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Articles from Vol. 70, No. 7, July

Are Experienced Employees Falling Behind?
Contrary to the recent focus on the lack of workforce readiness among first-time employees, human resources (HR) professionals report that most workplace skills are of greater importance today for experienced workers than for new entrants to the workforce....
Communication Strategies for Achieving a Total Safety Culture: Employers Need to Overcome the Perception That Giving Safety-Related Feedback Creates Interpersonal Conflict
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the most effective ways to improve a safety culture and prevent injuries is to optimize safety-related communication throughout an organization (Williams, 2003). Unfortunately, employees often fail to "speak up" when...
CSB Report Calls for Improved: Nonconductive Flammable Liquid MSDSs
In a new case study addressing the July 2007 explosion and fire at the Barton Solvents distribution facility in Valley Center, Kans., the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) determined that a static spark resulting from a level-measuring float inside...
Danger Ahead! Cell Phones and Driving
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You wouldn't allow an employee to drive while drunk. But what about making a cell phone call while driving? Recent research suggests that using a cell phone while driving may be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated--and...
Defining First Aid: The Definition of Appropriate First Aid Constantly Is Evolving and Smart Employers Are Updating the First Aid Training Programs and Services They Offer in the Workplace
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] True story: I went out to eat in Toronto at a Chinese restaurant several years ago. A young boy one table over started to choke on a piece of food. Before anyone at his table, which included his hysterical mother, or my table,...
Does OSHA Adequately Enforce Construction Safety Rules?
During a June 24 House Committee on Education and Labor hearing focusing on OSHA's role in enforcing construction safety rules, legislators and industry experts questioned whether the agency is doing everything possible to improve safety at construction...
Drive It, Push It, Tow It or Drag It!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Each year, hundreds--sometimes thousands--of men and women in various emergency response fields across the country are severely injured or killed as a result of vehicle crashes related to emergency response. And sadly, many...
For Hearing
Look for hearing protection devices from ISEA members that are labeled according to the U.S. EPA Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), 40 CFR, Part 211) and communications devices... From Sperian Protection, home of Howard Leight[R] hearing protection products...
For the Hands
Look for hand protection from ISEA members that is classified in accordance with ANSI/ISEA 105-2005 American National Standard for Hand Protection Selection Criteria ... From Ansell Health Care (800-8000444 or www.progradegloves.com) is the ProGrade[TM]...
Giving Locally, Acting Globally
Every day, the front pages of our newspapers read like a "Worst Weather Disasters" special report on the Weather Channel. Kimberly-Clark Professional is one example, among many, of the ways companies involved in the business of safety step up to the...
Good Works in the Workplace: Volunteerism Boosts Morale and Teamwork
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As businesses strive to be good corporate citizens, many also support their employees' charitable activities. By balancing the needs of the employer and employees, volunteer work can build teamwork and improve morale and job...
House Hearing Addresses Injury and Illness Underreporting
In a June 19 hearing, the House Committee on Education and Labor convened to consider potential underreporting of workplace injuries and illnesses, with several expert witnesses testifying that underreporting is a widespread problem that must be addressed....
Incentives: "Let Their Paychecks Be Their Incentive!"
I wish I had heard this phrase less often throughout my career. This is a favorite phrase among plant managers who have lost all patience for traditional incentive programs. Nevertheless, the last time I heard this phrase turned out to be a positive...
ISEA Steps Up on Issues to Improve Worker Safety, Health through PPE Use
Throughout this summer and fall, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) will engage the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Congress on issues to improve worker...
MSDS Gone Wild! Oh No! We Have a Serious Problem. the Plant Office Manager Ran into My Office with a Frantic Look of Panic on Her Face. the Company Safety Inspectors Are Here and They Want to See an MSDS on the Wite-Out. What Will We Do?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This scenario, while fictitious, is played out a thousand times every year in facilities all across our nation. We all have learned the OSHA rules of hazard communication, 29CFR1910.1200. The purpose and design of the program...
New from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-WWW.CDC.Gov --and Its National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
New from the U.S. Centers for disease Control and Prevention--www.cdc.gov --and its National Institute for occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-- www.cdc.gov/niosh--is a quick-reference Web page showing cylinder assemblies that are authorized components...
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...
Surfing for Safety: From Standards and Training to Products and Blogs, the Internet Resources Available to the Safety Community Are Growing, Changing and Becoming More Sophisticated
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Internet has done a lot more than provide alternative ways to shop, date, communicate or read the news: it also has a big impact on the safety industry and the tools available to EHS professionals. These days, you can...
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The U.S. occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)--www. OSHA.gov--has announced the reissuance of its Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) Instruction; the NEP will increase enforcement activities and focus on specific industry...
Traffic Is Hazardous to Firefighters' Health: Recent Studies Show That More Firefighters Die in Vehicle Crashes on the Way to or from a Fire Than Die in the Fires Themselves
In addition to hazards faced by first responders at an accident scene, a study published in 2003 by the National Fire Protection Association found that vehicle crashes cause more firefighter deaths than fires. Motor vehicles, it seems, pose a greater...
Understanding Cut Protection
Cut resistance is often the primary factor considered when evaluating gloves for cut protection because it can be easily measured using standard devices such as the Cut Protection Performance Test or CPPT. However, if you only consider cut resistance...
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