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What Are My Odds of Dying From...

Posted by Don Jackson on 9/30/2015
It might seem a bit morbid, but human nature leads us to contemplate our demise. We sometimes wonder, "What are my odds of dying from..."? Are we more likely to be killed in a car crash or shot to death by an assailant? According to OSHA’s citation criteria, the chance of dying from a fall seems to rate the highest on a workers probably of dying list.

Duck and Cover, or Duct Tape and Plastic: Staying Safe When the Sh!t Hits the Fan

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 9/28/2015
Over a decade ago there was a lot of worry that terrorists might use weapons of mass destruction against us. I was interviewed by a local radio station after a government official suggested that duct tape and plastic would solve all of our problems. My comment was along the lines of “I think someone ought to duct tape a plastic bag over his head.” The raio station requested a somewhat less controversial comment. But the question remains – will duct tape andplastic help at all?

How To Conduct a Good and Effective Safety Meeting

Posted by admin on 9/17/2015

Learn how to conduct a good and effective safety meeting by: Conducting Your Research, Picking the Right Topic, Gathering Your Training Materials, Practicing, and Engaging the Audience,

What Are Escape Hoods? How Do They Work?

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 9/15/2015

Say there’s a fire in your facility – can your people make it to safety? Or what if you work in a facility that uses toxic chemicals or gases – ammonia, chlorine, or any of a number of other toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) – are your people protected? A lot of companies keep a store of escape hoods for their workers, to help them out in just such circumstances. And some go even further, providing hoods that can also protect against possible terrorist attacks with chemical or biological weapons. But regardless of the level of protection you need (or wish) to provide your workers, you should know something about escape hoods so you can select a good one.

Safety - The Big Picture

Posted by Dr. P. Andrew Karam on 9/8/2015
One of my favorite movies is Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, and one of my favorite scenes is at the Chicago Art Institute. Beginning with a close-up of a bunch of dots of paint, the camera zooms out to show, first, a low-resolution face and, eventually, a painting ("Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte", by Georges Seurat, for those of you who always wondered – it still amazes me how quickly you can find this sort of stuff out through Google). This is not a bad visual analogy for many things, but I’d like to think about it in terms of risk reduction. In particular, are we focused on any particular aspect of safety at the expense of losing sight of the totality of risks we face in the workplace? In other words – are we concentrating on a dot, thinking that we’re seeing the whole painting?

Do You Need A Respiratory Protection Program?

Posted by admin on 9/2/2015 to ppe
Did you know that respiratory protection was the fourth most cited OSHA violation? In 2014, there were 3,879 violations, ranking fourth for the seventh year in a row. The number one reason for receiving a citation from OSHA was the lack of a written respiratory program.With more than five million respirator users in approximately 1.3 million workplaces in the U.S., employers must be well versed in their responsibilities for providing the necessary resources to workers in order to promote safe and healthy work environments