June 1, 2009
by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor
Age awareness training
A new publication, Age Awareness Training for Miners, takes a comprehensive approach to health and safety training on the issues of aging workers and gives instructors information on how to provide age awareness training to all workers. The presentation and materials include easy-to-understand presentations and handouts on topics such as hearing, work capacity and endurance, and slips/trips/falls. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Motor grader video series
A series of DVDs devoted to safe and efficient motor grader operation is now available. Each video begins with a brief machine introduction, practical view of the pre-use inspection, and the motor grader’s many unique features. DVD titles include: New Construction, Road Maintenance, Operating Tips, and Snow Plowing. Vista Training, Inc.
Electrical hazards curriculum
The new Contren Learning Series Managing Electrical Hazards module introduces trainees and their supervisors to electrical hazards in the workplace and how to avoid them. Topics also include how to select specialized personal protection equipment for electrical work, how to analyze and document shock and arc flash hazards, and how to plan and conduct work around them. National Center for Construction Education and Research.
Preventive maintenance textbook
The recently released Modern Diesel Technology: Preventive Maintenance and Inspection textbook by John Dixon details procedures for maintenance and inspection of medium and heavy trucks. The 386-page book features 17 chapters, each broken into specific areas for easy reference. Included are sections such as Inspection Procedure, Federal Inspection Regulations, Record Keeping Requirements, and PM Software. Delmar Cengage.
Tips to thrive in this economy
A free booklet, 10 Strategies to Help You Thrive in the Economic Downturn, offers advice on how to cut material handling costs and expenses. Topics include parts replacement and maintenance, exploring financing options, and the advantages of fleet management. Hyster Co.
Infrastructure spending analysis
Infrastructure 2009: Pivot Point analyzes infrastructure spending and needs in the United States and overseas. It explores the shortcomings of underinvestment and the long-term competitive advantages offered by thoughtful investment. This year’s report looks at the Obama administration’s focus on infrastructure spending as an economic stimulus. Urban Land Institute, Ernst and Young.
Environmental management system
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) Environmental Management System (EMS) template was created to provide producer members with a written framework to help develop a voluntary EMS program for their operations. The template contains separate modules that producer members can choose from to best fit their company’s needs and environmental goals and principles. NSSGA.
Climate change book
Cemex added a new book to its Conservation Book Series. A Climate for Life: Meeting the Global Challenge examines the impact of climate change on biodiversity and focuses on the most important challenges currently facing life on our planet — stress on flora and fauna, the implications of polar meltdown, and the effects of rising temperatures on land as well as in the oceans. The book also examines potential and practical solutions and devotes a number of chapters to exploring existing answers, some of which come from nature itself. Cemex.