April 2014 OHS

April 2014

  • HAND PROTECTION: High Risk on the Rig
  • HAND PROTECTION: Make No Haste in PPE Selection for Waste Workers
  • FOOT PROTECTION: Walking the Walk on Occupational Foot Protection
  • FIRST AID TRAINING: Essential Training for Childcare Workers
  • FALL PROTECTION: Incorporating Rescue Into a Fall Protection Plan
  • INFECTION CONTROL: Keeping Pathogens Out of the Workplace
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE/GAS MONITORING: Is Data the 'King' of Your Gas Detection Program?
  • WELDING: Be Prepared: Five Potential Welding Safety Hazards to Avoid
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Cover Story

The welding arc creates extreme temperatures and may pose a significant fire and explosion hazard if safe practices are not followed. (The Lincoln Electric Company photo)

Be Prepared: Five Potential Welding Safety Hazards to Avoid

By John Petkovsek

The welding arc creates extreme temperatures and may pose a significant fire and explosion hazard if safe practices are not followed.


Features

This image comes from a video posted to DEUS Rescue

Incorporating Rescue Into a Fall Protection Plan

By Jeff Wild

Standards should be the basis for any employer's fall protection and rescue program.


The purchasing manager tells me that since evaluating PPE selection beyond the mere paper value, they

Make No Haste in PPE Selection for Waste Workers

By Julie McFater

Not considering the whole picture (which includes comfort and adoption) results in a lack of compliance and, therefore, increased injuries.


We constantly fight non-approved shoes in the workplace.

Walking the Walk on Occupational Foot Protection

By Linda J. Sherrard

Make decisions that work. If you have an area with a slick floor, look at a range of solutions and whether additional problems will be created by solving one.


Airborne pathogens are highly contagious.

Keeping Pathogens Out of the Workplace

By Jamie Friedlander

Airborne pathogens are not only highly contagious, but also they can put a workforce completely out for weeks at a time.


At the end of the day, improvements to your gas detection program and your overall safety program will occur only if you use the data that you have available to you. (Industrial Scientific photo)

Is Data the 'King' of Your Gas Detection Program?

By David D. Wagner

Regularly looking at data that tells how gas monitors are being used can show where there may be gaps in training and where there may need to be policy changes that lead to safer work practices.


Getting formal training, from robust programs such as the American Heart Association

Essential Training for Childcare Workers

By Jeff Woodin

Part of the challenge is that risks of injury change as kids develop their skills and become more independent.


Departments

Alarmed by West Virginia's Ordeal

By Jerry Laws

Neither federal nor state regulations currently apply to the above ground storage tank that leaked into the Kanawha Valley's water supply.


To Delegate or Not to Delegate Safety?

By Shawn M. Galloway

Roles, responsibilities, and results expectations must be clear, situational, measurable, and focused on closing specific gaps.


The Voyage of the Leader-Hero

By Robert Pater

Hero-leaders use the Underworld stage as a personal springboard to pave the way for a true change in outlook and actions.


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