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37 incidents & 2 updates (12/8/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 08 December 2014 22:24
Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 22:29
 
OSHA PRCS citations involving Rail Car cleanout ($188K)
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 08 December 2014 15:23

OSHA found that an environmental remediation company did not have equipment or trained personnel to rescue a 27-year-old worker promptly who collapsed and later died while cleaning a rail car. OSHA has cited seven willful and 14 serious safety violations, many involving permit-required confined space safety regulations. The company has also been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.  OSHA determined that the employee entered a 30,000-gallon rail car on May 20, 2014, and suffered from cardiac arrhythmia. He was unable to exit the rail car on his own. The man had been on the job for about 14 months at the time of the incident.  Contractor failed to monitor permit-required confined spaces; allowed entry when atmospheric conditions were unacceptable; and did not provide personal protective equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus and respirators. The company also failed to remove defective respirators from use. In addition, the company failed to designate trained rescue employees and use a retrieval system attached to the worker to aid in rescue. Additionally, the contractor failed to comply with respiratory protection requirements, maintain rescue equipment, ensure ventilation equipment was used properly, and provide fall protection for workers at the top of the rail car, which exposed them to falls of 15 feet or more. A total of 14 serious citations were issued for these violations.  OSHA has proposed fines totaling $188,400.  Here is a breakdown of the citations:

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 15:39
 
Joint Full Committee Hearing - Oversight of the Implications of the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility and Security Committee
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 06 December 2014 12:27

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and The Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Date: Thursday, December 11 2014, 10:00 AM

Place:  406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

12/12/14 - UPDATE on the hearing:

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 20:41
 
Safety Showers can make great FIRST STAGE DECON station
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:29

When I teach Emergency Response courses at fixed facilities I encourage the facility to use their safety showers as their first stage (and often the only stage) of decontamination during an emergency response.  For years, fixed facility personnel attended HAZMAT training with local fire departments where they were taught the traditional 4-6 stage decon line with all the dressings (e.g. baby pools, booms, plastic, etc.)  But there is a VAST difference between a decon on a city street and at a fixed facility;  but there should be some careful considerations when using a safety shower as a the first stage of decon.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:50
 
Detonation or Deflagration? (USFA)
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 23:05

News reports of disasters often quote witnesses who said they heard some sort of explosion connected to the event. While deaths, injuries and damage resulting from explosions are devastating in every way, there are distinctions in the model fire codes among explosion types.  In general, an explosion is the rapid and violent expansion of gases, which may include a shock wave, that can disrupt materials and enclosures in the vicinity. Explosions can result from chemical changes (such as rapid oxidation), physical changes (such as catastrophic failure of pressure vessels), or atomic changes (nuclear fission or fusion).  The model codes differentiate between two types of explosions based on the shock wave travel speed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 23:12
 
Airline Respirator Hose Storage (firefighter fell unconscious)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:31

Earlier this year I came across an interesting incident that occurred during a Confined Space Rescue Exercise in Vancouver Island, Canada.  I further investigated by contacting WorkSafe BC directly, who then got me in touch with the Fire Chief of the FD that conducted the exercise.  Here is what happened in September 2013 and what the FD believes led to this incident...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:11
 
OSHA insists recordkeeping obligations are ongoing (United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit ruled differently)
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:41

OSHA is making a formal request of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health to submit a recommendation on whether the agency should proceed with proposed amendments to the recordkeeping regulations at 29 CFR Part 1904.  The proposed amendments would clarify that employers have a duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses and that this duty is an ongoing obligation.  The proposal comes in response to a 2012 court ruling that went against OSHA (AKM LLC dba Volks Constructors v. Secretary of Labor, 675 F.3d 752).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:38
 
Minor update versions of MARPLOT and CAMEOfm are now available
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:11

What's changed in MARPLOT 4.2.5 for Windows?

What's changed in CAMEOfm 3.1.1 for Macs?

 
Chemical Security Program Statistics as of November 1, 2014
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 01 December 2014 23:17

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to strengthen security at the Nation’s high-risk chemical facilities through the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.  Chemical Security Program Statistics as of November 1, 2014...

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 23:22
 
UK's HSE Human Factors Briefing Notes
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 01 December 2014 22:56
Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 23:16
 
58 incidents & 5 updates (11/30/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 30 November 2014 20:39
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 20:44
 
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