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

October 2010
Every work site has flammable and combustible liquids. A flammable liquid is much more volatile than a combustible one, meaning its vapors or fumes can ignite at temperatures below 100°F and some even lower than 32°F. Some common work site flammable liquids include gasoline, alcohols, lacquer thinners and some paint thinners. READ MORE
September 2010
For a long time, “going green” was used by hippies and tree-huggers. However, greening has become more mainstream and more necessary for businesses to remain competitive. Your business and the environment are more closely linked than you may think. READ MORE
August 2010
Too often, when it comes to electrical safety on the job site, it is assumed that the protection is only about electricians or those working around live wires. Unfortunately, this is a gross underestimation of the danger that electricity poses for everyone on a job site, even those who may not even be working currently. The following accident analysis discusses that kind of case. On Aug. READ MORE
July 2010
Simply stated, a job hazard analysis (JHA) is an organized look at what could cause harm to employees in the workplace and work activities. It’s a way to determine if you have taken sufficient precautions to keep your people safe or if more needs to be done. It is important to decide if a hazard is significant and whether it has been dealt with appropriately so that the risk is acceptably low. READ MORE
May 2010
On the job, We pay close attention to numerous electrical safety basics. This is a good thing. Unfortunately, we seem to forget all about many of these once we get home. Although safety is very important on the job, safety at home is just as crucial. Home is where our family, pets and all of our possessions are. READ MORE
April 2010
Anyone who has seen or heard an ad for beer, wine or liquor has heard the tag line, “Please drink responsibly.” To drink responsibly sounds like an unattainable feat. Don’t many people have a drink to relax and escape their responsibilities for a bit? When examined, however, this statement refers more to drinking in a way that is safe for the drinker and those around them. READ MORE
March 2010
Just about anyone working on a job site, as well as most do-it-yourselfers, has experienced an injury caused by a hand tool. Many seem to expect a minor injury, such as a scrape or a bang on a knuckle. However, hand tools can cause very serious, career-ending accidents, such as the loss of an eye, a finger or a hand. READ MORE
February 2010
Health topics made headlines in 2009: H1N1 flu, the seasonal flu and their prevention, and no one wants to get these illnesses because they are uncomfortable, inconvenient and, in certain cases, deadly. The immune system—one’s ability to detect, find and destroy pathogens—defends the human body against bacteria, viruses and other organisms that can cause many different illnesses. READ MORE
January 2010
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), along with many other organizations, has invested large amounts of time and money to increase the safety of workers who perform tasks at height. Despite their best efforts, falls still are consistently ranked in the top four causes of construction site fatalities. READ MORE