Health and Safety

Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

Jan 22nd, 2013 | By
Conflict Minerals Final Rules: What Changed?

This is the second in a multi-part series of EHS Journal articles providing background and guidance on the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals rule (DFCM). This article explains key provisions of the final rule and analyzes differences between the proposed and final rules.



Operator Procedures: A Tale of Two Gas Plants

Dec 29th, 2012 | By
Operator Procedures: A Tale of Two Gas Plants

I have visited several gas plants across the United States.  Gas plants are complex facilities.  They operate at high pressure with flammable materials and dangerous products. Gas plants are regulated by Process Safety Management standards to address the inherent hazards of operations. When visiting gas plants, I make it a habit to stop in the
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Nanomaterial Risk Assessment

Nov 11th, 2012 | By
Nanomaterial Risk Assessment

The process for conducting a nanomaterial risk assessment was published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA) on September 12, 2012. The draft Practical Guidance, Working Safely with Engineered Nanomaterials and Nanoproducts, applies to companies that use or manufacture nanomaterials and companies that handle products containing nanomaterials. As stated in
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New CPR Method Video – Continuous Chest Compression

Oct 24th, 2012 | By
New CPR Method Video – Continuous Chest Compression

Here’s a great video from the University of Arizona’s Sarver Heart Center demonstrating a new method for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Continuous Chest Compression CPR advocates the following immediate actions for victims who suffer sudden cardiac arrest: Order someone to call for emergency assistance. Immediately start chest compressions at a rate of 100 beats per
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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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Diesel Engine Exhaust Declared a Carcinogen by IARC

Jul 8th, 2012 | By
Diesel Engine Exhaust Declared a Carcinogen by IARC

Diesel engine exhaust was classified on June 12, 2012 as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The reclassification of diesel engine exhaust from probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A) to carcinogenic to humans was based on evidence showing that exposure to diesel exhaust is associated with an
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