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These are my GENERAL SAFETY related articles as of 6/1/2015

  1. Amazing forklift animations, a must see
  2. NFPA’s Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW)
  3. Safety Culture Lessons from the GM Ignition Switch Internal Investigation (BSEE Blog Post)
  4. 14,575 Definitions in the NFPA Glossary of Terms (NFPA)
  5. Smoke alarms by the numbers...
  6. WORK SAFE BC Decision on the New and Revised ACGIH TLV’s for 2012 and Others
  7. NIOSH Requests Comments on Proposed Study of Health and Safety Management System Elements
  8. Seat Belt Assemblies for Counterbalanced Lift Trucks – Preliminary Study of Normative and Usability Criteria
  9. Hazards of Rings while working (ppt)
  10. Testimonial for Safety Glasses
  11. Thermal Stress and Chemicals - Knowledge Review and the Highest Risk Occupations
  12. ATSDR Report Examines Health Implications of Chemical Emissions from Chinese-Made Drywall
  13. Revisions to the 2012 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) counts
  14. Scissor Lift Stand Down - Safety Week 2014 May 4-10, 2014
  15. New ASTM Standard Provides Method for Recording Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
  16. National Board Report of Violation Findings for Fourth Quarter 2013
  17. Is a sign just a sign in safety?
  18. ACGIH® Board Ratifies 2014 TLVs® and BEIs®
  19. A little safety humor for the holidays (Tools and how we use them)
  20. Loading Dock Safety (ppt)
  21. Listen Up - Safety Awareness Training for Noise and Hearing for the Construction Industry Tuesday, December 3rd
  22. ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code REVISED (ASSE)
  23. Getting optimal performance from a powered air‐purifying respirator (PAPR) depends on the condition of its battery! (NIOSH)
  24. Hydraulic injection injury
  25. Use Sunscreen Spray? Avoid Open Flame
  26. Reading Codes and Standards: Part 1
  27. Interviewing: 10 Common Indicators of Deception – Part 2 (USFA)
  28. RR974 - Identifying the human factors associated with the defeating of interlocks on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines
  29. Interviewing: 10 Common Indicators of Deception – Part 1 (USFA)
  30. WARNING Signs of Electrical Dangers (from NFPA)
  31. Effect of Chemical Substances on Hearing - Interactions with Noise
  33. New Volume of Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres Available from ASTM International
  34. Pipeline Safety: Accident and Incident Notification Time Limit
  35. Wind Chill Training
  36. Safety Glasses - Run over
  37. Doing it Right! - Stencil Knife Improvement
  38. Vehicle Safety Policy
  39. DOing it Right Photos
  40. PA DEP requiring AEDs at Mine sites
  41. FREE access to 2007 Oregon Fire Code
  42. FREE access to 2010 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code
  43. November is a month to think fire safety
  44. New Welding Safety Interactive Guide from Lincoln Electric
  45. Change the clocks - Change the batteries
  46. Chemicals and Hearing Loss
  47. Mists created by the use of compressed airlines for the removal of metalworking fluids - Assessment of the possible exposure health risks
  49. Report of Boiler Violation Findings for Second Quarter of 2012
  50. WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT!!! Four workers electrocuted moving scaffolding (video)
  51. Components for Evaluation of Direct-Reading Monitors for Gases and Vapors
  52. Atlanta workers banned from driving and using phones
  53. Fatal Paper Mill Explosion was a catastrophic failure of an air receiver
  54. Back to school safety tips from the National Safety Council
  55. Scalping accident
  56. ACGIH high heat work/rest regimen XLS worksheet
  57. ANSI Approves AIHA® Revised Z10 Standard
  58. Hooped ladders and the use of personal fall-arrest systems (Health and Safety Executive - Safety Notice)
  59. Jordan Barab discussing VPP
  60. Who is a 'competent person'?
  61. HMIS® and HMIS® III Downloads
  62. AIHA® Releases White Paper on the Role of OSHA
  63. CAL-OSHA's Heat Poster
  64. Workers' Compensation Benefits and Shifting Costs for Occupational Injury and Illness
  65. Spray on Sunscreen is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE!
  66. Sun Screen Poll
  67. Safety Culture Videos - A MUST WATCH series for safety professionals
  68. Audio/visual demonstration of noise induced hearing loss
  69. Don't get burned
  70. Summer Safety Presentation
  71. How to Put on a Harness: Six Easy Steps that Could Save Your Life
  72. It happens in a split second
  73. Linking HSE activities to health and safety outcomes: A feasibility study
  74. Safety Glasses Special
  75. Test your risk assessment skills
  76. A grim Top Ten list: COSH names 2011's notable workplace fatalities
  77. Boiler Safety
  78. Be sure to ask what refrigerant your refrigerator uses when you buy a new one!!!
  79. Safety Pays!!!!
  80. I have often thought about starting a Safe Driving Blog. I would call it "From the left hand Lane"
  81. NEW Resource for Shockers
  82. Just an FYI for any business considering Solar or Wind power generation on site
  83. Changing your clocks... CHANGE the batteries in your SMOKE and CO Detectors
  84. "Hot Tap" demo videos
  85. Deer are SERIOUS DRIVING hazards
  86. OSHA SHARP Program - Is it effective? Data suggest VERY MUCH SO!
  87. FR Plastic Sheeting vs. Regular Plastic
  88. "Hats off Test"... the life of a hard hat thru its testing
  89. Torch Safety
  90. “NEAR MISS” concepts and ideas
  92. Does management know the facility's Risk Profile?
  93. Tornado Hits Rig Near El Reno, Oklahoma May 24, 2011
  94. Bridge crane accident at Jalan Setulang Darat,Johor Bahru
  95. Respirators...the early days
  96. Flying safer than driving?
  97. Electrician gets ZAPPED!
  98. Cell Phone Elbow?
  99. A close look at Incident Investigation techniques
  100. The Most Disabling Workplace Injuries Cost Industry an Estimated $48.6 Billion
  101. Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign
  102. WHY WEAR PPE?
  103. Cooling Tower Fires - BURNING DOWN while in service
  104. NEVER saddle a dead horse!!! HUH?
  105. ESFI White Paper - Occupational Electrical Accidents in the U.S., 2003-2009
  106. ANSI White Paper Examines Copyright Implications of Voluntary Consensus Standards in Regulation
  107. When someone tells you safety is Common Sense...
  108. Does Scientific and Medical Literature Support Concerns That Some Have Expressed About Exposure to Manganese in Welding Fume?
  109. 2010 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index
  110. A quick look into a Risk Assessment for a Nuclear Power Plant
  111. States Must Decide if Workers’ Comp Benefits Extend to Illegal Workers
  112. Experimental Analysis of Tools Used for Estimating Risk Associated with Industrial Machines
  113. 2011 TLVs® and BEIs® Book and Guide to Occupational Exposure Values Now Available!    
  114. Workers’ Perception of Chemical Risks: A Focus Group Study
  115. A FREE smart phone "app" that may just save a life!
  116. Guidelines for Industrial Steel Storage Racks
  117. Pallet Racking Safety Sheet
  118. Alternative to Couch Potatoes - WorkPace USA
  119. Eye Protection
  120. Gas Pump Safety

MANY THANKS to our longtime supporter/member at SAFTENG, Mr. Hardy for sharing these with our FaceBook group.  Although retired, Mr. Hardy is still a safety professional through and through!


The Certified Electrical Safety Worker (CESW) is a professional credential that demonstrates a working knowledge of NFPA 70E® Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. By meeting the experience and training requirements and then taking and passing the CESW exam, this certification will set you apart and show the world that you uphold the highest professional standard when it comes to electrical safety practice and implementation.  The CESW certification program consists of a set of eligibility requirements (completed prior to program application), a 100 question computer-based examination (with a retest process in the event that you do not pass the exam), and a set of recertification requirements (based on a points system) that must be completed within a three-year time period following the initial certification.


Video: Jim Pauley, President of NFPA, announces the new CESW certification.

CLICK HERE for more on this new safety certification.

This article was written By: Michael Farber, Senior Advisor to the Director of BSEE and I am posting it here as there is no means to "share" this great piece via social media. 

General Motors (GM) recently released the findings of its internal investigation into the various failures that led to 12 fatalities and many injuries resulting from collisions caused by faulty ignitions switches in a number of its models. The company found that the ignition switches failed to keep the cars powered in certain circumstances, but they initially did not understand that this failure would prevent airbags from deploying. The internal investigation determined that there were at least 54 frontal-impact collisions in which airbags did not deploy as a result of the faulty ignition switches. GM used the faulty switches for 11 years without issuing any type of recall.

GM’s experience provides a window into how companies of any size and sophistication can lapse into systemic problems that can result in tragic consequences. Lessons learned from the GM experience can be applied to offshore oil and gas operations, as well as any other industry where lives are at stake every day. These lessons include:

NFPA® recently released its latest edition of the NFPA Glossary of Terms (GOT). The GOT is a list of the defined terms in all of NFPA's published codes, standards, guides and recommended practices. The 14,575 terms are listed alphabetically and assembled into a free PDF. The document is used in a number of ways. It helps NFPA Technical Committees who are looking to define new terms or compare existing terms. It also helps members of the public who are interested in learning about how NFPA documents define specific terms. The Glossary of Terms Advisory Committee helps regulate the number of unnecessary duplicate definitions to try and make the GOT easier to use. Click Here for more info and to download the NFPA Glossary of Terms.

Smoke alarms by the numbers:

  • In 2007-2011, smoke alarms sounded in half of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (37%) of the home fire deaths.

Source: NFPA's "Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires" report, (March 2014)

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