Respirators en Four Minutes: Life and Death in Confined Spaces <div class="field-deck"> Of all the workplace hazards, confined spaces are some of the most deceptive. What looks like a "normal" space could be a deathtrap: filled with hazardous gases or, just as likely, lacking in oxygen. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Four minutes is all it takes for a confined space &quot;rescue&quot; to turn into a &quot;body retrieval&quot; exercise. After only four minutes without oxygen, it highly is likely that a worker who is not wearing a respirator will experience brain damage or death.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction EHS Today Magazine Respirators Safety Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:12:00 +0000 55441 at Between Work and Home: The 21st Century Safety Paradox <div class="field-byline"> John Hitch </div> <div class="field-deck"> After following all the safety rules at work, why do we do text and drive on the way home or overreach on a ladder while cleaning gutters? In his new book, safety expert and author Steve Casner says it’s time to slow down and wise up. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As a research psychologist for NASA, Steve Casner spent decades analyzing how pilots think and helping turn those findings into safety protocols for the aviation industry. A few years ago, he found a new calling: making the world safer.</p> <p>Collecting decades of personal anecdotes and global tragedies, loads of safety data and even more common sense, Casner authored&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Careful: A User&rsquo;s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds</a> (available May 23).</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Safety Leadership Respirators Safety News Fri, 05 May 2017 17:45:00 +0000 54861 at <p>We wear our personal protective equipment at work, and would never text and operate a machine, but we text while driving home from and often don&#39;t remember to wear respirators while sanding or eye protection while mowing the lawn. Are we injury-prone or careless?</p> Steve Casner Spokane Business Fined More than $150k for Exposing Employees to Ammonia Leaks <div class="field-deck"> Lack of emergency planning for ammonia leaks put workers at Johanna Beverage Co. of Spokane in harm’s way three times in the past year. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Washington Department of Labor &amp; Industries (L&amp;I) has fined Johanna Beverage Co. $154,000 for multiple willful, serious and general workplace safety violations related to three ammonia leaks at the facility.</p> <p>In each of the three incidents, when the leaks occurred, employees were unsure what to do, which way to run to escape the corrosive vapors and how to call for emergency help. In one situation last August, panicked employees ran downwind of the leak into the vapor cloud. Eight employees were exposed; one was sickened and taken to the hospital.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Training News Thu, 04 May 2017 14:51:00 +0000 54811 at <p>The company was issued a serious violation for not ensuring that voluntary use of respirators was done safely. During a hazardous situation, improper use of a respirator can result in a serious injury or even death.</p> Thinkstock Are You Ready for OSHA’s New Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard? <div class="field-byline"> Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP </div> <div class="field-deck"> The first in a three-part series of articles analyzing OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline silica standard, this article from Luis Pieretti, PhD, CIH, CSP, discusses the new PEL and how it might impact employers in general industry and the maritime industry. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On March 25, 2016, <a href="" target="_blank">OSHA published the long-awaited respirable crystalline silica rule</a>, which the agency says will affect 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing.</p> <p>This rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:48:00 +0000 52811 at Grainger Experts List Top 10 Safety Questions for 2016 [Photo Gallery] <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>For links to additional information included in the &ldquo;Top 10 Asked Safety Questions for 2016,&rdquo; visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>Grainger&rsquo;s team of safety specialists helps customers solve safety challenges, offers cost-saving solutions and recommends program standardization strategies. They hold degrees and professional certifications from accredited institutions in safety, industrial technology, chemistry and related fields.</p> </div> Fall Protection Hand Protection PPE Respirators Safety Galleries Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:27:00 +0000 51811 at <p>Grainger fielded 120,000 customer questions about safety in 2016. Here is the Top 10 list.</p> New Protocols Proposed for Respiratory Protection Standard <div class="field-deck"> Proposed changes would provide more flexibility for companies in terms of fit-testing methods, according to OSHA. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">OSHA has proposed adding two protocols to its Respiratory Protection Standard aimed toward the general, shipyard and construction industries.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Respirators News OSHA Enforcement Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:21:00 +0000 50581 at Fifteen Years After 9/11: EHS Today Looks Back <div class="field-deck"> EHS Today has published more than 300 articles that examine the events and aftermath of 9/11. No other event has impacted this magazine – or our country – more. Fifteen years later, we still think about it, talk about it and feel the impact of it. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As I write this while working from home on Sept. 8, it is a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day. Almost too warm. Almost too perfect. It&rsquo;s hard to believe that autumn, followed quickly by winter, will be here before I know it.</p> <p>On Sept. 11, 2001, my circumstances were different: I was living in a different home, had a different job, was &ldquo;almost&rdquo; engaged to a different man, had different dogs&hellip; One thing was the same: it was a warm, sunny, perfect late-summer day and I was working from home. Life could not have been sweeter.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Emergency Management MSHA Environment OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:09:00 +0000 50011 at <p><span>Work continues at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center attacks Oct. 29, 2001 in New York City. </span></p> Mario Tama/Getty Images Smoked Out: Are Firefighters in More Danger than Ever Before? <div class="field-byline"> By Carla Williams </div> <div class="field-deck"> New construction materials are making firefighting more hazardous to the health and well being of first responders, as well as building tenants and homeowners. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>At first glance, our towns and neighborhoods may look safer from fire hazards than they were 50 years ago. Today&#39;s homes and businesses are equipped with more advanced fire and smoke sensors, and firefighters have more durable safety equipment and a deeper knowledge of fire fighting. American cities also enforce strict fire safety codes and other building regulations to prevent fires and minimize risks when they do occur.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Respirators Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:51:00 +0000 49891 at Construction, Aggregates and Industry Groups Voice Serious Concerns about OSHA’s New Silica Standard <div class="field-deck"> Construction industry groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others claim federal officials could have done more to improve workplace safety by enforcing the current silica standard. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Calling the new federal silica standard &ldquo;unobtainable,&rdquo; as well as costly and disruptive, contractors, a construction industry coalition and the aggregates industry are claiming the new OSHA silica standard is a missed opportunity to improve workplace safety with adding an additional regulatory burden on employers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News OSHA Enforcement Mon, 28 Mar 2016 17:51:00 +0000 46441 at Frozen Food Manufacturer Has an Unusual Response To OSHA Visit <div class="field-deck"> When OSHA inspectors returned to Schwan’s Global Supply Inc.’s Atlanta food manufacturing facility and found previously cited hazards had reoccurred, company management did something unexpected; it took full responsibility for the violations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Schwan Global Supply took an unusual step when OSHA inspectors returned to its Atlanta facility and found evidence of continued safety violations. The frozen food producer &ndash; responsible for popular brands like Red Baron, Tony&rsquo;s and Freschetta pizza and Mrs. Smith&rsquo;s desserts &ndash; accepted $100,000 in penalties and enhanced safety compliance.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Industrial Hygiene Respirators Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:36:00 +0000 45071 at Schwan Food Co.