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October 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Congrats to OSHA Underground & Safety Community, selected as a LexisNexis Top 25 Blogs

Selections were made by the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation Law Center staff using feedback from community members and Larson’s National Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board members.



The Top 25 Blogs contain some of the best writing out there on workers' compensation and workplace issues… Continue

Added by John Astad on October 26, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween – Saturday, October 31st is just around the corner. Combine dressing up in costumes with free candy and you create a kid friendly holiday! It is a favorite holiday of many, but they’re thinking about costumes, candy and fun with their friends. Safety is the last thing on their minds, so parents and motorists need to be especially alert. Anytime a child or an adult has an accident, it's tragic. The last thing that you want to happen is for your child, friend, loved one or co-worker to… Continue

Added by Ken Oswald on October 23, 2009 at 10:34am — No Comments

Is it safe to be pregnant at work?

Pregnancy is not an illness! However, according to the Health and Safety at Work Act, the employer has a duty of care. There are issues that can make this a challenge for some employers. Some women don’t feel ready to share their condition with their employers and colleagues – until it becomes difficult to conceal.



Whether there are good reasons, such as previous miscarriages, health conditions that make pregnancy higher risk, single mothers – or simply a belief that their pregnant… Continue

Added by Malcolm Tullett on October 23, 2009 at 6:53am — No Comments

NIOSH Pocket Guide app for iPhone and iPod Touch released

Dangerous Decisions LLC today is proud to introduce the NIOSH Pocket Guide 1.0, their new chemical hazards database for iPhone and iPod touch. Designed specifically to take advantage of the iPhone's interface, the NIOSH Pocket Guide (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) gives safety professionals immediate access to crucial information on all of 677 chemicals in the database including all the resources of the NIOSH Pocket Guide and much more.



The NIOSH Pocket Guide… Continue

Added by Chester T. Karella C.S.P./C.E.T. on October 21, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

Calorimetry Testing

Accelerating Rate Calorimetry

The ARC provides thermal hazard evaluation of products, reaction mixtures and intermediates. The experimental results are used for reactor and pilot plant safety analysis. It determines the relationship between time, temperature, and pressure for exothermic reactions. Thermal and pressure hazard parameters related to ARC data include:



• Heat generation rates

• Onset temperature

• Decomposition temperature of the… Continue

Added by Ashley Swanson on October 20, 2009 at 12:29pm — No Comments

ROOF WORK

Day in and day out falls from a height remains a major source of injuries at work in construction environments.

Falling from height is the major cause of fatalities in the construction industry. More than half of falls from a height of over 2 metres result in death or serious injury. All such deaths and serious injuries are preventable.

Roof work is inherently hazardous and results in a significant number of serious accidents every year. Don’t become a… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on October 18, 2009 at 1:11am — No Comments

Protecting America’s Workers Act of 2009: A Plan to Give OSHA A Lot More Teeth

Cross posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com/



From: McDermott Newsletters



"Just weeks before his death, the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), with the help of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on October 15, 2009 at 8:18am — No Comments

A Moment of Choice

In my safety blog, Safer By Choice, I try and present ideas that would give people an opportunity to discuss options, to make choices. Everything we do is decisionable, and we are frequently on autopilot. But if we learn to make the best decisions with each action we take, then when the moment of decision is quick we will have trained ourselves to make a correct decision - a safe decision.



When my son was first driving, he told… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on October 14, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Next Step in Accommodating Major Chemical Accidents by Hans K. Fauske

INTRODUCTION



Infrequent, but major chemical accidents can be attributed to explosive, (i.e., catastrophic vessel failures) as well as non-explosive, (i.e., discharge through relief systems, pipe breaks, etc.) releases of toxic and flammable materials. Explosive releases can result from overpressure or overtemperature. The frequency of loss of pressure control as a result of inadequate vent size designs can be significantly reduced by adopting the methodology recently completed by the… Continue

Added by Ashley Swanson on October 13, 2009 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Are you taking in 2009's biggest safety shows?

According to OH&S magazine, the two biggest workplace safety shows taking place this year are the National Safety Congress this month in Orlando and the A+A next month in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Are you heading to both, either or neither?

Read the full OH&S article.

Added by Lara Kretler on October 13, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

From the inventer of "Safe T Climb"

Safe T Climb

“The tool that saves lives”



I was a roofing contractor for 30 years in Los Angeles, CA.

Back in 1994, during the course of a commercial roof installation, my 40 ft. extension ladder was blown over by the wind.

I was unable to catch it, and found myself witnessing the possibility of a severe or fatal accident about to occur.

A mother walking hand in hand, with a very small child was right on target for the end of my ladder. In those few seconds I made… Continue

Added by Michael Foust on October 9, 2009 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Free eBook: Social Network Marketing, 12 Steps for Success

I got this one from a friend last night and read it cover to cover. This should help us all get to the next level in regards to marketing on social networks and social media.



You can download it here:
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Added by Madelyn green on October 9, 2009 at 11:43am — 1 Comment

Is diversity awareness important in business?

It is easy to say that diversity awareness is a hot topic for 2009 and employers should take this October, Diversity Awareness Month, as an opportunity to share this with employees. With the appointment of Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and the recent Crowley/Gates controversy, the entire nation has become aware of how important it is to understand each others’ differences. No place needs to be knowledgeable of this more than the workplace. SafetySkills™ Diversity in the Workplace course… Continue

Added by SafetySkills on October 9, 2009 at 11:04am — No Comments

Is Your Motivator Fear, Reward, or Both?

I like a good safety incentive as much as the next person. Although I haven't kept them all, I would guess I have received dozens of items ranging from imprinted pens, flashlights, and portfolios to jackets, gift cards and parking spaces. Each one of them was designed to be a reminder of the importance of working safely.



Many were given for actually working safely – for getting caught doing the right thing. Others were a reward for not having injury. Or at least not having an injury… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on October 7, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

6.2 Million Reasons to Implement a Proactive Workers Compensation Return to Work Program

Cross posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com



The following article was written by Margaret Spence, a Worker's Compensation expert, founder of National Return to Work Week, and author. The article talks about the recent discrimination court case of EEOC vs. Sears, Robuck & Co.



Margaret says much of what I've been saying in various places for awhile. She just says it better. It's a long read, but… Continue

Added by Pam Wilkinson on October 6, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Are you in the need of a job? Check out Safety Resources!

Safety Resources a division of Overland Solutions, Inc. is currently looking to add to their workforce. Below you will find a list of open positions and locations. If you are a Loss Control/Risk Management professional and you are currently in the job market or you know someone who is check us out online at www.olsi.net. You may apply directly online at www.olsi.net or send your resume to Sarah.Rowe@olsi.net.



Beaumont/Port Arthur, TX Part Time Insurance Inspector

Shreveport, LA… Continue

Added by Sarah on October 5, 2009 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Accident Waiting to Happen: MSDS

http://www.osha.gov/Publications/3371combustible-dust.pdf



There is a problem in the OSHA Hazard Communication Guidance for Combustible Dusts. Specifically it is intended to help manufacturers and importers of chemicals recognize the potential for dust explosions and to identify appropriate protective measures… Continue

Added by John Astad on October 3, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

ROOF WORK

Day in and day out falls from a height remains a major source of injuries at work in construction environments.

Falling from height is the major cause of fatalities in the construction industry. More than half of falls from a height of over 2 metres result in death or serious injury. All such deaths and serious injuries are preventable.

Roof work is inherently hazardous and results in a significant number of serious accidents every year. Don’t become a… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on October 3, 2009 at 12:13am — No Comments

Do you think a separate OSHA standard on combustible dust is necessary?

http://www.safetynewsalert.com/combustible-dust-regulation-on-the-fast-track/



OSHA has been citing for combustible dust for years, even before the CSB 2006 Dust Hazard Study was released. OSHA inspectors cited violators with the General Dust Clause, referencing NFPA combustible dust standards. Enforcement and inspection with separate standard for combustible dust will do the… Continue

Added by John Astad on October 2, 2009 at 6:56am — 1 Comment

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