Articles by Dave Johnson

“Risk” takes center stage at ASSE’s Safety 2013

Represents a move away from focus on compliance
June 24, 2013

Risk assessment. The Future of Risk Control. Integrated Risk Management. Risk Management and Product Safety. Risk Management and Risk Elimination. Risk Management Forum. Risk Factors. Risk Management 101. Risk Managers From Mars. “We have 15 risk-related sessions at Safety 2013,” says incoming American Society of Safety Engineers’ President Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, president of Global Solutions, Inc. “You are right to think ‘risk’ is a focus for the safety profession.“


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ASSE Safety 2013 by the numbers

June 24, 2013

A week before the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety 2013 conference and exposition opened for business at the Las Vegas Convention Center, registration was at more than 4,000 attendees. The expo was filled by approximately 550 exhibitors taking up more than 89,000 square feet of exhibit space.


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SAFETY 2013 Attendee Choice Awards

June 24, 2013

For the first time, ISHN magazine and the American Society of Safety Engineers are collaborating on the Safety 2013 Attendee Choice Awards, held on the Las Vegas Convention Center expo floor at ASSE’s Safety 2013. For those of you attending, stop by ISHN booth 1185 to see the display of more than 70 product entries and cast your vote for the most innovative products and services.


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63 ways to modernize the OSHA agency

June 7, 2013
We all know what OSHA can’t do. The “can’t do’s” result from influences almost too numerous to name.


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Bosses butt out of the burnout issue

June 7, 2013

Americans work longer hours, take fewer vacations, and retire later than employees in most other industrialized countries, so it figures that many of us are prime candidates for job burnout -- the physical and cognitive exhaustion that comes from too much stress at work over a long period of time.


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OSHA proposes $88,200 in fines against contractor after worker burned in arc flash

June 4, 2013

OSHA cited O'Connell Electric Co. Inc. of Victor, N.Y., for 14 alleged serious violations of safety standards after a company employee was burned in an electrical arc flash on the North Campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. The electrical contractor faces a total of $88,200 in proposed fines.


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Four categories of PPE required for arc flash risks

June 4, 2013

CATEGORY 0 -Protective Clothing, Non-melting or Untreated Natural Fiber (i.e. untreated cotton, wool, rayon, or silk, or blends of these materials) with a fabric weight of at least 4.5 oz/yd²
• Shirt (long sleeve)
• Pants (long)


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OSHA interprets need for heavy FR uniforms

Comfort versus protection
June 3, 2013

Scenario: I am an electrician with thirty years of experience.  Currently, I'm employed as an electrician by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, at Orlando International Airport, FL.  For the past ten years I have been wearing lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing while working in the heat and humidity.


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OSHA interprets NFPA 70E questions from the field

Do these scenarios apply to your workplace?
May 31, 2013

Question (1): Scenario: Employees will be using an insulated device to verify that an electrical circuit that has been "turned off, locked, and tagged" is de-energized. Are these employees required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) under OSHA's construction standard 1926.416(a)(1) and/or NFPA 70E?


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Arc flash statistics

400 fatalities a year
May 31, 2013

Statistics have been compiled from various sources and present a sobering picture of arc flash incidents in the USA.


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