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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
 
"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 Monday, 21 July 2014 20:23
 
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
 
EPA RMP & EPCRA Citations @ a facility using HF (RMP $247,274 & EPCRA $273,150)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 20:38

Respondent is the owner and/or operator of facilities that use a proprietary fluorination technology to treat plastic containers and other articles. At all times relevant to this action, Respondent processed, handled and stored hydrogen fluoride (HF) at its facilities. HF is a regulated substance pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 68.3 with a threshold of 1,000 pounds. From 2010 - December 2011 EPA inspected four (4) facilities, of which respondent failed to develop and implement a risk management program or submit an RMP for its Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; and Centerville, Iowa, facilities, as required by Section 112(r)(7) ofthe CAA, 40 C.F.R. §§ 68.12 and 68.150(a).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:13
 
Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) Fatality at a NE Co-Op was an UNLOADING ACCIDENT
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

07/16/2014 UPDATE  -After the death in March of a truck driver, OSHA has cited the grain handling facility for 12 serious safety violations. The driver was overcome by anhydrous ammonia vapors while transferring the liquid from a semi-truck to bulk storage tanks on March 20.  He later died at the hospital from complications related to the ammonia inhalation. Three other workers, a second employee walked into the cloud, employee of BNSF Railway who was performing maintenance on the adjacent railroad tracks, and a deputy sheriff were injured.  OSHA proposed penalties of $62,101.  According to OSHA's account of the accident, a 250-gallon tank ruptured, releasing anhydrous ammonia into the atmosphere and exposing the 63-year-old driver, who had worked at the facility for more than 10 years, to an ammonia vapor cloud.  Several were violations of OSHA’s Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia Standards, such as failing to provide an ammonia control system; to provide employees with chemically impervious clothing; to inspect and maintain ammonia equipment and piping to prevent potential leaks and system failure; and to develop and train workers in an emergency response plan. The company was also cited for storing the chemical in tanks within 100 feet of a mainline railroad track. Other violations involved respiratory protection standards.

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=26367

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 20:26
 
Storage Practices: Controlled Atmosphere Storage (USFA)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:07

In Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage, oxygen levels in the sealed rooms are REDUCED (usually by the infusion of nitrogen gas) from the approximate 21 percent in normal atmospheres to 1-2 percent. Temperatures are generally maintained in the 32-36 F (0-2.2 C) range through mechanical refrigeration systems. Humidity is maintained around 95 percent, and carbon dioxide levels are also controlled between 5 and 10 percent based on the product.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:59
 
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