March 2015 OH&S

March 2015

  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Disposable Secondary FR Garments: What Really Matters When Selecting a Garment
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: The Evolution of FR Denim
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Durable Flame Resistance: Comfort and Quality
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE/HAZMAT: Hazmat Protection from Head to Toe
  • HEAT STRESS & THIRST QUENCHERS: Reducing Heat Stress with HVLS Fans
  • HEAT STRESS & THIRST QUENCHERS: Maintaining Body Temperature in Extreme Conditions with FR Garments
  • HEAD & FACE PROTECTION: Preventing Occupational and Non-Occupational Head Injuries
  • LOCKOUT/TAGOUT: Machinery Safety Survey Results: Safety Interlocks and Used Equipment
  • LOCKOUT/TAGOUT: Technology to the Rescue
  • FIRE SAFETY: Implementing a Fire Protection Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Program for Water-Based Fire Protection Equipment
  • HEARING PROTECTION: Addressing Noise in the Workplace
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY: DOT's Lithium Battery Final Rule Takes Effect
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Cover Story

Maintaining good ITM records allows you to compare current test data with historical data to track any deterioration in the equipment

Implementing a Fire Protection Inspection, Testing, & Maintenance Program for Water-Based Fire Protection Equipment

By Walter S. Beattie

History has shown that some of the largest industrial fires have occurred when systems were out of service, or impaired.


Features

In hot environments, choosing garments with high THL performance is important for employees as well as management.

Maintaining Body Temperature in Extreme Conditions with FR Garments

By Cortlandt Minnich

By selecting FR garments with THL measures and layering in mind, safety managers can take steps to ensure employees will be able to maintain a safe and comfortable temperature in the workplace.


The iconic yellow suit is only one component in providing complete safety for the wearer.

Hazmat Protection from Head to Toe

By Jim Towey

True hazmat gear must provide protection from head to toe.


As of Sept. 30, 2015 the Commercial Air Carrier Fatality Rate was 0.1 per 100 million passengers, meaning U.S. commercial air travelers enjoyed one of the safest years on record, according to DOT.

DOT's Lithium Battery Final Rule Takes Effect

By Matt Holden

Now, packages of any size that contain lithium batteries must be properly sealed and labeled, which could present a challenge to smaller businesses.


Photo 1. ISO 6530 test equipment with multiple layers of fabric clamped to "gutter." (Lakeland Industries photo)

Disposable Secondary FR Garments: What Really Matters When Selecting a Garment

By Charles Roberson

Clearly, the addition of a flash fire or flame hazard to a scenario involving dry or liquid chemicals can significantly complicate protection.


Capitalizing on the advantages of HVLS fans requires careful analysis of each application, as well as each HVLS fan design. (Rite-Hite Fans photo)

Reducing Heat Stress with HVLS Fans

By Dan Anderson

High-volume, low-speed fans help cool off employees and improve efficiency.


Workers prefer FR denim products.

The Evolution of FR Denim

By Craig Tutterow, John Strickland

Today's workers are looking for the fits, features, and finishes of retail-ready denim but with proven flame-resistant protection.


In an effort to be cost effective, practical, and to keep employees comfortable, real-world applications have brought on an increasing demand for garments that are suitable for use in environments with multiple hazards. (Carhartt photo)

Durable Flame Resistance: Comfort and Quality

By Tom Kiddle

Real-world applications have brought on an increasing demand for garments that are suitable for use in environments with multiple hazards.


LOTO technology can create a safer workplace and make compliance more efficient.

Technology to the Rescue

By Darcie DaSilva, Steve Burgess

LOTO technology can create a safer workplace and make compliance more efficient.


One of the most important things for a successful program is to get employees to feel like they are being included in the decision process of developing the hearing protection program.

Addressing Noise in the Workplace

By Jeffrey Birkner

One of the most important things for a successful program is to get employees to feel like they are being included in the decision process of developing the program.


Prevention of occupational head injuries starts by following the hierarchy of controls.

Preventing Occupational and Non-Occupational Head Injuries

By Jerry Laws

Preventing occupational head injuries starts by following the hierarchy of controls.


The concept of control of hazardous energy focuses on the elimination or control of hazards and hazardous energy for maintenance and certain servicing operations.

Machinery Safety Survey Results: Safety Interlocks and Used Equipment

By Gary M. Hutter

It is apparent that those responding generally knew that used industrial production equipment may not have all the safety whistles and bells.


Departments

Attentionally Avoiding Traps – and Trips

By Robert Pater

The takeaway is this is a combo skillset that is neither haphazard nor hereditary; attention control can definitely be improved with the right practices.


Lagging to Leading to Transformational Indicators: Measuring the Contribution of Value

By Shawn M. Galloway

At some point, how we do safety better is answered by removing effort that is no longer value-added, even though at one point in time, it might have been.


Recognizing Real Progress

By Jerry Laws

U.S. mining deaths fell from an average of 96 to 45 per year during the first half of this decade, MSHA chief Joe Main said.