September 2013 OHS

September 2013

 

  • FOOT PROTECTION: Coming to Grips with Slips
  • HEARING PROTECTION: Hearing Protection Technologies for the Future
  • HEARING PROTECTION: Protect the Hear and Now
  • TRAINING: The Next Generation of Dock Safety Equipment
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Protecting Workers from Risks Associated with Nanomaterials, Part II
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • SAFETY CULTURE: The ROI of Safety
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Increasing Employee Participation in Corporate Wellness Programs
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Eight Cultural Imperatives for Workplace Safety
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Safety and Wellness: The Critical Connection
  • FACILITY MANAGEMENT: Death by Forklift is Really the PITs
  • ERGONOMICS: What Is a Safe Lift?
  • 2013 NSC PREVIEW: Celebrating the National Safety Council's First Century
  • INDOOR AIR QUALITY: A Systematic and Scientific Approach to IAQ Odor Complaints
  • INDOOR AIR QUALITY: Building Materials Can Be a Major Source of Indoor Air Pollution
  • EMPLOYEE DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING: Legalized Marijuana and Its Effect on the Workplace
  • EMPLOYEE DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING: Prescription for a Hazardous Workplace
  • BEHAVIOR-BASED SAFETY: Anticipating Critical Errors
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY: Bringing All Cars Up to the Safest Standards
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Cover Story

Protecting the Hear and Now

Protecting the Hear and Now

By Leo Hill

The real issue is not that hearing protection has played second fiddle to other PPE products, but that there is a lack of education regarding noise-induced hearing loss.


Features

A quick take-away from a landmark study of benzene exposure and cancer among petroleum workers: Defending trace benzene lawsuits will be more challenging.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Jeffrey R. Allen, Rachel L. Wright, Paul J. Johnson

A quick take-away from a landmark study of benzene exposure and cancer among petroleum workers: Defending trace benzene lawsuits will be more challenging.


Protecting Workers from Risks Associated with Nanomaterials: Part II, Best Practices in Risk Management

Protecting Workers from Risks Associated with Nanomaterials: Part II, Best Practices in Risk Management

By Marisa L. Kreider, Amanda M. Burns, Gretchen H. DeRose, Julie M. Panko

Control banding is likely the most well-developed risk management strategy proposed for use with nanomaterials to date.


Anticipating Critical Errors

Anticipating Critical Errors

By Larry Wilson

The point is, you don't need to be a fortune teller to predict frustration, and the same thing is true for rushing.


A Systematic and Scientific Approach to IAQ Odor Complaints

By David L. Zeidner

Do you smell that?


Bringing All Cars Up to the Safest Standards

Bringing All Cars Up to the Safest Standards

By Jerry Laws

By 2020, Global NCAP's goal is for all new cars to meet the UN crash test regulations with airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control fitted as standard.


Building Materials Can Be a Major Source of Indoor Air Pollution

Building Materials Can Be a Major Source of Indoor Air Pollution

By Bruce Mitchell

Indoor air quality can be improved by controlling the sources of VOC emissions.


Chicago

Celebrating the National Safety Council's First Century

By Jessica Acklen

Chicago's McCormick Place once again will host one of the world's largest conferences for environmental, health, and safety professionals.


Death by Forklift is Really the PITs

Death by Forklift is Really the PITs

By Chuck Paulausky

Powered Industrial Trucks are critical to many industries. By implementing a forklift safety program and effective training, you can ensure that this asset doesn't become a liability.


Prescription for a Hazardous Workplace

Prescription for a Hazardous Workplace

By Andrew Powell

This is the toughest drug problem facing safety professionals today.


Legalized Marijuana and Its Effect on the Workplace

Legalized Marijuana and Its Effect on the Workplace

By Jo McGuire

What does an employer do about relaxed drug laws? Watch for impairment and be prepared to confront it as a safety issue.


What Is a Safe Lift?

What Is a Safe Lift?

By Kathy Espinoza

When training is done well, in combination with engineering controls, it is a very effective way to reduce back injuries and create safer lifting environments.


Increasing Employee Participation in Corporate Wellness Programs

Increasing Employee Participation in Corporate Wellness Programs

By Barb Hendrickson

Incorporating games into the wellness program structure makes sense as the next engagement strategy.


Eight Cultural Imperatives for Workplace Safety

Eight Cultural Imperatives for Workplace Safety

By Michelle M. Smith

Don't hesitate to give employees the knowledge and tools to make decisions.


Hearing Protection Technologies for the Future

Hearing Protection Technologies for the Future

By Anthony Di Giovanni, Nick Laperle

Self-fitting technology will enhance communication and eventually incorporate intelligent filtering that will adapt to your noise environment.


Coming to Grips with Slips

Coming to Grips with Slips

By Jerry Laws

Any environment with a hard walking surface and that is subject to various contaminants is in need of some form of slip resistance.


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The ROI of Safety

By Simon Herriott

Here's how developing a culture of safety can help the bottom line.


The Next Generation of Dock Safety Equipment

The Next Generation of Dock Safety Equipment

By Walt Swietlik

Employers must continue to focus on forklift safety training and consider the use of multiple safety devices, such as strategically placed signs, painted aisles, and guarded walkways.


There are significant benefits of having healthier employees, both in savings in medical costs and related insurance premium reductions, and in productivity though better well-being and fewer sick days and time off.

Safety and Wellness: The Critical Connection

By Ira Ozer

Because these two fields approach their objectives with different assumptions, priorities, and methods, coordination is not common.


Departments

Usable Leadership

By Robert Pater

Begin by scoping out what actually works. Appearances can be deceiving.


Tasty (and Safe) Tomatoes for All

By Jerry Laws

FDA will be working with EPA to facilitate the development of an organic treatment that would kill Salmonella and other harmful organisms.


Measuring Behavior-Based Safety: The Perfect Leading Indicator

By Shawn M. Galloway

It is possible to successfully work your process and be working on the wrong things.


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