September 2012 OHS cover

September 2012

  • VISION PROTECTION: Beyond ANSI: Obtaining the Best Possible Eye Protection
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Designing for Workplace Electrical Safety
  • CHEMICAL SAFETY/MSDS: New Advances in Global SDS Management
  • CHEMICAL SAFETY/MSDS: Major Changes in the OSHA HazCom Standard
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Welding Fume Exposures and Controls: Do We Know Enough?
  • INCENTIVES: OSHA's Stance on Safety Incentive Programs
  • HEALTH CARE: Stepping Up the Pace
  • SLIP & FALL: New Standards Change the Landscape of Walkway Safety
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Are Your Putting Your Employees at Risk?
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Cover Story

There are a wide variety of fume, gases, and organic vapors to be considered when determining exposures during welding operations.

Welding Fume Exposures and Controls: Do We Know Enough?

By Robert E. Brown Jr.

It is safe to assume that we never know enough, or at least don't know all that we need to know. Recent changes to hexavalent chromium and beryllium protection requirements should teach us this lesson.


Fire Safety

Ensuring Industrial Lone Workers' Safety

By Craig A. Walker

This article focuses on the issue of lone worker safety in the industrial workplace in industries both large and small. The first point of order is to define just what is meant by a "lone worker."


Features

The design of a safety electrical work environment begins with an arc flash assessment.

Designing for Workplace Electrical Safety

By Tony Locker

The design of a safe electrical work environment starts with an arc flash assessment.


Stepping Up the Pace

By Amanda White

It's go time! The 2014 health insurance exchange deadline is officially looming for all states.


Safe walking requires a sufficient degree of friction between the shoe and walking surfaces.

New Standards Change the Landscape of Walkway Safety

By Drew D. Troyer

Preventing slip, trip, and fall accidents is a risk management proposition.


New Advances in Global SDS Management

By Louise Bernstein

Before rolling out any management system, communicate your plans with all stakeholders, detailing the benefits and how it will affect their work tasks.


According to OSHA, eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.

Beyond ANSI: Obtaining the Best Possible Eye Protection

By Peggy Kroesch, Jim Katz

Inarguably, form must follow function. That doesn't mean, however, that form has to trail by a large distance.


OSHA's Stance on Safety Incentive Programs

By Henry Wright, Michelle Barker

Do they work, or do they just discourage employees from reporting injuries?


Major Changes in the OSHA HazCom Standard

By Steven J. Luzik, Richard W. Prugh

Considerable testing of chemicals that are handled in the workplace may be required. This could include flash point, reactivity, or corrosivity.


Some argue the drenching time shoudl be extended to a minimum of 20 and even 30 minutes of tepid water. (Alpine Technical Services/Showers & Eyebaths Services Ltd photo)

Are You Putting Your Employees at Risk?

By Richard E. Allred, Janet Dickinson

When the contaminant is a burn-inducing chemical, some argue the drenching time should be extended to a minimum of 20 and even 30 minutes of tepid water.


Microtechnology vs. Nanotechnology

By Paul Harris

Are you getting the highest levels of respiratory protection that are currently available today?


Are We Bought In Yet?

By Michael W. Hayslip

Buy-in. It is a critical element to a valued safety and health process. The problem is, no one seems to be able to agree on how best to get there from here.


Should You Cancel Your Incentive Programs During the Recession?

By Spencer Toomey

The economy is bad, business is down, and companies are laying off employees in record numbers. They need to cut expenses. An easy target is the company's incentive program. It doesn't produce goods, make sales calls, clean the building, or repair equipment. It just costs money the company doesn't have. Or does it?


Robert Augeri

Safety Tips for Roadway Work Zones

By Barbara Mulhern, T.J. Lentz

June 3, 2008, turned into a nightmare for Chris and Janet Augeri. Instead of celebrating their son Rob's 31st birthday, they were making plans for his funeral.


Change in PPE Fall Protection Standard

New ANSI Fall Protection Standards: What They Mean to You

By Thomas Kramer, Nolan Miller, P.E., C.S.P.

Learning how to minimize the risk of potentially dangerous or fatal fall hazards allows organizations to take a proactive approach to worker safety. In November 2007, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released a comprehensive family of standards, known as the Z359 standard or "Fall Protection Code," to help organizations learn how to reduce risk.


Panasonic System Solutions Health Facility Computer

Keeping Health Facilities Humming

By OH&S Staff

Building a mobile computer for health care involved totally sealing it and adding features such as a fingerprint reader for biometric sign-in, an integrated camera, and a built-in bar code scanner for scanning patients' wrist bands and medicines, said Greg Davidson, Senior Business Development Manager for Health Care for Panasonic Computer Solutions Company (Secaucus, N.J.). He talked about creating computers for these and other challenging environments during a Dec. 1 conversation with OH&S Editor Jerry Laws.


Departments

Classical Leadership

By Robert Pater

Remember that everyone everywhere longs for something. Desire is the most elemental part of each person.


The EV PPE Challenge

By Jerry Laws

OSHA's jurisdiction in these emergencies is not crystal clear, at least not yet.


Zero Incident Goals Motivate Risk-Taking, Not Excellence

By Shawn M. Galloway

When excellence in safety is measured by zero failures, a self-limiting organizational viewpoint and very dangerous employee belief are created.


Executive Ergonomics

By Robert Pater

Executives are people first. Sounds obvious, but this is key to heightening active support for Safety and Health from your company's apex.