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.


Features

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.


Stepping Up the Pace

By Amanda White

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Departments

The EV PPE Challenge

By Jerry Laws

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


Classical Leadership

By Robert Pater

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


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.