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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 8, August

All Fire Codes Are Local: Your Company Is Obligated to Follow Local Fire Codes, as Well as OSHA Fire Regulations. Do You Know the Requirements?
The late speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tip O'Neill, once said, "All politics is local." The same can be said of the nation's fire codes. Perhaps it is because of the highly-localized, community-specific nature of these codes, but my...
Asbestosis Deaths on the Rise
The Work-Related Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance Report 2002, the latest edition of a compendium of information on trends in occupational respiratory diseases and exposures, reveals asbestosis deaths are steadily increasing, while coal workers' pneumoconiosis...
Current Infectious Diseases Threats Discussed
Current emerging infectious disease threats are bringing a heightened sense of awareness of smallpox, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), monkey-pox, norovirus, HIV and West Nile disease, health officials said at a press conference sponsored...
Cutting-Edge Training and Customer Service
In today's ever-changing world of EH&S compliance, finding the right source for consulting services that fit your company's profile and budgetary limits seems almost impossible. In recent years, one company has emerged on the national scene as...
Delivering on Safety Expectations: Tired of the Cycle of Safety Improvement and Decline? the Solution Is to Create a Culture and Management Systems That Support Safety Accountability and Safe Behavior
The word "safety" is interesting because it has different meanings, and even different "expectations" as to what the word can or will do for someone who practices it. Even nations, nationalities and cultures treat the word differently. In the English...
Fatal Workplace Violence Claims 13 Lives
Three separate incidents of workplace violence claimed the lives of 13 people in June and July. A grocery store turned into a slaughterhouse on June 29 when Joseph Hunter Parker, armed with a samurai-type sword, killed two former coworkers at an...
Helping Make Sense of Safety: A Welcome Handbook Helps the New Safety Specialist Answer That Perennial Question: "Now What Do I Do?"
How do you manage a safety program? What elements are needed in the program? How do you know if what you are doing is working? If everyone who has the title of safety director had a master's degree in safety and a string of certifications after...
Henshaw Says OSHA Close to Completing Work on PPE
At this summer's meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), OSHA Administrator John Henshaw indicated that the agency is "in the throes of finalizing our efforts" on a rule that would clarify employers' obligation...
Hot Tips for Working in Hot Weather
The sun and warm weather of summer can also bring special hazards for those working outdoors. To help employers and workers stay safe throughout the summer months, OSHA is offering tips, publications and links to other resources that can help prevent...
House Panel Approves Business-Friendly OSHA Bills
The House OSHA oversight subcommittee narrowly approved legislation that would give some employers more time to contest OSHA citations, as well as expand the size and strengthen the authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission....
Is There a "Distracted-Driver" Personality Type?
Attention all safety professionals who have employees out on the roads: People who use cell phones when driving are more likely to be distracted from the road even when they are not talking on a phone. The results of a new study indicate there may...
Model with Care: Computer Modeling and Air Monitoring Are Needed in the Industrial Hygiene Toolkit. Here's Why. Plus, a Handy iSiloX Trick for Putting More Power in Your PDA
Exposure modeling is no substitute for air monitoring. I didn't think I needed to say this in my May and June columns on modeling software. Unfortunately, I was surprised recently to hear an industrial hygienist mention that he modeled solvent exposures...
NSC 2003: Taking Safety to New Heights
Chicago, home of North America's tallest building, is a fitting location for the 2003 National Safety Congress and Expo (NSC), Sept. 5-12 at McCormick Place. The theme for this year's congress is "Taking Safety to New Heights." Attendees from over...
Prevention the Solution to Workplace Violence
Shortly after Doug Williams fatally shot five coworkers and then himself (in addition to wounding eight others) at the Lockheed Martin plant in Meridian, Miss., we spoke to Larry Chavez, a veteran Sacramento police officer who now leads Critical Incident...
Sen. Enzi Presses OSHA on Material Safety Data Sheets
The chairman of the Senate's OSHA oversight subcommittee, Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., has joined FIGHT Project founder Ron Hayes in asking that OSHA increase the reliability and accessibility of material safety data sheets (MSDSs). Chemical workers...
The Hidden Risks of OSHA's Noise Standard: The Federal Government Will Soon Know How Many Workers Are Losing Their Hearing. Some Experts Worry That U.S. Companies Are Not Prepared for What Could Follow
For most employers, OSHA's occupational noise exposure standard means establishing effective hearing conservation and medical surveillance programs, but experts say that was not the original intention of the rule. OSHA enforcement policy, some critics...
The New Wave of Hearing Protectors
"There has been nothing new in hearing protection for 20 years, and suddenly there's a whole lot that's new," says Lee Hager, hearing loss prevention consultant for Sonomax Hearing Health Care, headquartered in Montreal. NIOSH's Mark Stephenson...
The Right Reason for Respirator Training: If Legal Liability Is at the Heart of Your Respirator Training Program, It Is Destined to Be a Failure
Consider Henry, an operations manager in Philadelphia. For him, the purpose of training is getting workers to fill out the right forms. He has achieved his goal when his filing cabinet is full of certifications, all formatted so the OSHA inspector...
Why Safeguarding Makes Dollars and Sense: A Software Tool from OSHA Dramatically Illustrates the Financial Sense in Investing in Safety
Why should you safeguard our processes and machinery? According to a recent poll by the Liberty Mutual Group, 61 percent of executives claim for every dollar spent on investments in workplace safety, $3 are saved. OSHA's Office of Regulatory Affairs...

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