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47 incidents & 2 updates (12/18/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:16
 
OSHA PSM Citations @ nail polish manufacturer (Flammables & $139K)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 15 December 2014 19:58

OSHA found plant workers and temporary workers employed by two staffing agencies were exposed to hazards and other dangerous safety and health violations at the plant. The inspection resulted in 30 OSHA citations against the nail polish manufacturer and staffing agencies. Proposed penalties total $139,500.  The plant faces $109,500 in penalties for 23 serious violations, which exposed plant employees to fire, explosion and safety and health hazards related to flammable chemicals. Inspectors found the plant stored thousands of pounds of flammable liquids on-site in indoor storage tanks. One tank overflowed in July 2014 because of a disabled or broken safety mechanism.  Here is a breakdown of the PSM related citations:

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 20:08
 
Safety Alert - PROHIBITED REFILLING OF DOT 39 SPECIFICATION CYLINDERS
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 16:38

Screen Shot 2014-12-13 at 4.37.57 PMPHMSA has become aware of the sale of adapters designed to allow refilling of DOT 39 cylinders using larger cylinders (see attached photographs). These adaptors are sold at various retail outlets and online. Some of the common trade names are the “Mac Coupler”, “Mr. Heater” and “Shnozzle”. “MacCoupler” is manufactured by KM North America in Traverse City, MI.  “Mr. Heater” and “Shnozzle” are manufactured in China and sold on Amazon.  Additionally, several websites demonstrate how to use these adaptors.

PHMSA strongly recommends that the general public refrain from refilling DOT 39 cylinders because of the one-time use design of these cylinders, and the purchase and use of any adaptor sold as a means to refill DOT 39 cylinders creates a potential risk of fire, explosion, serious injury, and property damage.

CLICK HERE (pdf) for the full alert.

 
2014 Photo of the Week #51 (Electrical LOTO)
Safety Info Posts - Photo of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 13:01

Falls a bit short of 1910.333(b)(2) don’t you think?

"Lockout and Tagging." While any employee is exposed to contact with parts of fixed electric equipment or circuits which have been deenergized, the circuits energizing the parts shall be locked out or tagged or both in accordance with the requirements of this paragraph. The requirements shall be followed in the order in which they are presented (i.e., paragraph (b)(2)(i) first, then paragraph (b)(2)(ii), etc.).

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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 December 2014 13:09
 
2014 Video of the Week #51 (5 FAQs on GFCI from NFPA)
Safety Info Posts - Video of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 00:00

With all the Christmas decorations up and all the cords running everywhere I thought this would be a good reminder.  As for work, remember since 2008 GFCI's are required when workers are using electrical cords and corded tools that are used during construction-like activities, including certain maintenance, remodeling, or repair activities, involving buildings, structures or equipment (1910.304(b)(3)(ii).

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 December 2014 13:01
 
Interesting PSM/RMP nuggets from the 12/11/14 Senate hearing on EO - IMPROVING CHEMICAL FACILITY SAFETY AND SECURITY
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 12 December 2014 20:47

Reading through the opening comments from OSHA and EPA at this weeks Senate Committee hearing discussing Executive Order 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security offered us some very interesting insights as to what OSHA and EPA are doing and planning in their efforts to improve process safety.  Here are some of those that I found most interesting.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:03
 
The fundamentals behind “line breaking”
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 12 December 2014 19:47

My article earlier this year about line breaks on relief valve vent lines that are attached to a header/manifold got a lot of you to ask more questions about the practice of “line breaking” (or as some call it “process opening”).  I have tried to answer each question, but thought it may be helpful to explain the fundamentals of safe line breaking.  As we know, “line breaking” is the one safe work practice that OSHA and EPA mention in their process safety standards yet provide ZERO guidance on.  We can not even find a RAGAGEP or consensus standard for guidance; however, we do have some excellent historically practices we can rely on.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 19:51
 
HAZWOPER Question... Does a person who will ONLY participate in Decon be required to have Operations or Tech level training?
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 12 December 2014 15:28

Scenario Facts:

  1. These workers would NEVER enter the warm or hot zone for defensive or offensive actionsrelated to controlling the uncontrolled release.  They will be in the warm zone as they will be participating in Decon, but this places them in the far edge of the Warm Zone (e.g. right at the Cold Zone line). 
  2. They are trained in HAZCOM of the chemicals involved in the uncontrolled release and the Decon chemicals. 
  3. They are trained in the PPE they will be using. 
  4. They are trained in the Decon Procedure which resides in the emergency response plan and all the equipment associated with the Decon procedure(s).

Will their regular safety training on these items make them "compliant" with 1910.120(q)?

 
Christmas Tree Fire Hazards - Water That Tree!
Safety Info Posts - Holiday Safety
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

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What's a holiday party or even the traditional Christmas morning scene itself without a beautifully decorated tree? If your household, as those of more than 33 million other American homes, includes a natural tree in its festivities, take to heart the sales person's suggestion—"Keep the tree watered."  Click READ MORE below for the two (2) tree fire videos.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 14:04
 
OSHA PRCS citations involving Tanker Truck @ a producer and distributor of food products ($30K)
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 19:43

Violations of permit confined spaces safety regulations led to the death of a worker, 23, on June 19, 2014, at producer and distributor of food products. The worker was found unresponsive in a tanker truck at the facility. He was conducting sampling of the tank, which contained egg products and nitrogen. OSHA has cited the company for five serious safety violations, including exposing employees to nitrogen hazards.  OSHA's inspection found that the facility failed to prevent employees from entering permit-required confined spaces. Related to this failure, the company did not ensure that emergency services were proficient in confined space rescues and that appropriate equipment for a confined space rescue could be used to perform one quickly.  The company did not:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 19:49
 
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