Common rubber grinding dust generating processes include tire manufacturing, retreading and recycling as well as the production and recycling of appliance moldings, rubber gloves and various automotive parts. Rubber dusts in these types of applications pose challenges for industrial dust collection systems as well as potential health hazards for workers. Oils in rubber are the biggest problem for dust collectors. In … Continue
Added by Sal Campos on June 30, 2009 at 6:53pm —
Got quarry dust? Then read on. Indiana Limestone Co., Inc. (ILCI) of Bedford, IN, needed to find a way to clean up massive amounts of dust generated in its limestone cutter's bay. Though limestone dust is completely non-toxic - being classified by OSHA as a nuisance dust - the word "nuisance" describes it well. The fine powdery material hinders visibility in the work area, permeates sensitive tools and machinery, and creates continual cleaning… Continue
Added by Sal Campos on June 29, 2009 at 4:08pm —
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Added by John Astad on June 29, 2009 at 2:59pm —
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… Continue
Added by Arlene Jones on June 29, 2009 at 1:17pm —
National Safety Apparel is proud to introduce Arc and Flame Resistant Rainwear to our extensive line of safety apparel. Arc Rated Rainwear now available in Arc Essential & Arc H20. Coming Soon: Arc Advance & Arc Extreme.
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Added by National Safety Apparel on June 29, 2009 at 12:53pm —
Companies that handle paper and scrap are among the businesses heavily impacted by the explosion venting requirements outlined in NFPA 68 Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting. In the process of making paper or paper products, dusts are generated during cutting, slitting, scoring, shredding and other processes - and these dusts are potentially combustible. The PDF article, … Continue
Added by Sal Campos on June 25, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Barbara Monk of Odessa, Ontario says there have been few times during her 21-year career that her hands have not been covered with cuts and nicks. As a journey level construction electrician and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Monk typically works on new construction and retrofit projects.
As part of her job, Monk strips insulation from electrical wires and cables to make electrical connections and uses a hack saw to cut cable and conduit. She… Continue
Added by Safety Community on June 25, 2009 at 1:58pm —
You have probably noticed fireworks stands already popping up in your cities, neighborhoods and locations near you. At night the sounds of bottle rockets or other fireworks can be heard on my street and we still have 10 days till the big celebration. It is that dangerous time of year again.
As July 4th approaches, you're probably thinking about sitting out on the lawn with your family and neighbors, having a BBQ, eating snacks, making smores and watching beautiful fireworks bursting in the… Continue
Added by Ken Oswald on June 25, 2009 at 12:15pm —
About 15 years ago, I managed all the hiring and orientation of employees in a new manufacturing mill. Although many people thought that greenfield hiring and training would be an easy path to a strong safety culture, they were wrong.
The challenge is that when you hire people who are willing to express their opinions, and who have worked in many other businesses and industries, they all bring their biases to the job, and reaching a common culture is hard stuff.
To help assure we had… Continue
Added by Tim Gardner on June 25, 2009 at 9:30am —
Does anyone know where I can find information about transformers, and electromagnetic disorders?
Remember the big to do years back about kids living under power lines and so fourth? Well; there was just a tranformer installed in front of our offices and some employees have ideas about it being harmful. I assured them that the tranformer is insulated and not the same thing at all as the uninsulated high voltage lines. Can anyone offer up some fact and lniks?
Added by James Alexander on June 23, 2009 at 10:28am —
Cross-posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com
Few companies have made preparing for a potential influenza pandemic a top priority. Perhaps more of them should. The World Economic Forum earlier this year put the…
Added by Pam Wilkinson on June 23, 2009 at 6:08am —
Your strong chemistry background as well as your experience in a manufacturing environmental/safety will be an asset to this client. A BS degree plus 3-5 years related to supporting the Emergency Response Team, sampling, monitoring, and overseeing waste shipments will catch their attention in Virginia.
Weekends you can appreciate the beautiful rolling hills of the Roanoke, VA area. Tremendous area to raise a family and enjoy the outdoors…….hiking stick may be… Continue
Added by Maryleigh Preston-McClure on June 18, 2009 at 9:31pm —
Every day we wake up, and choices begin. Hit the snooze alarm? Make some coffee? Do I have to shave today or can I put it off? Should I take the main road today to work, or go the side streets? Should I stop and get gas, or put it off until tomorrow?
And so it continues through the day. Every action is decisionable. We may not always feel that way, but it's true. Many choices are automatic, we don't even think about them. Unless I win the lottery this weekend, I'm pretty likely to go to… Continue
Added by Tim Gardner on June 18, 2009 at 12:10am —
Be new to this forum, I didn't know where to put this. Let me start this off by saying I am a safety manager for an elevator company.
I just read an article where a young boy was killed by an elevator. This lad was 8 years old when this accident happened. It happened in a town named Sturgis, Kentucky. His body was found in the doorway and in the shaft his head between the elevator and the walls of the shaft.
People need to understand, that in some states residential… Continue
Added by David Smith on June 16, 2009 at 9:33am —
Dust explosions have been known in Europe since the first cereal mills were built. There is a risk of fires and explosions in all industrial plants which have to deal with combustible dusts, whether this be as production material or as residual waste. In order to avoid danger to people, plant and the environment, electrical equipment operated in potentially explosive dust atmospheres may not be a source of ignition. The following must therefore apply to all electrical… Continue
Added by Brent Armstrong on June 16, 2009 at 3:53am —
I am a member of SkillsUSA and I will be competing in Extemperaneous Speaking in Kansas City! I was curious about safety precautions that should be made for those at speaking events, so I started researching. Here are a few that I found:
1. Ensure that all electrical wires are taped to the floor and near the edge of the stage.
2. Avoid wobbly podiums
3. Glow-in-the-dark tape areound the edge of the stage
4. Dry floors are a must
5. Eleminate all litter on the… Continue
Added by Carolyn Hammack on June 13, 2009 at 2:35pm —
I work in a medical laboratory in Georgia. I was extremely nervous when I first started three years ago, mainly due to the fact that I was a "germaphobe." I refused to let that stop me, so I took the job! Everyone thought my daily routine was amusing. It consisted of me using 3-4 sanitizing wipes on my desk, phone, and pens. I even made sure I cleaned all the handles to the doors that I had to pass. After about a year of this routine, I noticed that I was sick all the time. I worked so hard at… Continue
Added by Carolyn Hammack on June 13, 2009 at 12:04am —
Exposure to chemicals in the workplace is one of the leading causes of skin diseases in the United States. According to the bureau of labor and statistics, skin diseases are more prevalent in the workplace than respiratory illnesses, outpacing them better than 2:1 based on 2006 figures.1
Why should you be concerned?
Many chemicals are easily absorbed through the skin. In most cases the resulting skin disease, such as contact dermatitis, is caused by direct contact with the… Continue
Added by Dan Hanscom on June 12, 2009 at 10:00am —
Cross posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com/
The World Health Organization yesterday declared the seven-week-old outbreak of the novel H1N1 influenza virus a pandemic, marking it as a historic global health event, one whose…
Added by Pam Wilkinson on June 12, 2009 at 7:00am —
Protect yourself from the hazards of industrial ultraviolet (UV) light exposure.
Ultraviolet (UV) light is a form of electromagnetic energy invisible to humans. UV light falls below visible light on the electromagnetic spectrum. Because of this, it does not trigger the natural defenses of the eyes, such as pupil dilation experienced with bright… Continue
Added by Dan Hanscom on June 11, 2009 at 2:43pm —