July 2012

July 2012

  • FOOT PROTECTION: Gaining Traction on Program Success
  • HEAD PROTECTION: Three Keys: Safety, Performance, Comfort
  • FALL PROTECTION: OSHA's New Fall Protection Directive for Residential Construction
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: Moving Away from Hard-Wired
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: Trends in Monitoring H2S Hazards
  • 80TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE: A Legacy of Service
  • TRAINING: What Did You Say?
  • DISTANCE LEARNING: Breaking Down the Barriers to Effective Learning
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY: Back to the BASICs
  • FACILITY MANAGEMENT: Routine Safety Audits Pay Dividends
  • FACILITY MANAGEMENT: Storage: Vital to Emergency Preparedness
  • FACILITY MANAGEMENT: Shining a New Light on Safety
  • RUGGED COMPUTING: Top-Flight Tablets
  • SAFETY MANAGEMENT: Using Advanced Analytics to Predict and Prevent Workplace Injuries
  • SOFTWARE: Keeping Pace with EHS Compliance Management
  • SOFTWARE: The Critical Role of Data in Effective Safety Programs
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Cover Story

The magazine has addressed the health and safety hazards encountered by American workers throughout its long history.

A Legacy of Service

By Ronnie Rittenberry, Jerry Laws

From its inception in the Great Depression to today's recession, this publication has been a continual resource for worker protection.


Features

Routine Safety Audits Pay Dividends

By Philip A. Leinbach, Joshua Manuel

Fork trucks were constantly driving in and out of the aisle. Fork truck traffic in the aisle and dock area was especially heavy during peak packaging runs.


Breaking Down the Barriers to Effective Learning

By Elizabeth James

Today's "distance education" can be achieved from virtually anywhere and any time in the world in multiple formats.


Moving Away from Hard-Wired

By Yan Banducci

Wireless gas sensor systems make it safer to explore for oil and gas.


Pre-trip and post-trip inspections and vehicle maintenance logs have always been the best way to keep a fleet in fighting shape.

Back to the BASICs: FMCSA Gets Serious about Safety on the Road

By Ryan Barnett

FMCSA is providing added reason to tackle these problems before they appear: Drivers will be cited if an inspection turns up any safety violations.


The Oldham WX-64 wireless controller.

Trends in Monitoring H2S Hazards

By Keith Rhodes

We’ve seen an increase in the overall quality of systems that are more reliable, robust, and require much less maintenance.


Photoluminescent technology provides a new level of safety. (US Phosphor photo)

Shining a New Light on Safety

By John Sacht

Photoluminescent technology provides a new level of safety, as well as egress lighting.


It is important to note that it is presumed feasible and will not create a greater hazard to implement at least one of the listed fall protection systems. (MSA photo)

OSHA's New Fall Protection Directive for Residential Construction

By Marc Harkins, Trish Luedtke

The required compliance deadline will now go into effect Sept. 15, 2012.


Keeping Pace with EHS Compliance Management

By John Easton

An effective safety/environmental compliance management program cannot be executed without well-managed, accessible, and dynamic data.


Keep in mind that a system must overcome the weight of large shields and chin protection to be effective.

Three Keys: Safety, Performance, Comfort

By Fred Ravetto

The adjustability of hard hats has come a long way since their invention in 1919.


Research has shown that if companies can predict injuries, they can be prevented. (Predictive Solutions graphic)

Using Advanced Analytics to Predict and Prevent Workplace Injuries

By Griffin Schultz

Only observation data are required for the model to work.


The main focus for Rega was reducing the weight on board, saving space, and keeping the data up to date. (Motion Computing photo)

Top-Flight Tablets

By Mary Anne Gunn

A Swiss air rescue service enhanced its documentation efficiency and improved flight conditions by adopting new tablet PCs.


The hospital was in dire need of places to store and deploy emergency supplies and equipment. (Justrite Manufacturing Co. photo)

Storage: Vital to Emergency Preparedness

By Mike Baldwin

Pieper was troubled by a recurring problem: The hospital was in dire need of places to store and deploy emergency supplies and equipment.


Terms of the footwear program need to be clearly stated.

Gaining Traction on Program Success

By Keith Bilger

The job safety analysis (JSA) performed for each particular job function will best determine what is needed in a safety shoe -- or if a safety shoe is needed at all.


What Did You Say?

By Randy DeVaul

Cross-cultural communication entails body language, verbal tone, and at least a minimal understanding of why people act and say what they do.


The Critical Role of Data in Effective Safety Programs

By Ben Archibald

It is time to put the traditional challenges faced by safety programs behind us.


Departments

Skill, Not Just Will

By Robert Pater

Wanting, wishing, and pressuring gets only so far without the needed skills to make desired improvements.


A Safety Excellence Strategy: The Four Facilitators of Execution

By Shawn M. Galloway

Success goals and progress indicators that show movement toward continuous improvement sends the message we are getting better, rather than failing less.