August 2014 OH&S cover

August 2014

  • HAND PROTECTION: Hand Safety Matters
  • HAND PROTECTION: Addressing Hand Protection Requirements in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • VISION PROTECTION: Laser Safety: The Eyes Have It!
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Three Reasons Why Construction Companies Fail When Trying to Predict Injuries
  • LOCKOUT/TAGOUT: Lockout/Tagout Accident Investigation
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE/LAB SAFETY: Don't Forget the Lab
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: If You Can't Stand the Heat
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: FR Garment Comfort: Explaining the Mystery
  • INFECTION CONTROL: Proper Use of Disinfectants
  • CONFINED SPACE: Beware of These Five Common Confined Space Myths
  • 2014 NSC CONGRESS: Southern (California) Charm
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Cover Story

As temperatures go up, rates of PPE compliance tend to go down. (CarbonX image)

If You Can't Stand the Heat

By Jake Hirschi

As temperatures go up, rates of PPE compliance tend to go down.


Features

Dexterity needed on the job must be taken into account in glove selection, especially if workers are removing their gloves to complete high-dexterity tasks. (HexArmor photo)

Hand Safety Matters

By Dave Gelpke

When you begin a glove trial, it is important to consider as many application-specific issues as possible.


The San Diego Convention Center predicted last December that the center

Southern (California) Charm

By Jerry Laws

One of OSHA's top concerns this year, the safety of temporary workers, is the focus of the Sept. 16 Occupational Keynote.


The facilities/maintenance department is a firsthand witness to many of a facility

Don't Forget the Lab

By Keith Bilger

Accountability is the key, so get everyone involved in housekeeping.


Hand injuries from chemicals are a leading cause of injury in the cleaning industry.

Proper Use of Disinfectants

By Michael Wilson

Use them sparingly. Many pathogens are becoming immune to some of the disinfectants and sanitizers previously used to eliminate them.


The requirement in the Oregon OSHA confined space standard for a written agreement between an employer and a third-party rescue service is being removed.

Beware of These Five Common Confined Space Myths

By Rick Argudin

Test your knowledge and recognize the real threats.


Far Ultraviolet (UV-B&C) and Far Infrared (IR-B&C). Exposures at this level can impact the cornea through absorption.

Laser Safety: The Eyes Have It!

By Chuck Paulausky

Eye injuries are of primary concern. The effect to the eye depends on various factors, including pupil size, pigmentation, laser pulse duration and repetition, and wavelength.


By selecting FR garments that provide protection and comfort, your workers will be more likely to wear them—and wear them appropriately.

FR Garment Comfort: Explaining the Mystery

By Joel DeNardis

It is extremely important to consider the three pillars of comfort—heat and moisture management; fabric hand; and garment fit/design—when evaluating your options.


We could point to several mistakes that were made in this case, but the root cause does not belong entirely to the worker.

Lockout/Tagout Accident Investigation

By James R. White

We could point to several mistakes that were made in this case, but the root cause does not belong entirely to the worker.


HSE

Three Reasons Why Construction Companies Fail When Trying to Predict Injuries

By Griffin Schultz

We need to change the mindset these machine-based methodologies must be viewed skeptically or cynically.


Requirements for proper protective equipment may be overlooked in this booming industry. (Ansell photo)

Addressing Hand Protection Regulations in the Oil and Gas Industry

By Beemal Vasani

Requirements for proper protective equipment may be overlooked in this booming industry.


Departments

Checking Out VPPPA's Big Show

By Jerry Laws

We'll post reports from the national convention on our website, so be on the lookout during those late August days for items of interest about leadership keynotes and educational sessions.


Taking Back Leadership

By Robert Pater

Perhaps the worker hadn't alerted anyone in the company that he had past back issues. If not, why?