September 2009

  • INCENTIVES: The Power of Positive Reinforcement
  • SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Joining Emergency Care and Hydration
  • SLIP & FALL SAFETY: Six Essential Elements
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: Use the Tools You Already Have

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Cover Story

Vision Policy: Safety and Savings

By Duane A. Perkinson

Vision issues are safety concerns when an employee cannot see his work because of an incorrect prescription, improper lighting, effects of dry eye, or age-related factors. As an eye care professional, I have worked with prescription PPE for the past 30 years and recommended to my clients they establish a comprehensive vision policy for their workforce.


Features

Why Have a Safety Eyewear Program?

By Bruce Pettengill

Every day, an estimated 1,200 eye injuries occur in the workplace, and about 120,000 of these injuries per year are disabling. Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection.


Riding Out the Turbulence

By Marc Barrera

Since its start in 1913 as the National Council for Industrial Safety, the National Safety Council has weathered its share of storms. In 1941, it answered the call from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to "mobilize its nationwide resources in leading a concerted and intensified campaign against accidents, and to call upon every citizen, in public or private capacity, to enlist in this campaign and do his part in preventing wastage of human and material resources of the nation through accidents."


What Do You Want Me to Do, Exactly?

By Doug Hamilton

It is generally accepted that around 80 to 85 percent of workplace "accidents" are traceable to some specific human behavior, either at the time of the accident or preceding it. Therefore, to achieve improvement, it is necessary to understand the root cause(s) of the unsafe behavior taking place and how that behavior can be replaced by new, safe behavior.


Water Safety: New Directions in Irrigation and Hydration

By Rob Wolff, Mike Markovsky

Workplace safety is a major concern of every employer — more now than ever before. Through the years, stringent regulation and an ever-growing concern for the health and well-being of employees have brought advancements in processes, safety procedures, and first aid protocols to treat the injured. This movement has had a profound impact on emergency equipment, including eye irrigation and personal hydration.


Where's the Leak?

By Shah Khajeh Najafi, Dyron Hamlin

A chemical emitted from an individual site and the effect of that release — on not only the emitting site, but also on neighboring sites and nearby communities — are of concern to plant personnel, community leaders, and regulators.


Tweaking Your CPR Response

By Michael E. Bingham

As a certified First Aid/CPR/AED instructor, I've trained many, many people during the past few years. I've learned a great deal from those I've trained, as well. As a certified EMT—Intermediate and former first responder for the local fire department, I've assisted in some cardiac emergencies and have learned a lot there, too.


Clearing a Path to Floor Safety

By Michael Fraley

The path to floor safety is often obstructed by procedures and ideas that tend to focus on the overall safety program of a facility, with floor safety being only one component of that safety program.


Departments

Morbidly Watching Obesity's Growth

By Jerry Laws

Today's Marylanders aren't playing enough tennis or engaging in other kinds of exercise, but that's true across the board. CDC reported July 8 that the percentage of U.S. adults who are obese increased to 26.1 percent in 2008 from 25.6 percent in 2007.


You've Got Mail

By Marc Barrera

Like clockwork, the start of each day in the office usually involves reading through at least 30 new e-mails. Among that electronic clutter, only five to six items are original, followed by numerous replies back and forth between everyone addressed. Getting up-to-date on each e-mail is a tricky proposition that often results in the accidental deletion of a reply here and there.


Quantum Cultural Change

By Robert Pater

Interested in propelling stronger safety culture? Quantum Physics proclaims energy moves both in waves of motion and as individual particles.