July 2017 OH&S

July 2017

  • HEAD PROTECTION: Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury: Protective Measures from Head to Toe
  • FALL PROTECTION: Before the Fall: Recognize Fall Hazards and Conduct Training to Prevent Incidents
  • FALL PROTECTION: Plan Ahead to Get the Job Done Safely
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE/HAZMAT: Dealing with Industrial Workplace Spills
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Emergency Escape Respirators
  • EMERGENCY EYEWASH & SHOWERS: All-Important Equipment When Seconds Count
  • GHS/SDS: GHS HazCom Training is More Important Than Ever
  • GHS/SDS: Best Practices for Safety Data Sheets
  • GHS/SDS: Revisiting GHS Label Compliance One Year After OSHA's Deadline
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Fatality Investigation: 22-Year-Old Laborer Killed in Trench Collapse
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Innovating for a Safer Workforce
  • COMBUSTIBLE DUST: Analyzing Your Dust Hazards
  • EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Six Emergency Response Habits Employees Need to Develop
  • FACILITY SAFETY: Resources for Safety in Lead Abatement
  • SAFETY MANAGEMENT: Your Best in Class Safety Program
  • SOFTWARE: How EHS Software Can Ensure Worker Safety and Increase Your Bottom Line
  • HAZARD ANALYSIS: Job Hazard Analysis Process Redesign
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Cover Story

Remember, PPE can help protect your head from hazards, but your first line of defense is using your head to eliminate hazards and implement engineering and administrative controls.

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury: Protective Measures from Head to Toe

By Greg LaRochelle

Your first line of defense is using your head to eliminate hazards and implement engineering and administrative controls.


Features

The C-Team is constantly looking to squeeze more juice from the company lemon. Mitigating your exposure to costly accidents is the proverbial "low hanging fruit."

Your Best in Class Safety Program

By Thomas R. Knight

The C-Team is constantly looking to squeeze more juice from the company lemon. Mitigating your exposure to costly accidents is the proverbial "low hanging fruit."


Resources for Safety in Lead Abatement

By Dane McGraw

As public and private entities continue to battle lead hazards, they've come together to provide useful information for asset owners and contractors encountering those hazards and undertaking lead abatement projects.


More than 24 percent of survey respondents indicated that another challenge was finding durable labels that can withstand chemicals and harsh environments. (Avery Products Corporation photo)

Revisiting GHS Label Compliance One Year After OSHA's Deadline

By Colwin Chan

A new survey shows more than 21 percent of companies did not meet all GHS compliance requirements.


Facilities need to start paying attention to housekeeping to control dust accumulations, ignition source control, and management programs.

Analyzing Your Dust Hazards

By Tim Colliton

To be compliant with OSHA's general duty clause for workplace safety, facilities that produce potentially combustible dust should do everything they can to ensure compliance with NFPA 652.


Wet surfaces account for a significant portion of injuries reported by state agencies. Some of the most frequently reported types of surfaces where these injuries occur include food preparation areas.

Plan Ahead to Get the Job Done Safely

By Randy Boss

Preventing slips & falls is the only way to keep your company on firm ground.


Sweep up any debris caused by the spill or the cleanup operation and dispose of it properly. It is advisable for workers to wear masks during any sweep-up operations involving a spill.

Dealing with Industrial Workplace Spills

By Dennis Knapp

Most workplaces will require that the spill and the cleanup operation be documented in order to evaluate how effectively the spill response plan worked, as well as to look for ways to prevent such a spill from happening again.


 EHS software solutions can help companies stay organized and keep up with ever-changing regulations. For example, software solutions can streamline, standardize, and track processes essential to ISO 9001 compliance.

How EHS Software Can Ensure Worker Safety and Increase Your Bottom Line

By Jagan Garimella

A comprehensive EHS platform can also restructure once-manual safety procedures and contribute to the company’s digital transformation efforts.


Most building codes require fire extinguishers; because they need to be checked monthly, most are fully charged and ready to use. However, whether or not employees should actually use them is sometimes a debate.

Six Emergency Response Habits Employees Need to Develop

By Karen D. Hamel

Employees need to refresh their training and have drills regularly so they will be able to rely on both their knowledge and their experience when emergencies happen.


By June 1, 2016, OSHA expects all employers to be fully compliant with GHS adoption.

Best Practices for Safety Data Sheets

By John M. Eliszewski

Don't let complacency permeate your hazard communication program.


By choosing new technology, such as remote-controlled demolition machines as well as cutting equipment, contractors, foundries, and operations in other tough industries can reduce workplace injuries and workers

Innovating for a Safer Workforce

By Peter Bigwood

Companies can address an aging construction industry with sophisticated technology.


There are three common respiratory dangers a process hazard analysis (PHA) can help identify—risk of fire, release of toxins, and volatility of the environment.

Emergency Escape Respirators

By Paula Varsamis

Time, efficiency, and protection become key factors the right respirator selection can address before a worker is ever faced with an emergency situation.


Job Hazard Analysis Process Redesign: Integration of Job Hazard Analysis and Work Planning Processes

By Randy Hancock

Integrating the JHA and Work Planning processes reinforced the new philosophical approach for shifting responsibility for working safely to those responsible for planning and actually performing the work.


Although the numbers and types of fall hazards may vary greatly throughout industry sectors, no facility is without fall hazards. (New Pig photo)

Before the Fall: Recognize Fall Hazards and Conduct Training to Prevent Incidents

By Karen D. Hamel

Even if a fall hazard isn't specifically addressed, if it can be identified, plans need to be made to mitigate the hazard and prevent employee injuries.


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

GHS HazCom Training is More Important Than Ever

By Melissa McCaffrey

An effective HazCom training program provides employees with a deeper understanding of the dangers and emergency situations they may face.


Fatality Investigation: 22-Year-Old Construction Laborer Killed in Trench Collapse

By De Anna McIntosh

The Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program investigates fatalities and makes recommendations for preventing future similar injuries.


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All-Important Equipment When Seconds Count

By Jerry Laws

Placement of the emergency equipment is very important. A person in pain and with possibly obstructed vision should be able to traverse the path from hazard to the flushing units within seconds.


Departments

To Be a Better Leader, Ask These Four Questions Daily

By Shawn M. Galloway

There will always be new opportunities for greater efficiency and new results. If you are indeed doing the right things, how could you be better at it?


Shaping Safety

By Robert Pater

Even very small changes in seven postural elements can show a strong effect on balance, strength—as well as on internal states.


Farewell to the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

Because potential budget cuts could hit federal agencies’ research budgets hard, the timing of the decision is unfortunate.


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