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July 2009 Blog Posts (50)

Fire Safety in a Nutshell

Now I remember learning about fire safety as a child in school, but for some reason those lessons are not always retained. Luckily, Candace Quinn's new book I Survived a House Fire...I Wish My Stuff Had is a great reminder of a luxury we all take for granted. Here is a quick and simple recap of fire safety from her book, fireSafety.gov and SafetySkills Basic Fire Safety course.



1. Smoke Alarms



Smoke alarms are the simpliest, easiest and most effective way to save lives in… Continue

Added by SafetySkills on July 30, 2009 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Sink Manufacturer's Dust Problems Down the Drain

Sink Factory, Inc. (SFI) is a manufacturer of cast polymer products. In 2004, they started their business in a facility that already had a baghouse dust collector in place. However, the volume of dust generated by the grinding and sanding of thr cast sinks proved to be too great a challenge for the undersized… Continue

Added by Sal Campos on July 30, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Obama taps epidemiologist to lead OSHA

From: http://blogs.hcpro.com/osha/2009/07/obama-taps-epidemiologist-to-lead-osha/

President Obama wants David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH to serve as the next head of OSHA, according to the Associated Press.



Michaels is currently the research professor and interim chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at The George Washington…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on July 30, 2009 at 5:42am — No Comments

Why Install Safety Equipment - Employee Safety or Code Compliance?

Just about every type of manufacturing process generates some sort of hazard. At what point(s) does the condition become a nuisance? ...a health hazard? ...a safety hazard? ...an equipment liability? ...illegal? Are manufacturers aware of such conditions in their businesses? One would certainly hope so.… Continue

Added by Sal Campos on July 29, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

FAI releases the Summer 2009 edition of Process Safety News

Laboratory Testing and Consulting for Process Safety Management
To read the newsletter follow the attached link. Process Safety News

Added by Ashley Swanson on July 29, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A Culture of Challenge

Imagine the first time a young manager-trainee (let's call him Ned) is given a supervisory position. Besides being given lots of direction related to the overall production and cost goals for the area, he is also told that safety is his responsibility, and to make sure that no one gets hurt.



In his first day on the job, our buddy Ned is on the production floor meeting people and observing the work getting done. He sees a couple of things that make him a little nervous, like the way… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on July 29, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Safety Community's Monthly Chats - What do you think?

As you may know, the Safety Community hosts monthly chats about a variety of safety topics. We wanted to get your ideas in order to improve the chats; be sure to leave a comment if you have additional thoughts!



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Added by Safety Community on July 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Back From My Short Social-Networking Hiatus...

With the recent hit the steel industry took, I found myself working like a dog to educate more companies on using a tax-free, contract-free, no-initial-investment safety incentive program. Most were shocked at how little most programs put into the value of the employee reward. Most incentive programs take your company's money and split it three ways: 40% taxes (sales tax, income tax, and payroll), 30% contract fees, and 30% to the employees that make your company safe. How is that a… Continue

Added by Vicki Johnson on July 27, 2009 at 12:12pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Create a Safer Work Environment

Workplace safety can appear very daunting for many employers. Creating a safe work environment for workers is not only morally right, but also a legal right in this country. There are many important tools available to ensure that all of the necessary precautions are taken to avoid and reduce accidents in the workplace.



1. Hazard Assessment/Job Safety Analysis (JSA)



Hazard assessment or job safety analysis (JSA) helps identify potential safety risks in the workplace and… Continue

Added by SafetySkills on July 27, 2009 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

Safely Applying Dust Collectors to Thermal/Flame Spray Applications

Because of the various types of thermal spray applications and their effects on the operation of dust collectors, it's important to identify your specific thermal spray operation. Each process involves different shaped and sized particles along with varying loads. Additionally, strict safety… Continue

Added by Sal Campos on July 27, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Looking for new employment opportunities

Looking for new employment opportunities in EH&S, Environmental Complience, Facilities/Maintenance and or Operations Management in the Minneapolis/St Paul Metro area

Added by Christoff Delzer on July 24, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Dust Explosivity and Flammability Testing and Consulting

Dust explosions are a serious hazard in industries nationwide. They lead to the loss of production, plant/facility destruction and personnel injury or fatality. According to Ashok Ghose Dastidar Ph.D., MBA, Manager, Dust & Flammability Testing and Consulting Services for Fauske & Associates, LLC, “to meet OSHA compliance companies must know their dust explosion hazard potential and address the risk – or face OSHA citations. FAI offers consulting services to assess companies’ compliance… Continue

Added by Ashley Swanson on July 24, 2009 at 10:23am — No Comments

Dust Explosivity and Flammability Testing and Consulting

Dust explosions are a serious hazard in industries nationwide. They lead to the loss of production, plant/facility destruction and personnel injury or fatality. According to Ashok Ghose Dastidar Ph.D., MBA, Manager, Dust & Flammability Testing and Consulting Services for Fauske & Associates, LLC, “to meet OSHA compliance companies must know their dust explosion hazard potential and address the risk – or face OSHA citations. FAI offers consulting services to assess companies’ compliance… Continue

Added by Ashley Swanson on July 24, 2009 at 10:23am — No Comments

Construction - Director of Safety - Hampton Roads, VA

Construction - Director of Safety

Exceptional Construction Company in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area desires to recuit and hire an experienced Director of Safety to manage and implement the safety policies and procedures for all projects for the company. Local candidates as no relocation available.

Prefer someone with related experience 5 years or more investigating accidents, handling workman's comp claims, development and delivery of employee safety training programs, and… Continue

Added by Maryleigh Preston-McClure on July 23, 2009 at 4:11pm — No Comments

If your company of firm processes any of these products or materials, there is a potential for a "Combustible Dust" explosion

OSHA Products and Materials Potentially Resulting in a Combustible Duat Explosion



Fauske & Associates, LLC can help assess your company or firms combustible dust hazards. Please visit www.fauske.com for more information.



FAUSKE & ASSOCIATES, LLC IS THE WORLD LEADER IN… Continue

Added by Ashley Swanson on July 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Case Study: Body Parts Processed with Clear Lungs in Dust Booths

Ogihara American Corporation is a manufacturer/supplier of automotive body parts for Mercedes-Benz. The sanding and grinding operations in this plant caused a dust cloud that drifted across the whole plant, settled on the floor (and everything else) and was swept up daily. Without a dedicated dust… Continue

Added by Sal Campos on July 23, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Secondary Dust Explosions

Remember when your mom told you to keep your

room clean.Well if you work in a facility that creates dust or

handles powders remember what mom told you, “Clean your

room!” Fugitive dust is the cause of most secondary dusts

explosions that can be devastating and even fatal. So in your

facility all areas must be kept clean. This includes floors,

rafters, sills, and anywhere dust or powder can accumulate.

Click… Continue

Added by Ashley Swanson on July 22, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Calling all nonprofits – Susan Harwood Training Grant Program wants you!

Training programs are a necessary part of any organization to ensure employee safety. Unfortunately, this training can sometimes be costly and for nonprofit organizations it may interfere with the funds needed to support their mission. For nonprofits in this situation the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program is here.







This grant program was set in place to honor Susan Harwood, a woman who spent 17 years of her life as the director of Office of Risk Assessment in OSHA’s… Continue

Added by SafetySkills on July 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The OH&S Wire will debut Aug. 3

A new blog offered by Occupational Health & Safety magazine will launch Aug. 3 at this URL:

http://ohsonline.com/Blogs/The-OHS-Wire/List/Blog-List.aspx



OH&S staffers will be regular participants, and we invited the Safety Community and safety and health professionals generally to join the conversation. For starters, the blog will llok at enduring lessons to prevent slips and falls, the impact of a true "viral marketing" contest by HHS to invite the public to create flu… Continue

Added by Jerry Laws on July 22, 2009 at 10:45am — No Comments

What is a Safety Culture?

When an organization determines that it wants to have a "Safety Culture", do you think they know what they are really wanting?

In many cases, what they want is a culture that has no accidents. Because if we have no accidents, we have no injury, no property damage, and no related productivity loss. We have removed a major variable from our performance as a company.

Many managers I've worked with through the years would insist that a safety culture exists when every employee follows the… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on July 22, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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