October 2011

October 2011

  • RISK MANAGEMENT: Can Sports Kill You?
  • RISK MANAGEMENT: Improving Personal Risk Assessments
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Engage to Go from Good to Great
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Optimizing Programs Under OSHA's New Initiatives
  • WORKPLACE VIOLENCE: Five Reasons Why Your People Are in Danger
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Gas Detection Programs of the Future
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Making Sense of Electrical PPE
  • LOCKOUT/TAGOUT: Lockout/Tagout Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond
  • ERGONOMICS: Little Changes Solve Big Pain Problems
  • ERGONOMICS: How to Manage Ergonomics Champions at the Grassroots Level
  • WINTER HAZARDS: No Business Like Snow Business
  • FOOT PROTECTION: Words of Wisdom
  • HEARING PROTECTION: Intelligent Hearing Protection: A Primer
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY: Banking on Bipartisanship
  • MATERIALS HANDLING: Putting Real-Time Information to Good Use
  • 2011 NSC PREVIEW: All Aboard for Safety
  • FACILITY MANAGEMENT: Water Filtration Snuffs Dust Hazards
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Cover Story

October 2011

Intelligent Hearing Protection: A Primer

By Renee S. Bessette

Bottom line, it is best to find a solution that strikes the appropriate balance between hearing protection and situational awareness.


Engage to Go from Good to Great

By Brian Galonek

You already have many of the tools in place to achieve lofty corporate safety goals; what is needed is the spark.

Can Sports Kill You?

By Gil Fried

Without a doubt. A total of 81 deaths in 2008 in our sector were attributable to transportation-related incidents. Workplace violence and assaults ranked second.

When selecting a contractor, request to see his equipment in action. (Photo by Randy Strait, Arctic Snow and Ice Control Products)

No Business Like Snow Business

By Randy Strait

You can avoid the downfalls of snowfalls by hiring a reputable contractor.

Making Sense of Electrical PPE

By Lee Marchessault, Hugh Hoagland

Remember that ignorance of these regulations will not work as a defense of an OSHA citation or when answering questions in a tort case following an electrocution.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia is the host site for the 2011 National Safety Congress & Expo. (Paul Loftland photo)

All Aboard for Safety

By Laura Swift

Historic Reading Railroad Terminal is the site of the National Safety Congress & Expo’s long-awaited return to Philadelphia.

Some fleet and operator management sytems can improve safety and reduce product damage by accurately reporting truck impacts. (Crown Equipment Corp. photo)

Putting Real-Time Information to Good Use

By Jim Gaskell

Forklift fleet and operator management systems can improve warehouse operations' safety.

Triple Play

By Karen D. Hamel

Hazmat handlers need more than just HazCom training. Incorporating required elements from OSHA, EPA, and DOT works well.

By switching to wet collectors, many companies are upgrading their protection against dust fires and also improving air quality for workers at the same time. (Filter 1 Clean Air Consultants photo)

Water Filtration Snuffs Dust Hazards

By Ed Sullivan

Wet dust filters not only ensure regulatory compliance, but also can improve workers' comfort and production flow.

This adjustable mop handle features a double bend, padded grips, and a swivel top, reducing wrist strain and calluses, according to the manufacturer. (Kaivac Inc. photo)

Little Changes Solve Big Pain Problems

By Dawn Shoemaker

Manufacturers that make tools and equipment for use in offices and industrial settings can play a significant role in helping to minimize WMSDs.

Banking on Bipartisanship

By Jerry Laws

Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, has high hopes for increasing highway safety through the pending surface transportation bill.

Using the data collection software, I can see whether anyone is doing things that are just plain unsafe. (Industrial Scientific Corp. photo)

Gas Detection Programs of the Future

By Gregg Bako

Here's a brief look into one company's gas detection program in the year 2021.

Improving Personal Risk Assessments

By Larry Wilson, Gary Higbee

The main risk is the person doing something unexpectedly themselves, like making a mistake. People don't evaluate that kind of risk very well or very readily.

Some day in the near future, all LOTO procedures will be digitally developed and stored on networked portable devices. (ESC Services, Inc. photo)

Lockout/Tagout Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

By Jimi Michalscheck

Some companies see LOTO as a burden. But it is a competitive advantage to those willing to develop a program that is not only safe and compliant, but also highly efficient.

Five Reasons Why Your People Are in Danger

By Carol Fredrickson

Employees must have a clear understanding of whom to go to with a complaint and how this is to be reported. There should be no confusion.

Words of Wisdom

By Jerry Laws

When a safety manager explains what PPE he or she is recommending and why, that should be persuasive, says orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gregory C. Berlet, who sees the damage a severe crush injury leaves behind.

Doing the Right Thing: Optimizing Safety Incentive Programs Under OSHA's New Initiatives

By Sean Roark

The conflict between employers' love affair with effective safety incentive programs and OSHA’s concern that those same programs may encourage under-reporting has gone on virtually since the OSH Act became law in April 1971.


How's Your Workload?

By Jerry Laws

Researchers are showing a renewed interest in studying workload factors and looking for efficient ways to evaluate it.

Higher Leadership Math

By Robert Pater

Malcolm Gladwell referred to "The Law of the Few" -- that it takes only a few of the right people to champion an idea that virally ignites change.