended Learning
  • VISION PROTECTION: Putting Military Technology to Use
  • FOOD SAFETY: Agencies Tackle New Challenges

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Federal Agencies Map a Better System

By Jerry Laws

Food safety is getting renewed attention from Congress and the two federal agencies chiefly charged with safeguarding the nation's food supply: the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the USDA.

Living on the Sharp Edge

By Greg Gong, kim McLain

In the past, cut-resistant gloves were treated as a commodity, with little training and education of wearers. Now, the emphasis is on information and communication.

Are You Focused on Price or Cost?

By Rob Maser

Safety directors have good intentions when determining the types of safety eyewear to provide for their programs. After all, program managers are truly interested in protecting the eyes of their employees.

Breaking germ-carrying habits

Old Habits Die Hard—It's Time to Form New Ones!

By Armand Coppotelli

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tells us that proper hand washing is the single most important action each of us can perform to help stop the spread of diseases.

Worker Input while Testing PPE

Getting Personal with PPE

By Michael S. Zedalis, Sean Sweeney

In today's fast paced and ever-changing manufacturing environment, the "personal" aspect of personal protective equipment (PPE) is more important than ever. The process of researching, developing, and manufacturing new products must go full circle, beginning and ending with the workers who wear PPE to perform a variety of tasks day after day.

Using Blended Learning for CPR, AED, and First Aid

By Bill Rowe

At some point, most learners will have little experience with traditional approaches to learning that don't involve technology. Finding newer methods is essential.

confined spaces

Seeing is Believing

By Patrick Hogan

When it was announced that fatality rates on U.S. roadways had sharply declined in the past 40 years, traffic control experts had a quick explanation: They pointed to the increased use of visual cues, such as reflective signs, raised pavement markers, and rumble strips.


Leaders, Empty Your Cache

By Robert Pater

Is your cup empty or too full? This expression refers to a well-known Zen teaching story of a "wanna be" with a mug so filled to the brim there's no room for fresh tea. "Knowing it all," like "Ain't been invented here," gets in the way of acquiring new information or skills.