As an exporter of timothy hay and alfalfa to the Far East, Ward Rugh, Inc. in Ellensburg, WA generated much fugitive dust in their operation as they compacted bales for shipment. Expansion to the operation contributed to the housekeeping challenge and the increased processing of hay, a common allergen, contributed to worker discomfort.
Hay dust presents challenges for dust collection similar to many fibrous dust types. It's lightweight and consists of a wide range of strand… Continue
Added by Sal Campos on July 9, 2009 at 6:00am —
HSE People is a new website designed exclusively for people working or recruiting in the area of Health and Safety. The site is 100% Free to join and offers members the ability to exchange information and network in a way that has not been possible until now. HSE People combines the best features of Social Networking, Job Sites and Training resources all in one place.
Members can build a profile advertising their… Continue
Added by HSE People on July 8, 2009 at 9:42am —
Anyone who has spent any time in the field hears someone ask why we use the term "near-miss". After all, wasn't it more of a "near-hit" or even a "total miss"?
All joking aside, we know that these events, whatever we call them, are both an indicator of problems and an opportunity to improve the overall safety of our facilities.
A near-miss, in my experience, is an event that happened, and just by chance it did not result in a serious outcome. When someone runs a red light as the cross… Continue
Added by Tim Gardner on July 8, 2009 at 8:30am —
Hello, Safety Community! I'm looking for a video on Safe Behavior that I could present to a supervisory meeting to be held next week. I'm trying to promote a Safe Behavior Program for this government entity. If anyone out there has a video clip, DVD, or PPT Prorgram covering this topic would be helpful. I'm really trying to sell the benefits of this type of program to this group of supervisors.
Added by Dave Tortorich on July 7, 2009 at 4:17pm —
Industrial dust collectors are used in a variety of agricultural seed processing applications
such as corn shellers, seed cleaning, seep preparation, seed coating, seed hybrid development and general facility ventilation. Challenges like "bee's wings" and corn silks must be considered. In some cases, nylon overbags
can be installed… Continue
Added by Sal Campos on July 6, 2009 at 5:59pm —
Some would say that two identical dust collection systems on a single, centralized vacuum system is redundant, redundant. One vitamin manufacturer who wanted non-stop dust collection on a '24/7' basis would agree! But he'll also tell you that he replaced 10 small dust collectors of different types that were scattered throughout his manufacturing plant, resulting in filter inventory, maintenance and dust disposal that were time consuming and… Continue
Added by Sal Campos on July 2, 2009 at 5:51pm —
With the H1N1 flu the CDC, WHO and OSHA are providing information for employees under the "general duty clause" to protect their employees from the H1N1 flu by using the N95 respirators and additional PPE. The N95 respirators do require fit testing and training. 3M has a large backorder shortage of N95 respirators because health care facilities are stock piling the respirators. If you would like you can go to OSHA.gov or CDC.org or WHO.int and see what is being required for the protection of 13… Continue
Added by Arlene Jones on July 1, 2009 at 9:52am —
Last week I wrote this post
about a time I hired a safety professional and insisted that he not be called a safety manager. The reason why, the post explains, is that we wanted employees to take full accountability for their own safety.
That frame of mind served us well as an organization. The safety professional was truly an expert, and his expertise was critical in making sure we didn't… Continue
Added by Tim Gardner on July 1, 2009 at 8:30am —
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.
to see available styles, materials, colors and levels of protection.
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 —