personal safety equipment Articles

  • Personal protective equipment against nanoparticles

    Nanomaterials manufacture and use are in full expansion. With them comes an increasing risk for human health, especially at the workplace. Indeed, the early signs of potential toxicity associated with nanotechnologies are piling up. Even if they must be considered as a last resource in a traditional occupational Health & Safety approach, personal protective equipment (PPE) against nanoparticles ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Symptoms vs. Systems: are we taking safety too personally?

    In the US our fatality rate has been flat (total fatalities are actually up a bit the last couple of years) for a decade despite our incident rate’s steady decline to an all-time low.  In addition recent disasters such as the chemical exposure fatalities at La Port Texas, the Texas City Refinery explosion and the Deepwater Horizon have demonstrated ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Surprise - You are the New Plant Safety Person! Now What? - Case Study

    Advice for when you are new to EHS and have to hit the ground running Much to your surprise, you have suddenly become the new plant safety person. And on top of that, you have little or no background in safety! Unfortunately with downsizing/right-sizing and budget cuts, this kind of move has become increasingly common ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Employee Safety

    Employee Safety The following is a summary of accidents that occurred and were documented by OSHA and city management. The average total cost for a common slip and fall accident is $41,000 and the average death reimbursement is $950,000 (NIOSH 2001 data): Multiple Deaths Caused by ...


    By GillTrading.com, Inc.

  • Electric Safety in the Workplace

    Every day, in every business, there is one bill the employer will pay and that is the electricity bill. Electricity is used constantly, whether it is boiling a kettle, using a computer or equipment. It is intrinsic to our lives and is vital for our day to day activities. It is easy to take for granted; every now and then we are reminded of its importance. An example of this is when there is a ...

  • The pied piper of safety

    Many of us remember the story of the Pied Piper, that mythical person who simply played a flute to get all the mice to follow him wherever he wanted them to go. Sometimes it doesn’t take a flute. It just takes a person who is so passionate about their cause that they make others want to follow. I’ve met such a person. His name is David Biderman, whom I respectfully dub the Pied Piper ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Technical and safety practices

    Safety is absolutely paramount in the medical industry, with lives literally at stake if something were o go wrong. Regrettably, this was more than reinforced recently following the tragic news of a death of a newborn at a hospital in Sydney, Australia, after it was mistakenly administered nitrous oxide (N2O) instead of oxygen (O2) in July this ...


    By Geotech

  • Controlling Exposure to Noise at Work with Personal Noise Dosimeters

    Which method is best to monitor noise: sound level meter or noise dosimeter? Controlling exposure to noise at work with noise dosimeters Our work environment has been transformed since the 1970’s with the introduction of new machinery and technical equipment designed to improve and increase general productivity. This has revolutionalised the way we operate ...


    By Pulsar Instruments plc

  • Building a Strong Safety Culture

    Accident investigations of disasters such as Chernobyl and the Challenger Space Shuttle have highlighted the tragic impact poor safety culture can have on an organization. In the past, accident investigations focused on “operator error” and equipment malfunction as the cause of most accidents. We now see that an organization’s culture can have a significant impact on safety. ...

  • Identify Bias. Improve Safety.

    Too much information too quickly can crash even the most advanced computers. Luckily our brains are equipped with a failsafe that guards against processing meltdowns. This failsafe is called cognitive bias, and it helps us make decisions based on past experience and knowledge. Cognitive biases can be characterized as the tendency to make decisions and take action based on limited acquisition or ...

  • Safety comes first for nanotechnology

    Online guide provides innovative path to product stewardship. Earlier this year, the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), Houston, launched the GoodNanoGuide, which is available at http://www.goodnanoguide.org. To cater to all audiences, the guide provides basic, intermediate and advanced options to choose from to contribute to or search within the online ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Compressed Gas Safety Guide

    Use and storage of any compressed gas under high pressure can be extremely dangerous if proper gas handling procedures are not observed. Moreover, chemical characteristics of specialty gases themselves can pose serious health hazards if containment is not tightly controlled. Paying close attention to a compressed gas product’s technical and safety information is invaluable for maintaining a safe, ...

  • Safety Shares Benefit Everyone

    Have you ever attended a meeting in your workplace that began with someone informally presenting a Safety Share? If you typically work in an office environment, you’ve probably wondered why your organization even requires these for non-field ...


    By EHS Insight

  • Using Devices and Analytics in Safety

    Technology touches virtually everything we do in modern society and in EH&S, it is becoming more prevalent by the day. Businesses can now use analytics and devices to vastly improve their safety strategy and, thanks to data that is obtainable from both humans and connected machines, make much smarter, strategic EH&S decisions. The rise of the ...


    By Rivo, a Sphera Company

  • Monitoring personal noise exposure in West end theatres with the doseBadge5 - Case study

    When the audience sits in the stalls of a West End theatre they have very little idea of the technology that goes into giving them the ultimate live show experience. Some shows enjoy runs that last for years, others aren’t so lucky, but each night there is a team of front of house staff and stagehands that bring the magic to life. The noise risks of working in a live music venue are ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Effective Protection or Cost Driven Safety?

    Operators of a system that has been running safely for many years are sometimes ruluctant to change that system. However, reagrding safety and, more importantly, upgrading of their safety systems, they should not be complacent. Especially with regard to explosion protection, it is necessary that the protective measures be examined regularly and be adapted to the latest state of technology. This ...

  • Safety Pays with a Zero-Accident Culture

    Construction companies typically view sales, quality and profitability by cultural imperatives – but what about safety? Almost all accidents at construction sites can be prevented with zero-accident culture. Some large construction companies operate for millions of manhours without a lost-time accident. Small and medium-sized contractors also can achieve unblemished records through ...


    By EnviroVantage

  • Ensuring personnel safety in a confined space

    “There are no second chances with a confined space entry. It has to be right first time.“ Identifying a confined space… The HSE Confined Space Regulations 1997 define a confined space as: “A space of an enclosed nature where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions” Some confined ...


    By a1-cbiss

  • Lightning Detectors: Safety Within The Mining Industry

    There have many instances of deaths or injuries to mining employees as well as damage to equipment due to lightning strikes in the mining industry. These incidents could have been prevented with the use of a quality lightning detector and a “Lightning Safety Plan” that is strictly enforced by both management and all employees. There are too many cases of lightning strikes causing ...


    By SkyScan USA

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