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What one does when there is no lock to be found????? May be a nice try, but it certainly is NOT lockout.
There are not many workplaces in the USA that do not have an “air receiver”; in fact most have multiple receivers of all different types and sizes. But for the most part, these vessel operate in the dark corners of the facility - out of sight and out of mind. Do these vessels pose a hazard to personnel when they are not “managed” properly? A stark reminder of how dangerous they can be occurred in 2012 at a paper mill when a receiver catastrophically failed killing one worker and injured four others. (See end of this article for more accidents) Most air receivers in industrial service are large pressure vessels with a capacity from several hundred gallons to several thousand gallons and operate at around 125-150 psi. OSHA’s 1910.169 is in place to set the baseline for operating these vessels safely; however, we find very few facilities that even know this standard exist, much less that their facility has receivers that fall within this standard. For those who have a receiver(s) at their facility, here are the requirements:
OK I heard all of my international members who sent me e-mail about the Video of the Week #3 video. No I have nothing against Indians and no I was not poking fun at Indian Safety practices. As I said to each one of the dozens who took time out of their busy day to let me know, I rarely poke fun at any unsafe photo or video (notice I said rarely - not ever) and I never call out anyone's nationality, race, or gender! But just so that no one gets the wrong idea, here is a video I found on YouTube that is actually posted as an "advertisement" of sorts for a window cleaning company in Dayton, OH. Maybe not as bad as Week #3, but for a company to be posting this as "marketing" goes to show how clueless some companies remain about their worker's safety.
Friday, 1/30/15, is the last business day before we have to:
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An OSHA PSM investigation at a nationwide chemical manufacturer and distributor produced 11 serious violations with penalties totaling $60,500. One of the hazards identified was formaldehyde, which is manufactured for use in various industrial applications and products. The July 16, 2014, inspection found that the facility’s standard operating procedures did not contain accurate information on safety systems and how they worked. The facility’s PHA failed to address many issues in the plant. In addition, employees were not trained in changes to these processes, and inspections and equipment testing were not completed as scheduled.
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Now that the OSHA website is back up and running, a new LOI has appeared dated 12/16/14. This LOI is timely because it clarifies the two new "reportable injuries": amputation and loss of an eye. An amputation, for OSHA reporting purposes, is defined under section 1904.39(b)(11); however, "loss of an eye" had a lot of us wondering what that means. OSHA says "Loss of an eye" is the physical removal of the eye, including enucleation and evisceration. Loss of sight without the removal of the eye is NOT (emphasis added) reportable under the requirements of section 1904.39. A case involving loss of sight that results in the in-patient hospitalization of the worker within 24 hours of the work-related incident is reportable. CLICK HERE for the full LOI.
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Have you ever seen fire extinguihers with an HMIS or NFPA Label? Did you think to yourself... hmm do fire extinguishers fall under HAZCOM? If the OSHA website was up I would provide a link to the LOI discussing this very topic; however, it seems to be a mute point now that the OSHRC has stated Fire Extinguisher are exempt from 1910.1200 because they are "consumer products". Here's what they said...
Those of you that visit SAFTENG often know that I love the FM Global Data Sheets! These data sheets are NOW FREE (and have been for a couple of years). They serve as a GREAT AID in helping facilities understand their hazards and risks associated with all kinds of industries. In fact, although my practice is not endorsed by Global FM, I point clients to these data sheets when an employer will not purchase costly consensus standards, as often times FM Global has a "data sheet" that will address the fundamental issue the consensus standard addresses. Case in point... this week the Chemical Safety Board published a Safety Alert: Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Bulletin - Five Key Lessons to Prevent Hydraulic Shock (CSB). As with most CSB publications this alert is getting shared widely among the ammonia refrigeration industry and this is a GOOD THING; but did you know that FM Global's Data Sheet 12-61, Mechanical Refrigeration had already brought to light the scenario that the CSB Alert did. Here is what FM Global's Data Sheet 12-61, Mechanical Refrigeration Case Study #6 says...