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Articles from Vol. 61, No. 1, January

Arm and Hand Protection
When hand protection standard ANSI/ISEA 105-1999, jointly developed by the American National Standards Institute and the Industrial Safety Equipment Association, is issued some time this year, specifiers will be able to get a better grip on glove selection....
Behavior-Based Safety: Build a Culture or Attack Behavior?
The answer depends upon what is going on in your organization. Here is why. At the Symposium on Behavior-based Safety (BBS) held last February by the American Society of Safety Engineers, there was a major split between the presenters as to whether...
Built-In Safety: Fundamental OSHA Compliance and CSP Certification
Early involvement of a safety professional in the design and installation of plant equipment offers the best route to cost-effective safety. Which is more cost-effective? A part-time safety person (wearing one of many hats) consulting with the plant...
Choosing the Right Air Cleaning Solution
There is no pat formula for matching a given factory environment to the right air cleaning solution. "Engineers have to understand the concentrations and sizes of particulates, the flow in which they are riding as well as the different types of collectors,"...
Ergonomics
A good safety program is a three-legged stool: without strong engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment acting in concert, the program could not function. Indeed, personal protective equipment, including those...
Eye and Face Protection
A recent survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that three out of five workers who suffered an eye injury wore no type of protection and, of those who did, 40 percent wore the wrong kind. The best way to eliminate these kinds...
Fall Protection
What is the minimum safe height at which workers must attach to an anchorage point when using a standard six-foot shock absorbing lanyard? Seven feet? Ten Feet? Fifteen feet? It's not an academic question. Often, workers who wear fall protection...
Foot Protection
A good safety footwear program begins not with selecting a new pair of shoes or boots, says Michael Ziskin, CHMM, but by "addressing all of the walking and working surfaces that employees are going to be exposed to and ensuring that they are in the...
Head Protection
Ride em, cowboy! Go Steelers! Can you guess what's new in hard hats this year? If you said head protection resembling cowboy hats or football helmets, you would be correct. The push in the industry this year is to promote the use of hard hats by...
Hearing Protection
Hearing protection should be viewed like other types of personal protective equipment, said Mary McDaniel, MS, CCC-A. Proper fit and comfort are important if you want employees to wear it. McDaniel is president of Pacific Hearing Conservation in...
Heat & Cold Protection
Whether it is the raw blast of frigid ocean air on a drilling platform or the intense heat of a steel plant, workers are exposed to a wide variety of temperature extremes, both indoors and outside. Too much heat or cold can have debilitating, even...
OSHA Standards
OSHA's standard on personal protective equipment (29 CFR 1910.132) went unchallenged for years before a loss in the OSH Review Commission in December 1997 jarred the agency into revising its policy. Most experts believe OSHA's PPE standard is one of...
Partnerships Create Safety Programs
A new OSHA directive offers companies without safety and health programs the opportunity to partner with the agency to identify and abate workplace hazards and establish safety programs. OSHA Strategic Partnerships for Worker Safety and Health (OSP)...
Protective Clothing
In environments in which fire, chemicals and traffic are constant perils for workers, protective clothing provides a barrier to injury and death. Because the array of garments and fabrics from which workers can select protection is dizzying, specifiers...
Respiratory Protection
Nearly 20 years in the works, OSHA's revised respiratory protection standard was met with a cautious optimism when released last January. That optimism has grown into a quiet acceptance of what is being hailed as a well-crafted rule. Lawsuits filed...
The Case for a New Safety Certification
The Institute for Safety and Health Management seeks to bridge the management gap. Do safety and health managers need to add to the alphabet soup of letters they see behind their names? The National Safety Management Society thinks so, and recently...
The Complete Guide to Personal Protective Equipment
This comprehensive guide offers expert advice on choosing personal protective equipment to help safeguard your work force, as well as updates on OSHA and consensus standards. Equipping your workers with the correct personal protective equipment...
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