December Cover

December 2012

  • VISION PROTECTION: Can One Size Fit All?
  • GAS DETECTION: The 12 Days of Gas Detection
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Flame-Resistant Clothing: What's the Real Story?
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Understanding EN and NFPA Standards for Chemical Protective Suits
  • FIRE SAFETY: Fire Protection: A Complete Approach
  • SIGNS & SIGNALS: Tips for Getting Your Message Across
  • EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Situational Awareness for Emergency Responders
  • HAZMAT: PSM Plans: EAPs for Incidental Spills
  • TRAINING: The Handoff That Pays Off
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Cover Story

Many in the oil and gas industry rushed to purchase whatever FR clothing was immediately available, often choosing what was priced the lowest. This has proven to be a costly error in more ways than one. (TenCate Protective Fabrics photo)

Flame-Resistant Clothing: What's the Real Story?

By Stuart Perry

Think about the overall wear life of the garment and what the cost will mean long term.


Features

Can One Size Fit All?

By John Olesky

Many eye injuries occur because there was not adequate side protection, proper fit, or because particles fell from above, such as when drilling overhead.


Once emergency response providers began using Automatic Vehicle Location and cell phones, the response times were significantly reduced.

The New Situational Awareness for Emergency Responders

By Margaret Moran

Today, first responders are demanding that if data are available, municipalities must disseminate that information for the health and safety of employees and the public.


Understanding EN and NFPA Standards for Chemical Protective Suits

By Ian Hutcheson

To ensure maximum protection for hazmat and emergency personnel, organizations should specify suits that meet both EN 943 and NFPA 1991.


PSM Plans: EAPs for Incidental Spills

By Karen D. Hamel

The PSM standard requires employers to work with employees when establishing and reviewing plans.


Make sure signs are appropriate for the need. If equipment is relocated or upgraded or replaced, make the change to the sign that fits the current equipment.

Tips for Getting Your Message Across

By Keith Bilger

You owe it to your employees to take another look at the signs you currently have in place. Are they clear? Are they necessary? Are they accurate?


The 12 Days of Gas Detection

By Joe Buckley

On the tenth day, I researched the industry to discover several other instrument accessories, such as an extended run-time battery for those who work longer shifts.


The Handoff That Pays Off

By Robin Knowles

Outsource your training initiatives and boost your bottom line.


Proactively preventing fires reduces the risk of injuries and costly structural damage.

Fire Protection: A Complete Approach

By John Rudy

There are six critical components to a workplace fire safety program.


Departments

Understanding the Roles of Behavior in Safety

By Shawn M. Galloway

How fast you go about evolving desirable safety culture behaviors is the difference in control and influence.


Leadership and Change Q&A

By Robert Pater

The quest for an absolute fail-safe -– when none exists -– can make leaders more vulnerable to being sold a bill of goods, with wild promises followed by crashing disappointments.


A Bargain at $2.5 Billion

By Jerry Laws

One analyst said the refinery "needs relatively little maintenance" because much of its equipment is new, having been installed after the March 2005 explosion.


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