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2014 Photo of the Week #42 (Trenching)
Safety Info Posts - Photo of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 18 October 2014 21:29

Good thing they are wearing their safety vest!!!

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 21:35
 
2014 Video of the Week #42 (Confined Space FATALITY Investigation by WorkSafe BC)
Safety Info Posts - Video of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00

This 3D animation re-enacts the sequence of events of the workplace incident that occurred at a mushroom composting facility in Langley, B.C. on September 5, 2008. Three workers died and two others were seriously injured in the incident.  For more information go to: http://www.worksafebc.com/news_room/news_releases/2011/new_11_11_28.asp

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 22:26
 
How can one argue that a large roll-off trash compactor is not a PRCS?
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 17 October 2014 11:44

compactor1 berries lrgThis is a hot debate, sadly enough!  Here we are going on nearly 20 years of having OSHA’s Permit Required Confined Space standard (1910.146) in place and we are still debating what is and what is not a CS and PRCS.  Granted there will always be questionable spaces - that is what safety professionals are for!  But damn it, these roll off trash compactor containers are WITHOUT A DOUBT a PRCS.  And just because “our employees never enter it/them” is not an excuse to not classify it properly and label it properly to PREVENT unauthorized entry.  Let’s examine the characteristics of these containers and what makes them a PRCS…

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 11:54
 
Did you know... Ammonia (and Propane) gas is NOT white?
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 17 October 2014 07:32

In just about every 24-hour HAZMAT course we teach we find that students getting their first official dose of "chemical safety" are shocked to find out that most gases at their facility are NOT white in color.  Most have seen dozens of videos over their adult lives showing these large white clouds forming during releases of hazardous materials and just figured that what they were seeing was a chemical cloud.  So if ammonia (and propane) is NOT a white gas, then why do we see a white fluffy cloud when ammonia/propane is released to the atmosphere?  Chlorine gas is not white; it is yellowish-green in color.  Why the difference?

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:09
 
54 incidents & 1 update (10/16/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 21:30
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 21:40
 
New Versions of CAMEOfm and Tier2 Submit are available
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:26

What's new in CAMEOfm version 3.1?

  • Added new FEMA tab to Resources module to allow classifying resources based on FEMA resource typing definitions
  • Added a drop-down calendar feature for date fields
  • Modified Facility KML export to include 24-hour emergency coordinator phone numbers
  • Updated to allow import of Tier2 Submit 2014 files
  • Updated state-specific fields
  • Upgraded to FileMaker 13
  • Made minor bugs fixes and changes

CLICK HERE to download latest version of CAMEOfm version 3.1

What's changed in Tier2 Submit 2014?

  • Added "Quick Report" button, which displays the selected facility's information in a browser window
  • Added a drop-down calendar feature for date fields
  • Modified Facility KML export to include facility and 24-hour emergency coordinator phone numbers
  • Updated state-specific fields
  • Upgraded to FileMaker 13
  • Made minor bug fixes and changes

CLICK HERE to download latest version of Tier2 Submit 2014

 
Fire Dynamics: The A, B, C, D and K’s of Fire (USFA)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:30

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 9.31.22 PMOne of the first tasks that firefighters and inspectors learn is how to classify fires in accordance with the common letter designations. Knowing the correct fire type enables one to select the appropriate fire-extinguishing media to safely suppress a fire. Fires are classified into one of five categories based on the burning products. The following table explains the classes and the description of the primary contents involved in the fire.

There are circumstances where:

More than one class of fire may be involved. For example, a liquefied petroleum gas vessel that is venting as a result of a wildland fire exposure would be a combined Class A (vegetation) and Class B (flammable liquid/gas) fire that might require special fire suppression approaches.

A fire can change from one class to another. Class C fires are those that involve “energized electrical equipment.” Once the electrical energy is removed, the fire is classified based on the burning material. A flaming television set becomes a Class A fire when the electricity is disconnected.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:39
 
HAZMAT Awareness - PLACARDS (video)
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:00

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:40
 
OSHRC affirms HAZCOM and LOTO citations at chicken processing plant
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 21:04

Citations issued for health and safety violations were affirmed by an administrative law judge from the independent OSHRC, upholding an earlier decision by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The violations occurred at the company's chicken processing plant. OSHA cited the plant in May 2012 for a variety of safety and health hazards, including failure to provide employees with information and training about the hazards of products that contain peracetic acid and bleach, as required by OSHA's hazard communication standard. Violating OSHA's lockout/tagout standard, the company also failed to train production workers whose operations included servicing and maintenance of machines that could unexpectedly start up. Judge Coleman found the employer had failed to train production workers on the hazards of chlorine bleach and Perasafe, an antimicrobial agent containing peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid, used to disinfect chicken carcasses. The judge noted in his decision that employees told the OSHA compliance officer that they had experienced respiratory ailment symptoms and rashes consistent with the exposure symptoms described in the manufacturer's safety data sheets for Perasafe and chlorine bleach. The judge also found that that the company's machine maintenance procedures were overly general, lacking sufficient detail to provide employees with the steps to protect themselves from amputation and laceration hazards while servicing equipment. Moreover, production workers were not given basic training on how to avoid injuries when service and maintenance work was needed. Two employees were injured when attempting to clear jams on equipment without knowledge of proper procedures.   OSHRC Docket Number: 12-1165 & 12-1269

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 October 2014 21:18
 
OSHA PSM citations @ BPA Plant (BPA & $134,000)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 20:27

Following the death of an employee, 61, OSHA has cited the chemical manufacturer for 21 serious and two other-than-serious safety violations. Many of the violations involve OSHA's Process Safety Management Standards. The company has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program. OSHA's investigation found the employee suffered fatal injuries on April 4, 2014, while clearing a blockage on the drain line to a reactor. An expansion joint failed and caused a thermally heated chemical mixture to spew onto the employee. The mixture predominately contained Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, and hydrochloric acid, acetone and phenol, used in the manufacture of resins, flame retardants and coatings. The inspection found plant officials failed to ensure misaligned pipes and expansion joints were repaired properly and adequate safety shields were installed before placing the reactor back in service. The company also failed to develop procedures for normal and emergency shutdown of the BPA reactor; address hazards for expansion joint failure; develop written procedures to maintain equipment used to process chemicals during maintenance; and train workers to install flexible expansion joints and associated equipment properly. In addition, the company failed to conduct required inspections and maintain accurate inspection records; provide personal protective equipment, including clothing, boots, safety goggles and head coverings; and train workers to identify and handle hazardous chemicals. OSHA has proposed fines of $134,000.  Here is the breakdown of the PSM citations:

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 October 2014 20:59
 
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