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Welcome to the Professional Safety articles section. Here you'll find this month's offering of articles that deliver cutting-edge information, lessons learned and practical guidance from practioners in the safety, health, and environmental profession.
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By Scott Gunderson, Cameron Helikson & Michael Heffner
HazMat emergencies represent a significant response challenge, especially when employees are exposed and the response involves a victim. A growing body of literature and standards guides emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital professionals in HazMat victim response and treatment. But, the SH&E professional must navigate separate standards: HazWOPER for HazMat emergencies and standard first aid for HazMat victim response. What strengths each standard may have in isolation are lacking when coupled with each other or as explicit preparation for the more advanced response that follows when EMS arrives. The authors review these standards and integrate several key concepts for effective response to HazMat victim emergencies in the workplace to make the most of the critical time between employee exposure and EMS arrival.
By Brian S. Hammer, Stephanie G. Pratt and Peggy Ross
The risk of work-related motor vehicle crashes cuts across all industries and occupations. Between 2003 and 2008, workers employed by truck transportation companies had the highest risk of work-related fatality due to vehicle crashes while driving or riding in a motor vehicle on a public roadway. This article discusses how ANSI/ASSE Z15.1-2012 provides comprehensive guidance on fleet safety program elements and can be used as a foundation for auditing an existing program.
By T.S. Bajpayee, Deno M. Pappas and John L. Ellenberger
Roof falls are a major hazard in underground mining. Roof bolting is the primary means of supporting the mine roof in underground coal mines. Despite great strides in the design of support systems, roof falls continue to occur in bolted areas. Noninjury roof fall reports provide insight into the characteristics of roof falls. This study examined 11,600 noninjury roof fall reports to identify geological contributors to roof falls. The goal is to provide data that can help improve roof-fall-related safety by providing direction for the research and development of improved support systems and mine layout alternatives.