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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 http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014.

 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 22:47
 
2014 Photo of the Week #37 (Smoking & Flammable Gases)
Safety Info Posts - Photo of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 13 September 2014 17:09

smoking near propane

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 17:16
 
2014 Video of the Week #37 (Compressed Gas Cylinders)
Safety Info Posts - Video of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 13 September 2014 16:33

Another great video showing the power of a compressed gas cylinder!  This from a German TV show called... Nicht nachmachen! (English: Don't Do This!)

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 17:07
 
Hazardous Locations (HAZLOCs) and Medical Devices
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 13 September 2014 09:24

Not meant to be a trick question, but the matter of workers who MUST wear medically prescribed devices and work in Class I, II, and/or III Hazardous Locations tends to be a constant question for facilities that have HAZLOCs. Low voltage equipment is always a battle in HAZLOC! I swear the engineering schools in this country must be furthering the myth that somehow "low voltage" equipment is exempt from HAZLOC's! When we ask the engineer(s) to provide us the RAGAGEP that allows this exemption they are at a loss, but they swear by the "myth". But these medical devices are a potential HR nightmare...

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 16:24
 
OSHA PSM citations @ Ice Maker (NH3 refrigeration & $274,700)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:59

Inadequate safeguards to protect workers against potential ammonia releases at an ice plant have resulted in $264,700 in fines at a nationwide ice manufacturer and distributor. This inspection was conducted under OSHA's PSM Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program. OSHA cited the company for 19 violations of workplace safety standards following a comprehensive inspection that began in March. Several of the violations involve deficiencies in the plant's PSM program. Among the hazards found at the plant were incomplete operating procedures, undocumented inspections and testing, failing to prove employees with process safety information, failing to document that process equipment complied with RAGAGEP and inadequate work space in front of electrical equipment. As a result of these conditions, OSHA has cited the company for six repeat violations with $203,500 in fines. Other hazards included a lack of required exit routes; a locked exit door; failure to train employees in emergency response; unguarded and unanchored machinery; improper storage of oxygen and acetylene tanks; the use of improperly rated electrical switches in a wet environment; incomplete process safety information; lack of employee participation in process safety management; and failure to verify that employees understood process safety management training. These conditions resulted in the issuance of 13 serious violations, with $71,200 in fines. Here is a break down of the citations:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 21:15
 
Catastrophic failure of Ammonia Cryogenic Storage Tank w/ Ammonia Fire (7 deaths and 57 injured)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 17:34

On March 20th 1989, the pressure in the cryo tank climbed abruptly between 11:00 a.m. and 11:15 and the tank burst at its base. Under the effect of the wave escaping from the gaping breach, the reservoir broke free from its stand, pushed in the opposite direction. It destroyed the reinforced concrete protecting wall and ended up 131' from its foundation. The 7,000 tons of ammonia contained in the tank spread over the ground forming a layer which was, in places 28" deep.  With only a light wind (< 4.5 mph), it took 12 hours to evaporate.  The official human casualty list cited 7 deaths and 57 injured (treatment lasting from 2 to 3 weeks) among the operational personnel of the plant and of the construction companies working close to the accident site.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 19:36
 
How far would you go with the “co-Location” coverage to determine PSM/RMP coverage?
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 08 September 2014 19:07

This summer we saw a 300,000 gallon water tank fail which pushed a generator into a covered process which led to a release of the HHC/EHS. The questions I wish to pose are:

  1. Should the water tank have fallen under the PSM/RMP program due to its proximity to the covered process?
  2. Should the proximity of the water tank been part of the facility siting assessment in the PHA?
Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 19:23
 
Drawing the line between “Operators” and “Emergency Responders”
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 06 September 2014 21:13

During my 24-hr Tech course last week we had an interesting discussion about “the line” between an operator taking “emergency actions” and an operator being an “emergency responder”. This has to be a top question in all our HAZMAT courses at industrial facilities; however, OSHA has actually made the line very clear in their 2007 HAZWOPER CPL…

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 22:15
 
Knowing the limitations of your emergency response equipment
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 06 September 2014 12:54

This is not the first time I have written about “limitations” of our emergency response equipment, but this is one I just learned first hand. Let me be CLEAR HERE… ALL equipment and gear we use has limitations so this is not any type of slam against any manufacturer - in fact the piece of equipment I will be discussing in this article can be found just about every HAZMAT vehicle in the USA and it works like a charm, as long as we use it within its LIMITATION(s).

So here is the scene:

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 12:56
 
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