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

December 2009
Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Following this logic and considering the fabric and technology available today, our employees should never be cold if they are properly dressed. READ MORE
October 2009
Although training is an integral part of any health and safety program, doing it effectively often is easier said than done. The toolbox talk is a refresher to remind workers of specific safety topics that may apply to a certain job site, task or seasonal safety issue. When presented well, these talks can be an efficient way to get employees to focus on a safety topic that they soon will face. READ MORE
August 2009
Hearing protection on a job site seems simple. Provide employees with hearing protection devices (HPDs). Unfortunately, this approach may be too simple. Unless you know how to effectively implement the use of HPDs, you may be creating a more dangerous situation as well as failing to prevent hearing loss. READ MORE
July 2009
The working definition of green chemistry is the invention, design and application of chemical products and processes to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first developed green chemistry in reaction to the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. READ MORE
June 2009
Much is done to keep employees safe on the job site. Safety signs are posted, guards and barricades are erected, protective equipment is issued, and the work area is kept as safe as possible. At home, safety is up to the employee. If an employee gets hurt off the job, the employer is affected through days away from the job and insurance costs. READ MORE
May 2009
Fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of accidental injury and death in the United States. Of these, most victims of fires die from smoke or toxic gas inhalation, not from the flames themselves. Many deaths can be avoided by the proper use of a portable fire extinguisher. These extinguishers are the first line of defense against a small fire. READ MORE
May 2009
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 75 percent of an employer’s healthcare costs and productivity losses can be attributed to employees’ lifestyles. This has led to a trend in corporate America to focus on health and wellness. READ MORE
April 2009
Many statistics are recorded and collected in the construction field— injury, illness, fatality and most frequently cited violations, to name a few. One reason the construction industry in general, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in particular, find these statistics so important is they help indicate trends in the industry. READ MORE
March 2009
Perhaps one of the most traumatic things that can happen to a construction company is a job site fatality. It affects many aspects of the company, from finances to employee morale. This is especially relevant for residential construction, since nearly 25 percent of all on-the-job construction fatalities occur at residential work sites. READ MORE