Articles by Dave Johnson

Standards relating to arc flash

software can aid in compliance
May 30, 2013

OSHA Standards 29-CFR, Part 1910. Occupational Safety and Health Standards. 1910 sub part S (electrical) Standard number 1910.333 specifically addresses Standards for Work Practices and references NFPA 70E.

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What you need to know about management systems

They're about tools, not guarantees
May 29, 2013

Consultants Tom Rancour and Bradford Russell offered these takeaways in a session at the AIHce: Some companies implement and dedicate time to management systems, but the guiding principle, the safety and health policy, is buried in some labor manual. Without a “map,” management systems develop “escapes”  or leaks in risk management compliance because the vision and the followup protocols are buried.

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Top occupational & environmental health and safety issues at the conference

May 29, 2013

Prominent at this year’s AIHce were seminars and workshops reflecting the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s (AIHA biennial membership survey listing top public policy issues of concern to AIHA members and the occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) profession over the next two years.

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Who’s competent to assess indoor air quality?

Major EHS associations to develop registry
May 29, 2013

The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and AIHA Registry Programs, LLC, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will lead the way toward joint development of a registry for qualified indoor air quality (IAQ) practitioners.

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Selecting PPE for arc flash protection

Two ways to choose
May 29, 2013

Four different arc flash type events need to be assessed when designing safety programs: Open Air Arc Flashes; Ejected Arc Flashes; Equipment Focused Arc; Flashes (Arc-in-a-box); Tracking Arc Flashes. Many methods exist to protect personnel from arc flash hazards.

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Yes, occupational safety and health investigative reporting still exists

“I began chasing down a long, long paper trail"
May 28, 2013

The13th Annual Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture for Outstanding EHS Investigative Reporting at AIHce was entitled, “Breaking the Silence: The Importance of Public Records for Worker Safety at Sensient Flavors,” presented by Tony Cook, an Indianapolis Star reporter who covered the investigation of the Sensient plant where federal health officials found a third of the plant’s roughly 100 production workers had experienced abnormally restrictive lung function.

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Michaels concerned about safety pro shortage

OSHA chief also spells out changes for VPP sites
May 28, 2013

A packed assembly room at the AIHce was treated to a conversation between OSHA boss Dr. David Michaels and a former OSHA chief, John Henshaw, who headed OSHA during the Bush II administration. Here are some takeaways from Dr. Michaels’ comments:

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DuPont global competency leader in occ health assumes AIHA presidency

May 28, 2013

The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) 2013 concluded its six-day event with the induction of a new American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) leader. Barbara J. Dawson, CIH, CSP, was inducted as president of the international professional society, which represents 10,000 occupational and environmental health and safety professionals.

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Arc flash: a violent event

Can be inconsequential...or fatal
May 28, 2013

An arc flash is distinctly different from the arc blast. It is part of an arc fault, a type of electrical explosion that results from a low-impedance connection to ground or another voltage phase in an electrical system.

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Takeaways from OSHA chief talk

"The standards system doesn't work"
May 22, 2013

Actually OSHA chief Dr. David Michaels did not give a “talk” at Tuesday morning’s opening session at the AIHce. Instead, the packed assembly room was treated to a conversation between Dr. Michaels and one of his predecessors, John Henshaw, who headed OSHA during the Bush II administration.

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