June 2015 OHS

June 2015

  • HEARING PROTECTION: Guide to Selecting the Right Ear Muff
  • VISION PROTECTION: Tips for Protecting Construction Workers' Eyes in the Summer
  • VISION PROTECTION: The Most Important Issue of Your Vision Protection Program
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Significant Revisions to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269
  • 2015 ASSE PREVIEW: Big Doings in Big D
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Safety Needs a Brand!
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Safety Incentive Programs Work
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: AED Macroeconomics 101: A Shifting Demand Curve
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: Chain of Survival Starts with Awareness and Preparedness
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: Is Dialing 911 for Confined Space Rescue Right for the Oil and Gas Industry?
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: A Safer Moving Experience
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: Keeping Oil and Gas Workers Safe and Avoiding Costly Penalties
  • RECORDKEEPING: OSHA's Revised Recordkeeping Rule: Major Implications on Employers
  • FIRST AID TRAINING: Keeping Employees' Emergency Skills Current
  • TRANSPORTATION SAFETY TRAINING: DOT Driver Training Requirements
  • HEAT STRESS: Teaming Up Against Heat Hazards
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Cover Story

Enacting regular training into workplace safety programs ensures that employees review and retain the knowledge and skills they need to act if, and when, the time comes. (American Red Cross photo)

Keeping Employees' Emergency Skills Current

By Steve Rieve

Refreshers and regular drills are essential for ensuring workplace safety.


Features

All batteries, regardless of the type, discharge over time and need to be replaced or recharged.

AED Macroeconomics 101: A Shifting Demand Curve

By John Ehinger

Unlike many other job skills, AED/CPR capabilities have universal utility and can be used outside of the workplace to save others, such as family members.


Whatever type you choose, be sure the safety eyewear at your site stands up to the variety of impact hazards present. (Honeywell Safety Products photo)

Tips for Protecting Construction Workers' Eyes in the Summer

By Phil Johnson

Many workplaces implement guidelines above and beyond OSHA's for the types of eye protection to be used based on the specific hazards that are present.


The study showed that the more actively a location participated in recognizing performance-based criteria (by distributing points for achieving specific metrics and best practices), the better they achieved in outcome-based criteria, which measured overall compliance with Standard Operating Procedures and also as compared to overall review of safety logbooks.

Safety Incentive Programs Work

By Jerry Laws

The active use of the program by successful teams suggests that acknowledgement is critical to the success of these programs.


All employers, employees, and contractors within all three segments of the oil and gas industry (upstream, midstream, and downstream) are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful work sites.

Keeping Oil and Gas Workers Safe and Avoiding Costly Penalties

By Sally J. Smart

Exposures to hazards present in the oil and gas well drilling, servicing, and storage industry are addressed in specific standards for general industry.


The more hydrated employees are, the more efficiently they can perform. Investing in a quality water filtration is essential for running a successful company.

Teaming Up Against Heat Hazards

By Nancy Trent

Increased water breaks will increase employees' performance. Employees need to be alert not only for their own safety, but for the safety of their co-workers, as well.


Employees who wear radio ear muffs are more productive and motivated on the job. (Protective Industrial Products Inc. photo)

Guide to Selecting the Right Ear Muff

By Gary Klee, Colin MacKenzie

When combining hearing protection with safety glasses, face masks, etc., ensure performance is not adversely affected.


Sparkling downtown Dallas is the location for the American Society of Safety Engineers

Big Doings in Big D

By Jerry Laws

Dallas welcomes participants in ASSE's annual conference and expo this month.


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Chain of Survival Starts with Awareness and Preparedness

By Joseph Hanson

Beyond warning signs, there are a number of underlying causes that can trigger sudden cardiac arrest.


Under the new OSHA rule, employers must report within 24 hours after the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees or an employee

OSHA's Revised Recordkeeping Rule: Major Implications on Employers

By Mark A. Lies, Kerry M. Mohan

OSHA's new reporting rule raises several questions as to what it even means.


For much longer than many people realize, employee engagement has been the driving factor in not only safety, but performance in general.

Safety Needs a Brand!

By Brian Galonek

The majority of companies that I meet with talk about their "safety program" in an unbranded, generic way that neither inspires nor adds value.


Typical loader lift arms tend to obstruct front visibility, while an overhead lift arm design provides full forward visibility when lifting, placing, and transporting loads. (Pettibone Heavy Equipment Group photo)

A Safer Moving Experience

By John Major

Learn more about the safety considerations for oil and gas operators who must handle heavy pipe.


There are only a handful of required driver training topics in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. (J.J. Keller & Associates Inc. photo)

DOT Driver Training Requirements

By Jill Schultz

Though not specific in detail, the regulations require training of commercial motor vehicle operators.


Response times and availability are typically crucial limitations in relying on 911 for confined space rescue. (Roco Rescue photo)

Is Dialing 911 for Confined Space Rescue Right for the Oil and Gas Industry?

By Pat Furr

It is the employer's responsibility, both morally and legally, to engage with the 911 service that is being considered as its confined space rescue service.


Many of us have had injuries or near misses ourselves. Now we have new high-hazard security risks with exposure to BBP through spitting and splashes in emergency ultra-high stress situations, with threats such as MRSA and Ebola contact exposure.

The Most Important Issue of Your Vision Protection Program

By Linda J. Sherrard

Make sure you have asked the right questions. And if you do not have time or do not want to do the dirty work, ask your safety committee to do this, they typically will be glad to help out.


The updated OSHA regulation creates a unified and up-to-date set of requirements to help employers more effectively establish safe work practices to protect their workers.

Significant Revisions to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.269

By Dennis K. Neitzel

The updated regulation creates a unified and up-to-date set of requirements to help employers more effectively establish safe work practices to protect their workers.


Departments

Do You Really Know Your Safety Culture?

By Shawn M. Galloway

It is ineffective to make your plans without knowing where you are going and what success looks like, correctly defined.


Seeking Solutions on Tower Workers' Safety

By Jerry Laws

"We understand the importance of this industry, but workers' lives should not be sacrificed for a better cell phone signal," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary for occupational safety and health.


Three Essentials for Elevating Safety Culture

By Robert Pater

Have a disconnected or relatively disengaged workforce? Aim to get everyone involved in some way, no matter how small at first.