January 2018 OHS

January 2018

  • FALL PROTECTION: Safe Steps for Working at Height
  • FOOT PROTECTION: Foot Protection Essentials
  • INCENTIVES: Changing Behaviors for the Better
  • CHEMICAL SAFETY/SDS: Chemical Safety: Find Your Flow
  • YEAR IN REVIEW: A Year of Disasters, Delays, and Debate
  • OIL & GAS SAFETY: From Sensors to Data Logging
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Safety Showers in Extreme and Challenging Environments
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Your Year-End Safety Celebration Could Be Hiding Risk
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Create a Culture of Safety and Good Business Will Follow
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Specifications usually state that a harness can be used for a period of 10 years, if inspected annually. But is mere visual inspection really enough? (Honeywell Industrial Safety/Miller Fall Protection photo)

Safe Steps for Working at Height

By John Eckel

Regulatory compliance or short-term thinking alone is clearly not enough to truly ensure workers are kept safe and to avoid serious accidents.

If highly corrosive chemicals are used, the drench shower or eyewash should be placed immediately adjacent to the hazard. (Bradley Corp. photo)

Gearing Up for the Race Against Time

By Ryan Pfund

Is your emergency equipment up to the task?


Beyond identifying and alerting workers about the presence of gases, consider whether data logging features are important to daily operations. (Draeger photo)

From Sensors to Data Logging

By Larry Medina

Most devices with data logging retain monitoring information whenever they are turned on. This can provide use snapshots of conditions at the time of an accident or unusual event.

What are you focusing on, and how will your approach in the next year get you greater results? These are real questions to consider if your goal is to drive processes that mitigate risk sustainably.

Your Year-End Safety Celebration Could Be Hiding Risk

By Nick Goodell

We can't use lagging indicators—counting what has already happened—to evaluate our exposure to risk accurately.

A Year of Disasters, Delays, and Debate

By Jerry Laws

It's easy to identify the biggest safety stories of 2017—they involve the year's repeated disasters.

As you strategize your chemical approval process, look for ways to get the most return for the time spent by your submitters and reviewers.

Chemical Safety: Find Your Flow

By Kraig Haberer

A good chemical approval process contains three vital elements, all of which can be enhanced and supported by a technology solution.

There are a number of challenging work settings that require specially engineered safety shower solutions—mining, oil refineries, petrochemical, bio-diesel and ethanol facilities, to name a few. (Bradley Corporation photo)

Safety Showers in Extreme and Challenging Environments

By Ryan Pfund

Here's an in-depth look at determining the right product for your application.

A poorly designed incentive program is almost always better than no program. A well-designed incentive program produces way better results than a poorly designed one.

Changing Behaviors for the Better

By Jerry Laws

A poorly designed incentive program is almost always better than no program. A well-designed incentive program produces way better results than a poorly designed one.

Promote your safety brand in everything you do because it will be a powerful differentiator for your company against its competition. (Perryman Construction photo)

Create a Culture of Safety and Good Business Will Follow

By Angelo Perryman

Ultimately, construction safety must become a habit and practiced by everyone every minute.

Foot Protection Essentials

By Jerry Laws

The OSHA 1910.136 standard and the ASTM F2412-11 standard indicate how many kinds of foot injury are possible, some of them even disabling.

By June 1, 2016, OSHA expects all employers to be fully compliant with GHS adoption.

Four Steps to GHS Compliance

By Nick Recht

The GHS compliance date of Dec. 1, 2015, has passed. Are you in compliance?

Companies often send out an all-staff email if bad weather is predicted, but would employees really know what to do in a serious emergency, be it related to nature or man-made?

Prepare for the Worst and Then Be Ready When It Happens

By Jason Gargala

In many cases, businesses can't prevent a lot of the disasters that may potentially strike, but there's little excuse not to be ready when they do.

The key to ensuring success is participation. Your guidance team can help you determine encouraging and fun ways to keep the program goals top of mind and provide ideas on how to reward participation.

Taking the Work Out of Rewards and Recognition: Using Wellness, Safety, and Performance Incentives

By Steve Spence

Rewarding employees along the way to reaching their ultimate goal encourages long-term engagement.

"There is a strong public safety interest in ensuring that testing moves forward and that NHTSA has access to all test data," NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said.

Taking Stock of 2015

By Matt Holden, Jerry Laws

One of the year's most significant enforcement developments occurred late in the year, in November: President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

The OSHA construction standards require retraining when hazards change or it is apparent the worker has not retained the necessary proficiency.

Training By the Book

By Jerry Laws

Reading through the training requirements in OSHA’s construction standards highlights their common elements.

Ankle guards should be another box to put on the checklist when choosing appropriate footwear. (D30® photo)

Footwear That Goes the Extra Mile

By Nick Poulson

Assessing the credibility of a brand is just as important as looking at the durability of the product.

Having the right percentage mix and orientation of hydrophilic and hydrophobic within an FR fabric, combined with engineered breathability, is both the art and the science used to create high-performance next-to-skin clothing. (Polartec photo)

Comfort is the Key to FR Clothing Compliance

By Michael Batson

Employees should look professional in their work uniforms with clothing choices that offer the trifecta of good fit, good function, and that offer modern fashion so workers want to wear their FR clothing.

In the protective toe footwear industry, there are several delivery models to choose from. The most common are utilizing a local store, web ordering, and shoemobile.

If the Shoe Fits . . . .

By Sally J. Smart

Footwear certified as meeting ASTM F2413-11 must first meet the requirements of impact resistance and compression resistance. Then the requirements of additional sections can be met.

In advance of one storm approaching the Gulf of Mexico, Pemex prepared to evacuate 15,000 workers.

Solving Employee Transportation Issues

By Franc Jeffrey

In the oil & gas industry, the ability to move your workers around safely may be the most important commodity.

What matters most to the end user is the final product

Informed Workers Are Safer Workers: Science Is the Key to FR Technology

By Jennifer Hopf

End users and wearers of flame-resistant garments should research FR fabrics and manufacturers to make sure they specify those fabrics from reputable suppliers that will meet their unique needs.


7 Keys for Powerfully Persuasive Presenting

By Robert Pater

The most persuasive stage is the closing—it's the last thing people remember.

Caught By Surprise in 2017

By Jerry Laws

Winning the 2017 Folio Ozzie award for the best B-to-B digital issue in October was a big surprise and a delight for me, our staff, and our company.

Key Ingredients: What Makes a Safety Strategy Effective

By Shawn M. Galloway

Organizations that tend to outperform others do so with highly engaged employees who feel like they are in the know regarding the company strategy and their evolving role within it.

No Strain Safety

By Robert Pater

We've worked in this field for three decades and have seen numerous organizations with dramatic soft-tissue injury risks have been able to realize up to 80 percent reductions in such injuries.

'360 Strategy' Tackles Heroin, Rx Drug Abuse

By Jerry Laws

"This three-sided strategy . . . could be a model for many other communities," said Gary Tuggle, DEA Special Agent in Charge for the Philadelphia Division.