As safety professionals part of our job is selling safety and safety can be hard to sell. Most companies know that they have to have a safety program, but many do not see its real value. That’s where we come in. Showing management what the return on investment value or potential value of a progressive safety program is. It can be hard to show someone the value of preventing something that may or may not happen. It means finding a way to make the intangible, tangible.… Continue
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on the 23rd October 1989 Phillips’ 66 chemical complex at Pasadena, near Houston (USA) experienced a chemical release on the polyethylene plant. A flammable vapor cloud formed which subsequently ignited resulting in a massive vapor cloud explosion. Following this initial explosion there was a series of further explosions and fires.
The consequences of the explosions resulted in 23 fatalities and between 130 – 300 people were injured. Extensive damage to the… Continue
Added by Matt Blake on October 23, 2008 at 12:37pm —
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has adopted two additional NFPA standards for first responders: NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents and NFPA 473, Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.
"When called, firefighters respond. If the past is our guide to the future, we know firefighters will be among the first called to respond to… Continue
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If anyone out there has heavier workers you should make sure that there fall protection is properly tested. The ANSI standard only covers fall protection for employees that weight 310 lbs with any equipment, such as tool belts. Most of the time this not an issue, but it does not mean it doesn't come up. Extra care has to be taken when fitting heavier workers to make sure the harness does not encroach on the neck or cut off circulation to the legs. Consideration for the amount of time the… Continue
The hunger for safety knowledge just seems to be growing from all sectors. Our focus has been to build a bridge between present day CEOs and Presidents with future leaders. In large assemblies at colleges, high schools and communities we discuss issues such as Recognizing a Safety Champion. Parents and students interact with politicians, union leaders and corporate decision makers with over 100 questions. The media interviews the Champions from the community and school staff.
I have been tasked to create a headphones (and cell phone) policy for my employer. I am relatively new to this company, but so far they've let everyone listen to headphones and mess around with their…Continue
Fabricators as well as other workers may be required to use respirators to protect themselves from inhaling fumes, particles, or dust when performing cutting, grinding, welding, coating, or painting,…Continue