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Thermal Stress and Chemicals - Knowledge Review and the Highest Risk Occupations
Safety Info Posts - General Safety Topics
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:33

The IRSST just published a report entitled Thermal Stress and Chemicals - Knowledge Review and the Highest Risk Occupations in Québec. Exposure to cold or heat triggers a series of compensatory physiological responses enabling the human body to maintain its internal temperature despite thermal stress. These thermoregulation mechanisms are well documented and the resulting physiological changes can modify organ functions related to the absorption and metabolism of chemical substances.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:36
 
U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials (Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures)
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:39

The NPRM proposes enhanced tank car standards, a classification and testing program for mined gases and liquids and new operational requirements for high-hazard flammable trains (HHFT) that include braking controls and speed restrictions. Specifically, within two years, it proposes the phase out of the use of older DOT 111 tank cars for the shipment of packing group I flammable liquids, including most Bakken crude oil, unless the tank cars are retrofitted to comply with new tank car design standards. The ANPRM seeks further information on expanding comprehensive oil spill response planning requirements for shipments of flammable materials. Both the NPRM and ANPRM are available for review on www.regulations.gov and will now be open for 60 days of public comment. Given the urgency of the safety issues addressed in these proposals, PHMSA does not intend to extend the comment period.  CLICK HERE for more

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:43
 
EPA's Risk Management Program (RMP) Request for Information (RFI) soon to be published
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:21

The EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) Request for Information (RFI) is about to be published in the Federal Register. The RFI seeks comment on potential revisions to EPA’s RMP regulations and related programs to modernize its regulations, guidance, and policies as required under Executive Order (EO) 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. The public comment period is for 90 days after publication.  On Thursday, July 24, EPA is expected to issue a news release announcing the pre-publication version of the RFI on EPA’s OEM Web page. Once the RFI is published in the Federal Register and available on www.regulations.gov, EPA will update its Web page and provide the link to the specific regulations.gov Web page where the public may submit comments. OSHA will also post on their EO Web page an announcement of the RFI release along with a link to EPA’s OEM Web page.  Thank you for your involvement and we look forward to working with you as we continue our work to improve chemical facility safety and security.

EPA News Releases: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/2014%20Press%20Releases!OpenView

Office of Emergency Management: http://epa.gov/emergencies/eo_improving_chem_fac.htm

OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/chemicalexecutiveorder/index.html

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:42
 
Policy Background on the Temporary Worker Initiative
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:14

On April 29, 2013, OSHA launched the Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI) in order to help prevent work-related injuries and illnesses among temporary workers.1 The purpose of this initiative is to increase OSHA's focus on temporary workers in order to highlight employers' responsibilities to ensure these workers are protected from workplace hazards.  As detailed in the documents posted on our website (www.osha.gov/temp_workers), temporary workers are at increased risk of work-related injury and illness. In recent months, OSHA has received and investigated many reports of temporary workers suffering serious or fatal injuries, some in their first days on the job. Numerous studies have shown that new workers are at greatly increased risk for work-related injury, and most temporary workers will be "new" workers multiple times a year. Furthermore, as the American economy and workforce are changing, the use of temporary workers is increasing in many sectors of the economy.  OSHA compliance officers regularly encounter worksites with temporary workers. This memorandum is being sent to remind OSHA field staff of the Agency's long standing general enforcement policy regarding temporary workers. Additional enforcement and compliance guidance will be issued in the near future.  CLICK HERE for the entire OSHA Memo

 
EPA RMP Citations @ a facility that manufactures starch derivatives (propylene oxide & $46,178)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 17:59

The primary activity at Respondent's facility is the processing of com to manufacture starch derivatives. On or about March 5-7,2013, EPA conducted an inspection of Respondent's facility to determine compliance with Section 112(r) of the CAA and 40 C.F.R. Part 68.  Records collected during the inspection showed that Respondent has exceeded the threshold quantity for propylene oxide, storing a maximum of approximately 57,275 pounds. Propylene oxide is a regulated substance pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 68.3. The threshold quantity for propylene oxide, as listed in 40 C.F .R. § 68.130, Table 1, is 10,000 pounds.  Company failed to: 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:03
 
UPDATE: "Evidence suggests blast caused International Nutrition accident" as reported by Omaha Herald
Safety Info Posts - Combustible Dusts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 21 July 2014 00:00

UPDATE on 7/21/14The Jan. 20 structural collapse was caused by overloading nine storage bins on the building's roof level, an OSHA investigation has found. The collapse at the livestock feed supplement manufacturer caused the death of two workers and injuries to nine others.  The investigation determined a structural failure of the east side truss, after bins that it supported were loaded with an excess of limestone. The extra weight caused the bins to collapse three floors into the center of the facility in about 30 seconds.  As a result of the tragic incident, OSHA has cited the company with one willful, one repeat and 11 additional safety violations for failing to protect workers from hazards associated with structural collapse.  https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=26418

CLICK HERE for the citations

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:37
 
2014 Photo of the Week #29 (Relief Valves)
Safety Info Posts - Photo of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 17:48

RV tampered

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 17:54
 
2014 Video of the Week #29 (Compressed Gas Cylinder Handling)
Safety Info Posts - Video of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2014 20:10
 
UNPREPARED Emergency Escape Breath Devices (EEBD)/Emergency Life Support Apparatus (ELSA) (USCG)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 21:10

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When purchased or returned from servicing Emergency Escape Breath Devices (EEBD)/Emergency Life Support Apparatus (ELSA) will have a small removable label viewable through a window on the bag that states “QUICK-FIRE NOT PRIMED ANTI-TAMPER DEVICE AND FITTING INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE.” The unit is not ready. Once delivered a technician or competent employee should have opened the bottom left corner flap, attached the “Quick Fire” cord and removed the label. The device will operate correctly and begin to supply air to the hood when the flap is properly connected and later opened.  CLICK HERE for the full Safety Alert from the US Coast Guard.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 21:14
 
FAILURE OF HAND PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER (USCG)
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 20:57

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This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to vessel owners/operators and fire safety equipment servicing companies to use caution when replacing components on hand portable fire extinguishers. While examining the activities surrounding a fire onboard a vessel, Coast Guard investigators from Sector Hampton Roads learned of the failure of a hand portable 15 pound (lb) Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extinguisher. During a fire-fighting event, a crewmember attempted to use a 15 lb CO2 extinguisher, but the extinguisher failed to properly discharge and only seeped from the neck of the extinguisher. The fire was extinguished by another crewmember using a dry-chemical fire extinguisher. The investigators had the extinguisher examined at a fire-fighting equipment service center. They determined that the hose and discharge horn had been replaced at an earlier time. The end of the hose screws on to a diffuser on the side of the discharge valve/handle assembly of the extinguisher. The diffuser is a ported protrusion on the male end of a ninety degree fitting. On the side of the protrusion are orifices through which the CO2 flows. The examination revealed that the spherical end of the protrusion, which contains no orifices, bottomed out against the orifice in the connection fitting that leads to the hose and horn assembly. The flow of CO2 was thus completely blocked.  CLICK HERE for this Safety Alert from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 21:14
 
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