September 2017 OH&S

September 2017

  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE/IAQ: Taking a 'Whole House Solution' Approach to IAQ
  • MATERIALS HANDLING: Engaging Our Mature Workers for Better Stability
  • FOOT PROTECTION: Improving Health and Productivity with an Insole Program
  • FOOT PROTECTION: Stand Your Ground
  • HEARING PROTECTION: Seven Elements for a Hearing Conservation Program & You
  • HEARING PROTECTION: Wired for Sound and at Risk for Hearing Loss
  • HEARING PROTECTION: New ANR Technology in Triple Hearing Protection
  • NSC 2017 PREVIEW: Safety Shines Brightly in Indy This Month
  • ERGONOMICS: Workplace Wellness: The Role of Ergonomics and Movement
  • EMPLOYEE DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING: The Cost of Non-Compliance
  • EMPLOYEE DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING: Get Out Your Checkbook: What Legalized Marijuana is Going to Cost
  • PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS: Incorporating JSAs Into Your Safety Process
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Safety Incentives: Why One Size Does Not Fit All
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Safety Incentives: It's a Small World After All
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: Employees Unprepared for Cardiac Emergencies at Work
  • COMBUSTIBLE DUST: Why You Shouldn't Put Off Your Safety Initiatives, Even When OSHA Rules Are Delayed
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY: Will Electronic Logs Change Your Safety Culture?
  • FACILITY SAFETY: Making Safety Part of a Company's DNA
  • FACILITY SAFETY: Rethinking Chemical Security Risks
  • INDUSTRIAL SAFETY: Safe Alternatives to Compressed Air
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Cover Story

Examples of noise reduction strategies include: regular equipment maintenance, isolating workers from noise through soundproofing and noise damping, and upgrading to lower-noise tools and machinery. (Photo courtesy of 3M Personal Safety Division)

Seven Elements for a Hearing Conservation Program & You

By Laurie Wells, Ted Madison

Follow these steps to ensure you have an effective hearing conservation program.


Features

The chemical industry needs methods that take into account that chemical plants are increasingly part of clusters of such plants.

Rethinking Chemical Security Risks

By Nima Khakzad, Pieter Vermaas, Genserik Reniers

There is a need for a value-driven security risk assessment in chemical clusters.


Whether you are a Millennial, a Gen-Xer, or a Baby Boomer, all workers need to be aware of the dangers of hearing loss. (Radians photo)

The Millennial Generation: Wired for Sound and At Risk for Hearing Loss

By Mary Padron

Sound-level meter apps available for smart phones "can have a tremendous and far-reaching impact in the area of noise control," says the CDC.


Drivers cannot be caught in the middle of a service crisis and a safety value dilemma. There are likely many policies and procedures in place that need a slight adaptation to the inflexible reality of electronic logging. (J.J. Keller & Associates Inc. photo)

Will Electronic Logs Change Your Safety Culture?

By Mark Schedler

Follow these five steps to prepare for the collision of culture and technology.


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Workplace Wellness: The Role of Ergonomics and Movement

By Deborah Lechner

By incorporating movement into the work day, employees can also reduce their risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.


Employees demonstrated a surprising false sense of security: Despite the reported lack of training, employees believe they or someone in the workplace will know how to perform CPR+AED or first aid in the event of an emergency.

Employees Unprepared for Cardiac Emergencies at Work

By Peter Fromm

More than half—56 percent of respondents in a new AHA-commissioned survey—said that they do not know the location of the AED in their workplace.


No ethical incentive provider would create a program to discourage reporting—tracking safety issues is an integral part of making a workplace safer!

Safety Incentives: It's a Small World, After All

By Jerry Laws

No ethical incentive provider would create a program to discourage reporting—tracking safety issues is an integral part of making a workplace safer!


The Indiana Convention Center is across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo Courtesy of Lavengood Photography)

Safety Shines Brightly in Indy This Month

By Jerry Laws

There will be plenty to learn and do at the NSC Congress & Expo in downtown Indianapolis.


A good improvement creates a win-win situation: better for the employee and better for production.

Engaging Our Mature Workers for Better Sustainability, Safety, and Efficiency

By Diana Schwerha

Prioritization of tasks and planning the work are the keys to keeping the momentum of the team.


The impairment argument is incredibly complex. Many employers use the term in workplace drug and alcohol policies but this may not be the most prudent choice as marijuana impairment cannot necessarily be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Get Out Your Checkbook: What Legalized Marijuana is Going to Cost

By Nina M. French

With such overwhelming support, one could assume that legalization has clear benefits for everyone. That assumption is not only costly, it could prove to be dead wrong.


Reasonable suspicion drug testing is a critical safety measure.

The Cost of Non-Compliance

By Bill Judge

State mandatory law compliance and state marijuana law issues are certainly concerns that company program managers must deal with. However, ADA issues may be far more problematic.


Safety features have to exist in proper balance with comfort. If safety footwear does not fit properly or is uncomfortable, employees may not wear them consistently or find excuses to avoid wearing them. (Red Wing Shoe Co. photo)

Stand Your Ground

By Lori Hyllengren

Slip resistance is a challenge. It's ideal to work with a safety footwear provider who understands the tradeoffs and can help advise your organization on the right product for the work environment.


Praise and social recognition of people exhibiting preferred behaviors create role models for others to emulate. Tangible awards given in the spirit of friendly competition can enhance engagement and participation.

Safety Incentives: Why One Size Does Not Fit All

By Jane Larson

It's finding the right blend of motivators that makes the difference between a successful program and one that just bumps along.


Compressed air systems can be hazardous and create potential liabilities for employers.

Pressure Increases to Implement Safe Alternatives to Compressed Air

By Michael Hurley

Growing awareness of the dangers and potential liabilities of compressed air has industries and institutions exploring new options.


Consider replacing existing anti-fatigue matting with an insole wear test trial program. This program can help establish feedback from employees who are trialing the insoles for a few weeks. (MEGAComfort photo)

Improving Employee Health and Workplace Productivity with an Insole Program

By Kevan Orvitz

Feet are the foundation of the body, carrying the burden of weight while supporting the knees, back, and hips.


Unsettling as it may sound, your home could actually be making you sick, leaving builders and manufacturers vulnerable to damaging and costly reputational harm and possible litigation.

Breathe Easy: Taking a 'Whole House Solution' Approach to Indoor Air Quality

By Jim Shelton

Accumulation of biological pollutants can result in hazardous health effects for occupants, as well as structural damage to the building.


Thanks to the broader band noise reduction offered in the ear canal, the active portion adds more than three times the allowable ambient noise exposure time compared to double hearing protection.

New ANR Technology in Triple Hearing Protection Safely Extends Work Time

By Madeleine Cissna

There is a certain class of occupational environments where engineering controls are not feasible and double hearing protection is inadequate.


The 15/60 rule ensures no product or materials necessary to perform a manufacturing job require an employee to reach down below 15 inches or above 60 inches. (JLG Industries, Inc. photo)

Making Safety Part of a Company's DNA

By Adam Croskey

A comprehensive safety analysis should not be limited to the facility. It should also include a review of all tasks and processes, giving priority to high-risk areas.


Incorporating JSAs Into Your Safety Process

By Franco Marabotti

All information captured by you and your team can be further analyzed and used in order to predict, mitigate, and avoid risk.


This CSB photo shows the aftermatch of the dust explosion and fire on Feb. 20, 2003, at the CTA Acoustics manufacturing plant in Corbin, Ky. killing seven workers.

Why You Shouldn't Put Off Your Safety Initiatives, Even When OSHA Rules are Delayed

By Jamie O'Neill

Just because some rules are delayed doesn't mean they're off the table. In fact, many experts believe they will still move forward, possibly in their current form.


Departments

The Right Amount of Leadership Done Easy

By Robert Pater

How many of us have adopted a strategy because it was easy, even though it was ineffective?


We Need More Answers on Marijuana's Effects

By Jerry Laws

NIST researchers are laying the technical groundwork for manufacturers to develop accurate devices.


Pushing Past Leading Indicators: Measuring Value and Balanced Scorecards

By Shawn M. Galloway

Are the things you are doing adding value? Are levels of compliance increasing? Are beliefs and behaviors changing?