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Cal/OSHA Cites an industrial service provider $82,090 for Accident in Confined Space that Seriously Injured Worker
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 20:13

Cal/OSHA cited an industrial service provider following an investigation of a flash fire inside a metal tank that resulted in serious burns to an industrial painter. Cal/OSHA cited the employer for

  • knowingly using an unauthorized electric lamp while the painter was working in an explosive atmosphere,
  • for not having a permit to work in a confined space and
  • for not having the proper ventilation or protective equipment for such a hazardous space, among other violations.

Total proposed penalties are $82,090.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 21:19
 
Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Certification of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 19:57

PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory to notify the public that any DOT-Specification or DOT-Special Permit high pressure compressed gas cylinder marked as complying with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) by Always Safe Fire Extinguisher and Safety, LLC (ASFES), Yonkers, New York is not authorized for the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce. ASFES has never been authorized by PHMSA to perform these regulatory functions. 

 
Temporary enforcement policy for 29 CFR 1910.137(b), 1910.269, 29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:01

The purpose of this memorandum is to establish a temporary enforcement policy for: 29 CFR 1910.137(b) and 1910.269; and 29 CFR 1926.97(b) and Subpart V. On April 11, 2014, OSHA promulgated a final rule revising the general industry and construction standards for work on electric power generation, transmission and distribution installations and for electrical protective equipment. The new standards become effective on July 10, 2014, although some provisions have compliance deadlines in 2015. For enforcement purposes, OSHA has determined that it will accept compliance with the prior version of 29 CFR 1910.269 (i.e., the version of that standard that was in effect on April 11, 2014) as compliance with revised 29 CFR 1910.269 and 29 CFR 1926, Subpart V until October 31, 2014. OSHA will also delay enforcement of paragraph (b) of revised 29 CFR 1910.137 and paragraph (b) of 29 CFR 1926.97 until October 31, 2014.  Therefore, beginning July 10, 2014, and continuing through October 31, 2014, the following policy applies:

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:03
 
Standpipe Hose Inspections and Tests (USFA)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:05

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Class II standpipe hose systems are found in a variety of properties/facilities where occupants may be expected or may be able to provide suppression operations early in a fire. Unfortunately, this equipment often is subject to tampering by curious individuals or vandals, which then may affect its functionality.  In the illustration, the 1 1/2-inch (38-millimeter) hose is stored on a pin rack assembly. Each hose fold is held in place by a small metal pin that falls aside when the hose is removed by the user. When water accumulates in one or more folds, it may bind the hose between the pin and rack to prevent it from being removed.
The model fire codes require periodic inspection of these systems to identify and correct problems like this. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems provides guidance for the inspector.  According to NFPA 25, hose and cabinets should be inspected annually, and nozzles should be inspected annually and after each use.

Any signs of mildew, cuts, abrasions, deterioration or other damage to the hose is a trigger to replace it. Damaged couplings or hose stations should be repaired or replaced. Hose that is improperly racked or rolled should be removed and returned in its proper position. The hose should be reracked, rereeled or rerolled so that any folds do not occur at the same position on the hose.  Hose that has passed its test period should be retested or replaced. NFPA 1962, Standard for the Care, Use, Inspection, Service Testing, and Replacement of Fire Hose, Couplings, Nozzles, and Fire Hose Appliances provides inspection and test criteria for the hose.

In-service hose designed for occupant use only should be removed and service tested at intervals not exceeding five years after the date of manufacture and every three years thereafter. The hose should be tested to the pressure shown on its outer jacket.  The test procedure should be conducted under controlled conditions as described in NFPA 1962, not at the hose station where the hose is installed.

When hose is taken out of service for testing, replacement hose should be installed on the rack, on the reel, or in the storage area until the tested hose is returned to service.  For additional information, consider attending the National Fire Academy course “Fire Inspection Principles” (R0220). You can obtain more information and apply at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/nfacourses/catalog/details/47. 

CLICK HERE for the pdf from USFA.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:26
 
EPA RMP Citations @ a synthetic natural gas facility (Flammables & $155K)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 19:43

EPAannounced a settlement with a synthetic natural gas manufacturer for a total penalty of $155,000 for risk management plan and chemical release reporting violations at its facility.  In January 2012 EPA conducted an inspection of the facility, which included an audit of records going back five years. EPA’s inspection found several violations of the risk management plan regulations. The company subsequently corrected the violations and agreed to pay a penalty of $136,000.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 08:11
 
API Releases three (3) New Standards
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 18:57

The American Petroleum Institute (API) issued three new first edition standards to enhance refinery safety and inspection programs as part of its core commitments to improving workplace safety and protecting the environment.

RP 583, Corrosion Under Insulation and Fireproofing: This standard will assist with industry inspection, and allow maintenance personnel to fully understand the complexity of corrosion under insulation and fireproofing, as well as the subsequent ways to reduce its occurrence at refineries.

RP 584, Integrity Operating Windows: A key part of process safety is the facility’s inspection program, and this standard was written to assist industry in developing the most efficient and effective inspection program based on each unit’s unique operational history.

RP 585, Pressure Equipment Integrity Incident Investigation: This standard describes how an effective investigation can be structured so organizations can learn from each incident, and use this knowledge to reduce the likelihood of future incidents.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 19:10
 
SAFER Systems Unveils Free Chemical Emergency Response Smartphone App. With Real-Time Weather and Traffic Data
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:24

SAFER Systems has announced the debut of SAFER Mobile ResponseTM.  SAFER Mobile is a smartphone and tablet supported application that integrates the trusted 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG2012) with the power of Google Maps™, Google Traffic™, and live weather updates and forecasting.  The app puts crucial data at the fingertips of first responders and emergency services personnel when called to the scene of a hazardous materials incident.  The app is now available for free via iTunes or the Google Play store.  To download SAFER Mobile Response™ visitwww.safersystem.com,play.google.com, or itunes.apple.com.  For more information visit www.safersystem.com. 

NOTE:  This is an unsolicited posting.  I use WISER for all my ER needs, but this is a nice app.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 08:40
 
Fixed Rail Ladder (FRL) Fall Protection System
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:09

Issued: May 20, 2014
Content last reviewed: May 2014

Disclaimer:This resource has been prepared to help the workplace parties understand some of their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. It is not legal advice. It is not intended to replace the OHSA or the regulations.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE SEE FULL DISCLAIMER

Hazard summary

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:15
 
Hitachi Koki U.S.A recalls Hitachi Pneumatic Nailers
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:16

ra-39947-02 s t 3 20140611-130408 16 enThis recall involves two models of Hitachi Koki 3 ¼ inch strip pneumatic nailers with depth adjustment. Affected model numbers are NR83A2(Y) and NR83A3 and the numbers are located on a label attached to the side of the nailers and on the outside of the box containing the product.

  The following models and serial numbers are included in this recall:
    Model Number    Serial numbers that start with
    NR83A2(Y)     QD2, QN2 QO2, Q13, Q23, Q33, Q43, Q52, Q53, Q62, Q72, Q82 and Q92.
    NR83A3     QD3, QN3, QO3, Q14, Q24, Q34, Q63, Q73, Q83 and Q93.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:23
 
King Canada recalls Performance Plus Air Compressor
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:08

ra-39711-01 s t 3 20140529-142931 11 enThis recall involves the Performance Plus, 4-gallon air compressor identified by model number 8488N.  The product is a 2.5HP, 9 Amp, 110 Volt, 1720 RPM 4-gallon air compressor with two 2-gallon (7.6-litre) red tanks stacked one on top of the other, with a maximum operating pressure of 120 PSI and air delivery of 4.1 standard cubic feet of air per minute at 90 PSI.   The brand name “Performance Plus” can be found on the top tank. The model number, 8488N, is located on the unit name plate on the rear of the compressor on the frame.   Please note that a previous model 8488 was CSA approved and certified through another factory and is not included in this recall.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:13
 
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