Karen Hamel

Hamel is a technical writer for New Pig Corporation. She can be reached at karenh@newpig.com, 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647).


Dance around slips and falls with the right footwear

Tall stiletto heels are a mainstay on the fashion runways of Milan, Paris and New York.

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Averting chaos: Preparing for emergencies

Emergencies come in many forms, from natural disasters and extended power outages to chemical spills and combustible dust explosions.

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Wasted wipes: EPA's new rule eases handling of certain solvent-contaminated wipes

More than ten years after the first proposal was published, EPA has issued a final rule amending the solid and hazardous waste management regulations for wipes containing various solvents.

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Plan to improve your walking surface safety

Identifying problem areas throughout the facility, qualifying solutions and creating a specific plan to address slip and fall hazards will help promote floor safety and decrease lost work time incidents.

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Before a Big Spill: Are all your resources ready?

Updating contact information can help during an emergency
Employees have been evacuated from the spill area. The onsite response team is suiting up and reviewing their plan to contain the spill and keep it from reaching a nearby creek.

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Before a big spill: Are all your resources ready?

Employees have been evacuated from the spill area. The onsite response team is suiting up and reviewing their plan to contain the spill and keep it from reaching a nearby creek. Now is not the time to start frantically paging through a dust-covered spill response plan — or worse, an outdated phone book — to try to find a store in the area that might have a piece of equipment that the responders will need.

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Facility floor plans: 9 essentials to prevent slips and falls

Slips and falls can happen in any facility.

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Fire safety

When smoke fills a room or flames become visible in a building, it’s almost inevitable that someone will panic. Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely engineer this dynamic out of emergency plans. However, making it as easy as possible for people to get out of a building, and performing regular exit drills can help prevent chaos and confusion during an emergency.
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ASSE Safety 2014 Review

A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

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Leveraging Sustainability Initiatives to Benefit Your Community and Increase Compliance

This webinar will review how General Motors' Sustainability initiatives are being leveraged to improve the community and the environment, create efficient energy programs, improve sustainability tracking, impact on processes and overall reporting and improve overall social, environmental and corporate sustainability.

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2014 September

ISHN'S September issue features a series of essay on thought leadership. Get expert advice on self-motivation, compliance and more!

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Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

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ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

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2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.