1. Emergency Response Habits

    Six Emergency Response Habits Employees Need to Develop

    Employees need to refresh their training and have drills regularly so they will be able to rely on both their knowledge and their experience when emergencies happen

    If safety glasses, ear plugs, and steel-toed shoes are required in a production area, most employees who work there every day will eventually get into the habit of wearing them—especially when they receive coaching and positive reinforcement for remembering them. When the same start-up procedure is used at the beginning of the shift every day, it will become habitual, too.

    Developing good safety habits can help reduce the chance of injuries. But what happens when there is an emergency or something out of the normal happens? Employees need to be just as prepared for the unexpected as they are for routine operations.

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  2. Eyes Are Amazing—They Deserve Quality PPE

    When vision is impaired, quality of life and the ability to work experience a drastic and unfortunate decline. Preventing eye injuries should be a top task on every safety professional's to-do list.

    According to NIOSH, every day more than 2,000 workers in the United States suffer from an eye injury and require medical treatment. That's more than 700,000 Americans each year! Approximately one-third of those injuries require emergency room treatment and 100 of them result in one or more days away from work.

    When Should Workers Wear Eye Protection?

    Any worker or bystander who is working in, near, or passing through eye risk areas should wear protective eyewear. Please see the sidebar about OSHA's general requirements for employers to provide eye protection.

    The type of eye protection to specify depends on the hazards in the workplace. If the job site has flying objects, particles, or dust, safety glasses with side protection
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  3. Global Fall Protection Market 2017-2021

    Key vendors are 3M, Honeywell & MSA

    Research and Markets

    has announced the addition of the "Global Fall Protection Market 2017-2021" report to their offering. The analysts forecast the global fall protection market to grow at a CAGR of 9.48% during the period 2017-2021.

    Global Fall Protection Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

    One trend in market is underpenetrated markets in developing countries. The demand for fall protection equipment has been low in emerging economies in APAC and the Middle East and Africa due to the absence of stringent workplace safety rules and low awareness about
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  4. How contaminants affect flame-resistant clothing

    Utility worksites have various contaminants containing flammable components, including insulating oil in transformers, creosote on telephone poles and hydraulic oils from machinery. The summer months present a whole new set of chemicals, such as insect spray used to fend off mosquitoes when working outdoors.

    These chemical components raise questions about whether they have the ability to hinder the protective performance of flame-resistant apparel – which nearly always is required for tasks in the utility industry.
    Although these worksite contaminants do not remove the base FR properties of the fabric, the new flammable contaminants can mask the FR, causing the fabric to burn until the fuel is consumed..

    Interacting with worksite contaminants often is unavoidable or simply imperative to a productive day outdoors on the job. However, you can take simple steps to protect yourself and your FR apparel from additional flammable hazards.

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  5. Employee falls 37 feet onto co-worker

    Oregon OSHA says workers for this construction company were exposed to hazards that could cause death or serious injury as they worked to restore the Ross Island Bridge in Portland.

    An employee was working on an upper deck of a suspended scaffolding system when he fell through a ladder opening, landing on an employee who was working 37 feet below on a lower platform. Both employees suffered multiple injuries.

    Oregon OSHA says the employee who fell wasn’t using protective gear. The agency fined Abhe & Svoboda Inc., based in Minnesota, $189,000 for nine violations.

    The employer received two willful violations for failure to:

  6. provide proper access to work area, which forced employees to climb structures and step over holes, and
  7. follow bracing requirements for scaffolding

    It was also fined for seven serious violations for failure to:

  8. provide fall protection to eight e
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  • Resources for Safety in Lead Abatement

    It's well known that lead is harmful. Also well known is the metal's usefulness as a component of industrial coatings, because it holds up against the elements and helps prevent corrosion.

    As infrastructure and assets age, it's a matter of when, not if, workers encounter lead hazards. That's why businesses, industry organizations, and governments have worked together to put lead abatement procedures in place and develop lead-safe work practices.
    Use these resources and information to help keep workers and the environment safe during lead abatement projects.

    Assessing Risk

    One of the most important steps in lead abatement is identifying lead hazards in assets and determining what risks those hazards pose to workers, the general public, and the environment. Risk assessments determine the location and severity of lead hazards on a painted surface, as well as the environment surrounding it.

    Examples of hazards include
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  • Dubai Municipality scoops two British Safety Council awards

    Dubai Municipality’s (DM) health and safety department scooped two accolades during the British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards 2017.

    The authority received a distinction in the International Safety Award category, and was presented with a Local Government Sector Award.The International Safety Awards are designed to recognise organisations from around the world that have demonstrated a commitment to protecting their workers from risk of injury or illness in the workplace.

    This year’s award ceremony coincided with the British Safety Council’s 60th anniversary.

    Following the announcements, Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of DM, praised the efforts of his health and safety department, and the municipality’s workforce in general.DM was one of 31 organisations to secure a distinc
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  • MSA Safety’s V-TEC Self-retracting lifeline

    MSA Safety is launching its new V-TEC self-retracting lifeline (SRL)

    It is the first in the market to include an inbuilt retraction dampener which allows the user to release the cable safely via controlled retraction; this prevents potential injury to the user and damage to the main body of the unit. It also offers safe operation and a reduction in costs and downtime.

    Part of the innovative and easy-to-use V-Series of safety harnesses and SRLs, in addition to the inbuilt dampener, the V-TEC also benefits from patented radial energy absorbing technology which ensures control over any force exerted on it. Together, the radial energy absorber and dampener translate the latest technology into ease of use, inspection and maintenance.

    Its construction is based on an award-winning design first used in the MSA Personal Fall Limiter. A clear outer casing allows instant inspection and peace of mind, while the radial energy absorber requires no
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  • Faster access to Dubai Airport

    Dubai: Phase one of the Airport Road expansion project will be ready by the end of this year with the entire redeveloped freeway to open for traffic by mid-2018, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Saturday. Work on the Dh404-million project includes construction of several multi-level intersections, with almost half of the work on most intersections completed.

    Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, announced on Saturday that 50 per cent work on the development of Al Rashidiya-Casablanca Road intersections has been completed, while the Nad Al Hamar and Marrakech Road intersections are also 40 per cent ready. Al Tayer assured that the first phase of the project will open in December this year, while the entire project is likely to be ready in the first half of 2018. He issued the statement following a recent inspection visit to the project site where he attended a briefing about the progress on each phase of

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