November 2018 OHS

November 2018

  • CONFINED SPACES: Confined Spaces: We Have a Failure to Communicate
  • HEAD & FACE PROTECTION: Heads Up for Safety
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Three Trends Impacting the Respiratory Market
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Monitoring for Respiratory Hazards -- Challenges and Opportunities in the Workplace
  • HAND PROTECTION: A New Innovation in Glove Coatings
  • HAND PROTECTION: Ergonomics in Industrial Environments: Hand Protection is the New Frontier
  • FALL PROTECTION: Stopping Fatal Falls
  • SLIP & FALL: Incorporating Floor Safety into Other Routine Inspections
  • HEALTH CARE: Solutions for Improving Arc Flash Safety in Health Care
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Cover Story

Proper testing of a confined space

Confined Spaces: We Have a Failure to Communicate

By Kyle Krueger

Given the statistics on confined space deaths, shouldn't rescuers know about atmospheric conditions before entering and attempting rescue? And shouldn't the attendant know about the entrants' readings in real time anyway?


Features

Monitoring and sampling for dusts, gases, vapors, and mists should be a part of any personal exposure assessment initiative and is not only accepted practice, it represents best practice when done correctly. (Casella photo)

Monitoring for Respiratory Hazards—Challenges and Opportunities in the Workplace

By Steve Ochs

Monitoring and sampling for dusts, gases, vapors, and mists should be a part of any personal exposure assessment initiative and is not only accepted practice, it represents best practice when done correctly.


With their old palm coating, workers at a water heater manufacturer were going through three pairs of gloves per day. The new palm coating gave them about three days of wear for each pair of gloves. (Magid photo)

A New Innovation in Glove Coatings

By M.B. Sutherland

The latest innovations in nitrile-based glove coatings have created a game-changing double-dip that takes the best of traditional palm coatings and rolls them into one unique glove treatment without sacrificing dexterity or tactile sensitivity.


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

Incorporating Floor Safety into Other Routine Inspections

By Karen D. Hamel

Establishing procedures for routine cleaning in production areas can help to maintain workspaces, storage rooms, and fluid dispensing areas. It also can make annual “spring cleanings” less time consuming.


Solutions for Improving Arc Flash Safety in Health Care

By Justin Carron

The dangers of arc flash events in health care are amplified by the possibility for downtime resulting from arc flashes. Downtime in the health care environment is simply not acceptable.


Businesses with welding operations and welding contractors need to assess their controls and respiratory programs, increase their awareness of the hazards, and inform safety officers and workers of the appropriate measures for better respiratory prevention. (CleanSpace Technology photo)

Three Trends Impacting the Respiratory Market

By Rick Marquez

New and innovative PAPR products are increasing user acceptance and protecting workers better.


We must remember to always wear our hard hats. If they are sitting at a desk, on a work bench, or in a truck, they are definitely not going to protect us.

Heads Up for Safety

By Jerry Laws

One of the newest consensus standards from the International Safety Equipment Association aims to prevent head injuries and other serious injuries and damage from the impact caused by dropped objects.


If a glove increases hand fatigue, it can cause chronic, degenerative conditions such as tendinitis and arthritis. It can lead to dropped objects, wasted inventory, and increased time off for workers. (Ansell photo)

Ergonomics in Industrial Environments: Hand Protection is the New Frontier

By Steve Genzer

On average, about 120,000 people annually undergo surgery to relieve work-related carpal tunnel symptoms. This is a significant expense for employers.


Stopping Fatal Falls

By Jerry Laws

Falls figured prominently in OSHA's enforcement actions during August and September 2018.


Departments

Leading Indicators For Breaking Through Persistent Injuries

By Robert Pater

Ultimately, applying leading indicators to a high level means first unearthing the alternate universe of "what could have been done better" and then measuring these desired actions.


Out of Harm's Way, for Now

By Jerry Laws

Hurricanes Florence and Harvey suggest areas that are vulnerable to Atlantic hurricanes could be hit with much more costly and dangerous storms than in the past.