OH&S November 2017

November 2017

  • CONFINED SPACES: Confined Space: Preparing for Rescue
  • HEAD & FACE PROTECTION: Keys to Effective Head & Face Protection
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: What's Next for Powered Air Respirators
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: New Alliance Focused on Diisocyanates
  • HAND PROTECTION: The Real Cost of Sweaty Gloves -- It's Not Just About Comfort
  • FALL PROTECTION: Fall Protection: Are You Fully Prepared?
  • FALL PROTECTION: Prepare Now to Eliminate Fall Hazards This Winter
  • SLIP & FALL: A Clearer Understanding of Slips and Falls
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: Waste As an Energy Source: The Path to a Low-Carbon Economy
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: USB or Bluetooth Temperature Loggers in the Field -- Which is Right for You?
  • HEALTH CARE: CMS Emergency Preparedness Training Deadline is Here, Are You Ready?
  • TRAINING: Microlearning: Training for the Millennial Generation
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Cover Story

Preparedness, rescue-focused skills training, knowledge and proper utilization of rescue equipment, and real scenario hands-on practice reduce human error when rescuing in confined spaces. (Priority One Safe-T, LLC photo)

Confined Space: Preparing for Rescue

By Chris Koester

Not being able to rescue a worker from a confined space has a devastating impact on the company and, more importantly, the employees.


Features

Ice and snow buildup in parking lots and on walkways can be hazardous to employees, delivery people, and guests.

Prepare Now to Eliminate Fall Hazards This Winter

By Karen D. Hamel

People living in cold-weather climates can take winter hazards for granted, but this can make it easier to overlook or dismiss hazards that can be easily eliminated before the temperature drops.


Microlearning courses include learner interaction, such as a brief quiz or follow-up discussion with an instructor, and provide reference documents and other outside items as additional resources.

Microlearning: Training for the Millennial Generation

By Clare Epstein

Part of the appeal of microlearning is that it can be administered just-in-time and just enough. And it makes learning an ongoing process.


The person who conducts the hazard assessment must have an intimate knowledge of each task and should directly observe the employees, looking for hazard sources such as high temperatures, chemicals, dust, sources for falling objects and the potential for dropped objects, the potential for struck/by hazards, moving vehicles and equipment, and more.

Keys to Effective Head & Face Protection

By Jerry Laws

The National Safety Council's "Injury Facts, 2017 Edition" informs us that the most expensive lost-time workers' compensation claims are for those involving the head and central nervous system.


The bottom line is health care facilities must develop a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan that will meet the needs of patients, the community, and their staff during disasters and emergency situations.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Training Deadline is Here, Are you Ready?

By John M. Eliszewski

The assumption is that all the accrediting organizations and CMS will be looking more deeply at Emergency Management standards starting this November.


Slippery floors due to the frequent washing process are also a constant concern in health care settings.

A Clearer Understanding of Slips and Falls

By Vicky Adams

Administrators must stay on top of floor conditions and install safety signs only when a potential hazard exists.


The alliance partnership aims to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources to members, occupational physicians, stakeholders, and others in the polyurethanes value chain.

New Alliance Focused on Diisocyanates

By Jerry Laws

OSHA and the American Chemistry Council have joined in a two-year alliance to raise awareness of workers' exposure hazards and promote the chemicals' safe use in the polyurethane industry.


The prolonged moisture, increased temperature, and unbalanced pH level provide unwanted opportunities for bacteria and other external contaminants to enter the skin, causing further irritation. (SW Safety Solutions Inc. photo)

The Real Cost of Sweaty Gloves—It's Not Just About Comfort

By Thomas Draskovics

Over time, health risks for workers from uncomfortable single-use gloves can greatly decrease productivity, encourage more frequent workplace safety violations, and increase the risk of significant medical issues.


USB or Bluetooth Temperature Loggers in the Field – Which Are Right for You?

By Paul Gannett

For outdoor field monitoring, data access can be a critical issue—especially in hard-to-reach or limited-access locations.


PAPRs have long been designed around the same battery belt-mounted product and bulky designs. Worker acceptance hasn

What's Next for Powered Air Respirators

By Rick Marquez

The powered air respirator market is ripe for innovation and technological enhancements.


Europe

Waste as an Energy Source: the Path to a Low-Carbon Economy

By Andres Kronenberg

Climate change, renewable energy, low-carbon economy: For some, these are catchwords and arguments for a global ecological rethink. For others, they stand for a business segment that couples environmentally friendly technologies with a clear vision to ensure we can leave a world worth living in for future generations.


When your workplace includes elevated platforms, manholes, scaffolding, roofs, or any number of other fall risks, a simple mistake can become serious in an instant. (Safety Products Group photo)

Fall Protection: Are You Fully Prepared?

By Paul Sperling

Thorough fall protection requires a culture of safety as well as OSHA-certified fall prevention measures.


Departments

Eclipsing Leadership Lessons

By Robert Pater

Want to continue developing stronger leadership skills? Mindfully monitor how small changes can create huge impacts.


Keep an Eye on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

By Jerry Laws

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton hopes the Grenfell Tower fire Inquiry will bring about a mandate for fire sprinklers in residential high-rise buildings and schools.


A Visual Model to Simplify the Definition of Safety

By Shawn M. Galloway

To shape, control, and influence performance in any organization, clarity should exist around what employees are required to do and what is most desirable.