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2011 News Archive

  • 10/31/2011 - Patient Handling with C.A.R.E.
    Nurses and related healthcare workers have some of the highest incident rates for back and other injuries arising from ergonomic risk (now termed work related musculoskeletal disorders or WMSD) of any industry. These WMSD are associated with the physical demands of patient handling. The risk for these disorders is due to the increasing weight of patients, the increasing average age of healthcare workers, and the increased degree of disability while patients and residents are receiving care.A ...
  • 10/13/2011 - Endotoxins
    Related to Water DamageGram-negative bacteria are common in the environment, particularly in water or on water damaged building materials and in areas where mold growth has occurred. As part of their life cycle, gram-negative bacteria produce endotoxins during growth, division, death and lysis. Consequently, endotoxins are commonly found in water associated with floods and chronic leaks. Additionally, significant levels of endotoxins have been reported in contaminated ventilation systems, ...
  • 9/26/2011 - Chicken Egg Chegg
    The merits of a holistic, integrated approach vs. a behavior-based approach, to create lasting change in unsafe attitudes and behaviors. by Michael D. Topf MAEveryone has heard the old saying, "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" In the field of behavioral safety, a similar dilemma persists. Should the quest for behavioral safety begin with a cognitive approach to changing people's attitudes and values to produce a positive change in behavior? Or should you begin with a ...
  • 9/26/2011 - Asbestos Operations and Management O and M
    If you operate a building built before 1980, you may have asbestos containing materials that must be managed. This may include floor tiles, mastic, pipe insulation, fittings on fiberglass insulated pipes, transite panels, roofing materials and others. If the building was built before 1973, there may be surfacing materials such as spray applied fireproofing, acoustical plaster and other friable materials. Many of these materials may be hidden or enclosed under carpet or above plaster or acoustic ...
  • 9/26/2011 - Fall Protection in the Construction Industry
    The leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry is falls. In 2010, 635 fall related deaths occurred, while in 2009 there were 645 fall related deaths. The sad part of the story is that most of these deaths could have been prevented.How do these accidents occur?Employees in the construction industry have a high risk of falls because they have exposure to many hazards as buildings are being constructed. The hazards are compounded when there are many contractors on a ...
  • 9/26/2011 - Lead in Building Renovations
    If you occupy a building built before 1978, there may be lead based paint on interior structures such as woodwork, sheetrock walls, block walls, doors, windows, or plaster walls. In addition, the exterior of the building may be painted with lead based paint. Proper planning of renovations will help prevent employee exposures and building contamination.Determining whether lead paint is present is the first step in the planning process. A survey can be done by collecting representative ...
  • 9/26/2011 - Safety and Health Audits Benchmarking for Performance Improvement
    What methods do you use to assure that your safety and health programs are moving in the right direction? One method many employers use is the periodic performance of safety and health audits. In doing so, they are benchmarking against: Themselves back to the dates of earlier audits Others in their class of business, and The standards and guidelines which are applicable to their activities. Measuring against established standards and guidelines is a way to promote performance ...
  • 9/7/2011 - Managed Outsourcing
    When is it time?When significant change in performance is needed. That's when.Our best advise is that significant change in performance is needed when one or more of the following has occurred. Downsizing of safety and health staff Leadership vacancy in safety or risk management Policies and programs take months, or years to be developed and implemented In-house technical and management resources are limited Experience ...
  • 7/13/2011 - Accidental Falls
    The Leading Cause of Fatalities in Construction IndustryThe leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry is falls. Since 1995, more than 300 fall-related deaths have occurred each year, or approximately one third of all construction deaths. The sad part of the story is that most of these deaths could have been prevented. How do these accidents occur?Employees in the construction industry have a high risk of falls because they are exposed to many hazards during building ...
  • 6/13/2011 - Why Construction Safety
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports over 150,000 construction related injuries per year with over 1,000 fatalities per year. In the construction environment potential hazards can change constantly which unfortunately can take a significant toll on employees, their families, employers and society.Most construction accidents result from one of the following four hazards: Falls from elevationsElectrocutionStruck by objects, soil, or equipmentStuck in or between equipment or vehicles. Why ...
  • 6/13/2011 - Ten Great Public Health Achievements
    During the 20th century, life expectancy at birth among U.S. residents increased by 62%, from 47.3 years in 1900 to 76.8 in 2000, and unprecedented improvements in population health status were observed at every stage of life. In 1999, MMWR published a series of reports highlighting 10 public health achievements that contributed to those improvements. This report assesses advances in public health during the first 10 years of the 21st century. Public health scientists at CDC were asked to ...
  • 6/13/2011 - Safe Patient Handling SPH Is Your Program E3
    How do you measure success when it comes to patient handling? Is compliance a starting point? Is compliance enough? A good business model is achieving E3, having a program that is effective, efficient, and exemplary.EffectiveThe primary goal for a SPH program is to prevent harm to caregivers and patients/residents/loved ones associated with the physical demands of providing care. Effective programs have these demands assessed early and thoroughly with demands matched with available ...
  • 6/13/2011 - Planning for Success
    Planning for a successful mold remediation includes both the identification and correction of the building or building system conditions that caused the mold growth, as well as, safe removal of moldy building materials and cleaning and/or treating of remaining building surfaces in a manner that does not spread mold spores or fragments to other areas of the building.As a first step, the identification of moisture sources, causes and pathways that are causing or contributing to the formation of ...
  • 6/13/2011 - Heat Stress Take a Break
    Heat illness can be deadly. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from heat exposure on the job. Some of these workers even die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable.Who is affected? Workers exposed to hot and humid conditions are at risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions, are in poor physical condition, ...
  • 6/13/2011 - Fatigued Exhausted
    Fatigue is defined as the increasing difficulty in performing mental and physical activities. This is typically a consequence of inadequate restorative sleep; however, other factors such as health and emotional issues can also play a role. Fatigue has been studied extensively in key industries such as transportation, chemical and nuclear due to the potential for catastrophic losses. Fact is we have all experienced fatigue at one time or another and to varying degrees. No job is exempt and no ...
  • 5/12/2011 - Indoor Air Quality
    It Pays to Be ProactiveMany organizations respond to indoor air quality (IAQ) issues only after they receive complaints, and sometimes not even then! Organizations using the “wait and see” approach often suffer considerable liabilities and losses, due to problems ranging from simple odor issues to building-related diseases to widespread mold problems. With colder weather upon us, companies and organizations would be wise to institute a proactive indoor air quality program.The ...
  • 4/20/2011 - Litigation Support for Mold Cases
    The mitigating and controllable factor of mold growth in structures and HVAC systems is moisture. Moisture can be in the form of liquid flow (i.e., pipe leak inadequate flashing, window details or floods), condensation/high humidity conditions (i.e., due to sub-cooling of room surfaces or excessive outdoor air humidity introduction) or capillary action (i.e., moisture through block walls in a basement) or vapor transmission (i.e., through wall assemblies due to negative pressure of the building ...
  • 4/20/2011 - Patients Handle with C.A.R.E.
    Nurses and related healthcare workers have some of the highest incident rates for back and other injuries arising from ergonomic risk (now termed work related musculoskeletal disorders or WMSD) of any industry. These WMSD are associated with the physical demands of patient handling. The risk for these disorders is due to the increasing weight of patients, the increasing average age of healthcare workers, and the increased degree of disability while patients and residents are receiving care.A ...
  • 4/20/2011 - Introducing SMARTouch software
    Say goodbye to collecting field data on paper and transcribing into Excel or Word. 1Source Safety and Health has released SMARTouch. SMARTouch provides the power to conduct, manage and maintain ergonomic assessments, asbestos and lead in paint surveys and indoor air quality assessments all within one comprehensive software program with a touch. The software runs on any computer; however, for portability during field surveys, it runs on a Tablet PC with Touch Smart screen technology. Basically, ...
  • 4/20/2011 - Impact of Outdoor Seasonal Changes on IAQ
    Variables such as occupancy rate, ventilation rate, rate of contaminant accumulation, housekeeping, processes, integrity of building systems, temperature control, and moisture intrusion are known to impact the air quality within buildings. Most of these variables can be controlled, thereby, limiting the impact these variables may have on the expression of symptoms by an occupant. Certain variables such as seasonal changes and occupant variables (i.e. age and health) are less likely to be ...

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