All posts by: Wayne Vanderhoof

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(Adapted from ASSP notice) On Feb. 23, 2022, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the approval of the Z16.1 safety standard titled: ANSI/ASSP Z16.1-2022, Safety and Health Metrics and Performance Measures. This standard defines requirements and expectations for organizations to establish effective measurement systems that assess safety and health performance, reduce risks, identify gaps […]

Good morning, Melissa,I wanted to make the time this morning to thank you for the work you are doing with us at Tri State Design and Consulting in order to raise the safety standard on our project.  Your professionalism and mutual respect are well received. I was very pleased that our subcontractors showed you respect […]

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are rechargeable and used worldwide to power a wide range of devices from cellphones and laptops to handheld tools.  Larger Li-ion batteries are used in energy storage systems, hospital equipment, and electric vehicles.  The rapid growth of Li-ion technology and its prolific use around the world has quickly outpaced the knowledge around […]

With OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) on heat stress prevention, the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to initiate the rulemaking process towards a federal heat standard, some state OSHA plans already having heat injury prevention standards, and the need to protect workers from heat stress and heat injuries in both indoor and outdoor work […]

RJR Safety Inc. is pleased to announce Melissa A. Heike, M.S., CSP is a Senior Health and Safety Consultant effective August 15, 2022.  Melissa’s significant knowledge and experience will, again, be a great asset to clients and partners in the manufacturing, construction, and oil & gas industries.  Melissa’s expertise includes conducting comprehensive safety and health […]

West Virginia University Safety & Health Extension, through an OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant has developed another outstanding training course titled “Fundamentals of Safety Leadership for the Oil & Gas Industry”. This training is a 3-hour course. Safety leadership is everyone on the team, crew, site. There is a distinct difference between leadership and management. […]

As we wait for the Winter to come to an end, now is the time to review your Emergency Action Plan and how it specifically addresses Spring weather hazards for your employees. We should assess for the types of hazards that Spring weather presents to the employees. Then review with our employees how these hazards […]

The next step is to change the “informal” management system to remove the rewards for risky behaviors and encourage safe behaviors. As was reviewed in the January blog titled “Management System Rewards Risky Behaviors”, the “informal” management system where the Manager, Supervisor, and workers interact to conduct business operations is evident in the company culture […]