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Articles from Vol. 67, No. 2, February

ASSE: Not Enough Science to Support HEX Chrome PEL
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) President Gene Barfield, CSP, has sent a letter to OSHA lauding the agency for its efforts to update the permissible exposure limit for hexavalent chromium but adding that more scientific evidence is needed...
Beware the Hidden Eye Hazards: Each Day, More Than 2,000 People Injure Their Eyes at Work, According to Prevent Blindness America. When Employers Address This Problem, They Sometimes Learn Some Eye-Opening Safety Lessons
Eye injuries in the workplace remain all too common, afflicting more than 700,000 Americans each year. Yet Prevent Blindness America says 90 percent of these injuries can be avoided with a simple and obvious expedient: safety eyewear. [ILLUSTRATION...
Building Trust for Safety: Trust Is a Cornerstone of an Effective Safety Program. These Steps Can Help You Nurture Trust in Your Organization
My friend's father was a plant electrician before he got hurt. Highly skilled guy, very bright and motivated to excel at whatever he puts his hands on. But that's the problem. He can't easily put his hands on anything. He has no ability to torque/twist...
Construction Health and Safety Resources: The Internet Is Home to a Growing Body of Free Information on Identifying, Evaluating and Controlling Construction Hazards
A painter picks up a metal ladder while cleaning up the work site at the end of the day. As he carries the upright ladder to the van, coworkers shout warnings about an overhead power line. Too late. The ladder strikes the power line, electrocuting...
Davis-Besse: A Plan for Change or a Worst-Case Scenario? A Nuclear Reactor with a Hole in Its Head Should Have Triggered a Widespread Examination and Overhaul of the Safety Program at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station. Management Says It Has Learned Valuable Lessons: Critics Charge That It's Business as Usual
On Feb. 16, 2002, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. shut down the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (DBNPS) in Oak Harbor, Ohio, for a fairly routine refueling and inspection operation that included checking for cracks in the reactor head nozzles....
Erring on the Side of Disaster: A Utility Company and Two Federal Agencies Failed to Appreciate the Value of Vigilance-And Wind Up Paying a Heavy Price
The creation of a safety culture is a topic discussed at nearly every major occupational safety conference these days. In its simplest form, a safety culture represents the value that an organization places on safety and the actions that its employees...
For Breathing
(Look for respirators from ISEA members that are marked with the NIOSH logo, 42 CFR, Part 84) ... [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From Bacou-Dalloz' Biosystems is the MultiPro MultiGas Detector, which provides real-time readings of up to four gases with...
Former Labor Department Lawyer Named Acting OSHA Chief
In choosing Jonathan Snare to be acting assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao settled upon a relatively known and reliable political appointee to lead the agency until there is a permanent replacement for former OSHA...
For the Head, Face and Eyes
(Look for products from ISEA members that are marked and certified to the following applicable standards: ANSI Z89.1-2003 Standard for Industrial Head Protection, ANSI Z358.1-2004 Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment, and ANSI Z87.1-2003...
How Well Does OSHA Protect Its Own Workers?
Critics of OSHA charge the agency has been too slow in addressing the exposure of its employees to beryllium and retaliated against the one official who pushed for blood tests. If the agency isn't doing enough to protect the health of its own employees...
Judge Upholds Right of ACGIH to Publish TLVs
U.S. District Court Judge Hugh Lawson has upheld the right of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) to publish threshold limit values (TLVs) for 1-bromopropane (nPB--n-propylbromide), copper, silica and diesel exhaust...
Making Workers Safer around the Nation
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)--osha.gov--has published a final rule that requires federal government agencies to adopt worker safety and health record-keeping and reporting requirements that are essentially identical...
Nebraska Congressman, Veteran Safety Executive Receive ISEA Awards
U.S. Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and retired Scott Health & Safety executive John D. McStravick were the recipients of the International Safety Equipment Association's (ISEA's) two top awards for 2004. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Terry received the...
NIOSH Report on Elevated C[O.Sub.2]: A Cautionary Tale for Indoor Workers
Coal miners, back in the old days, knew when the flame from a lamp or candle died, it was time to get out of the mine. They even had a term for it: "black damp." In scientific terms, it referred to low oxygen levels and possibly elevated carbon...
OSHA $100,000 Club of Safety Citations
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $100,000 or more for the following recent alleged failures to protect workers from potential hazards, including many that could have been avoided or mitigated by...
OSHA Gets Serious about Standards Updates
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is getting serious about standards updates. In November 2004, the agency published a direct final rule that seeks to strike five outdated standards from the agency's rules and regulations,...
OSHA's Records Inspections May Rise in 2005
Facilities in high-hazard industries that report low rates of injuries and illnesses may be doing something right--or they may be doing something wrong. In an effort to ensure injuries and illnesses are being recorded, Rich Fairfax, the director of...
Part 2: How to Protect the Aging Work Force; in the Second Part of Her Series, Ergonomics Expert Cynthia Roth Offers Employers Advice on What They Can Do to Encourage Good Mental Health and Performance among Older Employees
Last month, we examined the physical changes that the body undergoes with age and the steps that employers can take to ensure that their workplaces are designed to accommodate those changes and not pose an unnecessary threat of injury. As we noted,...
QSSP-Your Partner in Worker Protection
What's your reaction when a safety equipment sales person knocks on your office door, or calls you on the phone? Is it "Look out--somebody's trying to sell me something." Or is it "Here's someone who can help me do my job of protecting the workers...
Remote Locations: The Safety Double-Whammy! While the Risk to Workers May Increase in Remote Locations, a Variety of Emergency Response Products Are Available to Provide Effective First Aid
Business is about taking calculated risks. We weigh potential rewards against the risks and, with suitable precautions, we proceed where prudent. It is an acceptable norm to place yourself in a higher risk position when you understand the increased...
Safety Specs Save Sight, Perhaps Life of U.S. Soldier
Doug Alvarez used safety glasses when he worked as a civilian with the City of Clearwater (Fla.) Public Utilities. When he was deployed to Iraq, where he served as a Navy Seabee, Alvarez took along his safety glasses--the same ones he normally wore...
Using Electrochemical Sensors for Toxic Gas Measurement: These Sensors Are Widely Used in Industry, but Often How They Work and What Limitations They Have Are Misunderstood. This Article Clears Up Some of the Confusion
Electrochemical sensors are one of the most common types of sensors used in portable gas detectors. Multi-sensor confined space monitors generally contain an oxygen sensor, a flammable/combustible sensor and one to three additional electrochemical...
Welcome to the New Protection Update
Dear Protection Update Readers: I am delighted to welcome you--our more than 4,000 long-time readers and 65,000 new ones--as subscribers to the International Safety Equipment Association's (ISEA's) new Protection Update newsletter. From now on,...
What Are Safety Equipment Standards and Where Do They Come From?
Standards are an important part of the world of safety equipment. Manufacturers need them to determine the performance requirements for products they design, make and sell, and the test procedures to assess conformity to those requirements. Sellers,...
Workers with Carpal Tunnel Find Relief with Nighttime Splinting
A new study suggests that workers suffering from the early stages of carpal tunnel syndrome can benefit from giving their hands and wrists a good night's rest. The findings, made by a team of researchers with the University of Michigan Health System...
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