Occupational Hazards

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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 7, July

Changes Made to ANSI Standard for Safety Eyewear. (EHS News)
Some big changes are being eyed for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.12003 standard, "Practice for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices." ANSI approved the standard on June 20 and it goes into effect...
Homeland Security: What Is Your Role; EHS Professionals Are Uniquely Suited to Contribute to a More Secure World. Here Are Three Major Ways in Which They Can Serve. (Core Practices)
We cannot go back to before 9/11. We can, however, move forward and eventually reach a more secure post 9/11 world. We will achieve this through a combination of measures, such as being better prepared to prevent, or react to, a terrorist attack. More...
OSHA Walks the Tightrope: Survey Respondents See Signs of Improvement, but More Is Needed from This Agency in Transition. (National Safety Survey)
Educator. Enforcer. Consultant. Rule-maker. Proselytizer. When it comes to what safety and health managers want from OSHA, the most consistent answer appears to be "more" Many respondents to the National Safety Survey said the workplace safety agency...
Pointing the Way to Reducing Needlestick Injuries. (Leaders)
Janine Jagger, Ph.D., MPH, is one of several researchers whose efforts to document needlestick injuries helped build the foundation for OSHA's updated bloodborne pathogen standard and contributed to the availability of safer medical devices. Occupational...
Safety Board Says Dust Caused Fatal N.C. Blast. (Chemical Safety)
The massive explosion that rocked the town of Kinston, N.C. last January killed six workers, injured dozens more and destroyed the West Pharmaceutical Services medical device factory. Federal investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB)...
Safety under Pressure: Fierce Competition and Tight Budgets Have Safety Managers Fighting for Resources, and Taking Innovative Steps to Improve Their Safety Programs. (National Safety Survey)
How do you get better when business conditions are so demanding? That's a question many readers who participated in our 2003 National Safety Survey are grappling with as they strive to protect employees and property, implement or improve safety management...
SARS What Employers Need to Know: Experts Say Employers Need to Take the Threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Other Infectious Diseases Seriously, and Deal with Them before They Enter U.S. Workplaces
William Bunn III, MD, JD, MPH, receives inquiries about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) al most daily. As vice president of Health, Safety, Security and Productivity for International Truck and Engine Corp., Chicago, Bunn has employees traveling...
Surveying Confined Space Hazards: Effective Hazard Assessments Provide the Foundation for Your Confined Space Process. These Planning Tips Can Help Improve the Quality of Your Process
Confined space surveys are an important, early part of your overall confined space safety process. Most other portions of your safety process will build on the foundation of the survey. An effective survey and hazard assessment process provides a firm...
TB Is off, Ionizing Radiation Is on. (OSHA)
In an exclusive interview with OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS, OSHA Administrator John Henshaw says the latest regulatory agenda is a reflection of a more efficient, productive agency that is trying to utilize its resources in the most effective way possible....
The Power of Zero: No One Wants Injuries in Their Workplace, but Does Setting That as a Goal Help or Hurt the Safety Program? Our Readers Speak out. (Editor's Notebook)
Is the proper goal of a workplace safety and health program zero in juries in the current year? Nearly A two-thirds of the respondents in this year's National Safety Survey (see page 24) say, "Yes, it should be." "I fought tooth and nail to get...
Why Management Fads Are Doomed to Fail. (Safety Management)
Flavor-of-the-month management systems are doomed to fail, say quality experts Stanley A. Marash, Paul Berman and Michael Flynn, authors of Fusion Management: Harnessing the Power of Six Sigma, Lean, IS09001:2000, Malcolm Baldrige, TQM and Other Quality...
Yes, Even You Can Do Industrial Hygiene Air Sampling-Part III: In the Third and Final Installment of Our Series, Contributing Editor John Rekus Reviews the Essential Elements of Field Sampling Methodology
In performing air sampling in the field, the first step is to assemble a sampling train consisting of a calibrated personal sampling pump connected by a piece of plastic tubing to the collection media. The appropriate collection media for the substance...