Industrial Scientific Acquires DBO2
Pittsburgh-based Industrial Scientific Corp. recently acquired Design Build Own Operate Inc. (DBO2), a leader in measuring human error in the workplace. DBO2's product SafetyNet is a safety inspection and analysis program that helps construction, mining, energy, insurance and other companies at high risk for catastrophic injury to predict and prevent worker injuries while improving quality and productivity.
“We're so pleased to join Industrial Scientific's worldwide team,”said Barry Nelson, DBO2 president and CEO. “We share a common vision that defining, tracking and acting on leading indicators will dramatically reduce accidents and injuries in the workplace.”
ASSE Foundation Donors
North-Carolina-based Scott Health & Safety and Colorado-based Flatiron Construction Corp. each donated $5,000 to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation to support research and education programs in the occupational safety, health and environmental field.
ASSE Foundation Chair Cynthia L. Roth said these generous donations are representative of companies that go “above and beyond in their commitment to protecting people, property and the environment, especially in supporting safety and health research and students studying in this field.”
Glen Raven's GlenGuard FR fabrics were recently certified as safe for humans by Oeko-Tex, a global association that tests fabrics for more than 100 harmful substances, including carcinogenic dyestuffs, formaldehyde and heavy metals. Oeko-Tex's extensive evaluation ensures that GlenGuard FR fabrics not only protect workers from heat hazards and flames, but also are safe to wear.
“We are in the business of protecting people,” says Hal Bates, director of marketing for Glen Raven. “So it just makes sense for us to ensure that our GlenGuard FR fabrics are free of hazardous chemicals that could harm the people who wear them.”
Workforce health management company Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) welcomed Arun Villivalam, M.D., and Drew Di Giovanni, MPH, to the CHS HybridHealthSM and primary care services onsite management teams. “CHS is very proud to attract and retain the talent that comprises its current workforce, and to add to it with leaders like Arun and Drew,” says Mel Hall, CHS CEO.
National Safety Council (NSC) President and CEO Alan McMillan announced his retirement, effective Feb. 15. McMillan provided more than 15 years of service to NSC and established a career that included more than 42 years in government and private sector safety and health, including service with OSHA, MSHA and the Employment Standards Administration. NSC will develop an interim leadership plan and launch a national search for a new chief executive.
“Every day I am humbled by the commitment of council staff, our board leadership and the volunteer spirit of the more than 50,000 companies, unions and government agencies that make up our membership,” he said. “I leave knowing America is safer than ever before because of their efforts.”
3E Co. was recently honored with an Environmental Business Journal Business Achievement Award in the information technology category. The award criteria addressed technological innovations, revenue growth and noteworthy expansions or acquisitions. 3E was recognized in particular for its MSDS solution providers, chemical regulatory content and emergency response services.
Summit Training Source
DiversityBusiness.com recognized Summit Training Source as one of the top 100 small businesses, diversity-owned businesses and women-owned businesses in Michigan, as well as one of the top 500 women-owned businesses in the nation. “Environmental, health and safety training is critical for everyone and does not recognize gender or race boundaries,” said Valerie Overheul, Summit president and CEO.
Fastenal, a leading North American industrial distributor, named Ergodyne its 2007 class four supplier of the year for overall excellence in service. “It's an honor and a thrill to win Fastenal's supplier of the year award for our class and sales level,” said Tom Votel, Ergodyne president and CEO.
Three OSHA representatives visited Berlin, Wisc.-based ABB Drives and Motors to present the company with the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Award. Nearly 300 employees from the Berlin site attended the ceremony, where OSHA presenters stated, “This is our opportunity to commend businesses dedicated to being proactive, rather than reactive in pursuit of optimal safety.”
Rick Kegel, safety and plant engineer for the ABB New Berlin facility, was presented with a Quality Salute Award for all his hard work and dedication to the VPP project.
New Web Sites
Impacto Protective Products Inc. recently introduced a new Web site, http://www.impacto.ca, that contains information on a wide range of ergonomic products.
Howard Leight by Sperian also launched a new Web site, http://www.howardleight.com, to offer visitors a 360-degree experience in hearing protection fit, selection and protection, as well as the industry's first online hearing protector selector.
Pittsburgh-based Industrial Scientific created http://www.indsci.com, a new corporate Web site with intuitive navigation and dynamic design to guide users through a complete gas detection online resource center.
Canam Steel Corp. recently celebrated 2 years with no lost-time accidents. The Missouri-based steel fabricator employs 170 workers in production and office capacities and maintains a comprehensive safety program. “The safety and health of our employees is a guiding principle of our company, and each of our employees strives every day to work safely,” said Tariq Rashdi, facility vice president and general manager.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products in Winchester, Va., managed to set a new 3 million hour safety milestone. “Achieving a milestone of this magnitude is a reflection of our leadership and employee commitment to safety,” said Jeff Bahr, vice president of human resources.
John Zink Co.
Employees at the Tulsa, Okla., John Zink Co. facility celebrated working more than 5 million hours and 1,090 consecutive days without an injury resulting in time away from work. The Tulsa facility is a designated OSHA VPP Super Star site.
Crisis Prevention Institute
The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) announced a partnership with Safe City, a national, community-based initiative designed to build awareness and develop and implement crime-reduction solutions. CPI's PrepareTraining program will now play a major role in this initiative by helping organizations rely on confident, well-trained employees who respond consistently and effectively to a variety of challenging situations.
The Business of Safety Symposium
March 13-14 • Baltimore
Join the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) in Baltimore for a two-day symposium designed to align safety with business goals. The Business of Safety symposium can help safety professionals analyze their organization's business processes; use business skills to enhance communication; and demonstrate to management how safety and health contribute to an organization's business goals. The program features various sessions, roundtable case studies, a panel of executive leaders, expert speakers and more. Recognized business strategist Chuck Martin, president of NFI Research, delivers the keynote presentation on leveraging safety leadership, and will take participants through a self-assessment process.