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Emergency planning is critical for operations that handle or produce significant quantities of hazardous materials. Because of the danger to employees working at these facilities and to the general public presented by the harmful release of hazardous materials, likes noxious, combustible gases and waste, people have a right to know
Portland, OR – The Oregon Occupational Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Programrecently released a toolbox talk guide in response to a fatal incident in which a forestry worker was killed when a falling tree struck her vehicle. [xt_networks title="Follow Us" force_original_colors="yes"] The worker was driving in a densely forested area.
Washington – A new fact sheet from OSHA is intended to protect shipyard workers from hazards associated with spray painting. [xt_networks title="Follow Us" force_original_colors="yes"] Fires and explosions from flammable paints and coatings, as well as exposure to chemical hazards and toxic substances, are the primary dangers shipyard workers face, according
Abrasive blasting, which uses compressed air or water to clean surfaces, apply a texture, or prepare a surface for paint or other coatings, can be harmful to workers if proper precautions are not taken. S.M#7 : Abrasive blasting: Know the hazards [xt_networks force_original_colors="yes"] Follow Us OSHA notes that abrasive blasting
It’s an understatement to say in the past few years the oil and gas industry – both “upstream” in exploration and drilling operations, and “downstream” in refining processes – has gone through formidable safety challenges and traumatic safety-related incidents. Today, major oil and gas multinationals are among the most transparent
Regulations alone cannot improve safety. Buy-in at all levels is needed to change the culture.Although OSHA-compliant, many employers continue to have injured employees. DuPont demonstrated this point through a study of over 40,000 injuries, where it was revealed that unsafe actions caused over 80 percent of injuries. This illustrates that
Accident Investigation Video shows employees steps that are taken in an accident investigation, and highlights how important it is for employees to fully cooperate with any inquiry. It also points out that while an investigation's focus is to determine the cause of an accident, the overall goal is to prevent
Safety For The Leader and Manager is a 140-page book written by Lawrence H. “Chip” Dawson, a safety and health consultant based in Rochester, NY. This publication is an overview of the safety management process. The theme is “how enlightened leadership, good people and a proven process can stop accidents, cut
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death and a major health problem in the United States, with more than 356,000 people suffering from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. Without immediate treatment,
In my 40 year safety career, I’ve found that companies with the lowest turnover rates in their type of industry usually also have low accident rates and excellent safety cultures. While there are certainly more precise and scientific measures of safety culture, I believe that turnover rates provide the best quick, easy, and cheap “snapshot” of an
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They can be discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes.” [xt_networks