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2014 Photo of the Week #31 (Aerial Lift)
Safety Info Posts - Photo of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 01 August 2014 21:31

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OSHA PSM/HAZWOPER citations @ industrial explosives manufacturer (cyclonite and octogen; $178,400)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 01 August 2014 20:52

OSHA has cited an industrial explosives manufacturer with 22 serious and one repeat violations by for failing to correct multiple deficiencies in its chemical process safety management and other workplace safety hazards. The proposed penalty totals $178,400. The inspection, which began in February 2014, was initiated under OSHA's NEP for PSM. In this case, a number of chemicals including cyclonite and octogen were used throughout the facility. Serious violations were cited for failing to include OSHA-accepted chemical limits in the company's process safety information; to certify annually that the written operating procedures were current and accurate; to develop diagrams of the explosive manufacturing processes in the facility; and to train workers tasked with chemical and hazardous material cleanups. The repeat violation involves failing to conduct a process safety management compliance audit. A similar violation was cited in 2012 during an inspection at another facility located in McArthur, Ohio. Here is a break down of the PSM and HAZWOPER citations:

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 21:20
 
DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION BILL, 2015
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 17:22

I have highlighted the major items in this appropriations report.  Major items are: 1) small farms with less than 10 employees continue to be exempt, unless they have a labor camp, 2) new language clarifying OSHA’s ability to inspect small establishments where there exists the potential for a catastrophic chemical incident, with clarifying language that exempts employers that are farming, harvesting, or processing operations on farms, 3) $10,687,000 for the OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, 4) Committee recommends continued support for OSHA’s VPP; however, there is NO MENTION of $ for OSHA to continue with VPP.  Here are the details:

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 17:34
 
Crosby Safety Alert (A- 342 Master Links & A-345 Master Link Assemblies)
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 21:47

THE CROSBY GROUP'S focus has always been on providing products of uncompromising quality. We go to great lengths to engineer and test our products to ensure that our quality is second to none . Nothing is more important to us than the satisfaction and safety of our customers. To that end, we have discovered that a small percentage of the above listed A- 342 and A-345 Master Links and Master Link Assemblies may have a limitation if used well above the stated working load limits. There have been no field failures, and in additional testing, these products performed as they should through the stated working load limit . In fact, we have only found these rare issues to occur during overload testing with the lowest incident occurring at 2 limes the stated working load limit. While we are confident that these products will perform as intended when used within their stated working load limits, Crosby is committed to ensuring our products go above and beyond industry standards . Because there is a possibility that a small subset of these products may not reach our targeted Design Factor of 5 times the working load limit, Crosby has decided to initiate this Safety Alert. By use of the Product Identification Code (PIC) symbols which appear on the product, we have identified the Master Links and Master Link Assemblies that may be affected. The respective PIC codes are as follows.  CLICK HERE (pdf) for the Safety Alert 

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 21:21
 
Oregon OSHA – Proposed Changes to Confined Spaces Standard for General Industry and Construction
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 28 July 2014 19:15

In 2012, Oregon OSHA adopted OAR 437-002-0146. That rule was initiated to address confined space hazards for the construction industry, as the previous rule, OAR 437-002-1910.146, did not apply to the construction industry. The goal in this process was to draft a rule that was significantly less confusing than the current rule, address shortcomings with the current rule, and organize the standard so employers can better understand what is expected of them. However, in September of 2013, Oregon OSHA received questions about certain provisions of the rule and their impacts on the industry, and we concluded there was enough substance to those concerns to justify reconvening a stakeholder group to address those concerns. This rulemaking amends OAR 437-002-0146, Confined Spaces. These amendments clarify employer obligations and eliminate confusing requirements.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 21:21
 
52 incidents & 2 updates (7/28/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 23:08
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 23:31
 
2014 Video of the Week #30 (Forklifts)
Safety Info Posts - Video of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 18:45
 
Volunteer Fire Fighter Dies During Attempted Rescue of Utility Worker From a Confined Space (NIOSH FACE)
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:44

On September 6, 2010, a 51-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (victim) died after being overcome by low oxygen and sewer gases while climbing down into a sewer manhole in an attempt to rescue a village utility worker. The utility worker had entered the manhole to investigate a reported sewer problem and was overcome by low oxygen and sewer gases (see diagram 1). The incident occurred behind the fire station in an underground sewer line that ran under the fire station. The local utility company contacted the chief of the village's volunteer fire department and requested that a piece of fire apparatus be moved out of the station so they would not block it in while accessing a manhole. The fire chief responded to the station to move fire apparatus so it would not be blocked by the utility trucks. The victim and another fire fighter also arrived at the station to assist. A utility worker entered the manhole behind the station to clear a sewer backup and was overcome by a lack of oxygen and sewer gases and then fell unconscious inside the manhole. The victim then entered the manhole without any personal protective equipment to help the utility worker and was also overcome by the low oxygen level and sewer gases. The victim and the utility worker were later removed from the sewer manhole by fire department personnel and transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead. The medical examiner reported the cause of death as asphyxia due to low oxygen and exposure to sewer gases.

Note: The death of the utility worker was investigated by the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Occupational Health, Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program. A link to the New York FACE report will be included in this report when completed. The New York State Department of Labor, Division of Safety and Health also conducted an investigation of this incident.

CLICK HERE for the full FACE report

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:47
 
Thermal Stress and Chemicals - Knowledge Review and the Highest Risk Occupations
Safety Info Posts - General Safety Topics
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:33

The IRSST just published a report entitled Thermal Stress and Chemicals - Knowledge Review and the Highest Risk Occupations in Québec. Exposure to cold or heat triggers a series of compensatory physiological responses enabling the human body to maintain its internal temperature despite thermal stress. These thermoregulation mechanisms are well documented and the resulting physiological changes can modify organ functions related to the absorption and metabolism of chemical substances.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:36
 
U.S. DOT Announces Comprehensive Proposed Rulemaking for the Safe Transportation of Crude Oil, Flammable Materials (Releases new data on Bakken crude oil to support increased safety measures)
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:39

The NPRM proposes enhanced tank car standards, a classification and testing program for mined gases and liquids and new operational requirements for high-hazard flammable trains (HHFT) that include braking controls and speed restrictions. Specifically, within two years, it proposes the phase out of the use of older DOT 111 tank cars for the shipment of packing group I flammable liquids, including most Bakken crude oil, unless the tank cars are retrofitted to comply with new tank car design standards. The ANPRM seeks further information on expanding comprehensive oil spill response planning requirements for shipments of flammable materials. Both the NPRM and ANPRM are available for review on www.regulations.gov and will now be open for 60 days of public comment. Given the urgency of the safety issues addressed in these proposals, PHMSA does not intend to extend the comment period.  CLICK HERE for more

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:43
 
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