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A video overview of the Control of Hazardous Energy and Lockout/Tagout.
•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
and decontamination. HEPA
vacuuming and wet methods
are prescribed in the proposed
standard, but air showers are
another viable method.
may be part of employers’
arsenal for decontamination
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.
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
•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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
•Preparing any business for
disaster involves identifying
possible hazards, mitigating
their effects and identifying
•One environment that has
received little attention
in this area is academic
•By understanding the situations
these facilities face,
OSH professionals can conduct
and recommend proactive
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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