Category Archives: Miscellaneous

People concerned about burnout among health care professionals, survey shows

Sep 17, 2019
Bethesda, MD — About three-quarters of U.S. adults say burnout among health care professionals is a concern and fear that it compromises their own safety and the level of care they receive, according to the results of a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 Americans 18 and older in May. Of those, 74% ind

Preparing for Active Shooters with Safety Technology

Sep 16, 2019
For the past 30 years, Joel Vetter, chief of fire rescue services for Suffolk County, New York, has seen an evolution in the types of threats that call for emergency preparedness. He’s observed schools and the American public at large move from simple procedures such as stop, drop and roll to full-scale drills to prepare for mass shooting situations, or what he considers, “the new norm.” “

Waking up to the risks of workplace fatigue

Sep 04, 2019
For many people struggling to cope with the pressures of life in a 24/7, on-demand world, sleep gets relegated to the bottom of their to-do list. Sleep is sacrificed to squeeze in an extra hour of productivity, or because rest time is equated with wasted time. “In America, we have a long-standing culture of thinking, ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead,’ or ‘Sleep is for lazy people,’ or ‘Pe

Materials Handling Training Throughout the Facility

Sep 03, 2019
Safely managing hazardous materials isn’t just a series of tasks for the crew at the receiving dock to complete. Recognizing every area where hazardous materials are handled, stored, used, transported and collected is the first step in creating trainings that minimize risk and promote safe work practices throughout the facility. Just as technicians in a quality control lab perform different job

Protecting Factory Electrical Enclosures from Summer Heat

Aug 19, 2019
The threats that make enclosure thermal management necessary to begin with reach the height of their destructive energies all at once, once a year, in the summertime. While some logistics of manufacturing become vastly less complicated in the summer sun, several interrelated changes in the weather threaten the critical electronics that allow production lines to operate. These factors—heat, debri

Active shooter training worked: Walmart employee helps lead 150 people to safety

Aug 19, 2019
Unlike other types of safety training that employees use every day, active shooter instructions are the kind that you hope they’ll never have to depend upon. In the case of the mass shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, TX, active shooter training may have saved dozens of lives. Long-term Walmart employee Gilbert Serna was working at the El Paso store on the day the shooter killed 22 people. Sern

Coalition of attorneys general sue EPA over asbestos regulation

Aug 06, 2019
San Francisco — Attorneys general of 10 states and the District of Columbia are suing the Environmental Protection Agency and its administrator, Andrew Wheeler, over the agency’s refusal to issue a rule to further regulate asbestos – a known human carcinogen. In a lawsuit filed June 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the plaintiffs contend that EPA’s Apr

Dank Dilemma: The Unregulated CBD Market and Drug Testing

Aug 06, 2019
“We are in the Wild Wild West when it comes to CBD,” Adele Abrams exclaimed to a crowded room of attendees at the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Safety 2019 conference. The employment law attorney and president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltville, Md. isn’t far from the truth. The absence of federal oversight of cannabinol (CBD)-based products has given ri

Worker passed out in front of supervisors: Is that adequate notice for workers’ comp?

Jul 22, 2019
A worker’s supervisors saw him pass out while on the job. But his employer says the worker never gave formal notice of his workplace injury. Did a court award him workers’ comp benefits? Otis Nero worked for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. On June 20, 2012, Nero was part of a SCDOT road crew. His job that day involved pulling a 30-foot-long two-by-four “squeegee board” to

Autonomous Mining, Construction Vehicles Aid in Worker Safety

Jul 22, 2019
The future of vehicles has always been somewhat fantasized. Quotes from movies such as Back to the Future, “Roads? Where we are going, we don’t need roads,” and futuristic scenes depicted through novels make us feel like a tin can with four wheels getting us from Point A to Point B is just plain old boring. Perhaps this is why everyone was so excited a decade ago when the though