SCBA fit testing – Ensuring firefighters’ safety equipment is actually safe

By David Meronk, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist Firefighting techniques and equipment used to fight fires have evolved over the years, along with the equipment that protects firefighters from harm. The self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) plays a big role in protecting the health of firefighters. Knowing is understanding and fire departments are slowly beginning to … Continue reading SCBA fit testing – Ensuring firefighters’ safety equipment is actually safe

Don’t just talk about practice

Prepping for home fires saves lives By Erik Harden,  BWC Public Information Officer Fifteen years ago, Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson went on his now-famous “we’re talking ‘bout practice” rant. In a moment of frustration, he argued that whether he practiced or not was ultimately irrelevant to his performance during games. Lately it seems many Americans feel … Continue reading Don’t just talk about practice

Don’t play with fire in your workplace

By Erik Harden, Public Information Officer, BWC Communications Department This week is National Fire Prevention Week, the annual awareness campaign promoted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA is focusing this year’s campaign on residential smoke alarm awareness with the theme: Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years. … Continue reading Don’t play with fire in your workplace

That’s not just a tight spot … that’s a confined space!

By Glenn McGinley, Director, Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program and member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Confined Space Safe Work Practices Have you ever had a feeling of claustrophobia – that feeling that you’re trapped and a longing for open spaces while the refrain of “don’t fence me in” plays repeatedly in your … Continue reading That’s not just a tight spot … that’s a confined space!

Before you start to Grill – Remember Hank Hill

By Jeffrey Hutchins - Industrial Hygiene Technical Advisor Hank Hill, patriarch of TV’s “King of the Hill”, famously said “If you’re having grill problems, I feel bad for you son.  I’ve got 99 problems but propane ain’t one.”   Data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicates that the rest of us might not be … Continue reading Before you start to Grill – Remember Hank Hill