September 2015 OHS

September 2015

  • HEARING PROTECTION: Arc Flash Hearing Protection
  • HEARING PROTECTION: Hearing Protectors on the Job Site
  • HEARING PROTECTION:Combat Workplace Noise Pollution to Help Prevent Hearing Loss
  • 2015 NSC PREVIEW: It's All About Atlanta
  • FOOT PROTECTION: Safety, Without Compromising Comfort
  • HEAD & FACE PROTECTION: First-Class Protection
  • DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING: The Prescription Drug Misuse Epidemic: Are We Making Progress?
  • DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING: What to Look for in a C/TPA or Program Manager
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: IOM Looks to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: Emphasize Calling 911 When An Emergency Occurs
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Why Incentives Are a Key to Surviving Tight Safety Budget Challenges
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: The Wellness Imperative
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Wellness & Safety Programs Expand to Embrace Employee Well-being
  • MATERIAL HANDLING: Preventing Manual Material Handling Injuries
  • IH/INDOOR AIR QUALITY: Innovative Approach to Duct Sealing Turns IAQ Problems Inside Out
  • IH/INDOOR AIR QUALITY: Odors, Smells & Other Strange 'Stuff'
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Optimizing Worker Safety: It's in the Lights
  • ERGONOMICS: The Trouble with Tablets
  • FACILITY SAFETY: Keeping Communities and Workers Safe from Benzene
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Cover Story

An emergency involving a cardiac arrest or stroke may require a team with advanced life support providers and equipment or may need to be directed to a hospital that is specially equipped for that particular emergency.

Emphasize Calling 911 When an Emergency Occurs

By Jeanette Previdi

Many people fail to recognize the seriousness of their condition and delay calling for help.


Getting the tablet off the lap is most important when looking for ways to eliminate poor neck posture.

The Trouble with Tablets

By Kathy Espinoza

Tablets are unlike traditional PCs because they are used in different locations, with different postures, while doing other things. Because of this, the ergonomics with a tablet become far more challenging.

Continuous wireless gas detection technology tracks exposure in real time and automatically logs data. (U.S. Department of Energy photo)

Keeping Communities and Workers Safe From Benzene

By Brian Wingo

Wireless gas monitoring is flexible and provides more control—at a time when regulators are about to make sure you have such control.

Protect hearing every day with quality hearing protection, not just because OSHA requirements and other federal regulations demand it. (Radians photo)

Combat Workplace Noise Pollution to Help Prevent Hearing Loss

By Mary Padron

Yikes! Hearing loss is the third-leading major U.S. public health issue.

The OSHA Technical Manual states that when combinations of HPDs are used, the total noise reduction will be the greater of the two NRR plus 5 dB.

Hearing Protectors On the Job Site

By Don Garvey

Employers should not focus only on the NRR when selecting protectors.


DOT and OSHA Training

By Jill Schultz

Don't forget your company's management and maintenance personnel. The regulations require training of all motor carrier employees.

NFPA 70E-2015 specifically defines ear canal inserts (ear plugs) as the required protection in all arc flash zones.

Arc Flash Hearing Protection

By Brad Witt

What requirements must a hearing protector meet for arc flash protection?

A joint IRF and Incentive Gift Card Council study found that incentive program planners believe gift cards have more impact and better ROI than cash.

Wellness and Safety Programs Expand to Embrace Employee Wellbeing

By Rick Buer

HR managers can leverage their position in highlighting the value of employees and use their knowledge and skills to drive positive outcomes.


First-Class Protection

By Fred Elliott

Employers can ensure their sites comply with OSHA's 1910.133 eye and face protection standard by following the fundamental hierarchy of controls.

"From our experience, the easiest to measure, things like weight loss, exercise, health assessments, are the most common and have the greatest ongoing effect."

The Wellness Imperative

By Jerry Laws

"The value proposition is simply that if they are properly built, they will work, period."

Employers should train workers on proper lifting techniques, helping even younger employers to understand the importance of preventing injuries and the cumulative damage that poor lifting techniques can cause.

Preventing Manual Handling Injuries

By Fred Elliott

There is no question that musculoskeletal disorders continue to be a leading cause of lost-time injuries among U.S. workers.

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

IOM Looks to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

By Matt Holden

A new report calls on all parts of the health care system to adopt quality improvement programs in areas such as cardiac arrest, tracking system performance, accountability, and training.

Studies show that to create a specific change in behavior or attitude costs over three times more if cash is used as the reward instead of a non-cash "recognition gift."

Why Incentives Are a Key to Surviving Tight Safety Budget Challenges

By Sean Roark

I continue to conclude that non-cash incentive programs are a strategic tool to economically and effectively maximize effectiveness of any ES&H goal set.

Because the most hazardous conditions are often in dark places, many manufacturers offer a complete line of Division I safety-rated lights for use when an explosive atmosphere is likely to exist under normal operating conditions. (Streamlight Inc. photo)

Optimizing Worker Safety: It's in the Lights

By Dawn Dalldorf-Jackson

State-of-the-art flashlights protect against workplace hazards.

When indoor temperatures and humidity get higher than the recommended levels, the moisture in the air allows mold to grow. And growing mold gives off odors and volatile organic compounds.

Odors, Smells & Other Strange 'Stuff'

By Barry R. Weissman

Any time there is moisture, we can get mold growth, especially when relative humidities are greater than 60 percent and the temperatures are higher than the recommended temps.

Poor IAQ in the workplace has also been linked to longer-term effects, such as asthma and even cancer.

Innovative Approach to Duct Sealing Turns IAQ Problems Inside Out

By John Dixon

Thanks to innovative technologies such as aerosol-based duct sealing, solving issues and attaining optimal indoor air quality is easier now than ever before.

The Prescription Drug Misuse Epidemic: Are We Making Progress?

By F. Leland McClure

It's clear that the war on drugs has shifted away from the back alleys and instead on to Main Street. Abuse of prescription medication has grown to a bona fide public health crisis.

Internal metatarsal guards offer coverage beyond the end of the safety toe cap to the top of the foot. (Justin Original Workboots photo)

Safety, Without Compromising Comfort

By Bob McAllister

Research and innovation make safe and comfortable shoes attainable.

The Georgia World Congress Center is the site of ASSE

It's All About Atlanta

By Jerry Laws

This product section showcases some of the new offerings from exhibitors at this month's National Safety Council 2015 Congress & Expo.

Using a SAMHSA Certified Laboratory ensures that every test you perform on an employee or applicant will stand up in a court proceeding; it is a defensible test.

What to Look for in a C/TPA or Program Manager

By Joe Reilly

The wrong choice in a service agent for your drug testing services may or may not cause ongoing problems, but it only takes one test to go bad for devastating consequences to occur.


Blueprints for Successful Cultural Leadership

By Robert Pater

Expert leaders provide hope, deepen relationships, and work toward bringing people together.

What It Takes to Make Behavior-Based Safety Work

By Shawn M. Galloway

While it is desired for all employees at all levels to eventually be involved, perceptions about trust and the use of the data will initially determine who is an observer.

Absorbing the Lessons of WHO's Ebola Response

By Jerry Laws

An expert panel's report finds WHO does not possess the capacity or organizational culture to deliver a full emergency public response.