January/February 2019 OHS

January/February 2019

  • HAND PROTECTION: ANSI/ISEA 138: The New Standard for Back-of-Hand Protection
  • HAND PROTECTION: A Need for Chemical Resistance Breeds the Growth of Robust Disposable Gloves
  • PREVENTING ERRORS: Production vs. Safety: The Truth Behind the Myth
  • COMBUSTIBLE DUST: Why Qualifications Matter When Performing a Dust Hazards Analysis
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
  • CHEMICAL SAFETY/SDS: The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management -- Training is the Key
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: The State of Contractor Safety
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Technology Innovations, Workplace Culture Enable a New Level of Construction Safety
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: Safety Alert Addresses Hazards in Fired Vessels
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Respirable Crystalline Silica in General Industry
  • FOOT PROTECTION: How to Choose Proper Footwear and Accessories This Winter
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: A New Model for Increasing Cardiac Arrest Survival Requires We Fix the National AED Shortage, Too.
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Cover Story

A distinguishing feature of this new standard is the inclusion of knuckles and fingers in the testing, where the EN 388 standard covers just the knuckles. The inclusion of the fingers is critical for industrial glove users, where the fingers are frequently at risk. (D3O photo)

ANSI/ISEA 138: The New Standard for Back-of-Hand Protection

By Rodney Taylor

Here's how better back-of-hand protection could be boosting your bottom line.


Features

If respirators are still required (over the PEL) after looking at work practices/engineering controls, you obviously need to follow all requirements of a respiratory program.

Respirable Crystalline Silica in General Industry

By Michael Tesmer

Understanding the OSHA enforcement guidance will help you. It gets to the heart of what OSHA feels are key aspects of how it expects employers to comply.


You can make lots of mistakes that just cause wasted time, squandered money, or damaged customer relations, but it

Production vs. Safety: The Truth Behind the Myth

By Larry Wilson

Next time you find yourself rushing, ask yourself if it was really because of circumstances beyond your control or another's unexpected action.


Plumbed eyewash stations are permanently connected to a source of potable water, whereas portable stations are self-contained gravity-fed units with their own flushing fluid that must be replaced after each use. (Radians photo)

Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment

By Jerry Laws

Employees must be trained to hold their eyes open during the flushing process. All employees also should be trained on how to use the emergency equipment fixtures before they handle hazardous chemicals.


OSHA is not alone in its belief on how to implement better safety results through management systems. (BROWZ, LLC photo)

The State of Contractor Safety

By Pat Cunningham

Host employers have experienced significant success within their employee safety programs by engaging their workforce and adopting a management systems approach to safety/health improvement.


We have only about 10 percent (perhaps less) of the total number of AEDs required if rapid defibrillation is going to be available to most people experiencing SCA.

A New Model for Increasing Cardiac Arrest Survival Requires We Fix the National AED Shortage, Too

By Richard A. Lazar

The obvious reason for the AED shortage is the fact these life-saving devices are, with a few exceptions, not legally required at most locations. But voluntary deployments are clearly not getting the job done on their own.


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)

Why Qualifications Matter When Performing a Dust Hazards Analysis

By Jason Reason

It is important to know the qualifications, reputation, and experience of the outside vendor or individual who performs the DHA.


The availability of IoT devices and the actionable insights that they enable are impacting company culture and practices, empowering organizations to make better, more informed decisions. (Triax Technologies, Inc. photo)

Technology Innovations, Workplace Culture Enable a New Level of Construction Safety

By Pete Schermerhorn

Project teams can collect and view data across project sites—in real time, from any smart device—and drill down to the worker, equipment, or incident level.


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

How to Choose Proper Footwear and Accessories This Winter

By Kevan Orvitz

A company can have different employee types: administrative 9-5 workers, active sales teams, and warehouse workers. It's important these employees aren’t bunched up into one category of winter preparedness.


Ensure that the appropriate end users are kept in mind as the ultimate customer when implementing a chemical management plan. (SiteHawk photo)

The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management

By Matt Adams

Although it can seem overwhelming at times, an effective chemical management program is paramount to an effective EHS program. Gaining a deep understanding of chemicals on site and what they are used for is the first step toward success.


Select a glove based on specific environmental hazards, as well as potential exposure time to those hazards. (Ansell photo)

A Need for Chemical Resistance Breeds the Growth of Robust Disposable Gloves

By Joe Kubicek

For workers dealing with lower-level chemicals, a happy medium between traditional disposable gloves and heavy-duty chemical gloves is often needed.


Departments

Acting Leadership

By Robert Pater

The best leader's role becomes teaching others to strengthen and repurpose themselves when they go through periods of being listless, complacent, or disconnected.


Is a Construction Boom Coming?

By Jerry Laws

We're focusing on construction safety and the construction industry's hazards quite a bit this year.