Tag: safety professionals

5 great gift ideas for safety professionals

It’s that time of the year when we all stock up with gifts and treats for the important people in our lives. Finding that perfect gift for everyone on the list can be tricky. However if it’s a safety professional, we’re here to help!

Here’s a handful of ideas for you to consider:  Read More

NIOSH launches new online resource for safety professionals

Whether you’re comparing your company’s safety performance with an industry, looking into emerging safety trends or simply researching the latest occupational safety and health statistics, having a quick access to high quality industry resources can be helpful.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently launched a new web resource for data and statistics gateway to the safety community.  Read More

Happy Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day!

May 8th marks the Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, established by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) seven years ago.

It’s held every year during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and celebrates those who dedicate their careers to protect people, property and the environment and make sure that every day spent on the job is a safe one.

Here at Field ID we strive to empower safety professionals across many industries introducing efficiency and productivity into their everyday work. And today we want to take a minute and wish all workers involved in safety Happy Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day!

Don’t forget to thank safety inspectors and managers working in your jobsite. Their efforts save lives.

6 great gift ideas for safety professionals

It’s the holiday season and the shopping is in full swing! Coming up with gift ideas for everyone on your list can be tricky.

If you’ve got a safety professional in your life, you might want to consider getting him or her something special.

So here’s the list of six great gift ideas if someone close to you happens to work in the safety field. We hope you find them helpful!    Read More

Barriers to safety success highlighted at symposium

“Moving forward – through innovation and leadership” – that was the theme of an International Safety and Health Symposium happening recently in Dublin, organized by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Ireland Branch. One of the event speakers was the Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Judith Hackett.

Summarizing the 2011-2012 health and safety performance and highlighting safety successes, she also talked about things to improve and set goals for the future.

It caught our attention that paperwork and bureaucracy were stated as key barriers to improving workplace safety and efficiency.    Read More

Learning from OSHA's top violations (Part 1)

One of the 2012 NSC Congress and Expo highlights has been the announcement of the preliminary top ten most frequently cited violations of 2012 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Comparing this year’s results with top violations from last year, we realized there’s a few lessons to learn for safety professionals.

Here are five considerations based on the list…    Read More

Health and safety leaders recognized at NSC 2012

Field ID at the NSC Congress and Expo.

It’s a very busy day in Orlando! As you can see from the floor around the Field ID booth (#2810) at the NSC Congress and Expo, safety professionals have gathered by the thousands to learn, share and celebrate a century of safety with the National Safety Council. As we wrote earlier this week, three Field ID team members are on the ground at NSC 2012, but those of us back at the office are watching the action from a distance.

Each year, the National Safety Council names several individuals and organizations as winners of some very distinguished health and safety awards. It’s not uncommon for us to blog about safety award winners and celebrate companies achieving safety milestones and proving that safety performance pays off. Of course, we had to share today’s news.

These health and safety leaders have been recognized for major contributions and a number of accomplishments… Read More

Cloud growth continues – and increased safety follows

How big is the cloud? We know by the growing number of Field ID users that adoption of cloud-based inspection software is rising month after month and year after year. But as we promote the safety and security offered by cloud-computing, we’re always watching for good news about the cloud across various industries.

So we couldn’t help but notice the statistics in these recent infographics and studies, which show just how widespread the use of cloud-based services has become, and why.

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New Hazard Communication Standard to mean compliance changes for safety professionals

In the world of safety compliance, proper classification and labeling of hazardous chemicals has far-reaching importance for safety professionals working in various industries. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says its new Hazardous Communications Standard will affect over 40 million workers and five million workplaces. Given the nature of hazardous materials, even safety professionals who aren’t directly affected by the changes should be aware of the coming changes.

OSHA has seen delays this year in publishing its revised Hazard Communication Standard, but the final rule is set for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. OSHA submitted the rule to the Office on Management and Budget on October 25. It could take up to 90 days to review, but you can now view the Hazard Communication Standard rule online.

The standard requires that chemical manufacturers and importers evaluate the chemicals they produce or import and provide hazard information to downstream employers and workers by putting labels on containers. This will include preparing safety data sheets. The new Hazard Communication Standard implements the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

If the review goes without any issues for OSHA, adoption of the GHS could be imminent. While the adoption of new standards can be a costly process, OSHA says reducing safety and health risks with these revisions will actually provide a net annual savings of $754 million a year and help prevent 43 fatalities and 585 injuries or illnesses each year.

What are the main changes OSHA is proposing for the Hazard Communication Standard? According to the administration’s fact sheet, the changes will include the following:

Hazard classification: Provides specific criteria for classification of health and physical hazards, as well as classification of mixtures.

Labels: Chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.

Safety Data Sheets: Will now have a specified 16-section format.

Information and training: The GHS does not address training. However, the proposed HCS will require that workers are trained within two years of the publication of the final rule to facilitate recognition and understanding of the new labels and safety data sheets.

As the leader in safety compliance and inspection software, we’ve been watching the development of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard for a few years, since the administration accepted public comments on the proposed revisions in 2009. In a live regulatory agenda chat on July 11th this year, OSHA mentioned delays in publishing the final Hazard Communication Standard due to “extensive reviews,” but committed to a September 2011 publishing date (only a few weeks earlier than the Oct. 25th rule submission). Now that it’s ready for review, the changes could be official within a few short months.

If all goes well with the OMB, the new Hazard Communication Standard could be phased-in over a period of three years. But, with the power of safety and compliance software, many leading companies may be able to save time, get compliant, and ensure that safety and training processes are ready for change.

Staying Safe at the Top of The CN Tower

I think I have only been to the CN Tower 3 times and I have lived in Toronto my entire life.  Once when I was young they had an attraction that was a space launch simulator.  It was a ride that made you feel like you were launching out of the CN tower and in to space.  The other time was just a class trip to look at the view.  Finally, I took my wife to the revolving restaurant a few years back.  Needless to say this Toronto landmark has been offering up different reasons to visit for years.  Never did I think they would have an attraction that a) was so scary and b) would make a good blog post on safety compliance.

Enter Edgewalk

The Toronto skyline has been defined by The CN Tower since 1976. For 34 years it was the worlds tallest free standing structure.  Now they are adding an attraction that allows you to walk outside this super tall tower clipped in to a fall protection system.  They call it the Edgewalk and it looks a little scary to me.  The CN Tower also has a glass floor which I have walked on.  I was a little bit nervous on the glass floor so i am not sure if I could do the Edgewalk.

How it Works

People who are brave enough to try out the Edgewalk experience will head out 116 storeys up in groups of 6 – 8.  You can walk along a platform while strapped into a fall arrest rail system. Apparently the entire walk can be wrapped up in about 30 minutes.

Fall Protection Inspections

The safety requirements for this type of attraction must be enormous.  To hang people out there for fun every single day must require some very detailed and focused safety staff.  These types of systems require a re-certification at least annually, but I suspect that daily inspections are also performed.  These fall protection inspections might have a bit more glory than those on the constructions site, but they are all equally important.

The entire experience is expected to cost about $175 and last about 2 – 3 hours from beginning to end.  If I end up doing it I will most certainly be writing a blog about it…but I don’t know, I might be too chicken.