Be a Lifelong Learner

By Julie Mazur and Wesley L. Wheeler | Nov 15, 2021
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I like to learn something new every day. Today I learned that you should clean wood floors with a slightly damp cloth. Vinegar is acidic, ammonia is alkaline and oil soap can leave a residue. You’re welcome. I know from editing SAFETY LEADER that the most successful safety professionals also engage in lifelong learning about the field.

This month, we learn what ergonomic tool design actually means from Jeff Griffin. In “Fits Like a Glove,” Griffin interviews some experts on what attributes to look for, and why. One takeaway that stuck with me is that it’s really important to try out a tool yourself.

In February, we covered the whole worker concept, which takes into account the complete range of a worker’s needs. Now Chuck Ross introduces us to the holistic Total Worker Health approach, which addresses emotional well-being. In an occupation that values toughness, people might be hesitant to seek assistance. Pick up some communication, suicide prevention and other support tips in “A Spotlight on Mental Health."

OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard provides the requirements for safety data sheets and training for employees that work with hazardous chemicals. Tom O’Connor, who is also a successful singer-songwriter in Nashville, explains OSHA’s quest to align these requirements with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, which covers chemical labeling and standard practices for international trade. It would be safer if everyone were in tune with the universal safety data sheet requirements. Tom also provides a rundown on FAA helicopter load classes in the Best Practices column.

As we approach the start of a new year, let me and Wes in on your SAFETY LEADER article ideas. Email [email protected] or [email protected]. Let’s be careful out there.

About The Author

A woman, Julie Mazur, smiles at the camera. Image by Julie Mazur.

Julie Mazur

Managing Editor, Electrical Contractor magazine

Julie Mazur is the editor of Electrical Contractor magazine. Contact her at [email protected]

A man, Wesley Wheeler, looks at the camera.

Wesley L. Wheeler

Executive Director of Safety

WHEELER, SMS, is NECA’s executive director of safety and is a committee member on NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code, CMP-7 and a former technical committee member on NFPA 70E. He also serves as an employer representative on the OSHA ACCSH Committee. Reach him at [email protected].


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