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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 2, February

Big Issues Keep Industrial Hygienists Focused on the Big Picture: New Directions in Toxic Gas Detection Monitoring Help the Oil and Gas Industry Drive Success in Plant Safety and Community Relations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's the mantra of every industrial hygienist in every industry: use every means possible to keep employees, contractors and the public safe. It's a big responsibility, and it's one these professionals take seriously. While...
Can You Hear Me Now? Impacts of Hearing Loss: Though It's One of the Most Common Workplace Injuries, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Also Is One of the Most Overlooked. Employees and Employers Who Don't Pay Attention to the Importance of Hearing Protection Potentially Could Lose Much More Than Just Their Hearing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a hearing conservationist, National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) President Theresa Schulz has heard more than her share of heartbreaking stories from workers suffering from hearing loss. But nothing prepared...
Chronicling OSHA in 2007
Occupational Hazard.com's exclusive series, Chronicling OSHA in 2007, took a close look at OSHA's victories, challenges and failures through the eyes of industry stakeholders. Here's what some of them had to say. Congressional Oversight: "The...
Developing and Managing an Effective Hearing Conservation Program: By Implementing the Five Main Components of an OSHA-Approved Hearing Conservation Program and Examining Recent Hearing Protector Attenuation Research, You Can Make Your Hearing Conservation Program More Effective
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OSHA's first line of defense against hazardous noise involves engineering and administrative controls on equipment or manufacturing processes. If these fail, the Occupational Noise Exposure Standard and Hearing Conservation...
"Greening" Offers Safety, Health Advantages for the Hospitality Industry
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A new white paper released by the hospitality branch of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) indicates that a focus on greening within the hospitality industry can minimize environmental impact and reduce safety...
House: OSHA Could Have Prevented T2 Blast
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In a Jan. 11 letter to OSHA Administrator Edwin Foulke Jr., House legislators stressed the fatal explosion at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Fla., could have been prevented had OSHA enforced stronger refinery and chemical...
ISEA Welcomes 'Employer-Pay-for-PPE' Rule
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule on employer payment of personal protective equipment (PPE) on Nov. 15, 2007. The rule, with a few exceptions, requires "protective equipment, including [PPE] ... [to]...
Know the Seven Elements of Effective Hearing Protection
Using proactive terms in your safety program like hearing loss prevention and hearing conservation is a great way to increase awareness of this important topic at your company. That was just one tip from the speakers at a recent BLR--Business and Legal...
Moving to Compliance: Maryland and Missouri Respond Proactively to Pending Reflective Apparel Regulations
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that of the approximately 700,000 U.S. roadway workers in 2005, 1,074 lost their lives as a result of motor vehicle traffic crashes occurring in highway construction and maintenance zones....
New Protection for Workers
FOR THE WHOLE PERSON Look for garments from ISEA members that meet ANSI/ISEA 101--1996 (R2002)--American National Standard for Limited-Use and Disposable Coveralls--Size and Labeling Requirements, or ANSI/ISEA 107--2004--American National Standard...
NIOSH's John Howard Receives ISEA Distinguished Service Award
John Howard, M.D., director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is the recipient of the International Safety Equipment Association's (ISEA's) Robert B. Hurley Distinguished...
OSHA $100,000 Club of Safety Citations
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 personal protective equipment. Companies have 15 business...
Personal Protective Equipment: "Oh, So That's What an Invisible Barrier Looks Like."
Following a labor dispute with the Supreme Being, Fidget and his band of dwarf robbers shattered an invisible barrier by throwing a human skull through it (the movie Time Bandits, 1981). Invisible barriers are much easier to find in the workplace because...
Protective Clothing and the Quest for Improved Performance: Wooed by the High-Performance Clothing Worn by Runners, Skiers, NASCAR Drivers and Other Sporting Enthusiasts, Workers Are Demanding High-Tech Solutions to the Age-Old Problem of Comfort
For years, traditional protective clothing--coveralls, aprons, shirts, jackets and pants--focused mostly on heat- and chemical-resistant qualities. Comfort took a back seat to protection, and wearing such clothing, particularly for workers at petrochemical...
The Journey from Great to Excellent: Like Losing That Last 10 Pounds, Going from Great to Excellent in Safety Can Prove an Elusive, Frustrating and, Ultimately, Rewarding Goal
I spent a few days in Las Cruces, N.M., last month, visiting a Rea Magnet Wire facility and hearing some of the 2007 America's Safest Companies talk about their safety processes at a safety share organized by Ken Vandeberghe, corporate health and safety...
The New Pepsi Challenge: World-Class Safety: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure at One of the World's Largest Bottlers of Pepsi Products
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the 1940s, commercials for Pepsi-Cola featured a jingle that included the lines: "Pepsi-Cola hits the spot. Twelve full ounces, that's a lot." When it comes to workplace safety, PepsiAmericas--the second-largest worldwide...
The Votes Are in! Experts Cast Optimistic Views about the U.S. Economy and Public-Sector Spending
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As we move toward the November 2008 elections, public officials and policy analysts are predicting a robust course for government budgets and spending. The ticket to fiscal prosperity may be marked by some uncertainty and...
U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The U.S. occupational Safety and Health Administration (oSHA)--www. osha.gov--has unveiled a new Publications page on its website that allows visitors to access the agency's resources in a more efficient, user-friendly way. "The OSHA Publications page...
When OSHA Knocks: Will You Know What to Do If OSHA Shows Up at Your Door? Attorney Patricia Poole Offers Some Valuable Advice to Keep You and Your Employer out of Trouble
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With a plethora of investigative agencies that may show up at your company's door, it is important to understand the purpose of a visit from OSHA. It equally is important for employers to take action during the course of the...
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