August 2016 OH&S

August 2016

  • FIRE SAFETY: Real Threat or False Alarm: Are You Prepared for the Next Time the Fire Alarm Sounds?
  • FIRE SAFETY: Getting Ready for Emergencies
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE/LAB SAFETY: Taking a Holistic Approach to Lab Safety
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: How Cooling Boosts Productivity
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Impact: Developing an Attitude for Safety
  • LOCKOUT/TAGOUT TRAINING: Six Tips to Improve Your Lockout/Tagout Program
  • VISION PROTECTION: Time to Be All Eyes and Ears When it Comes to Protective Eyewear
  • HAND PROTECTION: More Than Barrier Protection, Single-Use Gloves Manage Skin Health
  • HAND PROTECTION: Hand Hygiene When Being Potentially Exposed to Heavy Metal Dust
  • CONFINED SPACE: Can an Industrial Vacuum Solve Confined Space Hazards?
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Cover Story

The Plan-Do-Check-Act model, which both DHS and FEMA use, really helps when implementing and practicing your emergency preparedness plans.

Getting Ready for Emergencies

By Jerry Laws

The Plan-Do-Check-Act model, which both DHS and FEMA use, really helps when implementing and practicing your emergency plans.


Features

Avoid splashing with water to avoid contaminating the area around sinks with heavy metals. Wash the hands for at least 30 seconds and dry with disposable paper towels.

Hand Hygiene When Being Potentially Exposed to Heavy Metal Dust

By Andreas Klotz

It is important to recognize that hand washing cannot replace safe and hygienic work practices and the use of personal protective equipment when handling heavy metal-containing materials.


An industrial vacuum is ready to vacuum swarf from a pit. (Vac-U-Max photo)

Can an Industrial Vacuum Solve Confined Space Hazards?

By David Kennedy

From grain handling operations to heavy blast material, pit cleaning with vacuums allows workers to clean outside of confined space.


A follow-up phone call to 911 to advise them that you have a working fire will change the call type that they have dispatched and will ensure you are receiving the correct emergency response. This is even more crucial if you are dealing with any type of hazardous material on your property.

Real Threat or False Alarm: Are You Prepared for the Next Time the Fire Alarm Sounds?

By Dave Carter

Each type of alarm requires its own unique response, and a fire alarm is no different.


Our optimum pH level is 5.5, which maintains our skin

More Than Barrier Protection, Single-Use Gloves Manage Skin Health

By Thomas Draskovics

Skin health can be compromised from a continued cycle of hands going from a warm, wet glove interior to the rapid drying caused by evaporation when gloves are removed, and then back again.


It can take as much as 24 hours for the body to absorb enough fluid to fully rehydrate. By using shirts and vests that incorporate active cooling on about 40 percent of the body surface, the danger of heat stress can be greatly reduced. (CoolShirt Systems photo)

How Cooling Boosts Productivity

By Tom Engebretson

Training and company policies must help employees decide that they can protect themselves from heat stress. Reducing heat stress will improve productivity and reduce accidents in the workplace.


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Time to Be All Eyes and Ears When it Comes to Protective Eyewear

By Vicky Adams

Proper eyewear starts with making sure the PPE fits the task at hand. This often requires employers to conduct a workplace hazard assessment.


A Chemical Hygiene Plan is a "written program stating the policies, procedures, and responsibilities that serve to protect employees from the health hazards associated with the hazardous chemicals used in that particular workplace," according to OSHA.

Taking a Holistic Approach to Lab Safety

By Matt Holden

OSHA has required employers to develop a Chemical Hygiene Plan that addresses labeling as well as all other aspects of the Laboratory standard.


Padlocks should be standardized by size and color so that workers can easily identify function and ownership.

Six Tips to Improve Your Lockout/Tagout Program

By Eric Prinzing

A program that encourages communication can identify strengths and weaknesses much more efficiently than a program that remains static and unchanging after initial training.


First and foremost, we want the protective clothing to help prevent injuries to our workers and keep them safe. Second, we also want to improve morale and worker productivity.

Impact: Developing an Attitude for Safety

By Dennis Knapp

If workers are overly optimistic that no injuries will befall them, they may be more likely to take risks that could end up in injuries.


Departments

A Recipe for Better Trauma Care

By Jerry Laws

"Every US resident should have the best possible chance for survival and functional recovery after injury. When it comes to trauma care, where people live ought not to determine if they live."


Preventing Strained Communications

By Robert Pater

Strong communications are critical to supporting, guiding, and influencing; a leader's connections with others heighten the ability to influence, as well as quantity and quality of work performance.


Formula for Improving Safety Culture

By Shawn M. Galloway

Good or bad, you have already created a safety culture.