June 2019 OH&S

June 2019

  • RISK MANAGEMENT: OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standards: New Solution to a Very Old Problem
  • DEFIBRILLATORS & CPR: Imagining a World with All the AEDs We Need
  • NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH: Heed These Summer Safety Tips
  • IH/GAS DETECTION: The No Maintenance Myth
  • HAND PROTECTION: The Importance of Periodically Reevaluating Your PPE
  • HAND PROTECTION: More Choices, More Challenges for Choosing Hand Protection
  • OIL & GAS: Four Steps to Quickly Evaluate Produced Water Reuse Option Viability
  • VISION PROTECTION: Eyes on the Prize: No Injuries
  • ASSP SAFETY 2019 PREVIEW: Safety Knowledge and Networking in New Orleans
  • FALL PROTECTION: Fall Prevention: Compliance is Not a Control
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Creating Efficient Lockout/Tagout Training That Adheres to NFPA 70E
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY: Improving Electrical Safety in Industrial Environments Through Enhanced Technology Capabilities
  • HEAT STRESS: Controlling Climate and Managing Heat Stress
  • TRAINING: Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: Keeping Them Healthy is Keeping Them Safe
  • EMPLOYEE GIFTS & INCENTIVES: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
  • SAFETY MANAGEMENT: What Good Looks Like: Making the Case for Leading Indicators
  • EMPLOYEE DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING: Drugs and Workplace Safety
  • EMPLOYEE DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING: The Value of a Medical Review Officer
  • EHS COMPLIANCE: How Mechanical Integrity Inspections Can Help Meet OH&S Goals
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Cover Story

When compared to other regulated hazardous substances, crystalline silica has an alarming percent of positive exposure assessments.

OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standards: New Solution to a Very Old Problem

By T. A. Rowland III

Virtually all portions and requirements of OSHA's Crystalline Silica Standards are now in effect and enforceable, so immediate compliance is imperative.


Features

Heed These Summer Recreation Safety Tips for National Safety Month

By Ralph Blessing

June is the official start of summer and a good opportunity to consider summer safety.


NFPA 70E helps companies and employees avoid workplace injuries and fatalities due to shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast during maintenance and construction in industrial plants.

Creating Efficient Lockout/Tagout Training That Adheres to NFPA 70E

By Darron Wright

When it comes to LOTO training to follow the NFPA 70E standard, three types of employees need to be covered.


We need a live body at the front of the room who can influence people positively, or someone on camera who can come across equally convincingly on the screen.

Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change

By Larry Wilson

They're not the same, but it's all called training. . . .


The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Safety Knowledge and Networking in New Orleans

By Jessica Davis

One of the highlights is a June 12 panel discussion on how increased use and legalization of marijuana affect companies' efforts to maintain drug-free workplaces.


Younger workers are more receptive to health and safety recognition/rewards programs and more likely to believe that, given the large percentage of our lives we spend working, we should be able to pursue a healthier lifestyle both at work and on our own time.

Keeping Them Healthy is Keeping Them Safe

By Brian Galonek

Having a highly engaged workforce should be the goal of every department in a company. Engaged employees are simply far more likely to work harder, smarter, and safer.


When using PPE, whether it

Eyes on the Prize: No Injuries

By Jerry Laws

Workers in a wide variety of industries depend on vision protection that complies with ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015, American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices.


OSHA

What Good Looks Like: Making the Case for Leading Indicators

By Cary Usrey

It is not the adoption of leading indicators or the collection of leading indicators that leads to improvement, it is the actions taken with the information that determine success.


Fabric dispersion systems are used in a variety of industries that require precise air flow. (Rite-Hite photo)

Controlling Climate and Managing Heat Stress

By Andy Olson

HVLS fans, fabric diffusers, and curtain walls provide temperature control solutions.


Preferably, have an outsider perform the audit or someone who is somewhat familiar with your program and can ask questions that may cause you to have to think—why do we do it this way?

The Value of a Medical Review Officer

By Nicole Nance

Of all the service agents involved in the testing process, the MRO bears the most significant responsibility for the accuracy and integrity of the testing process.


The vertical flame test shows a glove made of Kevlar not igniting or burning, while a glove made with HPPE ignites and continues to burn during a 12-second testing time. (DuPont Nomex photo)

More Choices, More Challenges for Choosing Hand Protection

By Jill A. Clements

Choices in hand protection have grown significantly during the past 30 years.


With a deeper level of knowledge available through seamless connectivity, increased efficiencies are created regarding maintenance schedules for industrial devices. (Leviton photo)

Improving Electrical Safety in Industrial Environments Through Enhanced Technology Capabilities

By Genevieve Pasculli

For both predictive and prescriptive maintenance plans in industrial and manufacturing environments, IIoT technology is an important advancement.


By my reading, OSHA

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

By Sean Roark

Tracking OSHA's shifting position regarding safety incentive programs.


All batteries, regardless of the type, discharge over time and need to be replaced or recharged.

Imagining a World with All the AEDs We Need

By Richard A. Lazar

In a world with more AEDs, setting up and running a thoughtfully designed, well-prepared, and high-performance AED program is a very attainable goal.


The trend toward relaxing drug policies stems from a tendency to view some substances as more or less harmful than others. The reality is, any impairment of any kind is unsafe.

Drugs and Workplace Safety

By James A. Greer

The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Institute on Drug Abuse have found that employees who suffer from drug or alcohol dependency are nearly three times more likely to either cause or personally experience an injury-related absence from work.


Fall Prevention: Compliance is Not a Control

By Jose Moreno

The key ingredient when working at heights is to not start work until it is safe to do so and create a workplace where your employees feel free to speak up if they feel the right controls are not in place.


Two methods to help contain treatment costs are to field-manage the water quality and to supervise the concentrations of the downhole chem used.

Four Steps to Quickly Evaluate Produced Water Reuse Option Viability

By Laura Slansky

After it has been determined what waste water reuse options are physically possible and affordable, the viability determination isn't over until the regulatory, environmental, and social impacts have been determined.


Manufacturers have begun creating gloves and other PPE with many new features that weren

The Importance of Periodically Reevaluating Your PPE

By M.B. Sutherland

New equipment, products, or chemicals might make the PPE that was perfect last year less than ideal for what you're doing now. It's also worth asking if any new OSHA rules affect the PPE you choose.


If a plant is changing hands, the prospective owners will want to know whether they are getting their money

How Mechanical Integrity Inspections Can Help Meet OH&S Goals

By Keith Taylor

Everything wears out eventually. Our work can help determine when that "eventually" might be—the operational life expectancy.


Please don

The No Maintenance Myth

By Kyle Krueger

People seem to have this yearning to find a gas detector that doesn't need to be bump tested or calibrated (but can magically be ready at any moment to provide the proper detection with 100 percent accuracy).


Departments

Recharging Safety for Organizational Health

By Robert Pater

Understanding how energy works helps leaders move to higher levels of performance.


Transition

By Jerry Laws

The regulatory landscape has been very slow to change, my older and wiser self now realizes. Still, I hope that during the past 23 years, we've largely accomplished the spirit of what I promised at the outset.