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June 2013

 

  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Respiratory 101
  • HEARING PROTECTION: NHCA Conference Highlights Top Hearing Conservation Trends
  • VISION PROTECTION: Survey Says ... Renewed Commitment to Safety is Needed
  • TRAINING: Helicopter EMS Under Scrutiny Again
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Effective Safety Recognition Programs: The Do's and Don'ts
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Tangible Incentive Programs Improve Safety Results
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Building a Culture of Safety
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: Keys to Boosting CPR Quality
  • WELDING: Preventing Fires in Fume Extraction Systems
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Applying Personal Protective Grounds
  • SAFETY 2013 PREVIEW: Vegas App-eal
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Cover Story

Preventing Fires in Fume Extraction Systems

By Christopher Brodnick, Jason A. Lange

Simply put, any time you have a spark, heat, and oxygen near a filter system, you run the risk of a smoldering fire or spontaneous combustion within the system.


Features

Respiratory 101

By Jerry Laws

"I usually tell class participants that conditions have probably changed, processes have changed in five, ten, fifteen years, and you should constantly be sampling and updating your initial exposure assessment results."


The medical helicopter crashed about one nautical mile from the airport where the pilot planned to refuel. The crash killed all four people on board. (NTSB photo)

Helicopter EMS Under Scrutiny Again

By Jerry Laws

NTSB has reissued a recommendation that FAA require helicopter EMS pilots to undergo periodic, FAA-approved, scenario-based simulator training.


Keys to Boosting CPR Quality

By Jerry Laws

Dr. Bentley J. Bobrow discusses the lessons for employers in a study that involved resuscitation training and AEDs that provide real-time CPR feedback.


Tangible Incentive Programs Improve Safety Results

By Ira Ozer

It is a best practice to integrate training within the safety incentive program.


NHCA Conference Highlights Top Hearing Conservation Trends

By Theresa Y. Schulz

A researcher from West Virginia University proposed a battery of audiologic tests that could help to diagnose solvent-induced hearing loss.


Effective Safety Recognition Programs: The Do's and Don'ts

By Rory Smith

Supervisors should seek out opportunities to catch employees working safely, using the right safety equipment and clothing, and following safe work practices.


This year

Vegas App-eal

By Jessica Acklen

ASSE's Safety 2013 conference includes more than 250 sessions and one of the best safety and health exhibit halls of the year.


Building a Culture of Safety

By Melissa Paladino

Gift card safety incentive programs are most effective when employees are incentivized based upon both lagging and leading metrics.


Always test circuits for the absence of voltage before placing personal protective grounds.

Applying Personal Protective Grounds

By James R. White

Always test circuits for the absence of voltage before placing personal protective grounds. Just because you know it's de-energized doesn't mean that it really is.


Survey Says . . . Renewed Commitment to Safety Needed

By Randy DeVaul

We need support, engagement, and managers and safety professionals who actually understand real-world performance concerns from our employees, so the proper solutions can be found.


Departments

What's Next

By Jerry Laws

Fewer than 30 percent of ASSE's members today engage with their local chapters even once per year, and most members pay additional dues so they can belong to a common interest group or practice specialty.


Ten Proven Motivation Principles

By Robert Pater

Energy conservation is critical in these overextended times. The most effective motivation entails supporting others.