February 2014 OHS

February 2014

  • VISION PROTECTION: Improving Safety Eyewear Fit for Better Protection and Compliance
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Breathe Easy with the Right Escape Respirator During an H2S Event
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Trends in Gas Detection
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Gas Detection's Critical Link to Safety: Maintenance and Training
  • DRUG TESTING: Legalized Impairment and What Employers Can Do About It
  • ERGONOMICS: Back to the Future
  • SIGNS & SIGNALS: Key Visual Management Strategies
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: Training to Make the Workplace Safer
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Cover Story

Back supports help a worker prepare for a lift and do it safely. (Ergodyne photo)

Back to the Future

By Andy Olson

We're still battling the #1 workplace injury.


Features

A gas detector that is properly calibrated and maintained provides an accurate reading and results in reduced downtime. (RAE Systems photo)

Gas Detection's Critical Link to Safety: Maintenance And Training

By Dave Lambert

A detector that is properly calibrated and maintained provides an accurate reading and results in smoother operation and reduced downtime.


The advances in gas detection equipment have made detection more efficient but have not eliminated the need for periodic maintenance and 24/7 monitoring. (Apollo Safety, Inc. photo)

Trends in Gas Detection Equipment

By John V. Carvalho III

With a wireless connection, more eyes can monitor underground work and other potentially dangerous work situations.


A board displays the photographs of a facility

Key Visual Management Strategies

By Rhonda Kovera

These 10 uses of visual management can improve the safety of your facility.


Correctly classifying the severity risks of H2S exposure will aid in selecting the appropriate escape respirator. (Draeger photo)

Breathe Easy with the Right Escape Respirator During an H2S Event

By Robb Zurek

Understanding the potential health risks and correctly classifying the degrees of severity will aid in respirator selection.


A company

Legalized Impairment and What Employers Can Do About It

By Bill Current

The truth is employers still have the right to insist that employees be drug-free while at work.


It is essential that all education and products are based on the latest scientific findings regarding emergency medical care. (American Red Cross photo)

Training to Make the Workplace Safer

By Jonathan L. Epstein

Preparedness is only as effective as the science behind it, so it is essential that all education and products are based on the latest scientific findings regarding emergency medical care.


Properly fitted safety eyewear will protect the wearer from dusts and particles while being comfortable and free of fogging. (Uvex by Honeywell photo)

Improving Safety Eyewear Fit for Better Protection and Compliance

By David Iannelli

Employers should beware of the one-size-fits-all approach that has plagued the workforce for decades.


Departments

Not Ready for Prime Time

By Jerry Laws

The report says the estimated cost of infectious diseases in the United States exceeds $120 billion annually.


Profound Knowledge: What Drives Your Safety Strategy

By Shawn M. Galloway

All effective leaders desire an engaged culture and place that as an indicator of progress toward cultural enhancement in all areas of the business, not just safety.


Breaking Through Repeating Problems

By Robert Pater

I've never seen a "blame the worker" mindset create high-level safety performance--especially with repeating problems.


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