Ever heard about industrial hygiene without really knowing what it is or what an industrial hygienist does?
Well fear no more, friend, because we’ve teamed up with a real-life industrial hygienist to explain it all to us.
In this interview, Morgan Bliss, an industrial hygienist and an Assistant Professor in the Safety Management Department at Central Washington University, is kind enough to walk us through a comprehensive introduction to the field. So get ready to learn everything you ever wanted to know about IH! Not only that, Morgan:
Prepared her own PowerPoint presentation to walk us through this discussion–you’ll see her slides below
Included her own original artwork in that PowerPoint–you’ll see Morgan’s IH-themed drawings below too
If you’re the type who prefers to listen instead of read, scroll down to the bottom of this article for a recording of this discussion.
Also, remember that Morgan will be coming back to discuss the hierarchy of controls in a second interview soon.
Hey Caterpillar dealers! We’ll be exhibiting and presenting at the upcoming 2018 Cat Dealers Continuous Improvement Conference in sunny (and fabulous!) San Diego, CA Monday, August 15-Friday, August 17 and look forward to seeing you there. It’s at the very swanky Rancho Bernardo Inn, by the way!
As if that weren’t enough, our very own Valerie (“call me Val”) Cantrell will be presenting two times on Thursday, August 16.
First, she’ll present at 9:05 am along with CAT’s North Carolina dealership Gregory Poole in a presentation titled “Associates Development Strategy Convergence Training LMS Share.” In this presentation, Naomi will explain why Gregory Poole partnered with Convergence Training and share their experiences, with Val there to offer additional insights she has learned from Caterpillar dealers about their needs. Val will also be holding a raffle during this session, with the lucky winner taking home a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB portable external hard drive (pretty cool!).
In addition, just a little later on the same day, Val will lead a short 10-minute Convergence Training Vendor Summary during which she’ll give a brief overview of the products Convergence Training has to offer. She’ll be happy to answer any questions you have then or at anytime during the conference.
It promises to be a great conference in total, and we look forward to meeting you there and playing our part. See you soon!
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If you’ve had your ear to the ground for the past 10-15 years, you’ll know there’s been a bit of a seismic shift in occupational safety and health that involves a movement toward risk management, safety management systems, and systems thinking.
We wanted to learn more and pull together a nice introduction to all this, so who better to talk with than Pam Walaski? Chances are good you already know Pam by name and by her work, but if not, we encourage you to check out this article, to follow her on social media, and to catch her giving at presentation at an ASSP conference or elsewhere, as she’s a great source of information on this.
So, let’s get started. Many, many thanks to Pam for her time and insights. Also, a quick head’s-up that Pam has agreed to do a second webinar that gives simple tips for implementing all this in your occupational safety and health program at work, so keep your eyes peeled for the second webinar.
And, if you’re the type who’d rather listen to the spoken word than read text on a glowing screen, know we’ve included the audio of this discussion down at the bottom.
If you need to get up to speed on ISO 45001, we’re happy to announce we’ve got just the ticket for you: two interviews with Chris Ward, who played a big role in developing and publicizing the ISO 45001 standard.
In this interview, the first of two, Chris will give us an introduction to ISO 45001, answer some basic questions, and give us links to some resources for more information. In the second interview, to follow soon, Chris will share with us some tips for implementing ISO 45001.
We’d like to thank Chris for his work on the standard and for the time and knowledge he shared with us below.
And with that, let’s get learning more about ISO 45001.
One last note: for those of you who’d rather watch a recorded video of this discussion, we’ve got one for you at the bottom of this article.
In this part of our OSHA Basics series of article, we’re going to quickly explain to you what OSHA’s 1910 standards for general industry and 1926 standards for construction are.
If this sounds like something you’d like clarification on, continue reading.
And know that this is just one article in a series of OSHA Basics articles we’ve been writing that cover basic OSHA concepts such as the General Duty Clause, Incorporation by Reference, and more. We’ve got links for other articles in this series at the bottom of this blog.
Women working in the construction trades–carpentry, cement masonry, sheet-metal, iron working, electricians, and so on–face all the same challenges that men in the trades do, plus some challenges that the men don’t. These include ergonomic challenges from machines and tools typically designed for bigger people, the difficulty of finding PPE that fits properly, a work culture that’s at times unwelcoming and even abusive, sexual discrimination and harassment, and more.
In this article, we talk with Hannah Curtis, a Research Coordinator with the University of Washington, to learn more about these issues in general and to learn about a research study she conducted called Safety and Health Empowerment for Women in Trades (SHEWT for short).
We’d like to thank Hannah and everyone else involved in the study for their work, and give a special thanks for Hannah for taking some time out of her busy schedule to discuss these important issues with us. Below, she shares some eye-opening research about the scope of some of the problems, but also provides some tips for how we can all help to make the construction trades (and workplaces in general) a safer, healthier place for women. She also gives some great resources for women who are currently in the construction trades or who are looking to get into them–because despite some problems, the construction trades also offer great opportunities to women, as Hannah describes below too.
And for those who don’t like to read, we’ve included a recorded video of this discussion at the bottom of the article as well.
In a purely non-scientific, sticking-my-finger-into-the-wind kind of way, it seems to me there’s been more discussion of Safety 2, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), and Safety Differently lately.
Note: I tend to lump these all together as different names for basically the same thing–let me know if you disagree–and I’ll be using the term Safety Differently for the rest of this article.
Maybe you’ve noticed that same increase in chatter about and interest in Safety Differently yourself lately.
Not so long ago, I “listened in” on a thoughtful and interesting discussion on LinkedIn in which people were discussing Safety Differently. One of the primary issues in the discussion was question whether or not Safety Differently was really any different that “traditional” safety.
Ron Gantt, as he often does, entered the fray and presented a comprehensive, eloquent answer in which he suggested that Safety Differently really is different than traditional safety. (I should also note that many people who contributed to this discussion were very thoughtful–it was one of those times when you realized that a social media network like LinkedIn really can be a great community where passionate, informed professionals exchange views and opinions in a productive, civil, respectful manner.)
I was pretty impressed, and I asked Ron if we could do an interview in which he presents his views on Safety Differently. Ron was kind enough to agree, as he has in the past as well, and we’re very grateful to him for his contributions below. For those of you not familiar with Ron, check out the SafetyDifferently.com website that he edits and keep an eye out for him at safety and similar conferences–he’s an engaging and persuasive speaker. You can also find additional information about Ron at the bottom of this article.
And now, let’s get to talking to Ron about Safety Differently.