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Comment by STEPHEN D. AMBERS, RSO on July 1, 2009 at 9:32am
The N95 can be worn by an employee as voluntary use, if the employer meets the following OSHA guidelines:

Where respirator use is not required: 29CFR1910.134(c)(2)(i)

An employer may provide respirators at the request of employees or permit employees to use their own respirators, if the employer determines that such respirator use will not in itself create a hazard. If the employer determines that any voluntary respirator use is permissible, the employer shall provide the respirator users with the information contained in Appendix D to this section ("Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard"); and

Appendix D to Sec. 1910.134 (Mandatory)
Information for Employees Using Respirators,
When Not Required Under the Standard

Respirators are an effective method of protection against designated hazards when properly selected and worn. Respirator use is encouraged, even when exposures are below the exposure limit, to provide an additional level of comfort and protection for workers. However, if a respirator is used improperly or not kept clean, the respirator itself can become a hazard to the worker. Sometimes, workers may wear respirators to avoid exposures to hazards, even if the amount of hazardous substance does not exceed the limits set by OSHA standards. If your employer provides respirators for your voluntary use, or if you provide your own respirator, you need to take certain precautions to be sure that the respirator itself does not present a hazard.

You should do the following:
1. Read and heed all instructions provided by the manufacturer on use, maintenance, cleaning and care, and warnings regarding the respirators limitations.

2. Choose respirators certified for use to protect against the contaminant of concern. NIOSH, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, certifies respirators. A label or statement of certification should appear on the respirator or respirator packaging. It will tell you what the respirator is designed for and how much it will protect you.

3. Do not wear your respirator into atmospheres containing contaminants for which your respirator is not designed to protect against. For example, a respirator designed to filter dust particles will not protect you against gases, vapors, or very small solid particles of fumes or smoke.

4. Keep track of your respirator so that you do not mistakenly use someone else's respirator.
Comment by Arlene Jones on July 1, 2009 at 9:13am
2009 Flu Are you ready?
CDC & OSHA Issue Guidance for Handling Confirmed or Suspected Influenza Infection

On April 24, 2009, the CDC stated that until further notice, Healthcare facilities should use the CDC’s October 2006 “Interim Guidance on Planning for the Use of Surgical Masks and Respirators in Healthcare Settings during an Influenza Pandemic”. This guidance insists that all personnel providing direct patient care should wear a fit-tested disposable N95 respirator and this respirator must be used in the context of a complete respiratory protection program in accordance with OSHA regulations.

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Comment by Laurie Knape on May 19, 2009 at 12:30pm
Wow that is a big question. Have you checked to see what your local regulations are? I am in Houston and the COH has several of their own regulations that must be followed as well as OSHA and EPA. How big is your company? Have you looked over the existing EHS records to see if they have had any audits and if they are still compliant with the resolutions? Do you know if they have had IH monitoring? What are you areas of concern and non compliance? As far as being the new guy on the block listen and observe first. Lots of big changes right out the gate create a brick wall and not a postive safety culture.
Comment by Bobby Hunt on May 18, 2009 at 5:39pm
Hello everyone, new to the group here. I am trying to enter the safety industry after 15+ years in the fire service. I am from Port Lavaca Texas, in Calhoun County. We have 6 major Industrial Plants in our county. I was wondering if anyone has any good advice. I was recently laid off from a position in production at one of the area plants. I look at this as a good oppertunity to really focus on my goal of obtaining a safety job.
Comment by Troy Taylor on April 21, 2009 at 8:53am
Comment by Michael Tooma on April 20, 2009 at 6:17pm
I tried to argue in my latest book that we should be considering safety expenditure as a capital investment and therefore accounting for "Safety Capital" in the same way we talk of Natural Capital and Human Capital. The idea would be to measure the "returns" on safety investment, not just in savings, but also increased productivity and goodwill of the enterprise. That sort of thinking will serve us well in the downturn.
Comment by Jacque Pruvost on March 13, 2009 at 10:52am
During this economic downturn, I was just wondering how you all keep your safety program running strong?
Comment by Troy Taylor on February 23, 2009 at 9:08am
Link to the Safety Professionals ride to work survey below:
Comment by Safety Community on February 10, 2009 at 3:43pm
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Comment by Larry Riley on January 14, 2009 at 1:32pm
Latest News Article about Indiana Dust Explosion- The Nation's First for 2009
First manufacturing sector dust explosion of the year in the USA, amazingly less than two weeks after the last explosion when a grain facility explosion injured three workers a few days after Christmas in Maricopa, Arizona and now another explosion has occurred at a furniture manufacturing plant in Jasper, Indiana sending ten workers to the hospital according to news accounts.

Dust explosions do not differentiate between the grain, manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and utility sectors. It's been nearly a year since the catastrophic Imperial Sugar Refinery dust explosion that claimed 14 lives and over 40 injuries at the Port Wentworth, Georgia facility.

Immediately after the Imperial Sugar incident, legislators drafted a worker protection combustible dust bill, "HR 5522: Worker Protection against Combustible Dust Explosions and Fires Act, " which meagerly passed in the House and is awaiting vote in the Senate in between a change of White House leadership. Current OSHA regulations have no specific protective provisions for the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors concerning combustible dust hazards like are already in place for the nation's grain facilities with the OSHA Grain Facility Standard.

Yet, facilities can be cited by OSHA inspectors for poor housekeeping and dangerous electrical hazardous locations where potential explosive atmospheres of combustible dust are present. Additionally, through national consensus where a standard duty of care is required by employers the General Duty Clause can be enforced, referencing the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) combustible dust standards, concerning combustible dust hazards that employees are potentially exposed too.

Are governmental inspections enough? The U.S. 2002 Economic Census listed over 4,000 establishments in the national industry of nonupholstered wood household furniture manufacturing, which the Indiana facility is listed under. Over that past 12 months with OSHA's limited resources, 112 furniture plants, or less than 3% were inspected and as the numbers dwindled even lower, according to the OSHA database, only seven of the thousands of the nonupholstered wood household furniture facilities were inspected with an emphasis on combustible dust as outlined in the OSHA's Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP)

It's to early to be an armchair quarterback, trying to figure what happened in the recent unfortunate Jasper, Indiana dust explosion. Amazingly there were no fatalities so life safety was preserved. Mission continuity will be disrupted for awhile and it appears from pictures in news accounts that the structural integrity of the building is intact. It's not a good time for a plant to be shut down for repairs with employees out of work during these tough economic times. The nation prays for a fast recovery of the workers that were admitted to the hospital. Hopefully real soon everything will get back to normal on the production line.

In the meantime who's next? A combustible dust related fire or explosion is inevitable within the next few days. In 2008, the Combustible Dust Policy Institute found through media reports over 200+ combustible dust related fires and explosions in the manufacturing, non-manufacturing, utility, and grain sectors, for an average of four incidents a week. But those are just the incidents that appear in media accounts. Like an iceberg adrift on the ocean with only the tip showing, there are many more that are unreported. This results in industry stakeholders never knowing the probability of an incident occurring at their facility. One has better odds at the Blackjack table in Vegas, at least you know what your hand is.

For additional information on identifying, evaluating, and controlling the hazards of combustible dust related fires and explosions at your facility, the Combustible Dust Policy Institute in conjunction with the 4th Annual Industrial Fire, Safety, and Security Conference -IFSS 2009 will be hosting a Two Day Combustible Dust Hazard Workshop at the Reliant Center(next to the Astrodome), February 3-4, 2009, in Houston Texas.

IFSS 2009 Conference Contacts
Phone: (832) 242-1969
Fax: (832) 242-1971

Hello everyone, I wanted to share this news article with everyone. Yes this is a serious problem and OSHA is working on this. As a way of introducing flash explosion causes from dust entering electrical panels, A OSHA grant was awarded to The WorkPlace Safety Awareness Council for 2009 about Electrical Safety and Arc Flashes. My company Access Safety Compliance Training is working with WPSAC to bring this course to 33 cities over the next 8 months. We are putting together a schedule of conducting a free 4 hour training course on these subjects. Below is the cities chosen, Classroom locations are still in the work. I invite all who can attend to be there. This is a great non-sales class making everyone aware of the safety issues involve here!
March 2 Little Rock, AR
March 3 Oklahoma City, OK
March 4 Dallas, TX
March 5 San Antonio, TX
March 6 Houston, TX
March 23 Seattle, WA
March 24 Sacramento, CA
March 25 San Francisco, CA
March 26 Los Angeles, CA
March 27 San Diego, CA
March 31 Honolulu HI

April 13 Baltimore, MD
April 14 Washington, DC
April 15 Richmond, VA
April 16 Winston Salem, NC
April 17 Charlotte, NC

May 18 Denver, CO
May 19 Phoenix, AR
May 20 Las Vegas, NV

June 15 Buffalo, NY
June 16 Syracuse, NY
June 17 Albany, NY
June 18 Springfield, MA
June 19 Boston, MS

July13 Philadelphia, PA
July 14 Newark, NJ
July 15 Trenton, NJ
July 16 New York, NY
July 17 Providence RI
July 21 San Juan PR

August 10 Louisville, KY
August 11 Nashville, TN
August 12 Memphis, TN

To attend any of the free courses contact Larry@
Access Safety Compliance Training, Inc.

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