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A Scientist, an Actor, a Businessman, and Unknown Toxicity

by Paula Reavis on November 23, 2015 at 9:00 am · in GHS (OSHA HazCom & WHMIS 2015), Paula's Blog

Unknown Toxicity on SDS and labels

Many good jokes have a common setup to them. That setup involves a unique group of individuals and some sort of humorous interaction that ends with a punchline. So here is my setup for this blog. What do a famous scientist, an award-winning actress/comedian and a well-known businessman have in common? Let’s look at a quote from each of them.

  • From Werner Heisenberg, the scientist, and his book Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science:
    • Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word ‘understanding’.
  • From Gilda Radner, the actress/comedian:
    • Life is about not knowing, having to change and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
  • From Warren Buffet, the businessman:
    • Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.
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OSHA Hazard Communication Website Gets a Facelift

by Paula Reavis on November 18, 2015 at 9:00 am · in Announcements, Paula's Blog


As I get older and more wrinkles, crow’s feet and age spots appear on my face, I consider some sort of plastic surgery like a facelift. According to the dictionary, a facelift is a procedure carried out to improve the appearance of someone or something.  A little nip and tuck, tightening and smoothing could go a long way in removing some of my signs of aging. So, how does my desire to look younger have anything to do with OSHA? To put it simply, OSHA’s website on Hazard Communication got a facelift.

US department of labor hazard communication website
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OSHA announced the update to the Hazard Communication website in the November 2nd QuickTakes newsletter under the Educational Resources section. To see the full newsletter, click here.
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OSHA, Newspapers, & Pictures – Electrical Safety

by Paula Reavis on November 11, 2015 at 11:00 am · in Paula's Blog, Safety

Electrical Safety in the Workplace

A few weeks ago I posted a blog regarding Fall Prevention. In it there was a reference to Arthur Brisbane, a reporter who in 1911 used the expression “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” As a follow-up to that blog, here is another one where a picture is worth a thousand words.

Last weekend allowed me the chance to see the musical “Matilda” at The Fox Theatre in downtown St. Louis. As I walked to the main doors I could hear water splashing against the ground. Upon closer inspection the source of the sound was found. Take a look at the following picture.

exposed wires, electrical safety

Again, you can imagine the conversation held after seeing this. There were lots of shocking comments, and stories about the stupid things we did as children in regards to electrical sockets. There were even a few regarding “the show must go on” but, it got me thinking. Just how is electrical safety handled in the workplace or in construction areas?
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Autumn Safety Tips

by Paula Reavis on November 5, 2015 at 9:00 am · in Paula's Blog, Safety

Autumn Safety Tips

The calendar on my wall tells me it is November which means life has moved into the last days of autumn. When I walk outside now, it isn’t to see the green grass and smell flowers that were planted, but to hear the crunch of leaves underfoot and feel the brisk air brush my face. Many call me crazy but it is true – I love this time of year.

What does that mean for safety though? Are there things that happen now that impact safety? The short answer – yes.

Various agencies such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Fire Protection Association and the National Safety Council publish hints and lists for fall as reminders of things to keep in mind. Let’s go over a few of the more common items.
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Traveling With Hazmat … What Will and Won’t Fly

by Emily Walter on October 8, 2015 at 9:00 am · in Emily's Blog, IATA and ICAO (Air)

flying with hazmat on a passenger plane

As a frequent traveler, for both business and pleasure, I am often passing though airport security checkpoints before whisking off to my final destination. Because of the industry I am in, I always seem to notice things that most travelers don’t. Most passengers tend to know the rules regarding carry on liquids. They usually know that they need to take off shoes and remove laptops from bags before x-ray screening. While waiting in line, I start thinking about how many of them really understand how many hazardous materials we may be taking on vacation with us and that there are additional rules for carrying them on aircraft.
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