OHS July 2014

July 2014

  • COMPLIANCE: Regulatory Compliance: The Necessary Evil
  • COMPLIANCE: The Future of the OSHA PSM Standard
  • FALL PROTECTION: Fall Protection FAQs
  • FALL PROTECTION: Finding the Sweet Spot
  • HEAD PROTECTION: Top Considerations for Providing Effective Head Protection
  • HEAD PROTECTION: Twelve Frequent Hard Hat Questions
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: The Magic Number
  • HAZMAT: Handling Hazardous Material Emergencies
  • HAZMAT: Hidden Hazmat Considerations for Your Safety Program
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: A New Approach to Escape Respirators
  • EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Five Common Practices That Put Your Workers at Risk
  • HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Total Worker Health Approach Helps Organizations and Employees Thrive
  • TRAINING: Keeping Oil & Gas Workers Safe
  • TRAINING: Rich New Training Technologies for Professional Development
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Fine-Tuning Emergency Shower Safety in the Workplace
  • PLANT MAINTENANCE: Maintaining Old Technology to Mitigate Safety Risks
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Cover Story

Optimize your equipment to meet ANSI requirements and provide workers the best washdown coverage. (Bradley Corporation image)

Fine-Tuning Emergency Shower Safety in the Workplace

By Ryan Pfund

Optimize your equipment to meet ANSI requirements, address facility needs, and provide workers the best washdown coverage.


Features

Many petrochemical processing plants should take action on 50 percent of more of their installed gauges.

Maintaining Old Technology to Mitigate Safety Risks

By Jason Deane

We have recently discovered that many petrochemical processing plants should take action on 50 percent or more of their installed gauges.


There is a growing global push toward hazardous location competency training.

Keeping Oil & Gas Employees Safe

By Wayne Mayo, Martin Jones

There is a growing global push toward hazardous location competency training.


If the hard hat has sustained an impact, dispose of it immediately, even if the damage is not visible.

Twelve Frequent Hard Hat Questions

By Don Rust

If the hard hat has sustained an impact, dispose of it immediately, even if the damage is not visible.


Complacency, or an attitude of "compliance is good enough," can set in when compliance is the only management message.

Regulatory Compliance: The Necessary Evil

By Brian D. Rains

Complacency or an attitude of "compliance is good enough" can set in when compliance is the only management message.


Innovators are working on augmented reality displays that help with way finding and technical visualizations.

Rich New Training Technologies for Professional Development

By Oliver Diaz

Innovators such as Google, Microsoft, HP, and Logitech are all working on augmented reality displays that help with way finding and technical visualizations, among other applications.


Being well prepared costs much less than trying to explain what you did not do after the fact.

Hidden Hazmat Considerations for Your Safety Program

By Linda J. Sherrard

You will find in the long run that being well prepared costs much less than trying to explain what you did not do after the fact.


Fire is a risk in virtually every industrial setting, but the greatest danger occurs when personnel are exposed to accumulating smoke.

A New Approach to Escape Respirators

By Alex Gaggin

You can find the point where reduced cost and increased safety align.


Proper equipment and ongoing training save lives and boost employee morale. (Capital Safety image)

Fall Protection FAQs: Five Things You've Been Meaning to Ask

By Craig Firl

Proper equipment and ongoing training save lives and boost employee morale.


Every good emergency vehicle will have binoculars in the cab so the responder does not have to get too close to the hazard but can see the vehicle and its markings.

Handling Hazardous Material Emergencies

By Barry R. Weissman

"Every good emergency vehicle will have binoculars in the cab so the responder does not have to get too close to the hazard but can see the vehicle and its markings."


OSHA

The Future of the OSHA PSM Standard

By David E. Kaelin Sr.

Proposed modifications could mean that many new sites will be covered and will need to formally adopt PSM as defined in the OSHA regulation.


Hard hats are among the most commonly worn types of PPE, yet U.S. workers continue to face an unacceptable number of head injuries. (Honeywell Safety Products photo)

Top Considerations for Providing Effective Head Protection

By Katie Twist-Rowlinson

Although hard hats are among the most commonly worn types of PPE, U.S. workers continue to face an unacceptable number of head injuries.


Using automated safety monitoring devices will help managers discover emergency incidents right away. (Blackline GPS image)

Five Common Safety Practices That Are Putting Your Workers at Risk

By Garrett Genest

Buddy systems can increase complacency of workers in the field due to a false sense of greater safety.


Implement a fall protection system that saves your employees and your budget. (Gorbel Inc. image)

Finding the Sweet Spot

By Kevin Duhamel

Implement a fall protection system that saves your employees and your budget.


Integrating OSH protection with health promotion reduces costs, increases employee productivity, and boosts organizational performance.

Total Worker Health Approach Helps Organizations and Employees Thrive

By Brenda Schmidt, Robert Eric Dinenberg

A synergistic approach for integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion reduces costs, increases employee productivity, and boosts organizational performance.


Low-level access lifts can maneuver where larger lifts cannot. (Custom Equipment screen capture)

The Magic Number

By Justin Kissinger

There is more to low-level access lifts than meets the eye.


Departments

Evolving Your Safety Culture: Elements that Matter Most

By Shawn M. Galloway

Nine elements have been identified as the most important foci to establish the chemistry that facilitates the necessary climate for a culture of safety excellence to grow.


(Re)building a Foundation of Trust

By Robert Pater

Miraculous results occur when people really trust that leaders are both truly concerned about them and are competent.


Resolution Calls for Action on Hepatitis

By Jerry Laws

According to the CDC, an estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis, but most of them do not know they are infected.