Health and Safety

Europe: Carcinogenic Chemicals List Quadruples

Oct 21st, 2012 | By
Europe: Carcinogenic Chemicals List Quadruples

On June 4, 2012 a silent revolution happened, and it went unnoticed by many of us. In Europe, the number of chemicals in use classified as carcinogens quadrupled. If you are a corporate director or manager you should be concerned by the implications of this in the long run, as it is one of the
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Workplace Safety: The Hazards of Your Filthy Desk

Oct 9th, 2012 | By
Workplace Safety: The Hazards of Your Filthy Desk

The Hazards of Your Filthy Desk is a great information graphic from LearnStuff.com that describes the health hazards associated with offices. The graphic includes a couple dozen high-impact images and informative text (excerpt below). It would make a good poster or safety meeting handout.



Is Your Contractor Safety Program in the Toilet? Maybe it Should Be!

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
Is Your Contractor Safety Program in the Toilet? Maybe it Should Be!

On a recent visit to a well site in West Texas, we stumbled (well, not really… we were escorted) upon the woman who cleans out the on-site port-a-potty. What was her greatest hazard? Gas.  And not the type of gas normally associated with a port-a-potty. This was an active drill site with sour crude.  This
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Eliminating Condensation with Large-diameter Fans

Sep 19th, 2012 | By
Eliminating Condensation with Large-diameter Fans

Facility managers who are struggling with condensation and other moisture issues that cause slippery floors and unsafe work conditions should take their eyes off of the floor and instead look up. Large-diameter, low speed overhead fans can help to clear condensation and the puddles that condensation leaves behind. Here’s an example of how employee safety
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Contractor Safety Management—Getting Back to Basics

Jul 14th, 2012 | By
Contractor Safety Management—Getting Back to Basics

Contractor safety is an industry issue.  Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with several integrated oil companies to improve their contractor safety management programs (CSMP). Enlightened companies have been tackling high contractor injury rates with detailed and well thought out CSMP programs that cover the entire life cycle of the
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Safety Incidents: Leadership, Learning, and a Single Word

May 11th, 2012 | By
Safety Incidents: Leadership, Learning, and a Single Word

It’s clear that when it comes to safety, what leaders say and do matters. What I’ve found is that the difference in behavior between good leaders and great leaders can be very minor, but the difference in terms of outcome can be huge. How leaders approach “learning from incidents” (LFIs) is one example where small
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Globally Harmonized System: U.S. Final Rule

Apr 28th, 2012 | By
Globally Harmonized System: U.S. Final Rule

  On March 26, 2012 the United States Federal Register published the final rule on the Hazard Communication Standard/Globally Harmonized System. This final rule will become effective 60 days after the date of publication. The changes will bring the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, which was first adopted in 1983,
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Does Operational Discipline Replace Strong Safety Leadership?

Mar 19th, 2012 | By
Does Operational Discipline Replace Strong Safety Leadership?

On a recent flight from Newark to Chicago, I sat next to an American Airlines pilot, with whom I struck up a conversation. In the midst of our discussion, the flight attendant began the usual speech on safety instructions, seat belts, and evacuation. The pilot stopped talking and said, “I need to listen to these
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Ban on Mobile Phone Use While Driving Called for in the U.S.

Jan 28th, 2012 | By
Ban on Mobile Phone Use While Driving Called for in the U.S.

  The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended in December that states enact bans on all nonemergency use of mobile phones and portable electronic devices by motorists while driving. The NTSB made its recommendation after investigating a multivehicle crash in Gray Summit, Missouri that involved a driver who was texting. The crash, which occurred
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Winter Driving Tips

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By
Winter Driving Tips

The following winter driving tips were posted on the Weather Channel web site.   Driving in Snow and Ice The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.  Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do
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