July/August 2019

July/August 2019

  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Chemical Protective Clothing: Navigating Standards to Match Your Hazards
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: AR/FR Garment Considerations Often Overlooked in Summer
  • PROTECTIVE APPAREL: Rainwear Performance Considerations for Electric Utility Workers: Innovative Fabrics Bring Protection and Comfort
  • HAND PROTECTION: A Frontline Medical Perspective on Workplace Hand Injuries
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: Just Add Water
  • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY: How to Choose the Right Crane and Reduce Risk When Buying a Used One
  • CONFINED SPACES: The Complexities of Confined Space Safety
  • CONFINED SPACES: What You Need to Know About OSHA's Confined Space Standards
  • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH: Eyewash/Safety Shower Protection--Trust But Verify!
  • FALL PREVENTION: Getting Rid of Ladders = Getting Rid of Traditional Ladders
  • HEAD PROTECTION: Hard Hat Saves Lives for 100 Years
  • HEAD PROTECTION: Choosing a Hard Hat? Use Your Head
  • LAB SAFETY: Guidelines for Writing Your Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • CHEMICAL SAFETY TRAINING: Getting it Right: Creating and Deploying an Effective and Compliant Chemical Safety Training Program
  • LOCKOUT/TAGOUT: Lockout/Tagout Challenges & Best Practices for Health Care Facilities
  • OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH: Occupational Health Risks: Asbestos
  • FACILITY SAFETY: Creating Safe Facilities
  • RISK MANAGEMENT: Mindfulness and Its Impact on Health and Safety
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Breathe Easy
  • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: Respiratory Safety: An Interview with Industry Experts
  • ERGONOMICS: Ergonomic Assembly Tools Can Ease the Pain of Manufacturing

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Cover Story

Breathe Easy

By Victoria Frank

Today's welding helmets and PAPR advancements mean that the prospect for worker safety is brighter than ever.


Features

Excessive tool vibration can decrease blood flow, damage nerves, and cause muscle fatigue. (Ingersoll Rand® Assembly Power Tools photo)

Ergonomic Assembly Tools Can Ease the Pain of Manufacturing

By Eric Dees

Tool manufacturers are improving all aspects of their tools, including the shape, size, weight, balance, torque, vibration, speed, and noise.


No one knows the frontlines of job site hand injuries like the medical professionals who treat them.

A Frontline Medical Perspective on Workplace Hand Injuries

By Jennifer Choi

Today's safety professionals have more data at their fingertips than ever before, but simple hand lacerations continue to plague work sites, creating mountains of paperwork and productivity delays.


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What You Need to Know About OSHA's Confined Space Standards

By Clare A. Epstein

The confined space standards for both general industry and the construction industry place great emphasis on safety training.


A common question during the CPC selection process is, "Will a certified suit be the best match for my hazard?" The answer to this question is, "It depends on the specific standard and your specific hazard scenario."

Chemical Protective Clothing: Navigating Standards to Match Your Hazards

By Susan Lovasic

You should strive to select the best CPC for worker protection.


We can trace the heritage of the hard hat to the E.D. Bullard Company, which was founded in 1898. The founder

Hard Hat Saves Lives for 100 Years

By Stacey Simmons

Think of your hard hat as a walking billboard promoting your company and its safety principles.


The best benefit that companies gain from prioritizing safety in their facilities is ensuring that employees are protected on the job. Worker welfare should always be the company

Creating Safe Facilities

By Michael Hess

Companies should keep in mind that while standards are in place for a reason, exceeding them will always create a safer workplace.


Instead of focusing on getting rid of ladders, companies should focus on replacing traditional ladders with better, safer ladders. (Little Giant Ladder Systems photo)

Getting Rid of Ladders = Getting Rid of Traditional Ladders

By Dave Francis

We know how people misuse ladders, so we can add safety features to prevent the accidents from happening—even when they are misused.


The employer must review and evaluate the effectiveness of the Chemical Hygiene Plan at least annually and must update it as necessary.

Guidelines for Writing Your Chemical Hygiene Plan

By Jerry Laws

Training provided to workers must cover the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the work area and measures workers can take to protect themselves.


A hard hat is designed to protect from impacts that could damage the brain, so take its upkeep seriously. (MSA photo)

Choosing a Hard Hat? Use Your Head

By Dennis Capizzi

A hard hat is designed to protect from impacts that could damage the brain, so take its upkeep seriously.


Practicing mindfulness doesn

Mindfulness and its Impact on Health and Safety

By Kris Corbett

Mindlessness is habitual, automatic, repetitive behavior generally brought on by multi-tasking. It can directly impact an individual's overall wellness, stress level, listening skills, injury risk and safety, and more.


Pictograms are required safety data sheet elements that are intended to convey specific hazard information visually.

Getting It Right: Creating and Deploying an Effective and Compliant Chemical Safety Training Program

By Melissa McCaffrey

Make sure the methods discussed for detecting the presence or release of chemicals line up with the specific chemicals and hazards you have at your facility.


Those with the highest risk of asbestos exposure while on the job include construction workers and shipyard workers.

Occupational Health Risks: Asbestos

By Emily Liptak

It is important to make sure workers are made aware of any presumed asbestos-containing materials found in buildings if they were built and installed before the 1980s.


Recessed and wall-mounted safety equipment is very appropriate in laboratory specifications. It’s both highly visible and completely out of the way.

Eyewash/Safety Shower Protection—Trust But Verify!

By Linda J. Sherrard

Include it in all of your safety topics . . . first aid, chemicals, materials handling. Do whatever is needed to ensure a working, well-documented, accurate program.


Effective arc-rated rainwear needs not only to protect against liquid penetration, but also to be highly breathable. (W.L. Gore & Associates photo)

Rainwear Performance Considerations for Electric Utility Workers: Innovative Fabrics Bring Protection and Comfort

By Mark R. Miller

Utility workers need garments that not only provide protection from arc hazards and foul weather, but also ensure that they can be seen by others, reducing the risk of visibility-related workplace accidents.


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Respiratory Safety: An Interview with Industry Experts

By Robyn Brooks

Respirators, when used correctly, can be an effective layer of protection for many tasks in and around a chemical plant.


One of the first things you need to consider is the weight of the load to be lifted or moved using the crane. Naturally, you need a crane with a suitable lifting capacity to move the load.

How to Choose the Right Crane and Reduce Risk When Buying a Used One

By Vernon Glick

The right type of crane can make or break your project. These seven tips will help you make the right choice as quickly as possible.


To identify methods of improvement in process and changes or updates on equipment, health care facilities must conduct in-depth audits and inspections to determine areas where hazardous energy is present and LOTO procedures need to be implemented. (The Master Lock Company photo)

Lockout/Tagout Challenges & Best Practices for Health Care Facilities

By Bill Belongea

Clear, systemized safety procedures and good practices will keep your patients and employees safe with fewer accidents.


Insect repellents, especially those using DEET, are highly flammable and can compromise the AR/FR protection of a garment. Bug spray should be used with caution around AR/FR garments. (iStock photo)

AR/FR Garment Considerations Often Overlooked in Summer

By Scott Francis

Especially in the summer months, employee comfort is a critical factor as wearer comfort directly impacts a user's want-to-wear experience.


The machines

Just Add Water

By Peter Bigwood

Robotic hydrodemolition helps to simplify bridge repair.


Given the high degree of variability of conditions in a confined space, it is quite possible for the parameters of a permit to change mid-work. Fluctuations in atmospheric oxygen are an example where a permit may need to be updated.

The Complexities of Confined Space Safety

By Baxter Byrd

Once a space is designated a permit-required confined space, it engages an extra level of planning and preparation to mitigate the potential hazards.


Departments

Nourishing Leadership

By Robert Pater

High-level leadership is a continuing challenge. This is why it's critical to focus on nourishing/feeding/supporting people on all levels.


Navigating the Marijuana Minefield

"Keep on top of the laws, they are changing as we speak," advised Eldeen Pozniak, a panelist at Safety 2019's panel discussion on marijuana legalization.