February 2015 OH&S

February 2015

  • HAND PROTECTION: Gloves That Fit the Worker and the Job
  • HAND PROTECTION: Infection Prevention: The Role of Proper Hand Hygiene
  • VISION PROTECTION: Hidden Benefits of Vision Protection Programs
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Vibration Hazards in the Workplace: The Basics of Risk Assessment
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Temporary Area Monitoring 101
  • AEDS & CPR: Prepare, Decide, and Act: First Aid & CPR in the Workplace
  • AEDS & CPR: Automated External Defibrillators -- Deploying Slowly
  • ERGONOMICS: New NIOSH Booklet Aids Retailers on Ergonomics
  • SIGNS & SIGNALS/LABELING: GHS Deadline Approaching Fast
  • DRUG TESTING: Innovative Technology Helps Combat Drug Use
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Respiratory Protection in Extreme H2S Environments
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Cover Story

The designation of roles and the responsibilities of the leader and team members must be defined prior to the emergency.

Prepare, Decide, and Act: First Aid & CPR in the Workplace

By Kostas J. Alibertis

Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can result in a preventable death.


Features

Proper hand washing is key for infection control.

Infection Prevention: The Role of Proper Hand Hygiene

By Lindsay Tippin

Experts view hand washing as the single most important way to stop the transmission of disease from one person to another.


Maintaining vibrating tools is important to lessen the harmful effects vibration causes long term in workers.

Vibration Hazards in the Workplace: The Basics of Risk Assessment

By Rob Brauch

If workers are truly at risk from excessive vibration, steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate that risk altogether, including purchasing new tools that vibrate less and maintaining them to a high standard of performance.


Just like the curvature in its slides, Natural Structures

GHS Deadline Approaching Fast

By Jordy Byrd

Businesses and contractors continue to prepare for OSHA’s HazCom 2012 regulation.


Hair testing is an excellent way to deter employees

Innovative Technology Helps Combat Drug Use

By Sheryl Maddox

For employers, especially those with workers in safety-sensitive positions, it is critical to identify illicit drug users.


The NIOSH booklet illustrates several pieces of equipment to help workers in grocery warehouses and similar facilities avoid lifting and awkward motion injuries.

New NIOSH Booklet Aids Retailers on Ergonomics

By Jerry Laws

According to NIOSH, equipment showcased in it “may also support a retailer’s growing internet sales that depend on moving large quantities of merchandise often with fewer employees.”


AEDs available today only require the user to turn the AED on and follow audio instructions when prompted.

Automated External Defibrillators—Deploying Slowly

By Jim Madaffer

Two-thirds of SCA deaths occur without any prior indications of heart disease.


Heavier thickness and advanced materials improve cut protection, while lighter-weight gloves can offer more flexibility and be less tiring to wear, resulting in less hand fatigue. (MSC Direct photo)

Gloves That Fit the Worker and the Job

By Shelly Baize

Match the level of cut protection to that of the immediate hazard level at hand.


The dangers associated with H2S can be life-threatening and depend on the concentration of exposure. (Draeger Safety photo)

Respiratory Protection in Extreme H2S Environments

By Eric Dzuba

Given the health hazards caused by H2S, it is of the utmost importance to select a respirator that allows for appropriate protection based on the work environment and correlating standards and guidelines that vary globally.


Detail every process that could possibly create the situation where an eye injury could occur—not just high-hazard items such as grinding or welding.

Hidden Benefits of Vision Protection Programs

By Linda J. Sherrard

This is an essential PPE category, of course. Leadership from the top and from the employee ranks is vital for maintaining a successful program.


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Temporary Area Monitoring 101

By Josh Futrell

Area monitors can be placed to create a buffer between hazards and people, so they know what they are heading into or what is coming their way.


Departments

Timely Tips for Winter Safety

By Jerry Laws

"By taking the proper safety precautions this winter, job providers can avoid nasty slips and falls that will cost them in the future," Michigan Workers' Compensation Agency Director Kevin Elsenheimer said.


If Zero's the Goal, Does How We Get There Matter?

By Shawn M. Galloway

Zero injuries is the byproduct of the value of safety excellence; it should never be the primary goal.


Inspiring Leadership

By Robert Pater

Experience has shown that real and lasting inspiration can set the stage for actual ongoing action and sustaining results.


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