Air Contaminant Hazards and Construction Health

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As you may know, the American Industrial Hygienists Association (AIHA) has released a Focus Four for Construction Health guidance document that identifies four significant health hazards in construction, explains the hazards in detail, gives control recommendations, and more. We recently discussed the health guidance document with Barb Epstein, one of the creators of the AIHA construction health hazards document, and wrote about the four construction health hazards as well.

Having introduced people to the AIHA Focus Four document and those four construction health hazards in general, we wanted to follow-up by taking a deep-dive, looking at each of the four health hazards in more detail in separate articles. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at air contaminants (the other health hazards are manual material handling, noise, and high temperatures, and we’ll take closer looks at each in later articles).

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EHS Management Software Buyer’s Guide

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Thinking of buying some safety management/EHS management software but not sure how to start?

That’s why we, the makers of Vector EHS management software, created the guide below and put it only a mouse click away for you! Just scroll down to the bottom of this page.

We’re also including a short video discussion explaining the primary features of our own Vector EHS software. Feel free to check it out if you’d like. Let us know if you’ve got any questions or would like to set up a demo.

And of course, we’ve also got a mobile risk intelligence & communications platform as well as online safety and health training solutions for your organizations too!

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Z490 Basics: Discussing Potential Revisions to the Z490 EHS Training Standard

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As you may know, ANSI and the ASSP have two national standards related to environment, health, and safety (EHS) training. The first, Z490.1, applies to all EHS training and the second, Z490.2, covers EHS training that takes place online or virtually. In our most recent Z490 Basics article, we explained Z490.1 and Z490.2 in more detail.

You may also know that the ASSP’s Z490 committee is currently revising the Z490.1 EHS training standard, which was last updated in 2016. And that Vector Solution’s Jeff Dalto is a member of the sub-committee making those revisions to Z490.1.

As a result, we’re writing an ongoing series of articles keeping folks up to date on all new things related to the Z490.1 revisions, and this is one of those. In this article, we’ll convey some discussions Jeff has had with other people who will be revising Z490.1 as we prepare to begin the revision process. It’s important to note that although the Z490.1 committee has had one “pre-meeting,” work hasn’t officially begun, so do take what you read below with a grain of salt and file it in the “excited plans” or “just talking” category.

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Five Principles of HOP Infographic (Human & Organizational Performance)

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If you’re interested in new approaches to safety, sometimes referred to with the umbrella term “new safety” and other times discussed in more specific schools of thought, such as Safety Differently, Safety-II, Resilience Engineering, and (to the point of this downloadable infographic), Human and Organizational Performance, or HOP.

We’ve got a cool 5 Principles of HOP infographic for you below. Go ahead and download it–you’ll see it’s based on five principles as listed by HOP practitioner Dr. Todd Conklin and has a lot of links to places where you can learn more.

And while you’re downloading the Five Principles infographic, you might also find some of this other stuff we’ve got for you valuable, too:

Download the infographic below and let us know if you’ve got any questions! 

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Workplace Suicide Prevention Tips

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It’s been a tough year for most of us in a lot of different ways and that surely includes issues related to mental health, suicide, and even depression, sadly.

Continuing our recent focus on mental health and suicide as we approach the holidays (you might want to check our recent interview with Cal Beyer on Suicide in High-Risk Industries), we caught up with Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas to discuss the National Guidelines for Workplace Suicide Prevention.

We’d like to thank Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, her frequent collaborator Cal Beyer, and all the hard-working, caring people out there not only shining a light on this issue to make us more aware of it but also giving us actionable tips of how to help.

Happy holidays, everyone. Hang in there and, if you need some help, reach out. We love ya.

Here are some links to things we discussed in the discussion above:

Before you go, download our Guide to Risk-Based Safety Management, below. 

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Four Key Health Hazards in Construction

The American Industrial Hygienist Association (AIHA), and in particular their AIHA Construction Committee, has a guidance document titled Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Health Hazards in Construction.

You may remember we had a recorded video discussion with Industrial Hygienist Barb Epstien, who helped to create the AIHA guidance document on construction health hazards, in which she explained it to us just a while ago. Check out that recorded discussion on the AIHA guidance document here.

We encourage you to download the AIHA guidance document and read it yourself, but we’ll provide a summary to the health hazards and controls they offer below, too.

And by the way, if the name “focus four” rings a bell for you, the AIHA intentionally selected the name of these construction health hazards so it would resonate with OSHA’s “fatal four” construction safety hazards.

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Introducing LiveSafe

The Vector Solutions family continues to grow. Last week, we profiled the Vector EHS Management Software offered by our Vector Solutions partners IndustrySafe. This week, we’re profiling the newest member of the Vector family, LiveSafe, and their risk communication & intelligence communication platform.

In the recorded discussion below, we talk with Dan Morrison of LiveSafe to learn more about what LiveSafe is and does. Check it out and let us know if you’ve got any questions for us!

And before you go, feel free to download our Guide to Risk-Based Safety Management!

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Z490 Basics: Your Intro to the ANSI/ASSP Z490 EHS Training Standards

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In case you weren’t aware, ANSI and the ASSP have two standards related to EHS training. They are:

In this article, we’re going to give you a brief introduction to both of the standards and give you updates on their current status (Jeff Dalto of Vector Solutions | Convergence Training is a member of the Z490 committee and is currently working with others to revise the Z490.1 standard).

We’ll also link you to some helpful related resources and downloadable safety training guides. What’s not to like, right?

Enjoy the Z490 overview and let us know if you’ve got any questions.

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Introducing Vector EHS: Vector Solutions Offers EHS Management Software

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Some Convergence Training customers may know that (1) we became part of Vector Solutions about two years ago and are in the process of changing our name to Vector Solutions and (2) Vector Solutions includes many other brands, including IndustrySafe and LiveSafe.

Industry Safe makes EHS management software that Vector Solutions has called Vector EHS.

In the recorded discussion below, we talk with Clare Epstein of IndustrySafe to learn more about the Vector EHS management software that’s available to any Vector Solutions customers, including of course customers of Convergence Training.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions and thanks to Clare for sharing her time, knowledge, and passion for EHS management with us.

Hope you enjoyed the discussion about Vector EHS and let us know if you have any questions.

We’ve got a bunch of links and free resources for you below if you want to check that out.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Safety Management Systems: A Talk with Kahlilah Guyah

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Our society and workplaces have become increasingly aware of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion this year (2020) and that will continue to be true in the future as well.

In this recorded discussion, we talk with Kahlilah Guyah about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and get her takes on thinking of DEI in a systemic manner and through the perspective of a safety management system. Kahlilah is a member of the ASSP’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.

Along the way, we discuss the using the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle and the Hierarchy of Controls in these efforts.

And–bonus–Kahlilah is also a member of the committee working on revising the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 EHS Training standard along with Jeff Dalto of Vector Solutions, so we included a few words about that and Kahlilah’s desire to bring these diversity, equity, and inclusion learnings into EHS training and the standard.

NOTE: Jeff’s voice is soft here–I should have worn my ear buds, sorry!–but Kahlilah’s is loud and clear and she’s the one with the important stuff to say 🙂 

Please note that Vector Solutions has a Professional Developing Training Library that includes online training courses on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We’ve got a bunch of links for you below, too.

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COVID Basics–Common OSHA Citations Related to COVID-19

OSHA recently published yet another guidance related to COVID-19, titled Common COVID-19 Citations: Helping Employers Better Protect Workers and Comply with OSHA Regulations (there’s also a shorter, “Lessons Learned” document they created as well).

As you might have guessed, the new OSHA guidance:

  • Lists some common citations related to COVID-19
  • Gives some tips for complying with OSHA standards during the COVID-19 pandemic

Although we encourage you to read the OSHA guidance, as always, we’ll summarize the guidance for you here as well.

Be sure to check all of the OSHA guidance documents related to COVID-19 at the OSHA COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics web page.

Also, please check out the free COVID-19 training videos our parent company, Vector Solutions, is offering.

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The AIHA’s ‘Focus Four for Health in Construction’ Guidance

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In 2019, the American Industrial Hygienist Association, also known as the AIHA, released a document titled Focus Four for Health: An Initiative to Address Four Major Construction Health Hazards. You can download the AIHA guidance document for yourself at the link we just gave you.

One of the authors of that AIHA guidance document, industrial hygienist Barb Epstien, joined us recently to discuss the construction health hazards, some controls, and the guidance in general. A recording of that discussion is below. We’d like to thank Barb for sharing her time, knowledge, and expertise with us.

The four hazards are:

  • Manual material handling
  • Noise
  • Air contaminants
  • High temperatures

Also, know that the AIHA has more recently created a similar guidance document related to COVID-19 and construction. We’ll be talking with Barb about that too in a similar recorded discussion soon, so please watch for that.

Enjoy the video, thanks again to Barb, and have a great day!

Continue reading to get some related resources and links below.

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