October 2014 OHS

October 2014

  • VISION PROTECTION: Let's See How We Can Grow Our Safety
  • EMERGENCY EYEWASH & SHOWERS: A State of Constant Readiness
  • FIRE SAFETY/ELECTRICAL SAFETY: FR Compliance vs. Protection: An Important Distinction
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Taking the Lead on Chemical Substitution
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Keys to Optimal Flue Gas Analysis
  • BEHAVIOR-BASED SAFETY: Transitioning from Old Traditions to a BBS Process
  • WINTER HAZARDS: Winter Hazards in Manufacturing
  • FIRE SAFETY TRAINING: Raising Awareness in Your Organization
  • RISK MANAGEMENT: Strategic Benefits of Personal Emergency ID
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Cover Story

Ice and snow buildup in parking lots and on walkways can be hazardous to employees, delivery people, and guests.

Winter Hazards in Manufacturing

By Scott McNeill

Providing properly installed heat sources that can keep up with low temperatures is essential. Otherwise, employees may resort to using personal space heaters, which can be unsafe.


The Cascade Steel Rolling Mills facility is located in McMinnville, Ore. (Remote Solutions LLC image)

Taming the Arc

By Tim Burttram

Remote circuit breaker racking mitigates arc flash hazards at Cascade Steel.


Keys to Optimal Flue Gas Analysis

By Jerry Laws

City Technology's Tom Gurd discusses emissions gas monitoring applications and how the right sensor can improve accuracy and reduce service costs.

The most notable progressions of anti-fog coatings are those that are bonded to the lens for long-lasting properties. (MCR image)

Let's See How We Can Grow Our Safety

By Larry Garner

Anti-fog and anti-scratch technologies are perfect examples of creating products tailored to relevant market needs.

By selecting FR garments that provide protection and comfort, your workers will be more likely to wear them—and wear them appropriately.

FR Compliance vs. Protection: An Important Distinction

By Joel DeNardis

As thermal exposure increases, the type of FR fiber and fabric plays an increasingly important role in body burn injury and estimated survivability.

Look for a Personal Emergency ID system that is waterproof. (Vital ID image)

Strategic Benefits of Personal Emergency ID

By Treive Nicholas

Make it part of your risk management toolbox. It raises the standard of health and safety expected in a workplace.

Know your facility

Raising Awareness in Your Organization

By Keith Bilger

Point out during training, or when you are just out raising awareness, particular areas or operations that are at greatest risk of starting a fire.

The benefits of chemical substitution go beyond safety, and a strong business case can be made that its benefits include productivity improvement, as demonstrated in a 2008 AIHA study.

Taking the Lead on Chemical Substitution

By Chuck Haling

It still takes individuals properly trained and positioned within an organization to make it all work. OH&S professionals are primed to take the lead.

There are many records and written programs that OSHA does not specifically require to be in writing, but you should have them anyway.

Transitioning From Old Traditions to a BBS Process

By Scott Falkowitz

When so much emphasis is placed on a lagging indicator number, we begin to manage the number rather than what's driving it.


Exempting or Exemplifying Leadership?

By Robert Pater

Especially where there are expectations of some democratic process, people will react when they see leaders treating themselves differently.

IAFC's Near Miss Reporting System Begins a New Chapter

By Jerry Laws

Program Manager Laura W. Bell described the scenarios as "bite-sized training" tailored for what chiefs say they need now.

Client and Contractor: Aligning Safety Cultures

By Shawn M. Galloway

Organizations serious about safety excellence focus on long-term value for both employees and contractors and place quality of life over cost reduction.