OH&S November 2015

November 2015

  • HEAD & FACE PROTECTION: Essential Care for Essential Protection
  • CONFINED SPACES: New OSHA Rescue Requirements for Confined Space Retrieval: What You Should Know
  • CONFINED SPACES: Selecting the Right Ventilation Equipment When Working in Confined Spaces Under the New Construction Standard
  • FALL PROTECTION TRAINING: Training to Become a Fall Protection 'Pro' Is a Never-Ending Journey
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Righting Respirator Wrongs: Correcting Misconceptions for Greater Respiratory Protection
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Clearing the Air About Disposable Dust Masks
  • CHEMICAL SAFETY: Perfect Foresight: Making Hazardous Chemical Safety Procedures a Priority
  • HAND PROTECTION: Protect Your Hands and Your Livelihood
  • HAND PROTECTION: Four Tips for Keeping Your Hands Toasty While Working in the Cold
  • HAND PROTECTION: New Global Standards for Protective Gloves Are Coming
  • SLIP & FALL: A Spill, a Slip, and a Hospital Trip
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Cover Story

Davit arm systems and backup fall arrest systems make a vertical opening into a confined space safer during entry and exit. (Capital Safety photo)

New OSHA Rescue Requirements for Confined Space Retrieval: What You Should Know

By Craig Firl, Rick Argudin

It is imperative to get the adequate training, to select the proper equipment, and to practice entering, exiting, and performing simulated rescues.


Features

There is a growing need for a more consistent testing method and ratings that take into account recent advances in cut-resistant yarns and technologies.

New Global Standards for Protective Gloves Are Coming

By Jill A. Conley

Proposed changes have been submitted for both the ANSI/ISEA 105 Hand Protection Selection Criteria and the EN 388 European regulatory standard for protective gloves. Everyone involved in the design, development, and specification of cut-resistant apparel and PPE needs to understand the impact of these changes on their selection and purchasing decisions.


All ventilators have two characteristics: Air volume delivered (flow), measured by cubic feet per minute (CFM), and force of air (pressure), static pressure measured by inch of water gauge (WG). (Air Systems International photo)

Selecting the Right Ventilation Equipment When Working in Confined Spaces Under the New Construction Standard

By Stephen Durr

If the environment is hazardous, explosion-proof or intrinsically safe ventilation equipment must be used to protect workers.


Wholesale adoption of GHS hazard classsification principles will disrupt chemical hazard assessment programs and heighten problems manufacturers and importers will face.

Perfect Foresight: Making Hazardous Chemical Safety Procedures a Priority

By Glenn D. Trout

Cloud-based environment, health, safety and sustainability management software solutions make it easier than ever to track and report on chemicals and safety processes across facilities.


After cleansing hands, the skin can lose important oils and moisture. Apply an after-work conditioning cream to balance and replenish the moisture in the skin.

Protect Your Hands and Your Livelihood

By Isabelle Faivre

Preventative maintenance and care of your workers' hands may sound like common sense, but the statistics don't lie: Many are not doing enough.


All respirators, including filtering facepieces, must be selected based on the hazard and must be certified by NIOSH. If your dust mask does not bear the NIOSH approval label, it can

Clearing the Air About Disposable Dust Masks

By Chuck Paulausky

Always be sure that you have chosen the correct mask for the application and that you follow all of the manufacturer's recommendations and all OSHA requirements.


We must remember to always wear our hard hats. If they are sitting at a desk, on a work bench, or in a truck, they are definitely not going to protect us.

Essential Care for Essential Protection

By Jerry Laws

Workers and their safety and procurement managers should be familiar with the guidance for keeping a hard hat in fighting trim.


If you know you

Four Tips for Keeping Your Hands Toasty While Working in the Cold

By Julie McFater

Let's take a look at some of the easiest ways to make sure your hands are always up for the job, regardless of the weather.


Slippery floors due to the frequent washing process are also a constant concern in health care settings.

A Spill, a Slip, a Hospital Trip

By John M. Eliszewski

Slips, trips, and falls are an everyday risk at hospitals and comprise one of the top accident categories.


Like a car, a respirator requires maintenance to ensure it remains operable while delivering effective protection.

Righting Respirator Wrongs: Correcting Misconceptions for Greater Respiratory Protection

By Matthew Cromer

The final step is testing whether the selected respirator suits the workers themselves.


The intangibles are often the most difficult and dynamic pieces of the puzzle to learn. Getting out into the work environment is a very big part of your ongoing self-education.

Training to Become a Fall 'Pro' Is a Never-Ending Journey

By Pat Furr

Whatever training you attend and complete should be viewed as the launching point to get you started on learning everything you can about fall protection.


Departments

Leadership: Going Through the Hoops

By Robert Pater

Leaders have to encourage mental readiness, first in themselves and then within everyone else.


The Storm Over Volkswagen

By Jerry Laws

Rebuilding trust won't be easy.


Five Reasons You Have Undesired Performance

By Shawn M. Galloway

If people are unaware of what they need to do or how they need to do it, we must ensure communication is clear and both performance and results based.


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