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Are you maintaining your LEVEL A suits "by the book"?
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 18:08

I will encourage each of you to go pull the “owners manual” for your LEVEL A suits and spend 30 minutes reading this critical document. My days in Level A’s are nearly behind me at this stage of my career, but I just can’t let it go fully, so recently I received my new LEVEL A from my favorite provider (who will remain nameless). I thought I had this all figured out over the past 20 years of using and caring for my LEVEL A suits, until I read my new “owner's manual”!  There are some very significant needs that may be a surprise to some; however, the biggest issue I have is that now I am forced to spend an additional $37 to purchase ASTM F1052, “Standard Test Method for Pressure Testing Vapor Protective Ensembles” as the manufacturer no longer provides annual pressure testing procedures and merely REQUIRES their suit be tested to this RAGAGEP.  And I might add, the manufacturer does NOT mention 1910.120 Appendix A as an alternative - which is a FREE alternative! I know it is chump change for such a critical function, but that is not the ONLY change that will INCREASE your costs of utilizing LEVEL A suits. Here are some more “maintenance” items that may need to be incorporated into your PPE program…

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 18:36
Flame Resistance Clothing (FRC) program needs
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:47

In the past 20 years or so we have seen Flame Resistant Clothing (FRC) come a long way in its design, ability, and costs that is VERY MUCH in favor of the end user and businesses. However, we still see the use of FRC as a much overlooked layer of protection in many facilities and in those facilities where it is utilized it is often times not managed properly. In fact, the vast majority of facilities we have worked at/with during our careers may have lacked formal hazard assessments, missed inclusion of the FRC in formal written PPE programs, no FRC inspection program, and even some did not have training programs on the use, care, and limitations of their FRC. You will have to search high and low to find a bigger advocate of FRC than I and even though this layer of protection is our LAST LAYER, it is without a doubt worthy of our time and attention to ensure we are using and maintaining our FRC properly. This article is meant to provide some suggestions on what our FRC program should include. I use NFPA 2113, Selection, Care, Use, and Maintenance of Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire as my guide as it is without a doubt the best guidance available! (PLEASE NOTE that when I discuss the use of FRC I am ALWAYS talking in terms of Flammable Vapor/Gas FLASH FIRE and NEVER in terms of “Arc Flash”. This is an IMPORTANT DISTINCT and one must understand the differences.)  Here are some items to consider:

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 16:21
Another "Unload to Wrong Tank" Incident (Nitric Acid into Caustic)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:07

Seven hundred firefighters are struggling to extinguish a blaze at a food factory, hours after a chemical leak triggered a mass evacuation. One thousand eight hundred people were removed from the area.  The incident happened in the small town of Bad Fallingbostel in the country’s north. Workers at the facility accidentally poured nitric acid into a tank, which contained sodium hydroxide, and caused a chemical reaction. The nitrous gases which participated in the reaction are considered extremely dangerous if they come into contact with the human body.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 19:39
OSHA's position on the respiratory protection "program administrator"
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:08

1910.134(c)(3) requires employers to designate a person as the respiratory protection “program administrator” and to ensure that this person is qualified to perform the responsibilities of this position. The person can be qualified either by appropriate training or experience or both. The administrator is also the person responsible for evaluating the program, as stated in paragraph (c)(3). The training requirements and experience level necessary for the program administrator were the subject of substantial comment. OSHA proposed that the program supervisor be a person "qualified by appropriate training and/or experience" to be responsible for the respirator program.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 18:10
New ASTM Standard Provides Method for Recording Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
Safety Info Posts - General Safety Topics
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:42

A new ASTM International standard will be used to provide a uniform international method for recording occupational injuries and illnesses, in order to make global performance comparisons of companies in keeping workers safe. ASTM E2920, Guide for Recording Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, was developed by Subcommittee E34.80 on Industrial Health, part of ASTM International Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety.  STM E2920 will establish a common denominator system that includes injuries most countries already record. Because of this approach, no new system will need to be developed and existing records can be used to establish historical trends by identifying those cases that qualify under the new criteria.  ASTM E2920 will be especially helpful to multinational companies by leveling the playing field by its use, regardless of company or country, and enabling globally consistent safety performance evaluation.  ASTM E2920 can be used in the following ways:

Scott Safety Announces the Scott Extended Life 30-Year Cylinder
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 20:48


Scott Safety introduced the Scott Extended Life (SEL) 30-year Cylinder into its range of cylinder options for the Air-Pak product.  Offering a service life of up to 30 years and approved with both the Air-Pak 75 and Air-Pak X3 SCBA, this cylinder offering will provide customers with the opportunity to extend service life beyond that of a traditional carbon composite cylinder, thus extending cost savings and helping to maintain a low cost of ownership.  The SEL 30-year Cylinder range will be available in 30-minute (shown), 45-minute, and 60-minute rated durations in a 4,500-psig working pressure and is approved to DOT specifications. For more information, visit

PLEASE NOTE:  this 30-year service life is DIFFERENT than the hydro testing frequency.  This bottle MUST still be hydro'ed at the DOT frequency, as is evident in SCOTT's wording... "Offering a service life of up to 30 years".  The benefit of this bottle is that, as long as it passes its hydro, we have DOUBLED the previous life span of 15 years.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 16:27
24 incidents & 2 updates (4/20/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 17:10
Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 17:19
2014 Photo of the Week #16 (Trenching)
Safety Info Posts - Photo of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 21:07

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 21:14
Newly Released B-Kit (Ton Cylinder) and C-Kit (Chlorine Tank Cars & Tank Trucks) Now Available and FREE Download
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 20:39


The Emergency Preparedness Issue Team has released the latest versions of: 

Instruction Booklet: Chlorine Institute Emergency Kit “B” for Chlorine Ton Containers (IB/B).

Instruction Booklet: Chlorine Institute Emergency Kit “C” for Chlorine Tank Cars & Tank Trucks.

Instructions on how to apply both the current and previous kit devices of Emergency Kit “B” and "C" are included. In addition, depictions of commonly used optional devices were added to this edition and numerous editorial revisions were made. The companion video for the "B" Kit will be filmed in April and should be released by year’s end.

This edition of Emergency Kit "C" features pictures of new angle dual valve arrangements, detailed instructions on how to apply the C-kit to different valve styles, and a summary of Emergency Kit “C” design changes through the years. The companion video is in its last approval stages and should be released soon.

To download your free copy of either booklet today, visit

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 20:55
OSHA's emergency response expectations in 1910.120
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 17:59

OSHA's HAZWOPER (1910.120) divides emergency response into three separate areas. First, OSHA is regulating emergency response by employees at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.  Second, OSHA is regulating emergency response at RCRA facilities.  Third, OSHA is regulating emergency response to hazardous substance releases by employees not covered by paragraphs (l) and (p)(8) in paragraph (q).   These regulations were directed toward emergency response teams, industrial fire brigades, and hazardous materials teams.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:26

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