February 2012

February 2012

  • VISION PROTECTION: Doing Your Homework Before the Purchase
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: How to Comply with Respiratory Protection Standards
  • OIL & GAS TRAINING: Coming to Grips with SEMS
  • CONFINED SPACES: My First Confined Space Experience
  • FOOD SAFETY: Produce Safety: From the Ground Up
  • SIGNS & SIGNALS: Visual Communications & Spill Containment Strategies and Techniques
  • DRUG TESTING: A New Challenge for Drug-Free Workplace Programs
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Cover Story

The cartridge life expectancy calculator is an interactive means to help determine when a specific cartridge should be replaced, based on length of use and concentration. (MSA photo)

How to Comply with Respiratory Protection Standards

By Mackenzie Peters

A working knowledge of applicable standards is critical to a company's continued success. However, understanding your requirements isn't necessarily easy.


Features

Doing Your Homework Before the Purchase

By Linda J. Sherrard

Selection and employee training and assessment are your end to the process, not the beginning.


The requirement to address all 13 elements of a SEMS plan is a new challenge for some offshore operators. (BP photo)

Coming to Grips with SEMS

By Jerry Laws

Requiring offshore operators to submit and then audit a Safety and Environmental Management Systems plan means their training and safety management elements will stay current.


Signs and labels provide 24/7/365 safety communications at facilities, in the field, and in multiple languages.

Visual Communications & Spill Containment Strategies and Techniques

By Steve Stephenson

For those unavoidable times when spills do occur, work areas that contain hazardous chemicals should have a properly labeled chemical spill response kit.


A New Challenge for Drug-Free Workplace Programs

By Robert L. DuPont, David M. Martin, Gregory E. Skipper

Current drug testing programs, following the lead of federal programs, do not identify most nonmedical prescription and synthetic drug use.


The law today requires that the atmosphere is tested to ensure that conditions are safe prior to entering the workspace. (Industrial Scientific photo)

My First Confined Space Experience

By David D. Wagner

It was hot, and it immediately became difficult to breathe. The space inside the condenser was, in a word, confining.


Produce Safety: From the Ground Up

By Cyndie Story

As mass manufacturing and processing of fresh produce increases due to demand and dietary recommendations to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, so may the risk from foodborne illness.


Departments

Boosting Your Safety Immune System

By Robert Pater

Perhaps to the four current E's of Safety (Engineering, Ergonomics, Education, Enforcement), leaders should add a fifth, "Ecology."


Promising AI

By Jerry Laws

It's a breathtaking idea that appeals to the science fiction fan in me.