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Ammonia Explosion 30 years ago this week
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 19 September 2014 18:55

For many HAZMAT students, learning that a HAZMAT shipped as a Non-Flammable Class 2 HAZMAT can actually ignite is a sobering fact of emergency response. But when they find out this HAZMAT is anhydrous ammonia (NH3) there is a level of disbelief. But it was this week 30 years ago (9/17/84) at approximately 4:00 p.m., when an explosion occurred in a cold storage warehouse building near Shreveport, Louisiana. The explosion occurred while two members of the Shreveport Fire Department's Hazardous Material Unit were attempting to isolate an anhydrous ammonia leak in a section of the building's refrigeration system.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 19:40
 
PRODUCT SAFETY NOTICE - LADDER SAFETY SYSTEMS USING 3/8 INCH 7X19 STRAND GALVANIZED CABLE
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 19 September 2014 15:42

This Notice concerns the DBI-SALA Lad-Saf™ Flexible Cable Ladder Safety System, also known as a “Safety Climb System.” Capital Safety has received a limited number of reports of 7x19 strand carrier cable slippage from the carrier clamp in the top bracket of these ladder safety systems. Although this top bracket design has been used in the market for more than 40 years without incident, the reported slippage raises the potential for injury to users of affected systems. Based on our analysis of component manufacture dates, the affected systems are:  CLICK HERE for the official alert

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 15:45
 
EPA RMP Citations @ a dairy processing plant (NH3; $7,500)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:22

On December 3, 2013, EPA conducted a compliance inspection of Respondent's facility to determine compliance with the Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulations promulgated at 40 C.F.R. part 68 under section 112(r)(7) of the Act. The EPA found that the Respondent had violated regulations implementing section 112(r)(7) of the Act by failing to comply with the specific requirements outlined in the attached RMP Program Level 3 Process Checklist-Alleged Violations & Penalty Assessment (Checklist and Penalty Assessment). The Checklist and Penalty Assessment is incorporated into this ESA.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 13:32
 
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.

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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
 
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