safety hazard Articles

  • Incorporating uncertainty and variability in the assessment of occupational hazards

    Uncertainty reflects ignorance associated with population traits (e.g. average exposure levels to a contaminant), with models used to predict risk (e.g. which statistical model is correct), and with a host of other considerations. Variability reflects an intrinsic property of a system (e.g. body mass indices possess a distribution across a population). The incorporation of uncertainty and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Using Technology to Improve Safety Performance

    The numbers do not lie. Globally, there were over 2 million workplace fatalities in 2013. In other words, more than 6,000 families were affected by the death of a loved one each day—simply because they went to work. Many international companies are also operating with different environmental health and safety regulations to consider. There are only a few global initiatives to standardize ...


    By 360training.com, Inc.

  • Identifying Naturally Occurring Asbestos Hazards at Worksites

    Asbestos is the name given to a group of six different fibrous minerals that occur naturally in the environment. These minerals can be found in soil and rock formations in many regions of the Western United States. The term naturally occurring asbestos, or NOA, refers to the mineral as a natural component of soils or rocks as opposed to asbestos in commercial products, mining or ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Situational Awareness: The Often-Ignored Hazard Control

    Within the scope and context of high-reliability safety cultures, hazard control extends into a third dimension of situational awareness beyond conditions and behaviors. While safe conditions are both required by regulatory compliance measures (OSHA, n.d.) as well as promulgated by national consensus standards and provide basic hazard control mechanisms for stagnant hazards such as machinery ...

  • Seven safety tips for working in winter

    When discussing workplace hazards that can creep up during the winter months, driving in treacherous conditions is often the first thing people mention but there are several other winter hazards that supervisors need to address with their workers. Here are seven things to consider: Cold stress: workers are at risk for hypothermia and frostbite while working ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Food safety issues in the irradiation of foods

    Food safety issues have become the most important focus in the field of nutrition today. After the discovery of X-rays and radioactivity, researchers found that exposure of foods to this radiation could kill some of the bacteria in it. Food irradiation is an additional method to increase the safety of foods. The objectives of this work are to study the safety aspects of the irradiation of foods, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Overview of risk based process safety

    Process safety practices and formal safety management systems have been in place in some companies for many years. Process safety management (PSM) is widely credited reductions in major accident risk and in mproved chemical industry performance. Nevertheless, many organizations continue to be challenged by inadequate managementsystem performance, resource pressures and stagnant process safety ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Hazardous Spill Cleanup Considerations for Non-Biohazards

    An article on chemical considerations related to the cleanup of non-biohazardous hazardous materials spills.  For examples,  Concentrated Solutions of Acids and Bases Spills of concentrated solutions of acids and bases must be neutralized first and then disposed of appropriately. Please note that concentrated solutions of acids and bases that contain other chemicals, such as ...


    By Safety DImensions (SDI)

  • 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

  • Icelandic experience with water safety plans

    The aim of this study was to investigate accumulated experience with water safety plans in one of the first countries to adopt systematic preventive management for drinking-water safety. Water utilities in Iceland have had a legal obligation since 1995 to implement a systematic preventive approach to secure safety of drinking water and protect public health. The water utilities responded by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Environmental health & safety: compliance rules!

    Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)compliance is fast becoming a major concernthat spans virtually every industry, impactingthe entire supply chain, from raw material andfinished goods to transportation, distribution,and retail. As directors, we are responsible forensuring corporate compliance with a myriadof local, state, federal, and international regulationsgoverning the handling of ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • The consumer product safety commission and nanotechnology

    During the fall of 2007, many Americans faced a hazard in their products that had been banned for 30 years—lead. As millions of children’s toys were recalled, it became clear that government oversight had failed, and that the agency primarily responsible for the oversight of these toys— the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)—was stretched too thin from years of neglect, underfunding and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Quantitative risk assessment across major hazard industries

    The terms QRA (Quantitative Risk assessment), PSA (Probabilistic Safety Assessment) and PRA (Probabilistic Risk Analysis) are used synonymously in different industries to describe various techniques for evaluating risk. Whilst quantification of risk for specific issues has been around for a long time, the grandfather of modern probabilistic assessment of the overall risk foran entire major hazard ...


    By Risktec Solutions

  • The 10 Pillars of a Health and Safety Program

    The challenges inherent in managing health and safety within an organization are numerous, but an effective EH&S program will reduce injuries, incidents and can improve the quality of products that are shipped. For a health and safety program to be effective, it needs to address the challenges that threaten failure. It should be planned, include goals and be based on the on-going measurement ...


    By Rivo, a Sphera Company

  • Abandoning Monitoring Wells: Safety Issues

    Monitoring wells are typically constructed to gauge the extent of contamination, assess water quality and conduct other hydrogeologic studies. Depending on its objective, the monitoring well may remain in use or may be abandoned permanently. When declared inactive, the well is many a times left as it is. Open unused wells are hazardous to life and environment: • Contamination may spread from one ...

  • Healthcare in Crisis: Workplace Safety at Hospitals

    Not long ago, I spent an extended time in the hospital with my father. As I stayed by his side, I was surprised to see how many potential workplace hazards and possible near-miss injuries hospital employees faced. The staff was looking out for my father’s safety, but I wondered if they were thinking about their own safety as well. We count on physicians, nurses and healthcare ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Amendment dangerous goods safety marks

    This proposed amendment will correct some of the dangerous goods safety mark issues that Amendment 6 brought us. This amendment has been published on Transport Canada’s (TC) website for public input. The consultation period ends October 5, 2009. The proposed regulatory changes consist of: Section 1.39 will now include Part 4 Dangerous Goods Safety Marks as a section that does not apply for a ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • People-Based Safety™ in action: 5 distinctions from behavior-based safety

    In a Total Safety Culture, people Act to prevent injuries, Coach one another to identify barriers to safe acts and provide constructive behavior-based feedback, Think in ways that activate and support safe behavior, and focus and scan to See hazards. These four essentials of People-Based Safety™ — called “ACTS” — provide knowledge, skills, and tools to fully address the human dynamics of ...

  • What is Probabilistic Food Safety Exposure

    What is Probabilistic Food Safety Exposure Assessment? There are a myriad of chemicals in food products consumed by populations. Each chemical in its own right may not be harmful to the population, but in combination with other chemicals, there may be risk of high levels of exposure to potentially harmful substances. An effective probabilistic exposure assessment needs to handle the ...


    By Creme Global

  • Construction site health and safety failures

    As what is largely agreed to be the world’s most dangerous industry, construction site Health and Safety failures constitute potentially severe harm to worker wellbeing, with the capacity to severely impact quality of life or – put bluntly – end it. Running contrary to this doom-laden approach though, improvements to the industry typically arise from assessing ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

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