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Massey Defends Safety Record; History Doesn't Help

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Massey Defends Safety Record; History Doesn't Help



By Ronnie Rittenberry

We knew before Monday, April 5, that mining is a dangerous business. The blast that day that killed at least 25 miners at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia was a woeful reminder. Meanwhile, as the investigation into what happened was just getting started in earnest, the owner of the UBB mine, Massey Energy Co., on Thursday defended its…

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Added by Jerry Laws on April 13, 2010 at 10:02am — No Comments

Seven Elements to Respiratory Protection

According to OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134); there are seven key elements that every respiratoryprotection program should contain. They are:

1. Develop and implement a written respiratory protection program with required worksite-specific procedures and…

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Added by Donna Kolody on April 12, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Guidelines for Ammonia Pipe Marking

Does your facility have pipes carrying ammonia? If so, did you know that there are specific pipe marking requirements you need to follow? Looking at the diagram below, you can see that there are numerous labeling components that must be present on ammonia-carrying pipes.…



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Added by Christie Mendola on April 9, 2010 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Parking Permits – Ideal for Regulating Parking lot Flow!

How do you control and maintain a demanding need for parking in a limited amount of parking space? Well parking permits – of course. Parking permits are used primarily for keeping out of your parking areas unwanted or unauthorized vehicles. So why not take them to the ‘next level’ and regulate the flow of authorized vehicles in your lot(s).…

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Added by Renee Hioki on April 7, 2010 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Tesoro 2008 Process Safety Management PSM Citations

To assist stakeholders in a better understanding of the 2008 citations that Tesoro Anacortes Refinery received from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries, Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) enforcement and inspection activities please refer to the document below in the resource section.



Since the Friday catastrophic explosion there have been numerous news reports on the 14 deleted citations… Continue

Added by John Astad on April 7, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Prior Hydrotreater Fire at Louisiana Refinery that CSB assessed in 2006

Hydrotreater fires at refineries have a high probability of occurrence in the global refinery sector. In 2006 a Louisiana oil refinery had a hydrotreater fire that CSB assessed yet found that no investigation was warranted. Luckily there… Continue

Added by John Astad on April 6, 2010 at 3:39pm — 1 Comment

Injury Prevention Month: What can you do to protect your employees?

April is Injury Prevention Month. With that in mind, put some extra thought this month into how you protect your employees and educate them on proper workplace safety practices. If you don’t manage employees or the safety program for your team/facility, you can instead take some time to think about safety improvements in your own job.



To get started, consider looking at…

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Added by Christie Mendola on April 6, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Blame Game: Oil Refinery Explosions and Fires



Sensationalistic journalism reaches new heights in the blame game following the catastrophic vapor cloud flash fire and explosion at the Tesoro… Continue

Added by John Astad on April 6, 2010 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Start preparing now for your next evacuation

The 6.9 earthquake this Sunday reminded us of the need for a solid evacuation plan. I live in an area that rarely feels an earthquake (I think there was a 3.0 when I was in seventh grade) so I’m no expert on earthquake protocol. What I can tell you about is how important it is to have a safe evacuation assembly area for your employees/residents/visitors. The earthquake in Mexico-southern California occurred on Easter Sunday saving most business from being affected…

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Added by Michelle Sears on April 5, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Tesoro Naphtha Hydrotreater Type Fires: Regular Global Occurrence





S
o whats new? Naphtha hydrotreater fires: are a regular global occurrence.



07/22/2009
ConocoPhillips a hydrotreating unit desulfurization unit fire. http://ow.ly/1um0b…



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Added by John Astad on April 3, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

“It won’t happen to my company?!?” OSHA doesn’t know me.







That’s what a mid/small business in Delaware City Delaware thought…until they were cited for 27 alleged serious workplace safety violations with

proposed penalties totaling $133,500!!

Can you afford that? I don’t know many businesses that can. Think your business is too small for OSHA? Wrong again, OSHA is looking for anyone and everyone, and is well aware that small businesses are more

susceptible to violations than anyone. When the…

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Added by Richard Mariano on April 2, 2010 at 9:14am — No Comments

Fire protection: An important part of pipe and valve marking

If you have read my past blog posts, most of you are now familiar with th e basics of pipe and valve safety – such as where to mark a pipe, what color marker to use depending on the pipe’s contents, pipe marker sizes and types, valve markers, etc.



But, another important part of pipe and…

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Added by Christie Mendola on April 1, 2010 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Another California Gold Rush

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Another California Gold Rush



By Jerry Laws

Now that an initiative to legalize and tax marijuana has been certified for the state's Nov. 2 ballot, the debate has begun about what a yes vote by California voters would mean, aside from $1 billion in new tax revenue. …

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Added by Jerry Laws on March 31, 2010 at 11:18am — 2 Comments

Web 2.0 Mapping Probability of Occurrence in Risk Analysis

Tweets, Google Maps Help Solve Mystery of Portland Explosion-WSJ Article

The Combustible Dust Policy Institute has been using Google Maps for several years in mapping combustible dust related fires and explosions that occur in the nations manufacturing sector. Mapping over… Continue

Added by John Astad on March 31, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments

OSHA Forgot the OSH Act?

http://www.mwe.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/publications.nldetail/object_id/b4037871-9db6-4f07-a8e6-2359e6779f90.cfm



I'm a bit concerned about the adverse attitude toward small business in the OSHA Director's testimony to Congress. OSHA appears to act as if they are they sole guardian of the OSH Act. Where is NIOSH at

concerning protection of the workforce… Continue

Added by John Astad on March 31, 2010 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Mark your Truss-type construction and protect firefighters

Trusses are fabricated components (constructed with diagonal members) made of wood and steel. Although Truss structures are very safe and the smart choice when spanning a large open area, they collapse with less stress from a fire, thus putting firefighters in greater danger. Marking Truss-type buildings with labels on entrances will allow firefighters to be… Continue

Added by Michelle Sears on March 30, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Property ID Labels Stop Thieves!

Professional thieves are interested in the re-sale value of property ONLY and anything that is labeled with a property id label is considered “branded”. Thieves will avoid taking anything that has a tracking label on it because it will not be accepted at pawn shops or even on the streets – it’s ‘hot’ or ‘stolen’ and is rendered useless.…

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Added by Renee Hioki on March 30, 2010 at 3:50pm — No Comments

How to make your traffic sign last longer

How long do your traffic and parking signs last? a couple years before you start to notice weather damage and graffiti?…if you’re lucky. Wouldn’t it be nice if the lasted forever

and you never had to replace them?!?!

This is 100% possible and it’s all about the sign’s topcoat.

All traffic and parking signs from all manufacturers are basically made from the same materials -…

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Added by Richard Mariano on March 30, 2010 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Are Your Protecting Your Packages?

Before mailing something that is valuable or sensitive be sure to secure the package prior to sending it. Often businesses forget how many hands a package may go through before reaching its final

destination. Ensure the security of these important items by taking the

proper measures to protect them.



Simple and economical steps can be taken that will help against outside intruders trying to view or steal the contents in the package. Use Tamper Evident Tape’s to…

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Added by Jessica McCann on March 30, 2010 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Tobacco Users Out of Luck for Hospital Employment



Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN has a new policy for their employment process.



According to the Hospital's website,

“To further our mission of building healthier communities, effective February, 1, 2010, Memorial Health Care System will no longer hire individuals who use tobacco or nicotine products in

any form. Memorial Health Care System and its affiliates…

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Added by Tara Binkoski on March 30, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

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Favorite Motivational Quote: If you want something, you'll find a way - If not, you'll find an excuse.Favorite Safety Quote: Don't learn safety by accident!Continue

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Forklift Training in Calgary

Do you wish to learn forklift driving? A forklift is a type of industrial vehicle that firstly lift the material and then transport it. The forklift machine is capable of lifting heavy loads by…Continue

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