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A breakdown of the NFPA 30 -2012 changes
NFPA has released the 2012 edition of NFPA 30 - Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code. There are some changes in this new 2012 edition. They are intended to respond to newly identified risks:
1. New provision requires that Class II and Class III liquids stored, handled, processed, or used at temperatures at or above their flash points follow all applicable requirements in the Code for Class I liquids, unless an engineering evaluation deems otherwise.
10. New provision clarifies that tightness testing is not required for an interstitial space of a secondary containment tank that maintains factory-applied vacuum.
For a detailed breakdown and the new/revised code language, Click Here.
More OSHA PSM Citations on a NH3 Refrigeration Process (includes NO MOC on personnel changes!)
No mention if this inspection was an NEP, scheduled, or complaint; but 9 of 12 citations were PSM. They include:
1) The employer did not develop P&IDs which accurately represent current equipment for the ammonia refrigeration system.
2) No periodic inspections of the energy control procedures at least annually.
3) The employer did not train affected employees prior to the start-up of the plate and frame heat exchanger.
4) The employer did not implement written procedures during the installation of a back pressure control valve on a flange-bolt assembly.
5) The employer failed to inspect and test emergency shutdown systems and controls per the applicable manufacturer's recommendations and RAGAGEP(s). Specifically a) Ammonia sensors were not calibrated per the manufacturer's recommendations. b) The emergency ventilation system for Engine Room #2 was not tested per recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices. c) The emergency ventilation system for the CLSP Booster Compressor Room was not tested per RAGAGEP(s).
6) The employer did not correct deficiencies in equipment that were outside acceptable limits before further use or in a safe and timely manner (2 PSVs were past their inspection/test or replacement dates).
7) The employer did not update the piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs) when the installation of Air Make-up Unit (AMU) 118 was installed which resulted in a change in the process safety information.
8) The employer did not develop an energy control procedure that clearly and specifically outline the steps for locking out or tagging out machines to control hazardous energy.
9) The employer did not implement procedures to manage changes to the management personnel prior to the change. Specifically a) Changes to the Facility Manager, b) Changes to the Powerhouse Supervisor, c) Changes to the PSM Coordinator)
Click Here for the actual citations.
OSHA has not granted a waiver from compliance due to short supply of FRC
If employers are experiencing difficulty acquiring the necessary FRC due to issues such as order backlogs or extended delivery dates, OSHA will work with employees to resolve compliance issues related to these situations. To resolve these type situations, OSHA expects employers will:
1) have contacted their suppliers and placed orders for FRC;
2) be able to demonstrate that the FRC are on back order or are in the process of being delivered; and
3) when requested, provide the Agency with evidence of the date when FRC are to be delivered and
4) provide and use appropriate interim measures to protect workers.
Click Here to see the entire LOI.
New guidance document helps construction employers and workers prevent nail gun injuries
OSHA and NIOSH have developed new guidance, Nail Gun Safety – A Guide for Construction Contractors, to help construction employers and workers prevent work-related nail gun injuries. Construction workers, particularly those in residential construction, use nail guns nearly every day. Although this tool is easy to operate and increases productivity, there have been reports of internal and external bodily injuries. These injuries occur as a result of unintended nail discharge; nails that bounce off a hard surface or miss the work piece and become airborne; and disabling the gun’s safety features, among other causes. Injury prevention is possible if contractors take steps such as using full sequential trigger nail guns; establishing nail gun work procedures; and providing workers with personal protective equipment. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov. NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. More information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh.
The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has put out an EXCELLENT tool to help educate workers on the hazards of electricity and the safety practices for working safely around electricity. The Frequently Asked Questions are:
Prevention through Design Standard
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASSE standard, "Prevention through Design: Guidelines for Addressing Occupational Risks in Design and Redesign Processes" (Z590.3). This new standard provides guidance on including Prevention through Design concepts within an occupational safety and health management system, and can be applied in any occupational setting. The new standard focuses specifically on the avoidance, elimination, reduction and control of occupational safety and health hazards and risks in the design and redesign process. Through the application of the concepts presented in the standard, decisions about occupational hazards and risks can be incorporated into the process of design and redesign of work areas, tools, equipment, machinery, substances and work processes. Design and redesign also includes construction, manufacture, use, maintenance, and disposal or reuse of equipment used on-the-job. One of the key elements of this standard is that it provides guidance for "life-cycle" assessments and a design model that balances environmental and occupational safety and health goals over the life span of a facility, process or product. The standard focuses on the four key stages of occupational risk management. The pre-operational, operational, post incident and post-operational stages are all addressed within. This standard can save lives and prevent injury. For example, as skylights become synonymous with green construction and energy conservation, we expect to see an increase in skylight installation. If skylights are designed and installed with proper guarding, deaths and injuries to workers who inadvertently fall though skylights during construction and maintenance activities could be prevented. Another example involves bailing machines used to break down cardboard for recycling in various industries. If the bailers were designed and installed with proper guarding, workers would not be able to enter the machines for trouble shooting thus preventing deaths and injuries. Development and publication of this standard was a major goal for the NIOSH Prevention through Design Plan for the National Initiative. ASSE's leadership in developing this standard and gaining ANSI approval lays the foundation for organizations to include Prevention through Design principles in their occupational safety and health management systems. The standard also provides tools for determining and achieving acceptable levels of risk to hazards that cannot be eliminated during design. The new standard complements, but does not replace, performance objectives existing in other specific standards and procedures. The goals of applying Prevention through Design concepts in an occupational setting are to:
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Another video that EVERY WORKER should see!
Although I must warn you, this video contains some harsh language and graphic images - IT IS TRUE TO LIFE AND DEATH! Very HIGH IMPACT for just three minutes. Many thanks to Stephen Harris for sharing. Click Here to see the video.
Civilian Fire Fatalities
On September 27, 2011, 2 residential fire fatalities were reported by news media throughout the United States.
October 25-27, 2011
College Station, TX
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