The Importance of Occupational Safety and Health: Making for a . This summer the source of our inspiration came from the.
Man of Steel. In the film, pre- Superman Clark Kent is working as a commercial fisherman (a hazardous job if you. He risks exposing his amazing abilities when he swoops in to save the workers on a nearby oil rig who are in great danger as the rig implodes around them.
The scene is reminiscent of Action Comics. In Action Comics #3, “Superman Battles Death Underground“, (issued 7. Superman is in the right place at the right time to save a coal miner, as well as his rescue crew, from an unsafe mine filled with toxic gas. We see instances such as these riddled throughout comic books and superhero movies.
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When it comes to research, regulations, and recommendations for improving workplace safety, a lot has changed since 1. The Mining Industry. Today. While much progress has been made in preventing explosion disasters in coal mines, we still need to be vigilant. NIOSH conducts research to identify and then mitigate the causes of underground coal mine explosions.
Research strategies include minimizing methane concentrations and coal dust accumulations and applying proper dispersible rock dust in sufficient quality at all locations. A recent product NIOSH developed is the Coal Dust Explosibility Meter, which gives a real- time reading of the explosibility of mine dust so operators can maintain adequate levels of incombustible content (rock dust) to prevent propagating coal dust explosions.
NIOSH publications in this area include: When a mine disaster such as an explosion or fire does occur, we now know the importance of certified safety equipment. To protect miners from the possibility of a toxic environment, NIOSH approves closed circuit escape respirators (CCER). To be assured of respiratory protection, workers must understand the meaning of breathing gas capacity when concerning CCERs that are jointly approved by NIOSH and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The new NIOSH/MSHA standards for this type of respirator have upgraded the performance and design requirements and established an oxygen capacity level for each CCER so that a purchaser can know how much oxygen it contains. Click on these NIOSH publications for more information about breathing gas capacity and CCERs: NIOSH- approved respiratory protection is a key element to protect miners from toxic environments . For this purpose, the use of virtual environments for training continues to grow. The proper application of these technologies offers many potential advantages over traditional training methods, such as letting the trainee enter an environment that is impossible to visit in the real world, observe a scene from different points of view, or allowing an inexperienced person to operate machinery.
One of the goals of the NIOSH work in virtual reality is to determine the best ways to use these technologies for training and assessing the skills of mine emergency responders. In this case, responders include specially trained individuals (mine rescue or fire brigade team members), mine managers and mineworkers called upon to respond to an emergency. To help meet this goal, NIOSH has built the Mine Rescue and Escape Training laboratory (MRET) at its Pittsburgh facility. The MRET includes a unique state- of- the- art 3. It has the capability of putting an entire group into a virtual environment that they can interact with, providing an intuitive training experience. What about those oil rig workers that Superman saved in the movie? When a super hero is not around, a strategic safety program, including proper training for workers, is vital.
Having what you need to know laid out in an organized, simple format in front of you is a great way to make sure every step is covered in that learning process. Rig Move Safety for Roughnecks.
One important safety precaution is as simple as wearing a seatbelt when travelling from rig to rig. Seatbelt use in this industry is low, while motor vehicle fatality rates are 8. U. S. You can learn more about NIOSH occupational safety and health efforts in the oil and gas industry by visiting the NIOSH Oil and Gas Program Portfolio.
The Commercial Fishing Industry. At the time that Clark Kent saved the oil rig workers, he was involved in an industry where safety is a high priority . Did you know that falling overboard is the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen nationwide? This may not be a concern for Superman, but for all the humans on board these ships, this is a problem that required some research. From 2. 00. 0 to 2. PFDs). Researchers from the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office conducted a study with about 2. PFDs) while working on deck.
The goal was to identify wearable PFDs. By identifying PDFs that are wearable during the workday, and therefore changing the culture and attitude around wearing them, future deaths of this kind can be prevented. Putting research into practice, individual fishermen and fishing companies are changing safety policies based on research performed by the NIOSH Commercial Fishing Safety Program. For example, the Alaska Scallop Association has established a 1. PFD policy while on deck for its member boats. Certain fishing vessels of the Mariner fleet that participated in the PFD study instituted a PFD policy, purchasing the safety equipment for all crewmembers to wear while working on deck. Check out the recommendations and results from this study on the NIOSH Commercial Fishing Topic Page.
A lot has certainly changed in the 7. Superman has been saving lives.
In that time we have better learned how to be our own heroes through safe workplace practices. Through practical research, we can work with occupational safety and health professionals in every industry to ensure a safe workplace.
Jaclyn Krah, MA; Richard L. Krah is a Health Communication Specialist in the NIOSH National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory. Unger is a Civil Engineer and Computer Scientist in the NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research.
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