November 2014 OHS

November 2014

  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Powered Air Purifying Respirators: Versatility Beyond Respiratory Protection
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Fit Testing Industry Professionals Can Trust
  • CONFINED SPACES: Confined Space: Managing Exposures
  • CHEMICAL SAFETY: Employee Protection: The Hierarchy of Controls
  • HAND PROTECTION: Gloves Are PPE and More
  • HAND PROTECTION: Get the Cut Resistance Your Workers Require
  • HAND PROTECTION: No Easy Answers on Vibration Gloves
  • FALL PROTECTION: Laying the Groundwork
  • FALL PROTECTION: Fall Protection vs. Fall Prevention: A New Approach to Ladders
  • FALL PROTECTION: What You Need to Know About Fall Protection Training
  • SLIP & FALL: Identifying Same-Level Slip and Fall Hazards in the Workplace
  • SLIP & FALL: Staying on Your Feet in the Winter
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY: Revving Up V2V
  • HEAD & FACE PROTECTION: Rules of the Road
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Fit Testing Industry Professionals Can Trust

By Molly Doran, John Morton

At minimum, OSHA requires that respirator fit testing occurs on an annual basis. However, fit testing must occur in other notable instances, as well.


Features

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to prevent thousands of collisions and injuries annually, DOT and NHTSA believe. (Image downloaded from NHTSA August 2014 report)

Revving Up V2V

By Jerry Laws

Vehicle-to-vehicle technology "represents the next great advance in saving lives," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has said.


A review of any number of confined space paper permits shows many do not record prescribed requirements because there are no fields in which to input exposure/rest time information on the form by the attendant.

Confined Space: Managing Exposures

By Jeffrey Lewis

There is a data gap with the instruments used –- intermittent or continuous -- as well as the records resulting from these devices.


"If we move the controls away from the machine, we can put them into a small, environmentally controlled booth. That way, I am protected from all of the smoke, noise, heat, and vibrations, but I can still see the operations of the machine." (Barry R. Weissman illustration)

Employee Protection: The Hierarchy of Controls

By Barry R. Weissman

"Replace the methylene chloride with any of the newer paint strippers that are less toxic, and your employees are able to work safely."


Grip and fit are just as important as the glove material, cut level performance and density. (PIP photo)

Gloves Are PPE and More

By Joe Milot III, Anthony Di Giovanni

They actually help us work faster and better, thanks to amazing new designs and materials.


Note all transition areas on the floor plan and take pictures as a reminder of what floor surfaces are on each side of the transition. (New Pig Corp. photo)

Identifying Same-Level Slip and Fall Hazards in the Workplace

By Karen D. Hamel

Taking the time to identify floor safety hazards in all areas in and around a facility is the first step toward avoiding these common injuries.


Combine hands-on and classroom instruction to discuss issues such as regulations, assigning responsibilities, identifying, eliminating and controlling hazards, implementing the tenets of the written plan on the job, and how to select, use, inspect, store and maintain fall protection equipment. (Capital Safety photo)

Laying the Groundwork

By Jim Hutter

Here's how to create and execute a reliable fall protection and rescue plan.


The key to transitional traction is having both good metal cleat traction and a well-designed rubber or rubber-like compound outsole tread. (STABILgear.com photo)

Staying On Your Feet in the Winter

By John Milburn

This winter, make ice traction as important as coats, gloves, and hats, because keeping you safely on your feet in snow and ice is as important as staying warm.


They are able to adjust to work on stairs or uneven surfaces and, unlike most lifts and scaffolds, aerial safety cages are constructed with nonconductive fiberglass rails, so they are approved for use around live electrical circuits. (Little Giant Ladder Systems photo)

Fall Protection vs. Fall Prevention: A New Approach to Ladders

By David Francis

Everything else has improved with technology; it's time we started improving ladders.


The second emerging trend is using certain types of PAPR systems to help solve certain eye injury issues. (3M photo)

Powered Air Purifying Respirators: Versatility Beyond Respiratory Protection

By Karen Cuta

Recent advancements are driving a renewed interest by health and safety professionals to evaluate these systems as a potential solution for a variety of on-the-job hazards.


You make decisions about the need for eye and face PPE and the types of PPE to purchase based on a hazard assessment. (Honeywell Safety Products photo)

Rules of the Road

By Fred Elliott

OSHA's regulation and consensus standards are guideposts for keeping your program on track.


No glove is cut proof. It is up to the safety professional to determine the exposure, the potential length of the edge, the weight of the object, and the frequency with which it is being handled. (Banom image)

Get the Cut Resistance Your Workers Require

By Griff Hughes

Why do you need to know what is in your cut-resistant glove and how it works?


OSHA requires that organizations provide training to all employees exposed to fall hazards.

What You Need to Know About Fall Protection Training

By Marty Breimhurst

Hands-on practice helps to instill confidence and increase competence in users.


Anti-vibration gloves will continue to evolve as the industry develops new, engineered component materials. (Cestusline, Inc. photo)

No Easy Answers on Vibration Gloves

By Jennifer Choi

The most accurate method to determine the actual vibration magnitude exposure of workers is to perform on-site vibration analysis, which can vary significantly from the values declared by the tool manufacturers.


Departments

Business and Safety: Are the Strategies Aligned?

By Shawn M. Galloway

Strategy is primarily about choices. It's never too late to align the most important business objectives.


Fresh Ground Leadership

By Robert Pater

When allowed to grow tepid, neither coffee nor leadership has the same draw.


The World's Ebola Response

By Jerry Laws

"This is a social crisis, a humanitarian crisis, an economic crisis, and a threat to national security well beyond the outbreak zones," WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan told the Security Council.