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September 2009 Blog Posts (38)

Are You a Magoo?

One of my favorite cartoon characters is Mr. Magoo. A nearsighted senior citizen, Mr. Magoo’s best-known work is probably his portrayal of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.



In his cartoon series, his nearsightedness is the basis of continual gags, as he walks from hazard to hazard, just avoiding disaster each time. It’s as though he has his… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on September 30, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

SCAFFOLD SAFETY

The erection of scaffold is a skilled task, which should only be carried out by trained and competent persons. No one must alter or modify the ‘Green Tagged’ scaffold other than the personnel qualified from Scaffold Contractor.

If guard-rails are required to be temporarily removed to facilitate loading / off-loading on the scaffold, workers must use the full body harness and should only be under the strict supervision of a knowledgeable and experienced Foreman / Charge-hands.

When… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on September 29, 2009 at 11:51pm — No Comments

combustible dust cleaning, cleaning combustible dust, osha dust, nfpa dust, vacuuming dust, hazardous dust,

Combustible Dust, (or Explosive Dust), cleaning, is a required preventative good housekeeping and maintenance program, in manufacturing and production facilities. This minimizes safety hazards, potential flash fires, and catastrophic dust explosions, in addition to maintaining Indoor Air Quality. Combustible dust is fine particulate dust, which is generated from products such as wood, metals, grains, agricultural, chemicals, plastics, paper, and carbonaceous products. The manufacturing and… Continue

Added by Jon Barrett on September 29, 2009 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

CSB Recommendations Deficient-Flash Fire Hazards

Many stakeholders were anxious to hear the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) key findings and recommendations in the September 24, 2009 release of the final investigation report on the catastrophic dust explosion at Imperial Sugar Refinery. The CSB made five key recommendations with included adherence to NFPA combustible dust standards, comprehensive housekeeping, hazard communication training, emergency response, and that Imperial Sugar implement corrective actions in accordance with best… Continue

Added by John Astad on September 27, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

‘Working Habits / Worker Attitude’

 Do not take chances – carry out instructions.

 If you do not know – ask.

 Rectify or report all unsafe conditions.

 Use correct tools and equipment.

 Help to keep the work place clean and tidy.

 All injuries, however slight, properly attended to and Report to First Aid Center.

 Do not horseplay or distract others.

 Wear the protective clothing and equipment provided for your safety.

 Do not use machinery unless authorized and without the guard… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on September 26, 2009 at 12:59am — No Comments

Safe T Climb

Safe T Climb, “The extension ladder anti-fall device”, for the first time, the ladder user can meet all the Federal and State requirements for proper extension ladder set-up. In most cases there is no way to tie a ladder off, and no way to verify that it is set-up at the required angle with any degree of accuracy.

Added by Michael Foust on September 25, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Overland Solutions, Inc. is looking for a few Safety Professionals!

Safety Reousrces, a divison of Overland Solutions, Inc. is adding to our workforce. We are currently looking for part time Insurance Inspectors (inspecting commercial properties for safety risks and hazards) and Loss Control Consultants. We hire both employees and independent contractors.



Below is a list of areas where we need people. If you are interested or you may know someone who is currently in the job market you may apply online at www.olsi.net or forward your resume to… Continue

Added by Sarah on September 24, 2009 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Slips, Trips and Falls

Most injuries from slips, trips and falls occur because of poor housekeeping.

General debris such as brick and block fragments can accumulate and

Form tripping hazard if it is not cleaned up as it is created...

Mud left on the rungs of ladder by the previous user will represent a slipping and falling hazard for the next person.

Clear up waste materials as you create them. Light weight waste should be bagged or bundled and nails removed from waste timber.

Don’t leave… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on September 24, 2009 at 2:54am — No Comments

A Culture of You!

Company Culture. Our safety culture. The culture of the team. These are all frequently cited as the reason programs succeed or fail. And yet many safety programs are aimed at affecting the culture. Changing attitudes and actions.



Culture is, in a way, a misleading word. It is a collective noun. It represents a collection of attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, rituals, totems, and whatever else one tries to look at to define a culture. In business, this includes results.



The… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on September 23, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hand Tools

Misuse and poor maintenance of hand tools result in countless injuries every year.

Only ever use the right tool for the job. Don’t improvise i.e. by using tubes to extend spanners as the extra leverage may open the jaws and allow it to slip.

Maintain all tools in a serviceable condition – If unserviceable either repair or replace.

Always keep hands behind cutting edges when working.

Regularly check hammer heads for security of fixing.

Keep tools in toolboxes or racks… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on September 23, 2009 at 12:05am — No Comments

Podcast-Combustible Dust Housekeeping: Professional Cleaning (25 Minutes Playtime)

Just thought I'd share a recent podcast I conducted with my guest Jon A. Barrett- Business Development Specialist, Interior MaintenanceCompany, discusses the importance of combustible dust cleaning atfacilities that generate combustible dust during the manufacturingprocess.… Continue

Added by John Astad on September 22, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

EEOC -- H1N1 Flu Virus Workplace Rules Now Available for Employers

Cross-posted from: http://safetyphoenix.blogspot.com/



From: http://newsok.com/qa-with-tony-puckett/article/3400040



Q&A with Tony Puckett -- Q: Has the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidelines for employers to address the H1N1 flu virus and…
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Added by Pam Wilkinson on September 22, 2009 at 7:49am — No Comments

Fall protection ideas needed!!!!!!!!!!

Hello my name is Jerod. I have been working for a post frame company for eight years. We have been using the Miller Falcon retractable for years with no prob. Osha has seen our system and ok it. Well last week a good friend of my mine fell 19 ft and the retractable never caught him. He chipped is spine and is on light duty. Lucky to be here. This is actually why I joined this web site. This really bothers me that he fell and didn't get caught. Miller reps sold the equipment to our company and… Continue

Added by Jerod Lewellen on September 21, 2009 at 11:23pm — No Comments

Overland Solutions, Inc. Hiring Indpendent Contractors and Employees for Safety Related Positions

Overland Solutions, Inc. is now hiring!

For a complete list of all of our openings check us out at www.olsi.net.

You may apply online or submit your resume to Sarah.Rowe@olsi.net.

Added by Sarah on September 21, 2009 at 10:23am — No Comments

Our new catalog as arrived



NSA is excited to announce our new catalog, which for the first time displays our new Arc Rated & FR Rainwear.



This ambitious undertaking provides you, the customer, with array of our new products and product enhancements. Due to the rapid growth in the electrical market, we believe that it was imperative to create a new and updated catalog keeping you abreast on industry news and standards.



We have broken the catalog… Continue

Added by National Safety Apparel on September 18, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Portable Electrical Tools

Before using a portable electrical tool check to see it is properly earthed, unless it is an approved type that does not require earthling.

Before using an electrical tool, make sure that the casing is undamaged, if it is damaged, do not use the tool.

Make sure that all cables, plugs or connector are sound and properly wired up.

Use tools only on the correct power supply as instructed on the marker’s label.

Make sure that the power cable is long enough to reach your working… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on September 18, 2009 at 4:10am — No Comments

WORKING AT HEIGHT

Every year, many construction workers are killed or seriously injured as a result of falls from height. All the accidents are preventable.

RISKS / HAZARDS WHILE WORKING AT HEIGHT:-

1. People falling down:-

Through unguarded / unsecured wall and floor openings.

While accessing the work area by shortcuts due to unsafe / improper access.

While working over incomplete / unsafe scaffolds / defective ladders.

Failure to use the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) while… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on September 17, 2009 at 12:55am — No Comments

A Culture of Courage

Several weeks ago, I wrote about a Culture of Challenge. This is a concept of an open organization where it is OK, or even required, to confront actions which you think could be done more safely. A corresponding attribute that is needed in a culture of challenge is Courage.



It might not seem to be a brave thing at first glance, but I have seen bravery in plant managers who are willing to fire someone for a safety violation. It's brave because it is not a popular decision. It's brave… Continue

Added by Tim Gardner on September 16, 2009 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Near Misses

Most accidents occur as a result of an unsafe condition or unsafe action coming together with a person. The end result is the person gets injured.

Often unsafe acts or unsafe conditions have several misfires. The result is a near miss accident or incident.

The only different between a near miss and an accident is LUCK.

Guide for Discussion:

Near misses are injuries without people.

Near misses are not funny; they are often deadly.

Always report a near… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on September 16, 2009 at 1:05am — No Comments

Ladders Safety

Before use checks

Check for splits or cracks in the stiles and rungs.

Ensure that none of the rungs are missing or loose.

Don’t use painted ladders, paint can hide damaged parts.

Report defects, label as defective and remove from site.

Use of ladders

Only light work of a short duration, with a low risk of falling, should be carried out from a ladder.

Ladders should be set on a firm base and lean at the correct angle which is one unit to four units… Continue

Added by Mohamed Abd El Salam on September 14, 2009 at 11:56pm — 1 Comment

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