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The Control of Hazardous Energy, Ideal Industries

A video overview of the Control of Hazardous Energy and Lockout/Tagout.


Silica Contamination Control, Jeremy Slagley

•Silica is a known health hazard, and unconventional oil and gas development has placed it in the public eye. •OSHA’s proposed standard includes provisions for regulated areas, cross-contamination and decontamination. HEPA vacuuming and wet methods are prescribed in the proposed standard, but air showers are another viable method. •Direct-reading instruments may be part of employers’ arsenal for decontamination procedures.


Audience Analysis, Carolyn Kusbit Dunn

Hazard communication is the second most commonly cited OSHA violation. It will likely remain high on the list in light of recent changes to the HazCom standard, which emphasize workers’ understanding of the risk a material poses, as opposed to mere awareness of the risk. •Workers can only make the transition from awareness to understanding with the intervention of OSH professionals. Utilizing audience analysis as a foundation on which to develop information, OSH professionals can consistently deploy training, communication and other media that enable workers to fully understand the hazards. •Audience analysis is the process of discerning an audience’s characteristics to tailor effective communication for that audience.


Working Safely With Grinders, Jean Ndana

An abrasive wheel grinder is one of the most common pieces of machinery utilized in maintenance shops and in manufacturing. •Industry experience indicates that abrasive wheel safety needs greater attention from OSH professionals and employers. •This article presents 10 best practices for grinder use that are based on several years of practice as a safety professional in many manufacturing plants in competitive and fast-paced arenas.


The Importance of Understanding Employee’s SafetyDNA™ for Training & Development, Esteban Tristan

The field of safety has made great strides in recent decades to improve employee health and well-being. Many advances have focused on policies and procedures, training, or behavior-based safety (BBS) programs. While these efforts have made significant contributions to workplace injury reductions, they have overlooked a very important factor – the psychological characteristics of the individual. Research in the field of psychometric assessment now makes it possible for us to arm employees with invaluable information about their unique, personal “blind spots” related to safety.


Improving Safety: Reducing Incidents through Effective Employee Selection, Matthew O’Connell, Esteban Tristan, Kristin Delgado & Ron Gantt

Core to most theories of accident causation is the notion that human error comes into play at some point, either directly, such as when an individual violates safety policies and procedures, or indirectly, such as when a leader fails to establish and enforce a culture that values safety. The hierarchy of controls is a cornerstone of health and safety decision-making, and in many ways can be seen as a ranking of the effectiveness of various strategies for reducing the likelihood of human error as it relates to safety exposure and risk.


Calibration Station or Docking Station, Industrial Scientific

The terms docking station and calibration station have come to embody a number of functions and purposes across various industries. While it may be fairly clear to someone with basic computer knowledge that a PC docking station will essentially turn his or her laptop into a desktop system with the keyboard, monitor, and printer already hooked up, or to a carpenter that a calibration station ensures quality control of essential measuring tools such as levels, squares and tape measures; in the gas detection industry, the terms are used interchangeably and the differences between the two are not always clear.


A Roadmap to Effective Process Safety Management, Todd Lunsford

Advancements in technology, inherently safe design, and the application of lessons-learned in the Process Safety Management (PSM) domain have led to the reduction in the number of process safety incidents in recent years. Yet, unforeseen catastrophic process safety events (PSEs) continue to occur at a disturbing rate and are increasing in severity1. We must continually improve our efforts to ensure safe, reliable operations -- to increase risk visibility, to drive consistent process execution, and to sustain learning. This is a major challenge today in the midst of lower operating margins, aging equipment, increasing regulatory pressure, and an ever-changing workforce. IHS and its customers are working together to improve PSM programs and reduce the likelihood of significant incidents through a unique combination of software, content, and community.


Ergonomic Assessment Toolkit, AIHA Ergonomics Committee

This toolkit is a collection of freely available ergonomic assessment tools with descriptions and, in some cases, training on how to use the tool. The Toolkit also includes a flowchart to help those with less ergonomic evaluation experience identify the correct tool to use for the application the wish to analyze.


Fire,Water & Books, S.D. Allen Iske Jr. and Linda G. Lengfellner

•Preparing any business for disaster involves identifying possible hazards, mitigating their effects and identifying response measures. •One environment that has received little attention in this area is academic libraries. •By understanding the situations these facilities face, OSH professionals can conduct insightful assessments and recommend proactive solutions.


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