April 2019 OHS

April 2019

  • FIRE SAFETY: Eliminate 10 Fire Hazards That May Be in Plain Sight
  • FIRE SAFETY: Fire Safety: Prevention and Protection in the Office
  • FOOT PROTECTION: PPE the Automotive Industry Needs
  • WELDING SAFETY: Welders' Protection By the Book
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Taking the Guesswork Out of De-Energizing Industrial Equipment
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Listing Requirements Help Absence-of-Voltage Testers Become a Better Way to Prevent Workplace Injuries
  • VISION PROTECTION: Four Simple and Effective Ways to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
  • CONFINED SPACES: Know Before You Go: Tips on Atmospheric Monitoring for Confined Spaces from the Training Experts
  • PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING: Don't Be at Risk
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Cover Story

Fire codes and OSHA regulations require emergency exit paths to remain clear at all times. Large shipments, construction, demolition, and temporary needs don’t negate this requirement.

Eliminate 10 Fire Hazards That May Be in Plain Sight

By Karen D. Hamel

Smoke alarms, carbon dioxide detectors, and hazardous gas sensors need to be tested and sometimes calibrated regularly to ensure they will function properly when needed.


Features

Wireless technology can be a game changer for confined space entries by notifying the attendant of changes in the environment before the entrant is aware of the change. (Industrial Scientific photo)

Know Before You Go: Tips on Atmospheric Monitoring for Confined Spaces from the Training Experts

By Joe Buckley

All hazards must be identified before entry to the space and listed on the permit.


Welders should not weld in confined spaces without ventilation, and they may require respiratory protection if ventilation and the work practices being employed fail to reduce exposures to safe levels.

Welders' Protection By the Book

By Jerry Laws

The protective measures and equipment that welders require are spelled out in OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.252, the welding, cutting, and brazing standard.


AVTs use an automated process and single step activation, standardizing the process to avoid missteps in execution and sequence, and they are designed to be robust and fail-safe, with numerous reliability features.

Listing Requirements Help Absence-of-Voltage Testers Become a Better Way to Prevent Workplace Injuries

By Rachel Bugaris

AVTs help reduce the risk of exposure to electrical hazards and improve worker safety by automating and simplifying the process of verifying the absence of voltage.


The most encouraged exercise for reducing eye strain is the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, you should focus on something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Four Simple and Effective Ways to Avoid Digital Eye Strain

By Hanish Patel

Eye care professionals strongly recommend taking breaks throughout the workday to reduce eye fatigue and unnecessary eye strain.


With a switch-rated connector system, the plug being separated from the receptacle provides visual proof that power has been removed and displays fast and positive compliance with NEC requirements for de-energizing industrial equipment. (Molex, LLC photo)

Taking the Guesswork Out of De-Energizing Industrial Equipment

By Tom Beranek

New solutions expedite the lockout/tagout process and provide clear line-of-sight disconnect for operators.


OSHA, under 29 CFR 1910.157, requires that anyone who may be expected to use a fire extinguisher in the workplace be trained in their use.

Fire Safety: Prevention and Protection in the Office

By W. David Yates

Accounting for employees in the event of an emergency is vital. The Emergency Action Plan should address how to accurately account for all employees.


Auto plant workers are exposed to a variety of harsh environments that require all-over protective gear.

PPE the Automotive Industry Needs to Invest In

By Kevan Orvitz

Training workers is vital in making sure the PPE is doing its job in protecting the users.


Don't Be at Risk

By James Landsman

Job applicants cannot be and should not perceive being disqualified solely based on the existence of a medical condition.


Departments

Anatomy of a Failing Leader

By Robert Pater

Best leaders watch and avoid falling into leadership potholes while steadily moving toward better Safety and performance.


Taking Aim at Rail Trespasser Casualties

By Jerry Laws

More people are struck and killed by trains each year while trespassing than in motor vehicle collisions with trains at highway-rail grade crossings.


Bulwark Quiz