Posted by: Green Knight | April 4, 2010

Hazard Types

i was just quoted in a magazine on OSHA-related issues. the topic was the hazard communication standard, and while HazCom is primarily focused on chemicals, i pointed out that it also covers physical, biological, and radiological hazards. i taught environmental safety & health for 20 years, and i used to stress the physical hazards more than most curricula cover, because i’m accident-prone, so i KNOW. i can trip over my own shadow, so if it can happen to anybody, chances are pretty good that it’s already happened to ME, and hearing real-life examples is the best way to learn. physical hazards are numerous…slips, trips, and falls are the number one cause of workplace injuries requiring medical attention. there are chemicals where one whiff can kill ya, but usually it takes them a while to produce serious effects. however, if a brick falls on your head from a 40-foot roof, and you’re not wearing a hardhat, does it really matter if it’s made of pure uranium? i think not.

i’ll be posting more on this topic eventually, but i’m in spring cleaning mode, tax mode, and Census form mode, so bear with me. also, a couple of things i should explain. i usually type in lower-case for a few reasons: as a tribute to the poet e.e. cummings, who always used l/c, and out of a moderate sense of humility, and just from pure laziness. hey, it’s my page, so i make the rules!  other thing, the photo at the top of the page is of a grove of coast redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, with ferns as undergrowth; one of my favorite environments to be in.

if the BLR publishers let me, i’ll post excerpts of the haz-com article on here later.

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