October 2015 OH&S

October 2015

  • VISION PROTECTION: Keeping an Eye on Your Vision Protection Program
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: When Overfamiliarity Becomes a Problem
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Wireless Safety System Can Cut Costs and Protect Workers
  • FIRE SAFETY TRAINING: Fire Extinguisher ABCs
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Keeping Up to Date with Electrical Services
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Choosing the Best Confined Space Gas Detector
  • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE: Air Sampling with Remote Control: Telematics for Personal Exposure Assessment
  • BEHAVIOR-BASED SAFETY: Creating a Step Change in Your BBS Process Through Big Data
  • BEHAVIOR-BASED SAFETY: Behavior-Based Safety Programs -- Should They Be Implemented?
  • WINTER HAZARDS: Besting Winter's Worst
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Cover Story

Are you training your employees as frequently as required? Have you trained them to know when they should not attempt to fight a fire because it is too large?

Fire Extinguisher ABCs

By Jerry Laws

Are you training your employees as frequently as required? Have you designated employees who are expected to stay behind? Have you trained them to know when they should not attempt to fight a fire because it is too large?


Features

Because BBS processes typically have such a high rate of safe behaviors observed and very few at-risk behaviors, it is crucial to gather as much detail about the risky behavior as one can.

Creating a Step Change in Your BBS Process Through Big Data

By Chuck Pettinger, Cary Usrey

Many initiatives start out strong but eventually lose momentum and become the next "flavor of the month."


Given that their emergency equipment is seldom needed, many facilities give minimum attention to OSHA

Wireless Safety System Can Cut Costs and Protect Workers

By Tom Werner

Given that they are seldom needed, many facilities give minimum attention to OSHA’s compliance standards.


Modern sample pumps can send their operating status and more to a smartphone or tablet, giving OSH professionals confidence the samples are "delivered on time and intact."

Air Sampling with Remote Control: Telematics for Personal Exposure Assessment

By Rob Brauch

Modern sample pumps can send their operating status, current flow rate, and total volume sampled to a smartphone or tablet, giving safety and IH professionals confidence the samples are "delivered on time and intact."


In the past, successfully downloading datalogged information from the instrument to a computer sometimes required a high degree of operational expertise. Today the procedure is nearly automatic. (GfG Instrumentation photo)

Choosing the Best Confined Space Gas Detector

By Bob Henderson

The "best" confined space gas detector doesn't come from any one manufacturer; it's the instrument that best fulfills the requirements for your confined space program.


Electrical failures can halt commercial and industrial business operations. The time spent diagnosing and correcting the problem, or time spent waiting for new parts, is production time and money lost. (John J. Pempek, Inc. photo)

Keeping Up to Date with Electrical Services

By Andrew Pempek

What many businesses may not understand is that electrical safety training is required for all personnel, not just those performing electrical work.


Prepare for the two biggest safety threats this winter: falls from heights when removing snow, as well as slips and falls when entering and exiting buildings.

Besting Winter's Worst

By Matt Holden

Prepare for the two biggest safety threats this winter: Falls from heights when removing snow, as well as slips and trips when entering and exiting buildings, are the biggest threats to your workers' safety this upcoming winter.


Weekly status checks should be performed only by people who are paying attention to absolutely everything and using a checklist that ensures all required elements are being properly reviewed. (Haws photo)

When Overfamiliarity Becomes a Problem

By Casey Hayes

Avoid the dangerous trap in emergency equipment maintenance.


Your employees will notice your PPE, too. Make certain you are not on the mountaintop, but down in the work zone alongside the employees.

Keeping an Eye on Your Vision Protection Program

By Jerry Laws

Your employees will notice your PPE, too. Make certain you are not on the mountaintop, but down in the work zone alongside the employees. This builds credibility.


After a while, behanior-based safety programs can go stale. Plan for this eventuality.

Behavior-Based Safety Programs—Should They Be Implemented?

By Greg Zigulis

Consider thinking about the other elements of an effective safety program that will be needed in order to support the BBS program.


Departments

Preventing Older Worker Slip-ups

By Robert Pater

No single activity is the answer for everyone. Look for any kind of low-impact, low embarrassment, low-pain activities that are relatively easy to do, low-risk, and are readily available nearby.


The Bright Spotlight on Pro Football Concussions

By Jerry Laws

Dr. Omalu subsequently was called in to consult on several retired football players' autopsies in which he identified CTE.


Leading Through Difficult Times

By Shawn M. Galloway

Precision is necessary to ensure recovery with the right resources to rebound. If you must make cuts, use a scalpel, not an axe.