January 2018 OHS

January 2018

  • FALL PROTECTION: Safe Steps for Working at Height
  • FOOT PROTECTION: Foot Protection Essentials
  • INCENTIVES: Changing Behaviors for the Better
  • CHEMICAL SAFETY/SDS: Chemical Safety: Find Your Flow
  • YEAR IN REVIEW: A Year of Disasters, Delays, and Debate
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: From Sensors to Data Logging
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Safety Showers in Extreme and Challenging Environments
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Your Year-End Safety Celebration Could Be Hiding Risk
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Create a Culture of Safety and Good Business Will Follow
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Cover Story

Specifications usually state that a harness can be used for a period of 10 years, if inspected annually. But is mere visual inspection really enough? (Honeywell Industrial Safety/Miller Fall Protection photo)

Safe Steps for Working at Height

By John Eckel

Regulatory compliance or short-term thinking alone is clearly not enough to truly ensure workers are kept safe and to avoid serious accidents.


Features

A Year of Disasters, Delays, and Debate

By Jerry Laws

It's easy to identify the biggest safety stories of 2017—they involve the year's repeated disasters.


Promote your safety brand in everything you do because it will be a powerful differentiator for your company against its competition. (Perryman Construction photo)

Create a Culture of Safety and Good Business Will Follow

By Angelo Perryman

Ultimately, construction safety must become a habit and practiced by everyone every minute.


Beyond identifying and alerting workers about the presence of gases, consider whether data logging features are important to daily operations. (Draeger photo)

From Sensors to Data Logging

By Larry Medina

Most devices with data logging retain monitoring information whenever they are turned on. This can provide use snapshots of conditions at the time of an accident or unusual event.


As you strategize your chemical approval process, look for ways to get the most return for the time spent by your submitters and reviewers.

Chemical Safety: Find Your Flow

By Kraig Haberer

A good chemical approval process contains three vital elements, all of which can be enhanced and supported by a technology solution.


There are a number of challenging work settings that require specially engineered safety shower solutions—mining, oil refineries, petrochemical, bio-diesel and ethanol facilities, to name a few. (Bradley Corporation photo)

Safety Showers in Extreme and Challenging Environments

By Ryan Pfund

Here's an in-depth look at determining the right product for your application.


Foot Protection Essentials

By Jerry Laws

The OSHA 1910.136 standard and the ASTM F2412-11 standard indicate how many kinds of foot injury are possible, some of them even disabling.


A poorly designed incentive program is almost always better than no program. A well-designed incentive program produces way better results than a poorly designed one.

Changing Behaviors for the Better

By Jerry Laws

A poorly designed incentive program is almost always better than no program. A well-designed incentive program produces way better results than a poorly designed one.


What are you focusing on, and how will your approach in the next year get you greater results? These are real questions to consider if your goal is to drive processes that mitigate risk sustainably.

Your Year-End Safety Celebration Could Be Hiding Risk

By Nick Goodell

We can't use lagging indicators—counting what has already happened—to evaluate our exposure to risk accurately.


Departments

Caught By Surprise in 2017

By Jerry Laws

Winning the 2017 Folio Ozzie award for the best B-to-B digital issue in October was a big surprise and a delight for me, our staff, and our company.


7 Keys for Powerfully Persuasive Presenting

By Robert Pater

The most persuasive stage is the closing—it's the last thing people remember.