Articles by Dave Johnson

Radiation exposures creates thyroid cancer risk for 2,000 Fukushima workers

August 8, 2013

Around 2,000 people who have worked at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant face a heightened risk of thyroid cancer, its operator in recent news reports.


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Respiratory hygiene in emergency departments

Compliance, beliefs, and perceptions
August 5, 2013

Low respiratory hygiene compliance among health care workers of emergency departments has become a major concern in the spread of respiratory infections. In one study, the objective was to determine the compliance with respiratory hygiene of triage nurses at two university hospital centers and to identify factors influencing compliance to the respiratory hygiene principles of emergency health care workers.


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Combustible dust exposure: lessons learned

August 2, 2013

Firefighting operations can inadvertently increase the chance of a combustible dust explosion if they: Use tactics that cause dust clouds to form or reach the explosible range; use tactics that introduce air, creating an explosible atmosphere; apply incorrect or incompatible extinguishing agents; use equipment or tools that can become an ignition source.


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First responders failed to wear respirators in vinyl chloride spill

August 1, 2013

More than seven months after a train derailment and chemical spill forced more than 700 people from their homes in Paulsboro, N.J., the borough remains ill-prepared to respond to a similar or worse accident, officials told federal investigators, according to various news reports.


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Techno safety at the tipping point

Your job is going to be so different
August 1, 2013
Used to be safety trade shows were a circus of magicians, carny barkers and buxom models in bikinis waving from swings.


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Risks from building materials used in green construction

July 31, 2013

Consider the relative health risks in the selection of the type of wood used. Use for example the information in the publication ‘Less dust’ of the European social partners in the wood industr.


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Back in the day…

Nary a word was heard about safety
July 9, 2013
Actually, it wasn’t long ago. In the mid-1970s I was a college kid working various and sundry summer jobs. Unloading rail cars of cat food.


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What you can do to stop the cost of falls

June 30, 2013

Last May, 28-year-old Adrien Zamora fell 40 feet from a scaffold while restoring an 11-story building in New York. It was his first day on the job, and he had not been given a fall protection harness or the necessary safety training. He left behind a wife and their two young daughters.


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What you should know about people, public trust, and profits

June 27, 2013

High, high above the desert floor and a gleaming Las Vegas downtown as the sun set Tuesday evening at ASSE’s Safety 2013, Cintas Corporation hosted a reception atop the Stratosphere Hotel, the iconic needle in the sky in Vegas. The keynoter was Dr. Richard Fulwiler, the former worldwide head of health and safety at Procter and Gamble.


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Safety monitoring and tracking: Big Brother is coming

June 27, 2013

Vendors of exposure and training monitoring and personnel location and PPE tracking software despise the name Big Brother to describe their expanding arsenal of analytics. But that’s how many employees look at what they consider an invasion of privacy.


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