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August 2013

 

  • HAND PROTECTION: Gloves, Arc Flash, and the New ASTM Test Method
  • HAND PROTECTION: Electricity Remains a Serious Workplace Hazard
  • HAND PROTECTION: Safe Work at High Pressure
  • TRAINING: Pairing New Approaches with Conventional Cleaning to Improve Hospital Infection Control
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Volunteer First Responders Balance the Safety Equation
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Achieving Sustainability in Construction Safety Programs
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Choosing the Right FR Fabrics and Apparel
  • CONFINED SPACE: Minimizing CSE Leads to Increased Safety and Efficiency
  • 2013 NSC PREVIEW: The Big Show Returns to Chicago
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Cover Story

Time-honored and effective practices of room cleaning and hand hygiene must now pair with modern-day approaches. (PurThread Technologies Inc. photo)

Pairing New Approaches with Conventional Cleaning to Improve Hospital Infection Control

By Bill O'Neill

Mixing novel technologies and methods with increased diligence in patient room decontamination is key to improving infection prevention.


Features

Achieving Sustainability in Construction Safety Programs

By Cary Usrey, Scott Falkowitz

Safety is not a bolt-on program that can be managed after the project begins; safety should be integrated into how work is performed, as are cost, schedule and quality.


Minimizing CSE Leads to Increased Safety and Efficiency

By Darin Hauck

Several cleaning technologies are available. They greatly reduce the risk of slips and falls and equipment injuries from working inside tanks where water or cleaning solutions collect at the bottom.


Rubber insulating gloves provide both shock and arc flash protection to certain levels described in the new test method. (Salisbury by Honeywell photo)

Gloves, Arc Flash, and the New ASTM Test Method

By Hugh Hoagland

The 90-year-old technology of using rubber gloves for shock and leather gloves for protection of the rubber soon could be turned on its head by innovation.


Workers exposed to conditions that pose a risk for serious, sometimes fatal injuries from arc flash require proper FR garments while in the danger zone. (Square D Services photo)

Choosing the Right FR Fabrics and Apparel

By Randy Kaminsky, Rick Ponthan

When working with electrical arc flash, it is up to the employer to develop a Hazard Risk Analysis. Each facility is required to complete an assessment that identifies what, if any, risks are present and the severity of each risk.


2013 National Safety Congress & Expo, Chicago, McCormick Place, The Art Institute of Chicago

The Big Show Returns to Chicago

By Jerry Laws

Oct. 1’s third keynote session, a new addition to the educational program this year, looks like a "must attend" session of its own: the Prescription Drug Keynote.


Some of the original first responders in the equipment conex trailer are (from left to right): casting yard Manager Bob Wheeler; carpenter General Foreman Bobby Miller; site EMT Melissa Crisman; ironworker Superintendent Glen Bragg; and batch plant Superintendent Rich Hamilton. The crash dummy is used for rescue drills that train personnel to remove an injured worker on a stretcher. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

Volunteer First Responders Balance the Safety Equation

By Jon Fleshman

The members' emergency response backgrounds and their excellent reaction times to incidents are some of the team's biggest contributions to the project's safety program.


A new line of protective gear, including gloves, coveralls, aprons, jackets, and pants, can withstand high levels of pressure. (US Jetting photo)

Safe Work at High Pressure

By Chitra Subbarayan

Specialty gloves designed to withstand the hazards of high-pressure jetting strikes must be used to prevent injury, and they can be used in other industrial applications where the operator is exposed to high-pressure fluids.


Rubber insulating gloves and leather protector gloves help keep workers safe any time they are exposed to energized parts. (Ansell Protective Products Inc. photo)

Electricity Remains a Serious Workplace Hazard

By Laura Proctor, Srin Kuchibotla

Lockout/tagout and rubber insulating gloves help to protect workers.


Departments

Lautenberg's Legacy

By Jerry Laws

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act, a bipartisan agreement, was a welcome surprise from Capitol Hill.


Enlisting 3 Approaches to Persuasion

By Robert Pater

I've found that Ethos, however well-intentioned, has limited appeal to those who are caught in ferociously competitive pressures, who feel they have to do whatever they must to survive.


Who Should Develop Corporate Safety Strategy?

By Shawn M. Galloway

Assessing the current culture and systems without a strategy or destination in mind is to perpetuate program-of-the-month experiences and effort-for-the-sake-of-effort thinking.