Hands-On Training Effective in Dangerous Work Environments

“At jobs where the likelihood of death or injury was highest, the findings showed that more engaging training (e.g., behavioral modeling, simulation and hands-on training) was considerably more effective than less engaging training (such as lectures, films, reading materials and videos) for both learning about and demonstrating safety on the job. Less engaging training, meanwhile, was just as effective in regard to improving these outcomes when the risk for death or injury was low.

“The primary psychological mechanism we can offer as an explanation for these results is something called the ‘dread factor,’” said the study’s lead author, Michael Burke, Ph.D., of Tulane University. “In a more interactive training environment, the trainees are faced more acutely with the possible dangers of their job and they are, in turn, more motivated to learn about such dangers and how to avoid them.”

For example, when hazardous events and exposures are extreme (e.g., fires, explosions, exposure to toxic chemicals or radiation), the action, dialogue and considerable reflection that takes place in more interactive training would be expected to create a sense of dread and realization of the dangers of the job.”

Read more here

Dig Safely New York

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March 24, 2011 Holiday Inn Liverpool

Capital Region Safety & Health Council of NY February 28th Outline

Click here for information about the Monday, February 28, 2011, Winter Meeting at Decrescente Distributing Conference Center, Mechanicville, New York


The goals of the Capital Region Safety and Health Council include:

Reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace

Promoting safety and health awareness in the workplace

Lowering workers’ Compensation costs for council members

Promote benefits of safety and health recognition programs


For more information contact: Brenda@accesshealthsystems.com or call Brenda at 518-782-2200 or

joseph.whalen@ipaper.com or call Joe at 518-585-5580.


OSHA 2011 Safety Courses

The link above brings you to the schedule of courses you can register for this year!
For more information,
to inquire about other
to register for courses or,
to arrange training for your
Contact Joe Syracuse
SUNY Buffalo
Toxicology Research
Phone: (716) 829-2125
(716) 829-2806

For more information, including how to register for courses,
Contact Joe Syracuse
E-mail: jsyracus@buffalo.edu

February ASSE Monthly Meeting

February 2011 Chapter Meeting

Tuesday February 22, 2011 5:30 PM – Chipshots, Colonie Town Golf Course

Hexavalent Chromium – Mark Sipano

Hexavalent chromium is a toxic form of the element chromium.  Exposure to Hexavalent chromium can cause damage to the skin, eyes, lungs, and throat.  Respiratory exposure can also lead to lung cancer. These compounds are man-made and widely used in many different industries.  Hexavalent chromium can be found in the following:

  • dyes, paints, inks, and plastics
  • chrome plating
  • smelting of ferrochromium ore
  • fume from welding stainless steel or nonferrous chromium alloys
  • as an impurity in portland cement

This program will cover the requirements for the OSHA Hexavalent Chrome standard, the only new OSHA regulation promulgated during the Bush administration.  It will also review common sources of hexavalent chrome in the work place and some methods for controlling potential exposures.  Mark Stipano, CIH, CSP is the Industrial Hygiene Specialist for the Civil Service Employees Association and provides industrial hygiene and safety services across the state for its members in state and local government and related private sector work places.
The cost of the meeting is $25 and includes appetizers, salad, hot buffet, coffee/tea/soda, and an abundance of pleasant conversation with your professional network! A cash bar is available.
Socializing will begin at 5:30 with various hot and cold appetizers, finger foods, dessert and a cash bar.  If you have any questions please call Joel Paradee (cell – 518-879-8791)
If you have any questions please call Joel Paradee (cell – 518-879-8791)


To RSVP click here!

Home Safety Council—Fall Prevention Tips

Falls are the top cause of unintentional home injuries and death. Approximately 6,000 people die each year due to falls. Follow these tips to help prevent falls in your home:


  • Have handrails on both sides of stairs and steps. Make sure the railings extend from the top to the bottom of the stairs.
  • Ensure that stairs are adequately lit.
  • Tape small rugs to the floor or do not use them at all.
  • Keep the stairs clean.
  • Have nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.
  • Have a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower.
  • Have grab bars in the tub and shower.
  • Wipe up spills as soon as they occur.
  • Always watch young children and use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Have window guards on upstairs windows, as these guards can keep a child from falling out of the window.
  • Cover the ground under playground equipment with a thick layer of mulch, wood chips or other safety material.

Learn more at the Home Safety Council’s website!

Winter Driving Safety Tips

“Experts say wearing a seat belt, driving appropriately for conditions & staying alert

are the three top, simple things to do to protect your safety when driving.”

Some tips from InjuryFree:

“slow down, take extra care when driving over bridges, increase following distance,

 stay alert, drive with your lights on, don’t use cruise control,

wear or have access to proper attire, know your limits, & wear your seatbelt!

National Safety Council Supervisors’ Safety Development Program

National Safety Council (NSC)

Supervisors’ Safety Development Program (SSDP)

The new Supervisors’ Safety Development Program (SSDP) trains supervisors and managers to incorporate best safety practices into their daily management activities. A key feature of the program requires participants to demonstrate they have acquired the knowledge and skills from training and are prepared to implement them in the workplace.

Training goals

To equip supervisors and managers with the knowledge, leadership skills and methods to apply safety as part of their responsibilities and become effective safety leaders and advocates.

Who should attend?

  • New supervisors and managers
  • Experienced supervisors and managers seeking refresher training or additional education

What you’ll learn

Supervisors and managers learn how to incorporate safety and health into their daily management process. Key learning includes…

  • How to confidently address critical safety and health issues
  • How to enhance safety responsibilities and safety management systems, including safety inspections, incident investigations, safety meetings and employee engagement
  • Identification and control of hazards, incident prevention, OSHA compliance, and continuous improvement in all areas of safety and health
  • How to promote a positive safety culture
  • Learning to support workers with on-going safety training, on-the-job training and promoting safe behavior

16 Program Topics

* – Safety Management                               – Ergonomics

* – Communication                               – Hazard Communication

* – Safety & Health Training                         – Regulatory Issues

* – Employee Involvement                              – Machine Safeguarding

* – Safety & Health Inspections                         – Hand Tool & Portable power Tools

* – Incident Investigation                               – Materials Handling & Storage

* – Industrial Hygiene                               – Electrical Safety

* – Personal Protective Equipment                         – Fire Safety


January 24- 25th, 2011                  Albany, NY

January 27 – 28, 2011                  Buffalo, NY

Price:  $595 per person

(Includes workbooks, “Supervisors’ Safety Manual”, coffee, light refreshments and lunch daily)


Call Judy Trent at 800-343-1354 X154 or email Jtrent@Divalsafety.com to register or for more information.

FAA Air Traffic Bulletin

Winter Operations–FAA

*TRF/E During typical winter operations, such as snow removal, there is a need for extra caution. The potential for danger must be recognized, and the need for positive control cannot be overemphasized. Those involved in snow removal may be unaware of certain hazards inherent to airport operations. The following suggestions are recommended during winter operations:


Do not base runway separation on an assump-tion the truck driver or snowplow operator has the same understanding of control instructions as a pilot. Phrases and words such as “hold short,” “expedite,” and “proceed across” may be unfamiliar to someone not involved in regular air traffic communications.



Keep in mind that visibility from the tower may be different from that of the snow removal crew. Removal operations such as plowing, sweeping, and snow blowing can reduce visibility to near zero in the immediate area. Ensure that any visual reference used in instruc-tions is something that can be seen by everyone involved. Also ensure that you and the equip-ment operators are using the same references.



Remember the noise level inside a snow removal machine may be high. Ensure your microphone technique and voice quality enhance positive communications.


Runway contaminants, such as snow and ice, can make the surface slippery. An additional margin of safety is provided by giving equip-ment operators sufficient time to comply with instructions.


Review the winter operations plan, normally contained in facility directives.


Know the provisions of Federal Aviation Administration Order JO 7110.65, Chapter 3, Section 3, Airport Conditions, which contains procedures applicable to ground operations.

Dig Safely Seminars

Register for the March Dig Safely New York Excavation Safety Seminars, and find useful resources at the Dig Safely website!
Dig Safely Seminars are free and are offered in multiple locations across New York.
This link will bring you to locations, dates, and additional information.