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Hazards exist in every workplace in many different forms: sharp edges, falling objects, flying sparks, chemicals, noise and a myriad of other potentially dangerous situations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers protect their employees from workplace hazards that can cause injury. Controlling a hazard at its
Do you need a Hot Work program? If your organization performs operations or maintenance involving open flame, sparks or high heat, the answer to this question is likely yes. This includes operations such as brazing, cutting, drilling, welding, grinding, soldering and torch work. The prevention and protection against fires and
Flour dust is a hazardous substance. Workers in baking-related jobs may inhale flour dust when it becomes airborne. The dust can irritate the respiratory tract and lead to occupational asthma, also known as baker’s asthma. The health problems can develop over 30 years. Flour dust can also cause an explosion.
The purpose of Machine Safeguarding Program is to ensure the safety of our employees by establishing appropriate machine safeguarding procedures for any machine part, function or process that may cause injury. This program outlines responsibilities for all employees, routine inspections for all machines and required employee training. All employees are
Health and safety performance and culture improvement needs a plan. Ideally, you should have an annual plan and a longer-term three- to five-year vision. A sound health and safety plan should focus on specific goals and objectives that will help you minimize key risks and improve your OHS processes. An annual improvement plan involves more than
Pressure tests are performed to ensure the safety, reliability, and leak tightness of pressure systems. A pressure test is required for a new pressure system before use or an existing pressure system after repair or alteration. There are two methods for pressure tests: hydrostatic and pneumatic. A hydrostatic test is
BACKGROUND Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, nonirritating toxic gas that is produced by burning fuel, such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, oil, or kerosene. It is found in engine exhaust. When fuel burning equipment, tools, and appliances are used in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces, CO levels can
Ammonia is a toxic chemical most commonly found in refrigerants, cleaning products, and fertilizers. It can be a liquid or a gas, and it's most dangerous as a gas. Exposure to a high concentration of ammonia can be fatal. How workers are exposed Ammonia is most commonly found in the
George Kennedy is supervisor can recall multiple incidents involving unprotected workers and trench cave-ins. Unfortunately, some of those stories have tragic endings.One worker was killed in a collapse after removing a trench shield to retrieve a shovel. Another worker died after returning to an unprotected trench to grab a pack
A competent person is an employee who is able to recognize hazards associated with a particular task, and has the ability to mitigate those hazards. Many OSHA construction standards require someone onsite – such as a foreman, supervisor or other employee – to be designated as a competent person. When
Job-make wooden ladders are custom-made to fit specific job situations during construction or demolition operations. Their primary purpose is to provide access to or egress from a work area. They are not intended to serve as a workstation. They are temporary in nature and serve only until a particular phase