November 2010

November 2010

  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Function, Fit and Comfort
  • CONFINED SPACES: Getting Rescue Right
  • TRAINING: Online Training's Many Benefits
  • WINTER PPE: Not Cool . . . . Brrrrr, It's Cold!
  • FALL PROTECTION: OSHA Focuses on Fall Protection Regulations
  • FLU/HEALTH CARE: Mandatory Immunization's Growing Appeal
  • ERGONOMICS: Sustainable Patient Handling Programs

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Cover Story

November 2010

Respirators: Function, Fit, and Comfort -- I Want It All!

By Robert Coleman

These are the next hurdles to bridge, and manufacturers are doing just that as they develop next-generation respirators for an expanded base of users.


The implementation plan should include specific steps, responsibilities, and timelines. (Alpha Modalities, LLC photo)

Sustainable Patient Handling Programs

By Jennifer Hess, Lynda Enos

Why is manual patient handling unsafe? The cumulative weight a nurse or nursing assistant may have to lift during patient lifts or transfers within an eight-hour shift can be as much as 1.8 tons.

Integrate your plans to include cold stress factors. Assign responsibility for monitoring the weather, process changes, or movement of personnel.

Not Cool . . . Brrrrrrr, It's Cold!

By Linda J. Sherrard

Your employees need special support in cold situations and more yet in emergency cold situations.

The grandfather clause that currently allows for 36-inch guardrail has been specifically excluded. (LJB Inc. photo)

OSHA Focuses on Fall Protection Regulations

By Thomas Kramer

A long-awaited modernization of the general industry regulations has good elements, as well as some bad features and some omissions.

Mandatory Immunization's Growing Appeal

By Jerry Laws

Many U.S. health care providers already require employees to accept vaccinations. Henry Ford Health System requires measles, mumps, rubella, and tuberculosis vaccinations, with no opt-outs allowed.

Roco Rescue conducts rescue training with this facility at its headquarters in Baton Rouge, La.

Getting Rescue Right

By Jerry Laws

Fatal incidents where rescue capability is not standing by and available are all too frequent.

A metal shop worker is using the 3M Versaflo Respirator System, which combines respiratory, head, eye and face, and hearing protection.

PAPRs and SARs for the World

By Kevin J. McGuigan, Don Garvey, Barry R. Weissman

Loose-fitting powered and supplied-air respirators offer increased comfort and productivity -- a better experience for all concerned.

Delivered online, the hi-lo course is ready for employees to take whenever they sit down at a computer during the next rainy day. (Dave Edwards/Grand Valley State University photo)

Online Training's Many Benefits

By Jerry Laws

While the time savings vary greatly, a rough estimate is that safety managers spent 40 percent of their time delivering training in the pre-online era and now spend 10 percent of their time on it.

The Technologizing of EH&S

By Ben Archibald

Increasingly, health & safety professionals find themselves the dubious owners of a variety of software tools and large-scale software systems. These tools and systems serve a variety of purposes, from assessment to measurement, to data management and analysis, to large-scale EH&S program automation and administration.

Successful Mold Growth Remediation in HVAC Systems

By Paul Buckmaster, M.S., CIH, CIEC

The summer of 2003 was one of the wettest in Maryland history. Later that fall, an indoor environmental quality (IEQ) investigation in a leased facility revealed mold growth in the air handing units (AHUs) and main supply duct of all 12 of the building’s HVAC systems. During the next two months, we worked with occupants, our leasing agent, the building owner, and his contractor to successfully remediate the mold growth. We decided to assess mechanical hygiene in 15 other buildings.

Working Pain-Free

By Jon Siegel

Kimberly-Clark’s Conway, Ark., plant reduced its musculoskeletal incidents by 50 percent following installation of an on-site Employee Maintenance Center (EMC). Improvements in reportable incident rates have continued each year since the EMC launched in 2004. At a sister plant 20 miles down the road in Maumelle, reportable incidents fell from eight to zero in the year following the launch of its center.

Preparedness 101

By Linda J. Sherrard

We see horrifying images everywhere: devastating ice storms, hurricanes, traffic pile-ups, crumbled buildings and sinkholes, mall shootings, and sometimes catastrophic workplace accidents. Are your workers really prepared to be safe? (And what about the looming threat of a widespread pandemic flu?) We are living in an instant-access, drive-by world these days. When we need a set of gloves, a first aid kit, a faceshield, or a respirator, we stop by the local hardware or big-box store and get it immediately, or we order online and await delivery within hours. Viewing icebound Oklahoma landscapes last month should have given us pause: What if there are long-term, serious power and traffic interruptions?

A Cut Above the Rest

By Ronnie Rittenberry

Sawn fingers, severed limbs, crushed torsos, and blinded eyes are among the many and sometimes deadly injuries common to sawmill work. Today’s laser-enhanced, electronically operated blades are a far cry from the water-powered saws of yesteryear, but the industry’s hazards have remained largely the same since the nation’s first mill was built at Jamestown, Va., in 1608. Four hundred years later, OSHA still considers sawmilling one of the most dangerous occupations in the country.


Balancing Safety

By Robert Pater

Being "well-balanced" is not only a good way of living, it's also critical for high-level safety performance.

Easy, Deadly Gas Blows

By Jerry Laws

OSHA warned gas power plant operators they could face similar fines if the same thing happens at a plant they build or renovate.

The Art of Disengagement

By Robert Pater

I’ve seen many executives and senior managers sincerely seeking to enhance employee involvement. They realize engaged workers are more likely to be more motivated, do higher-quality work, make better suggestions, deliver improved service, be more alert and aware—and show far better Safety results.

In the Eye of the Storm

By Marc Barrera

St. Elmo’s Fire, with its eerie emanations of iridescent hues, possesses a mystical quality for many. For centuries, sailors either sought shelter or stood in awe of it. But for Greg Bast, the phenomenon is just another part of his job. “It’s aesthetically pleasing, in that it’s kind of neat to watch it, but it can also get a little weird when it discharges and starts running down the side of the airplane and bouncing off the prop tips and everything else.”

The Lean Sigma Scorecard Framework

By Peter G. Furst, MBA, Architect, CSP, ARM, REA

The Lean Sigma Scorecard brings together the best of Lean Enterprise thinking, Six Sigma processes, and the Balanced Scorecard’s multiple perspective management. It combines the use of data to deploy strategy and drive improvement, as well as streamlining internal processes and procedures to maximize efficiency. The Lean Sigma Scorecard framework is uniquely positioned to address many of the shortcomings in traditional safety management.

Much Ado About PPE

By Jerry Laws

I’d like to know the true cost of OSHA’s final rule on paying for PPE, which was issued the same day I wrote this column.

Virtual-World Emergency Training

By Marc Barrera

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, under presidential order, instituted the National Incident Management System. This nationwide initiative was targeted at getting federal, state, tribal, and local governments to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters.