September 2016 OH&S

September 2016

  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: What Is Your Life-Saving Gas Monitor Trying to Tell You?
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: What Should You Know When Purchasing a WBGT Instrument?
  • WINTER HAZARDS: 12 Items to Prevent Winter Weather Incidents and Illnesses
  • EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TRAINING: Everyone Is Out of the Building. Now What?
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: 2015-16 Construction Safety Highlights
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Temporary Electrical Power, Keeping It Safe!
  • NSC PREVIEW: Counting Down to NSC 2016
  • BEHAVIOR-BASED SAFETY: BBS and Leadership Analytics: Using Your Big Data to Engage Your Team
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Understanding the ANSI Z358.1-2014 Standard for Plumbed and Portable Eyewash Stations
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Cover Story

Confirm that the instrument comes with Certificate of Calibration that is NIST traceable according to ISO/IEC 17025 testing criteria. Ensure that the instrument comes with a warranty and secure return policy. (Sper Scientific Environmental Measurement Instruments photo)

What Should You Know When Purchasing a WBGT Instrument?

By Richard Stauber

In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.


Features

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Counting Down to NSC 2016

By Jerry Laws

The pre-conference program identifies 10 technical sessions as "hot topics" for this year—and they look very promising.


When electricians are beginning to test and commission the building wiring system during the final phase of construction, only qualified persons should be involved with the turning on and off of electrical circuits.

Temporary Electrical Power, Keeping it Safe!

By Wesley L. Wheeler

If planned properly, many components that will be a part of the permanent and final installation could be a part of the overall temporary power for the project.


Everyone is Out of the Building. Now What?

By Karen D. Hamel

Be prepared to communicate. This is an element of response that is often overlooked and needs to be continually practiced.


Plumbed eyewash stations are permanently connected to a source of potable water, whereas portable stations are self-contained gravity-fed units with their own flushing fluid that must be replaced after each use. (Radians photo)

Understanding the ANSI Z358.1-2014 Standard for Plumbed and Portable Eyewash Stations

By Mary Padron, Michael Bolden

The ANSI Z358.1-2014 standard serves as a benchmark within the United States and also internationally to help protect workers from eye injuries from caustic and corrosive substances.


One of the newest approaches to communicate gas hazards is the use of text-based alarm action messages. In addition to showing traditional gas readings, managers can create a customized message for each level of alarm for each gas type. (Industrial Scientific Corporation photo)

What Is Your Life-Saving Gas Monitor Trying to Tell You?

By Josh Futrell

The bottom line is that, in a given day, a worker could be alerted to the same hazardous condition in many different ways, none of which clearly and efficiently tells the story of what's happening.


12 Items to Prevent Winter Weather Incidents and Illnesses (and You May Already Have Most of Them)

By Karen D. Hamel

Allowing time for workers to acclimate to working in cold weather and limiting the length of outdoor shifts help prevent cold-related injuries. The right types of protective clothing are also essential.


2015-2016 Construction Safety Highlights

By Matt Holden

From OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down to bridge collapse investigations and trenching hazards, the construction industry can learn from mistakes in order to boost its safety performance.


Organizations with world-class safety cultures who are leading the field in BBS are very good at demonstrating the value of BBS.

BBS and Leadership Analytics: Using Your Big Data to Engage Your Team

By Chuck Pettinger

To assess their leadership engagement, safety professionals can poll their employees to determine the amount and the quality of BBS information disseminated.


Departments

Leading Expectations

By Robert Pater

Positive expectations are definitely helpful—as long as they're in balance.


Characteristics of Effective Safety Culture Change Agents

By Shawn M. Galloway

Often, employees who have been injured develop serious attitudes about safety and have great credibility when they speak about safety to others.


Latest Rule Boosts Our Food Safety Preparedness

By Jerry Laws

The registration of food facilities has long been considered a key component of food safety.


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