March 2014 OHS

March 2014

  • HEARING PROTECTION: Extremely Hazardous Substances and 112(r) Plans
  • HEAD & FACE PROTECTION: Tips for Selecting and Maintaining Hard Hats
  • HEARING PROTECTION: Comfort is the Secret to Success
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: PPE: What You Need When You Need It
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: The Importance of Specifying NFPA 2112 Certified Garments for Flash Fire Protection
  • COMBUSTIBLE DUST: Combustible Dust Compliance: Avoiding Common Pitfalls
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY: Tank Car Debate Rolls On
  • HEAT STRESS & SUMMER HAZARDS: Beyond OSHA
  • LOCKOUT/TAGOUT: How to Refresh Your Hazardous Energy Control Program and Make It Last
  • PPE: Is Passive Passe?
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Cover Story

You can and should refresh your lockout/tagout program. (ESC Services image)

How to Refresh Your Hazardous Energy Control Program and Make It Last

By Jimi Michalscheck

For any safety manager who wants to see whether his or her company might benefit from a refresh of the existing program, a good first step is to seek out professional assistance to learn more.


Features

This image is a screen capture from a 2013 Bulwark video showing an arc and flash fire rated rain suit being exposed to a three-second flash fire. The test method depicted in the video is ASTM F 1930, which is the flame exposure test used in NFPA 2112 and ASTM F 2733.

The Importance of Specifying NFPA 2112 Certified Garments for Flash Fire Protection

By Derek Sang

The real question is, for you as a safety professional, how much is your “peace of mind” worth?


The most important solutions to heat stress are frequent rest and water breaks in the shade.

Beyond OSHA

By Dave Shank

The most important solutions to heat stress are frequent rest and water breaks in the shade. If laborers work in the sun they absolutely must have tents or shade sails available with cool water and seating.


A staged explosion is used to test a dust collector

Combustible Dust Compliance: Avoiding Common Pitfalls

By Tony Supine, Mike Walters

It takes ongoing vigilance and management of change to identify conditions in your plant that might cause a potential safety problem.


The free web mobile app for hazmat responders has been downloaded almost 83,000 times, PHMSA reported Aug. 30.

Extremely Hazardous Substances and 112(r) Plans

By Karen D. Hamel

Even with the best standard operating procedures, spills can still happen--often when they are least expected.


The public has 45 additional days to file comments about the BSEE proposed rule affecting offshore oil and gas operations.

Comfort is the Secret to Success

By Susan Cooper, Matt Morrill

Check for compatibility. It's important to have your employees suit up with all of their gear when fitting a hearing protector.


The two DOT agencies are conducting audits, and PHMSA is making unannounced inspections, to ensure railroads

Tank Car Debate Rolls On

By Jerry Laws

While the Association of American Railroads supports requiring older tank cars used to transport flammable liquids to be retrofitted or phased out, many other stakeholders firmly oppose a retrofit.


Defining correct PPE levels based on electrical hazard risk assessments on all electrical equipment will improve acceptance by electrical workers. (Salisbury by Honeywell photo)

PPE: What You Need When You Need It

By Mark Ackerson

Defining the correct PPE levels based on electrical hazard risk assessments on all electrical equipment will lead to better acceptance by electrical workers.


There is a real opportunity to deliver a better safety experience for people working in risky environments through innovative products. (BW Technologies by Honeywell photo)

Is Passive Passé?

By Max Baker

There is a real opportunity to deliver a better safety experience for people working in risky environments through innovative products.


Head protection that is either too large or too small is inappropriate for use, even if it meets all other requirements.

Tips for Selecting and Maintaining Hard Hats

By Katie Twist-Rowlinson

In the United States, make sure that every hat is permanently marked with "ANSI" on the shell and the suspension so you know it meets or exceeds national standards.


Departments

The Ins and Outs of Changing Culture

By Robert Pater

Never give up. Change is always possible by thinking and doing things differently.


New Pig's Forum Gets the Waste Out

By Jerry Laws

The online forum offers many resources to help plants minimize waste and save money through sustainability initiatives, recycling, and lean manufacturing.


Misunderstanding the Role of Safety Culture Assessments

By Shawn M. Galloway

Effective culture assessments shouldn’t prompt strategy; they should validate it and, most importantly, improve the success of execution.