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OSHA’s assistant secretary looks back on the year 2013

On February 11, 2014, Dr. David Michaels, who serves as assistant secretary for OSHA, issued his annual update address.  He reported on a wide variety of matters.  For instance, he highlighted OSHA’s success in joining with more than 300 employers and labor organizations to hold a safety stand-down at construction sites throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, […]

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Measuring safety within an organization

Business leaders and managers can use leading and lagging indicators to predict safety in the workplace. By definition, lagging indicators “tell you how you did (someone either got hurt or they did not),” reported an OSHA spokesperson. By contrast, leading indicators are predictive and include behaviors, activities, or processes that are linked to favorable or […]

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Assistant secretary sets OSHA’s agenda

On February 11, 2014, Dr. Michaels, assistant secretary for OSHA, issued his annual update address.  Central to this year’s message was the need for OSHA to do as much with fewer resources due to sequestration and the government shutdown. OSHA relied on several resources, including its Whistleblower Protection Program. “In total, we helped to award more than 24 […]

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April EA Preview: When personal protective equipment is a necessity

In “Safety & Health” for the September 2013 issue of EA, Wes Scott, the consulting and training director for the Itasca, Ill.-based National Safety Council, emphasized the importance of administrative and engineering controls before personal protective equipment.  “When you rely on PPE, the hazard still exists,” warned Scott.  However, some hazards are intertwined with the […]

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What will renewable energy look like in the future?

The Solana Generating Station is demonstrating how solar can continue to be a big factor.  The facility uses concentrating solar power technology, which means it can store up heat even as a cloud goes over.  Located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, Ariz., the plant supplies power to homes under contract with Arizona Public Service.  Although photovoltaic […]

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Geothermal industry offers potential for pump service and repair

In July 2013, EA reported on opportunities for companies in the industry to provide value-added service in the form of pump service, repair, and sales – particularly for municipalities.  However, the article did not mention the necessity for expertise in the geothermal industry.  Corrosion is common to many of the motors, probably due to the […]

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Show Preview: Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Expo returns to Milwaukee

The Delta Center in Milwaukee will host the Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Expo on May 8 and 9, 2013. The EMCW Expo will co-locate with the Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo. Chuck Thurman, who is executive director for the Electrical Manufacturing & Coil Winding Association, Inc., is optimistic about the prospects for this year’s […]

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April EA preview: Safety and health watchdog cooperates with business

In response to an evolving workplace, OSHA is adapting in part by launching revised programs and by issuing new standards. In going forward, OSHA will encourage employers to move beyond reactive compliance to be more active in promoting a culture of safety. To learn more about the topic, see the “Safety & Health” column in […]

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April EA preview: Using household items to teach students how electricity works

Learn about Mike Carney in the April 2013 issue of Electrical Apparatus Magazine.  Mike is a switchgear specialist at Harris Electric.  When he is not at work, he can frequently be found teaching students of all ages how electricity works.  In doing so, he provides each of his students with a kit containing household items, […]

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March EA: Engineering professor talks about challenges faced by wind energy

Meet Kyung K. Choi, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  In the Engineering Education column for the March 2013 issue of Electrical Apparatus, Professor Choi explains how two challenges must be addressed if wind power is to produce more electricity and compete with fossil fuel-based energy sources by […]

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