January 2017 OH&S

January 2017

  • FOOT PROTECTION: Safe Footwear Improves Worker Outcomes
  • FALL PROTECTION: Buying Fall Protection Equipment in 2017
  • FALL PROTECTION: Suspension Trauma
  • DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Using State-of-the-Art Technology
  • INCENTIVES: Too Little Focus on ROI
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE/CHEMICAL SAFETY: Hazard Communication Program -- Training is the Key
  • YEAR IN REVIEW: Summing Up 2016
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: Data: Transforming Your Work Site
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: The Significance of API RP 2219 Recommendations in the BLSR Accident, Part 1
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Emergency Response is a Matter of Time
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Seeing Safety Differently
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The new Fall Protection Code is the most current and robust resource to ensure you are getting the right equipment to meet today

Buying Fall Protection Equipment in 2017

By Thomas Kramer

How the new fall protection code should impact equipment purchases.


Employees who are frequently outdoors or around water should look for water-resistant footwear.

Safe Footwear Improves Worker Outcomes

By Richard Kallis

OSHA- and ASTM-compliant footwear prevents workplace injuries.

Too Little Focus on ROI

By Jerry Laws

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence's SITE Index 2017 sheds light on incentive users' tracking of return on investment (ROI)—or their lack of tracking.

All employers, employees, and contractors within all three segments of the oil and gas industry (upstream, midstream, and downstream) are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful work sites.

The Significance of API RP 2219 Recommendations in the BLSR Accident, Part 1

By Hamed Khoshniat

Employers and workers need to pay special attention to minimum recommended safety requirements of approved standards and safe working procedures.

Suspension Trauma

By Spencer Lane

Those writing fall protection plans must understand the hazards of harness hang syndrome in fall protection.

Treating marijuana the same as alcohol is impossible for several reasons. There are no measurements for marijuana impairment that relate across the board to how we understand alcohol impairment.

Summing Up 2016

By Matt Holden

The Zika virus was a concern throughout 2016, and November voting showed a clear trend toward broad legalization of marijuana in the United States.

There is a growing global push toward hazardous location competency training.

Data: Transforming Your Work Site

By Larry Medina

The benefits of leveraging data for on-site workers' protection, as well as a company's operations, must be realized.

Emergency Response is a Matter of Time

By Ryan Pfund

The best time to prepare a facility's immediate and effective response to hazardous chemical exposure is before it ever happens.

Companies in all industries can look to FEMA, the American Red Cross, and other local and federal organizations for information on how to begin creating an emergency preparedness plan.

Using State-of-the-Art Technology

By William F. Donahue IV

Without mass notification systems, the silence can be deafening and fatal.

A monitor inside the cab of a tower crane provides the operator with close-up view of the load and lifting area. (Netarus, LLC photo)

Seeing Safety Differently

By Christopher G. Machut

Remote operated cameras aid in mitigating risk in construction work.

Pictograms are required safety data sheet elements that are intended to convey specific hazard information visually.

Hazard Communication Program — Training is the Key

By Sally J. Smart

Employees are to be trained when they are initially assigned to work with a hazardous chemical. Additional training is to be done whenever a new health or physical hazard is introduced into the work area.


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President-elect Trump has promised to eliminate EPA, which was created during the administration of Republican Richard Nixon.

Five Types of People in Organizational Change

By Shawn M. Galloway

Experience shows that change, especially culture change, happens best from within.

25 Indicators of Ergonomic Progress

By Robert Pater

Tangible and sustaining improvements are built in three stages.