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Proactive Safety, Jitu C. Patel

The responsibility for loss prevention begins with the highest level of management and continues down through every level of supervision and eventually to every employee.


Gaseous Hydrogen Systems, Connie Muncy

Many power generation and peak generation facilities across the U.S. employ gaseous hydrogen storage and delivery systems. Hydrogen is an efficient way to cool generators and allows plants to produce a great deal more power than would otherwise be possible using other less-efficient cooling media.Improperly handled, hydrogen is uniquely dangerous because of the amount of potential energy it contains and because it is easily ignited to explosively release this potential energy. A typical tube trailer is equivalent to 5,585 lb of TNT.


Surviving the Summer Heat Preparedness & Prevention, Lori Schroth

Heat is a common hazard for public sector employees who work outdoors or in hot indoor environments. Yet, heat-related illness can strike any worker. These illnesses typically result from employee exposure to hot and humid conditions, especially when wearing heavy clothing, using bulky PPE, performing physically demanding tasks or working in direct sunlight. Personal risk factors such as age, personal fitness level and medication consumption can also increase the risk for heat-related illness.


Indoor GPS: A Tool for Creating Safer Construction Sites, Antti Korhonen & Jonathan Horne

Improving job site safety, responding to emergencies, and analyzing incidents after the fact are enhanced when worker location can be monitored and recorded throughout a project.


Working Toward an Effective Safety Culture, Michael L. Miozza

A safety culture exists in every organization right from day one; it cannot be built, created or pursued. Safety cultures may be good, bad, mature or immature. If an organization wants to improve its culture, it must nurture its exisiting safety culture until safety is seamlessly integrated into the organizational culture.


Sanitary Transportation of Human & Animal Food, Brian Hammer

The Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food rule enacted by Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSM) is now final. The rule advances FDA’s efforts to protect food from farm to table by helping to keep them safe from contamination during transportation.


PowerPoint: Safety Know How , Prakash Ramavtar Pandey

Training module on safety know how.


Falls From Cargo Tankers, Albert Weaver III and Cynthia H. Sink

Working on top of cargo tankers presents risks such as falling and exposure to hazardous materials. •Using a fill-level gauge to determine the fill level can eliminate the need for personnel to be on top of a cargo tanker. •Considerations for installing a fill-level gauge include pricing, safety and applicability to the material being transported. •With the cost of fill-level gauges starting at $40, their addition to cargo tankers increases worker safety without placing an undue cost burden on the transporter.


ATV Overturn, Melvin L. Myers

All-terrain vehicle crashes have killed more than 10,000 and injured hundreds of thousands of riders since 1985; most were related to overturns. •Behavior-based interventions have been implemented over decades reaching their limit of success. •As with tractors, engineering controls have the potential to mitigate or prevent most of these fatal and nonfatal injuries. •In this regard, much controversy has surrounded a single potentially effective crush prevention device.


Managing Risk Perceptions, Vladimir Ivensky

•Misjudging risks posed by specific hazards may lead to incidents. •Correctly assessing and evaluating risks is one goal of OSH. •This article reviews perceptions of hazards and controls to illustrate the management of risk perception.


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