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Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, Governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada

This is a historic document titled "Occupational Safety and Health Laws in the United States, Mexico, and Canada". This document would be of value to those SH&E Professionals with goblal responsibilities including Mexico and Canada. The document gives and overview and summary of each country and then does provide some comparisons.


Get a Grip: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Stylus Use on Touchscreen of Transfer Muscle Activity and Improve Perceived Comfort Using Grips, Evanda Henry, Stephanie Richmond and Nashrah Shah

This is from the ASSE 2014 Professional Development Conference in Orlando, Florida. This is the winning video (link) from Safety2014. This presentation addresses: "Get a Grip: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Stylus Use on Touchscreen of Transfer Muscle Activity and Improve Perceived Comfort Using Grips"


From Safety-I to Safety-II, Erik Hollnagel, Jorg Leonhardt, Tony Licu, and Steven Shorrock

This Whitepaper compares and contrasts two ways of thinking about safety. Safety-I, the traditional view of safety, views safety as the prevention of negatives (incidents, risks, etc.). Safety-II, a new view of safety, views safety as the ability to ensure success in varying environments. Based on the ideas of Resilience Engineering, Complexity Theory, and Human Performance, Safety-II presents new opportunities for the safety profession to add value to organizations and achieve excellent safety performance.


Occupational Health and Safety in the Hairdressing Sector, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

This report describes the risks faced by hairdressers and outlines what action is being taken within the European Union to both protect workers and develop an integrated approach to safety and health in this sector.


ASSE Government Affairs Committee Update - VIDEO, Jim Thornton

This Safety 2013 conference presentation provides an update on the ASSE Government Affairs Committee.


Floor Buffers in Schools & Carbon Monoxide Hazards, Daniel P. Mahoney

The use of propane-powered floor buffers by custodial staff in schools presents the potential for a buildup of carbon monoxide (CO). Fatalities have been reported among custodial and janitorial staff who were operating propane-powered floor buffers indoors (Massey, 2007; NIOSH, 2006). A middle school called on firefighters to respond to gas odors, which were associated with propane floor buffers used inside the school (Gulden, 2010). It is important to recognize the potential dangers when using floor buffers regularly throughout classrooms and hallways because the operating equipment may present a possible CO exposure that could be harmful to employees, students and the public who use school facilities.


Water Contamination at Military Installations, ASSE

On Aug. 6, 2012, President Barack Obama signed a law to provide medical care to those affected by water contamination at Camp Lejeune, a military base in North Carolina. This law allows marines and their families to receive medical care for illnesses attributed to exposure to toxic chemicals, such as benzene, tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene and vinyl chloride, in base water (Jordan, 2012).


Empower Your Change Drivers, Brett Haskins

Empowering front-line workers—those who stand to benefit the most from an effective safety process—has been talked about much over the last decade, yet many organizations that start the journey seem to stop abruptly. Regardless of the reason for derailment, a failed attempt can have a lasting negative impact on safety culture. From the front-line employee’s perspective, it could appear that another flavor-of-the-month safety program has been whisked away and replaced with more important initiatives (e.g., production, quality.).


Guidelines for Developing Reasonable Inspection Frequencies, Howard Spencer

Many accident reconstructions reveal that some element had failed. When a safety device fails, such as a flash arrestor, conditions exist that allow an incident to occur. It is important to ensure that some critical component, such as an emergency stop, ground fault circuit interrupter or emergency response equipment (e.g., safety shower), will properly function when needed. Some inspection frequencies are mandated in regulations, such as the monthly inspection of fire extinguishers. Guidance can usually be obtained from the device manufacturer as to how frequently it should be serviced and inspected. Some inspections are simply visual while others require a test tool to verify the component is functioning correctly.


Eyewashes & Safety Showers in Schools, Joann Robertson

Eyewash stations and safety showers may be found in various places throughout school districts, including chemistry labs and chemical storage areas; custodial storage areas; buildings and grounds chemical and pesticide storage areas; swimming pool chlorine storage areas; industrial arts; darkrooms; print shops; nurse’s office; and boiler rooms.


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