of Safety Engineers April Breakfast Meeting on
From the President’s Desk Tuesday, 9th:
Region 7, Chapter 53 Ethics: Our Response When No One Is
Looking Our next meeting will be held at
PO Box 6002 Wally's Restaurant at I-75 and
Chattanooga, TN 37401 Sometime when I consider the ethically
Volume 1, Issue 7 challenged state of the world today, many
CHAPTER OFFICERS safety professionals are saying, “what’s the
use”? In the context of our profession, the Breakfast: 7:30 am to 8:00 am
George Moody, CSP– President decline in ethical business conduct is Cost: $7
423.752.3821 especially distressing.
Meeting: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Bill Kuzniak – Vice President In today’s competitive environment, the Speaker: The speaker for the April
706.275.4340 drive for corporate success too often seems meeting will be Jim Kirk from the
to outweigh the morality of providing Knoxville office of TOSHA.
Dan Scott – Secretary adequate safety measures. Safety
Note: We will be electing officers
706.370.5965 professionals like me sometimes have to
struggle with distressing management for next year at this meeting.
Mike Lucas – Treasurer statements such as, “If that stuff is so
423.510-0010 hazardous, where are the bodies?" ”Today Hope to see you there!
we are more likely to hear, “When it comes
to safety, we’re going to do just what the
CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COUNCIL law requires and not anything more!” Even
worse, following the tooth extraction, which
All Chapter Officers Congress has done on OSHA, more
employers are not even doing what the law
Janet Burnet- Communications I have a dog that loves to eat the cat’s food.
& New Members He does not feel any sense of wrongdoing,
423.954.3305 of course – unless he is caught. It was only
wrong if he was caught, and that philosophy WE HAVE A WINNER
Jeff Tanner seems to prevail throughout society today.
423. 825-5247 It’s only wrong if it’s illegal and we are We are happy to announce the Regional
caught. Never mind ethics or the right thing Science Fair Winner for this year.
Jeff Romine to do. Timothy Brown was selected to win a
423.892.5802 $200 savings bond from our chapter. His
Nevertheless, even in these trouble seas,
there are anchor points. ASSE members project was Highway Safety – Visibility
are urged to provide their profession of Vehicle Tail Lights.
according to the ASSE Code of Congratulations to Timothy!
Professional Conduct. Further, Certified
Safety Professionals (CSP) and Certified
Let’s all contribute to the success
Industrial Hygienist (CIH) are bound by
of the Chattanooga Connections
ASSE Newsletter and send your
solemn codes of ethics. ASSE Calendar
articles to: Let’s all remember that we must set an
example to all of the work force where each March 31
email@example.com one of us works. Let’s make sure that we
all as Safety Professionals practice what we -End of the fiscal year.
Chattanooga ASSE Chapter From your President,
PO Box 6002 -Rosters of Chapter members sent
Chattanooga, TN 37401
George Moody MS, CSP to Chapter Secretaries and
April 1 and adjust any respirators worn
according to the manufacturers'
instructions. ASSE COURSE SCHEDULES:
-Deadline for submitting
recommendations for Charles V. 5. Allow the employees an Certificate In Safety Management
Culbertson Volunteer Service opportunity to practice these www.asse.org/edprep.htm
Award to the Executive Committee procedures.
Certification Preparation Workshops
and submitting petitions for the www.asse.org/edsaf.htm
6. Provide user seal check
MSA Safety Scholarship Award. instructions. At-A-Glance Education Schedule
7. Fit test each employee to be
-Deadline for receipt of Society assigned a respirator. SeminarFest 2002
election ballots. www.asse.org/seminarfest_02.htm
8. Instruct the employees in the
procedures for the maintenance 2002 PDC & Expo in Nashville, TN
May 31 and storage of the respirators
- Deadline for receipt by Area
Director/RVP and at Society 9. Inform the employees how to
Headquarters of the previous recognize medical signs and
symptoms that may limit or
year's annual Chapter and Region
prevent the effective use of the
We need your IDEAS!
June 1 10. Document the successful If you have any ideas about ways
completion of training and fit our chapter can help in our
testing for all employees wearing community, please speak up and
- Deadline for submitting incoming
Officer Report Form to let us know.
Headquarters, which much include
the names of Chapter Delegates.
- Deadline for submitting updated Our Nomination Committee
Three-year Long Range Plan to is recommending the
Area Director/Regional Vice following as officers for
President. the chapter year
-Transfer all Chapter 2002 – 2003
administration materials to
incoming Chapter officers. President - Bill Kuzniak
RESPIRATORY PROTECTION Meetings Pres. Elect- Dan Scott
OSHA regulations require employers to “All meetings are held on the
train and fit test employees who use Secretary - Mickey Davis
respiratory protection during the course of second Tuesday of each
their workday. OSHA requires that each month.” Treasurer - Tim Stroth
employee must be medically evaluated
before the employee is fit tested. In
summary, employers must:
1. Maintain a written respiratory
4.9.02 - Wally’s Restaurant, 8 am
protection program with worksite TOSHA Issues – TOSHA Speaker
specific procedures for fit testing Cause Death
and training. 5.14.02 - Wally’s Restaurant, 8 am (From MSHA)
2. Provide instruction on the Steel Erection Standard STATIC + DYNAMIC = TRAGIC
respiratory hazards to which the
workers are potentially exposed 6.11.02 – Wally’s Restaurant, 8 am
during routine and emergency TRAGIC
Science Fair Winner
3. Provide instruction on the uses “We guarantee that you will Since October 2001, seven
and limitations of all respirators
worn in the work area.
enjoy a great meal and learn miners have been fatally
something new at each injured in accidents involving
4. Instruct and demonstrate to meeting!” mobile equipment.
employees how to properly don
The business community is also
Two accidents happened when • Equipment should be operated in anticipating the appropriations
lower gears conducive to safe process, particularly in the Senate.
mobile equipment moved while
travel on steep grades. There is a strong possibility that an
parked. The parking brake was
attempt will be made to add
not fully set.
• Seat belts should be provided language to the FY 2003 Labor-
and worn whenever mobile HHS Appropriations bill telling
DYNAMIC equipment is being operated OSHA that they need to
promulgate a new regulation.
Five accidents occurred when
equipment operators lost Ergonomics Plan… Promise to AMERICAN SOCIETY OF
control of mobile equipment. Focus on Results, Not SAFETY ENGINEERS
Defective brakes were a factor Requirements OFFERS ERGONOMIC TIPS FOR
in four of the five accidents. BUSINESSES, HOME
Best Practices On Friday, March 22, Assistant DES PLAINES, IL (March 28,
• Mobile equipment brake systems Secretary of Labor for 2002) - With workplace
should be maintained to the Occupational Safety and Health musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
original equipment manufacturer's John L. Henshaw spoke before the being the single largest
specifications. National Coalition on Ergonomics. occupational safety and health
He said that the Occupational problem in the U.S. according to
• Original equipment Safety and Health Administration the National Institute of
manufacturer's load limits should (OSHA) is still working on its Occupational Safety and Health,
not be exceeded. comprehensive ergonomics plan the American Society of Safety
and that it would be revealed Engineers (ASSE) urges
“soon.” He said that the plan would
• Regularly scheduled brake employers to develop and
not be a one-size-fits-all proposal, implement now an effective
system examinations should be
but that it would take the diversity ergonomic system to reduce those
among businesses into account. injuries. An initial investment in
He also said that it would address
• Mobile equipment brake systems the science issues of ergonomics,
ergonomic programs removes
should be tested before the barriers to quality, productivity and
economic impacts of any human performance by fitting
equipment is placed into service to measures and the feasibility of the
assure that they are operational products, tasks, and environments
solutions. He said that he was to people and in the long run will
and capable of stopping the extremely concerned about the
equipment. save millions later.
Clinton Administration regulation
that Congress overturned through "Increased productivity, reduced
• Mobile equipment should not be the Congressional Review Act workers' compensation and health
left unattended unless the controls because it took resources away claims and a decline in the number
are placed in the park position and from businesses rather than of lost work-days are just a few of
the parking brake is set. assisting them in improving worker the benefits realized," Eddie Greer,
safety. He said that objective of the ASSE president, said today.
• When parked on a grade, the new proposal will truly be to "Efficient ergonomic systems are a
wheels of mobile equipment reduce injuries and that the plan valuable asset for business and
should either be chocked or turned will focus on results, not increases the U.S.' ability to
into a bank. requirements. compete in a rapidly changing
• Roadways should be maintained Senator John Breaux (D-La.) is
in a manner conducive to safe preparing to introduce a new Last year Congress overturned the
travel. version of his legislation to require federal Occupational Safety and
OSHA to promulgate a new Health Administration's (OSHA)
• Mobile equipment should be ergonomics regulation. It is a bit ergonomic standard. ASSE
operated at speeds compatible more onerous than the bill, H.R. supported the adoption of a federal
with road and weather conditions. 598, he introduced last year. The standard, but did not agree with all
business community is urging Sen. of the components of the OSHA
• Signs warning equipment Breaux to hold off on introduction standard (see ASSE ergonomic
operators of road hazards and safe of this legislation until OSHA policy at www.asse.org). However,
speeds should be posted at all releases its plan. ASSE and its 30,000 members
who are occupational safety, angle for the sit/stand and the electrical system and upgrade it if
health and environmental standing user. necessary to assure the current
professionals, acknowledge that * For lighting and glare the protection and load will meet
many industries, but not enough, characters on the computer screen demands.
long ago foresaw the positive should be brighter than the screen
benefits for their workers and their background. Bright light sources in
bottom line and implemented the peripheral field of the computer * Develop a fire evacuation plan
successful ergonomic programs. screen should be avoided. The (such as installing a ladder as an
computer screen should be escape route if your office is on the
ASSE recognizes that there is no positioned to avoid glare. By second floor).
one-size-fits all approach to adjusting the window shades and
ergonomics, but recommends the moving or tilting the terminal can
following tips to increase safety help avoid glare and screen * Move desks closer to power
and comfort in the workplace: reflections. outlets and phone jacks --- or
install new outlets. Make sure
* A chair should have a five point * For posture the head should be installed fire extinguishers are
star base for stability, an tilted 15° forward or less to acceptable for multiple exposures.
adjustable backrest (angle, height, maintain a vertical position. The
and depth) that provides lumbar elbows should be kept close to the
support and an adjustable seat body or supported. The lumbar Notes from our Chapter Meeting
pan (height, forward and curve of the back should be
backward, and tilt angle). Armrests maintained. Feet should never be 3.12.2002
should be padded, adjustable up allowed to dangle and should Our President, George Moody, called
and down, in and out and swivel always be supported. the March meeting to order at 8 am.
(e.g., like a wrist rest). The edge of
* Dry eye can occur because The minutes of our previous meeting
the seat pan should be at least
people tend to blink less when were approved as published in the
four inches from the soft tissue
chapter newsletter. George Moody
area behind the knee. viewing monitors. Due to this,
provided the Treasurers report since
fatigue can also set in.
Mike Lucas was out of town. There
* The top of a computer display For the home office:
were 18 members of our chapter
screen should be slightly below present for the meeting.
eye level (20°). * Be wary of falls that could occur
when reaching high shelves and All the members agreed with the
* A document holder that is the storage, and tripping on cables, Executive Committees
same height and distance from the wires, ironing cords, toys, fans, recommendation to provide Aquarium
user as the display screen should etc. admission tickets to the ASSE
be provided when the primary task Foundation for use at the Professional
is data entry. * Floor surfaces should be in good Development Conference in Nashville.
condition -- carpets not torn or George reviewed the list of proposed
* Keyboards should be detachable frayed and be affixed to the floor or officers for the new chapter year.
and adjustable to allow have slip resistance pads
straight/parallel hand-forearm underneath them. George advised the membership of the
posture. This is often membership promotion sponsored by
accomplished using a wrist rest. * Avoid having heated surfaces ASSE National. They have agreed to
ASSE experts recommend that the such as coffee makers, hot plates waive the $25 registration fee for any
height of the wrist rest should and portable heaters in the office new members through May 31.
equal the home row key height. as they could trigger a fire. Dan Scott reviewed a letter from the
Fingers on the home row of a Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health
keyboard should be approximately * Be aware that in older homes, Department expressing their
0 to +1.5 inches above the elbow the existing electrical circuits may appreciation for the donation provided
rest height. The keyboard slope not be able to handle the additional by our chapter
should be no greater than 15° electrical load from fax machines,
computers, scanners and other Janice Horn of TDEC then provided an
entertaining overview of the
* A desk or tabletop should allow office equipment as well as air
Tennessee Department of
legroom for posture adjustments conditioning units used explicitly in Environment and Conservation.
for the seated worker while also the office.
providing a 90° angle of the elbow
and the work surface. The same is * Have a licensed/bonded WEBSITE OF THE MONTH
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