Diane Kelly

Safety Columnist

Diane Kelly is a safety and health specialist with Intec, a safety consulting, training and publishing firm that offers on-site assistance and produces manuals, training videos and software for contractors. She can be reached at 800.745.4818 or dkelly@intecweb.com.

Articles by Diane Kelly

April 2012
Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is an ever-present fact of life these days. It’s found anywhere combustion occurs. It presents no threat in small amounts. But in large amounts, it can be very dangerous—even deadly. Because of the danger, it’s important to know some basics about CO. Where does CO come from? CO is a colorless, odorless gas. It is a byproduct of fuel combustion. READ MORE
March 2012
We all know when we’ve gained weight without ever going near a scale. Our clothes feel tighter and less comfortable. Many of us ignore the signs and simply buy the next size up. Widespread denial may have contributed to the rampant obesity in our nation, which has led to higher healthcare costs, higher rates of absenteeism, and an increase in the number of weight-related injuries on the job. READ MORE
February 2012
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) causes 13 percent of workplace fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA receives about 400 reports of workplace deaths from cardiac arrest annually. READ MORE
January 2012
The World Health Organization states that 2.4 million people die annually from various types of lung conditions that can be attributed, at least in part, to air quality. That is more than 500,000 deaths in the United States each year. The majority of these deaths come from simply breathing air, and the risk rises as the quality of air decreases. READ MORE
December 2011
Few will deny that the weather in recent years seemingly has gotten wilder; hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards make big news. These weather systems, often churned up by cyclical atmospheric events, such as El Niño and La Niña, have sometimes ventured into abnormal territory. New York City, for example, has experienced tornadoes, at least one hurricane and several crippling blizzards. READ MORE
November 2011
In a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report on workplace fatality statistics from the 1990s, falls were the fourth-leading cause of death in the workplace. Unfortunately, more recent statistics show that falls are now the No. 1 cause in both construction and general industry. READ MORE
October 2011
You may be thinking, “Really? Another column about fire safety and prevention?” But statistics show this information bears repeating. On average, there are more than 200 workplace fires every day in the United States. These fires kill about 200 workers, injure an additional 5,000 and cost businesses more than $2 billion annually. READ MORE
September 2011
You have identified behaviors in an employee or co-worker that led you to believe they have a substance abuse problem. Now what? Workplace substance abuse should never be taken lightly; your safety—as well as the safety of the other employees and the abuser—is at risk. Depending on the circumstances, it may be appropriate for the employer to perform drug testing. READ MORE
August 2011
The green movement has made the environment safer in many ways and has created eco-friendlier jobs. As with any new employment sector, these jobs are helping to invigorate the economy and get workers back to work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration broadly defines green jobs as those that help to improve the environment. READ MORE