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The five most downloaded articles from the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety so far in 2013 are available for free until the end of the month. Which is tomorrow. In other words, if you’re interested in one, don’t procrastinate.

College and university sector response to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board Texas Tech incident report and UCLA laboratory fatality
“This report is a an update on the ongoing work by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), TTU, UCLA, Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA), American Chemical Society (ACS) and other organizations since the release of the October 19, 2011 CSB investigation report on the TTU incident.”

Proceedings of the 2012 University of California Center for Laboratory Safety Workshop
“The workshop gathered researchers from the public and private sectors, graduate students, university administrators, and health and safety subject matter experts into one meeting with the aim to identify areas where research into laboratory safety could have the greatest and most immediate impact.”

Application of lean six sigma business practices to an Air Purifying Respirator process
“The goal of process management is to understand how the process operates and to collect metrics that allow the process parameters to be adjusted (managed) to ensure nuclear research worker satisfaction. This is accomplished through the use of a process management system, which is used to analyze, optimize, and manage process performance based on meaningful data. This includes identifying process scope and ownership and measuring performance. This paper discusses the application of LSS business practices to a nuclear research APR process and demonstrates how management uses the results to make decisions.”

Pesticide residue in organic and conventional food-risk analysis
“Four groups of pesticides, i.e., organochlorine, carbamates, organophosphorous and pyrethrites were analyzed in wheat and rice samples. Presence of organochlorine pesticide residue was observed in two out of ten organic farms, which were converted from conventional to organic practices few years ago. This was attributed to excessive use of synthetic pesticides. Wheat and rice samples taken from market (conventional farm) showed significant level of pesticide residues.”

A behavior-based observation program’s contribution to a nuclear facility operational safety
“A key element of the H&S Program is to consider measures that lower the risk of operations. The implementation of a behavior-based safety observation program focusing on the identification and elimination of at-risk behaviors is one of these measures. To engage employees in identifying and communicating at-risk behaviors, ATOMICS, a behavior-based safety observation program, has been implemented at [Los Alamos National Laboratory's Plutonium Facility at Technical Area 55]. ATOMICS stands for Allowing Timely Observations Measures Increased Commitment to Safety. A detailed account of this approach to TA-55 glovebox operations has been described previously in this journal.3 TA-55 management provides specific feedback when at-risk behaviors are observed. This enhanced ATOMICS puts additional emphasis on data analysis to identify root causes for injury/illness events. This report contributes to this feedback.”

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