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Honeywell Industrial Safety is helping safety managers build enduring cultures of safety in their organizations. This blog aims to provide safety managers with relevant news, opinions and best practices to help them and their people stay safe.

Safety Trends

May 29, 2019

What Does it Take to Create a World-Class Safety Culture?

“Safety cultures consist of shared beliefs, practices, and attitudes that exist at an establishment”, OSHA says. “Culture is the atmosphere created by those beliefs, attitudes, which shape our behavior.”

Some of the world’s safest companies – as recognized by reputable institutions – have managed to create organizational cultures with a strong commitment to worker safety. How do they do it?

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Hazards & Risks

May 29, 2019

Electrical Safety Training - Enough to Prevent Arc Flash Injuries?

Electricity, what an invention, right? As grateful as we may be for its discovery, we’re also in awe of its powerful destructive ability.

In 2017, exposure to electric current was the sixth most common type of workplace fatality.

Electric shock and burns from contact with live parts are an all-too-common source of injury for anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing or installing electrical systems, including safety managers and inspectors.

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Safety Trends

May 29, 2019

Which Safety Leading Indicators improve Site Safety Performance?

It’s no secret: the construction industry has one of the highest level of fatalities. How do we know? Historical injury rates. However, looking at the past, so we can predict the future is no longer a reliable strategy for 21st century organizations focused on robust safety prediction and control.

How do you gauge the effectiveness of your safety program?

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Hazards & Risks

June 03, 2019

How we prepare hearing protection for real-world use

Ask any safety manager and he’ll say that distinguishing high-quality hearing protection from the myriad options available is daunting.

We caught up with Dr. Robert Ghent, Research Audiologist and Manager of the Honeywell Howard Leight Acoustical Testing Laboratory and asked him a few questions on how hearing protection is vetted to guarantee effectiveness in everyday work situations.

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Smart OHS

June 06, 2019

C-Suite Safety Engagement Cuts Incident Rate by 63%, ABC says

Companies whose C-level managers are actively engaged in safety programs witness a 63% TRIR reduction and a 64% DART reduction, according to a new report by the Associated Builders and Contractors.

Leadership commitment is key to create conditions for people to do their work without incidents, the report reads. Leadership also plays an important role in shifting the organizational culture towards prevention. The ABC study highlights prevention and planning as two effective strategies to curb incident rates. And this starts with an analysis of leading and trailing indicators.

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Hazards & Risks

June 10, 2019

Six Actions to Reduce Worker Fatigue and its Costly Consequences

29% of Americans are sleepy at work, or doze on the job, according to sleep.org.

Long working hours, night shifts, time-consuming commutes, zero breaks, sleep disorders – all these factors reduce a person’s ability to perform his/her job safely and effectively. And with the always-on pressure posed by our high-performing culture, it’s no wonder errors, accidents and injuries are prone to happen.

 

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Smart OHS

June 13, 2019

Is Wearable Technology the Solution to Lone Worker Safety?

Lone working happens in a broad range of workplaces and industries – transportation and logistics, retail, sales, social, healthcare, forestry, environment, construction, engineering and others. Basically, whenever there’s an activity that requires working remotely and unsupervised.

In this context, how do know all your people are safe?

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Hazards & Risks

June 17, 2019

How to Develop an Effective Hearing Conservation Program

Our sense of hearing plays an essential role in how we communicate and experience the world, how we stay aware of our surroundings and thus, safe. That’s why, when hearing loss becomes an all-too-common reality, taking its irreversible toll on individuals, businesses and society, organizations need to step in and take preventative action.

In this guide, we will go over the fundamentals required to start a Hearing Conservation Program for your organization. 

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Hazards & Risks

June 25, 2019

Useful First Aid Tips for Workplace Eye Hazards

More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day in the U.S, according to OSHA. And roughly one in 10 of these individuals requires one or more workdays to recover.

That is why proper and immediate treatment of an eye injury is imperative.

So, here are five eye emergency situations and how to treat them correctly.

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PPE

June 20, 2019

Suit up for the Invisible Enemy - Toxic Air

On July 9th 2018, the US president signed legislation to track firefighters’ on-the-job exposure to cancer. Despite the lack of conclusive evidence to demonstrate a causal relationship between this profession and cancer, the initiative raised a red flag.

It’s clear that cancer-causing carcinogen contamination of firefighters remains a serious health and safety issue.  What can be done to address it?

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Compliance

June 27, 2019

OSHA Revised H&S Standards – Implications for Businesses

OSHA’s 24-year old Standards Improvement Project revised 14 provisions meant to improve employee health and safety.

The scope of the fourth final rule, an initiative which began in 2016, was to eliminate confusing, duplicative, outdated and unnecessary rules in recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards. The goal? Save employers $6.1 million per year.

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Hazards & Risks

July 02, 2019

How to Avoid Safety Risks While Working in Hot Weather

Hot, lazy days of summer are here. For those of us working in AC-cooled offices, summer is a breeze. However, heat can prove harmful and even life-threatening for people working long hours in direct sunlight or hot environments.

And there's more than a handful. An average of 13.3 million people reported working in extreme heat each day in July 2017, according to this research.

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Hazards & Risks

July 04, 2019

This Fourth, Spark Joy, Not Fires

Happy 4th July! It’s time to light up the sky and start the barbeque, right? Not to spoil all the fun, but did you know fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year?

In fact, more fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year.

In 2018, fireworks were involved in an estimated 9,100 injuries treated in US hospital emergency departments, according to the 2018 Fireworks Annual Report

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PPE

July 09, 2019

When to Use an SCBA in Confined Spaces

In April, the US Coast Guard released a Marine Safety Alert on confined space risks and the need for training and emergency rescue procedures. The reminder came after three people were asphyxiated while working in manholes on a mobile offshore drilling unit.

We feel it’s the right time to tackle respiratory selection for the invisible killer inside confined spaces – air—or the lack of. Namely, we’ll debate the “why” and “when” to choose SCBA compared to other respiratory protective equipment when working in these confined spaces.

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Hazards & Risks

July 11, 2019

Forging into the Future of Welding. Still a Dangerous Job?

In 2017, welding fumes have been classified as a Group 1 Cancer-Causing Carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)[1]. This means there is “sufficient evidence in humans” that welding fumes cause lung cancer.

This health hazard affects a significant number of workers. In the US, roughly half of a million workers perform welding activities, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Hazards & Risks

July 15, 2019

How to Prevent Falls When Working at Heights

Fall hazards are the number one hazard on construction sites and nearly half of construction worker fatalities involve falls from height, according to reports.

Why is falling still a big problem? How do we prevent falls and ensure the safety of workers? Here are three common challenges and ways to address them.

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Compliance

July 17, 2019

New OSHA Crane Safety Regulations to Reduce Construction Site Incidents

New OSHA rule revises the way crane operators are trained, evaluated and certified in view of minimizing crane-related accidents.

Some 44 people are killed and 175 injured each year in US crane accidents, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. This April, crane-related incidents made national headlines.

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PPE

July 22, 2019

Progressive Design for Safe Hard-Working Hands? Yes, Please!

Great design doesn’t necessarily come to mind when talking protective equipment, right? Let’s face it, PPE is not fashion-forward. Its primary role is to protect people from life-threatening hazards. But a team of ambitious product designers managed to create a line of products that exudes both functionality, as well as ingenious aesthetics.

This is the story of how our eye-catching hand protection solutions became internationally-acclaimed, before making it to the shelves.

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