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Happy National Safety Month

June 1, 2012

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Several things to share with you this month…

Safety+Health tips its hat to National Safety Month by featuring safety tips from the National Safety Council that highlight the themes of each week: worker wellness; ergonomics; slips, trips and falls; and driving safety. Read them here, and find more National Safety Month materials to share with your employees at www.nsc.org/nsm.

We’re also serving up a variety of feature articles. Associate Editor Ashley Johnson explores the need for workplaces across the country to prepare for earthquakes, Associate Editor Thomas J. Bukowski examines workplace bullying and its potential effects on worker safety and health, and Senior Associate Editor Kyle W. Morrison reports on a congressional hearing regarding the pace of OSHA’s standards-setting process and takes a look at efforts to prevent backover-related deaths.

Congratulations to Ian Palmer, S+H’s senior graphic designer, for winning another American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA magazine. Ian is the sole designer on a team that produces two magazines, five print newsletters and numerous other products – and he has to work with me on all of them. We ask a lot of him, and he always comes through.

I don’t want to turn this column into “Editor’s Ladder Safety Note” for the remainder of 2012. But for those of you following the events stemming from the publication of “A safe climb” in the March issue, I want to mention that I appreciate the numerous responses I’ve received to my request for comments on the use of side rails versus rungs – or, as one person tagged the debate, “Rail-ies vs. Rung-ies.” Your emails have been informative, interesting and frequently funny. As I write this, the May issue has only recently begun hitting subscribers’ inboxes, so I hope to receive many more comments. In July, we’ll share some of them. I really enjoy hearing from you.

The opinions expressed in “Editor’s Note” do not necessarily reflect those of the National Safety Council or affiliated local Chapters.

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