September 2018 OHS

September 2018

  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Combustible Dust Explosions: Are You at Risk?
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Three Dangerous Misconceptions Surrounding OSHA's Silica Dust Standard for General Industry
  • WINTER HAZARDS: Winterizing Employees Who Work Outdoors
  • CHEMICAL SAFETY: Your Blueprint for Chemical Safety Training
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: A New Standard for Fall Protection Anchorage Connectors
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Workplace Safety: Culture, Plans, and Actions
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Incident Energy Analysis -- One Way or Another
  • PUTTING SAFETY DATA TO WORK: Five Key Safety Metrics to Improve Performance
  • NSC 2018 PREVIEW: NSC Congress & Expo Heads to Houston
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Testing Your Emergency Showers and Eyewashes to Meet ANSI Z358.1
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Cover Story

NFPA 70E, Section 110.1 requires a written document that directs activity appropriate for the risk associated with electrical hazards. (Lewellyn Technology photo)

Workplace Safety: Culture, Plans, and Actions

By Jay Smith

A comprehensive approach is critical for workplace safety, and its benefits will go beyond compliance: Operational excellence will follow.


Features

The primary objective of outerwear in cold weather is to provide warmth. However, sub-zero work have the potential for exposure to an electric arc or a flash fire event.

Winterizing Employees Who Work Outdoors

By Karen D. Hamel

Introducing cold weather work tips and other outdoor cold weather safety concepts in trainings during the early fall can help workers get into the mindset.


A reverse-study means savings on cost and time. It doesn

Incident Energy Analysis—One Way or Another

By Michelle Murphy, Bryan Rupert

Having labels with warnings on them is just one piece of the pie when it comes to a robust electrical safety program.


The George R. Brown Convention Center opened in downtown Houston in 1987. It boasts 1.8 million square feet of space, with more than 500,000 square feet dedicated to its exhibit halls.

NSC Congress & Expo Heads to Houston

By Jessica Davis

More than 14,000 safety professionals are expected to attend this year's NSC Congress & Expo, being held in Houston from Oct. 20 through 26.


Identifying chemicals by particular hazards, such as flammable, carcinogens, volatile/reactive, combustible, etc. is always a good idea.

Your Blueprint for Chemical Safety Training

By Kraig Haberer

This type of training must occur early, often, and as close or specific to the actual location and usage scenario as possible.


One of the easiest ways to monitor safety metrics is by using a safety management software. As you improve your safety performance analysis, you’ll need a system that can handle the influx of data, give you access to real-time metrics, and help you glean valuable insights hidden within the flood of information.

Five Key Safety Metrics to Improve Performance

By Clare A. Epstein

Pay attention to in-depth incident metrics, make adjustments to your safety practices accordingly, and you won’t have to worry as much about your TCIR rate.


The purpose of additional weekly functional checks is to ensure the equipment is operating correctly and is capable of providing proper first aid in the event of an emergency. (Haws photo)

Testing Your Emergency Equipment to Meet ANSI Z358.1

By Samantha Hoch

Compliance is an all-day, every-day requirement.


If you work in an industry where silica dust is present, it

Three Dangerous Misconceptions Surrounding OSHA's Silica Dust Standard for General Industry

By Stephen Watkins

On June 23, most provisions of OSHA's silica standard for general industry became enforceable. Many employers still have a long way to go to achieve full compliance.


Transparency is an important part of the new Z359.18 standard.

A New Standard for Fall Protection Anchorage Connectors

By Bradley Dillon

ANSI Z359.18-2017 increases testing rigor—and it introduces field application testing, anchorage connector types, and labeling requirements.


Undertaking a walk-through survey using a hand-held, real-time sampler would give instantaneous indication of concentration. It also could be used to check the effectiveness of control measures. (Casella U.S. photo)

Combustible Dust Explosions: Are You at Risk?

By Steve Ochs

Awareness training, good housekeeping, reference to safety data sheets, and adopting best practice should, in combination, minimize the potential for an explosion.


Departments

Strategic Leadership Discipline

By Robert Pater

When leaders start by taking personal control of their approach to discipline and responsibility, they're more able to kickstart and sustain superior results.


Park the Ducks — Permanently

By Jerry Laws

"On amphibious passenger vehicles that cannot remain afloat when flooded, canopies can represent an unacceptable risk to passenger safety," NTSB's 2002 report said.