Free Webinar: Improving the Quality of Industrial Hygiene Air Sampling Data Through Proper Field Practices

TestAmerica is hosting a free webinar on “Improving the Quality of Industrial Hygiene Air Sampling Data Through Proper Field Practices” on September 20.  The webinar will be presented by Mike McGee, CIH and will provide a basic overview on improving the quality of IH data and avoiding common pitfalls.

Variability in sampling data can result from: the skill level and attention of the person performing the sampling, equipment and sampling media, variability of air sampling flow/sampling rate, recording sampling time accurately, environmental factors, documentation, the representativeness of the samples collected, variation in contaminant concentration during sampling, and transportation of samples from the field to the laboratory.

Topics will include:

  • Sources of field variability
  • Why air volume is only half of the equation
  • What you should know about air sampling pump calibration
  • Field data collection accuracy and adjustments
  • Field data documentation
  • Pitfalls to avoid

Register for the webinar HERE.

Source: TestAmerica

Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Introductory Overview & Webinar

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals.  The GHS provides 3 basic elements for classification and labeling:

  • Define health, physical & environmental hazards
  • Classify the hazards
  • Communicate the hazards throughout the workforce via labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) – note: comparison of SDS and MSDS

(For a side-by-side comparison of the current hazard communication standard and the new standard, click HERE.)

While not a regulation or a standard, GHS is an attempt to standardize the method in which hazards are communicated in the workplace.  It is anticipated that application of the GHS will:

  • Enhance the protection of human health and the environment by providing an internationally comprehensible system,
  • Provide a recognized framework to develop regulations for those countries without existing systems,
  • Facilitate international trade in chemicals whose hazards have been identified on an international basis,
  • Reduce the need for testing and evaluation against multiple classification systems.

Benefits to companies include:

  • A safer work environment and improved relations with employees,
  • An increase in efficiency and reduced costs from compliance with hazard communication regulations,
  • Application of expert systems resulting in maximizing expert resources and minimizing labor and costs,
  • Facilitation of electronic transmission systems with international scope,
  • Expanded use of training programs on health and safety,
  • Reduced costs due to fewer accidents and illnesses,
  • Improved corporate image and credibility.


OSHA to Hold Combustible Dust WebChat on June 28, 2010

OSHA invites interested parties to participate in a Web Chat on June 28, 2010 at 1 pm ET on the workplace hazards of combustible dust. OSHA plans to use the information gathered in response to this Web Chat in developing a proposed standard for combustible dust.

Participants are requested to provide their name, affiliation, and e-mail address so OSHA can respond to comments or seek clarification.

Participants can access the Web Chat at http://www.dol.gov/dol/chat.htm. The Web Blog will remain accessible for additional feedback through July 7, 2010.

Free Webinar: Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction (ANSI A10.47)

Scott Schneider, director of safety for the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America and chairman of the work group that developed the New ANSI A10.47 Standard, provided a detailed overview, via a webinar, about this new standard on “Work Zone Safety for Highway Construction”.  This comprehensive standard, effective February 24, 2010,  covers practices including Flagger Safety, Runover/Backover Prevention, Equipment Operator Safety, Illumination, Personal Protective Equipment, and more.

To view a copy of the webinar, click HERE.

A copy of the standard is available on the ANSI Website for $69.00.

Source: WorkZoneSafety.org

Free Seminar: OH&S Virtual Event 2010

Information provided by OHSonline.com

Register today to attend one of the most comprehensive health & safety events of the season – from the convenience of your own office!

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to experience our free virtual expo area and learn firsthand from leaders in the health and safety industry about the key trends and technologies that will help you save money, improve efficiency, and ensure compliance in 2010 and beyond.

Presentations will include:

  • “Inside OSHA Politics” presented by Government Affairs Directors Aaron Trippler (left), American Industrial Hygiene Association, and Dave Heidorn, American Society of Safety Engineers. Aaron and Dave will discuss this year’s important federal and state safety and health legislation and the political landscape ahead of the 2010 midterm elections.
  • “World’s PPE Markets in 2010” presented by Sanjiv Bhaskar, Global Director, Personal Protective Equipment for Frost & Sullivan. Sanjiv will discuss trends in the PPE industry, global PPE markets in 2010, where growth areas can be found, and the outlook in the markets for 2011.

Plus more presenters to be announced soon!

Each presentation will be followed by a LIVE Q&A session. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity!

Register HERE

More information HERE

(Almost) Free Webinar: The Changing Face of Indoor Air Quality

The University of North Carolina, Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center, is offering an almost free (only $6) webinar on “The Changing Face of Indoor Air Quality.”  The webinar will be conducted Wednesday, February 3, 2010 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm ET.  Guest speaker will be Dr. Wayne Thomann, Director Occupational and Environmental Safety at Duke Univesity/Medical Center in Duraham, North Carolina.

Click HERE to access the seminar (2/3/2010 @ 13:00 ET).  Log in as a guest. Type in your first and last name and click the “Enter” button. The OSHERC meeting space will open. There will be an interactive question and answer session.

CE & CM Credits are available.  Cost is only $6.00.  Contact Susan Randolph for information on where to send the check and CE/CM credits.


Free Webinar: Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) Compliance

webinarOSHA’s HAZCOM standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) for General Industry was the 3rd most cited standard for fiscal year 2009.  With so many citations, why aren’t more companies getting the message and achieving compliance?  Grainger, in association with Bureau Veritas, has produced a very informative webinar on the HAZCOM standard, the top 5 citations related to 29 CFR 1910.1200, and what you and your company can do to ensure compliance.

You can view a recorded version of the session, HERE.  The session aired live in October 2009.

Webinar: Arc Flash Safety


SIEMENS put together an excellent webinar regarding compliance with OSHA regulations and the NFPA with regard to Arc Flash safety.

The objectives of the webinar include:

  • Addressing the topic of arc flashes
  • Providing direction to individuals responsible for maintaining a safe work environment and complying with regulations and standards
  • Understanding the basics of arc flashes
  • Understanding methods for mitigating arc flash hazards in the workplace

You can view this webinar On-Demand (i.e. there is not a set time to view the webinar).

Check out the Webinar HERE (windows media is required for this link)

Free E-Course: The Business Case for Health & Safety


The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched a free e-course (approximately 30 minutes in length) entitled the Business Case for Health & Safety.  The course (i.e. information session) can be viewed at anytime.

(HERE is a direct link to the course in English)

The goal of the Business Case for Health and Safety is to help organizations learn the benefits that can be gained from having a health and safety program in the workplace.

Business Case for Health and Safety will introduce participants to many positive reasons for adopting a proactive approach to health and safety. This course is offered free of charge by CCOHS to promote awareness of this important issue, and is recommended for managers, supervisors, business owners and anyone who wants to learn about the value of organizational health and safety.

This course will provide an overview of what health and safety is and will outline the benefits for employers and organizations.

CCOHS courses are developed by experts in the field and reviewed by labor, employer and government representatives.

Webinar: Applications of Noise Measurements

What You Will Learn:

Quest Technologies, a 3M company, invites you to learn how to look beyond noise exposure to apply noise measurements as part of a hearing conservation solution. Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will have an increased understanding of how to apply four core components to answer the questions below and fine-tune their hearing conservation program.

* How do I detect noise exposure?
* How do I analyze noise measurements and select the correct hearing protection for my employees?
* How do I empower my employees and make them part of the solution? Are there tools and/or signage that will help me educate my workers on noise exposure?
* How do I eliminate excessive noise completely?


James Banach, Executive Vice President
Quest Technologies, a 3M company

James has been professionally involved in hearing conservation and noise measurement for over 25 years. He is the past chair for the Council for Accreditation of Occupational Hearing Conservationists, is past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association and past chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Noise Committee. James has presented lectures at both NHCA and AIHA conferences and taught professional development courses for AIHA. He has degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and the Keller Graduate School of Management.

This presentation will begin on December 03, 2009 at 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  More information and to sign up can be found at OHSOnline HERE.

Free Webinar: Indoor Air Quality – Separating Fact From Fiction


Indoor Air Quality: Separating Fact from Fiction”, presented by Scott Lawson, covers issues relating to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) including common complaints, contaminants and sources, the anatomy of an effective IAQ assessment, and IAQ standards.

The presentation begins with the overall comparison of IAQ issues and their origins. Many IAQ complaints emanate from either real or perceived symptoms and often have little to do with the quality of the indoor environment, never mind air quality. Many companies deal poorly with the investigation of these complaints that, in many cases, only exacerbate the situation, leading to “ghost chasing” scenarios that are very expensive and do little to help evaluate the real problems so that real solutions can be recommended.

The core of the discussion will be regarding a meaningful evaluation of the indoor environment, based largely on occupant input, which has a much greater chance of a successful investigation with satisfying outcomes for both building managers and occupants alike.

Other issues that will be discussed include ways IAQ issues surface; the types of IAQ contaminants, such as mold; mold recognition and sampling styles; how to control IAQ problems; the components of an effective IAQ survey; and more.

Learning Outcomes for this Webinar:

* An understanding of IAQ contaminants and the sources of these contaminants
* Using occupant driven perceptions about the occupied space to determine sampling strategies
* An understanding of how to control/prevent IAQ problems from occurring.
* A comprehension of the systematic approach to identifying and addressing IAQ problems once they occur.
* Exposure to real-life examples that tie all the above learning objectives together

This presentation will begin on October 29, 2009 at 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time.