October 2018 OHS

October 2018

  • HEARING PROTECTION: Recent Developments in Personal Noise Dosimetry
  • HEARING PROTECTION: Tips for Selecting and Ensuring Effective Hearing Protection
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE/IAQ: Environmental Probiotics: Creating Healthy Indoor Workspaces
  • MATERIALS HANDLING: Making the Business Case for Ergonomic Materials Handling Lift Tables
  • FOOT PROTECTION: Foot Injuries: Why They Matter and How to Avoid Them in Any Workplace
  • NSC 2018 PREVIEW: Get Ready for the Year's Biggest Trade Show
  • ERGONOMICS: Industrial Exoskeletons: What You're Not Hearing
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: When It Comes to Safety, Size Shouldn't Matter
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: Squad Goals: Moving the Needle on Sudden Cardiac Arrest Requires a New Model
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: Could This Happen to You?
  • PROFESSIONALISM: Ten 'Critical Traits' of Respected Field Safety Professionals
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY: OSHA and DOT Laws -- Which Apply to Facility and Operations and When?
  • FACILITY SAFETY: Playing It Safe
  • FACILITY SAFETY: Just What the Doctor Ordered
  • RISK MANAGEMENT: The Economics of Workplace Safety
  • CONTRACTOR MANAGEMENT: The Partnership Imperative: Working Together to Improve Contractor Safety Compliance
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Cover Story

Modern noise dosimeters are small, lightweight, feature multiple virtual instruments, and have many useful options to better describe the complete hazard during the shift. (Sensidyne, LP photo)

Recent Developments in Personal Noise Dosimetry

By Bob Selwyn

Modern noise dosimeters are small, lightweight, feature multiple virtual instruments, and have many useful options to better describe the complete hazard during the worker's shift.


Features

A company that solely tracks lagging KPIs and has low incident rates, while positive, leaves the organization with very little data to analyze and help predict future decisions.

The Partnership Imperative: Working Together to Improve Contractor Safety Compliance

By Marcus Pettus

Rather than taking a punitive approach, you can make safety compliance a win-win for everyone involved.


Some are not aware that state-level Good Samaritan protections have advanced considerably over the years.

Could This Happen to You?

By Dave Tobin

When a CPR/AED plan is in place and practiced, a person suffering cardiac arrest will receive care from trained individuals and teams working to save a life.


There is very little peer-reviewed, scientific research on the benefits and consequences of industrial exoskeletons. At present, there are fewer than 100 papers published.

Industrial Exoskeletons: What You're Not Hearing

By Blake McGowan

Hold on a bit longer until the capabilities of these devices match our expectations to improve human performance and reduce MSDs.


Some systems tap into existing air ducts; others are plug-and-play and are designed to release probiotics directly in the air.

Environmental Probiotics: Creating Healthy Indoor Workspaces

By Taly Dery

It is sensible that businesses and institutions should invest in programs to reduce the presence of harmful microorganisms.


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Squad Goals: Moving the Needle on Sudden Cardiac Arrest Requires a New Model

By Richard A. Lazar

A volunteer "SCA responder squad" is needed to ensure someone is almost always nearby who feels ready and willing to help.


Today

When it Comes to Safety, Size Shouldn't Matter

By Brian Galonek

Technology has made parity achievable. Small and large companies can take comfort in knowing that, when it comes to worker safety, company size need not matter.


Your feet are the root of your body and when not kept healthy, it can ultimately cause pain in your knees, hips, and back. Protecting your feet is a proactive way to prevent debilitating health conditions and boost your healthfulness. (MEGAComfort photo)

Foot Injuries: Why They Matter and How to Avoid Them in Any Workplace

By Kevan Orvitz

Supportive footwear with added comfort and shock absorption can prevent injury, illness, and fatigue.


Ten 'Critical Traits' of Respected Field Safety Professionals

By Bruce Bolger

It should be noted that even if you are not a new safety professional and have been in the organization for years, it is never too late to change your approach.


Some businesses are taking training to an entirely new level with authentic simulations that bring extraordinary detail to proper active shooting response. (Silverback Safety & Training Solutions photo)

Playing It Safe

By Thomas Renner

U.S. businesses, schools, and even churches are preparing themselves for proper response to active shooters.


Regular maintenance is going to lead to loading dock equipment and in-plant equipment that performs better and helps keep energy costs low. (Rite-Hite photo)

Just What the Doctor Ordered

By Gerry Timms

Planned maintenance can boost safety, increase efficiency, and lower long-term costs.


The expo will take place inside the George R. Brown Convention Center, which opened on the east side of downtown Houston on Sept. 26, 1987. (Julie Soefer Photography)

Get Ready for the Year's Biggest Trade Show

By Jerry Laws

Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center is the site for this year's NSC Congress & Expo.


DOT clearly has jurisdiction over the truck on the highway, but OSHA regulations generally govern workers’ safety and health and the responsibilities of employers to ensure their safety at the warehouse, the dock, and in all places trucker drivers go to deliver and pick up loads.

OSHA and DOT Laws—Which Apply to Facility and Operations and When?

By Todd B. Logsdon

Employers and safety professionals must know which particular law applies to the specific "working conditions" and hazards in order to be in compliance.


Ergonomic lift tables improve the bottom line. (Alfacon Solutions photo)

Making the Business Case for Ergonomic Materials Handling Lift Tables

By Thomas R. Cutler

The business benefits of ergonomics extend beyond the management of musculoskeletal disorders.


Many companies tout a focus on safety, but few fully achieve the goal. Giant billboards at plant entrances proclaiming world-class compliance with quality and safety standards may shade a different reality inside the plant.

The Economics of Workplace Safety

By R. Todd Swinderman

Numerous case studies revealing the positive relationships between safety and productivity are backed up by organizations that gather global statistics on accidents and incidents.


By putting the power of choice in your workers

Tips for Selecting and Ensuring Effective Hearing Protection

By Lisa Steckert

A key to ensuring effective protection is fit testing. Fit testing evaluates noise and provides workers an accurate reading of their hearing protection effectiveness.


Departments

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Robot?

By Jerry Laws

Robots are most useful for highly repetitive work or tasks done where it's physically unsafe for a human worker to be.


Bard Leadership

By Brian Pater, Robert Pater

We've seen how numerous companies have been able to greatly "Shake" up mediocre performance and culture through trained "Peer" Safety leaders, even without positional power.