August 2015 OH&S magazine

August 2015

  • HAND PROTECTION: Getting a Grip on Hand Protection in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • HAND PROTECTION: Maximize Construction Bidding Success by Minimizing Your MOD Rate
  • VISION PROTECTION: Summer Eye Safety: Too Often, a Glaring Omission
  • VISION PROTECTION: Clear the Fog to Decrease Eye Injuries
  • FIRE SAFETY: NFPA 400 Updated in Response to West Explosion
  • FIRE SAFETY: Fire Safety for Welders
  • CONFINED SPACES: Learning and Trusting Your Gas Detector
  • CONFINED SPACES: Confined Space Breakdown
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Turning Down the Heat: Saving Money and Lives with the Right PPE Program
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Utility Workers: Safe and Up to Date with Appropriate FR Attire
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Selecting the Right FR Rainwear
  • LOCKOUT/TAGOUT: Advanced Lockouts: Reengineering Safety Programs for Efficiency
  • NSC 2015 CONFERENCE & EXPO: NSC Congress & Expo Going Down to Georgia
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Cover Story

Employers must ensure that their workers are willing to consistently and appropriately wear their protective gear—and the better it feels, the more likely they are to do so.

Turning Down the Heat: Saving Money and Lives with the Right PPE Program

By Dennis L. Mater

Appropriate PPE choices, along with a comprehensive safety program, can save lives, reduce injuries, and diminish long-term business costs.


Features

The important takeaway is that that both the attendant and entrant should be properly trained in each other

Confined Spaces: Learning and Trusting Your Gas Detector

By Bryan Szczur

With the proper training, personnel, and comfort with your equipment, you can mitigate many of the potential risks.


The Georgia World Congress Center is the site of largest U.S. safety conference of the year, with more than 14,000 professionals and more than 1,000 exhibiting companies expected to attend. (Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau photo)

NSC Congress & Expo Going Down to Georgia

By Jerry Laws

Three new wrinkles in the expo this year are a European pavilion, an NSC networking lounge, and an Emerging Trends pavilion.


Hand injuries aren

Getting a Grip on Hand Protection in the Oil and Gas Industry

By Chancelor Wyatt

Risks abound, but glove technologies are eliminating compromises between performance and protection.


Polarized eyewear is an affordable way to contribute to the long-term health of outdoor workers and reduce OSHA recordable incidents. (Bolle Safety photo)

Summer Eye Safety: Too Often, a Glaring Omission

By Peggy Kroesch

Effects of the four most common categories of glare range from minor annoyance to temporary loss of vision.


New OSHA regulations in effect August 2015 are designed to keep utilities workers safe on the job with stricter regulations for PPE. (TECGEN FR photo)

Utility Workers: Staying Safe and Up to Date with Appropriate FR Attire

By Cortlandt Minnich

Special attention must be paid to remain in compliance with NFPA 2112, NFPA 70E, and now OSHA 1910.269.


The explosion in West, Texas, prompted President Obama

NFPA 400 Updated in Response to West Explosion

By Jerry Laws

The new 2016 edition says existing AN storage facilities of non-combustible construction should be retrofitted with automatic fire sprinklers.


Comfort is made up of three components. You must keep the rain out, be able to release the heat that your body creates by working, and you must move the moisture your body creates in an attempt to cool itself. (NASCO Industries photo)

Selecting the Right FR Rainwear

By Andrew Wirts

The design and features of rainwear can have a significant impact on how functional it is and its overall user acceptance.


Complacency in a familiar welding spot can lead to carelessness on the part of even the most seasoned welder.

Fire Safety for Welders

By Tom Bonine

A minor mistake or improperly placed object can send a room up in smoke. As tedious as it may seem, a welder should always do a spot check for combustible objects within the welding vicinity.


Hand injuries can lead to the establishment of claim reserves because severe cuts and lacerations, such as a severed tendon, can cause temporary or permanent disability. (DSM Dyneema photo)

Maximize Construction Bidding Success by Minimizing Your MOD Rate

By Matt Reid

Advanced glove materials prevent job site hand injuries that impact a contractor's selection.


To successfully implement an Alternative Protection Measure program, a company must plan accordingly to list the machines it wants to engineer in alternatives for. (Rockwell Automation photo)

Advanced Lockouts: Reengineering Safety Programs for Efficiency

By Jimi Michalscheck

Companies can adapt quickly to engineer in efficiency and safety.


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.

Confined Space Breakdown

By Scott Goodwin

Employers must educate employees on the hazards of their work but also make every attempt to remove the hazards before exposing workers to them.


Be vigilant about compliance. If you see workers without eyewear, address it immediately and look into root causes. (iStock photo)

Clear the Fog to Decrease Eye Injuries

By Rex Talbott

Fogging is the number one vision-related barrier to wearing safety eyewear in the workplace. Hot weather can increase the risk of injury.


Departments

What Makes a Leader Transformational?

By Shawn M. Galloway

Understanding why people do what they do and what they value is important for leaders to know in order to nudge additional effort.


Shaping Perceptions

By Robert Pater

A commonly mistaken perception about perceptions is that these are visually based.


National Highway Tunnel Inventory Coming Soon

By Jerry Laws

The rule includes requirements for the tunnel inventory, as well as inspection procedures and the qualifications and training of tunnel inspectors.