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Conveyors, Duct Work, and your Hot Work Permitting Process
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:04

In "general industry" workplaces OSHA has a “General Requirements” standard for conducting Welding, Cutting, and Brazing activities (1910.252). For those working within the battery limits of a PSM/RMP covered process, both OSHA (1910.119(k)(2) and EPA (68.85(b) reference 1910.252(a) as the basics of safely conducting these HW activities. But there is one (1) requirement that we almost always see missing from every aspect of a facilities HW program, permitting, and even training, and that is…

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:37
 
OSHA’s revised Injury and Illness Reporting may call for an MOC at PSM/RMP facilities
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:49

Yes, as many of you have figured out I am a big fan of using the Management of Change process to actually manage changes that may officially be outside the PSM/RMP requirements. But how would OSHA changing their injury/illness reporting requirements impact my Process Safety Management System? Here’s how…

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:54
 
Testimonial for Safety Glasses
Safety Info Posts - General Safety Topics
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:24

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The incident just occurred yesterday (8/21/14).  A miner operator (underground coal) was cutting rock bottoms in a mine construction area, when he either hit a rib bolt with the cutter head, or a miner bit sheared in two. In either case, the steel fragment became a high speed projectile and struck the employee in the eye. As you can see in the photos, had the employee NOT been wearing safety glasses, his injuries would have been severe and in all likelihood, he would have lost his eye.  Following the incident, the employee stated, “I saw it coming at me but it was flying so fast that I had no time to react.”  The employee did sustain minor superficial cuts above and below his eye as a result of the impact of the steel piece against the safety glasses, but he returned to work on the very next shift with no residual effects and as though no incident had even occurred.

CLICK on READ MORE below to see the full size photos (2)

MANY THANKS to Bob Cornett and his Mine Safety Group for sharing this with us. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 13:34
 
Being a SAFETY LEADER is not easy...
Safety Info Posts - Motivational Safety Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:32

A rather well known "management consultant" back in the 70's and 80's was Forrest H. Kirkpatrick and Mr. Kirkpatrick wrote a poem about leadership that hangs on my wall in my office.  It pretty much sums up what being a safety leader is all about - even though Mr. Kirkpatrick meant for it to be a message to all managers.  Bottom line, it is one thing to "preach" safety and an entirely different approach when one "LIVES SAFETY".  

Safety Professionals MUST LEAD by EXAMPLE in ALL that we do, both at work and at play , but especially at work.  Mr. Kirkpatrick sums it up all to well in these 10 lines:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:57
 
OSHA cites a Grain Elevator for 1 willful, 2 repeat, 8 serious violations ($120,120)
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:56

A 51-year-old worker was fatally injured when he became engulfed in flowing grain in a railcar load-out elevator. On March 15, 2014, the incident occurred when the worker attempted to remove a jam from a chute while the auger operated. OSHA has cited the company for one willful, two repeat and eight serious safety violations, many involving OSHA's grain handling, permit-required confined space and fall protection safety regulations. OSHA's inspection found that management allowed employees inside the grain bin while the auger and conveyor systems operated, despite a comprehensive safety and health program in place that outlined how to keep workers safe in the grain bin. This resulted in a willful violation issued. The company failed to complete a confined space entry permit before allowing workers to enter grain bins and to provide fall protection for workers exposed to falls of up to 60 feet while performing work activities around an unguarded floor opening in the main elevator shaft. Here is a breakdown of the citations:

 
EPA RMP Citations @ a pharmaceutical manufacturing and Research & Development facility (Chloroform; $172K)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:00

EPA contacted the facility by letter in January 2014 to determine the facility's compliance with RMP.  Based on communications with the facility, EPA determined that the facility exceeded the threshold for chloroform on 2/17/2010; however, the facility submitted their RMP with EPA on 4/14/2014.  The fine was $172,900 for a violation of 68.12 and 68.150 from 2/17/2010 - 4/14/2014.  CLICK HERE to see the agreement.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:08
 
EPA RMP Citations @ a dairy processing plant (NH3; $57K)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 17:26

EPA contacted the facility by letter in January 2014 to determine the facility's compliance with RMP.  Based on communications with the facility, EPA determined that the facility had more than 10,000 pounds of Anhydrous Ammonia in a process; however, the facility had not filed an RMP with EPA.  The fine was $57,000 for a violation of 68.12.  CLICK HERE to see the agreement.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 20:11
 
OSHA's Top 10 Citations (2014 Preliminary as of 8/1/14)
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:54

The Top 10 for Fiscal Year 2014 are:

  1. Fall protection (1926.501) = 6,143
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) = 5,161
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) = 4,029
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) = 3,223
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) = 2,704
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) = 2,662
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) = 2,490
  8. Ladders (1926.1053) = 2,448
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) = 2,200
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) = 2,056

Source: Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs @ the 2014 National Safety Council Congress & Expo

 
46 incidents & 1 update (9/14/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 14 September 2014 22:48
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 23:00
 
NEW OSHA Injury Reporting Flow Chart
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 14 September 2014 17:20

2014 OSHA Recordkeeping flowchart

OSHA announced a final rule* requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.  The announcement follows preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries*.  Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA's regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule. OSHA has also updated the list of industries that, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates, are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep injury and illness records. The previous list of exempt industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification system and the new rule uses the North American Industry Classification System to classify establishments by industry. The new list is based on updated injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The new rule maintains the exemption for any employer with 10 or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, from the requirement to routinely keep records of worker injuries and illnesses.  For more information about the new rule, visit OSHA's website at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/

 

 

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